Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last Supper List

I watched Castle (season 5, episode 21) where the thing Last Supper List was mentioned, it is a list of the 12 people from any time in history you would like to dine with (as a last supper), and it sparked a list of my own.

Here are the 12 people I would like to dine with and why:

1. Marilyn Monroe
Why: I have always been intrigued by her, wanted to know more about her, it is such a mystery surrounding her and myth - I would like to know the real Marilyn. I want to know the person, not the image and I think she would be an intriguing dinner guest.

2. Marie Antoinette
Why: It is always Marie Antoinette or my grandma Lola that gets picked in "If you could have a dinner with any person, dead or alive..."-questions. A bit for the same reason as M.M above, I am curious to know what is legend and what is real, I am curious who Marie Antoinette really was as a person. Did she really say "Let them eat cake" or was that a part of the myth surrounding her? Also, she seemed to be great at throwing parties (from what legend says), we could team up for this dinner and make it fantastic.

3. Kurt Cobain
Why: I grew up with hearing Nirvana since they were favs by my step brothers and when I started to pan out from the boyband genre Nirvana was among the first bands I listened to, also Kurt seem to have been such a genuine and passionate person that I would love to have him discuss with my other dinner guests about big and small things.

4. Emmeline Pankhurst
Why: For the person who knows their history, especially women's history, know who this woman is. I will tell you: the leader of the suffragettes in Britain. I would love to pick her brain and just hear her talk and discuss female empowerment with her.

5. Grandma Lola
Why: My mum's mum whom I share first name with (Lola was sadly nickname) and is claimed to be very alike in how I talk and move my hands and how creative I am. She died before I was born but I have heard so many stories about her and I am sad I never got to meet her, I think she would be perfect in this group.

6. Barbro Bang Alving
Why: A swedish journalist who reported from the Olympics in 1936, the Spanish was and when Germany invaded Norway, Hiroshima after the bomb and so on. She was also a pacifist and one of few women in this profession at the time. Her signature was Bang. I think she would have a lot of interesting to say.

7. Astrid Lindgren
Why: On this slot I first had J.K. Rowling, Tracy Chevalier and Joanne Harris who are all favourite authors of mine but then I went old school, to the woman who helped shape my childhood with Pippi and Ronja Rövardotter. She seemed like a very cool person and since she and I go far back I felt it was a better choice than the others. Maybe I could learn a thing or two about writing?

8. Margit Sandemo
Why: Another author that has influenced me. I got Häxmästaren from my mum (which happened to be a part of a book series of 20 books) and after that I could not go back to reading Nancy Drew again, I started delving into grown up literature - skipped the young adult completely (which I find a little sad now). She shaped a couple of years of my life where I devoured two book series by her, sometimes I even went back the same day to buy the next one because I had already finished the previous! She is a fantastic author with a knack at creating characters and worlds so I would love to talk about that.

9. Pamela de Barres
Why: She belonged to one of the first groupies and numerous groupie movie characters are based on her, like Penny Lane from Almost Famous (love that movie!) and last year I read her book, oh how I wished I would have been there and seen what she has seen. She was smack down into music history being made.

10. Michael Lang
Why: Speaking of music history. It is not really a household name but for me he is iconic, Michael was an organiser of Woodstock 1969 - the festival I was born too late to attend, the festival that have my been my dream to organise. I might get star struck though and just not be able to say anything.

11. Aung San Suu Kyi
Why: This woman made me interested in human rights, she was one of the reasons why I became active within Amnesty International as a teen. I even wrote an essay about her. The day she was released was a very emotional day for me. She is someone I truly look up to.

12. Marianne Greenwood
Why: Fantastic photographer who saw things most people cannot even dream about, she had a lovely philosophy on life and she met a lot of greats from her time like Picasso. She is one of those people I look up to.

Others that I would have loved to have on the list: Dalai Lama (current), Gandhi, Elizabeth I, Hatschepsut, Patti Smith, John Paul Thornton and Rut my great grandma.

Who would you have on your list?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

World Poetry Day: 21st of March

In honour of World Poetry Day I thought I'd share one of the most beautiful poems I know:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

4 must watch movies

Stumbled over some real gems which I had to share. I have not seen the full movies yet but I fell for each of these from the trailer so make sure to watch the trailers.

X + Y (111 min) is about a socially awkward boy who is a math genius who get a spot in the British squad of the International Mathematics Olympiad and he meets a girl.

Song one (86 min) is a movie about a woman who goes in her comatose brother's footsteps through his journal, she then meets his favourite musician and they start a relationship.

Cake (102 min) is about a woman who gets obsessed by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain group while also dealing with her own tragedy.

Suite française (107 min) is played out during WWII where a woman in a small town falls for a German officer who have taken residence in her and her mother-in-law's home.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Oscars - how did I do?

Fantastic Oscars this year even though Boyhood, my favourite, didn't win as much as I wanted. Truly great speeches from so many, for example Patricia Arquette and Graham Moore. I stayed up from 1am to 6am watching the red carpet and the Oscars and it was truly worth it.

Not long in did I start seeing the pattern and guessed right on The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman winning but below I will go by what I thought before watching the Oscars.

So, how did my predictions go?

Best picture: Boyhood Birdman won

Actor (lead): Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) won as I predicted

Actress (lead): Reese Witherspoon (Wild) Julianne Moore (Still Alice) won (and rightfully so from what the snippet I saw from the film)

Actor (support):
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) J.K Simmons won (well deserved)

Actress (support): Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) won as I predicted

Animated feature film:
Song of the Sea Big Hero 6 won (not suprising but I really hoped SotF would because it was beautifully made but mainstream is better I guess)

Cinematography: Ida, Mr Turner or The Grand Budapest Hotel Birdman won

Costume design: Into the Woods or Maleficent The Grand Budapest Hotel won

Directing: Boyhood Birdman won

Documenary feature: Finding Vivian Maier CitizenFour won (guessed so when I realised what it was about)

Documentary short subject: ?? Crisis hotline: Veterans press 1 won (should have seen that one coming considering the subject)

Film editing: Boyhood Whiplash won

Foreign language film: Ida won as I predicted

Makeup and hairstyling: Guardians of the Galaxy The Grand Budapest Hotel won

Music (original score): ?? The Grand Budapest Hotel won

Music (original song:): ?? Glory from Selma won (which I guessed/hoped after hearing all the songs being performed)

Production design: Mr Turner The Grand Budapest Hotel won or Interstellar

Short film animated: ?? Feast won

Short film live action: ?? The Phone call won

Sound editing: ?? American sniper won

Sound mixing: ?? Whiplash won

Visual effects: o.o no clue Interstellar won

Writing (adapted screenplay): The Theory of Everything The Imitation Game won

Writing (original screenplay): Boyhood Birdman won

In other words I did quite poorly this year, next time I should do a list for those I wish to win and those I think (realistically) will win since I got several rights while watching the Oscars.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Projects update: February

When I do things that is a bit bigger I call them projects, it can be everything from organising an event to rearranging my kitchen. It's good for both having a good overview of what needs to be done and for evaluating when it's finished. Below are some of the ones I've been working on lately and their status.

Last update: January

February was ups and downs, got really sad when I got no from a job I really really wanted and even managed to got a callback after the interview on. Another downside was that the national unemployment agency's website was down most of the month which made it hard to apply to new jobs. Upside was that my boyfriend was here with me for a week - lots of fun!

About my hopes: I did not get the job after the test shoot (as mention above) but my boyfriend did visit as I had hoped and I read one book during the month: The forgotten garden by Kate Morton.

Hopes for March: That someone will hire me for a longer period of time. And that my 3 weeks working as teamleader for D2D will go well (again). Oh and that my birthday will be a nice one on Friday even though I have no one to celebrate with. That I can pay my bills at the end of the Month.




♥ Selling/giving away
This is going slow but steady. Keep selling something every time I put stuff up for sale. It is not much but at least it is a small income and I get more space.
♥ Taking care of things in basement

Ex is still a unicorn and I just don't have the energy to bother with the basement at the moment. I haven't been down since the flooding to take care of things, but then I saw several stuff I could sell so I should probably get cracking on that.
3/4 done 

♥ Finding a job (preferably indoors)
Suggestions are appreciated! I can work in Sweden or abroad. My resume: Eng / Swe (.pdf)
0/1 done

On hold

♥ Friendship project - on hold
3 (of 4) still needs to be photographed and shipped to their owners. I've just put the box with the bracelets in a safe place so now I can't find it.
3/4 done

♥ Earring project Z - on hold
Haven't had the time to work on this. This was mostly to inspire myself, I'm being plenty of inspired lately without it. Parts: make, photograph and put up on Etsy and deviantART.
1/4 done 

♥ Closet project - on hold

I still need to make the holes in the lids though, unsure what tools to use - an awl?

3.5/4 done
♥ Children's books project - on hold
About project: I've slowly gotten more and more disturbed that 90% of the main characters are boys in books and that if there is a girl she's wimpy and frankly not independent and cool and dare to do things. So, I started my own project where I hope to organise and make 5 children's books with girl leads. I got some people interested and planning on a meeting with a printing company soon.
0/4 done

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My picks for the Oscars

I really, really, really, hope Boyhood will steal the whole Oscars and win every category they are nominated in (doubtful). What I really do hope is that they win for original screenplay and best picture, it is just such an amazing movie with lots of effort put into it (filmed over 12 years with the same cast). You can find all the nominees here.

Best picture: Boyhood
Note: I really really want this to win but I don't think it will, sadly.

Actor (lead): Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) or Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Note: first one because he is a fantastic actor in general but I have not seen the movie, the other because he seem to be doing a fantastic job from the snippets I saw at the trailer (must see movie!).

Actress (lead): Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Note: I have only seen the trailer and it seems to be a really interesting movie with the focus on woman's hike in the wild alone and I have the utmost respect for Reese as an actress and therefore I am hoping on this.

Actor (support):
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Note: needless to say anything really

Actress (support): Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Animated feature film:
Song of the Sea
Note: this is among the most beautiful animations ever, it is like an eye orgasm.

Cinematography: Ida, Mr Turner or The Grand Budapest Hotel
Note: No clue what to pick here but these are my bets from what I have seen

Costume design: Into theWoods or Maleficent
Note: I simply like the costumes in these two

Directing: Boyhood
Note: obviously

Documenary feature: Finding Vivian Maier
Note: a very fascinating photographer and I just loved the documentary about her, very intriguing.

Documentary short subject: ?
Note: cannot even guess, have not heard about any of them

Film editing: Boyhood

Foreign language film: Ida
Note: This is the one I have seen anything from and I really think it can win, it is beautifully made.

Makeup and hairstyling: Guardians of the Galaxy
Note: Just a guess

Music (original score): ?
Note: I have not heard any of the music, so no clue

Music (original song:): ?
Note: same reason as the one before

Production design: Mr Turner, The Grand Budapest Hotel or Interstellar
Note: I am hoping for the first two but I have a feel it might be Interstellar instead (or another one)

Short film animated: ?
Note: not seen, so no clue

Short film live action: ?
Note: same as the one above

Sound editing: ?
Note: *shrug*

Sound mixing: ?
Note: *shrug*

Visual effects: o.o no clue
Note: This one is way too hard to pick between the nominees, I cannot decide

Writing (adapted screenplay): The Theory of Everything
Note: because I like it and it seem really beautifully written

Writing (original screenplay): Boyhood
Note: obviously, I really hope it wins this!

Scheduled post.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The sign of a creative person: a messy desk

I read an article about messy room = creative people. I found that interesting since my desk is such a mess and I have a long, long, long time ago let go of the idea that I would see more actual table surface. My mum, when I still lived at home, gave me many sighs and remarks about it (and my room) but I told her every time that I had an organised disorganisation, which is true because I can always find what I need.

A quote from the article:
Psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs, from the University of Minnesota, who set out to debunk this urban legend, didn’t confine her study to solely the desk. No, Vohs, clearly a creative mind, chose to think outside the desk. She just sounds messy. The creative kind of messy. Using a paradigm consisting of one messy room and one tidy room, and a series of trials, Vohs concluded that messy rooms provoke more creative thinking – and provided scientific evidence!

What I also found interesting was that I am not alone; Mark Twain, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs also had desks which looked like something exploded on it. Also as Einstein said "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?" so at least my mind is full of fantastic ideas, amazing solutions to problems and mind blowing dreams.

So, with this in mind I thought I'd give you a list of the 10 weird (not natural things that should be there) things I have on my desk as I write this:
1. a bandaid
2. a battery charger
3. two bowls in different sizes, one with the leftovers of popcorn and the other with crumbs from chips
4. nail file
5. a pile of table cloths
6. one mug
7. one glass
8. a henna kit
9. a cardboard cut out from a package I have sent
10. an old list of items on sale that week in the grocery store (now thrown)


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