Stockholm Blogmeet 27 March

Dan, Kai, Thinker, Martin R, Paddy K, Tor, Martin C, Harald, Johnny.

Last night’s blogmeet at Wirström’s pub in Stockholm was a great success. Counting myself and Paddy K, we were nine guys eating and talking and drinking for hours. After a while we recruited three lovely daycare ladies who took our picture and entertained us.

Martin C had trouble finding our group at first because he was looking for a “great big cluster of geeks”. I wonder if he meant that our cluster was too small or that we didn’t look geeky enough. Our conversation was geeky though, covering endogenous retroviruses, Chinese Hamster Ovary, Trout Mask Replica, geothermal energy sources, Star Wars, Robert Broberg, internet dating, women, work, Monty Python, women, kids, women, the dot-com boom & crash, translation software, operating systems and women. Among other things. Did I mention females?


  1. #1 Tor
    March 12, 2007

    Brilliant idea! I’ll be there.

  2. #2 MartinC
    March 12, 2007

    I’m a regular Stockholm reader. I might be around on that date (I’m afraid someone else’s prosthetic brain currently holds the secret of whether I’ll be in Stockholm on that date or not).

  3. #3 G�ran Dalin
    March 12, 2007

    I will try to pursuade the members of the board of the Vittfarne Association to put the next meeting of the board at Wirstroms since we already decided to have the next meeting the same date.

    Hope to see you all!

    Foreningen Vittfarne / Association Vittfarne

  4. #4 kai
    March 12, 2007

    Cool, I’ll be there. Should we wear sunroses in our buttonholes or something?

  5. #5 Martin R
    March 12, 2007

    I was thinking of buying a plush aardvark, but then I realised that I’m way bigger and more recognisable than one of those. So I’m gonna bring sticky labels and a felt-tip, so everyone can have their own tag, and then you’ll all just have to pile onto the tall skinny guy with a crew cut and sideburns.

  6. #6 Linnea
    March 13, 2007

    Sorry, but I live to far away from Stockholm… But maybe I do the same and have an achaeologygathering here in Skania? 😀

  7. #7 Thinker
    March 14, 2007

    I may be able to join, but know I won’t be able to make it to 4:30. Here’s hoping you’ll be having more than one, which I guess isn’t completely unrealistic…

  8. #8 Martin R
    March 14, 2007

    I don’t think anybody’s going to be there at 16:30. 17:30 at earliest!

  9. #9 Magnus Reuterdahl
    March 15, 2007

    Great idea but bad timing (will be walking the streets of Beijing on the 27th) so youll have to make an irl pub da capo on a later date, preferably on a weekend.

    Magnus Reuterdahl

  10. #10 Malin S
    March 23, 2007

    Oh, typical. I land at Arlanda sometime close to midnight between Tuesday and Wednesday. So, as Magnus above said: great idea but bad timing… (There will be more blogmeets, I hope?)

  11. #11 Lars L
    March 23, 2007

    Ill be there in metaphysically shape. Hope to join you physically in Stockholm Blogmeet II!

  12. #12 Stefan Geens
    March 27, 2007

    I really wanted to come, but a crazy busy schedulte this week is preventing me. Hope you do it again.

  13. #13 kai
    March 28, 2007

    Ah yes, the translation software, could you give the name again, I didn’t manage to catch it in a form suitable for Googling?

  14. #14 Thinker
    March 28, 2007

    It was fun to meet you all – thanks for setting this up, Martin and Paddy! I look forward to the next one!

  15. #15 Karen
    March 28, 2007

    Just guys showed up? I knew I should have hopped on a plane and stopped by… But what’s the deal with your shirt Martin? It looks like one of those ones that changes colour with changes in body temperature or at different angles. Hmmm.

  16. #16 Martin R
    March 28, 2007

    Kai: Trados.

    Thinker: you bet!

    Karen: we would have loved you to bits! That shirt is my wife’s favourite. Come to tink of it, I wore it when we got married. It’s cotton, but it’s all shiny and looks really synthetic, shifting from pink to purple depending on the angle of lighting to fabric to observer.

  17. #17 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    March 28, 2007

    A large collection of white males. OK, it’s Sweden, that’s why you’re all white. Where are the babes? Does the Swedish Bikini Team have a blog?

  18. #18 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    March 28, 2007

    OK, I found their web site. I don’t think it would qualify as a “blog” though.

  19. #19 Martin R
    March 28, 2007

    Our daycare ladies were very attractive, though one was American and one half-British. In the next room was a gang of 22-y-o French speakers including several heart-breakingly pretty Mediterranean brunettes.

    Does anyone know what in what game the Swedish Bikini Team is a team? Horse polo? Curling? I’m not into the skinny, bleached, fake-tit thing myself.

  20. #20 MartinC
    March 28, 2007

    Good to meet you all last night. For those who weren’t there the evenings most illuminating discussion centered on the topic of the difference between a persons described self image and the reality of that image – all in the context of internet dating! Some very sound advice was provided by some of our group who had obviously carried out exhaustive field work on this topic (for instance, watch out for 80s hairstyles in online dating site personal photos).

  21. #21 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    March 28, 2007

    Does anyone know what in what game the Swedish Bikini Team is a team?

    I believe they made their first appearance in an American beer commercial a while back.

  22. #22 Martin R
    March 28, 2007

    They don’t look like huge beer drinkers. And it would surprise me if drinking a lot of American beer would be a good way to win their favour.

  23. #23 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    March 28, 2007

    Here we go: Advertising Mascots – People

    Swedish Bikini Team – A group of scantily-clad gorgeous blonde babes featured in a series of Old Milwaukee beer spots in the early 1990s. According to their TV commercials, when males vacationing in the mountains, on the beach or in the water became bored and thirsty, the Swedish Bikini Team miraculously arrived to rescue them from their doldrums by providing Old Milwaukee Beer and the companionship of beautiful bikini-clad beer bimbos.

    Before the demise of the campaign, the Swedish Bikini Team appeared twice on the sitcom MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, did a pictorial for Playboy magazine (January 1992) and were the topic of much discussion during many Jay Leno and David Letterman late night monologues. TV Guide magazine referred to the girls as �this year�s Energizer Bunny.�
    Members of the original Swedish Bikini Team (Uma Thorensen, Karin Kristensen, Hilgar Oblief, Eva Jacobsen, Ulla Swensen) were actually actresses (Peggy Trentini, Heather Parkhurst, Jean Frances, Anna Keller, and Avalon Anders) wearing wigs and pretending to be Swedish.
    The Hal Riney & Partners Ad Agency in San Francisco created the Swedish Bikini campaign in 1991. It only ran for several months before social pressures forced Old Milwaukee to drop the campaign.

    In U.S. commercial land, Swedish = blond.

  24. #24 PZ Myers
    March 28, 2007

    Darn, I missed it. Send me a reminder next time, OK?

  25. #25 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    March 28, 2007

    You’ll want to keep a copy of this image around for when you’re in a patriotic mood.

  26. #26 Martin R
    March 28, 2007

    Mustafa, you’re right, a patriotic mood must be treated without delay. Looking at that silly pic will put anyone in a cynical and misanthropic mood, which is preferable.

  27. #27 PaddyK
    March 29, 2007

    Martin, I’m with you! Down with patriots! May they all be wrapped up in their flags and suffocated without delay.

  28. #28 Stefan
    March 30, 2007

    Couldn’t help but notice that Paddy was wearing a green shirt – but not for a patriotic reasons, obviously! 😉

  29. #29 Martin R
    March 31, 2007

    No no, Paddy’s just an echofascist.

  30. #30 kai
    March 31, 2007

    Oh pooh, the TRADOS software only runs under the Evil OS. But now at least I know there are such programs.

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