Ah, only 3 days left before my last exam for the summer. I can’t wait. I have about a week of vacation before I start working at Software Innovation for a few weeks. I figure I’ll take my REAL vacation in the US, the month before I start school.
Also, I had the weirdest dream tonight. So I was on a train, right… but suddenly, it ran off a waterfall. Thankfully I brought my parachute. As did all the others (although some of them didn’t open, sorry, really nothing I could do)… It all ended well.
It seems I can’t sleep at the moment. So what better time to write part II of my Japan blog entry. (Yeah, it seems the jet lag has been reversed :P). I’m sorry it took me so long to continue this, the last couple of weeks I’ve either had crazy jet lag and went to bed at 9, or been sick and not up to writing much because of that.
Yesterday I got back from Japan after a 20 hour trip. And since I got up around 6:30 Japan time, and got home around 22:00 norwegian time (which is like… 29:00 (or 5:00 as we call it) Japan time) I didn’t care much for transferring pictures and blogging much. Today I woke up around 7 because of jetlag, but at least I got 7 hours. 😉
Anyway, this will probably be a long, long post, with a few pictures here and there. I won’t of course publish ALL the pictures, there’s about 1250 of them, but they who ask may receive.
There’s quite a lot to do these days. Tomorrow I’ve got a midterm exam in compilers. I can’t say I feel very ready but hey… who does. 😛 Anyway, if that wasn’t enough, I get a weekend at home in about a week when I go off to my visa interview at the american embassy. Why they require people to show up in person for a 3 minute interview I don’t know but I guess rules are rules.
THEN… the 19th (in just over 2 weeks) we’re off to Japan! I can’t wait, it’s going to be awsome^1000! Plus a little more.
Exciting days. Little time. And that’s the way the cookie crumbles. 😉
“Do you seek to enter the United States to engage in export control violations, subversive or terrorist activities, or any other unlawful purpose? Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization as currently designated by the U.S. Secretary of State? Have you ever participated in persecutions directed by the Nazi government of Germany; or have you ever participated in genocide?”
Yes, it’s actually a question in the visa application for the US.
itDagen at NTNU was for me a great success. Let me explain what itDagen is.
As most of my friends should know I’m going to Japan for a couple of weeks. That of course costs money, so what the 3rd year of computer science (that’s where I’m at) and communication technology is that we invite maybe 50-60 companies to our school so that they may do some recruitment, in exchange for a sum of money. They love it of course, since they’re able to recruit some very talented people, and we love it because we get in total around 1.2-1.3 million NOK to spend on our class trip to Japan (for computer science) and… somewhere else (I think Singapore and Malaysia for communication technology).
Anyway, in addition to talking to a whole lot of very interesting companies, many of them had quizes which we could answer to win… stuff. Usually expensive stuff (PS3, smartphones, XBoxes, …). I did one of those C++ quizes. And I won the geeky dream phone of all time:
Nokia N900. Full keyboard, high performance mini-computer. People call it a phone. I’m not sure I agree; it’s more of a computer with a built-in phone. Anyway, to my delight I found out it ran Linux (you can see a linux terminal on that picture, where I transfer Duke Nukem 3D over SSH to run on DosBOX from my desktop computer (though I haven’t gotten it to run yet – but I will 🙂 )). It running linux is a great thing, since there are quite a lot of good open source software out there which can easily be compiled for the ARM archtecture used on this phone. And people have found that out, so already there are lots of good stuff for geeks like me.
That being said, the battery time isn’t all that good (not really unexpected :P), but I can live with it. Also, the phone being so new (released in November or December of 2009) the choice of software for the phone is still lacking a bit (but that I expect to turn around very quickly). In any case, I’m particulary excited since I didn’t pay anything for it – I actually won it. I’ve never won anything this expensive! (around 5000 NOK, about $850). I must admit I’d never pay that much for a phone, no matter how great it is. I think that goes for many people. 🙂