Seven years and 70 socks

For our seven-year wedding anniversary my wife surprised me fittingly with seventy pairs of socks. Which is brilliant and the best gift ever! I don’t know about your sock drawer, so they are still in a box and it looks something like this:

Like in an iceberg,  you see only only the tip

The fun of this gift aside, I realized how much time these sock might save me a lot of time during the year.

A highly unscientific guess of mine is, that I on average spent about 3 min a day looking for socks, or worse a sock. The time spent on either looking for socks in general is most likely a lot less, finding a matching pair on the other hand (after laundry or just in general) is currently much higher, if not entirely impossible. Calculated for the the upcoming year, I figured this will save me 18 hours and 15 minutes. Yeah!

And in case for those wondering whether or not this is going to be a pattern: I don’t know, but I also have no doubts that our laundry machine is absolutely capable to make at least half of them disappear within the next twelve months.

Managed to be so early for work, that there was enough time to get a nice very large Latte beforehand and some more time to catch up with my feeds and to catch up with podcasts. Rather relaxed start into the day.

I’m probably the last one to see it, but I used it’s digital release to watch “The Incredibles 2” with the kids. It’s a fun movie. The kids already watched earlier, but suggested to watch both tomorrow again. I totally agree with that plan 👍

Thursday Linkage

During the last few days (if not week) I ran into a bunch of interesting stuff which I didn’t link to yet. As per usual, here they are:

The other Open Culture had a nice post on The Story of The Pogues ‘Fairytale of New York’. I used to listen to The Pogues back in the days, and totally forgot about them. Suffice to say, the tune was not familiar to me, but I’m glad I did read the post. It’s a great tune and certainly an improvement over most Christmas tunes.

Talking about christmas music: Here’s a Spotify playlist with Heavy Metal versions of finnish traditional Christmas tunes

One Foot Tsunami had a link to puzzle montage art by artist Tim Klein which is just crazy.  (also via Colossal)

On you’ll find the beautiful video “Greenland, Land of (Un)ending Ice“, by Stefan Forster

Also fun: Sixteenth-Century Flemish Superheroes.


Despite earlier plans to move the blog I renewed my subscription the other day. I’m happy here (on and from all my previous attempts of moving I already learned (or should have at least), that I usually spent a lot of time during but mostly after the move to get everything just right, and eventually move back here anyway.

Mild guess is, that I have done this at least once (if not twice) a year during the last decade and now, with the advancements of Gutenberg and stuff WordPress is more fun than ever. There is seemingly a lot of critic about the Gutenberg, but I for one, am very happy and satisfied with the editor.

And now from the department of unrelated news: a picture of the snowman we built over the weekend.

The one with the Gävle Goat

While passing through the city of Gävle, Sweden one our return-trip from Denmark last summer my wife told me hilarious story of the Gävle Goat, and now is just the right time to share it here.

From the Wikipedia article which sums up the story most nicely:

The Gävle Goat (Swedish: Gävlebocken) is a traditional Christmas display erected annually at Slottstorget (Castle Square) in central Gävle, Sweden. It is a giant version of a traditional Swedish Yule Goat figure made of straw. It is erected each year at the beginning of Advent over a period of two days by local community groups, and has become famous for being destroyed in arson attacks during December. Despite security measures and the nearby presence of a fire station, the goat has been burned to the ground most years since its first appearance in 1966. As of December 2017, the goat has been damaged 37 times.

According to this article (also linked in the Wikipedia entry) by the time of this writing the goat is up and still standing. I think though I will keep an eye open check in a little later again. Also I find this story adds to the christmas spirit in a peculiar way.