Category: Bits and pieces

Christmas and the Grinch

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Dr. Seuss

Andante, Andante – Mamma Mia

I saw “Mamma Mia! Here we go again!” the other day and this song stuck in my mind.

Video: Andante, Andante – Mamma Mia

Watch the video below or at Youtube Andante, Andante

Lyrics


Take it easy with me, please
Touch me gently like a summer evening breeze
Take your time, make it slow
Andante, Andante
Just let the feeling grow

Make your fingers soft and light
Let your body be the velvet of the night
Touch my soul, you know how
Andante, Andante
Go slowly with me now

I’m your music
(I am your music and I am your song)
I’m your song
(I am your music and I am your song)
Play me time and time again and make me strong
(Play me again ’cause you’re making me strong)
Make me sing, make me sound
(You make me sing and you make me…)
Andante, Andante
Tread lightly on my ground
Andante, Andante
Oh please don’t let me down

There’s a shimmer in your eyes
Like the feeling of a thousand butterflies
Please don’t talk, go on, play
Andante, Andante
And watch me float away

I’m your music
(I am your music and I am your song)
I’m your song
(I am your music and I am your song)
Play me time and time again and make me strong
(Play me again ’cause you’re making me strong)
Make me sing, make me sound
(You make me sing and you make me…)
Andante, Andante
Tread lightly on my ground
Andante, Andante
Oh please don’t let me down
Andante, Andante
Oh please don’t let me down

Lyrics from Andante, Andante Lyrics

11th arrondissement of Paris

Some (to me) interesting facts from Wikipedia about the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

The 11th arrondissement of Paris (XIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as onzième.

The arrondissement, called Popincourt, is situated on the right bank of the River Seine. The arrondissement is one of the most densely populated urban districts of any European city.

In recent years this district has emerged as one of the trendiest regions of Paris.

För the adventurous Wikipedia has a much longer text in French: 11e arrondissement de Paris

Useful links

Guide to the 11th Arrondissement in Paris
The Best Things To See And Do In Paris’ 11th Arrondissement
tripadvisor: 11th Arrondissement
If You Love Food, Heaven Is Paris’s 11th Arrondissement – Eater
WikiTravel: 11th arrondissement of Paris
WikiVoyage: The 11th Arrondissement
A Local’s Guide to Paris Neighborhoods: 11th Arrondissement

Maps

At Google Maps Quick Facts: The 11th arrondissement is a hip, diverse district that draws partygoers to lively bars around Rue Oberkampf and its surrounding streets. It’s also home to the Opéra Bastille, the city’s main opera house. Foodies and fashionistas flock to the boutiques and vogue restaurants around Rue de Charonne, part of the evolving shopping and dining scene in the cosmopolitan area between the République and Nation squares.
Map (image)
Paris 11e arrondissement – Quartiers (image)
Metro 11o arrodisement (image)

10 Things You Should Know Before Moving Into a Tiny Home

If you’re curious about living in a tiny home – read this article first: 10 Things You Should Know Before Moving Into a Tiny Home – Dwell

“Use the freedom a tiny home is giving you to get out more. Use your city, invite your friends out to nice places, travel more. Making your home tiny should make something else you care about grow bigger.” — Nina Tolstrup

Stand up for what you believe in

The text below turned up in my Facebook-stream. It’s a strong message and well written.

The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take the measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves, or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe? From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn. Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.
Sophie Scholl “White Rose”

WordPress and Twitter

I will delete most of my posts about WordPress and Twitter for the simple reason that they have become outdated.

All my six sites run on WordPress, it’s an excellent toll whether you focus on blogging or on pages.

I left Twitter a while back, I had stopped interacting with people there so no reason to keep my profile.

Minimalism

Minimalism is about more than getting rid of stuff. It’s a mindset, a way of life. These two qoutes say it well.

At its core, being a minimalist means investing your time in the important things in life.

The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t. — Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist

The next quote comes from 7 Ways to Live a Simpler Life in a Modern World

Time and money are two of the most valuable resources people have. When life gets simpler, the amount of these two things that a person has available will rise. That is the benefit of a simpler life in today’s world.

Designing a simple life

Despite the how in the title, How to Design a Simple Life is as much about why. There’s good advice in that post (the quote below is just a small part of it).

Designing a simple life doesn’t just mean throwing out all the things. It’s not about a life of most, it’s not about a life of least, it’s about the life that’s right for you.

You don’t have to get rid of things just for the sake of getting rid of them. You remove what you don’t need (in your home, in your thoughts, in your schedule) to make room for the life you want to live.

Designing a simple life means having fewer distractions in your life, so you can focus on what matters. It’s about saying no to everything that gets in the way, but saying yes to what’s right for you.

It means having more of some things: more time, more energy, more space, more flex in your budget, more peace of mind. It means having less of others: less distractions, less frustration, less clutter, less drain on your resources.

Sites about minimalism

Two interesting sites about minimalism are No Sidebar – Design a simple life by Brian Gardiner (has a free weekly newsletter) and Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker.

Gordon’s pizza?

This future is near…
– Hello! Gordon’s pizza?
– No sir it’s Google’s pizza.
– So it’s a wrong number?
– No sir, Google bought it.
– OK. Take my order please ..
– Well sir, you want the usual?
– The usual? You know me?
– According to our caller ID, in the last 12 times, you ordered pizza with cheeses, sausage, thick crust
– OK! This is it
– May I suggest to you this time ricotta, arugula with dry tomato?
– No, I hate vegetables
– But your cholesterol is not good
– How do you know?
– Through the subscribers guide. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years
– Okay, but I do not want this pizza, I already take medicine
– You have not taken the medicine regularly, 4 months ago, you only purchased a box with 30 tablets at Drugsale Network
– I bought more from another drugstore
– It’s not showing on your credit card
– I paid in cash
– But you did not withdraw that much cash according to your bank statement
– I have other source of cash
– This is not showing as per your last Tax form unless you got it from undeclared income source
-WHAT THE HELL? Enough! I’m sick of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp. I’m going to an island without internet,where there is no cell phone line and no one to spy on me!
– I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport as it has expired 5 weeks ago.