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About Ainur Elmgren
Age: a quarter of a century
Sex: XX
Gender: female
Race: Against time
Ethnicity: Allright, if you insist... 62,5% Finnish, 25% Mishär Tatar, 12,5% Kale (Finnish Gypsy). Citizen of Sweden.
Horoscope: Pisces, year of the Goat
Occupation: Ph.D. student at the Department of History, Lund University. Freelance cartoonist and illustrator. Writes for Bild & Bubbla magazine.
Nourishment: rye bread, mediterranean yoghurt, piroshki, peremech, sushi, octopodes, honey, tea, wasabi, chocolate, halloumi, broccoli, vodka, avocado, natto, any combination of the above.
Turnons: The 1920's, Orcs, Finns, Russia, Socialist memorabilia, helicopters, the Cthulhu mythos, chocolate, the German language, libraries and book shops, magazines with lots of colourful pictures, epic comics, Japanese clothing, swords, lots of pillows with tassels.
Turnoffs: Racism, chauvinism (nationalist or gender-based), big capitalism, philistines, boors, bigots, McDonalds, fat-free yoghurt, missionaries (for any religion, ideology or music style).
Friends: People with whom I can share a moment of silence, with a quirky sense of humour, a tolerant mind, a tough skin and a big heart. Doggies!
Enemies: Intolerant, insecure people who pick on those who seem weaker. Fundamentalists of any colour and creed.

moon phase


Moon (Ai). Ancient Türks’ mythology regarded Moon as a daughter of Sky God Tengri and Earth. They perceived the goddess Moon dually: She frightened them and at the same time they loved Her.

The night is darkness, when the malicious spirits emerge from all holes. The rituals and hypnotic sessions of witches were always conducted according to the phases of the Moon. At night the illnesses amplified, causing more often deaths at this time. Robberies, murders are done mainly at night. On the other hand, the Türks trusted the magic force of the Moon. She was a sole night lantern. To please Moon those born during full moon were given names as such: Aisylu, Aituly, Ainir, Aizirek, Ainaz, etc.
[or Ainur! - Ainur]

The three phases of the moon also had their signs. It was believed that at ‘ai naazy’ (new moon) the moon symbolized a young girl, pure and modest. At ‘ai toly’, ‘tuly ai’ (complete moon) Moon personified a mature woman – mother. In this period she is good-natured and favorable. At ‘ai karty’ (old moon) the Moon aged, became wise, but quarrelsome and malicious. Before death Moon reigned in absolutely dark night. In these three nights, it was believed, life and death meet together. The old Moon died, a new one was born, and together with Her a new life, new cycle, new round was born.

I found this interesting text in The Tatar Gazette.
Read more about Tatars, a Turkic people, on my Tatarstan page.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008
Cute Dialect & Accents

First, a nice guy from Valdagno, north of Vicenza, who speaks a variation of the Veneto dialect/language.

Next, a talented young man imitating foreign accents in Italian. French, Dutch, Senegalese, American, British, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, German. I think the Romance accents are the best (love the contrast between Spanish and Portuguese!), what do you think?

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Friday, March 28, 2008
The Book Quiz Again!

I thought the previous result was pretty accurate. And this one, surprise surprise, feels quite accurate, too. Note: Each time you take the test, some questions might be different. Thus, you will get different results. I wonder how many alternatives they have?

You're Roots!
by Alex Haley
While almost everyone agrees that you're brilliant, no one knows quitehow to categorize you. Some say that you're a person with an amazing family tree. Somesay that you're just a darn good storyteller. Others say that you're both and don't muchcare where to draw the line. What is known is that your people have been through a greatnumber of trials and that you are where you are because of hard work. You have nothing tolose but your chains.
Take the Book Quizat the Blue Pyramid.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008
Which Book Are You?

You're The Guns of August!
by Barbara Tuchman
Though you're interested in war, what you really want to know is what causes war. You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they really are. Nevertheless, you're always living in the past and have a hard time dealing with what's going on today. You're also far more focused on Europe than anywhere else in the world. A fitting motto for you might be "Guns do kill, but so can diplomats."
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

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Friday, February 08, 2008
What is privilege?

From Racialicious. Obviously an American perspective, but interesting and relevant. My privileges are bold.

When you were in college:

If your father went to college, take a step forward.
If your father finished college
If your mother went to college
If your mother finished college
If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
If you were the same or higher class than your high school teachers (I should say I am, now!)
If you had a computer at home
If you had your own computer at home
If you had more than 50 books at home
If you had more than 500 books at home
If were read children's books by a parent
If you ever had lessons of any kind
If you had more than two kinds of lessons (I don't know if cello counts, since it was financed by the Swedish school system, but I took riding lessons and had private tutoring in German  when we moved to Germany)
If the people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively (when I appear in the media, I'm depicted positively!)
If you had a credit card with your name on it
If you have less than $5000 in student loans

If you have no student loans
If you went to a private high school
If you went to summer camp
If you had a private tutor
If you have been to Europe (Born and bred in Europe! If that isn't privilege, I don't know what is!)
If your family vacations involved staying at hotels
If all of your clothing has been new and bought at the mall
If your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
If there was original art in your house (my mother's!)
If you had a phone in your room
If you lived in a single family house (sometimes)
If your parent own their own house or apartment (often)
If you had your own room (after age 14, yes)
If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
If you had your own cell phone in High School
If you had your own TV in your room in High School
If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline
If you ever went on a cruise with your family (I don't think they count the party ferries between Finland and Sweden)
If your parents took you to museums and art galleries
If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

I can think of a bunch of other privileges that I enjoyed, such as having family members of a different species and living in different countries. Anyway, the point o this little thought exercise is not to feel bad about your privileges or feel insulted, it is to reflect over how the circumstances that we grow up in influence our worldview, our position in life and our possibilities to make choices.

EDIT: Good sum-up of the discussion at

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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Videos from Berlin

Menashe Kadishman's exhibition "Shalechet".

Date: December 11, 2007

Location: Jüdisches Museum, Berlin

I visited the "Weihnukka" market (Weihnachten = German Christmas + Chanukka) with Turukhtan and bought a used book about Max Reinhardt. We also witnessed a nice ceremony by two young Australian (!) rabbis.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007
Päivän löydöt

Ensin hömppä: Ingen ros utan törnen - Non c'è rosa senza spina. (Oh My Shoes!)

Sitten humppa: Saksalainen levy-yhtiö Trikont

Just check this out:
The Soul of the Black Panther Era
Dirty Laundry - The Soul of Black Country
Import Export A La Turka - Turkish Sounds from Germany
4 (!) volumes of La Paloma covers
Mexican Boleros 1927-1957
M. A. Numminen singt Heinrich Heine
Populäre Jüdische Künstler 1903-1933
Russendisko Hits
Stranded in the USA - Early Songs of Emigration

... ei voi olla totta!! Ja lisää aarteita löytyy...

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Friday, October 26, 2007
Firefox puppy eyes

I feel so guilty.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007
Take that, YouTube!

Everybody should know about this, so I will post this on all of my blogs. It took me a long night's googling to find, so I want to spread the word.

Yes, it is possible to HIDE COMMENTS ON YOUTUBE.

YouTube recently "improved" their notoriously spam- and idiot-riddled comment system by adding a comment-rating feature, as well as a drop-down menu that lets you choose if you want to view all comments, those rated +10 points, those rated +5 points, those rated 0 or more, -5 or more, or -10 or more. Now wait a minute - how the hell is this division supposed to be useful? Who cares enough about the comments? I sure as hell don't. The new system doesn't keep spammers away, but it makes it a lot easier for idiots to spam, troll and spout hate by sabotaging other people's discussions.

I don't go to YouTube for trolling social interaction, I go there for content, so I choose the option "view comments rated 10 or more". However, YouTube doesn't provide any way of saving my settings. Each time when I return to the site, I have to risk facing stupid comments under interesting videos, and even when I turn off the comments, I can see the comment thread under the video frame. Some people's nicknames alone should be spam-filtered. Luckily, there's a solution. Note: It's for Firefox users.

Step 1: Install the latest version of Greasemonkey, a Firefox extension that helps you to use a lot of nifty little scripts for your special internet needs.

Step 2: Go to and download No YouNoobs. Restart Firefox. Presto!

I found this easy method thanks to plodding through a boring Digg diskussion. I guess Digg has its brights sides after all! Mashable has 12 more useful ideas on how to use Greasemonkey to make YouTube work better.

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Friday, September 28, 2007
Tips for Librarians

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Sunday, September 23, 2007
Ainur's "True Self" revealed!

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