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Free to die

… are the black citizens of “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. “Certainly a Taser is an option that’s available to the officers, but Tasers aren’t 100 percent,” Dotson said. “So you’ve got an individual … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #6

Bubbling hot mud pools at Seltún and elsewhere. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #6 Blubbernde heiße Schlammlöcher bei Seltún und anderswo.

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #5

Old houses in Árbæjarsafn (Árbæ-collection). There you can see how Icelanders lived through the centuries. I also recommend visiting the National Museum (Þjóðminjasafn Íslands) and the Saga Museum (or alternatively the museum about Egill Skallagrímsson in Borgarnes). Gute Gründe Island … Continue reading

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Anders “Fokk” Rasmussen: Iceland crucial to NATO

Helvítis fokking fokk! The NATO flag was flying at the ministry of foreign affairs, approximately a hundred meters from our office here in Reykjavík, on Wednesday. I pointed it out to my colleagues who hadn’t recognized it while we took … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #4

Enchanting sunsets in summer towards the North1 around midnight by the seashore (and while resting your feet and legs into hot water near the Seltjarnanes lighthouse). Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #4 Bezaubernde sommerliche Sonnenuntergänge Richtung Norden2 um Mitternacht … Continue reading

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Selective memory?

It’s fascinating to see how segments about the alleged downing of MH17 in the US news remembers Reagan’s reaction to the shoot-down of KAL007. Of course, if you want to emphasize “the president’s” reaction it’s an appropriate comparison. But a … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #3

A fjord (Hvalfjörður, literally: whale fjord) with the highest waterfall in Iceland (Glymur) and an enchanting view out of the fjord onto the sea (and if you happen to be on the sea also vice versa). I’ll not spoil the … Continue reading

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George Carlin

Remember him? One of my favorite contemporary American satirists. He had one piece where he stated that we have no rights. In particular he referred to all the Americans always yammering about their rights. He then pointed to the Americans … Continue reading

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Man kann es sich direkt ausmalen

Die New Straits Times berichtet in einem englischen Artikel von heute: KUALA LUMPUR: INTELLIGENCE analysts in the United States had already concluded that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by an air-to-air missile, and that the Ukrainian government had … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #2

Weather galore! Yep, it’s true. Not only does Iceland export fish and volcano ash, it also exports weather, albeit mainly to mainland Europe. Or as Icelanders tend to say: if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes. Gute … Continue reading

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Smart guy, but partially flawed logic

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a world-renowned physicist, defended genetically modified organisms some time ago and it went viral on Youtube with this video, posted some days ago. He wrote a rebuttal on Facebook1 regarding the reactions to his words. Of course … Continue reading

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Skálmöld & Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands (DE)

Und nochmal das ganze auf Deutsch. Wer von euch Metal mag, insbesondere Symphonic und Power Metal, sollte sich unbedingt die isländische Viking Metal Band Skälmöld (etwa “Zeitalter des Schwertes”) und ihre DVD/CD “Skálmöld & Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands” (Skálmöld und das Symphonieorchester … Continue reading

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An effort to crowdfund the pilot to a “Man from Earth” series

If you liked the movie after the story by Jerome Bixby, here’s the link to the Kickstarter campaign. Go join the effort. It’s needed, because the previous attempt failed. // Oliver

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #1

Dyrhólaey (Icelandic for door hole island1) and Vík. It’s a natural reserve and features a great coastal lines and all kinds of birds, including puffins which breed there. A trip through the Icelandic South deserves at least one, more likely … Continue reading

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Skálmöld & Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

Check out the Icelandic Viking metal band Skälmöld (roughly “sword age”) and their DVD/CD “Skálmöld & Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands” (Skálmöld and the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra) recorded last year in the Eldborg hall inside Harpa. It features the band plus three full … Continue reading

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Unangenehm

Wie unangenehm für die Spiegel-Redakteure, daß ihnen jetzt ein Gegenwind seitens der deutschen Bevölkerung entgegenbläst – um nicht zu sagen -stürmt. In ihrem Blog in dem die Kommentarfunktion taktisch klug abgeschalten ist, echauffieren sich die Spiegel-Redakteure ob der Empörung welche … Continue reading

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Beer lovers who are actually beer haters?

Too often I see self-proclamations of beer lovers that advertise all kinds of equipment to cool down the beer to arctic temperatures. I am not sure how these people qualify as beer lovers. If you numb your taste buds by … Continue reading

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Palettes in Iceland?

Okay, palettes (vörubretti) can be bought in Iceland from Saltkaup in Hafnarfjörður. I picked the plastic ones as they are lighter1 and offer more net weight for the freight I plan to ship. However, they also offer wooden palettes and … Continue reading

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Live from Iceland? Yep!

Turns out the webcam at Jökulsárlón is indeed live. Here am I yesterday around half past five in the afternoon: (click to see full size) … in my lime shirt with the “Free Shrugs …” motto and brown corduroys. // … Continue reading

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A pretty good one

Here’s a “joke” on part of NATO, quote: Secondly, all of NATO’s deployments have taken place on NATO territory, with the intention to deter threats to NATO territory. True, but of course this ignores the promises that were made more … Continue reading

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