15 December 2010

The Aurora I Missed Last Night

Although I don't feel too cheated  because this was a 30 second exposure and it is still quite faint.

11 December 2010

Norwegian Gastronomique

It has been a week of weird and wonderful food. On Tuesday night I prepared Lutefisk for myself. After doing a bit of reading online I was under the impression that this was going to be a character building experience. Some sources had this to say:

  • a repulsive gelatinous fishlike dish that tasted of soap and gave off an odor that would gag a goat, and
  • reminiscent of the afterbirth of a dog or the world's largest chunk of phlegm
but, on the other hand, also
  • by all accounts the tastiest fish dish since pussy.
So, needless to say, I was also intrigued. After letting it soak overnight to get rid of most of the caustic soda, I baked it in the oven. At the same time, following instructions, fried up a hefty load of bacon. Then smothered the fish in bacon bits and bacon fat. Squirted it liberally with mustard. And sat down to eat... finding that it was actually pretty damn palatable and that the consistency was perfect. Or maybe I was just lucky.

Last night was the Christmas function in the Physics Department at UiB. Thomas had persuaded me that Smalehove was the thing to have. And I willingly gave in. Thomas is a trustworthy guy. If he says that it is good, it is bound to be good. Well, this time I was perhaps not quite so lucky. Look, it is not an experience that I regret. I am happy to be able to say that I have eaten a sheep's head. I am filled with a sense of satisfaction in knowing that I have popped an entire sheep's eye (about the size and consistency of a squash ball) in my mouth and chewed. But as the whole thing got cool (which it did quite rapidly), it started to get less and less appetising. And by the time that I peeled back the lips and observed that this sheep was definitely not too big on oral hygiene, I am afraid to say that I had lost my commitment. Anyway, I pressed on valiantly so that all that remained on my plate was a bare skull. And next to that a very empty glass of Aquavit.

06 December 2010

(Tr)ack Addict?

This might just be the start of something... I propelled myself voluntarily up the mountain once again this evening to indulge in the lunacy of 10 laps of a 400m. And I did this because I kind of enjoyed it last time. In a very masochistic kind of way. There is a lot to be said for running fast. Well, not that I really have an pretensions to running really fast. That is just never going to happen. But running faster than usual is quite thrilling. And the 1 minute breaks in between repetitions are just heavenly. But go by so damn quickly. Some sort of weird sadistic time contraction in effect? Anyway, Dad, I can see what you liked about this track running, but how you could even consider putting waist high obstacles in the way is beyond me!

05 December 2010

Orienteering Championship

Attended the UiB Orienteering Club Championship this afternoon in Sanviken. Got a little bit lost on the way there, which did not bode well for my performance. By the time I arrived, everyone else had already started. Stripped off all the wintery kit and started out with timing chip, compass and map in hand. The compass turned out to be totally unnecessary because the map was pretty good. Although I did have some trouble with gauging the scale. But I am telling myself that this is what happens when you try to run and read a map at the same time! The route consisted of 10 waypoints which had to be done in sequence.

My times:

  • WP 1: 02:54
  • WP 2: no time (timing post removed)
  • WP 3: 16:03
  • WP 4: 17:45
  • WP 5: 21:12
  • WP 6: 23:15
  • WP 7: 25:47
  • WP 8: 30:54
  • WP 9: 33:52
  • WP 10: 35:56
  • finish: 38:03
Very cool afternoon!

01 December 2010

Air Quality Crisis

The headline in the local Bergen newspaper today is "Krisem√łte om luften i dag", which I gather means that the air quality is really bad. And it is quite dingy outside:

But not what I would consider to be a crisis. So we have been advised not to engage in any outdoor activities. I guess that this means that my run this morning was ill advised. Sigh. Looks like I am just going to have to slack off until this calamity passes. ;-)