larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (spirals)
Links, links, my bedroom for some links.

How Iceland reduced teen drinking and drug use, as in from 42% of teens drinking to just 5%. (via)

Timelapse of sunset at Griffith Observatory.

NCG 2936 a.k.a. the Porpoise Galaxy.

---L.

Subject quote from "Much Ado About Nothing," II.1, William Shakespeare.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
Repeat After Me, a comic by Maki Naro about psychology's reproducibility problem. (via)

The Saga-Steads of Iceland, a blog documenting reading the Icelandic sagas in the locations where each is set. (via)

I really want a Finnish-speaker's opinion on what it's like to read The Song of Hiawatha in Finnish. (Did the translator use the Kalevala meter that Longfellow was imitating, or did they imitate the imitation? And what would THAT sound like?)

---L.

Subject quote from "Life Less Ordinary," Carbon Leaf.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
Three extraordinary things:

Many lichens are not a symbiosis of algae and fungi, as we've long thought: large numbers are a symbiosis of algae, fungi, and yeast. (via)

On June 20-21, Icelandic state television RÚV did a 24-hour live broadcast of a drive on the Ring Road, all the way around Iceland, to the soundtrack of a procedurally generated 24 hour remix of Sigur Rós's "Óveður." I caught parts of this livestreamed online, and had fun recognizing places I've been. The recording is finally up on the band's website: "Route One" Content warning: hypnotic Icelandic landscapes. (via)

Via All of Bach (previously): Der Friede sei mit dir (BWV 158).

---L.

Subject quote from "Everybody Got Their Something," Nikka Costa.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
“When you’re trying to change the world, sometimes the roof collapses,” [Pasternak] said. “It’s normal. It’s absolutely normal.”
As quoted in "Helium Dreams," a profile of modern airship builders.

Viking ships had woolen sails -- large woolen sails specially woven and treated, which required a lot of sheep. Without sheeps, no ships. (via)

Tiny origami on fingertips for scale. More, including "nano-origami" (spoiler: is really more milli-origami). (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Calls from Springfield," Hillary Scott.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
Short shameful confession: my favorite name from the Icelandic sagas is Thorstein Cod-biter.

---L.

Subject quote from "Call Me Son," Courtney Robins.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba runs)
The mountains look misty this morning, though it is probably dust from the winds, and the light of the sunrise over the ridge was muted. The neighborhoods are starting to smell of orange blossoms. Spring is springing.

A couple more video bits:

Someone attached a cam to the beak of a rescued pelican being taught how to fly. Yes, it's a GoPro ad. You still want to watch it. (via)

"Legend," a timelapse video of Icelandic landscapes set to the music of a Japanese post-rock band. Because Sigur Rós wasn't available? I dunno. Still beautiful. (via)

Another short, nearly wordless (some written English) fantasy movie: "Deathinger." This one's Taiwanese animation, and is hella cute. Children of personifications of death attend a school for psychopomps. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "The Last Chantey," Rudyard Kipling.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
A photo-essay of lavatubes in Iceland with formations not found in limestone caves. (via)

Death and Taxes points out the proposed budget that McDonald's suggests for its minimum-wage employees requires working two full-time jobs and doesn't include food, gas, heating, and healthcare (or not at that cost). (via)

"It's Finally Ironic," fixing the lyrics of Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" to make the situations, yanno, actually ironic. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Merry-Go-Round," Antje Duvekot.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (for you)
The Big Picture covers the annual round-up of Icelandic horses, with plenty of spare, beautiful Icelandic landscape behind them.

Let me rephrase that. YOU WANT TO CLICK THROUGH ALREADY.

Got it? Good.

Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving (via). "Packing all of your belongings into a U-Haul and then transporting them across several states is nearly as stressful and futile as trying to run away from lava in swim fins." Humor writing at its finest.

What Israeli airport security is like for those with privilege (via). Show of hands from those who believe someone Arabic gets the brisk efficiency. Anyone? ... Didn't think so.

A recording of Auden reading "The Shield of Achilles" (via).

---L.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (for you)
The Big Picture covers the annual round-up of Icelandic horses, with plenty of spare, beautiful Icelandic landscape behind them.

Let me rephrase that. YOU WANT TO CLICK THROUGH ALREADY.

Got it? Good.

Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving (via). "Packing all of your belongings into a U-Haul and then transporting them across several states is nearly as stressful and futile as trying to run away from lava in swim fins." Humor writing at its finest.

What Israeli airport security is like for those with privilege (via). Show of hands from those who believe someone Arabic gets the brisk efficiency. Anyone? ... Didn't think so.

A recording of Auden reading "The Shield of Achilles" (via).

---L.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (dying for one's ship)
As you may have noticed, I dislike memes that are all about me!me!. I want to hear people, not talk about myself -- I do far too much of that anyway. But with this one, at least I get something out of it: Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ/blog and explain what they mean to you.

These words were given to me by [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija. They ended up being more interconnected (inter-tanka-nected?) than I suspect she knew.


Iceland
In the furthest north
sustainability's edge:
vikings held on
with their only luxuries
landscape and the spoken word.

Sagas
Grandparents talk of
love, law, loss, blood, and revenge
in the winter night;
a storyteller listens
and runs howling to his art.

Poetry
Against truth's harsh light
we shade ourselves with small lies,
softening shadows;
a writer listens to his lies
and runs howling to his craft.

Terrible science fiction
The future isn't --
we fill up that empty time
with comforting hopes;
a liar takes them for truth
and runs howling to his crap.

Tall
Tall tales are needed:
they show the limits of truth.
Tall coffees as well:
sometimes, they are just enough.
Tall people are excessive.


It need not be a yell, or a howl -- a simple request will do.

---L.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (dying for one's ship)
As you may have noticed, I dislike memes that are all about me!me!. I want to hear people, not talk about myself -- I do far too much of that anyway. But with this one, at least I get something out of it: Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ/blog and explain what they mean to you.

These words were given to me by [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija. They ended up being more interconnected (inter-tanka-nected?) than I suspect she knew.


Iceland
In the furthest north
sustainability's edge:
vikings held on
with their only luxuries
landscape and the spoken word.

Sagas
Grandparents talk of
love, law, loss, blood, and revenge
in the winter night;
a storyteller listens
and runs howling to his art.

Poetry
Against truth's harsh light
we shade ourselves with small lies,
softening shadows;
a writer listens to his lies
and runs howling to his craft.

Terrible science fiction
The future isn't --
we fill up that empty time
with comforting hopes;
a liar takes them for truth
and runs howling to his crap.

Tall
Tall tales are needed:
they show the limits of truth.
Tall coffees as well:
sometimes, they are just enough.
Tall people are excessive.


It need not be a yell, or a howl -- a simple request will do.

---L.
larryhammer: stylized figures of a man and a woman on either side of a shopping cart carrying a heart (romance)
... some of it is just trancendental / some of it is just really dumb But I -- I love it when you sing to me / and you -- you can sing me anything

---L.
larryhammer: stylized figures of a man and a woman on either side of a shopping cart carrying a heart (romance)
... some of it is just trancendental / some of it is just really dumb But I -- I love it when you sing to me / and you -- you can sing me anything

---L.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (gunnar/hillside OTP)
Like most people, I keep a file of draft posts. Some of them have been sitting around for a while.
Subject of post Reason for not posting
Sample entry from a supposed elven version of The Pillow Book. The dough has not finished rising.
Notes on teaching myself how to wet-fold origami. Still learning how.
Comparison of three anthologies of Romantic period poetry. Still reading and making notes.
Report on my attempt to fold a thousand cranes from a rebranding notecube. Haven't finished counting how many cranes I folded.
Review of The City of Dreadful Night. Again, dough hasn't finished rising. Nor has the oven started heating. The pan has been prepared, at least.
Review of Yotsuba&! volume 6. English edition still not out. Curse you, ADV!
Review of Please Save My Earth. Need to buy the last half-dozen volumes.
Review of Daniel's The Civil Wars. Still haven't finished reading.
My new time-management policy. Too stupid to post.


All of which is my explanation for this GIP.

---L.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (gunnar/hillside OTP)
Like most people, I keep a file of draft posts. Some of them have been sitting around for a while.
Subject of post Reason for not posting
Sample entry from a supposed elven version of The Pillow Book. The dough has not finished rising.
Notes on teaching myself how to wet-fold origami. Still learning how.
Comparison of three anthologies of Romantic period poetry. Still reading and making notes.
Report on my attempt to fold a thousand cranes from a rebranding notecube. Haven't finished counting how many cranes I folded.
Review of The City of Dreadful Night. Again, dough hasn't finished rising. Nor has the oven started heating. The pan has been prepared, at least.
Review of Yotsuba&! volume 6. English edition still not out. Curse you, ADV!
Review of Please Save My Earth. Need to buy the last half-dozen volumes.
Review of Daniel's The Civil Wars. Still haven't finished reading.
My new time-management policy. Too stupid to post.


All of which is my explanation for this GIP.

---L.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
Music that's currently rocking my world: Krauka, a Scandinavian (Danish and Icelandic) folkroots trio. Their first album, Vikinga seiður, recreates Viking popular songs, and it fits right in with other medieval music in my collection. Since then, they've kept their period inspiration, but modernized the influences a bit -- and by their third album, Bylur, it, well, rocks. A couple tracks, on YouSendIt till they expire:

"Smeden" - About smithing iron and sending it to Iceland and Vinland.

"Bödulsvísur" - Text is a 17th-century Icelandic executioner's ballad, describing all the things he's going to do to the guilty.*

Their website has more downloads, if you dig about, and the obligatory MySpace has streaming songs (check out "Sælugaukur" especially) and videos. In the States, you can buy all three albums from The Viking Trader.


* I think a verse of this was quoted in the exhibit Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft.


---L.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
Music that's currently rocking my world: Krauka, a Scandinavian (Danish and Icelandic) folkroots trio. Their first album, Vikinga seiður, recreates Viking popular songs, and it fits right in with other medieval music in my collection. Since then, they've kept their period inspiration, but modernized the influences a bit -- and by their third album, Bylur, it, well, rocks. A couple tracks, on YouSendIt till they expire:

"Smeden" - About smithing iron and sending it to Iceland and Vinland.

"Bödulsvísur" - Text is a 17th-century Icelandic executioner's ballad, describing all the things he's going to do to the guilty.*

Their website has more downloads, if you dig about, and the obligatory MySpace has streaming songs (check out "Sælugaukur" especially) and videos. In the States, you can buy all three albums from The Viking Trader.


* I think a verse of this was quoted in the exhibit Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft.


---L.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (icon of awe)
Remember the hub of Reykjavík? Probably not, as even I didn't until we were at the street-corner, a couple weeks ago. "Wait, this is where ... !" And yes, it was still there, tho' missing a couple letters.

And now, at last, the mystery is explained. (link via [livejournal.com profile] janni)

---L.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (icon of awe)
Remember the hub of Reykjavík? Probably not, as even I didn't until we were at the street-corner, a couple weeks ago. "Wait, this is where ... !" And yes, it was still there, tho' missing a couple letters.

And now, at last, the mystery is explained. (link via [livejournal.com profile] janni)

---L.

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