Actualy it was 12 degrees Celsius (that’s 54 degrees for those of you in Bushland) here in Bergen today. But very rainy. Very pretty.
Just wanted to say that the Norwegians are treating me right. After a wonderful sushi dinner today with two professors and one Ph.d. student from the NHH Marketing Department we went out for a couple of beers. Topics for conversation ranged from the scary sociocultural implications of Norwegian heavy metal bands (I now have two degrees of separation from the guitar player from Immortal, and the Satanist guy who burned down Bergen’s oldest church), to the banking scandal here in Norway (related to the sub-prime stuff in the US), to whether Condy Rice would have made a good presidential contender.
On the work side, I’m teaching a Ph.D. level course on online and offline consumer communities. I’m learning tons, and the student projects (studying things like tattooing communities, BMW online cultures, Flickr, Podzilla, and Swedish knight re-enacting communities) are off to a great start. I’m going to try and see if maybe I can post some of them here. I’ll keep you posted.