15
Dec
2006
johan

Xmas is coming

So we're rapidly approaching christmas again. Last year I spent christmas on my own in Los Angeles which was different but ok. At least I didn't have to bother with presents. Thankfully my family isn't very big on presents anyway so I get away with just a few this year. Oh, and I got a present from DICE today as well. A pingpong racket! The playroom at work is going to be swamped...

08
Dec
2006
johan

Wireless router setup

Mattias recomended the Asus WL-500G wireless router to me, and I've ordered one. Together with a 400 gig usb harddrive this makes for pretty sweet setup. You don't even have to have your computer on while this little puppy downloads stuff directly onto your usb connected harddrive. It can even run Linux directly on the router! Frickin' awesome dude!

30
Nov
2006
johan

The Python saga continues

It's a few days into my Python adventure and I'm beginning to feel right at home. I must say that after you get used to indenting rules and declaring variables left and right, Python is actually really nice, and development is lightning fast! I also like the handling of lists very much. It's very intuitive once you get rid of those c++ views of arrays and vectors.

Still I'm hindered by my novicehood and the Python net-reference is my best friend. However the documentation is far from comprehensive and sometimes you have to resort to looking directly at the library source code.

28
Nov
2006
johan

I feel Python

... a lame translation of the swedish saying. It doesn't sound nearly as good in english. I've started working a bit with Python at work. Like Perl it's a script languange with a very free syntax. I find myself getting annoyed by that and longing for C++ more strict declaration. Hovewer one must admit that development is alot faster in these types of languages since you don't have to worry about memory allocations or types. I guess it's by distrurbed sence of order and structure that needs to be satisfied.

23
Nov
2006
johan
15
Nov
2006
johan

The Go! Team

Found this amazing album by a group called The Go! team, and damn they deserve to have an exclamation mark in their name! I would be best describe it with break-beats on drugs. Reminds me of another group i like: Lemon Jelly. Anyway it's really happy and uplifting music, and every time i listen to i smile spreads across my face, as they mix some old western tune with a crazy drummachine together with some crazy singing :-) I guess iTunes is not always bad...

14
Nov
2006
johan

iTunes won't let me spend money

Ok, this is a bit of rant but I got really annoyed with iTunes yesterday.

I've been listening alot to Internet radio (dutch channel Zeilsteen) lately. Now and again you hear some music you'd really want, like Superstar Tradesman with The View. So obviously I go to the iTunes Store, convienently located in the player itself and search for the artist. No luck. So I look around a little more and change the setting to the UK store, and there you are... Great, just click on "Get song" and we're home free? Wrong! iTunes refuses to let me spend my money in the UK store because I don't have a credit card registred there. The same goes if you try to buy some TV episode from the US store, for example my favorite The Colbert Report.

06
Nov
2006
johan

New apartment

I finally got an apartment. I've been living with friends and in temporary apartments ever since I started my new job in Stockholm the last week of September, so it feels awsome to finally getting a place of my own.

It's a roomy 2 room apartment, furnished (which is exactly what I was looking for), close to the subway station Blåsut (!?!). Not exactly downtown but close enought for me. I'll wait until I've actually moved in before celebrating though. There has been multiple times already when I thought I had an apartment, but then lost it on the home stretch.

08
Oct
2006
johan

Beer and Whiskey-in-the-jaro'!

Last night me and Kjell went to Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival in Nacka. I guess it was originally an event for people who manufacture, distribute and sell beer and whiskey, but now it's more of an public affair. We could quickly identify the three groups of people:

  • 33 % beer/whiskey nerds. In this group you find people who does this sort of thing for a living, but also the hobby connoisseur. The latter is typical male with some sort of technical academic background.
  • 33 % Gourmet people. 50+ people who has replaced the time they used to spend on their children with gourmet cooking and now also gourmet drinking.
  • 33 % Morons. The people who stopped reading after the word 'beer' appeared. Bikers, farmers and 40+ single women are part of this category.
01
Oct
2006
johan

End of week one

It's nearing the end of week the first week of my "new life" in Stockholm. Starting a new job is always confusing and it usually takes a while before you get anything done. The first few days at Dice was naturally filled with meeting new people, getting familiar with their systems, getting used to the view, and the codebase for my project. But by the end of the week i actually got a task assigned to me, finished it and checked it in. I was immensely proud of course.

Dice is an interesting place. I think the average employee age is 29, there are a lot of non swedish people so most official project communication is in english. What's even more interesting right now is that merger with Electronic Arts. Nobody know the full extent this will have on Dice, but what's clear is that the name Digital Illusions will remain.

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