Dusting off the blog

As you can see, a little bit has happened here and there.

I’ve changed the theme (=Wordpress-lingo for look or skin) of the blog a couple of times, and now I have found something I think will last for a long time to come: a theme both pretty and random enough for what I intend with the blog (…the wonder that is an organized mess).

Besides that, I’ve been organizing the links of my Follow Fridays, so in addition to the usual Blogroll (which also includes a couple of blogs I need to introduce to you in a following Follow Friday or two), I added a Twitterroll (with all the people I believe you should be keeping an eye on on Twitter) and a Podroll (with all the podcasts I believe you should know so far – of which one link, De Sorte Spejdere, leads to a 404/Not Found, but I would find it odd NOT to have it there. It can be found through iTunes, though – plus one that I will have to introduce later).

Something else I need to do is to make a menu (OH YES! The new theme is custom-menu compatible! Yay!) – something with the links/categories I find to be important and odd enough NOT to be left in one of the boxes in the sidebar. So far there’s only “Home” (directing you to the blog) and “About…” (leading you to the page about me). It’s gonna be good!

Besides that, I need to

  • fix a better way of making a gallery (flickr sucks, I couldn’t get all of the pics from the Brocktour up), and speaking of which…
  • finish off the last part of the Brocktour (there are a couple of bits and pieces in my mind I want up here).
  • dust off some of the drafts I’ve got lying around here… Somewhere… Where’s the damn hatbox?!

Did I miss anything??…
Ah, well. I’ll think of it if I did. Though I do know that I got a bit of inspiration for a following Follow Friday (besides whatever is on the blogroll)!

Oh – and I might have to mention to you that due to skipping a Monday, the theme I was teasing for recently isn’t up for Music Monday tomorrow, but next week instead.

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Follow Friday #2: Comic Strips and Music!

On Follow Friday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Podcast: Best of MySpace
3. Twitter: Comic Strips
4. Blog: Michael Fry
5. Next Week/Drop Me a Line.

I thought I’d try to pick up on Follow Friday again, since I’ve been trying to pick up on Music Monday – and let’s face it, I could use something steady to keep up the blog. And not to worry, I’ll try to simplify it a bit so I won’t give away as much info/take so much confusing space as I did on the first Follow Friday.

Since the last time we spoke, I have finished listening to all of the podcasts of De Sorte Spejdere – so although I might just be thrown into fits of laughter once more if listening to them again, there is nothing new – only repeats. So I have been jumping the internet source of my podcast software – plus re-visiting DR.dk to download the podcasts of a few more programs after listening to the radio. I have also been adding a few individuals to my list on Twitter. Hopefully you’ll like the ones I picked!

The podcast I would like to introduce to you is Best of MySpace, a show made as a podcast by iCast and hosted by Gill Mills.
It’s made to make the way through the MySpace jungle easier to get through, as you don’t have to stop and smell all the flowers on the way. Gill has, with the help of the listeners, picked the most colorful and less smelly of them for you (which does ends up, as she admits, as a very subjective list of artists and songs – but what the heck, so do my Follow Fridays and Music Mondays).
As a last note, I might add that this podcast might speak more to the rockfans in the audience – although she does throw in a bit of hip-hop and R’n’B now and then – but give it a chance anyway. You may be surprised.

(And no, I can’t promise I won’t be using this podcast as a part of Music Monday in the future! But let me just get properly into it, and then see.)

In the Twitterverse, I have come across Hammy the Squirrel (@Hammyhimself). You probably remember him from Over the Hedge (there’s a Hammys through History-thing going on right now – you can go subscribe to Over the Hedge as a daily comic). “Hammy” sends out cute, funny, and at times philosophical statements – like one of my favorites so far:

Today is the the beginning of the ending of the start of the finish of the opening of the closing of forgetting what I was remembering.

“Over the Hedge” is made by Michael Fry, who I’m also following on Twitter (@_MichaelFry) where he is sending out comments and updates on blogposts, and T Lewis.

Plus, of course, the two of them have a tendency to retweet each other.

The blog I’m mentioning today is actually that very blog of Michael Fry. The blogposts with the Over the Hedge-strips aside, I remember one specific blogpost in particular – How to Lose Weight – where he describes the Mike Fry diet and concludes:

Eat less. Exercise more. Listen to your wife. Savor your treats.

It should only take another ten years to lose the other twenty pounds.

I have no idea what will come up next week. Yet again, I can imagine it having something to do with music, languages, and travelling. Maybe even photography. I have no idea!

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Music Monday #3: Roskilde Festival (hindsight)

*sigh* Lateness… Sorry.

On Music Monday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Application for blogging during the Roskilde Festival
3. Favorite Listings
4. Top 5 Most Played Songs on Music Player
5. Drop me a line.

As promised, here’s the Roskilde Festival-themed entry!
This is inspired by applying to blog at the festival’s homepage; what they needed to know was one’s taste in music – and I ended up not only listing what dominates my preferences at the moment, but also mentioning my memories of Roskilde as a testimony of a (hopefully) diverse/eclectic taste in music. I’m trying to use that in this post.

Anyway – here’s the application to start with:

Hi, I’m Unna L. Wildt, I’m 26 years old (27 by the time of the festival) and hailing from Nørrebro in Copenhagen. I’ve been more ore less a regular at the festival since 2002 (only missing 2003). Since then, the festival has been a part of my year – just like Easter, Christmas, and New Year’s; it’s inevitable.

As for placing my taste in music, I’m having a bit of a hard time. My taste and preferences have morphed several times up to the present moment. As I write, I’m listening to Yoav, whose album I downladed from iTunes after hearing him in a podcast of De Sorte Spejdere (The Black Scouts – alas, I discovered the quality of that radio program too late to listen to it live, God bless podcasting). I can listen to much – which my memories of Roskilde are testimonies of – but these days it’s mostly centered around R’n’B/neosoul, hiphop/rap, raggae/ragga/dancehall, and vocal. Singing in a gospel choir, gospel music doesn’t quite escape my everyday, either.

The reason why I started blogging is that I love writing, and I love sharing my thoughts, experiences, photos, videos – even recipies – and receiving responses, maybe even discussing. From what I hear, I’m good at it, too. When it comes to photography and video, I’m an avid photograph; on my phone, which has been in my possession since early November last year, I already took close to 1500 pictures.

I’ll let you judge the quality of the entire thing: http://unnawildt.wordpress.dk

Unna.

EDIT (Feb. 25th, 2010): Of course, I meant http://unnawildt.wordpress.com!

Looking back on Roskilde, my picks this week are:

Five acts in clear memory
Coldplay (2005, 2008)
My memory of Coldplay at Roskilde goes back to 2005. I remember their song “Speed of Sound” roaring over the camp areas of Camping East day after day – and it was (and still is) the perfect soundtrack for the camping areas to me.
Then they came, they saw, they conquered at RF’s Orange Stage last year (2009). They closed the program of Orange Stage with a concert worthy to be played Friday night, Saturday night, AND as the last one of the Orange Stage! LOVING these guys!!!

Green Day (2005)
Oh, c’mon, just HOW can you forget a concert like that?! I don’t know how they do it; as far as I remember, it was their third concert within 24 hours, and still they manage to pull off a show worthy of the six of six tents it got in the next day’s paper.
They pulled up three members of the audience – but not without checking if they could play before being pulled up – and had them play a number with Billie Joe singing the lead. I forgot which song it was, but it was excellent. Billie Joe even gave his guitar to the guy playing it!

Jamie Cullum (2005)
The first I heard of Jamie was the sound of one of his music videos playing on VH1 way back in 2004/2005. It was one of those moments when you just HAVE to get a pen and paper and stay glued to the screen to get the facts down – I did, anyway, without having heard of him or his music before. And he’s stuck to me since. His music reminds me of good times (mainly at the school I attended back then – and what a wonderful school it was, too).

The Royal Danish Opera (2004)
I remember being at the festival with a friend, and we accidentally happened to come by one of the stages (which I double checked at the homepage of the festival – it was at Arena, apparently) where the Royal Danish Opera were already at it. We were fascinated by the presence of opera/classical music of all genres at a rock festival – they were received like true rock stars, and they looked like they felt awesome and just like true rock stars; flattered and humbled, but with humor and damn well proud of and happy to be there, too.

Fatboy Slim (2004)
I still remember dancing like I never danced in public on my own before.
I had gone to the concert starting at 1 AM, ending up in the secondary pit. Fatboy Slim went on DJ’ing, not playing any of his own works – but that was okay, because we were all dancing, having a good time. I remember looking towards the stage to catch a glimpse of him, but couldn’t see him – but finally, I realized that he was at a podium located conveniently at the center, towering over the separation barriers between the mosh pits and secondary pit. I moved closer and closer, and ended up standing as close to Fatboy Slim as I’ve ever been to any other performing artist at Roskilde; almost right under the podium.

Five acts I’d love to experience again
Jamie Cullum
Liam O’Connor
The Streets
The Royal Danish Opera
Coldplay

I don’t dare wishing for Green Day again, as my expectations may just run a bit too high after 2005. Just like RHCP, I think it’s an experience not likely to succeed twice, so let’s just leave it at that.

My Top 5 RF Soundtrack
“Speed of Sound” (Coldplay)
I remember this roaring over the camp area of Camping East in 2005, and to be honest, I’ve kinda missed that ever since. For one thing, the echo in the song makes it perfect for this purpose!

“All At Sea” (Jamie Cullum)
I’m not sure why, but it may contain some longing to get to the sea with no possibilities of contacting the dry land; getting out of your own little sandbox, as you usually do at Roskilde. Plus, there is a bit of echo here, too…

“O Sole Mio” (any given well-trained, talented, operatic tenor with a sense of humor)
This was sung during the concert with the Royal Danish Opera back in 2004.
As it was presented, it was clarified that it isn’t an actual opera aria, but a song widely used by tenors to show off – and boy, did the tenor show off! *LOL* I loved it!

“Road Tripping” (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Actually, I would initially have picked this one for a trip to a summerhouse in the Danish countryside – probably somewhere on Zealand. But thinking about it, I wanted something by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I thought it fits a calm, lazy, sunny day at Roskilde just as well.

“Hospital” (Nephew/L.O.C. (Liam O’Connor))
The one concert saving my night back in 2007 was actually recorded and commercially released on DVD; the live concert at Orange Stage, 07.07.07, with the Danish band Nephew. Not only do I think the World of Nephew, but suddenly, L.O.C. walks out on stage and takes part of the action on this track. Absolutely gorgeous.

The Top 5 most played on my portable music player is as of right now:
Somehow I managed to do… Well, something… Anyway, the playlists on the portable music player cleared, so now the list is different, new and shiny!
1. Slow Me Down (Emmy Rossum)
2. Teardrop (LP Version) (Massive Attack)
3. Stay (Emmy Rossum)
4. 2 Times (Original Radio Edit) (Ann Lee)
5. Falling (Emmy Rossum)

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Follow Friday #1!

On Follow Friday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Podcasts: Danish version (one in English) (feat. Rosenkjær-foredrag, De Sorte Spejdere and Det Nye Talkshow, Clement Kjersgaard).
3. Twitter
4. Next week on Follow Friday
5. Drop me a line.

Yeah, I know, I know. Late again. Forgive me for posting this on a young Saturday!

I think I already introduced the concept back when introducing the Music Monday this week. Anyway, here’s a quick intro again:

Twitter have tags on basically anything – mainly, I believe, because the users of Twitter are able to create them themselves – and two of these tags are #musicmonday and #followfriday. This has inspired me to blog on who and what I listen to and follow online; be it music, blogs, podcasts, RSS, Twitter…

First of all, I’ll take a look at podcasts. I know a couple of missionaries, of which I’m sure at least one of them want to keep up their Danish after they return to the US – and since I have a few favorite podcasts in Danish, I think it’s a good place to start! I know that there is a good bunch of excellent podcasts at the website of Denmark’s national broadcasting corporation/public service radio and TV, Danmarks Radio – you can find them right here.

I think I should start with introducing the first podcast I remember subscribing to (at least in Danish, since Jamie Oliver could have beat it to it): the Rosenkjær lectures with Dr.Med. Peter Lund Madsen.

The Rosenkjær lectures are the consequence of receiving the Rosenkjær award. The Rosenkjær award is given to an individual (scientist or cultural personality) being able to communicate difficult and heavy stuff to the public. The award is named after Danmark Radio’s first chief of lectures, Jens Rosenkjær. The position of chief of lectures was founded to have someone to keep track of the lectures being aired; not only when and where, but also who and what. The lectures were often of heavy scientific matter which can’t be made understandable by just anyone – let alone being understood through the radio, ie. with the listeners not having the ability to SEE exactly what was going on.
The recipant of the award holds the right (or rather: duty) to perform a number of lectures, which are then recorded and aired on the radio. You can also check out the rest of the Rosenkjær lectures.

I think that part of the reason why Peter Lund Madsen got the award is the first show he made with his younger brother, Anders Lund Madsen (they made three shows in total up until as I write). They’re both extremely entertaining. While Peter is highly academically educated (dr.med., scientist, professor (I believe, don’t hang me up on it) within the brain, and now educating himself within psychiatry – oh yeah, he’s as much a braniac as unhumanly possible. Litterally!), Anders is quite the unconventional journalist. He DOES have formal training, but he’s unconventional. If you want to check Anders out, take a chance on De Sorte Spejdere (The Black Scouts – Peter has had a couple of appearances through the ages) and the video podcast Det Nye Talkshow (The New Talkshow – which is the only show so far which hasn’t finished yet. Peter has had an appearance on here, too, on the New Year’s special).

Another journalist worth mentioning is Clement Kjersgaard. He may not have the same appearance as Anders Lund Madsen, but is equally entertaining. Kjersgaard has academic degrees from the University of Copenhagen, the University of Oxford, and United World College of Hong Kong. He is critical to just about every single one of his guests, no matter who they are, whether he likes them or not, etc. – one podcast worth checking out is Ugen med Clement (The Week with Clement), another one (which is predominantly in English) is Clement i Amerika (Clement in America).

Receiving the news of Stephen Gately’s death, all media mentioning his last Tweet, I quickly got on to following @theREALboyzone, @ronanofficial, @stephenofficial, and @MRMIKEYGRAHAM. Of course, I DO realize there’s not much point in following Stephen Gately nowadays, but still.

Anyhow, to mention some constructive following (yeah, so sue me for being eclectic enough to like some of the boyband music out there!), I believe that we should keep an eye on the country leaders around the World is doing. Now, I only have a minor handful of them on my following list, but here are some:
@BarackObama
@DowningStreet (the office, not a specific Prime Minister)
@LarsLoekke (the Danish prime minister)
@SFpolitik (my party)
@Christiansborg/politikere (a list of Danish MPs).

I’m not too sure of what I’ll be rambling about next week, but I’m thinking music, languages, or travelling. Whaddyathink?

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