Sunday, 3 March 2019

Phase-0 is here

Commissioning and first experiment done, potentially the first FAIR phase-0 experiments! One month of work and we'll have one more! Can't wait to destroy my daily rhythm again.

Preparations were relatively good this time around, I think we're slowly turning things around. Things break left and right all the time (I'm still puzzled why people think it's weird that things suddenly break), to varying degrees, whatever can be ready should be made ready.

And tomorrow I need to get up early for the annual medical inspection, a nice perk for radiation workers. I'll sleep during the work week :p

I'll have time to play violin today, wohoo!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019


Happy New Year! Sweden is now officially one of the most violent places in Europe.

I feel just like at home! Funny on the one hand how this was stated in the news with no build-up, but everybody who expressed concerns about it during the last few years were branded. The risk of a re-election is also pretty scary, especially after these news.

Anyhow, let's escape the real world for a bit. Well, actually, not even film magic let's us do that any longer. I was looking forward to the final Star Wars event (if only it would be the last) before Christmas, and then I figured they take two years to make. Slightly disappointed, I watched VII on TV some days ago and started thinking about the Star Wars Universe (SWU), again. Let's see, the new trilogy makes me quite upset actually, even more than the prequel trilogy does. Wait-wait-wait, the prequels still provide for buckets of cringe, don't get me wrong, but the new ones are straight up evil. They are mainly machines to propel narratives outside of the SWU, because I learnt nothing new about the SWU. Except the fantastic stories from IV mean little to nothing. All the discussions after the releases show the real narrative that some people want to push. Whoever determined why and how to make this new trilogy rode the fan base hype wave to get going, but then vilified many of them when criticized. A lot of unrelated famouses joined the literal and metaphorical pointing of fingers, and as usual we're ugly, fat, sad, and hate certain people. All we want is amazing blazing adventures in space with myths and legends, wishing we were there, running shoulder to shoulder with the hard struggling heroes, helping them blast the bad empire to bits! That's it. It's really that simple. I'll watch the last attempt next year because my friends will, but that's it, I'm done with them. OOPS, I meant this year.

Fortunately, one can always watch the old trilogy and relive the real magic over and over, forever 8D

McGrumps showed up for a bit up there, but I rounded him off with starry eyes. Ahh, binary sunset! *playing the music in my head*

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

God Jul!

I forgot to post this on Christmas Eve, the big day in Sweden. Not too bad, means I had better things to think of :D

And today as well, better charge up until my nephews come over to give the entropy in the Universe an explosive boost.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

So many countdowns

The season of anticipation and decrementing various counters...

This year's Advent of Code has begun! First day was ridiculous, but it'll get better.

Just had a week of beam, because few other were ready to take it. Working until 4 in the morning night after night messes me up pretty fast, but it's always fun to see some action.

Extended my reach to Bourrée, which together with Gigue, both part of BWV1006, makes for a not so difficult but very lively duo. Not so difficult, but still difficult. Practice practice...

And now I'll go shopping, listen to a church choir in the downtown Stadtkirche, and loiter in the Weihnachtsmarkt.

And that is all :p

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Relocation phase 0

At 8 o'clock Monday morning on, let's see, the 17th of September, some workers fixed the heating in my apartment. I had heard that it would happen "one day", but Monday morning, ugh... While they were working right in front of me, I checked online for new apartments. 30 min into my search, an e-mail came into my inbox via the GSI housing list with the perfect apartment; larger, on the 1st floor so a lot brighter, almost everything new and nobody had lived there before (an old office), my own washing machine, nice hotel grade toilet + shower, radio-controlled radiators (wat?), huge TV which I won't use, the only living space in the building so I can continue pretending to play the violin, and it's in a small town closer to work (a lot of people refer to that place as the unattractive dead end of the world, which suits my personality just fine). All for exactly the same rent, not one euro more or less. Thinking this was just too good, I wrote the e-mail in my pigeon German which took quite a while, called in the evening to set up a meeting the next day with not much hope, went there to look at it, said YESPLOXIDOX, signed the contract the day after, moved in last Monday, and I'm thinking now why in the name of someone precious did I stay in my old dump for so long...

I made cookies today! Finally I have an oven so I can let my destroy my health by indulging in lavish torrents of sugar and butter. A new Ph.D. student at work comes from the US and somebody brought up chocolate chip cookies, and I decided to have a go. Not too shabby for a first try, in a brand new oven. Right after I had splatted out the dough balls on parchment paper I figured I should probably run the oven once before I inject my cookies with lovely factory residues, good thing I thought of that.

For some reason the ceiling is covered with brass-colored sheets that look great when all the lights are on. It's really a luxurious place, I feel so strange being here still. And a bit excited, the old sous-terrain apartment probably did me worse than I thought.

"Relocation phase 0", because I don't want to stay here for too long. I'll do some experiments and make sure what I've done down here on the continent works, and then I'm gonna fly!

Enough of this, where did I put the violin?!

Monday, 17 September 2018

First page done

No, I didn't just finish reading my first page in a book ever, not sure when that's gonna happen. First page on Project Euler! Progress is pretty slow, but I tend to solve a few problems in one shot once or twice a year, sometimes with many years in-between. I did solve #48 in just a few minutes, it can be brute forced since higher significant digits have no influence on the lower. I also use these twisters as a means of playing around with Lua, the prettiest littliest language. I've noticed a lot of people write their solutions simply to get the right number to post, but I get the most joy out of making every solution run in less than a second (with LuaJIT... ye I'm a cheet), and to actually verify solutions when asked, e.g. #44.

Because I'm tight I didn't buy the armband for my Seiko yet, i.e. no photo...

Gave up on BWV1001 for now, focusing on 1004 and 1006 gigues and some etudes which I still find very difficult to play.

And no beam for experiments this year :( Might get a few hours of silver towards the end of the year for testing, so anyhow we need to be 100% ready to go. I should plan my ~30 days of vacation (mhm, 6 weeks, how do people spend that?) that I still have this year, and to find a new place to stay, should've done that a long time ago.

Been playing around with Vulkan. Not sure what to say. Was it really necessary to force that ridiculous amount of code? I should do something more useful with my life :p

Like going to sleep. First a big peach, which I forgot to eat earlier even though I love them, then I'll go to sleep.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Bad Friday

I never noticed anything bad happening on any previous Friday the 13th. That all changed last night. A mere 30 minutes into the night, there was a huge power failure at work, and even when I left today many things were still offline. I was worried about our big shiny (actually matte) dipole magnet GLAD, turned out the so-called fridge had held up well. Last I heard earlier this week it was down to 9 K, that's not something one should not be worried about. Since my job relies very much on certain infrastructure out of my reach (making my own has crossed my mind several times, but I have to let some things be...), I went home early. Hmm, so actually it was not such a bad Friday after all.

My neighbour, who's building a new house, started with the earth-flattening pounding machines today, another sign delivered by this sinister day. One good reason to get out of bed though.

Other than that, it's been an ok Friday. Title should say "Ok Friday".

Started with BWV1001 recently, that's a really nice (and bleeding difficult) intro. And I'm finally getting the hang of the gigue in BWV1006, at least how the notes go since it's in a rather uncommon scale, next I'll need to figure out how not make it sound atrocious. Although that's the thing with well composed music, one can hear how pretty it is even if one cannot play it...

Oh right, I was on vacation in Sweden shortly after Dubrovnik, saw örlogsstaden Karlskrona. I also did a lot of reading up on old course material (finished spec. rel.) and lazying.

Bought myself an early little birthday present a few weeks ago, the thing is out of production and I thought it best to get it before the shelves run dry. I'm looking for a leather strap for it, I'll post photos once I've found one. For now I'll say it's a well known mid-tier Seiko, i.e. not very expensive but beautiful. Not punching hot ("dang dude dat ting be ragin'"), but it gets prettier and prettier with time, which for me is the "real beautiful". And that's important, because I'll probably have it close to me for many years to come. Oh come on, I'll just take a teaser photo:

More later.