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Pause for poesi 4: bursdag


strømmen fløt i deg skrikende
jeg kunne drikke deg, mannsmodige mørke
brutt inn i meg                        et rosevått felt
et menneske, mykt som et barn,
svøpt i lukten som var før meg

rørte i drømmenes stoff

måneskinnshysj bak morkne trær,
spindelvevsspråk gjennom årene

svulmende menneskehagers

Karin Haugane


Pause for poesi 2/3: Sehnsucht

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Weiß, was ich leide!
Allein und abgetrennt
Von aller Freude,
Seh ich ans Firmament
Nach jener Seite.

Ach! der mich liebt und kennt,
Ist in der Weite.
Es schwindelt mir, es brennt
Mein Eingeweide.
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Weiß, was ich leide!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Barbara Bonney & Geoffrey Parsons – Schubert : “Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt” D877/4


Die Scheibe friert, der Wind ist rauh,
Der nächt’ge Himmel rein und blau.
Ich sitz’ in meinem Kämmerlein
Und schau’ ins reine Blau hinein.
Mir fehlt etwas, das fühl’ ich gut,
Mir fehlt mein Lieb, das treue Blut;
Und will ich in die Sterne seh’n,
Muß stets das Aug’ mir übergeh’n.
Mein Lieb, wo weilst du nur so fern,
Mein schöner Stern, mein Augenstern?
Du weißt, dich lieb’ und brauch’ ich ja,
Die Träne tritt mir wieder nah.
Da quält’ ich mich so manchen Tag,
Weil mir kein Lied gelingen mag,
Weil’s nimmer sich erzwingen läßt
Und frei hinsäuselt wie der West.
Wie mild mich’s wieder g’rad’ durchglüht!
Sieh’ nur, das ist ja schon ein Lied!
Wenn mich mein Los vom Liebchen warf,
Dann fühl’ ich, daß ich singen darf.

Johann Gabriel Seidl

Michael Gees – Sehnsucht D879

Cough medicine or chocolate?

I got sick on Thursday and the cough is making it difficult both to sleep and attending lectures. And my voice sounds like it belongs to a 80 year old man. Conventional cough medicine is probably not more effective than placebo. But there is a much better solution… theobromine, found in chocolate – according to a peer-reviewed article by Usmani et al. Good news for all chocolate lovers!


Happy valentine

Some ideas for valentine cards (add some glow-in-the-dark to the Curie-card):

valentine-curie.gif Valentine (Darwin)

Via Ironic Sans

New home in Oslo

I’m Swedish no more. This spring I’m studying quantum mechanics and molecular modelling at the University of Oslo. Together with Maria Dyveke we’ve found a cozy old apartment we’re renting. We’re living together for the first time, which is both very exciting and a bit scary 🙂

New home

A half-year in Sweden

It was certainly time to move out, but renting a room in Bergen, where I have lived since 5, didn’t tempt me so much. So I went for exchange 🙂 This fall I study at Lund University in southern Sweden, and I have not yet decided where I will be when the spring comes. Lund is a small and charming medieval city and I have got myself a nice, light room where I feel really comfortable. In the beginning, I used MyMaps to make a little map of Lund. Have a look at it if you want to know where I live and what my neighborhood looks like.

The first two weeks we had a swedish course. I attended an advanced level, as Swedish and Norwegian are very similar. The other attendees were mostly Germans and Finn, but there were also on Italian, one American, two from Denmark and one Norwegian. It was actually really useful, also because I was forced to think about how I use the language and compose sentences.

After that I’ve studied analytical chemistry. Nothing goes in parallel here. The semester is divided into two part-semesters, with one course in each. And in each course, you first have all the lectures, then labs and finally some time to read on your own before the exam. The positive is that you can concentrate on one subject at a time, the negative is that the progress in the lectures is very fast. The first three weeks we had four-hour lectures every day. Then it’s a pity if you’re sick for three days – which I luckily weren’t.



The universe is approximately 13.7 billion years, the earth 4.6 billion years, there are around 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, at least 10^22 stars in the universe. Attraction forces between uncharged matter is weak. Well, not always. There are 6.4 billion humans on the earth. I’m deeply in love with one of them. A stunningly unique, beautiful one. أحبك is Arabic for “I love you”. We’re thinking about taking an intro-course together in this beautiful language at Al-Quds this summer 🙂