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Mar. 21st, 2014

10:34 am

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The internet says that today is International Happiness Day. Which probably means that technically it was yesterday for us, but whatever. I started by celebrating, did you?

Meanwhile, I've been reading Scandinavia and the World for a while now. It's created by a Dane and focused mostly on Norway, Sweden and Denmark, but really nobody's safe. It plays on cultural stereotypes - Australia's a surfer with a large Crocodile Dundee knife (and occasinally a Julian Assange haircut), America's big, brash and blonde, Germany carries a sausage around with him everywhere, and New Zealand's.. a sheep. Ah well..




I dunno, I find it amusing. ms_danson introduced me to it, and since then I've almost caught up with the available comics. I even Flattr them. O.o

Also, it turns out that might be a use for Facebook - following comics. Yes, I signed up. I did it so that I could post notifications of conservation events in Rangitikei to the Kiwiburn community, who are all on Facebook and stubbornly refuse to use any other media. It frustrates me that I have to do this so I'm looking for a bright side, and the bright side is that if you like the pages of your favourite comics, you get them in your timeline.

The less bright side is that if you have friends and you only go on Facebook to read comics, the comics get lost in the wash of people posting links to everything they find interesting on the internet and pictures of cats. I don't want to mute people that I genuinely like and care about, but at the same time... COMICS!

Stupid social media.


This has been one of those weeks when the weekend can't come fast enough and was already filled up 2 days before it started. Luckily, today is Friday. And payday. And the KB afterburn party is happening tomorrow, and for once I actually give a shit.

There could well be dancing.

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From:zoefruitcake
Date:March 20th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
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I loved that, I think I might try reading it too
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From:tatjna
Date:March 20th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
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It has provided me with literally hours of entertainment. ;-)
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From:fbhjr
Date:March 20th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I know folks who have had the shark in Iceland.
I'm told it is an acquired taste...
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From:tatjna
Date:March 20th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I fail to see the fascination with things that are edible being left till they're rotten before eating them. I'm sure if I were starving I'd give it a go, and I've nothing against eating shark, but why wait if you've got a fresh one? I don't get it.
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From:fbhjr
Date:March 20th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
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From what I'm told the fish, including shark, off Iceland have what is more or less antifreeze in their blood. So, you have to let it leach out before it is safe to eat.
There are other steps in the processing that are even less appetizing....
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From:tatjna
Date:March 20th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
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So I had a bit of a hunt around, and apparently it's a particular kind of shark called the Greenland shark. And they do indeed have antifreeze in them.

Also, this cracked me up:

"Historically, Greenland Shark livers have been an important source of vitamin A and lamp oil, but now are taken primarily as a source of an extremely durable machine lubricant."

Source of vitamin A and machine lubricant!
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
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That is fabulous!

I like pickled herring.

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From:tatjna
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
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I haven't had the opportunity, and in a land ringed by oceans I don't think it'll ever become necessary for me to preserve fish in this way.
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
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And yet, I learned to enjoy this delicacy with the Dutch side of my family - and you'd think they could enjoy the fresh stuff anytime too ;-)

It is a challenging flavour. I alternate between genuinely liking it, and liking to eat it so that I can gross out Dr Smith. Once I ate a really big herring at a Folk Fest for a challenge... that was stretching my commitment to both.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
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I have been led to believe that rotten corn is a traditional food of Maori*, so maybe experimenting with foods in their various states of going off is just a thing that people do.

* I do wonder about the truth of this, since corn isn't something that would have been available to Maori before colonisation. But there may have been some other thing that's since been substituted. Either way, I tried it once and decided I prefer the fresh version of that too.
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From:pombagira
Date:March 20th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
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yay fidels and dancing..

i have a new fridge.. and will need to move the old fridge to the outside so the landlord can pick it up, or something.. oh and i found out that people freak out when asked to help move a fridge though a window, with out asking first what type of window, and on what floor.. #stupid

also yay fidels and dancing satrudays.. #willneeddisconap
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From:tatjna
Date:March 20th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I am curious how said fridge got into the house, if it needs to go out a window. I assume it went in the window too - but why on earth would anyone buy a fridge that won't fit through a door?
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From:pombagira
Date:March 20th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
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well apprently it is very old and was a prvious tenants fridge, and my lease says flat comes with fridge..so yeah i don't know. also i beleive the kitchen was remoddled around said fridge... so while it was easy to move into the house, with the new benches, it is no longer easy to get out of the kitchen.. O.O #morestupid

i think if i push it through into the bath room then open the back door, and hoof it out .. should be all fine.. right. #fearmywomenlyabilities
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 21st, 2014 12:55 am (UTC)
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That's how they put two freezers in our basement. They built the pantry around them. The larger one we had to saw apart with a reciprocating saw and 2.5 saw blades. (The freon had already leaked out long before)
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From:pombagira
Date:March 21st, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
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gosh... that is somewhat meep.. O.O at least if i do have to push the damn thing out a window it is on the first floor.

*phew*
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:March 20th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
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that's hilarious!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 21st, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
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;-D
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From:bekitty
Date:March 21st, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
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I've been spending my morning looking at glasses on Zenni Optical, since it's becoming clear to me that I'm going to need glasses for distance vision after all. But once I have them, I will have perfect vision! Well, in my left eye at least. I'm not going to worry about my right eye,, since I don't use it anyway.

Most of the comics I read, I get through feeds on LJ. That's how I get Questionable Content and xkcd, anyway.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 21st, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
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Yeah, me too. I'm just trying to find something useful about Facebook.
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 21st, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
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!

I had seen the stinky fish comic before, but didn't realize there were more of them. I just happily made a pot of tea and read all of them :-D
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From:tatjna
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
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I am somewhat concerned that I have a bit of a crush on Finland.
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
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*whispers* Me too!

Edited at 2014-03-21 01:05 am (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
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It's totally the hat.
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure it's the laptop, but I like da techies.
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From:richdrich
Date:March 21st, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutefisk

Cod pickled in lye, aka sodium hydroxide. I don't know about you, but to me anything that shows as a level 3 health hazard (the highest) in its fire diamond is not a condiment.

(But then, they use a similar process for green olives. I prefer the black ones).
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From:tatjna
Date:March 21st, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
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Oh, that picture of the restaurant lutefisk! It's so much worse than anything I've seen under 'English cuisine'. Although, as I recall there's something they eat in Scotland that's pretty horrendous too. Something to do with pizza and a deep fryer, and a combination of Indian food and cheese.
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From:bekitty
Date:March 21st, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
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Norway looks like a young version of Colin Baker (the sixth Doctor).
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From:nick_101
Date:March 21st, 2014 06:21 am (UTC)
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I like my fish fresh, thank you.

Happy Happiness Day.
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From:blue_eye
Date:March 21st, 2014 06:24 am (UTC)
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Love those cartoons. 'Specially since I am a squarehead.
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From:meathiel
Date:March 21st, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
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Haha ... that's funny ... one of my other LJ friends has been posting these comics for the last few weeks. I think they are sooooo cute!

I just hope they don't feed rotten shark to tourists in Iceland ... ugh!!!
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:March 21st, 2014 09:47 am (UTC)
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I love Scandinavia and the World! I found it ages ago, just after I'd been introduced to Hetalia and found that frustrating because it didn't really seem to understand world politics at all. I like that SATW posts explanations of events underneath as well, and the artist seems really keen to research subjects.

I do get annoyed by the insistence on facebook being present in EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE EVER. My work is wittering on about setting up a facebook account, but none of them know how to use facebook, so it would fall on muggins here to maintain it and I have no desire to be a part of it at all. I use facebook as a tool to contact people who never check their emails.
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From:siobhan63
Date:March 21st, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
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I don't really understand what Canada is supposed to be - just a nice polite guy?
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From:tatjna
Date:March 21st, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
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I get the impression that Canada's nice and politeness is deliberately portrayed in relation to America's brash bullying.

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From:kehleyr
Date:March 21st, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
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hehe I follow this comic on FB :-D
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From:eska_rina
Date:March 22nd, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I love SatW ♥
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From:crsg
Date:March 30th, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
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I do quite like that cartoon. XD It reminds me a bit of an anime series called Hetalia, in which all the characters are likewise anthropomorphic countries. Mostly it's the accents in the English dub that crack me up... and it doesn't hurt that the show's extremely irreverent much of the time. I'm particularly fond of Germany. http://animewaffles.tv/MP4-Hetalia-Axis-Powers-Episode-1-English-Dubbed-9081
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