Bloggfrslur mnaarins, jn 2007

A endurrita sguna

egar g sat sklabekk vandist g v a sagan vri "ein og rtt". Alla vegna ddi ekki a koma me neina "varanta" af henni egar prfa var, ar gilti a koma me rtt svr, samkvmt "bkinni".

a var ekki fyrr en sar a g fr a velta v fyrir mr hvernig saga verur til. Hvernig hn er ritu, af hverjum og fr a sj a menn eru aldeilis ekki sama mli egar saga er skrifu.

eir sem fylgjast me frttum hafa eflaust lesi um vringar r sem hafa veri milli Eistlands og Rsslands, en r vringar snast ekki hva sst um sgu og mismunandi sjnarhorn hana.

g vil v nota tkifri og vekja athygli gu vitali sem birtist vef Spiegel, vi forseta Eistlands, Toomas Hendrik Ilves (me minni takmrkuu Eistnesku kunnttu, myndi g snara essu yfir a ilhra, sem Tmas Hinrik Gaupa, en ver a taka a fram a g er almennt ekki hlynntur eirri rttuslendinga aslenska mannanfn, oger ekki a mla me essari "snrun" vi Rkistvarpi).

En Toomas er fddur Svj (foreldrar hans voru Eistneskir flttamenn) og uppalinn Bandarkjunum. Fyrir hugamenn um hlstau, m geta ess a hann er einn af eim stjrnmlamnnum sem sjaldan sst n ess a hafa slaufu um hlsinn.

En hr er vitali vi hann Spiegel og hr eftir nokkur "korn" r v. Toomas talar tpitungulaust og gefur hrein og bein svr vi spurningunum.

"Ilves: Sometimes we need someone to hate, a concept of an enemy. A year ago it was Latvia, nine months ago they deported hundreds of Georgians from Moscow and searched for schoolchildren with Georgian names, and now it's our turn. Why? The fear is that true democracies will show the Russians that the philosophy of a "guided" democracy is wrong. If Western democracy, with freedom of the press and the rule of law, functions in Estonia, Ukraine and Georgia, then the argument that it cannot function in Russia, merely because they supposedly have a different culture, simply doesn't hold water.

SPIEGEL: The dispute was triggered by a simple bronze memorial ...

Ilves: I thought it wasn't a good idea to move the statue. The matter was not important enough for Estonia to gamble away political capital. The real issue was public safety, because the monument developed into a place where anti-Estonian demonstrations were held, where Estonian flags were torn out of people's hands and where some people held up slogans calling for the reestablishment of the Soviet Union. This angered Estonians. The Russians, for their part, insisted that this was a holy place and that any change would be blasphemy."

"Ilves: Moscow lacks the will to really come to terms with the past. The Russians were prepared to open their archives 10 years ago, but not today. If you wish to build your new self-image solely on the basis of nationalism and glorifying the Soviet Union, then the crimes committed by Soviet troops are not something you want to see integrated into that picture.

SPIEGEL: Is that the reason no one in Russia talks about the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940?

Ilves: Moscow has returned to the old way of looking at things, according to which the Baltic states joined the Soviet Union voluntarily, that is, were not occupied. But this ignores the fact that in 1989 (former Soviet President Mikhail) Gorbachev admitted to the existence of the secret protocols of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

SPIEGEL: Putin sees this completely differently. He accuses you of rewriting history and speaks of an "ideology of extremism" comparable to that of the Third Reich.

Ilves: Yes, in fact we do want to rewrite history. We want to rewrite Soviet history books. We want to fill in the gaps. Soviet history books contain just a single line about the Gulags, stating only that the camps were abolished. This means that the deportation of 30,000 Estonians to the Soviet Union on a single day in 1941 is being deliberately suppressed."

"Ilves: One can disagree about the interpretation of history, but it's very difficult to argue about crimes against humanity, mass graves and thousands of people who were shot. It is a fact that the Soviet Union committed massive crimes against humanity in the Baltic states and did not behave like a liberator. I think it's offensive to accuse us of being fascists when we talk about Soviet crimes against humanity.

SPIEGEL: Germans are perplexed by the view of many people in the Baltic states that the Nazi occupation was not much worse than that of the Soviets.

Ilves: If you tell me that the Nazis were worse, then I would say to you that you are comparing the culinary habits of cannibals. I will not say who was worse. When it comes to the number of people murdered, I believe that the communists killed more people. Some say the Nazis were worse because the ideology behind their murders was worse. But for Estonians, our people were not murdered by communists or Nazis, but by Germans and Russians. The question of which ideology the murderers had is irrelevant to us."

"SPIEGEL: But there is an ongoing dispute over why Russian is not an official language in Estonia.

Ilves: Why should it be?

SPIEGEL: Because at least a quarter of the population are Russians.

Ilves: They're welcome to speak Russian. But in light of the experiences we had during the occupation -- when Russian was the official language and there were no doctors or civil servants who spoke Estonian -- not a single Estonian would vote for a government that plans to change this. In this context, I'd like to mention a speech recently given by (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel. She said that everyone in Germany should learn and speak German, not only so that they can understand their teachers, but also so they can have an economic future in Germany. That's what the German chancellor said.

SPIEGEL: But many Russians in Estonia feel like second-class citizens because, without a passport, they don't even have the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

Ilves: They have more rights than non-citizens in most other countries. First of all, because they can vote in local elections. And secondly, because -- if they truly want to vote -- it's very easy to become an Estonian citizen. We have much more liberal citizenship laws than Germany, Finland, Sweden and Denmark -- not to mention Switzerland and Austria."

"SPIEGEL: Are you under the impression that the new EU countries with their unique historical experiences are not taken seriously in Western Europe?

Ilves: Yes. One cannot simply extinguish people's memories in these countries. A common trait among the new EU countries is their pro-American stance, which results from their fear of Russia. It generates great resentment when people who don't know Russia try to tell people who have experienced Russia at first hand what Russia and the Russians are like."


A upplifa "ssalismann" - rfa daga.

a er einhvern veginn svo a eftir hfilega langan tmavirist allt veraa "nostalgu", ef til vill ekki alveg allt, en um flest.

vef Spiegel hef g fundi nokkur margar greinar um "nostalgu" eftir "gmlu gu" dgunum egar ssialisminn ri rkjum A-Evrpu.

N er hgt a gista hteli sem bur upp "Austur sk" herbergi, Trabantinn hefur gengi endurnjun lfdaga, og alls kyns vrur fr mtorhjlum, til vottaefnis og kladrykkja fr "slut ssalismans" ntur n vaxandi vinslda.

essi "nostalga" teygir arma sna alla lei hinga a Bjr, v konan er einmitt alin upp einu af eim rkjum sem tldust til "slurkja ssalismans". ess vegna frist oft yfir hana bros egar hn sr sumt af v slgti sem bostlum er Plsku, Rssnesku ea kransku verslunum hr.

Brag af uppvextinum er alltaf vel egi.

En etta er auvita jkvtt, enda engin sta til a essi tmi gleymist, vert mti. Saganer alltaf ess viri a gefa henni gaum og halda henni til haga.

essum svum flestum veitir heldur ekki af atvinnu og auknum trisma.

Svo gti auvita fari svo a etta gti "lkna" einhverja.


Heitt og sveitt

a hefur veri heitt og sveitt andrmslofti a Bjr dag. Hitinn kominn um 30C kl. 9 morgun og hafi ekki nst niur fyrir a n rflega 9 kvld. Um mijan daginn var hitinn hr borginni v sem nst brilegur.

g heyri a enda tvarpinu a me rakanum vri hitinn sambrilegur vi u..b. 41C. ff.

etta er ekki vertta fyrir nbleika slendinga eins og mig. En a er einmitt fyrir daga sem ennan sem bjrinn var fundinn upp.

Framan af degi var eingngu amba vatn, enda leyfa slensk gen enga uppgjf, og var eki vtt og breitt um borgina, komi vi hinum msu verslunum og dst af kef, vegalengd sem urfti a ganga milli loftklds blsins og loftkldra verslana.

En bjrinn um 6 leyti var neitanlega gur og svalai eins til var tlast og btti smuleiis gei. Gur Slvenskur bjr gerir a yfirleitt.

Grillaur lax r Kopar (Copper River) btti gei enn frekar, einstaklega ljfur matur.

Vonandi klnar vel me kvldinu, annig a hgt veri a opna glugga.


Jafna Bakka

Rakst essa frtt ruv.is.

"lver vi Hsavk yri kolefnisjafna

Kolefnisjafna hugsanlegt lver Bakka vi Hsavk, me v a grursetja plntur. tlaur kostnaur er um 3 miljarar krna. etta yri fyrsta sinn sem slkt yri gert hr landi.

rleg losun koltvsrings fr lverinu yri um 365.000 tonn og er landsvi sem um rir, Noruring og ingeyjasslurnar, um 18.300 ferklmetrar ea tplega 18% af heildarflatarmli slands og er tlunin a grursetja v svi, samtals um 500-800 ferklmetra svi nstu 30-40 rum. Til samanburar yri a svi a.m.k. jafn strt og Reykjavk, Kpavogur, Garabr og Hafnafjrur samanlagt."

Finnst etta merkileg frtt, en a sem helst vantar hana er hver a er sem gefur yfirlsingu a lver vi Hsavk veri kolefnisjafna, ef af yri.

En etta er engin sm skgrkt,5 til 800 ferklmetrar.

En a er jkvtt a lver Bakka s umrunni og a hn s fr sem flestum hlium. etta er vissulega ein eirra.


Rttlti

a er ekki ofsgum sagt a rttlti getur veri misjafnt og oft er leiin a v ekki grei. mbl.is las g nna rtt an tvr frttir um Bandarskt rttarfar.

nnur er frttin sem hr er til hliar og snir a rttlti hefur sigur, en jafnframt eina verstu hli arlensks rttarkerfis, en a eru skaabtamlin sem trllra kerfinu ar og eru oft hin skrautlegustu.

A dmari skuli hafa veri skjandinn mlinu segir ef til vill sna sgu. En a vri frlegt a vita hva etta allt saman hefur kostavottahsseigendurna, v a a mlskostnaur falli skjanda, er lklegt a verjendur hafi samt sem ur haft a mlinu verulegan kostna, bi beinan og beinan.

Hin frttin er svo um dm um rttmti ess a skli reki nemanda sinn tmabundi fr nmi, vegna bora ar sem tvinna er saman neyslu kannabiss og Jess. Vissulega skrtin blanda, en mli allt enn skrtnara.

a vantar hins vegar frttina a atbururinn gerist egar brnunum var hleypt t r sklananum, til a fylgjast me egar hlaupi var me Olympueldinn fram hj sklanum. Rksemdin er v a nemandinn hafi veri a hvetja til eiturlyfjaneyslu sklanum.

Mr finnst langt seilst a reka nemandann r skla 10 daga fyrir etta "prakkarastrik", persnulega finnst mr a tjningarfrelsi eigi a hafa forgang.

En vi sem finnst etta gott dmi um vitleysuna sem veur uppi Bandarkjunum, segi g a eir ttu a skoa au lg sem eru gildi slandi, t.d. um tbak og hvernig m skrifa um a.

Vitleysan veur nefnilega svo va uppi.


mbl.is Fr ekki 3,4 milljara btur fyrir horfnar buxur
Tilkynna um vieigandi tengingu vi frtt

... og "bagguetti" er ekki einu sinni Franskt!

a er oft sem g ver frari egar g vlist um netinu, srstaklega egar g tti raun a vera farinn a sofa, en essi tma egar "megin" er komin httinn er oft einstaklega gilegur sem svona "prvat quality time" sem n dgum ir yfirleitt a g er a lesa ea vlast um netinu.

g hafi til dmi ekki hugmynd um a "Baguetti" vri ekki Franskt fyrr en g las a vef The Times n kvld.

"Baguetti" sem samt osti og rauvni er Frakkland holdi kltt.

"Baguetti" sem var morgunverarborinu v sem nst hverjum degi mean g bj ar.

En svo kemur upp r drnum a fyrirbri er Austurskur innflutningur.

smu grein komst g a v a brau er "Fedexa" fr Frakklandi til Bandarkjanna hverjum degi.

a er margt skrti krhausnum. En sjlfu sr kom a ekki vart a vinsldir "baguettsins" mtti rekja tillagasetninga og verkalsflaga, Franskara gerist a ekki.

En hr er greinin, og hr eru sm btar r henni:

"The head of Frances most celebrated dynasty of bakers has urged her countrymen to end their love affair with the baguette and revert to what she says is the traditional Gallic loaf.

Apollonia Poilne, who took over the family bakery at the age of 18 after the death of her parents in 2002, said that the French stick was not French at all, and that her business refused to sell it. "

"It was imported from Austria in the late 19th century, said Miss Poilne, who wants her compatriots to return to the wholemeal bread she said they ate beforehand. She said that it was healthier, tastier and longer lasting"

"The speciality is le pain Poilne, a 1.9kg (4lb) round loaf made from grey flour, sea salt and dough left over from the previous batch. It sells for about 8 (5) and is widely regarded as Frances finest bread.

Customers include Catherine Deneuve and Jacques Chirac in France and Robert de Niro and Steven Spielberg in the US, where it is transported by FedEx and sold for $40 (20)."

"Stick to the facts

The word baguette literally means little rod, and is derived from Latin baculum stick or staff.

A popular but inaccurate belief holds that baguettes were invented during Napoleons Russian campaign when he ordered a new shape of bread to fit down his soldiers trouser legs.

They were invented by Viennese bakers in the 19th century, using a new steam-injected oven.

The baguette became dominant when a French law in the 1920s banned bakers from working before 4am. The traditional boule took a long time to prepare but the baguette would be ready by breakfast. "

a er ljst a hangs mitt fyrir framan tlvuna er aldeilis ekki til einskis, heldur frir heim a Bjr hafsj af frleik.


Fram yfir jht

a er alltof htt hlutfall a hi opinbera taki til sn 47% af landsframleislunni. v sem nst helmingur er of str hluti til handa hinu opinbera.

a sem arf nna eru skattalkkanir. Lkka tekjuskatt, lkka tolla, lkka vrugjld.

etta tti a vera forgangsatrii hj rkisstjrninni, leyfa eim sem vinna sr inn f a halda eftir strri hluta ess en n er.

En v miur er engin sta til bjartsni hva a varar, og enn sur a sveitaflg lkki lgur snar.

Skattstofnarnir hafa blsi t, launatekjur, fjrmagnstekjur, og neyslan skilar grarlegum tekjum af neysluskttum. Vermti hsnis hefur margfaldast og ar me fasteignaskattar, n ess a eigendur eirra hafi af eim meiri not, ea fi meiri jnustu.

Sumpart hefur essu aukna f sem hi opinbera hefur yfir a ra veri nota af skynsemi, s.s. niugreislu skattlagningu fyrri ra (skuldum), en tgjaldaaukningin hefur veri grarleg og oft af ltilli skynsemi, a mr finnst.

En a slendingar skuli vinna fram yfir jht ( a etta su ekki gallalausir treikningar) er hryggileg stareynd.

Hvernig vri a setja markmii pskana?


mbl.is Andrki: Landsmenn voru a vinna fyrir hi opinbera til 21. jn
Tilkynna um vieigandi tengingu vi frtt

Kirsuber

Netin voru tekin niur a Bjr dag. Kirsuberjatr afhjpa a nju. Barttunni er loki og uppskeran hsi.

KirsuberUndanfarna daga hefur barttan veri hmarki. kornar hafa stt hart a netunum og jafnvel fundi eim glufur sem rumpa hefur veri saman jafn um og r uppgtvast.Fuglar himins hafa smuleiisgert tilkall til hluta af uppskerunni. Sastlina ntt btist svo svangur vottabjrn hp eirra sem tluu sr af fitna af kirsuberjum.

v var kvei a n vri etta ori gottHeimastan me kirsuber og berin klippt af trnu og borin hs. Lklega hefu au batna vi a vera einn ea tvo daga til vibtar, en barttan var orin a hr a a tti ekki borga sig a ba. ll voru au lka klippt af me stnglinum, en mr frari menn segja a a s algert skilyri til a berin haldi fram a roskast, en a eiga au vst a geta nokkra daga, efti a au koma af trnu.

En etta eina tr gaf af sr fjgur og hlft kl af berjum, annig a a var ekki til einskis barist. Lklega hfum vi "gefi" me okkur allt a kl, en auvita vera allir a f eitthva.

Foringinn var hrifinn af kirsuberjunum og heimastunni fannst essir rauu "boltar" lka hugaverir.


Heitasta aulindin

g man vel eftir v gar g var ltill og vi hfum olukyndingu. Heita vatni kom r ca 400 ltra hitavatnstanki og skipuleggja urfti baferir fjlskyldunnar til a allir hefu einhvern yl vatninu.

Olubllinn kom svo me reglulegu millibili og fyllti stran tankinn.

a var gjrbylting egar hitaveitan kom. Endalaust heitt vatn.

Jarhitinn er grarleg aulind, n efa "heitasta" aulind slendinga. Hitar upp megni af hsum landsmanna, tryggir "endalaust" heitt vatn r krananum og framleiir rafmagn svaxandi mli.

Allt vistvnan mta.

Vissulega er jarrask af framkvmdum og alltaf spillist nttra, bi af framkvmdum sem og byggingum, rafmagnslnum, heitavatnsppum og svo framvegis. Sjnmengun er af essu smuleiis.

En etta eru metanlegar aulindir og spara jarbinu grarlegan innflutning, tryggir betri lfskjr og skapar grarleg vermti og ekkingu.

Sjlfur b g svo aftur vi au kjr, a hafa eingngu r "einum hitavatnstanki" a spila n hitaan upp me jargasi. g sakna v slenska hitaveituvatnsins, hverjum degi, egar g fer sturtu ea ba.


mbl.is BBC fjallar um slenska jarhitann
Tilkynna um vieigandi tengingu vi frtt

Skringilegt

Mr ykir a alltaf skringilegt egar tala er um stafrn ea "digital" heimili. g fer alltaf a velta v fyrir mr hvort a g bi "analogue" heimilim ea hvaa or skyldi n lsa best essum "gamaldags" heimilum?

Hr a Bjr eru allir veggir r timbri og mrsteinum ea steinsteypu. Hr arf heimilisflki a kveikja og slkkva "handvirkt" ljsum og ar fram eftir gtunum.

En hr er miki af stafrnu "dti". Fyrst skal nefna tlvuna, svo er a myndvlin, forritanlegi hitastillirinn (sem stjrnar mistinni og loftklingunni), vottavlin er orin stafrn a mestu leyti, geislaspilarinn, DVD spilarinn, sminn og sitthva fleira mtti lklega til telja.

Ekki m heldur gleyma llu stafrnu leikfngunum sem yngri kynslinni hr hefur skotnast.

En ll essi tki eru "sjlfst" en ekki mistr. Vissulega vri g til a a "mistra" heimilinu auknu mli, a eru tvr gindi.

En mnum huga er heimili ekki grjurnar, heldur hsakynnin sem g reikna ekki me a veri "stafrn" mnu viskeii. En tlvuving heimila og heimilistkja mun n efa halda fram.

g held a tlvuvdd, mistr og stafrn" "heimilistki" su v skemmtileg, en mr ykir skringilegt a tala um "stafrn heimili".


mbl.is Verslun fyrir stafrn heimili
Tilkynna um vieigandi tengingu vi frtt

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