June 16, 2015 Noroutine

Woods, Bricks And Bones- Leaving Another Week Behind

Traumatized By Game Of Thrones Finale

I am one day late with this week’s post because I was traumatized by the Game Of Thrones Finale. After seeing that blood and bone parade I was shocked like everyone else. I hardly remember a horror movie where a serial killer murder that many character in such a short time. Each time I tried to focus on writing this post I would go like “Why …Oh why on Earth it ended like that? ” with some kind of whiny inner voice. Actually there was a moment where I stood in front of the mirror and said “Look Sedef stop being upset, these things are not real, stop wasting your precious time thinking about unreal characters and go back to your work” This time it was not inner voice and I was looking so silly that even my husband looked at me like I am crazy and started to laugh. However after reading through every single rumor on internet, this tweet kind of calmed me down. Let’s see with the help of Lord of Light, who’s bones will warm up next winter.

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The Norwegian Wood Festival

Which version of Norwegian Wood would you prefer? The Beatles song or the Murakami Book? Considering they both end crazy, I will stick to the festival version. This year weather was very good in Norwegian terms so it became one of those rare events with almost no rain drop.

The Norwegian Wood Festival was found at 1992 and since then opened its stage to legendary names like Roger Waters, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Kinks, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Jethro Tull and many more. This years headlines were Mark Knopfler, Ben Howard, Patti Smith & Ray Davies.

About the festival, I must be honest: I haven’t been following the newcomers or hits in music lately. I used to have a wide knowledge in different genres but the last two years If I get time to listen to something it is more likely to be a design or a program tutorial. I am a great Dire Straits fan but sadly missed Mark Knopfler because of my busy schedule, but I was there for Patti Smith. She is an iconic figure for me. Apart from being godmother of punk coming from a religious back ground she was kind of free in a time other women weren’t and didn’t give a heck about what the society thought about her actions, lived as she wanted and she is kind of an activist soul still tries to spread it today. I was wondering if she would change Gloria’s lyric like she did after the stage accident in Tampa, but she kept it original “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine” instead of the spiritual version with “why not mine?”.

She rocked poetry on that stage, she was so badass I have no words to describe that. They mostly played from my favorite album, “Horses” and of course the hit song “Because the night”. I am happy they did play it, a girl behind me was about to be hospitalized by constantly yelling “play Becaauuuzeee dinayt belooooongtoloveeeers” with a super strange tone so at the end we all were happy when they did play it. It was very surprising when Patti invited Jo Nesbø -Norwegian author- to the stage. At the end he played My Generation with them and he was quite good! Later on I found out Jo Nesbø was the main vocalist and song writer for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre.

Here are some of my NoRoutine Photos from the Festival


The second day of the festival I decided to be a volunteer. If you are new around here, volunteering in that kind of events is the best way to blend in Norwegian culture. First of all it is extremely fun, you get to make loads of awesome friends, you will learn the language faster. I can say tasks and entertainment are well balanced compared to my volunteering experiences in homeland. Tasks are clear and well explained by the instructors, you are not expected to be few places at the same time, they care about your well-being (food, drinks, pause) and the best part is they usually throw an after party.

There is something special with being a part of an organization, helping preparations, watching how things are being managed. Being an inside person is more interesting for me. I remember my first volunteering experience was in the Maker Faire Oslo and back then I did’t even take the intermediate Norwegian exam and it was quite shocking for me when my instructor started to speak new Norwegian with a super strong dialect, I was trying to pick words with the similar sound and fill in the blanks and was so afraid that she will think I am clumsy or much worse, stupid, but she was super nice and it went all smooth. When the faire ended I learned so many new words and believe it or not, next week my Norwegian slightly improved. So don’t be afraid, give it a try!


EverBlock Made Lego Blocks For Big Kids

As an only child with playful parents I can remember that Lego always brought loads of fun to our house, yet sometimes I would have to sit an watch my mom trying to get the exact model and at the end, left frustrated with missing pieces. Since two years me and my husband giving each other nanoblocks as present. Each time we receive them from each other, there is this “Oh no”expression accompanied by a fake smile on our faces, because we both know it’s going to be damn frustrating with those tiny pieces and there is no peace before completing them.

However EverBlock made over-sized lego blocks for the grownups and it is really hard to lose the bricks this time. The real kids finally can take a deep breath as their parents will be busy with these for a while. I am looking forward to see exciting DIY projects made with these babies. There are 12 different color options mostly similar to the Classic Lego colors. Each piece is between $3.95- $7.25 depends on the size. Package prices variates between $39.60 and $155.90, but you can go to their 3D simulator and see how many blocks you exactly need to design your own material and directly send it to EverBlock. I don’t know the estimated size or weight of an average package and I would love to know more about that. For international orders you have to contact with the company for more information.

Here a quick baby size bus stop by me. That would be fun to see real size versions around the city! (Perhaps with the improved quality and a better design).



These are some of the ideas I admired and would like to try at home.


Considering it is made of plastic I wonder if it gives the same feeling real Lego gives when you step on bricks. Hopefully not!








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