Thursday, February 25, 2010

Troubled Waters

Sometimes it's when you're looking for something completely unrelated that interesting discoveries are made. It happened today when I chanced upon this gem while browsing a website about shipping routes.

It's the actual passenger lists from the original three fleets that delivered convicts to Australia, including the years, names, place of conviction and sentences. It's altogether kinda of fascinating and I thought I'd share it.

1st Fleet
2nd Fleet
3rd Fleet

See a family member listed there? Make sure you comment! ;)


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Snow Down Valhalla Way

Evidently my new home is supposed to be pretty epic, if the name is anything to go by.

I'm not even sure it registered when I first came to look at the apartment - that the name of the street was the same as the fabled hall of heroes … ok I'm lying, I saw it the second I stepped off the subway and I thought it was pretty awesome!

Yep, this time my new home is on 'Valhallavägen' (translated it becomes, literally, 'Valhalla Way'). The building itself is a wonderful old-timer in Karlaplan, a relatively well-to-do part of Stockholm (despite this the room is in fact very cheap, a stroke of pure luck which I'll get to later), and I've wasted no time making it a comfortable little safehaven away from the freezing drifts that have been attacking the city of late. Indeed, as I write this, snowflakes the size of your thumbnail are floating past the window, and we all know what happens in Stockholm when it snows … the same thing that happens in every other city. The snow has to be cleared. Things slow down. I sigh in defeat because the hairstyle I've been working on for the last fifteen minutes now has to be hidden under a beanie. The usual.

Either way, I won't update you on the last couple of weeks in this entry, I'll do that later. This is just a little message from Jim saying 'Hej!' to everyone out there, from here in Karlaplan, Stockholm.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Guest Artist: Waz. Bananas & Starry Palms

Well, it's about time for a couple of new wallpapers, and I'm excited to announce that this month we have a guest artist adding some awesome new pics to the collection!

'Bananas' and 'Starry Palms', the two new backgrounds, can be found in the Collection area of, and were taken by guest photographer (and musician) Waz!

Starry Palms is one of my new favourites, it's a beautiful calm pic with a lot of blank space upon which your messy desktop can sit, ;) while Bananas is a fantastic, colourful addition - a bit busier - but more fun also. You can't miss 'em.

If you're an artist and want your artwork added to the collection too, send an message to me here, and we'll get you into the spotlight.

Thanks Waz, and enjoy all!


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