Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sofie does it again

...not only did Sofie get her medal. Sofie was so inspired by the experience, it has boosted her desire to achieve more ;-) Today she got her 500 meters swimming mark. Congratulations, Sofie!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Florence is beautiful!

Lillian and I brought our two oldest children to Italy last week. We took a close look at both Pisa and Florence. I'd heard a lot about how beautiful Florence is, but I absolutely did not expect to be stunned the way I was. What a wonderful experience it was visiting this city. I would strongly recommend a trip - or two. We're definitely going again soon!

Overlooking Florence with Sofie and Eivind next to me.

Lillian and me resting on a bench in a small town outside Florence.

Climbing the leaning tower of Pisa.

Visiting the Italian seaside at Tirrenia.

...and of course I too had to have this kind of picture taken!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sofie won the drawing contest

Our oldest daughter, Sofie Top, won this year's drawing contest in school. The best thing of all was witnessing the happiness that resulted from being given the gold medal and all the attention. She was deeply touched. We share the warm feelings of your exultation, Sofie. Regardless of the result, we love you! ...unconditionally!

The winners: Sofie sitting to the right with the drawing of a stern saluting pirate in black.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Web 2.0 collaboration

We're bringing together key people in Grenland working with web as a marketing channel. If you have a blog, a corporate website or any other message you'd like to get out, share or value innovate and increase, then this is it.

Here's the invitation for web collaboration to IKT Grenland (in Norwegian). This has already created quite a stir and interest ;-) I believe this Web 2.0 collaboration group has the potential of becoming a powerful group of people.

Here's a list of buzzwords and tools - in random order - this group will get together and discuss:
  • Wikis
  • RSS
  • Aggregators
  • Folksonomy
  • Six Degrees
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • Social web (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter... long list!)
  • OpenID
  • Mobility
  • IM
  • Podcasting / videocasting
  • Pagerank
  • SEO
  • Microformats
  • Widgets
  • Blogs
  • ...and so it continues

Friday, April 3, 2009

Hectic day!

Today I spent most of the day in public speaking assignments...

During the morning hours I met with the entire high school of sports and athletics. For practical reasons they were split in two groups, both filling a huge auditorium. What a wonderful group of young people!

As a combined lunch / lecture Tommy Nordby and I introduced a major project to EDB Industry in Porsgrunn.

In the afternoon I spoke to an international group of students at the local College as part of Scandinavian studies in Telemark. I thorougly enjoyed the occasion.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Young Ambassadors at Varden webTV

The Young Ambassadors will receive full press coverage from beginning to end on Thursday the 7th of May at Skien Fritidspark. In fact, they're already frequently in the media regarding the show here in Skien. Take a look at this clip in Varden's online video section.

The Young Ambassadors, C'mon Everybody by Joy Byers-Johnston.