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How to avoid going to the dentist...and why it's not a good idea [May. 7th, 2004|01:52 pm]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |Ivan Mikulić: "Daješ mi krila"]

It's been too long since my last update already. Maybe that's why this entry is likely to be longer than my usual entries. I have a lot of things to talk about, so if you want to read all of it, I suggest that you go and get some coffee/tea/water/something else first :)

So, newest news first. I had a migraine last night, and still felt sick when the alarm clock woke me up this morning. In most cases, I turn off the alarm clock if I go to bed with a migraine, because I know that sleeping is the best thing to do. But this morning I had an appointment with the dentist at 08:45, so I wanted to try to get that done. But I had to call and cancel that, unfortunately. The stupid woman who answered the phone even told me that "you could have cancelled earlier". Hello? Does she even know what a migraine is? It's not like I know a week beforehand that I'm going to get one....Either way, she gave me a new appointment at June 2, so I have to wait almost a month to get this done. Blah.

But at least I feel okay now. I'm just a bit tired, but that's okay.

Also, I have handed in my stupid literature paper now. The deadline was today, but I handed it in two days ago already. I even bought some nice, colored sheets of paper for the front page. Hopefully it will look impressive :) Other than the extra-nice paper, I didn't do anything special to the front pages - I only have text on them. I saw a few people having front pages full of pictures and everything, but that looked kind of strange to me. Aren't front pages for Uni papers supposed to look professional rather than full of all kinds of unnecessary stuff :)

My postman is cool, and my "e-mailman" (if there is even such a thing ;)) is cool, too. In the "normal" post, I got a little package from HRT (Croatian TV). The package contained the CD-single of "Daješ mi krila" by Ivan Mikulić, so I'm happy about that! That song is wonderful! Also got a nice PM from Talya in my e-mail. She found Si Heiman's "Gibor Gadol" on MP3, and that's great news! They showed a small clip from that song on Norwegian TV some time ago, and I've been looking for it since then. Needless to say, I never found it - maybe because I didn't know the Hebrew title for it. So, about two days ago I asked Talya about it just for fun, and she has it already! I'm impressed! <3 Talya! She also has some Shlomo Artzi songs which she zipped to send me. I didn't get them last time because I had to leave, but I'll get them soon. That's good, of course :)

Also, my cousin might be coming here to stay for the weekend. If he does, I guess we willl have lots of time for Playstation games and such :) But of course, there will be less online time for me. But, that's okay - it will be nice to have him here, too!
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Happy, but tired [Apr. 25th, 2004|03:30 pm]
[Current Music |Michael Ball: "One Step Out Of Time"]

First of all - I finished the stupid paper I've been talking about all the time recently! In fact, I finished it on friday, so this has been a good weekend. It was a relief to finally finish it, so I have spent most of the weekend in front of the computer, chatting on IRC and playing Hashira (which is a Tetris-type game that comes with Kyodai Mahjong 19.99).

I also fixed my quidditch bot, which has not been in use for months. I still have the question sets and such, but the bot script was not even loaded. But it works now. Last night there were about 7 bots in #huffquid, which is the most I have ever seen. But - none of them were in use, since it was right after the match.
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Stupid paper #2 [Apr. 22nd, 2004|10:01 am]
[Current Mood |stressedstressed]
[Current Music |Hellbillies: "Mikrobølgeliv"]

Yes, I know - you're probably sick of this topic already! But at least I finished one of the papers now, so I only have one left. It' supposed to be 6-8 pages long, and I have NO ideaa how I'm going to make it that long. For some reason I just can't write long papers...like, on the previous paper for old norse, I wrote about 4 pages (excluding the analysis part, which takes up much space and made it look like I had actually written a paper of more "normal" length). However, the Prof was happy with my work and such, so I don't know why I'm nervous about the length of my paper this time, too. But...I digress, because the paper I'm currently writing is for literature, since I handed in the one for Old Norse last week.

I want to invent an automatic paper writer, which writes good, long papers all by itself. Then I wouldn't have to worry so much about my own papers.

And yes - I know, this entry is messy and without "flow". Sorry!
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Concultures and ImagiNations [Apr. 15th, 2004|09:59 am]
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[Current Music |ABBA: "Fernando" (Spanish version)]

As you may (or may not?) know already, I've been working on a conlang (= constructed language) for a while now. When I had done the phonology and some basic grammar, I thought it would be much more fun if there were actually some people speaking this language. So...I just invented some :) In fact, I invented a whole country around that time, because I had the people already. It's just that until that point, I had been moving them around half the globe as a minority group in whatever country I was obsessing over at any given time.

I know, I must sound like some sort of geek with strange interests...

...However, I have recently discovered that I'm not the only person in the world who does this. There is this cool thing called ImagiNations, where people make up their own country, complete with flags, maps, political systems and so on. People make websites about their "countries", communicate through a mailing list and even have sports competitions between their countries. The only thing I don't like that much, is that it's all set on "alternate Earth"-type planets. However, I realize that it's more practical that way, since "real Earth" is already full of "real" countries!

For the past few days, I've been thinking about whether I should apply to join this or not. I think it would be a lot of fun, but I would also have to either re-work much of the information I have about my current country, or make a new one just for the purpose of ImagiNations. If I make a new one, I won't be able to spend so much time on my current one, and I don't want to change much about my current one either. After all, it's MINE, I invented it and came up with all the information I have, so it wouldn't be right to "re-locate" it to some "alternate Earth" or to adapt its history to fit in with game history.

So...if I join, it's most likely with some new country. But I'm still not sure if I want to do that, since I have become quite "attached" to the country I'm working on now. (As you might have noticed already, since I use the flag as my LJ icon).
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Stupid papers [Apr. 14th, 2004|03:09 pm]
I finally finished writing the Old Norse paper. About time, too, since it's due tomorrow. Even though I had most of it done already, I had to check some grammatical stuff and such. But now it's done, so I'm quite happy about that. When (if?) I pass it, I'll be even more happy.

The stupid thing is that I still have that literature paper to write. I still have about two weeks to complete it, but I don't have any motivation to write it at all. My original plan was to start working on it today, but I ended up visiting some people instead. Either way, I'll have to get started on that paper quite soon, unless I want to write it in a hurry two days before it's due. Since it counts as our exam, I want to do well on it, and I won't do well if I have to write under (too much) pressure.

As for other things, my birthday is only two days away, and I got the first birthday card today! It was super-cute, with a kitten on it. That card made my day :) I also got an early present, because I got a small owl figurine from the people I visited. They just returned from their holiday in Germany, and since they already told me that they bought me an owl there, they just gave it to me while I was there. However, they insist that it's just a "holiday present" and not a "birthday present", because they apparently have something else for my birthday. Nice people, if they're giving me presents twice in three days :)
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My picture [Apr. 3rd, 2004|12:01 pm]
I just realized that I never posted a picture of me here, and tommygirl wanted me to do so ages ago. So, here it is - don't get too scared :)

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Since English is not my mother tongue, I'm quite happy with this result :) [Apr. 1st, 2004|04:55 pm]
You are a MASTER of the English language!

While your English is not exactly perfect,
you are still more grammatically correct than
just about every American. Still, there is
always room for improvement...

How grammatically sound are you?
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No motivation for anything [Mar. 23rd, 2004|03:46 pm]
[Current Mood |apatheticapathetic]

I really should be studying, but I don't have any motivation for that at all. In fact, I've had that problem for quite some time now, so the pile of study-related stuff I should be doing is getting bigger every minute. If you're interested, this is what I should be doing...hopefully some time quite soon:

  • Start working on the term paper for the literature subject known as "The Uncanny".
    • E-mail the Professor and inform him of my choice of subject (which, if you wonder, is Dreams in relation to "the uncanny" ).
    • Get the subject approved.
    • Do some research for the paper - some Freud, some articles and such.
    • Prepare an oral presentation of the subject.
    • Write the paper (as you can see, I have way too much to do before I even get this far!)
  • Various stuff for Old Norse:
    • Type notes from the lectures into the computer.
    • Make a separate document for things likely to come up at an oral exam.
    • Read the next page of the Old Norse-text we are working on.

I guess that's all. It may not look like it is a lot, but I promise - it is a lot if you don't feel like doing any of it! And if all this wasn't enough, I expect that we're getting a paper to write in Old Norse next week. If it's like the phonology paper, we get 2-3 weeks to finish it, but one of those weeks will be the Easter break. I'm not planning to study during Easter, so I suppose I have to sit down and write that stupid paper quite soon after we get it.

Also, my phonology/Old Norse-Professor didn't copy from my paper for the reference materials he made us. I must admit that I felt kind of sad at that, because he told me he would copy from my paper for that. If he wasn't going to do it, why did he have to say all those things he said about my paper in the first place? Such behaviour confuses me...

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My map of Europe [Mar. 22nd, 2004|05:06 pm]
Since I have never been outside Europe, I was kind of annoyed at the "World Map" thing that I posted here before. When all the countries in the world were included, it looked like I had hardly visited any countries at all. But...let's take a look at which European countries I've been to instead - it's much more interesting :)

create your personalized map of europe
or write about it on the open travel guide
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Aren't my interests interesting? [Mar. 19th, 2004|04:57 pm]
I stole this from paeroka

Pick an interest from my profile that either:

1) you know nothing about but sounds intriguing,
2) you know something about but can't understand my interest in said ... interest.
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