End of the Year – End of a Format

Mjollnir gets a new look with the Piano Black format.

As some of you have no doubt noticed by now, the look of Edited by Mjollnir has changed since last week. Gone from the header is the authentic, yet disturbing, little troll. In his place is the mythical hammer from which this blog borrows its name.cropped-norse-troll-004.jpg

The change came about as a result of WordPress dropping the MistyLook theme. I could have continued to use the ML format in legacy form, but the obsolete program would not have been supported by WordPress changes. WP offered a new theme, Misty Lake, that was similar in design, but not identical, so I decided to seize the opportunity to perform a complete overhaul. In addition to the cool, black background and revamped header, I also introduced new widgets to the sidebar, such as the calendar of posts and blog community short list. I hope you enjoy the new, improved Mjollnir.

I had originally planned on posting a short piece about the passing of 2012, but this year, there seems to be an excessively large number of retrospectives in cyberspace. I mean, one can only revisit the Presidential election and Mayan Apocalypse just so many times before Rip Van Winkle knocks on the door. Instead, I’ll just highlight one of the more interesting stats from my blog for the year 2012; the top ten countries ranked by number of visits to Edited by Mjollnir.

The top two, as might be expected, are the U.S. and Canada. Number three is Australia, no real surprise. After that, the list becomes a bit more eclectic. Indonesia comes in at four, followed by Brazil, Germany, Spain, India and the U.K. The tenth spot is actually shared by three nations, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Poland. It should be noted that China’s hits are actually subdivided into three locations: Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. If the PRC’s three flags were bundled and counted as one, they would slip into the nine spot.

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The 4th of July – Another Excuse to Use My SP-810UZ

Happy Birthday America from the banks of the Spokane River.

Like many Americans, we spent the nation’s 236th birthday taking in some rays, some potato salad and a whole bunch of fireworks. Just try to blow out these candles.

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First Night Spokane 2011-12

Spokane’s “First Night” greets the new year with fireworks and art.

Once again we celebrated New Year’s Eve on the streets of downtown Spokane. The evening was a mixture of entertainment and visual arts, capped by a fireworks finale at midnight. The following are some of my favorite scenes from the festival.

 
 

Boom.

 
 
 

Sculpted ice.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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First Night … and Day, Spokane

First Night Spokane offers entertainment and fireworks to count down the minutes to midnight.

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This year’s festival was shrouded in sub-zero temperatures, but it still proved to be fun and well worth the extra effort invested in adorning multiple layers of clothing. The performances were an enjoyable potpourri of music, improv and dance. My favorite event was the 48 Hour Film Festival sponsored by North by Northwest Productions.

The following shots capture some of the evening’s allure.

The view from our room at the storied Davenport Hotel.

Frosting.

Goodnight, First Night.

Historic steam plant.

Back home.

It’s not too early to start planning next year. Just go to www.firstnightspokane.com to see all the venues. Happy New Year.

Ice and lights.