Skandinavia!

Sorry for the blog neglect. I’ve been busy with:

  • Family stuff, running around Southampton
  • My first British (and European) music festival, Bestival (think Eeyore’s birthday on MDMA); I also caught myself a cold there from camping in cold puddles – it didn’t stop pouring the whole weekend
  • Deciding on a school, finally – Brunel in London; though the offer from Southampton was tempting, I just didn’t find myself drawn to the nutrition focus of the course.

And now I find myself embarking once again to the land of the Vikings – Sweden, to be precise. It turns out that Tim is there for work, and the timing worked out perfectly so that I can hang out with him for a week and be back in time for my move-in at university. Incidentally, I just tried out the new Flickr homepage, and received this strangely intuitive greeting:

Norway update

Pics! (Some of these are friends-only; join and be my friend, or let me know if you want me to send you a guest pass link.)

Norway is staggeringly gorgeous. Huge cliffs abut aquamarine glacier water, giant waterfalls cascade down cliffs everywhere. Picaresque tiny villages are nestled between the mountains and fjords. The only word to describe it is idyllic.

The wedding was in this awesome church on a hill above Oslo (which is a pretty cool city, kinda generically modern/old European). Declan O’Rourke sang a song at the wedding (he’s really good and a super nice guy to boot). The reception was in a beautiful home close by, which overlooked Oslo from a big hill. The food was so good, I can’t even describe it – very unusual combinations married together beautifully (kind of like a Norwegian and Irishman who met in Austin). The wedding band was some Irish dudes called the Gits (I think, apologies if I got that wrong), with the drummer from Belle and Sebastian – they mostly did covers, with Declan stepping in a couple of times. Iain Archer finally showed up, but I can’t remember if he played (he was supposed to do the wedding song but missed his flight). I spent some time dancing around and taking pictures. There was a lunar eclipse that night, too, and a beautiful view of the city below in the waxing and waning moonlight.

Then we went to an after-party at the bride’s brother’s house, where there was a (thankfully heated) pool outside. i think i was probably second or third to strip off my suit and tie and jump in. So awesome. We swam around some, did a few synchronized cannon balls and relay races. A lead singer in a major label band stole my sock, and I didn’t want to wear his because it smelled bad. So I spent some time wandering around trying to find him and my sock, only to later realize he’d left. But on the plus side, there were hot dogs ready to eat, and a bunch of cool Irish dudes strumming the guitar and singing next to the pool – the highlight of which was Declan doing his song ‘Sarah‘ with a couple of the guys singing spontaneous harmony.

I also should mention that the city of Bergen is really nice, too. It’s the one with the rainbow and sunset in the pics. But the tiny village of Flam (and getting there by train) is the real must-see in Norway.

Oh, also, Norway is really really effing expensive.

WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin

This is a must-have for WordPress installations:

WordPress Automatic Upgrade is a plugin that automatically upgrades your wordpress version to the latest files provided by wordpress.org using the 5 steps provided in the wordpress upgrade instructions.

WPAU as I call it helps you easily upgrading you to easily upgrade your wordpress installation to the latest version provided by wordpress, without having to download or upload any files.

I just discovered it when I was having problems with my 2.5.1 installation – it’s linked from the WordPress.org instructions for upgrading. It’s also a good idea to check if you’ve been hacked . The older versions have a vulnerability that allows exposure of admin passwords and such.

Poor, sad Blendor

The server on which blendor.com resided was hacked, and all data was deleted. I’m crossing my fingers that data can be restored, but it may not happen. I’ll know probably by the beginning of next week. At that point, things will be more or less as they were before, or I will start fresh.

On the bright side, I have a large set of old posts from my personal blog, _underscore, over at Blogspot. I’ve also been mirroring it my Virb page for a while now. It’s an excellent service Virb provides, and I applaud them for it. I thought it would be cool to import my blog to that site, so that people who use that service can see it. I didn’t even realize I was effectively backing my blog up to their servers. Thanks, Virb!