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Week 49 - Cold Week

Here in Stockholm we've had 1 hour of sun in November. Up North they've had 44. Usually it's the other way around, but it really didn't seem like that little. I guess even daytime clouds are an illusion of light. Seems hopeful. Seems like even though December and January are supposedly the darkest months of the year, we may be through the darkest month already! :D

Also I got a cold. Woke up with a sore throat this morning. Felt tired yesterday but still refused to give up reading just one more chapter on the third Harry Potter book (and so on... in that vicious cycle of all addictive reading). Guess that was my mistake. I'll probably be on my way to the 4th book tonight though, given this newfound opportunity to relax and savor the restful moments. If you haven't read Harry Potter yet, it's a great series, and if you want to save the best for last: watch the movies first!

In other news, we have a tiny little yellow ladybug (and why lady?) crawling around the house right now. Mid-winter. It was scrambling along the edge of the table at dinner yesterday, and we put out a flake of carrot peel for it to gnaw on. Just one flake bigger than that little critter itself; probably a month's worth of food. Though it seems they don't really eat that stuff. They'd rather eat plant lice... vicious little ladybuggers. Hope hoverflies will do though, because we have plenty of those!

Swapping topics, there'll be no more Walking Dead (the only series I follow) till February! And right at the best part! Random wonder: do lips shrink with age? And as for what I've been doing this week, I've been working; collaborating; reading; writing; recording; shopping intensely for that time of the year that always nears faster than you expect it to.

On the blog: posted 6 reviews and then some other things. And most importantly, Stop TTIP!

Here's last week.

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  1. S3C
    Sunday Dec/7/2014

    Crud...I hope you've stocked up on Vitamin D supplements...

    I never got around to reading the seventh book of the Harry Potter series...being on message boards ruined it for me lol. a word of advice, if you don't want to have a popular series spoiled for you DON'T LOGON TO THE INTERNET UNTIL YOU HAVE READ OR WATCHED the book/movie!!

    Ladybugs f*cking rock dude!! There's a sh*tload of different types of the beetle btw: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Coccinellidae_genera

    Looks like this is the one in your parts? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psyllobora_vigintiduopunctata

    I've only seen the common red ones, and the gray ones...although they are a relatively rare bug around these parts, and are a uncommon "novelty" insect that I try to locate, amongst green hornets, praying mantii, whip scorpions (*sweats profusely*), giant sphinx moth caterpillars (I think you had a picture of one in your summer vacation photos?), amongst others...

    as for the etymology of a ladybug, I guess the name has more to do with how it looks, a bit of misnomer as there actually are parthogenic species where the entire population is comprised of females. Such as lesbian lizards lol: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mexico_whiptail

  2. Cyber
    Sunday Dec/7/2014

    Two tablespoons daily, one bottle at a time. ;) Though there's nothing quite like real sunlight!

    Nice advice man! XD Having seen the movies already I should have spoiled the experience a bit, but the books are (as books usually are) so much more elaborate than their cinematic counterparts. And the overall atmosphere feels different, cozier somehow, the castle walls not as dark and damp as they did in the movies... plus I did a Harry Potter marathon with the movies and watched them all in a couple of days, so I probably don't remember everything.

    Hell yeah! :D Woah, so many bugs, yet so few linked entries!

    Looks like the one we have now. :) Yellow ladybugs are pretty rare over here though, usually the ones we see are more like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccinella_septempunctata

    Never seen a gray one myself. Oh man, those giant sphinx moth caterpillar look vicious! Hmm, first impression was it looks pretty different, but there sure are a lot of types, it could be...

    The world's full of wonders! :D Interesting. As for the name btw, according to WikiPedia: "ladybird" originated in Britain where the insects became known as 'Our Lady's bird' or the Lady beetle. Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings, and the spots of the seven-spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise her seven joys and seven sorrows. In the United States, the name was adapted to "ladybug". Common names in other European languages have the same association, for example, the German name Marienkäfer translates to Marybeetle.



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