Tuesday, 31 August 2010


Some days you get out of bed and there's this feeling right away that it's not going to be a great one. Feeling completely awake even before stepping out of bed is a sure-shot sign for me :|. Believe me. Good days start with me wanting to sleep blissfully a little bit longer. No matter the time, or the time spent sleeping.

But of course, it's not just that flimsy sort of reasoning, there have been other signs. And I can't even say, "Oh look! At least it'll be over soon." :| This is just mid-morning dammit!

No, there are no pics. Haven't been taking that many anyway. And the ones I had, I blew on that rather pointless I'm-bored-and-have-nothing-better-to-do rant last night.

Oh! Went and saw The Expendables first day first show here! That was Friday. Good fun it was. Totally god-awful script :P. But the actions sequences! Whoa! I've been reading reviews saying it's a throwback on 80's action, hell no! It is 80's action!!! I'm serious! Explosions that totally and completely defy any logical parameters. Plus massive helpings of pure ass-whooping, and of course that stuff looks real enough 'cos it's proper stunt work! And some quite unforgettable lines :P. Did I mention that I loved it?!! :D

Right, so when things get especially annoying at work, it helps to find something completely mindless to do and hope it lasts till the end of the day :|. Here we go.

Currently: very annoyed
Listening to: Shontelle - T-shirt

Monday, 30 August 2010

Eavesdropping on broken dreams

Sound for silence. Pity there isn't something for touch. Walls, nonetheless, solid as can be. Made with all of thin air.
There are times I wish I could go deaf and numb to the world. Well, most of it anyway. I'll just keep my eyes open. The colours are worth it.
I don't particularly like working in open areas in an office. The boat's different.

Currently: here
Listening to: Lifehouse - Broken

Thursday, 19 August 2010


It's not even like proper rain! Just sort of like mist, only wetter :|. And it's reduced the usually spectacular view from my window to nothing. I'm actually reduced to poking my arm out the window every now and then to see if those drops are at all falling, or just sitting there, suspended in thin air.
And it's beginning to get colder. Already!! So I suppose there goes the barely-there Norwegian summer. If only it was snowing instead of raining :). At least that would have been of some use!
Beginning to settle into some sort of a rhythm. It's already just one day to the end of the week and I'm not really that sick and tired of the office yet!! Oh boy. Please please let this not be me getting used to the office :O! That could be potentially disastrous :P.

Currently: sinking, slowly but surely
Listening to: Guitar - Hot sun trail

Thursday, 12 August 2010

The spinning top topples, or maybe it doesn't...

I've seen it once. Now I've gone and seen it twice. This is probably going to last me a little while. But thing is, even though I was looking for it, I'm still not absolutely sure if I saw it. Not that it matters :).
I was watching The Matrix last night. After a few years probably. And wishing that there was some way I could un-watch it first :). Inception is not quite like that. But seeing that I knew the plot inside out, I still couldn't find much by way of a flaw.

Granted, the limbo takes some pretty active imagination to sort out and render as consistent with the rest of it, but there isn't anything in there quite like that mortifying 'kiss of life'! I mean, as much as I love The Matrix, and the sequels (although those two get more points for effort rather than on actual ability, so to speak), I can never quite forgive them that one awful sequence, and the one in Reloaded, of course.

Anyhoo, getting back to what I was looking for. I'll try to keep this sort of spoiler free (and if you haven't seen the movie yet, chances are you wouldn't be particularly bothered I suppose). Was I just imagining it or was Phillipa wearing that white top only in the last scene and not in the memories?

Damn, I've gotto see this again :|.

Currently: still awesome! unbelievably enough
Listening to: Moby - Nearer

Monday, 9 August 2010

The river ran dry

I'm listening to The Weepies on repeat. That's not as bad as it sounds :). I know, I've done it before...
It always rained around you
We tried to go inside and it would rain there too
It came pouring through the roof when we traveled underground
Whiskey, water and tears 'til I thought that we would drown, Jolene

Jolene, Jolene
Is it still raining everywhere you are?

We didn't hide from it at all
No we just let it fall
In the morning she was gone and everything was dry
The city streets were crowded and I felt like I would die, Jolene

Jolene, Jolene
Is it still raining everywhere you are?

Now there's sunshine and flowers everywhere
And I don't care

All of these clouds will disappear
Like we were never here
But I swear there was a time I thought, it would never stop
And now I only think about you if it's raining or it's not, Jolene

Jolene, Jolene
Is it still raining everywhere you are?
Is it still raining everywhere you are?
Jolene, Jolene
The weather's suddenly cleared up. Not a dark cloud to be seen anywhere. Just when I need them to give me the excuses.

Currently: watching the traffic that never seems to stop
Listening to: The Weepies - Jolene

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Be still my soul

Having decided I should post more often when things happen, I promptly proceeded to do quite the opposite, didn't I? Oh well.
Been watching lot's of movies lately :). There was Inception, of course, and more recently The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Have I aired my reaction to M. Night's The Last Airbender? So here's the thing. I like both movies on principle, however, I believe both of them should have been made a lot better to really count as anywhere near decent and watchable :|. There's some good bits, but they are strung together in such a lacklustre fashion that the overall impression one is left with is somewhat underwhelming :(.

On the other hand, I quite liked Fever Pitch. The British one, that actually is about football, not the American version. I should read the book, I think. Going by previous experience, it'll probably be better than the film version :). Also, this is the first character played by Mark Strong that I can recall being cool and funny, and generally non-evil :D. He's pretty good at it!
Right, so what should by rights be a totally huge piece of news: I finally got my wallet back. Like, actually back, back in my hand :D. This was Monday, and I wasn't really expecting even a whisper of it till Friday at the earliest! So yeah, I was pretty happy with the start of the week :). Imagine that, they spend my money, send it via registered parcel, and it takes weeks to land up and ends up getting returned. That was last break. And this time they used just the basic regular mail, posted it Friday afternoon, and voilĂ ! I have it waiting for me at the reception first thing Monday morning :D. I think I might have had a few people somewhat concerned with my subsequent reaction. I suppose it might be termed slightly over the top by the prim and proper types :).

And the other bit of news is that the length of my stay here is no longer a matter of speculation. I'll be here till mid September. That's a long time to be in one place :-<. I did say I wanted to sit still for a little while didn't I? Why do I do this to myself? To be fair though, I did say little while. But there be varying interpretations of that word.

Currently: settling in for a bit longer then :)
Listening to: Nick Drake - Here come the blues

Sunday, 1 August 2010


All that time I did nothing, and now that I do have something to do, I blog as a distraction :|. But since I've started, I may as well put down the stuff that needs putting down.

I think I've been here long enough now. Here being Asker, and the reason I say this is that I get that feeling of utter familiarity now. And the security that brings. When the aircraft lands, when I walk through the arrival halls. When I gaze blankly out of the window on the airport train. I like the weather here. Coming from most parts of the world, chances are, it will be cooler here. The wet I don't mind so much any more. In case it wasn't obvious, I meant this as a good thing :).

Now that I've finally finished it, let me say something about the last book I read. Jack Kerouac's On The Road. I came across it in a book store in Chicago airport on my way off the ship. (I was newly in possession of a working bank card, and was itching to make amends for the failure to buy Juliet, Naked last time around. Which I still haven't bought, or read, come to think of it.) Kerouac had been referred to me by a friend sometime back, and I was immediately struck by lyrics of a Waifs' song that I am never sure why I even remember in the first place...

I ditched the book I was reading and read the Kerouac entirely on flights or in airports, or in quiet living rooms on lazy afternoons. And having finished it on the last flight into Oslo, I still have no idea whether I like it or not! One thing I do know, I have never read anything like it! I wonder if my own zigzagging further enhanced the sense of madness?

Then there is the Gypsy jazz. I've recently re-discovered Django Reinhardt, and since then have been unable almost, to listen to anything else. The music is old, over half a century old. But I find it soothing. Becoming of a certain peace and quiet I am trying hard to achieve.

I might stay here a while. Heh, that sounded like a choice on my part. Hmm, well, it is not. But we shall see. It might even be a welcome change.

Oh! We went and saw Inception the other day!! And it was totally awesome!!!! I was so caught up in it, it was probably a good thing I had the last occupied seat in the top row :). I shall not elaborate, but let me say instead, that this is the best thing I have seen in a long long time!! No doubt, you have to watch carefully, and keep a close eye on the loops and bounds of the plot, but it is totally worth the effort :). Do I want to go see it again? Hmm, we'll see.

What I should really do, is stop procrastinating and write more often. That way at least we won't have the unfortunately gigantic posts. Hmm. At five, my blog should probably be forgiven its eccentricities :).

Currently: settling slowly
Listening to: Django Reinhardt - Moppin' the Blues