From the folks that brought you surströmming, a kind of fermented herring, comes something a bit different to entice your palate! When I first heard “cloudberry,” I thought it a playful term for flatulence. Turns out, it’s an indescribable fruit found in northern latitudes. It’s rare, and rather difficult to cultivate as I understand. The… Continue reading Cloudberries
Lennart Green, the foremost close-up card magician of the world, dazzled the audience of TED 2005. I caught the video today on my Zune and was thrilled. His show is very entertaining, quick witted, and his foreignness is close to my heart (Green is from Gothenburg, Sweden). The TED video is around 30 minutes of… Continue reading Lennart Green Magic Amazes TEDrs
In a small city north of Stockholm, 5,000 onlookers welcome a giant Goat as it is unveiled each year around Yule. For several decades now, the Gävle Goat has made a historical mark in Gävle history as it is either sacrificed or spared during the Winter. In 1969 the goat was burned on New Year’s… Continue reading Gävlebocken (The Gävle Goat)
Yesterday the family celebrated Christmas Adam with my mom. It’s a traditional ceremony for us – one that I invented when I was very young, so a long-standing one at that. Christmas Adam is the day before Christmas Eve. Christian mythology teaches us that Adam came before Eve, though there are no days celebrating that.… Continue reading Christmas Adam
The renaissance is coming for my ancestral kin-folk, the Vikings. Once pillaging coastal cities with axe and arrow, their reach is now extended to the digitally connected world. Their great Viking DSL Longships ride the Internet surf to unleash hordes upon luddites of the modern world. Wielding now, their fancy cell phones and European technilogical… Continue reading Scandinavians r l33t
My friend, Jason D., sent me a chain-letter to fill out and send to a million people for good luck or something. I am against such things, but I like Jason and wish to at least better his luck. Instead of emailing everyone with my MadLib biography, I chose to post it here on my… Continue reading MadLib Biographies
I came across this word at (oddly enough) a site on CSS and web design. I think I shall begin to use this word with some frequency! Thanks, Sweden, for your herring and Euro-slang.