Go Iceland, GO!

In an unbelievably fast and exciting match which was, basically, edge-of-your-seat soccer, Iceland beat England yesterday evening with a final score of 2-1. Iceland is thus in the quarterfinals of the european cup and England is out of the match, giving the song “Football is Coming Home” an entirely new meaning.

See Iceland’s team and fans celebrate just after the game at this link (sorry, it would not embed – darn copyrights).

What a team – what a game! Thank you, Iceland. You are amazing!

Messing Up My Brain

For some years, I sponsored a young girl in China, and after the family moved out of the area covered by the international sponsorship organisation, I asked them  to just assign me another child somewhere, declining to “pick and choose”.

Since them, I’ve been  the sponsor of a small girl in Honduras, I’ll call her N. When the sponsorship started, she was very young and not yet in school, and the correspondence between us was conducted by her older brothers and sisters. She is now eight and has been in school for two years, I think, and I was delighted to receive a letter from N herself.

This is an excerpt from her (translated) letter:

“Here, everybody is waiting for winter to come, to plant maize, beans, and plums, to have food for summer.”

Now, I am perfectly aware that Honduras is in the southern hemisphere, but I really had a hard time wrapping my brain around that sentence.

It’s probably just me.

Such Joy

I think it is amazing that Iceland, with a population of just over 330.000, has managed to put together a soccer team that qualified for the EM 2016 – that in itself is wonderful.

More wonderful, however, is the audio track on this video, when in the very last seconds of the game, Iceland manages to shoot a winning goal, pushing Austria out of the running.

The icelandic commentator just completely loses it. And it will make you smile.

Fun Facts

A few days ago, I was explaining to my father (who had asked me)  what Bluetooth is and what it is good for (in my case, mainly to connect my headphones to my phone, or to drop a photo to another device with out the need for a wired connection).

Keeping in mind that my father is a licensed ham radio operator, I knew questions about frequencies would ensue so I pulled up the wiki article on bluetooth.

I was surprised to read that Bluetooth was named after Harald Bluetooth, a medieval king of Denmark who is reported to have been “The Harald who won the whole of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity” according to the Jelling Stones.

What are the Jelling Stones? According to Wikipedia:

“The Jelling stones are massive carved runestones from the 10th century, found at the town of Jelling in Denmark. The older of the two Jelling stones was raised by King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife Thyra. The larger of the two stones was raised by King Gorm’s son, Harald Bluetooth in memory of his parents, celebrating his conquest of Denmark and Norway, and his conversion of the Danes to Christianity. The runic inscriptions on these stones are considered the best known in Denmark.”

One just never stops learning new things. I like that.

 

Oops, I Did it Again

Well, actually, that was the last substantial yarn stash that I had, and in light of the lack of summer (which has been promised to us starting on Tuesday – ha!) and in my own personal “will doing lots and lots of knitting aggravate my CT” experiment, I made this sweater which combined the stitching pattern of one pattern and the dimensions of another:

kiwisweater

Don’t go clicking the picture looking for errors in the pattern – I’m sure you might find one or two. All those yfw, sl2, etc. nearly drove me to distraction.

The yarn I worked with actually had a much lighter greener color, but while knitting the sweater I noticed that the color of the individual skeins had faded to different degrees. Thus, once it was finished, I treated it with textile dye of a “Kiwi” color.

Left without a current knitting project, and in light of our cloudy skies, I am feeling a bit adrift.

I may have to start cleaning out the closets or something.

Go, Britannia

Brexit? Sure, why not. You’ve always thought yourselves better than other europeans, you refused to participate in our common currency, and basically picked the raisins out of the cake that is the EU and got special treatment in a variety of ways.

Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Good Things of this World

I recently came across a new type of eyeglasses in a catalog. They caught my eye, because they are reading glasses and are adjustable. Yes, adjustable. On each side. From +0 to +3 D. (Though I wish they’d go to 4D, as I think my right eye is nearing that territory.

I found this idea of adjustable glasses interesting because though I have a perfectly good pair of reading glasses, I know that they are due for an adjustment soon, and that this will cost me a good deal of money at the optometry place. I also have moments when I notice, mainly in the evening, that my eyes are tired and overstrained, and my normal reading glasses are lacking just slightly in “power”.

The eyeglasses I read about, “eyejusters“, were originally developed for third world countries, to help those that have no access to an optometrist. This article is about that admirable effort.

I went ahead and ordered a pair and they have arrived, and I am happy with them. They  are good for reading, knitting, and because they are adjustable I can also use them when looking at a normal computer screen (not attached to a laptop) – which is a bit of a challenge with my prescription reading glasses due to the limited “range”.

 

I’ve So looked forward

…..to the last installment of Justin Cronin’s Passage Trilogy, and it is out.  Before reading (or in my case, listening to) “The City of Mirrors” however, I am going to go back and listen to “The Passage” and “The Twelve” a second time. Just to freshen things up in my memory.

The first two parts of the trilogy are brilliantly narrated and it is one hell of a story. “The Passage” draws you into the storyline and into the characters from the very beginning and has you hooked all the way to the end. The same is true of “The Twelve”.

I’m actually looking forward to all three.