Archive for December, 2006

Dr. Merkwürdigliebe

Luckily SVT shows Dr. Strangelove, so I don’t have to concentrate on the firecrackers.


No patience?

Swedes are know to be very disciplined and patient as well, at least, that is what I have observed so far. They can stand for very long times in a queue as for example in front of ATMs. But today they disappointed me, as did the Germans at New Year’s Eve when I still lived in Germany. Hours before New Year I started to hear exploding firecrackers. I still haven’t figured out why people are so impatient during New Year’s Eve.

Happy Eid!

This week was and is crammed with holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid ul-Adha). I am still not sure whether I go (as usual) to the central mosque (picture taken sometime during last year) or to any other mosque in the suburbs. But in any case: Happy Eid and Happy holidays.


Vacations consequences … part 2

As previously reported I am not used to take vacation and stay at home. Few side effects were already mentioned, another one occurred to me today when we found out that we have to much milk cartons, which have to be finished within the next two weeks. In Germany we were used to drink only UHT processed milk, known as H-Milch, which can be kept at room temperature for approximately a half year. Only on special occasions fresh milk were bought. Here in Sweden, however, H-Milch, was not known (or at least I didn’t find it anywhere) until LIDL started to expand also to Sweden.

So when we moved to Sweden we weren’t used to drink tasty fresh milk and it was odd to go out and buy milk every few days. So we came up with the idea to rent a car every two month and buy approximately 4×12 litre H-Milch, few dozen of orange juice and lots of German Sweets. Additionally we could discover few areas, which we normally don’t see when using public transportation. This went quite well, until today. The cause lies as expected in my “stay home vacation”.

It is a simple chain reaction. Since I took vacation, I do not have to go to work any more (this simple law was however broken during the first days of my vacation) and consequently I do have more time for breakfast, which normally was cornflakes with milk and some chocolate sauce and a cold milk with cacao. Breakfast at present looks quite different. Bred with Nutella, honey, jam and fried eggs in combination with mint tea and cappuccino. Hence we consume to less milk. There are 4 milk cartons in the fridge and 19 in the locker and all of them have a best before date ending in 2 weeks. So we have to consume 23 litres within the next 2 weeks. Any ideas how?


PS: Did you know that Tetra Pak is a Swedish invention and the “largest supplier of carton packaging for milk, soup, fruit juices, and other liquid products”?

Learning a language … part 3

Lets move on to part three of our never-ending topic “learning a language”. Today: subtitles:

Nothing, just Stockholm

It is almost three years ago since I moved to the Capital of Scandinavia or Venice of the North, but I still carry a camera with me even when going shopping. The first picture shows the largest library in Sweden, Stockholms Public Library. Kungsgatan and Hötorget is shown in the second and third picture, respectively. As can be seen there neither snow  nor rain. Winter is behind schedule.


Why dogs don’t stutter

Christmas is over and we went out for the first time since Friday. Finally I got a new bluetooth headset (Plantronics Explorer 340) for my PDA (HP Ipaq 2490b), the old one was “död” (swed.: dead; that’s what the certificate said when I got the new one back). I haven’t started yet with any of my intended works and I don’t have much hope left that I will do so.

Yesterday I stumbled about an excerpt from an article from 1935, published in the renown SCIENCE magazine by Hazle Geniesse (Science 29 November 1935: 518.). In his article, entitled “Stuttering” he reports:

“In a series of twenty-four cases of stuttering studied this summer in the laboratory of biolinguistics, at the University of Michigan, a marked improvement, even to a complete cessation of stuttering, was noted when the stutterer spoke while walking on all fours.” (taken from here)

I tested it yesterday at home and it seemed to help, but the intimate environment, which my home is, isn’t really a test case. I am not gonna rest upon this method, but I would still be interested to see if this would work in real “stuttering situations”, e.g. a job interview or when giving a seminar. Even if it would work, how would one feel in such a situation? But isn’t this science? To find means which increase or decrease a certain quantity.

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