August 8th, 2003



CNN had a recent article on their website about addiction to the internet. They put a handy reference guide for figuring out if you are addicted:

M More than intended time spent online
O Other responsibilities neglected
U Unsuccessful attempts to cut down
S Significant relationship discord because of use
E Excessive thoughts or anxiety when not online

I think I'm borderline. 2.5 out of 5. I have the excuse that I use the computer to fulfill my many functions as editor, webwoman and web designer, and I never considered myself much of web surfer, but the whole online journal/blog thing fascinates me, and I've found myself reading some of them religiously lately. At least I can truthfully say that I never bother with chat rooms. I do have a very active real-life social life, so no worries that I'm becoming a computer hermit.

There's only 1 talk forum that I visit regularly, Amerikanska, which is a website devoted to Americans moving to or living in Sweden. Frequently enough to keep me coming back, I find useful information or links that I can use on the AWC newsletter which I edit. However, some of the stuff that people put up in a public space never fails to amaze me. This is not a journal, mind you, but a public message board of sorts.

I stay away from the political and religious "debates," and I try to only get involved with answers when I think I actually have helpful information to share. I know that there is an already enormous, and growing, population who meet their significant others online and have their most meaningful relationships with people they have never met, but I find it a bit unnatural. Maybe it's just my age showing. In other ways, the internet is one of the greatest ways we have of making the world smaller, more accessible and creating a truly global unity.

We got the bookcase into Martin's room last night, after some serious furniture rearranging. Karin was a bit put out that she didn't have a new bookcase, too, although I promised that she will be getting one as soon as I can find one for sale.

It's another gorgeous day here, and I have SUSHI to look forward to tonight, at my favorite sushi place in Malmö. It's situated on the wonderfully European square called Lillatorget and is a great place for people watching in the summer. It's supposed to be an AWC event, but I've told several of my friends that it's my birthday celebration. So a lot of people are coming and all of them are people I like to be around. We've got a babysitter tonight, so Anders is coming, too. :) Woo hoo!
  • Current Music
    Natalie Imbruglia—Torn


WHAT a gorgeous evening, and what fun! The sushi was, as usual, delicious and the company was great. The bill was a bit of a shocker, however, but hey it was my early-birthday celebration. And I got all kinds of unexpected birthday presents, including a future date for a sushi lunch (!) and a...are you sitting down? ... moose mobile phone holder. Anders and I have relegated it to my office where it will have a happy and useful existence.

I'm not sure this even falls into the "so ugly it's cute" category, but Angie was so proud of herself for finding it and it WAS funny. :)
  • Current Music
    The Vapors—I Think I'm Turning Japanese