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Eggs and Vodka VS Shampoo

September 18, 2010

I figured out I must stop using shampoo. I’m probably allergic to sodium laureth sulfate and it makes my skin peel off in layers 30 minutes after I’ve washed my hair. This doesn’t depend on the brand or price range of the shampoo because all of them contain lots and lots of SLS. The shampoos adverised as “herbal” are still full of SLS and most likely do not contain herbs (at least the ones sold here). I can only wash my hair with Johnson’s Baby (which is much milder than others) and some German baby shampoo which doesn’t contain this SLS. However, they only work in combination with all sorts of herbal stuff I make myself.

So today I decided to ditch shampoo altogether and washed my hair with a mixture of egg yolks, water and vodka. It hasn’t dried yet but feels clean and soft, and the skin feels great too. However, bits of egg white somehow got in and then got cooked right in my hair as I was washing it, lol (but they are easy to comb out).¬† And the smell isn’t exactly amazing (will go for less yolk and more vodka next time). But it’s better than having an itchy head with a layer of dead skin on top.

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Learning Japanese!

July 2, 2010

I have started learning Japanese. For no particular reason. Probably because origami and amigurumi are SOOOO cool. And because I need to improve my visual memory.

Foreigners are supposed to start with katakana but I decided to learn hiragana first because I find it easier to remember. I’ve already gone through the first 4 rows of gojuon. Writing is somewhat tricky because Latin & Cyrillic writing uses a different set of elements (lines at different angles, lines differently curved etc). Starting with katakana supposedly gives you the advantage of recognising and understanding loan words, but hiragana is just simpler. And Japanese words are surprisingly easy to learn. I guess that kanji are the main problem in learning Japanese but I hope I’ll cope with them.

About Eurovision 2010

May 30, 2010

I must admit I didn’t watch the final because I had no time last night, and I didn’t vote. I only watched the songs on YouTube a couple of days before the final.

I’m happy that Germany won. Well the lyrics aren’t exactly profound but the song is very fun & memorable and somehow makes me very happy. I also liked Norway, Ireland, Turkey, Denmark and Spain.

Ukraine was awful – it’s probably unknown outside the country but there was a huge scandal because Alyosha won the national contest with a plagiarised song (which was later changed). YES I HATE HER because her voice just makes me sick. BTW Alyosha is a male name.

Got Myself a Last.FM account

May 28, 2010

But, for some reason, I can’t get any scrobbles from Banshee. And scrobbling from We7 doesn’t seem to work either.

UPDATE: I was stupid. Thought that scrobbling would be enabled automatically in Banshee. Turned it on & everything works!

Tunisian Crochet

May 23, 2010

Been learning Tunisian (aka Afghan) crochet today. It’s very nice.

It’s simpler than I thought, and makes a fabric that looks&feels VERY cosy and warm. I learned it from a crochet book and some YouTube videos.

What makes me wonder is how English-speaking crafters make simple things very complicated. English/American knitting is one big overcomplication. And those Tunisian crochet videos  also had lots of extra fuss that made the process look very tedious.

Lviv aka Lvov aka Lemberg

May 15, 2010

Today I came back from Lviv / Lvov / Lemberg (a city in Western Ukraine). The city is supposed to be beautiful & charming & cosy, but it felt kind of claustrophobic because everything is so cramped up and some streets are so narrow there isn’t even any place for trees. Probably that’s why their tram is so small that it looks like a toy tram, really, and normal-sized buses look like giant monsters. It took me a very long time to stop feeling claustrophobic & start appreciating the architecture.

I went to see an opera and the program was in Ukrainian, Polish and very bad English. NO RUSSIAN. They don’t really like Russian-speaking people and sometimes scowl at them rather impolitely. This is very unpleasant because they want their city to be a major tourist attraction so they ought to be tolerant to tourists who don’t speak Ukrainian. By the way, their local dialect is sometimes VERY hard to understand,

I also went to a Vienna-style cafe where they serve a tiny cup of coffee with a tiny glass of water and a tiny cup of cream (yes, in this city everything is very small). I was told that drinking the water before the coffee makes it taste better, but I didn’t really notice. I must admit that I’ve never been to Vienna and can’t say if that is the right Viennese way of drinking coffee.

It’s not that I didn’t like the city. It was nice but not really a city I’d like to live in.

box pleating

May 1, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dg8uIJBdX36o%26feature%3Dyoutube_gdata – thanks to this vid I can finally understand box pleating!!! (or at least I think I understand, lol).