Tuesday, November 30, 2004
I found out yesterday that I might be going to Thailand this spring. A trip to Thailand is an old dream coming true. The nature and culture interests me. The climbing and the diving is amazing. Vietnam has also some pleasant surprises.
I’m a gadget geek, even tough I don’t have the money to buy any.
I like browsing, but when I change computers, browsers or go online abroad, I miss my bookmarks. My old friend Hjálmar just started a new company called Spurl, Spurl stores your bookmarks online.
As a university student and an employee of a university I look through a lot of university sites, these are some of my favorites: Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth, Babson, Stanford, Cambridge, Oxford, LSE and then it’s always refreshing to look at art and design schools: Parson, Ryerson and Academy of Art University.
Enjoy the surfing…
Saturday, November 27, 2004
I'm now reading this book about Stalin:Stalin: The court of the red tsar by Montefiore, very interesting book. I will write a review later...
Kjartan, Bjössi and Haukur
I was reading Haukur's web-log , one of my good friends from Bifröst. Haukur lives in Shanghai and has an intresting website: www.netgaur.net.
There was a disco party at Bifrost last night. I felt I had to share this image:
The Afro Pimps: Gauti, Bjössi and Siggi
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Lee and Halldor "working"
My brother, Halldor, and his girlfriend, Jax, are photography students in Victoria, B.C. Canada. How nice is that? One of the most beautiful places in the world with a nice atmosphere. Eco-thinking people, European enough. Crazy mountain biking, snowboarding, climbing and other mountain sports. Great tourism wibe.
I hope we can visit them soon.
All the best to Canada!
Thursday, November 18, 2004
It went from Heraklion to East Midlands (UK), to Rhodos (Greece) back to East Midland (UK) to Kefalonia and back to East Midlands, then to Corfu and once more back to East Midlands with a technical stop in Ancona (Italy). From East Midlands it went to Iceland where my agents were supposed to collect the luggage. The luggage never arrived. And for 6 weeks it has been lost. This was an estimated loss of more than 500.000 ISK (6.000€ and 7.000$). Most of my earthly possessions.
TODAY FLUGFÉLAG ÍSLANDS CALLED ME ABOUT 3 BAGS ARRIVING FROM AKUREYRI. After a short description I realized that these were my bags, and actually they were 4 so all of them were there. This had arrived with domestic flight from Akureyri. So most likely my jet from Greece had an ad hoc landing in Akureyri or made an ad hoc flight Keflavik-Akureyri-Reykjavik-Keflavik.
So this is the travel log of my luggage: Crete - Rhodos - East Midlands - Kefalonia - East Midlands – Corfu - East Midlands – Keflavik - Akureyri-Reykjavik.What a relief…
On the other hand I realized once again that possessions are not relevant, other things are so much more important. Stick to your friends and family, stop worrying about your things, your possessions or your position in life.
Great day, but cold. Close by, it went below -17°C which is very cold for Icelandic standards. But these days are so great, the sky is so clear and the sun is so bright. I had to shoot this picture with a card box screen to block out the sun and trough my girlfriend’s sun glasses.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
I wonder if people are as ignorant as they act. The terror of the war in Iraq continues. Now the news come from Fallujah, where US troops fight ethnic fighters. We hear shocking numbers of dead; we see pictures of the dead and now videos of the actual killings. American Marine is accused of murdering a wounded Iraqi and his act is condemned around the world.
But what did people actually think was going on? Do people really think that this soldier should be used as a scapegoat and accused of murder? Isn’t this guy the unlucky guy who got caught on tape? Of course this is a murder, and of course he should be punished. But don’t tell me this isn’t the way things are done in Fallujah. This is sadly just another example of the US Forces breaking international treaties of war. Let’s not forget the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
I’m saddened by the fact that the super powers of the world still think that force is the key to global problems. My heart goes to the Iraqi people and to the families of the US troops.
The surprise of the weekend was that our Danish friend, Kim, arrived. That meant good wine and whiskey.
Me and Agnes picked Kim up in Reykjavik and arrived at the cabin around seven. Alla, Arnar and Natalia Paris were there since the day before. We had an amazing dinner, snails and Moroccan spiced lamb, we drank Amarone red wine from Kim and after dinner we played tavli and drank Oban Single Malt Whiskey.
I managed to meet Kim again on monday at Hotel Holt, we talked about business and whiskey, great night.
Arnar, Kim and Bardur
I'm sick at home so I wasn't able to take picture of the snowstorm, but here are a couple I took today.
Cars coverd in snow
Children bicycle hibernating
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Two things caught my attetion, the Across America, slow and low; and the new product Concept Centaur.
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Talking about my phone, I’ve been trying to use the Mobile Blog Service of OgVodafone, my mobile company. It works fine except the Mobile Photo Blog, I somehow can’t get it to merge with my Blogger site. Anyway I will contact them tomorrow to find a solution.
I like the idea of being able to blog when ever and where ever I like, the problem is that I hate writing text messages on my phone, the good news is that I can send a vocal blog via telephone. Guess I have to try that soon.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
As a graduate student in Innovation and entrepreneurship I read quite a lot. On top of that I love reading. I felt last winter that my studies were hindering my eagerness to read, so I made a decision to read more, even though it would only be easy reading. I believe that any reading increases your reading speed and helps your mind being creative and alive.
So this is what I’m reading:
Loads of Dan Brown lately, yea I know! I’m main stream…
The Da Vinci Code, nice, very nice.
Angels and Demons, nice to, I just love these historical religious debates.
Deception Point, another Dan Brown, but a bit over the edge…
I’m now half way through Journey to the center of the earth by Jules Verne, an old classic, beautiful! And also involves Iceland a lot which is always nice.
Peter F. Drucker, Managements Challenges for the 21st Century. A very interesting subject and well/easy written. I like fraises like: "Ideas don’t move mountains, bulldozers do, but ideas tell them where to go to work".
I’m also reading History of Economic thought by Landreth and Colander, nice for what it is but not recommended to anyone not interested in economics.
The “worst” book I’m reading now is by Gareth Morgan, Images of Organization. A slow reading book; that in my opinion conflicts the image of an organization rather than explaining it.
For the eye:
I reopened one of my favorite books, The Earth from the Air by Arthus-Bertrand. A keeper, amazing book with amazing fotos…
Old books on the reading table:
The adventurous Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara. A present from my girlfriend, Agnes. Great book, reflects the troubling Americas of the time, not much seems to have changed.
And the, also adventurous, Fresh-Air Fiend by Paul Theroux. Interesting book but I always seem to like the most the writing he does about his home and close surroundings.
Loads of stuff, no wonder my brains seems to be exploding, I’m thinking about affiliate with Amazon.co.uk so people can buy these books…