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I can’t believe I wrote the whole thing

This, ladies and gentlemen, is post number 1,000 on this site.

ONE THOUSAND freaking posts.

Gawd. That is almost scary.

How many hours of my life have gone into this? What if I had spent them doing something meaningful, like writing my memoirs or plotting ways in which to make a million dollars before the age of 50 or learning how to build a house from scratch?

No regrets or anything. It’s just kind of … crazy.

Meanwhile, a couple of headlines:

Protests outside the Cabinet’s Official Meeting Place
Around 200 demonstrators blocked the entrance to the cabinet’s official meeting place on Tjarnargata early this am, so that ministers who were showing up for a cabinet meeting had to use the back entrance. There was a bit of a scuffle between protesters and police when the cops closed off Tjarnargata, but it was peacefully resolved when they agreed to let the protesters walk past the ministers’ meeting place towards the city centre. [Video here.]

Did DV kill news item due to ties with owners?
Kastljós last night had an interview with a young journo formerly employed by DV [newspaper] and played a recording of a conversation the guy had with DV’s editor, in which the latter claimed DV would be “taken down” by some powerful individuals in this community if they published said news item. A couple of names were named, including that of [former Landsbanki owner] Björgólfur Gudmundsson and [former Landsbanki CEO] Sigurjón Árnason. With Iceland being such a small nation and ownership ties being so close-knit, ownership of the media has long been an issue here – however, never before has the stronghold of the owner been so plainly articulated as in the recording played yesterday. Predictably Björgólfur Gudmundsson has released a statement denying all allegations and calling for explanations from the editor about various insinuations. A professor of constitutional law and human rights even goes so far as to say that the bank collapse would not have happened if we’d had powerful and – more to the point – autonomous media in this country [seeing as how the owners of the bank were also, more or less, the owners of the media]. Meanwhile, YT wonders about Kastljós’s ethics for playing that tape. Last I heard, recording private conversations was illegal.

With a stunning sunset … at least as seen from the window. YT is all sickly so haven’t ventured out today, but my sources say it’s been gorgeous. Right now it’s -2°C [28F] and sunrise was at 11:18 am, sunset at 3:29 pm.



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  • Bluegrass Mama December 16, 2008, 5:25 pm

    Congratulations on #1000!

  • Chuck December 16, 2008, 5:46 pm

    Congratulations on the milestone and a wonderful accomplishment. And, mostly – thank you, thank you, thank you – for all the pleasure, education, insights, wisdom and laughs you’ve provided over these many months. The gifts you’ve given have created a debt that I will never be able to repay, but know that your efforts are sincerely appreciated.

  • Kate December 16, 2008, 6:54 pm

    Congratulations!!!! And thank you so much! You of course deserve something in return. I hope writing this blog makes you happy and it contributes to fulfillment in real life just a little bit 🙂

  • Trevor December 16, 2008, 6:58 pm

    You are one of the most readable, informative, and interesting bloggers out there, so congratulations on the 1,000th entry! You are the epitome of what blogging should be: casual, but with plenty of substance. Considering most of us spend our free time in front of the TV or, if you’re like me, staring off into space, your free time has produced quite an accomplishment!

  • PhilippeP December 16, 2008, 7:03 pm

    Due to exchange rate , this post is now only #783 ….

    Just kidding , congrats 🙂

  • alda December 16, 2008, 7:05 pm


    Thanks everyone! 🙂

  • Grif December 16, 2008, 7:10 pm

    Many congratulations Alda. May there be a 1000 more to come! (and when you’re at that point, why stop there? :p )

    The gifts you’ve given have created a debt that I will never be able to repay, but know that your efforts are sincerely appreciated.
    You can always try by using the donate button on the right :p

  • Jessie December 16, 2008, 7:16 pm

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your keen insight with us! Your blog is one of the first places I come to on the interwebs. Thanks again. 🙂

  • Keera December 16, 2008, 7:35 pm

    Congratulations with the 1000!

  • Stan December 16, 2008, 7:37 pm

    Yes, of course, til hamingju on the 1,000 posts. But I find it ironic that at the same time the DV and Kastljós stories come out. I agree with the constitutional and human rights lawyer that an autonomous and free press could have prevented the bank collapse and what led up to it. It is needed all the more now. Perhaps it is true when people say that the only autonomous news media in Iceland are blogs. Certainly, for us outlanders, Weather Report and Iceland Review are the best if not the only local sources. I am hoping that Iceland Report will come back online.

    You have been doing something very meaningful not only for us, but for your country.

  • Ljósmynd DE December 16, 2008, 8:10 pm

    Congratulations! I have read only a small portion of the 1000 posts but regularly over the last months and have learnt much about Iceland that way. You have certainly qualified to start writing your memoirs about writing this blog.

  • Sirry December 16, 2008, 8:49 pm

    Never think there was wasted time as your blog is truly fantastic. You see, you seem to have the same readers coming back all the time and you seem to have new readers hooked.
    And on top of that, now you’re quoted in other media around the world 🙂 how fab! Congrats!

    In regards to the recordings, I believe there is different law in every country. In USA it differs by state. I would have thought that if the other person is notified that the phone call may be recorded it’s considered a consent. But golly, I’m not sure at all.

    I do believe in open journalism and free speech. If there was less manipulation of power and media in Iceland things would be different, and I do believe more honesty and equality would be visible.

    Keep up your fantastic blogg, I’m looking forward to reading the 10.000 post 🙂

  • alda December 16, 2008, 10:14 pm

    Takk for your kind words, everyone!

    And lest anyone get the wrong idea, I didn’t mean to imply that I’d wasted the time – not at all. If I wasn’t getting something from this, I would have quit a long time ago. 🙂

  • Grif December 16, 2008, 10:34 pm

    What if …

    Been thinking a bit laterally… . What if the people from Iceland would declare independence and split off from Iceland and … errm … Grímsey? (nobody lives there, right?)
    Leave Grímsey as Iceland and call yourself something else (e.g. ‘Niceland’ … that way the impact could remain rather small :p )

    Too bad there would be some downsides in doing this. e.g. No other country in the world recognising your new country…

  • Grif December 16, 2008, 10:53 pm

    … Should mention that the main reason to do so would be to leave all debt in ‘Iceland’ a.k.a Grímsey :p

  • alda December 16, 2008, 11:42 pm

    Grif – actually Grímsey (one of my favourite places in Niceland) has around 100 residents already.

  • Sigga December 17, 2008, 12:00 am

    What is the name of that rock that we keep arguing with the Norwegians about… maybe we can make that the scape goat… but no … there is probably oil there.
    Lovely posts as always Alda, congrats on the 1,000th – that shows dedication if nothing else. It´s changed alot since the first time I read it – you are finding yourself as a reporter of the facts as you see them – which is such a relief in these times, especially when you troll through mbl visir dv amx etc
    I don´t always agree with you but most times I do you give a good insight and I think that you are aware of this – kudos to you.. Keep it up – you are doing a service to the local as well as international community. If the fjárlög weren´t actually so crap I would recommend that you get a styrk from the ministry of education and culture to continue….

  • andrea December 17, 2008, 12:06 am

    I am so impressed. I thought I was an awesome time waster at approx 650! As for Icleand, every time I hear a snippet on the news (like today) I think of you slugging it out with your topsy-turvy economic situation. (I also see you had the same weather as we did today, though ours was for longer…)

    As for the fridge thing: yes. Pictures and anything you wish to say about it.

  • hildigunnur December 17, 2008, 1:25 am

    Sigga, Kolbeinsey?

    Alda, yes, thanx for all the fish, but not goodbye 😀 Great reading and I’ve pointed quite a few people to the site.

  • David December 17, 2008, 2:06 am

    You wrote it Alda! I’m glad I have discovered your blog – I look forward to it everyday for your particular insight and opinions. Like the others, I hope to be reading it well into the future! Thank you! 🙂

  • Steve December 17, 2008, 2:41 am

    Sheesh! No wonder I can`t get anything done. Some of us are crazy enough to have read them all too. 🙂

  • Professor Batty December 17, 2008, 3:02 am

    Thanks for help keeping my dreams alive…

  • Kevin OConnor December 17, 2008, 6:54 am

    Only 1000 wow do it for 1000 years then see how you feel !! In the meantime I donate £5 british kronas a currency that is bombing out against the euro parity £1=€1 at the bureau de ripoff at UK airports
    Quick sell pounds buy icelandic krona ha ha

  • SOe December 17, 2008, 8:43 am

    Congratulations to #1000!!! Thank you very much for spending so much time on your wonderful page! Takk, takk, takk 🙂

  • Elín December 17, 2008, 1:12 pm

    Til hamingju! I stumbled upon your blog the very day you wrote a post about the passing of your mother, detailing the chilling environment you were brought up in as a child in Canada with her and her new husband. To this day I think of you when I throw open my refrigerator door and leave it open as I slowly put away my groceries. It was a stunning post and I was hooked. You speak of your pride in the massive talent amongst the Icelanders in the arts for such a small nation and I hope you realize that we your readers see those qualities in you! Thank you for sharing your gifts with the written word and your eye for the camera lens.

  • Lee, UK December 17, 2008, 1:33 pm

    1,000 congratulations!

  • martin December 17, 2008, 2:25 pm

    Congrats on your milestone or is it millstone?
    Go girl.
    I notice DV are running an “Icelander of the Year” award – I wonder if loads vote for Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson (he has made quite a contribution!!) would DV print it?

  • Andrew December 17, 2008, 2:39 pm

    Congratulations on your 1000th post!

  • Barbara M. December 17, 2008, 3:32 pm

    Congratulations and thanks for the 1000th post. And no regrets on your choice…. if you’d chosen to make a million dollars (unless you kept it under your bed!) that might not have been a wise choice considering where the economy is today! I have really enjoyed your posts, and feel much better informed about the part of the world outside my local newspaper’s range. I’m making a donation to thank you!

    Barbara M.

  • Rachael December 17, 2008, 3:38 pm

    Congratulations on 1000 fantastic blog posts. May there be many more! Also, I hope you stop feeling sickly – get well soon! 🙂

  • Marc Scot December 17, 2008, 4:37 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re not well, feel better soon! Congratulations on the 1K and takk fyrir!

    Also: stupid pound!

  • Dave Hambidge December 17, 2008, 5:12 pm

    Alda. A thousand posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry to have not kept up to date in the last few weeks, I’ve been in hospital 3 times with heart attack related problems. The year of 2008 has been grotty for all sorts of reasons!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seasonal whatsits

    dave and hazel

  • pierre l December 17, 2008, 7:54 pm

    Congratulations on reaching 1000. Looking forward to many more posts.

  • Muriel Volestrangler December 17, 2008, 7:55 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful posts Alda. May your pen bite the page with equal grace in the future!
    Yes, there are lots of other things you could have done with your time. Like working like a dog in the wheels of industry and putting all your earnings into bank stocks, only to see them go “poof”. Or sitting in your bed all day long like Proust writing the next great unread novel. So perhaps exercising your opinions in public is not such an idle activity after all. Who has read the latest 700-pager from the ever-productive William Vollmann? Someone? Anyone?

  • mary December 17, 2008, 8:05 pm

    Great stuff and I look forward to many, many more posts!
    And I love Grimsey! I had an amazing trip there and drank wine under the midnight sun!

  • alda December 17, 2008, 10:38 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!!

    You’re all lovely. And I think we all know why I do this, don’t we? – For the comments.

  • nancy December 21, 2008, 3:01 am

    Here’s to 1000 more!