Monthly Archives: February 2012
I don’t have to be in school for a few hours yet, but Greger woke me up so we’ve enjoyed an early stroll through the still sleepy city.
I hope your week is off to a good start! Personally, I have no plans for today, and the weather is as perfect as it can be in February. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good day.
I learned something interesting about zebras today. Scientists have long been discussing what the purpose of their stripes are, and there are several theories. One is that the stripes help the zebras distinguish one another, since they all have a unique pattern of stripes. Another theory is that the stripes are there to hide the zebras from predators, or even scare them off (the idea is that the stripes may cause the predators to confuse a herd of zebras for one giant animal)
Yet another theory is that the stripes confuse flies and make them unable to bite the zebras. This has actually been proven through a series of scientific tests. They painted three groups of horses in different ways: the first group got painted white, the second black and the third in zebra-like stripes. They found that the striped horses were considerably less bothered by flies than the other two groups.
So, if you want to avoid being bothered by flies and possibly mosquitoes this summer, try wearing striped clothes. It may work against predators, as well.
When I woke up this morning I noticed that Hannes had added a lot of yellow daffodils to my irises. By the way, I think they’re so beautiful in bloom! I’m pretending to have a mini garden on my window ledge.
However, in the end I decided on Space Cadet by Orly. It makes for the best parties!
I didn’t like Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books much. I’ve read a lot of crime fiction, and for me The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stands out as a bad example with an over-the-top plot and a shallow sense of suspense.
The only thing about the franchise I enjoyed was the first Swedish movie. Parts two and three are very bleak in comparison, but part one has good pacing shows lots of beautiful Swedish scenery. Both Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace give terrific performances as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.
Against my better judgement, I went and saw the American remake as well. As expected, it didn’t bring anything new to the table, and most scenes felt like lesser versions of their originals. Sure, Daniel Craig is hot, but to me, Michael Nyqvist is more charismatic. By the way, Michael Nyqvist stars in the new Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol along with Tom Cruise. I haven’t seen that one yet, but I will as soon as I get the chance.