December rant

Ten days until Christmas. I have found most of the gifts I intend to give, though some I’m waiting for to be delivered, since I’ve ordered them. I hope they get here in time, before I go home to my parents over christmas.

A few minutes ago I updated WordPress to version 2.7. Many things are changed, in the administration interface, but seemingly to the better. Another thing I noticed was that the comments marked as spam (which is all but 1 in my case..) are now visible. Maybe they were before too, but not as easily, I think they weren’t, but, still in the database.

After some fiddling, all my plugins worked, and some could be disabled, that I had only for other things to work (for example, a thing called Bluetrait EventViewer was magically needed for the gallery2 plugin to function.. now it works, as magically, without it), so all in all, so far, it seems good.

Today is Sunday, the day when one, atleast me, mostly is restless, thinking too much, and not doing much at all. However, there’s been a lot of worse ones. Sometimes one finds something interesting to do for a few minutes. I found a picture of a little physics experiment/demonstration, that I thought I wanted to try, so I did. The picture below is the result.

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As you see, I didn’t find a piece of string, but (I did find some later though..) one takes what one has, and an umbrella worked fine.

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There was some snow yesterday, that had been for a few days, today however, it went away. The lights that I put up on my balcony blinked nicely, reflecting into the white floor on the balcony, but.. now they have to blink against the dull grayish concrete instead. I don’t really mind though, it was quite slippery and icy in the streets, and I’m sure there’ll be more snow later on anyway. This is how it looked 10 days ago, at my parents.

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The outside christmas tree, covered in snow, well, not very deep, but covered atleast, and a view in the garden at the back of the house, below.

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As a finish, a picture of the “adventsljusstake” (advent-candleholder) from the first advent Sunday, with the first candle lit. Today it is the third of Advent, so today, mom and dad will have three candles lit, in that one.

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Gustav II Adolf Day

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There is a bakery/pastry shop/patisserie very close to where I live, I went there today to buy two Gustav II Adolf pastries. They can vary a bit from shop to shop, these ones were quite nice. Marzipan around it, some creamy thing mixed with strawberry, with sponge base in the middle, topped with two kinds of creamy.. creams, and the obligatory dark chocolate medallion on top. Apparently the medallion can be made of marzipan too, but I have only seen Gustav Adolf pastries with the chocolate medallion. Since I bought two, I have one left for.. later.. soon.

Gustavus Adolphus Day is celebrated in Sweden each year on November 6. On this day only, a special pastry with a chocolate or marzipan medallion of the king, is sold. The day is also an official flag day in the Swedish calendar. In Finland, the day is celebrated as svenska dagen or ruotsalaisuuden päivä, “Swedishness Day”, and is a customary flag day. In both countries, November 6 is the name day for Gustav Adolf, one of the few exceptional name days in the year. Read more

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