The Week in Artsy Things

København is a really creative city. I’ve found that, similar to in LA, the street art is really exactly that: art. (Yes, I was elected president of the tautology club. [http://xkcd.com/703/] )

Anyway, here are some random pictures of things I’ve seen around the city. They’re kinda small on WordPress, so just click to see them bigger. I’ll put up more later!

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A store near Kongens Nytorv

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Too late.
A wall near a construction site by Tietgen

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“No to war”
Rantzausgade, Nørrebro neighborhood

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hehehe.
Outside of Assistens Kirkegaard, Nørrebro neighborhood

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Well I certainly hope not.
A playground in Vestamager

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YOU DON’T SAY?!
A desk in KU

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More music things; I don’t have a clever title here.

When I moved to CPH, I knew that it wouldn’t be practical to bring my guitar. I just resigned myself to the fact that I probably wouldn’t get to play very much for five months. However, after being seriously deprived for two months, I decided to buy a super cheap guitar to practice on and sell when I move back! So yesterday I finally went out and bought it 🙂

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Isn’t she beautiful!!!! But now, I need name suggestions. Let me know what you think! (Also I’m not sure if “she” is a girl or boy yet. So any gender for names is cool. Woohoo!)

Current Life Soundtrack

Earlier I posted about how certain music can become associated with times and places, so I thought I’d write about the stuff I’ve been listening to in Denmark. Not all of it is Danish, but it’ll all become inevitably correlated with my time here! (inspired by Prof. Johnson’s “morning music break” posts)

 

Rangleklods — a Danish band from Copenhagen that I am absolutely in love with (tak, Frede and Nis). I went to see them live at a venue called Nemoland in Christiania.

 

Marvelous Mosell — a catchy and brilliant Danish rapper. I got to see him perform earlier in August and it was a completely packed show. (again thanks Frede and Nis!)

 

Crystal Castles — Electronic, fuzzy, and unpredictable; I was first introduced to this Canadian duo by Mike back home, but for some reason here in Denmark I’ve been listening to them constantly.

 

The Shins — I’ve always been a huge fan of The Shins’ first album, Oh Inverted World, but lately I can’t stop listening to Wincing the Night Away.

 

And of course, there’s this ridiculously catchy Norwegian song that has gone absolutely viral in Scandinavia and also in the US. (tak, Zinck and Lisa)

Cayucas and Kierkegaard

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This past Tuesday I went to a small concert by a band called Cayucas. I had never heard them before, but the advertisement for the show said they were from San Luis Obispo, one of the most lovely places in California.

I really enjoyed the music; it was very beachy and sunny. If you’ve been to SLO, then just think about what kind of music would describe the town, and that’s exactly the kind of sound the band had. I went to chat with them after the show, and they knew where Pasadena is! 😀 It was like a tiny taste of home.

This week I also went with my philosophy class on a “city walk” to see sites frequented by Søren Kierkegaard. In a very Socratic style, he would wander the streets of Copenhagen (err… København), stopping people to talk. He would make an effort to remember people and what they had discussed, and think on it so that he would have new insights the next time they met. This was kind of an inspiring concept to me. And as Copenhagen hasn’t changed much since Kierkegaard was alive, we were essentially walking the same paths he did.

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I had to leave early because I had another class that same evening, but I did get to go to Kierkegaard’s birthplace, or what’s left of it. The house that was there is now a bank, and there was a nice public outhouse right nearby that gave the area the most pungent fragrance of sewage. So it goes.

 

The Weather Clock*

It is 90˚F (32˚C) in Riverside today.

So that means more nice pictures of how great it is outside here in Denmark! 😀 I’m not sure if everyone is interested in weather this much, or if it’s just me because I like atmospheric dynamics. Anyway, weather you like it or not, here’s how my week has looked in this foreign (read: FREEZING) September.

It’s 55˚F (15˚C) right now. My brain is slightly confused as to why there are no lights and carols and trees and things, because to me this feels a lot like Christmastime, back home 😛 Being from California, I do not get the concept of “seasons.” But seriously, you know how in Harry Potter they turn on the spot to apparate? That’s kind of how I feel—I just turned around and suddenly I’ve been transported to this thing called autumn, and I’m just like WHAT IS THIS LEAF-COLOR-CHANGING PHENOMENON YOU SPEAK OF, I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

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Exhibit A

I’ve also discovered how cold your ears can get when you have a minimal amount of hair over them. I’m not sure why I chose to have the shortest hair of my life in the coldest place of my life. BUT on the positive side, I have discovered the amazing power of (cute) scarves!!

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Nothin’ like the Copenhagen clouds

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Rainy day at DTU

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This is the view from my new favorite coffee shop, Kaffebaren På Amager. It’s rather cheap, has excellent Wi-Fi, and is really creatively decorated.

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WILD BABY SPOTTED, NOTHING TO DO WITH WEATHER

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I’ve also taken to hanging out in this cemetery (which I originally thought was a park. Which it is, just plus dead people), called Vor Frelsers Kierkegaard. It’s gorgeous and really peaceful, great place to read. It’s also super close to the aforementioned beloved coffee shop!

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More cemetery view

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It’s kind of a random place for a cemetery because it’s surrounded by the typical Copenhagen red brick apartments. But that’s why I like it so much!

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I don’t know why, but it’s like colors get amplified here. I took all of these pictures with my phone camera and they’re just SO bright.

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The sky out in Vestamager.

Okay, I promise my next post will have more than just pictures. It’ll have Vikings and Søren Kierkegaard!

*one of my favorite albums, by July Skies

The Week in Weather Pictures

Running on a beautiful CPH morning

Running on a beautiful CPH morning

I should do more running and less picture-taking

I should do more running and less picture-taking

My reading spot by the pond outside of Tietgen

My reading spot by the pond outside of Tietgen

I should do more reading and less picture-taking

I should do more reading and less picture-taking

Maybe if I take a picture of a book, is it the same as reading it?

Maybe if I take a picture of a book, is it the same as reading it?

What up duck

What up duck

A superb afternoon in Kongens Have

A superb afternoon in Kongens Have

More Kongens Have

More of the lovely Kongens Have

Nerd Asphyxiation Part 2 – Philosophy Edition

Of course, everyone knows I’m majoring in planetary science, but not everybody knows that I added philosophy as my second major earlier this year. I get as excited about philosophical discussions as I do about planets (which is reading Lonely Planets by David Grinspoon has been an overwhelmingly excellent experience for me) so yesterday I really couldn’t wait to begin my second class of Monday afternoons: Søren Kierkegaard and the Challenge of Existence.

The professor is basically a beaming German version of Robin Williams, in terms of looks. Today he cheerfully told us that this class would cover Kierkegaard’s philosophy of the nature of despair, of morality, of God, of relationship, of love, of passion, and of the absurdity of your own existence. He explained that he expected active participation—”And by active participation, I mean biological presence.” And then he realized he needed to get rid of his gum, so he squished it up and stuck it under the table. And he followed that by taking a long swig out of his two-liter bottle of Coke.

Now, I didn’t know how this class could get any better, but then we watched this:

RIGHT?!

For the rest of the class, we made a quick overview of topics we would be covering throughout the semester, following Kierkegaard’s theory of the four stages of existence: aesthetic, ethical, religious, and Christian. To Kierkegaard, as we progress through these four stages (in the above order), we move from disoriented to truthfully oriented, and in the process experience a “devaluation of standards of rationality.” This means that the more we progress, the less reasonable or rational we become. And Kierkegaard argued for this commitment to the absurd!

Yes, this is going to be excellent.