Saturday, January 31, 2009

My head is spinning

Dancing in my living room to

familjen - det snurrar i min skalle


Friday, January 30, 2009

To be young again

I just watched this show, SKINS, earlier and it made me wanna be 15 again.
(Update! BBC has disabled the embedding of this clip so if you wanna see it , and trust me you do, just click on the clip and it'll take you straight to youtube.)

Then I remember what I looked like at 15.


Oh, Oslo

Last night I rekindled my romance with my hometown and went to a screening of the movie "Metropolis".
It was showing at this beautiful house called Villa Stenersen that was designed by architect Arne Korsmo in the late 1930s and was supposed to function as a home for both Rolf Stenersen, his family and their incredible art collection. In 1974 Stenersen donated his home to the city and it was supposed to be used as a residence for future prime ministers, but has only housed one so far. These days the house is used as a gallery and meeting space used mainly by architect and design fields.

The movie didn't start before sundown, so I didn't get any good pictures myself. Luckily I managed to put the world wide web to the test and find some of my favorite details about the building. Please note the dome entrance and the frame windows. Spectacular.

The next few weeks they are showing "Blade Runner", "The Fountainhead" and "Brazil". I'll dedicate a post to the first person who can tell what these movies all have in common.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Refugee camp

I've been feeling incredibly homesick lately and seeking refuge anywhere I can, but it hasn't gotten me any closer to where I wanna be right now. Today's refugee camp is one of my all time favorites and one of the main libraries in Oslo. I sunk into shelves of books and once I started to feel a little better, I continued work on my novel. 



Last night, Lisa and I managed to score tickets to an incredible Raphael Saadiq concert that was hosted by the national radio in Norway. The concert was streamed live (watch/listen here)on one of the npr stations here, p3, and also taped for a music program on the national tv station NRK.

Needless to say, it was amazing. Just as good as the last time I saw him, though I did miss the husband this time around when Raphael played "Be here", which is probably the first song Jelsen ever sent me when I moved to Budapest and he stayed in Miami for a few months. 

We also got to hang out with the beautifully talented Samsaya. She has a new single out on iTunes (so make sure to check it out) called "change" and a song called "dodge it" in the new movie "The Wrestler". Good job, missy!


Last Weeks Interestings // 38

Haha [DC]:
Made new friends barside [ DC ]: Project Culture Vulture
Had Ethiopian food [ DC ]:
Went to the National Portrait Museum [ DC ]:
Met up with Ellie [ DC ]:
....and we somehow ended up here just after sunset: oops!
Got back to Brooklyn Cruising w/ Steph & Rodney:
Finally partied w/ the Triple B's:
Giggled at Alexis:And was right in the middle of it:

- jelsen

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lassies & Gentlemen

January 25th is Robbie Burns Day - the world's largest annual celebration of the work of any writer. Please, google'd this day of whiskey, slurred speeches, bagpipage, stews, and folk dancing exist so long without any of my knowledge?

oh - im not scottish. that's it.

Well, Doug & Nicole let me adopt-a-culture for a day and here's how they done do it:
yes - they had official [printed] programs!
Turn for my 'Toast To The Lassies':

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Oh Sweet Sweet Lassies
How benevolent your ways

With bodies as solid as a chassis
And sweet minds that remold like clay

There are far too many accolades to simply display
But because of you, oh sweet lassie, we are all here today.

Placenta Placenta - you were first my home
And look how mighty strong i now have grown!


Oh Sweet Sweet Lassies
How seductive your souls

With breasts ripe like pomegranates
And asses that most find tough to manage

Those lips so soft
My penis exalts

Vagina Vagina - you are my favorite home
And look how mighty strong i now have grown!


Oh Sweet Sweet Lassies
How multifaceted your modes

With frontal lobes too complex for mere lads to hone
You gracefully achieve both career and tidy abodes

Sweet natural scents never leave you alone
We lads proudly lend you our throne

Intellect Intellect - you are my elusive home
And look how mighty smart i now have grown!


Oh Sweet Sweet Lassies
You prance with such confidence

With voices high pitched and index finger as waving evidence
You get your ways with nearly no hesitance

From us lads you are forever in need of more attention
If not satisfied you use manipulation called pussy retention

Philanges Philanges - you are consistently my new home
With a firm stride and altering grips....there is none better thing known.


Oh Sweet Sweet Lassies
Let us Laddies rise to salute thee
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Too much fun. Just the right amount of 'too much' fun.

thanks guys!
- jelsen