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YAY's Traditional Julebord!

Today we are having our yearly Julebord with our employees. A “Julebord” is a Scandinavian tradition where employers throw a Christmas party for all employees. At our offices today we are serving the traditional norwegian dish Pinnekjøtt, which is smoked and salted mutton. It is, actually, quite delicious. The mutton is served with mashed rutabaga, potatoes and Christmas beer.

The talented guys over at Worldwide Panoramas AS, which share the same office as YAY, have been invited over, so this will indeed be a happening. If you’re looking into advanced photographic solution, you should check them out. They’re gigapixel photographies are very impressive!

A Julebord is kind of like the Scandinavian version of Thanksgiving, except for the turkey.

Christmas party
This is not smoked mutton and mashed rutabaga, but it still looks good.

Merry Christmas!

Jan

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Gingerbread as Christmas Decorations

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Photo by shalamov

Gingerbread Christmas decorations are fun to make, beautiful to look at, and a joy to eat! Today I’m having my friends over, we’re going to make a gingerbread house and some hearts to hang in the windows. It’s a bit early, but I want to have some decoration ready since it’s the first sunday of advent tomorrow. In Norway the first sunday of advent marks the beginning of “Christmas preparation time”, what’s the tradition in your country, or in your family?

Linda :)

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Photo by Ruth Black

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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

I’ve recently returned from a trip to the US, where I had the pleasure to give a presentation of YAY to potential investors at the OTCQX-market in New York. A presentation that was very well received!

Anyhow, going to the US in November gives you a reminder of how infatuated Americans are with Thanksgiving celebration. The morning after I gave the presentation, I was watching morning TV at the hotel and saw Mike Huckabee explain how to deep-fry a turkey for thanksgiving. I believe he was serious when he told the audience “Not only is it good, but it’s healthy too!”.

A short discussion about this at the office when I returned, and Linda showed me this rather fascinating cooking lady at YouTube:

So, have you ever deep-fried a turkey for thanksgiving?

Deep-fried or not, we at YAY wish you all the best for thanksgiving!

Jan

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Apps, apps, and more apps!

At YAY we subscribe on a numer of magazine, one of them is Entrepreneur Magazine. This issue they focused on apps for mobile phones: What apps should you have, and what apps should you develop for your business? We are working on a couple of small apps here at YAY for our photographers and customers, and we’ve been trying to figure out what would be a great app for stock photo buyers. It’s a challenging process, as you have to make something good enough to get noticed by the masses. But I’m sure we’ll get there –  there’s a lot of creative thinking at YAY, and we have many creative people around us as well!

Entrepreneur gave a list of great apps for your smart phone. For personal use, my favorite apps are:

Spotify – let you stream music, legal and almost free! Not available in the U.S.
Shazam – I love music, and with Shazam I know what music is playing.
Pzizz – when working long hours power napping and a good night sleep is important. Pzizz is great for calming down a busy mind!
Shopper – a simple solution to a simple problem: organizing the shopping.

Also, I love the map with GPS – I used to get lost all the time, now I don’t :)

It’s always fun with new apps, so if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them!

Linda :)

share-smart-phone-appsPhoto by leaf.

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Send a Christmas Card

If you haven’t already, why not print and send somebody a Christmas card today? On paper or electronic, it’s a great way to brighten up someone’s day!

I like the illustrations from shekoru!

christma-card-reindeerLinda :)

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Blog recommendation: Abstract City

I simply love the Abstract City blog from artist Christoffer Niemann! In the latest post he gives us some amusing illustrations of everyday events and everyday science – read the post here. You should also take a look at the older posts!

Linda :)

Woman reading a blog. Illustration by cienpies

Illustration by cienpies

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