I need to backup my notebook

I lost one of my little Moleskine notebooks today. On the way to the airport today I was summarizing my notes from two days of discussions and I must have left it in the back of the limo. I hope the driver finds it. It did make me painfully aware that these things are not part of my backup strategy.

I don’t like taking notes in a laptop during meetings, I find them distracting and I often make a little drawing, whether it’s class diagrams or geometrical sketches. But most of all, I like the tactile feel of a notebook and tightly written notes on gridded pages – leafing through one of those years later is a lot more fun than going through an old word document.

But in the future, I’m going to add them to my backup. Mozy and digital cameras FTW.

Scurvy Dog

I am sick as a dog, my fridge is empty after the trip, and it’s raining every minute of the day. If I dont get to a store tomorrow, I feel like I’m going to starve, or at least get scurvy from the lack of fresh fruit.

GDC was exciting, but it has physically left me a wreck. On top of the pre-existing emotional wreckage that I need to take care of. When I’m done coughing my lungs out, that is.

Quad Power!

I caved in and bought a new PC. The thing that really strikes me is how long it takes to set up a new PC with Windows compared to Ubuntu. In any modern Linux distribution, I just insert the CD, select the software I want from a huge list and let it do the magic while I do something else. And in an hour, everything’s done.

Meanwhile’ I’m in the middle of day two of my Windows installation. Windows itself is a hassle to install: Missing RAID drivers mean I have to bake a new ISO image and can’t use the regular install CD. Which starts by finding a PC with a CD burner, finding the drivers on the net (because Intel only included 32 bit drivers, hooray), finding a floppy drive in the basement because the drivers are distributed as an executable that formats a floppy (oh, how convenient is that?), building the CD, blabla…
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Holmenkollen 2007 – 1:14:02

It’s a tradition at Funcom that we have a team in the annual Holmenkollen relay race. We’re not expecting to win it – it’s hard enough to find fifteen nerds that want to run at all, you can’t expect us to run fast. But this year we finished in 1:14:02 hours, a record for the company and 4:22 minutes faster than last year. It was a pretty crazy day, and I’m glad everything worked out so beautiful in the end. I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a blast!

Desktop Exhibitionism

My little sister showed off her desktop because a contact of hers said “show me your desktop and I tell you who you are”. Not sure there’s a lot you can see from mine. These are my two PCs at work:

This is gorilla, the machine that I develop The Longest Journey on, and a low-end testing machine for other stuff and as an X server for debugging the Anarchy Online server. It was also the machine I used for most of my work on Dreamfall.

This is orangutan, a dual-core AMD running XP64. I use it to develop the Anarchy Online client on.

At home, vishnu is from a time when I didn’t name all my PCs after near-extinct species. It’s an AMD 2400+, the PC that I develop Eressea on and my main workhorse. With a GeForce 3, it doesn’t play many games.

My laptop, rhino, is a Pentium 150, and the only one of them running Linux. It’s right beside my bed and makes it easier to stay in bed all day on weekends.

And now I’m curious to hear what those desktops (not the PCs) say about me.

Going Native

A list of things I have done in my attempt to become Norwegian.

  • learned Norwegian
  • learned to love brunost (not hard, the stuff is great).
  • cut myself with an Ostehøvel
  • eaten Lutefisk for Christmas dinner.
  • eaten Ribbe for Christmas
  • bought a suit and worn it on 17th of May
  • watched barnetoget
  • shared an appartment with Norway’s sexiest woman (according to Vi Menn)
  • watched all episodes of ‘Pompel og Pilt’
  • bumped into the King at an art exhibit (okay, that was accidental)
  • learnt to snowboard
  • gone cross country skiing in frogner park
  • watched a lot of ‘Typisk Norsk’ episodes
  • spent an entire afternoon watching curling
  • gone to several hundreds of ‘visninger’
  • eaten Rømmegrøt
  • made fun of the Danish language
  • gone sledding on korketrekkeren (several times)
  • been on Galdhøpiggen
  • gone over bessegen
  • bicycled from Oslo to Stavanger
  • signed myself up for styrkeprøven
  • joined a gym
  • gone on countless hytteturer, especially around easter
  • learned about kardemomme by
  • learned about janteloven
  • been in a reality show on national TV (only for a little while)
  • started a sizeable colletion of imported alcohol in my kitchen
  • complained about beer prices
  • learned to accept beer prices as a fact of life

That’s just off the top of my head, the list is woefully incomplete. And even after all that, I still feel I have a long way to go. My list of things that I haven’t done is probably as long. And the list of things I’m not even aware of that are part of every Norwegian’s common culture is even longer. It’s hard to become truly integrated.

[Listening to: Nordaførr – Vårvisa – Halvdan Sivertsen]

Great Gorilla Run: Results!

We did it!

The Great Gorilla Run was a huge success. I raised over £2,400, putting me in second place among all runners. Thanks especially to all the Eressea players that have donated in the past. You guys rock.

It was excellent of Jørn to come along this year, I doubt I would have had half as much fun without him – if you want to participate next year, my advice #1 is to do it with friends. If only because they can film you doing it. Speaking of which, we took a lot of photos (they are on flickr). And we have a short video: