you are yet more proof that Swedes speak better English than I do =)
I still really want to find out from where your avatar came (if only google had a reverse picture lookup, kind of like the reverse dictionary concept-paste in the pic and it comes up w/ likely word names/origins/artists) OKAY i'm dreaming. // I went to Sweden once in 2005 and I loved it. I hope to go back someday if lucky. TTLY
Wow-yr Avatar is extremely high on the cool scale. (wish i had a print! might you possibly know who the artist is...?)
sry, am unsure about how to delete the old profile, i will have to poke around and see. even though i adore this site very much, i find that in general, it seems unfortunately low tech (especially the chat client :( ) So that is probably why, as you have discovered, it's not easy to make yr old profile disappear. but, hopefully you can erase everything possible out of it and then it will be ignored, at least! =)
note: when I said "the whole collection for 35 US" I mean each book costs around 5 US so here they cost ten times more...damn...
"Would the goverment lay their hands on your book if you bought it on the internet?"
No, not exactly, you see the situation I described isn't a product of a concious act of the government, but rather of the disorganization within the government. There's a tax on importing merchandise from the US (around 10% of the cost of the book) so that's why I'm supposed to go to customs and pay the fee before I get the book. The problem is whomever is in charge of noticing me doesn't do it most of the time so my books just lay around in some obscure postal office for years until they get thrown away, given to charity or taken by customs officials (most likely scenario)... most bureaucrats (including those at the national postal service) in Latinamerica are highly inefficient and, although the law provides for measures to prevent these types of things from happenning, the people who enforce the law are themselves inefficient...it's just a huge mess.
No, it isn't available in bookstores. I don't think it has been translated to spanish and very few people here speak english so bookstores don't offer lots of books in english...and those they do offer are extremely overpriced (which is why I haven't been able to read the Harry Potter books... they're charging almost 50 US dollars per book and not all of them are available, whilst in amazon it's possible to get the whole collection for 35 US)
lol of course I could buy it on the internet, and it will subsequently be shipped to this country where it would be stolen by customs officials...well, officially, it will be stopped at customs until I go there and pay a tax but since I don't get informed where do I have to go pay the tax, where exactly has my merchandise arrived or how much do I owe then it's just the same as if it was legally stolen cause I'll never get to see it. Oh yes, that's Latinamerica for you.
btw, at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster group we're having a discussion involving Vikings (topic, "your church is so wrong"), as a viking descendant (I presume) you might want to chip in... damn those vikings, pirates rule ARRRRR!