Monday, December 29

My Little Sister's Port Wine Gravy

One of the tastiest things I ate this Christmas was a Port wine gravy that my little sister made. I made her write down the recipe so I could share it.

Try it, it tastes great with both veggie steaks and roasted potatoes.

You'll need;
One cube of vegetable stock
4 dl of water
1 ½ to 2 dl of Port wine
A few tablespoons of creme fraiche
A few tablespoons of currant jelly
Maizena (Cornstarch)
soy sacue, preferrably chinese
salt and back pepper

Pour water and Port wine in a saucepan and add the vegetable stock. Bring it to the boil and add a little Maizena.
When the gravy starts to thicken add creme fraiche, currant jelly and soy sauce untill the gravy has a nice brown colour. Reduce it or add more Maizena if needed.
Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

A variation is to start with a handfull of chopped fresh mushrooms and a smaller amount of port. That way you'll end up with mushroom gravy.

Tuesday, December 23

Bowie and Bing

Here's a slightly more traditional Christmas song than "Oi To The World"; David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy".

This duet was recorded for a Christmas special and aired in 1977. It's kinda funny to see an old school crooner like Bing singing with Bowie.



Bing Crosby starred in White Christmas (1954) with Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney. It's one of my favourite Christmas movies, alongside The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I've always had a soft spot for Danny Kaye. He was a great comedian, could sing, dance and conduct an orchestra. Here he performs with Louis Armstrong.

Mini Gingerbread Cupcakes

I haven't had much time for cooking or baking lately, but yesterday I managed to make mini gingerbread cupcakes. The hearts are made of simple frosting; confectioner's sugar, water and lemon juice.
Please excuse the shoddy cell phone photos.

Monday, December 22

Oi To The World

It's almost time for Christmas and what better way to spread the message of peace than through punk rock? I give you "Oi To The World" by The Vandals.
If you're not used to keeping up with singers who deliver the lyrics at the speed of punk, you can find the words here.



No Doubt covered this song back in 1997. I tried to find that clip on YouTube but I kept getting an annoying message that the video was not available in my country. I really don't see the point of restrictions like those.
We're living in a global world and if YouTube won't show it than someone else will.

Wednesday, December 17

Another Hazardous Day

We're on the frontline of journalism here at Helltowns newsdesk and after yesterdays earthquake everyone is preparing for the next disaster. Hard hats and gas masks may become mandatory.

Yesterday morning we experienced the strongest earthquake in Sweden since 1904. It was a 4.7 on the Richter scale and lasted about 30 seconds.

I woke up when my bed started to shake and for a moment there I thought the house was falling apart.
According to local newspapers the damages include a broken gingerbread house, a few cracks in a staircase and one or two traumatized cats.

Tuesday, December 16

Listmania 2008

I was asked to list my top five things about music in 2008 by Sörling who runs the Swedish punk blog Turist i tillvaron. You can find my list here.

For those who don't speak Swedish, my number one is Flogging Molly in Lund. I wrote about that gig here.
Number two is the book "New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goodbye" by Ronen Kauffman, which I wrote about in May.

J.Tex and the Volunteers are third, followed by H2O releasing "Nothing To Prove". Number five is Mindless Self Indulgence.

Saturday, December 13

Outta My Way, Christmas Shoppers!

I was fighting my way through the crowds of people shopping for Christmas when this song popped into my head.



If you didn't watch Jem during your formative years, you missed out. I wrote about Jem and other great cartoons from my childhood here.

So far I've managed to stay away from the malls and have done most of my Christmas shopping online, at local independent stores or at farmer's markets.

Tuesday, December 9

Dragostea Din Tei, times infinity?

Dragostea Din Tei by the Moldavian pop group O-zone is one of those songs that seems to have a life of it's own. The song is in Romanian and the title means something like "Love in the linden trees" according to wikipedia. The original was released in 2004.

So far I've heard versions sung by a Japanese guy in drag, three Indonesian guys, a group of Chinese schoolgirls, a Korean Britney Spears and even an opera version.
The song has also been covered by a former Miss Bucharest who goes by the stage name Haiducii. And for some reason the Hebrew version takes place in a pink hair salon.

American alternative rock band The Bloodhound Gang have played the song live, and it is sampled in Live Your Life by T.I. and Rhianna.

Whoever is doing the cover seems to rewrite the words completely and just re-use the catchy music. Bizarre and yet utterly fascinating.

My favourite is the Vietnamese version, sung by Vu Ha who looks like he's trying to channel Elvis Presley but got stuck somewhere between a 90's eurodisco video and Austin Powers.
At least he got a nice car and some splendid flashing lights.

Thursday, December 4

Spending Time With The Girls

I'm recovering from my cold with the help of green tea, vitamin c and technicolor movies. At the moment I'm getting a dose of glamour from Marilyn, Betty and Lauren.
According to Chris Hale's post on the word blog, I guess that makes me a Blogart, even if "How To Marry A Millionaire" is from 1953.

(Blogart - Either (i) the pretty pictures on your blog; or (ii) an online aficionado of 1940s films.)

Being sick gets old really quick, so I'm doing everything I can think of to get better. I wouldn't wanna miss the Retro Blaster Xmas Bash this Saturday.

Wednesday, December 3

Let It Snow

It's snowing again. I'm indoors with a cold, so I've been passing the time with Spotify, a new music service that allows you to stream thousands of songs for free. So far it's only a beta version that requires an invite.

The Spotify client is a program that you download and then you're good to go. So far I like it. But as a fan of music that is released on smaller idependent labels I miss a lot of artists, such as NOFX and Groovie Ghoulies.

But it's legal and a great way to listen to new music. The downside is that everything is streamed so you need to be online to use it.

Friday, November 28

Recycle Your Batteries... Or Else

This is a commercial that is airing on Swedish tv right now. Return your used batteries to the right place, or you'll wind up in a b-movie.

It's part of a campaign by Batteriinsamlingen (Battery Collection).

Tuesday, November 25

The Doctor Is Back On My Screen

I've gotten my hands on season 4 of Doctor Who.
Those of us who don't get the Doctor on tv and can't be bothered to download episodes have to be patient and wait for the boxed set.

So if you don't hear from me in a few days, you'll know why.

Saturday, November 22

No Doubt On The Road Again?

It looks like No Doubt are getting ready to make music together again. Their website features a new image of the band and an animated "chat" where band members talk about playing music, going on tour and writing new material.

Quite a clever way to announce their return. And a lot more fun than a regular press release.

Another strong indicator that No Doubt are getting back together is that the website singer Gwen Stefani used for her solo career has been redirected to the band's website.

Friday, November 21

Alkaline Trio Goes Steampunk

Alkaline Trio have gone steampunk in the video for "Help Me". I really like the visual aspects of steampunk and this video does not disappoint.

Youtube and Myspace doesn't do this video justice so check it out in high quality on director Josh Forbes' website. Trust me, the quality makes a difference.


For those who are not familiar with the term, steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction. The stories are set in a time where steam power is widely used, such as Victorian Britain, but with elements of science fiction and fantasy. Examples include the use of computers long before they were invented or fictional technological inventions.
The genre is influenced by the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, but the term steampunk was first coined in 1987 by author K.W. Jeter.

The tv-show "The Wild Wild West" (1965-1969) is an early example of steampunk. The 1999 movie remake starred Will Smith and Salma Hayek.
Two other examples of steampunk are Hellboy and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, both graphic novels that have been adapted into movies.

Snow In Helltown

Snow on the bushes outside the staff entrance.

It's snowing in Helltown! Like crazy! It started an hour ago and hasn't stopped yet. Suddenly the world looks a lot brighter and everyone seems to be in a better mood.

But we're not used to snow here in southern Sweden so people are having trouble keeping their cars on the road. Yep, the first snow means traffic accidents galore.
Winter must come as a constant surprise to a lot of people. "What? You mean the snow and the cold is gonna happen this year too?"

Thursday, November 20

Cooking Mama Ain't So PC Anymore

I may not always agree with PETA's way of doing things, but their remake of the game Cooking Mama is really good marketing.
And it's fun!
Try it and see if you still feel like eating poultry from a factory farm.

Play the game on PETA.org.

Wednesday, November 19

It's A Boy!

I ran this blog through the GenderAnalyzer, a website that uses atificial intelligence to determine if your blog is written by a man or a woman.

The result?
We think http://punkinwriting.blogspot.com/ is written by a man (74%).

Excuse me? In recent posts I've covered vintage hairstyling, shopping and my inner cowgirl. I've also written about punk, photography, skateboarding and books.

What I'd like to know is how a blog written by a woman differs from a blog written by a man.

Tuesday, November 18

Meme Deluxe

I got a meme from Mr History himself, Chris Hale of The Middenshire Chronicles.

Sod Richard and Judy. Sod Oprah. What would you advise people to read? Name your favourite:

(a) Fiction book
(b) Autobiography
(c) Non-fiction book
(d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre.

Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words per book.

Oh dear, only one of each? And 30 words are so few. I'm gonna give it a try, so here we go.

(a) A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Young Sara Crewe has to work as a maid at her boarding school after her father goes missing. One of the few books I have read over and over since childhood.

(b) Jag valde mitt liv (= I chose my life) by Sigrid Kahle. As the wife of german-born diplomat John Kahle, Sigrid travelled the world and lived in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iraq during the 1950s and 1960s. Funny, insightful and honest.

(c) Debs at War by Anne de Courcy. Young women from Britain's social elite left pearls and dances to do their part in the Second World War. Surprisingly, many treasured the opportunities the war gave them.

(d) A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. A feel-good Christmas read if there ever was one. When Oswald Campell moves to a small town in Alabama for his health, everything changes.

Phew! I ruled out a lot of good books to make this list, such as New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goodbye by Ronen Kauffman, Wicked by Gregory Maguire and The Million Dollar Mermaid by Esther Williams.

Friday, November 14

Blast From The Past

I was browsing through some old photos over at car club DeBops homepage when I came across this old photo from Slim Jim Phantom's gig in Malmö back in 2006.

That's me to the left, looking away from the camera and holding a Corona. My friend Johan is standing next to me and the tattoed arm in front of us belongs to Stoffe.
I'ts been ages since I wore my creepers.

A weird thing about this photo is that everyone is holding their drink in their right hand.

Wednesday, November 12

Driving Home

MxPx, Mindless Self Indulgence and Lady Sovereign get me to work on time. Fatboy, Loretta Lynn, Tiger Army and Heather Nova keep me company on the way home.

Leaving Helltown at midnight.

Tuesday, November 11

Vintage Hairstyling

Getting ready. © Punk In Writing

I've just posted a handful of photos from the retro hair styling event at Big Hair Mama. It was a really fun way to get ready for Nosey Joe and the Poolkings at Tangoplatset this Saturday.

It's so much easier to look good when you get your hair done by someone who knows what they are doing. A glass of bubbly, tasty snacks and gossip doesn't hurt either.
You can see my photos from the salon here, in the gallery called "For The Girls".

Monday, November 10

I keep finding good things

New music and a skateboard documentary. There's so much good stuff on YouTube.

My first find is Mindless Self Indulgence, an American punk rock/electronica group. I love the fact that the female bass player is the toughest person in the group.



The second find is "Rising Son" the documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of 1980's skateboarder Christian Hosoi. Check out the trailer here.
I never learned how ride vert, and I sure as hell can't bust a Christ air but I still love to watch extreme skateboarders.

It's funny how the guy who invented a trick called the Christ Air wound up as a born-again Christian and a minister.

Friday, November 7

Sweet Things

I picked up these cute tins on my way home from work.
Ahlgrens has the best chocolate in town and the shop smells divine. But I bought these for the packaging and not the sweets.

In Touch With My Inner Cowgirl

I'm reading "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" by Ree Drummond of the website Confessions of a Pioneer Woman.
I found her through another blog I read from time to time, Hillbilly Housewife.

The story of how she met and fell in love with a cowboy feels a bit like a cheap romance novel, but I can't stop reading. Ree abandoned her plans to be a lawyer in Chicago to raise children on a ranch in cattle country.
I like my life in the city but when I look at the photos from the ranch I realise how much I miss being around horses and spending time in the saddle.

Meanwhile, here's Loretta Lynn with "You're Looking At Country".


If you're in the mood for another country song or two, here are some of my favourites.

Wednesday, November 5

President Obama

© Shepard Fairey of obeygiant.com

Here's my tribute to the 44th President of the United States. "Du ska va president"(= You're gonna be President) by Swedish punk band Imperiet.



The images in this post were created by artist Shepard Fairey. Check out his amazing work here.

I love his poster of Billy Idol and his work for Rock the Vote, a campaign that encourages young Americans to vote.

Monday, November 3

I Want It!

It's portable, it plays vinyl and mp3's and it's oh so pretty.
And since I don't have anything to play my LPs on I might as well get a pretty vinyl player. Right?

It's a shame it's made in the UK and doesn't fit the electrical sockets over here...

Sunday, November 2

Dear Old Elvis

My old Elvis-poster has found a new home at Saint 21.

Check out the mural that we've made down at Saint 21 from old posters, flyers and ticets. It's all part of converting the print shop into a cool lounge.
I bought that Elvis-poster for a 1950's party at my old halls of residence at Blekingska Nationen back in the day. The Blink-182 poster used to hang in my room at Queen's Elms in Belfast.

I've sorted through a bunch of photos and finally got around to posting the photos of J.Tex and Fatboy at KB. You can see my photos from that gig here.

In related J.Tex news, "One Of These Days" has been reviewed in Trelleborgs Allehanda.

Friday, October 31

Treats for tomorrow

I've just made a bunch of chocolate fudge cupcakes for Lady Windermere's Halloween party. I'm really pleased with the purple frosting. Photo taken with my phone, hence the pale colors.

Wednesday, October 29

An inspiring jacket

Anyone who's seen me out and about during the past week has noticed
my new jacket. It's a brown leather jacket by DePalma from last year's collection, and it was love at first sight when I found it at the back of the HepCat Store.

It's inspired by the jackets worn by female pilots during WWII. Women were not allowed to fly planes in combat but hundreds of women served as ferry pilots, test pilots and instructors.
In the US more than a thousand women joined the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots). In the UK 150 female pilots were a part of the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary). Many of these women served in though conditions for a modest salary and without any of the benefits that were offered to male pilots.

I remember reading some of these women's stories in "Debs at War" by Anne De Courcy. A brilliant book by the way.

Radio Diaries has made a great documentary called The WASPs: Women Pilots of WWII. It can be streamed from their website. You can read the story behind Radio Diaries and the making of the documentary here.

Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

I've already put a few books about these kick-ass women on my wishlist for Christmas. Suggestions for further reading are more than welcome.

Tuesday, October 28

Gearing up for Halloween

Halloween card created with picnic © Punk In Writing

I know it's a few days away, but I'm excited and fussing over my costume. I've got a pumpkin in my kitchen window and bats in the bookshelves. Not real ones. Well the pumpkin is real but the bats aren't.

I'm listening to Creepshow, Horrorpops, Groovie Ghoulies and Nekromantix. My jack-o'-lanterns are going up as soon as I can decide where to put them.
I'm looking up recipes for Devilish Eggs and mini cupcakes for Lady Windermere's party.

And Halloween isn't complete without a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas.


How are you preparing for Halloween?

Sunday, October 26

Manga! at Louisiana

Untitled © Yoshitaka Amano, 2006

Went to check out the exhibition Manga! at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark yesterday. Very cool. But then I've never seen a bad exhibition at Louisiana.

If you're in the area it's always worth a visit. The location is beautiful and I can't help spending money in the museum shop, even if my art budget is really slim.

Manga! seemed to appeal to a slightly younger audience than Louisiana's regular visitors and it was fun to see a lot of young faces and some hiphoppers checking out the exhibits alongside the slightly older and henna-colored affectionados of modern art.
I don't really know which visitor category I belong to, since consider myself somewhat young and hip but have visited Louisiana since childhood. I'm fairly certain I'm not henna-colored.

Think Pink

Me and Lady Windermere are doing the right thing and sipping pink berry martinis in support of breast cancer research. If you see a slight resemblance between the two of us it's because we're sisters.

The pink cocktails are part of Hard Rock Café's pinktober campaign to fight breast cancer. I'm not a big fan of the color pink, but Lady Windermere is. Personally I prefer purple. But I'm prepared to endure pink for a good cause.

Wednesday, October 22

La Dolce Vegan

I love when I find a new place to shop that has all those hard to find items and quality customer service. My new favourite place to spend money is Vegan Essentials.
They've got a good selection of stuff, are reasonably priced and they ship at the speed of light. An order I placed last Friday arrived today! From the US!

As a vegetarian I'm used to checking labels and scrutinising food in restaurants. That's why places like Vegan Essentials, Astrid och Aporna (an organic and vegetarian supermarket in Malmö) and Vegegården (vegetarian chinese restaurant in Malmö) are such a treat.

So point the vegans and vegetarians in your life towards Vegan Essentials!

Monday, October 20

Cupcake Crazy

I think I must have channeled Martha Stewart in my sleep, because I woke up feeling a need to make cupcakes. I started looking at food blogs and we all know how that ends.

I decided to make a basic vanilla cupcake recipe and focus on the frosting. I made one batch of cupcakes but divided the mixture into small and medium cupcake liners.
I covered the smaller ones with a vanilla buttercream frosting and a cherry on top.

The bigger ones got a coat of classic Swedish icing (water and confectioners sugar) colored dark grey. I then used licorice rope as legs and licorice allsorts as eyes.

Now I've only got one problem. Who's gonna eat all these cupcakes and save me from a sugar rush that's gonna last for days?

Wednesday, October 15

So that's the secret?

Stevyn posted this wonderful article on his blog, just had to share it. Read it if you want to know the secret to a long life...

Personally I prefer quality over quantity. But I must admit that life in a monastery does sound tempting from time to time. Just think how peaceful life would be without men around, and how much more time could be spent doing productive things instead of trying to interpret their words and actions.

For some reason I get on really well with men in their 40s, it's the younger ones that have me all confused. Sometimes I wish they would come with a manual and flow charts from Google Analytics.

Monday, October 13

Machine Gun Punky

I was out on the town with some colleagues this weekend. Got into an argument with one of the guys in the group who'd obviously read "The Game" by Neil Strauss, a book that supposedly teaches men how to become pick-up artists.

At first it was kinda fun, but he soon became more and more annoying. So I started talking back. I'm used to being the only woman in a group of guys (hello Saint 21 crew!) and am known for being able to hold my own. I enjoy debating and throwing comments back and forth, it's a challenge of wits and quick thinking.
Most of the guys I am around give as good as they get, and when it gets too much we just laugh it of and admit defeat or buy the other person a drink.

But Mr Annoying just threw out comment after comment and didn't follow through, so time after time I shot him down. Much to the delight of his colleague and his friend.
But I didn't do it all on my own. I had plenty of support and two great sidekicks in K and Sandrina.
Anyway, at one point Mr Annoying tried to insult me by calling me a machine gun. I took it as a compliment, even if I consider myself more of a sharpshooter.
It wasn't me who looked like a goldfish on dry land by the end of the evening.

Friday, October 10

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

This is the best thing I've found on YouTube in a long time. The Andrews Sisters singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)".



The Andrews Sisters were the first female vocal group to recieve a gold record and 46 of their songs reached top 10 status on the Billboard chart. That's more than Elvis or The Beatles. The Andrews Sisters also starred in 17 Hollywood movies.

Wednesday, October 8

It's a Country kind of Wednesday

I'm wearing cowboy boots, jeans without turn ups and my hair is in a ponytail. I'm listening to Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells while I'm looking at shirts at Sheplers.

Where's a horse when you need one?

Monday, October 6

Gaiman's Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book raced past every other book in my neat stack when I found it at the sci-fi bookstore. Sorry Russel Brand and Vivian Cash, your autobiographies will just have to wait.

I read Neil Gaiman's blog from time to time so I've followed his work on the book. There is a clip on his website where he explains the origins of the book.
Neil Gaiman updates like crazy and he is posting the entire book in the form of readings from his book tour for free. So far the first six chapters have been posted.
You can find them here.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm on page 120 and I need to get reading...
But I will say that if you liked his earlier work you'll love The Graveyard Book. And if you haven't seen Stardust, you should.

Stirring Up Dust Bunnies and Memories

The windows in my building are being replaced, so I'm woken up by builders every morning. It's a real treat, especially when I've worked nights and collapse in my bed about five hours before they ring the doorbell.

Moving furniture and plants around so the builders can get to the windows is a bit tedious, but it's also an opportunity to sort through stuff that just sits in boxes. And clean out some dustbunnies the size of Texas.

In one box I came across some old photos and notes from school. There was also a mixtape from my friend S, a girl who introduced me to bands like Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel and The Levellers.
We both had a crush on Liam Howlett from The Prodigy, swapped mixtapes and talked about rock n roll boys when we were supposed to pay attention to the teacher.

S told me about her parents who hadn't shared a bedroom for years but still stayed together to keep up appearances. There always seemed to be a lot of tension in her home, but she rarely wanted to talk about it and I didn't want to pry.

We lost touch after graduating upper secondary school but I ran into her a few years later. She told me she was living with a guy who didn't love her and told her so, but it was better than being alone. If I could I would have pulled a Dickensian "Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future" on her parents and showed them what their way of life had done to their daughter. I'd probably have bitch slapped them too.

Because they were scared of what others thought of them they stayed in a bad relationship and taught their daughter that it's more important to be with someone than to be happy.
It's been a few years since I ran into S. I hope she's finally understood what I always told her; that she deserves to be loved and shouldn't settle for less.

Divorce is hard, but staying together for the kids is one of the worst concepts I've ever heard of.

Saturday, October 4

Our work is never over


There is always something going on at the garage. Even if it's only Rob and his computer.

Yesterday Jimmy cleared out the back room. We're gonna build a lounge where the printers used to work, and he managed to get all the gear out of there by himself. He also managed to unplug the fridge and leave it like that over night, but we still love him.

We got a new batch of pomade complete with a note from the custom officials asking us what the stuff in the cans is and how much we've paid for it. That means they have no clue what we're importing or what it's worth.

Friday, October 3

Saint 21, the blog

There's another blog in town! Me and the boys have just started a Saint 21 blog. We'll post news, sneak previews, happenings and a lot of photos from behind the scenes.

"Saint 21 is our home, rock n roll is our game. We're the heart of retro culture in Southern Sweden and run a store, a record label, give lindy hop classes, put on shows, clubs and art happenings.

Our house Saint 21, aka the garage, used to be the ambulance garage at Saint Lars insane asylum. To us it feels like home."

We wanted our own reality show, but since our budget is a pot of coffee and a box of biscuits we're staring with a blog. One small step toward world domination!

Tuesday, September 30

My Little Quiz

I've just taken another quiz.

The KT Personality Quiz says...

KT Personality Quiz Results

Which Kimono's Townhouse character are you?

Monday, September 29

Do I like Twin Peaks?

I just got asked a random question by a friend. Do I like Twin Peaks? I have never really seen enough of the show to form an opinion, and that's what I answered.
My friend's reply?
He just wanted to know.

See, you can't just ask me a question like this and not follow up on it. Is it some sort of character defining question that I ought to know about? I suspect an agenda behind the question and it's driving me nuts.

My favourite tv-shows are cult shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf and Mystery Science Theatre 3000. I'm a geek and proud of it.

Willow, Buffy and Xander never stop fighting. The Scoobies are still going strong as comics.

Another show that I followed religiously was Gilmore Girls. Loreli and Rory's relationship resembled the household I grew up in; fast talking, clothes-sharing, plenty of books and with an occasionally strained relationship with older generations.

Maybe it all boils down to the fact that I like shows that portray strong women, witty dialogue and kick-ass fights. Good looking male characters doesn't hurt either, especially if they are bad boys.

When Buffy's creator Joss Whedon was honored with an Equality Now Award in 2006 he told the audience why he writes these strong female characters. Joss Whedon is my master now.
(If you get that last sentence you're a geek too and I salute you.)

Sunday, September 28

These Boots Are Made For Walking

It's getting chilly outside so I have abandoned my trusty sneakers for cowboy boots. I think it's rather ironic that the boots that get me trough the winter are the ones I bought in Texas.
My Justin boots are made for riding and working so they are slightly sturdier and have thicker soles than most cowboy boots.

I bought my new winter jacket this August at an outlet mall in Ventura, California. Hmm. According to this logic I should look for swimwear and shorts somewhere around the arctic circle.

Saturday, September 27

Gone Roadtrippin'

Just got back from a road trip to the book fair in Göteborg. Spotted some of Sweden's most popular authors, most of whom were smaller in real life than they appear to be when they're on tv.
I also looked a a lot of books and heard a bunch of speeches. I only bought eight or nine books and some magazines. It doesn't sound like much but a bag of books gets heavy pretty quick when you're dragging it around a convention centre that keeps filling up with the general public.

I kicked off this intense day by getting up at silly o'clock and making sandwiches (hummus with roasted red peppers and fresh cheese with cucumber) and putting on my eyeliner. Time just seemes to fly in the mornings and my sister, the librarian, and her boyfriend Fredrik were punctual as ever and rang the doorbell at five past seven.
For some reason I'm always the last person to get in the car on most road trips. On the three hour drive to Göteborg we listened to trucker music, old school Smashing Pumpkins, Swedish punk and Bruce Springsteen. Fredrik is a DJ and has a diverse taste in music.

The Roadtrippin' Sisters at 7.30 am.

Once we got to Göteborg we found a decent place to park after some traffic-related confusion and outran a group of teachers to get to the front of the line. I don't know why, but teachers always seem to travel in packs.

After a few hours of pushing, shoving and looking at books we decided we'd had enough, so we went and got some fine Turkish food at a local restaurant. Fredrik had some trouble finding his way out of Göteborg, but solved it by making two (almost legal) u-turns.
Our collective craving for sugar kicked in around Falkenberg, so we stopped for sweets and coffee.

Road Trip Essentials. Water, Tom and Jerry cookies, pick and mix sweets and trucker music.

Now I am looking forward to a nice cup of tea and some quiet time with my brand new books. I thinks I will start with Russell Brand's autobiography or maybe "I Walked the Line" by Vivian Cash. Or maybe...

Friday, September 26

The real reason dinosaurs became extinct


By Stevyn Colgan of The Unbearable Oddness of Stevyn. If you don't read his blog, you should. Stevyn does a bunch of illustrations for various projects and is an author with a book that's coming out soon, called Joined-Up Thinking.

Thursday, September 25

Wishful texting

I keep hearing things that aren't really happening. I can swear that I hear the sound of a text message reaching my phone.
It's happened three times today; I think I hear the "click click" sound that indicates a text message and check my phone. But no. I think what I'm doing qualifies as wishful texting.

I'm beginning to feel like Andie in "Pretty In Pink", in the scene where she is getting stood up by Blane and hides in the bathroom in the back of the record store.

Iona: Andie, hon. Listen, it's after 7:00. Don't waste good lip gloss.
Andie: I don't know what I'm doing!
Iona: Wishful make-upping!

Doesn't anyone love me enough to distract me from my work? *Sigh followed by dramatic pause and gestures last seen in silent movies*
I think I need to get over myself. Maybe a John Huges marathon will help?

The phone that doesn't do what I want it to do.

Sunday, September 21

Timbuktu releases single thru The Pirate Bay

Swedish rapper Timbuktu (who happens to be from my hometown) has released "Tack för kaffet" (=Thanks for the coffee) the first single from his upcoming album via Swedish website The Pirate Bay, the world's largest BitTorrent tracker.

The video, which is posted on both The Pirate Bay and Youtube, features Dregen from Backyard Babies.


You can download both the single and the video here.

Friday, September 19

Feelgood Friday

Ahh... another day in the fast-paced world of online journalism. Today we've had demonstrations, activists and drunken ships rescued by tugboats. Those of you who don't understand Swedish can get a rough idea of what happened by reading the article translated by Google Translate.

Turns out that we have the third largest weapons manufacturer in the world right here in Helltown. You learn something new every day.

Time for some feel-good Friday music. Here's Curve with "Chinese Burn". And yes, I know they're not everyones cup of tea.

Wednesday, September 17

Color me in need of another vacation

I took the ColorQuiz I found on Persephone's blog. Apparently I want "to be valued as a desirable associate and admired for [my] personal qualities" and am "urgently in need of rest, relaxation, peace, and affectionate understanding".

Ok, I can see myself spending a week or three in the Caribbean, doing nothing but reading, drinking rum and sampling the local food.
But then again, who doesn't want to relax, be admired for their personal qualities and experience some affectionate understanding?
Color me sceptical.



ColorQuiz.compunk+in+writing took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!

"Urgently in need of rest, relaxation, peace, and a..."


Click here to read the rest of the results.


I should have gone back to bed

It's been one of those mornings. I dropped my toothbrush while brushing my teeth, couldn't find my keys, tripped over my bike and had to run like crazy to catch the train.

Music, I need music to save this day from disaster!

Monday, September 15

Nothing Nice To Say is back!

One of the best punk comics ever is back online. Check out Mitch Clem's "Nothing Nice To Say", now in color!

"Nothing Nice To Say" the comic book will be released by Dark Horse Comics in October.

Four birthdays and a horse


I'm hurting all over today. I spent Saturday morning on horseback with Mia and Johannes, followed by a game of laserdome (aka laser tag) and dinner. It was mine and Mia's birthday present to Johannes. A fun day, but a lot of hard work.
And then it was off to celebrate my mother's birthday and walk the dog. Because three hours of physical activity just wasn't enough for me...

With Feill


Johannes and Mia


You'd think I'd spend my Sunday relaxing at home, resting all those sore muscles I'd forgotten I had. But oh no, I had lunch with a friend and celebrated twins Alex and Philip's sixth birthday. No wonder I'm feeling drained today.