Month: March 2009

More pictures of the jellybean on Maoam candy packages. You may remember him from the February 25 post when a couple cherries were waiting in line to get licked. Now he’s up to, well, maybe you should just see for yourself. I really don’t want to speculate about what’s going

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Tonight I had to send some apology messages to Louisville because I think I jinxed the basketball game against Michigan State. You see, the only basketball that I watched all season was the second half of Sunday’s game. I tuned during halftime and watched the second half live via the

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Spotted yesterday in Stockholm, is this a new version of the Snuggie? The Snuggie, of course, is the infamous “blanket with sleeves” for lazy Americans who sit on the couch all day. Because they need their hands for the remote control and feeding their snack hole, a traditional analog blanket

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Tonight I went out on the town with some friends and ended up drawing on people. The city was alight with excitement because there was a big soccer game tonight: Sweden vs. Portugal. A lot of the bars had signs out front advertising that they would be showing the game.

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In addition to learning a new language, the metric system, how much everything costs, and adjusting to a new culture, possibly the most difficult part has been being forced to return to T9. You know, sending text messages with only the number keys? Remember that? As much as I love

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My friend Johanna is writing an article about my decision to move – and the accompanying adventure – for Sweden’s biggest printing and graphics magazine. That’s pretty exciting. It will be published in May in Aktuell Grafisk Information. Over the past week or so she gave me the third-degree through

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One of the bands Erik is in, Tiger Lou (video) played a benefit show tonight for Rädda Barnen, a group that helps children around the world. There were several bands who each played a few songs at the Debaser Slussen club. The club is underneath the street next to some

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This is near Slussen (the locks) and you can see some of the same buildings that are in the Metroschifter cover photo, but with much different conditions in the sky. Although it was very cold – right around freezing – I sat here and soaked up some sun for a

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While walking and enjoying a sunny (but cold) day near Skanstull on Södermalm, a snow storm breezed through. It lasted just a few minutes and some parts of the sky were still blue while it was happening. It was very surreal.

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I finished the artwork for the new Metroschifter CD this week and got it sent off to Louisville. Noise Pollution will be putting it out and we are doing a pre-order offer so people can get it personalized with their name on the cover. The cover photo is one I

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All my talk about spring colors and the melting of the snow was a bit premature. I guess that shows what I know about living in Sweden. I sat down on my bed to do some design work Monday evening and was there for a few hours. When I got

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One of my Louisville friends, Rachel, does music promotion work in London and got me in on the guest list to see Franz Ferdinand in Stockholm tonight. Iida went with me and we had very nice seats. The show was at Cirkus which has a capacity of about 2000. It

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After just a few weeks in the apartment, my roommate has told me that he has decided to move back to Holland and sell the apartment. I will be moving in with my friends Iida and Erik on May 1st. They are a little farther from the city center, but

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The sun. It is the closest star to earth, that’s why it seems so bright, but it is really just a medium-sized star. It doesn’t get as high in the sky since we’re higher up on the curve of the earth, so there are lots of extra long long shadows

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A couple more scenes of Sergels Torg from Thursday with some blue skies. I’m not sure what it is about the sky here, but the clouds are always something interesting and when the sky is blue, it’s soooo blue.

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The snow has melted, the sun is peeking through, the grass is exposed, and colors are beginning to show. What’s missing in all these photos? Power lines! You almost never see them here unless they are holding street lamps or powering trains.

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This is a lady I saw on the train this morning in Stockholm reading Barack Obama’s “Dreams of my Father” in Swedish. It made me happy. The Swedish title is “Min Far Hade en Dröm” which means “My Father Had a Dream.” Not exactly the same thing, is it?

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NK is one of the big department stores in Stockholm. These stores are enormous and pretty expensive. Another one, Åhléns City, is also 5 or 6 stories tall and takes up an entire city block.

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The mail slot on one of my neighbors’ doors. Almost every mailbox says “ingen reklam tack” which means “no advertising please” – a request that is honored by law if you have it posted. These people added an extra line “but gladly Ikea catalogs!”

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Bulleit bourbon Sweden

Bulleit for sale at Systembolaget which is the state-owned liquor monopoly. The price is 279 kronor (about $35) and it says, “Tasty, burned whiskey with barrel character, elements of liquorice, caramel and vanilla.” It’s actually cheaper than Maker’s and Jack Daniel’s. Of the seven whiskeys Systembolget carries, four are Kentucky

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