valkyrieza: (blue open window)
2009-10-15 08:33 am
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I am not a garden person,  since even if I take care of the plans inside the house they tend to die. Still, I cannot help but notice how beautiful the spring is this year. It feels like Johannesburg is greener then before with wild splashes of colour from various trees and on carefully maintained lawns outside the smaller business parks.

I don't think I've ever been so excited about spring in a long while. Admittedly, this time of the year has usually been filled with preparing for Unisa exams and when your head is full of Strategic Management lingo, the smell of jacaranda in the air does not really register.

I shall be posting photos of my recent trip to the US soon. As soon as I remember where both my cameras are in the house. I may have put them somewhere so they won't be in the way when I was unpacking.
valkyrieza: (Karev)
2009-03-19 01:58 pm
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Fire away!

German retailer bans violent games after shootings

Berlin - German retailer Kaufhof will no longer sell violent video games and films, after a teenager - who was an avid gamer - shot dead 15 people before killing himself last week, the firm said Wednesday.

"On the basis of what happened in Winnenden, we have decided to take all the games and films deemed unsuitable for below 18 year olds out of our product range," Kaufhof spokeswoman Sonja Kittel said.
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I'm sorry, but when a kid does not distinguish the line between reality and fantasy he should be under supervision and receive medical help from psychiatrists. Also, his father trained on a shooting range and had some influence. You don't know how to handle a gun after playing "Crysis" or shoot a bow after playing a ranger on "Guild Wars". You have to go and train in real life with real people.

Violent games are not for everyone and the warning labels are there for a reason. A kid's mental state is not the responsibility of the manufacturers of said games. Partial responsibility is also with the retailers for making sure they do not sell adult games to kids.  Not to mention the parents, who do have to at least try to teach kids how to distinguish reality from fantasy.  

valkyrieza: (random art)
2009-03-07 10:54 pm
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From around LJ

Most of my friends know that I am a supporter of the previous and current Russian presidents. They seem more honest in their wishes to lift up their county; to decrease the distance between the rich and the poor. This said distance especially increased in the years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This post, translated into English is by a Russian photographer. The idea was to photograph the most expensive thing in the house. 

valkyrieza: (Default)
2009-01-14 11:38 pm
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Note to self: When a shoe sale is mentioned, ignore the statement and try not to catch the name of the store at which it is at.
Make it a note-to-self from tomorrow, since obviously, it did not work today.

In other news, the ignorance, arrogance and chauvinism of old men in turbans continues to infuriate me.

valkyrieza: (brown clock gold)
2008-12-31 09:45 am
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Hopefully hopeful

This year may have been the best or the worst one yet for many of us, or even somewhere in between, tougher or nicer then other years. The best thing is the fact that a new year is coming, which may be better or worse, but it will be a new year. I wish I could offer some wise words, or even an inspiring quote by someone smarter or better then I am. I just know that change, even as minuscule as writing 2009 as the year on the date of your email memo brings something new. And new is generally good even if it is just for a few days or even for a few minutes.

So I wish all of you a wonderful New Year celebration and a much better year then this one.  Again, this is missing some poignant quote, but nothing really stands out of the Google search for quotes about the meaning of life, except maybe this:

"It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.”  - Terry Pratchett.

valkyrieza: (Firefly - kaylee bummer)
2008-09-28 12:34 am
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No Internets!

Grumble, grumble, they are doing an 'upgrade' of the network for the power grid. No, I do not understand the wording either. As a result, we will have no power from 7am to 5 pm. This is a second Sunday in a row that we do not have power. Maybe I'll get around to doing some work...Yeah, right.
valkyrieza: (white stones)
2008-03-01 12:27 pm
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Article me this, article me that

There is nothing extremely  exciting happening in my life right now, so I am just going to spam my f-list with some more cool articles.

I am not a photography fan so I cannot say I understand precisely what an HDR technique does, but the pictures in this article are absolutely amazing!

This new discovery of a gene that blocks HIV is pretty cool.

I'll also try to stick to this rule. I have gone on for too long leaving things to the last minute or skipping them and with me taking on an extra post-graduate module this simply will not do.
valkyrieza: (brown coffee cup)
2007-12-03 11:17 am
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Moving along

I am down to 84 tabs, I may not comment on everything, but I am certainly reading everything. And that's in between wading through email and work alerts. I may be able to finish sometime today.
valkyrieza: (Default)
2007-11-26 03:47 pm
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Errandous - is there such a word?

I did 305 things today, yet still have another 304 to do. At least, the most important stuff is out of the way, I think. Since my medical aid is now sorted, I booked an appointment with a biokineticist today. On the way to the gym entrance I spotted a car with the nameplate: "MUDGUT", who wants to be identified as mudgut? Seriously!

At least as per the kineticist, I am very very flexible (no dirty positions were employed), but like all women who have not attended gym and pack a few extra kgs, I am morbidly obeseas per my fat percentage. Well, the results can tell that to my new siza36 (size 12) skirt!
valkyrieza: (music black sillhouette)
2007-11-07 07:42 pm
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Being daft and pimpage

I am such a daft child. I had completely forgot to modify my user info to indicate that I am no longer living in Belgium.

I only had to make multiple entries to realize this. So the prize for best observer goes to...not me

Slight pimpage here for an icon creator [profile] mishonet and her community, [profile] elegant_pics. There are no fangirlish icons from TV shows or movies or books, she is concentrating on more universal themes. I find her work absolutely amazing and it is about time I updated my icon collection. Otherwise, why else would I need to pay for extra 100 userpics? Especially with my non-existent artistic skills.
valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett - Hogfather Death)
2007-09-24 03:24 pm
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For all of you in South Africa who are enjoying your public holiday - I don't like you very much right now.
[Insert pouty face here]

And more kitten cuteness. This one reminds me of my cat when she was younger.

valkyrieza: (Default)
2007-06-22 11:50 am
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Weird and creepy are not the same

Okay, it is a well known fact I am single at work. Not because I advertise it, but like in the case of an office full of guys, any new female's boyfriend status information spreads like fire in an office of men. Seriously, men can be bigger gossips then women. Anyhow, I never had a problem with it since I do not encourage flirting and try to be friendly to everyone.

Unfortunately, there always has to be some creep who obviously thinks that by starting a conversation and then insult South Africa, insult my colleagues and I, jokingly threaten us and be an ass, whilst accusing us of being racist. All this, because a few years back he worked in Newcastle with some idiots who were also from South Africa and they all went out and got drunk and lay with prostitutes.

This apparently is his idea of hitting on a woman. I mean, come on, just because I do not get offended at profanity and can trade insults and witty banter, does not make me the perfect female for some creep with bad social skills.

Seriously, I know I am keen to meet single guys and all that, but does my forehead flashed the words of: "Flirt with me" to creeps with bad social skills and beer paunches?

On the positive side - 8 more days to go.
valkyrieza: (Walsh this land)
2007-02-10 08:07 pm
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It is official, I am on a much needed vacation after the busy week I´ve had.

Reykjavik is lovely, Iceland so far is beautiful. I´ll be trying to take as many pictures as I can.

Now, if only the travel agent will send me the documents they so kindly forgot to the hotel, this tiome tomorrow I+ll be viewing Aurora Borealis!
valkyrieza: (Weir_gun)
2006-12-08 10:02 am
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My conversation with colleagues as I got into work yesterday:

"People should not be allowed to have sex on a work night after 12 o'clock!"

I am treated to blank uncomprehending looks.

"The bed of my upstairs neighbours kept moving in a consistent fashion with the mattress creaking. It was noisy, I only got to sleep at 1am!"

My colleagues are barely containing their laughter.

"So, planning on moving then?"

"Nah, it's easier to buy ear plugs."

The rest of the day was pretty interesting too.
valkyrieza: (Default)
2006-11-29 04:09 pm
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The things I weird about me...


Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits about themselves. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things, as well as state this rule clearly. At the end, you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names.

  1. I eat the foam of the cappuchino before I put any sugar in it.
  2. I don't like milk
  3. To prepare for meetings I often talk to myself to prep myself for various scenarios
  4. I sometimes prolong the anticipation of not watching my favourite TV show so I can watch several episodes at once
  5. I only buy leather shoes
  6. I tend to switch off in a middle of a conversation and get back to it, only to find out that I have missed what the other people are saying
  7. I hate chocolate with mint for absolutely no reason.
  8. Will wait in line to buy something for a long time, but will not tolerate if there is a 1 minute delay at McDonalds.
  9. Never finished watching "Titanic", the most I lasted was about 35-40 minutes into the movie
  10. Still don't understand why "The Big Brother" was so popular
I doubt I can tag anyone, most of my friends have done the meme already.
valkyrieza: (doctor picard vulkan salute)
2006-11-05 09:02 pm
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Bargain shopping and more pictures

Denmark has a tendency to have wet snow and freezing winds. Having experienced a taste of things to come last week, we have decided to buy jackets for ourselves. One of the ladies from work has graciously volunteered to take us to some factory shops so we could get the jackets cheaper. The main shopping was to be done near the docks, where there is a mini-mall of designer brands factory outlets.

The area is called Østerport, and the shops are right on the docks so I took a few more pictures with my cell (it would have been a bit of a mission to carry a camera bag when one does shopping). The area is beautiful and if I could rent there, I would.

So here some scenery shots.

Along the road, near the shops.

The view across the harbour. The thin dark light on the horizon - that's Sweden. The town closest to Denmark is Malme, about a half-an hour train ride.

Just a nice view of the harbour dock on a clear Saturday morning.

A thousand years ago, or maybe more, mighty Vikings looked ahead for potential bounty on the opposite shore, where those cars now stand.  These days, Malme is a good bargin-hunting place, where all the goods are stuffed into the boot of the cars after shopping sprees. A similar situation in modern times methinks, but I think the Vikings had cooler armour and no number plates. After all, what kind of a Viking name is 'BMW'?  *Grin*

The view is simply spectacular, despite it's being a late autumn.

The street about 50-70m away from the harbour. The buildings are mainly new and very neat. One snag about living there, a 2-3 bedroom apartment can cost about 70 000 DKK a month, that's about R91 000 or  £6500. So unless I marry a Danish millionare, the closest I can come to living there is working at a nearby office block.

A local marina near the shops we were at. I'm sure there are plenty more grander boat and yachts on other marinas, but we were late getting to the Nike factory outlet on the other side of town. So not enough time to explore or shop. Those factory outlets were much cheaper then regular shops despite selling some good well-known brands; but have one tried shopping longer when shoping with 3 males, who already finished their shopping? Well, I'm coming back to this part of town in the fiture, that's for sure. Who knows, maybe I'll meet a Danish millionare (most likely from very very far away).

After much travelling, we finally did get to the Nike factory store and I did manage to buy a jacket. Of course it seems silly, to spend a lot of time just to buy a jacket from a brand name and not something that is much cheaper. This is not the case however, when it is -7 Degrees and a freezing harsh wind is trying to knock you over. A certifiable, waterproof and waterresistant jacket is a heavensend.

P.S. If all goes well at work, I shall be going to the Denmark countryside to a modern arts museum about an hour outside Copenhagen this weekend. More pictures from me then.
valkyrieza: (Ducky serious)
2006-11-01 02:54 pm

Winter's here

Well, the winter has finally arrived in Denmark. Chose a nice date for it too. Started off with a cool chilly, but light blowing wind and some drizzly rain. Unfortunately, by the time I left the bus stop. The snow was spiralling in toranado-like movements hitting me in the face, and the wind turned savage, cold current getting under my jacket and almost knocking me over. Now, I don't reallly mind the winter, and the snow is kinda pretty, just not when one is facing it in a normal sweater and pants with just leather jacket for warmth. Brr, this weekend some of the admin people will be taking us to buy wind-proof jackets.

Work has free hot chocolate, but after a few cups of that I become so sleepy and unable to concentrate. Oh, well, back to the grindstone.

BTW, for all you budding writers out there, the National Writing month is here, so I've signed to see how many words can I write, before I'm too lazy to continue. My profile is here. If you have signed up, drop me a line.
valkyrieza: (Frodo dword china)
2006-10-30 09:10 am
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ID10 error

It's Daylight Savings Time err Time. As of Sunday, the clocks have turned back by one hour. A fact that I was only vaguely aware of. Guess I'm so used to South Africa not having it. Well, as I generally go by my laptop's time anyway, which is set to Automatically adjust to the Daylight savings time. This morning, the phone which doubles up as the alarm clock sings the Firefly theme tune about 10 minutes before I'm supposed to be up and about.

My colleague's perky voice intrudes upon my consciousness: "Are you ready to leave?" We stay in the same building so we often leave for work together. I groggily protested: "Dude, it's like 7 am!"
The same perky voice cheerfully explained: "Daylight savings time, remember? It is actually 10 past 8 right now."
"O shyte, I'll see you later in the office later then?"
Cursing under my breath, I have washed, dressed and fed myself in record time, even finishing up some hand washing. Make-up check, clothes check, no time to put on the jewellery, jacket check, shoes...check. As I was packing my laptop into the bag I've noticed that the laptop is still running on the old time, decided to quickly adjust the timezone and found it to be correct, strange, it is supposed to be updated automatically. Oh, well, no time to ponder the correctness of a computer designed to keep things like that. Made it to the bus stop in record time, got an empty bus (the benefit of travelling later I thought) and looked up at the electronic clock, which showed proudly an hour earlier that I supposed it was.

My colleague forgot to change the timezone on is laptop when he was in South Africa his clock was actually ahead and mine was correct. Next time, trust the machine for little niggly things like timezones. At least I was early and true to the Dilbert Principle.
valkyrieza: (Superman icon)
2006-10-29 07:31 pm
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Woof! Woof!

Sometimes, the reality that I am living on my own where noone is able to even hint that the dishes need to be washed or something put away, hits me like Archidemes did his bath tub. So, I did not wash the dishes since Friday night, did no laundry and did not make my bed, etc. I am a grown woman living on my own apartment and noone can tell me what to do in my own 'castle'!

Saturday evening, I washed the dishes, sorted out the laundry and cooked a proper meal on Sunday, cleaning most of the kitchen after I finished. Noone can go against 20+ years of psychological conditioning of 'cleaning the house'. And here I am, thinking I was lazy to do that when I have my own place. Pah! Dr Pavlov's dogs have nothing on me!

Now, if only I could find a place that sells tthe cleaning stuff with instructions in English...
valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett quote)
2006-10-20 10:34 am
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A letter

Dear Copenhagen Public works people,

 Please fix the canalisation near the Kirk Vestergarde Alle so I don't have to travel an extra bus stop distance by foot.

So I'm lazy to walk an extra 500M sometimes...