I feel a bit guilty for not writing here as often as I want to, but now I have something to do almost every day, so I don’t get much time for blogging. I have school work to deliver each week, lectures every day (even lectures at the same time) and driving lessons once a week. On the evenings I have meetings with the photo club or the student association of geography and in April the sailing and orienteering season starts again. If that’s not enough, I’m also travelling again soon. I can’t complain since I love to travel, but it means I have less time for other things like writing here. Next week I will travel to Helsinki for 5 days. Two days after that trip I have an obligatory field trip with my class that will last three days. And in the eastern holiday (end of April) I will travel to St Petersburg in Russia for another geography congress. But it’s fun to live the life, explore the world and do things instead of doing nothing.
Now I have some big projects that I’m working on. The first ones are school projects which is a bit complicated to explain here. Another project is to backup all my pictures to my smugmug page. Now I’m soon finished with all my pictures from 2010, then I will upload all the pictures from 2004 – 2009, and at the end the pictures from 2011. I’m taking one month at the time, and since I have to look through all the pictures and delete the bad ones before uploading it takes a lot of time. Since the internet line at my home is really slow I also only do uploading at the campus. That means only some hours of uploading every week. But I plan to have all my pictures on the web in some months.
Here’s some pictures from a Datarock concert in September last year taken on black and white film. Click on “close” in the upper right coner to see the rest of the pictures.
I wrote last blog post on the first of November, but I actually was in Romania at the end of September. So a lot of things has happened since that trip.
in October I went to a Halloween-party. The costume I made was of Bender from Futurama. To make it I used a lot of cardboard, duct tape and metallic plastic foil. Here are three pictures of it:
The first picture is a close up of the head. The head is the part I’m most happy with of the costume (and it also took the longest time to make). The second is of me wearing the costume and the third picture is of the “interior”. Since I had to fit into the costume body it’s only 10cm deep, but it was still enough for a lot of chocolate. In that picture you also can see the chocolate medal I got for the best outfit of the party. But it got even more fun later in the evening when we all went out to “Samfundet” (the student building). I couldn’t walk 10 meters without being stopped by someone who wanted to take a picture of me or telling me that the costume was great. But now it only stand in my living room and uses a lot of space.
In November I was some days in Amsterdam and had a lot of fun with other geography students from across Europe. I visited the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum (museum of art and history) and biked or walked a lot around in the city. I also learned a lot about the city. I really liked being there and will definitely go back sometime. Since that trip I’ve had some exams. But between the reading and the exams I have found some interesting things on the web. I’m a fan of Daft Punk, but I didn’t know there was a Daft Punk movie until I learned about Interstella 5555. The movie is based on the album Discovery and consists of animated music videos put together to a one-hour movie. It’s possible to see it here or below:
Then I found this video of a Daft Punk helmet: You can read more about this helmet on the website of the maker or at this forum. I really want to make a helmet like this even if it never would be this nice. Maybe I’ll do it for next Halloween. And soon I will see the new Tron movie with soundtrack made by Daft Punk.
Today I borrowed the radio dramatization of “The Hichhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” made by BBC at the library and listened to the first cd. And then as a coincidence I found out today that something like the guide in the book has been made and is possible to buy. It’s a device called the Openmoko wikireader which allows you to read a downloaded version of wikipedia, so it can be used in places without a network connection or paying for the cell phone network. Something I find nice is that it can run for a year on two aaa batteries. Now I only have one exam left before a long Christmas holiday. So then I will (hopefully) have some more time to write. And during the holiday I will put all my pictures on my online photo album. So then I will write about that process and put links to the best pictures here.
So now my Boblbee Megalopolis Sport backpack has finally arrived, and I have used it to campus yesterday and today. I am really happy with it. When I first put it on my back it felt like I was wearing a jet pack or something else from the future since it is different from any of the backpacks I have tried before. A Boblbee is body shaped, and that means that it feels like it is glued to your back. I discovered yesterday that this has a small disadvantage, which is that I am really warm in my back when I come to school after 25 minutes of uphill biking. But I can live with that. Here is some pictures I took of it when I unpacked it. The black round unit in the third image is an accessory bag that fits on the outside of the backpack. In image 4 and 5 I have put it on the backpack.
Yesterday I also had my first lecture in “introduction to programming” and that was fun since the teacher said a lot funny things that I wrote down. Here are some quotes: “These courses are in Norwegian, but the programming language we use, Java, is international”. “A programming course without a programming language is like swimming training without a swimming pool” (he was talking about why we was using Java in the course). “It’s nice to talk about the latest development in programming over a cup of tea. It’s things like that that gives life a meaning”. “Programming is harder than learning to drive a car, but easier than learning to fly a plane”. Since it was the first lecture, what we learned was very basic, but I think it will be a lot of fun to learn Java.
In an attempt to get more readers to look at this blog I am now switching to English. Well, that is one of the reasons. The main reason for writing in English is because I’m going to a big international congress in three weeks. And since I will have to speak English all the time there I need some practice. I have not written in English for a very long time, so forgive me if there are some mistakes (but Firefox’ spelling check helps a lot). I am now working on translating everything on this blog except the old posts (that would take too much time). As a start I have translated the categories, the titles on the pages and the “about me” page. I will translate the “camera collection” page soon, but since the names of the cameras are the same in every language you can still understand what cameras I have. And when I get time I will make a new header/logo since it is written “My blog where I will write about everything” in Norwegian on the one I have now. But now I really have to sleep, because I have work to do tomorrow.
Nå har skoleåret startet igjen, men jeg har ennå ikke hatt noen forelesninger. For denne uka er det fadderuke, og jeg er fadder for geografi. Det er gøy og til en viss grad lærerikt, men det betyr at jeg har festet med de nye studentene hver dag denne uka. I dag var det for eksempel togaparty. Siden de aller fleste hadde på seg fine togaer var det en artig fest. Neste uke (mandag eller tirsdag) starter forelesninger og øvinger, og jeg gleder meg. Dette semesteret skal jeg ta noen fag som ikke er en del av geografi, men som er nyttige for den retningen jeg vil med utdanningen. Det er fag som geomatikk og innføring i programmering. Geomatikk er kort fortalt alt en blanding av kartografi, Geografiske informasjonssystemer (gis) og data. I forbindelse med skolestart har jeg bestilt en ny skolesekk, da den jeg har er 6 år gammel og begynner å revne igjen (og jeg er lei av å se den sammen). Den jeg har bestilt er en Boblbee Megalopolis Sport. Den skal tåle mye, og alle delene på den kan byttes ut om noe går i stykker. Og den er også godkjent som ryggplate for ski/sykkel, så hvis jeg faller beskytter den både innholdet og ryggen min. Jeg skal prøve å få til en liten test når jeg får den i posten om noen dager. Jeg har også bestilt en tropehatt/tropehjelm. Den skal jeg sette en propell på som Brumund Dal i Brødrene Dal har. Og så skal jeg ha den på meg på premieren til den nye Brødrene Dal-filmen som kommer den 10. september. I slutten av september reiser jeg en uke til Romania, så da blir det sikkert litt skriving før og etter reisen.
Nå er sommeren for lengst over, og det er på tide med en oppdatering av bloggen. For det første så studerer jeg nå årsstudium i geografi som er interessant. vi lærer om miljø, utvikling, bygd, by og om fagets historie nå. Etter jul skal vi lære om naturgeografi, og det gleder jeg meg til. For det andre så har jeg flyttet inn i en egen leilighet som er stor og fin med stue, kjøkken og bad. Bilder av den kommer snart. Men det er en liten overgang å skulle lage middag selv hver dag, spesielt når det er vanskelig å få ideer til nye middager. Derfor har det så langt gått i enkle retter. Å bo uten en familie rundt seg har jo også en del fordeler. jeg kan se på tv eller film hver kveld uten at noen andre vil se på noe annet, for eksempel. Ellers går jeg av og til og ser på film i filmklubben eller på Samfundet.