Saturday 21 July 2012

Liebster Award


I have been tagged for the Liebster award by SJHoneywell at 1001plus. Thanks man! This is the first recognition of this sort that my blog receives.

The Liebster award is a sort of chain letter and comes with a number of conditions:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them.

I have no problem with 1 to 3. It is fun to read what other bloggers are doing besides blogging and I do not mind sharing a bit of my life.

My problem with 4 and 5 is that my blog is still very new and I simply am not following that many blogs. As far as I can see basically everybody I would have sent this too have already received it. This makes me a dead end for this reward/chain-letter. I am sorry about that, it cannot be helped. Still I am flattered to have received it.

Well 11 things about me.

1.       I am not really an expert on movies at all. I just get into these projects and it gets out of hand and this time it was early cinema. The historical aspects mind you. How was it invented, what were the early movies like, how did it develop. This coincided with getting 1001MTSBYD as a gift, so the natural consequence was that read it and then started seeing them. You know, one thing leads to the next…

2.       Another current project of mine is early medieval age, that is 5th to 8th century. The period is usually empty in any coverage. The Romans were there, then they were gone, and then we had medieval Europe. This has always intrigued me. Anything that takes place in this period fascinates me.

3.       I like golf. My game is horrible because I never was able to throw myself properly into it, but it is fun and I can sit an entire day watching it on television. Right now there is British Open and it is awesome.

4.       I love eating. I can eat almost anything and usually enjoy it. A natural consequence is that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. My lasagna is really awesome, the secret being a half bottle of red wine and air-dried bacon. Yummy.

5.       The only thing I ever won was a year’s worth of salami. I correctly guessed the weight of monstrous salami. Simple really: length, radius and the density of fat.

6.       At my day job I work as a wind engineer (though I am a geologist by training) and I have projected tons of wind farms, but I have never been up in the hub of a turbine since I suffer from fear of heights. It sometimes makes it embarrassing getting down from stairs.

7.       I can control a taxi in Chinese.

8.       It takes me an hour to write an entry on the blog. This is a standard question from my friends. 10 minutes to get the right angle and then I am on a roll. The biggest problem is vocabulary. My English is just not good enough for what I want to write.

9.       I have a competition with my wife on who has been to most countries. She is still in the lead, but I am catching up.

10.   I do not like dogs and they do not like me so we are even.

11.   The only performance I have been involved in was doing sound for an amateur theater performing in a reconstructed longhouse at the local Viking castle. I was not dressed up but hid on a little platform under the roof. But the play was awesome. King Ella got his back torn open and the lungs taken out by the avenging sons of Regnar Lodbrog to the sound of Karl Orff’s Oh Fortuna. Gruesome.

Questions from SJHoneywell

1.       At a movie theater, what snacks do you buy? Or do you sneak them in? If money were no object, what would be your movie theater snack of choice?

I usually am not having a snack in the cinema. If I buy I usually forget to eat it, at least if the movie is good. My wife likes to have popcorn so sometime we buy a bucket of those.

2.       What's the first movie that really scared you?

Ghostbusters. It was the first movie I saw on my own in the cinema and I was very young. When the statues in front of the library came alive I could not take it anymore and had to leave.

3.       The television show/book/graphic novel/other thing I would really love to see adapted to film is

Peter F. Hamilton, the Commonwealth Saga (Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained). If they can do A Game of Thrones they can do this as well. It would be awesome!

4.       If you like horror movies, why do you like them? If not, why not?

Well, I don’t. I get too much into the movies I am watching and so scare easily. These will be the hardest movies on the list  

5.       If you could be any movie character, who would you be, and why?

Doc Brown. To have a time machine build into a DeLorean, that would be so awesome.

6.       Why did you start blogging? What keeps you going?

Frankly, the awful feeling of envy. I was only collecting and watching the movies when I found out that people were writing about them as well. So-Ein-Muss-Ich-Auch-Haben! It was such cool thing to do, to be able to write about the movies I see that I knew this was what I had to do as well. What kept me from doing it for a long time was that I knew I would never be as good as the other bloggers. I am a bloody amateur and not even a native speaker.  What keeps me going is that I kid myself that that does not really matter.

7.       What movie would you most like to see again for the first time with no prior knowledge?

I wish I could go to the cinema and see the original Star Wars movie. I was 4 years in 1977, so no chance of that. But to be a teenager in 77 and see Star Wars in the cinema, that would be something.

8.       If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

How morbid! I hope it would say: He will be missed.

9.       What is the best or most useful class in school you have ever taken?

Hmmm… a question from a teacher, clearly. Here is the boring answer: Datalogi A at university. The skills I learned in Excel has paid off thousand-fold. The classes I enjoyed the most were History and English in high school (Hobro Gymnasium). Our teachers were excellent in inspiring, well me in particular, to read awesome stuff on my own.  

10.   Describe your favorite article of clothing.

??? I really do not have a favorite piece of garment. The closest thing would be a shirt with small scooters on. At a distance they only look like dots, but up close they become small scooters.

11.   If there was one household chore I could get away with never doing again, it would be

 Cleaning the bathroom.



  1. I've been watching a lot of the British Open, too. Today (3rd round) it looked like Adam Scott was playing to win, while Tiger Woods was playing to not lose and expecting the people ahead of him to screw up. I'm going to take a wild guess and bet that you are rooting for Thorbjorn Olesen in this tournament.

    And your English is better than many other bloggers I've read, and their first language is supposed to be English.

    1. Thanks man! Thorbjørn is so young, only 22. It is just amazing seeing him play with Tiger. Today is supposed to get very windy so it will be more like links golf. I would put my money on Tiger. I think he can deal with that better than Adam Scott. And, you know, weather was awful when Thorbjørn won on Sicilly in the spring...

  2. Dude, we're all amateurs out here! It's so great that you're actually writing about the movies; that's far more important than trying to create "profound" words about them.

    And your English is very, very good.

    I don't relish cleaning the bathroom either.

    1. Thank you, I really appreciate that. So far it has been a lot more fun than I imagined. Getting responses is definitely a big part of it.