What Day Is It And Why Am I Wearing a Little Furry Skirt?

This morning I woke up singing Bohemian Rhapsody. A hostile dude wearing a little furry skirt and a biker lid with a broken bull horn was glaring at me from the bathroom mirror. He had a battle axe. My dogs were both staring up at me, demanding in the way that dogs do, to guess what they were thinking. The shower, which somebody had turned on, was in a grimy Belarus apartment and the beer-belied landlord, in a threadbare ribbed tank-top that had once been white, was insisting that I pay my back rent. Now. I glanced at my wife. She was asking me what I wanted to buy our daughter for her birthday. Then at my empty bowl of oatmeal with a spoon sticking out of it. Had I eaten breakfast already?


I hate jet lag.

You might have better luck figuring out what's going on, at least about Oracle VM Templates, if you watch this video of Wim Coekaerts. (Does that sound Swedish to you?) It's a replay of an OTN Live show in which Wim Coekaerts (it sounds Swedish to me!) explains to Justin how VM Templates make deploying an application stack onto a new virtualized server a lot simpler than the old process of rowing across the ocean and doing you-know-what to the beleaguered virtual server. (Weren't the vikings from Sweden?)

Don't let Wim's rather innocent appearance fool you. His ancestors were probably Budweiser swilling-Viking dudes like the one in my mirror. So when he shifts gears and starts talking about Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Kernel, he's probably gonna mention battering rams and catapults, and maybe even the coolest medieval weapon of all, the trebuchet. The Vikings did their damage before the Middle Ages, though, didn't they?

Oh well, Justin is sporting a slick new sweater so the show, trebuchet or no trebuchet, is definitely worth your while.

Here's a couple more OTN Live shows that might also interest you:

I'm going to pour myself another bowl of oatmeal and try to find the stairs.

- Rick
Comments:

I bet you Wim Coekaerts is Belgian.

Posted by Gary Ward on December 15, 2010 at 09:01 PM MST #

Gary, I just checked. You're right. :-(

Rick

Posted by Richard Ramsey on December 16, 2010 at 02:01 AM MST #

Flemish-Belgian... that's close enough to Swedish ;-)

Posted by Bart Viaene on January 27, 2011 at 08:57 PM MST #

I hope you're right, Bart. I only know three words that might qualify as Norse ... Saab, Volvo, and Molson. And it turns out that Molson is Canadian! So I'm down to two.

This was pretty interesting, though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Old_Norse_origin

Rick

Posted by Richard Ramsey on January 28, 2011 at 12:31 AM MST #

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