Another week, another theme

Every once in a while, I change the theme I’m using in this blog. Not only is it refreshing and fun, as the WordPress theme archives are a big bundle of joy, but the change also pushes me to think about blogging from a slightly different angle than before. The changes may seem rather small, but…

World Environment Day blogging competition, part II

Pheew! The past two days have been intense with the online voting starting for the World Environment Day blogging competition by UNEP & Treehugger. In case you missed my last post, here’s a link to my final blog text Diamonds are not forever, the one that’s actually being voted on. In case you want to…

Welcome 2012: may you bring desirable design

So the new year has begun. It means we will have more daylight, approximately one minute per day. The darkest hour took place 22nd December, and now it’s with full throttle we travel towards beautiful, blinding daylight. I miss it so much. Naturally, I’m in complete denial about the winter that’s still ahead before spring…

Branding by presence

I’ve only really started using Twitter this year (why did I not do it earlier?) and I feel it is just the right tool for me, in addition to blogging of course. It’s fast, there’s a stream(s) to follow, you meet random people and get involved in random discussions, it’s continuously on the move and…

Strange fruit

I’ve been slowly reading the book I posted earlier about, 33 revolutions per minute by Dorian Lynskey. I decided to go easy with the book, only take one song at a time and digest the thoughts with patience. I read the first chapter, about Strange Fruit, describing racial violence. I saw the photos the author had chosen…

One last time. To see what happens.

Out of tiredness and slightly bored, I started reading a Marian Keys novel, Rachel’s holiday. I’ve tried one of her short story collections earlier, but that did not work out at all. So far I’m on page 29 in Rachel’s holiday and I’m not closing the book yet. The character is not the usual shopaholic…

Why biographies hurt my brain

I’ve been slowly reading Wolf Hall. I’m sure it is an interesting novel, rewarding, and in many ways enlightening, but damn it’s boring. People die of plague, webs of lies develop, the King is blinded by love and/or lust and Thomas Cromwell is right there in the middle of it. What else is new? Historical…

From Libya, with love

My commuting today by bus was made almost perfect with the BBC World Book Club. Again. It seems, no matter what they do, it always brings me happiness. The themes of the books they choose are always thought-provoking. To hear the authors talk about a novel, respond to questions from the audience, laugh, learn, deny and…

Hiding the characters is a no-no

I finished reading Great House by Nicole Krauss. I enjoyed the novel, the way different destinies get tangled together, how small things grow large in our heads and we do unexpected deeds. What I did learn, or get reminded of, is to be aware of the decisions you make. If I want to live my…