May 28, 2007

BCC

When sending email to a large and diverse group of people, BCC is your friend. Everyone in your address book might not be happy to have their email address distributed to everyone else in your address book, and if you use TO or CC, that's what you're doing. Even worse is if one or more of the addressees are mailing lists, than you have no idea to whom you're distributing all your friends' addresses. more...

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May 23, 2007

Jesus fan-fiction

Okay. Another web-comic post. And Home on the strange isn't one of my favourites. That is, it's on my list of twenty or so that I check automagically when I'm online, but I have issues with the style, some of the story arcs and it's not as funny as some of the others.Strips like today's though keep me reading. For now.

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May 15, 2007

Questionable Content

This is one of my favourite webcomics. Sure it's a bit soapoperatic, which I actually like, but it's also got great funniness and deep insights. more...

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May 12, 2007

Emission and absorption

I've recently been teaching kids about what we can learn about stars and nebulae from observing their light. Temperature, age, size, composition, etc. But the simplified explanations that I seem to find everywhere leaves me with one major question:

How does this work when there is no such thing as a continous spectrum?


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May 10, 2007

Weird neatness obsession

I like "my recently visited pages" list to be neat. There's absolutely no reason for this since it's not a significant "efficient web surfing" factor, but I have several habits that only make sense if their purpose is to keep that list neat.

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April 04, 2007

Procrastination

It's not something I'm proud of, but there's no point in trying to hide it. I am a procrastinator. And not a wishy-washy oh-I-sometimes-leave-the-dishes-for-a-day-or-two, or I-occasionally-put-off-things-to-the-last-minute procrastinator. No, I more...

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April 02, 2007

I love Opera

I mean, what's not to love? It's made by someone who's not Microsoft, it's free, it's Norwegian, it's feature rich, and I'm used to it. And now I've discovered another feature. I can nickname bookmark folders!

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March 31, 2007

Thank you Cheesus

Do you have any weird habits? I have one in particular I want to share with you. (But you guessed that from the opening sententence, right?)
When I'm done placing slices of delicious cheese on my sandwich I very often plane off another slice for scarfing (I'm Norwegian, so my slices are made with a cheese plane), and then hum/sing "Thank you, Cheesus! Thank you, Cheesus!" in a gospel chant kind of way, upper body motions included.

Mmmm, cheese.

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March 27, 2007

Running water and the urge to pee

Yet another annoying feature of human physiology. Example: I'm feeling my normal self, no urges of any kind. Well maybe I'm a little peckish, so I go to wash up before fixing a snack. And what happens? Halfway through washing my hands I get an irresistible urge to pee. And what does this mean? It means I have to wash my hands again!

It also hits at other times, like when I'm just getting a drink of water. Wham! Go pee now!

Of course I refuse to give in and I finish my drink of water while doing the holding-back-a-nearly-irresistible-urge-to-pee dance, but the damage is already done. My serentiy has been compromised.

I am not the master of my body, no matter how much I try to make it so, I'm merely a privileged passenger.

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March 24, 2007

Youtubing!

Okay, so now that we have the capability for embedding YouTube videos I have to test it. And what better way to test it than more...

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March 21, 2007

Og nå på norsk (And now in Norwegian)

En siste test før jeg gir meg for dagen. Hva gjør mee.nu med norske bokstaver? Jeg må vel ikke inn med html-entities for hver jævla norske bokstav? For jeg har planer om å blogge litt på morsmålet serru.

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Me and this blog

This is going to be a relatively anonymous blog so that I can speak my mind without having to worry about any students with more time than sense googling his or her way to it and posing embarrassing questions in class. more...

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Retroflex flap

A retroflex flap is a consonant sound in some languages, including the dialect of Norwegian that is my native tongue. It's difficult to describe, but you take an ordinary 'l', curl your tongue back a little and then you "flap" it. This adds a bit of body to the l, which is why it's called a "thick l" in Norwegian, and it also adds a more or less pronounced clicky sound. Like in Xhosa, only different.

It's considered vulgar by the kind of people who dub other people's dialects vulgar and you can read lots about it on wikipedia.

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Welcome to ... whatever

Here we are! The first entry in this, my new blog. It's just an inane welcome message, but I expect great things in the future. Or at least I expect I'll get in an explanation of the name and a short intro on myself before I run out of steam. But you never know, I might surprise myself. more...

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