Today is Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden. This is the one day of the year when I really wish I was there.
To add to the frustration, the country is experiencing superb weather today: sunny and bright, perfect to be outside eating and drinking, taking a dip in the ocean or what have you.
Swedish midsummer table. Click for larger version.
Apart from the social aspects and enjoyment of the massive green lushness of Sweden in the summertime, I miss the food. Fortunately though, now that Ikea is in town, that piece is partly ameliorated—swung by yesterday and picked up three different kinds of pickled herring: Traditional, Mustard, and Garlic. Yummy, yummy, yummy.
The akvavit has been sitting in the freezer since last year, patiently biding its time.
So tonight there will be herring, akvavit, fresh potatoes from Trader Joe’s boiled with dill, and grilled salmon. Will be piping Swedish tunage through the AirPort Express.
Posted Friday, 24 June, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.