Henry Van Dyke: “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
Archive for July, 2012
My life as student Electrical Engineering took place in the 90′s, *years* ago! Still, I remember the process class>homework>exam as shown below all too well. Mannn, do I remember this…so typical!
Kate Clinton: “A friend told me that each morning when we get up we have to decide whether we are going to save or savor the world. I don’t think that is the decision. It’s not an either-or, save or savor. We have to do both, save and savor the world.”
And that is 10 mini-candles on the baby cake; Misha turned 10 months today!!
The ‘not so little’ angel is enjoying the Norwegian summer these weeks, taking short trips with his proud daddy, sitting in a ‘face-forward’ car seat and enjoying the view!
He even started to read books!
Life in Norway is great; the fantastic nature, the way of living, and…some interesting habits read more about those in the ‘what-is-typical-norwegian‘ article.
At the very end there is a nice list to check if one has been in Norway too long:
(I don’t qualify… )
1. You think there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing
2. You associate warm rice porridge with Saturday and Xmas eve
3. It seems nice to spend a week in a small wooden cottage up in the mountains, with no running water and no electricity
4. You think cross-country skiing is the only “real” skiing
5. You know at least five different words describing different kinds of snow
6. A sharp intake of breath (“jah”) has become part of your active vocabulary
7. You associate Friday afternoon with a trip to Vinmonopolet (The Wine Monopoly)
8. It’s acceptable to eat lunch at 11.00 and dinner at 15.00
9. Your front door step is beginning to resemble a shoe shop
10. Silence is fun
Rebecca West: “It’s the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.”
It is hard to miss; the London 2012 – Summer Olympic Games start today! The opening ceremony (so far) was fantastic; a vibrant show filled with many references to Great Brittain’s history and culture, creative special effects, music from all decades and energy, lots of energy.
Experience tells me that the Games have a tendency to suck you in, so I’d better stay away from the TV, or I won’t be able to stop watching!
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: “One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.”
Apple released OS X Mountain Lion yesterday, its latest (and greatest?) OS and I took the leap and updated my Macbook Air today. The Carbo Copy Cloner backup I took turned out to be useless (well, most backups normally are); the upgrade went super-smooth and I was done within 20 minutes. The gain? Around 200+ new features, I mostly love:
- The (unexpected) performance improvement; Apple has a pretty good track record on improving speed of the new OS over the old one, how do they do this, it’s great!
- AirPlay Mirroring allowing me to send my MacBook Air screen to my HDTV (it works fantastic!)
- Dictation; making it possible to use my voice instead of the keyboard, amazing!! (I actually ‘typed’ this sentence using the Dictation feature without any error!!)
- Messages, bringing iMessage (iDevice to iDevice messaging app) to my Mac…handy as in the end a full keyboard does type faster than the small virtual one on my iPhone!
- Notes & Reminders, which are both syncing between my iPhone and Mac, it makes it super easy to keep track of things
Did you ever feel so tired during the day that there was only one thing you *really* wanted (/needed)…to take a nap? Well the science is in: watch this video and learn that science supports your wish; take a 10-30 minute ‘Power-Nap’ and get more energy out of your day, stop relying on caffeine and still remain productive (share this video with your boss)!
(haha, I guess the Spaniards are not that far off, taking a siesta in the afternoon! )
It was a great week, having my parents over in Norway the past week! As they visited Oslo and Norway many times before (last year a six week vacation all the way to the North Cape), we could skip the tourist highlights and go right back to work in da house…sounds like a true vacation to me, eh?
Dad’s middle name is handyman, and there is (was? ) enough to do in the house to keep him busy. Mom too has the ‘I can’t sit still’ virus, so we have all been pretty busy these past days (while enjoying the lovely moments with Misha). Yeah, we were able to create a good mix between ‘working’ and relaxing, so it was a win-win week that we all enjoyed a lot!
And now…it is father-son time, yay!!
July 22 in Norway has become a day of dedication to the open society to make sure that last years terror attacks will never be forgotten (the court-case is still ongoing). Today has been filled with nationwide commemorations including a memorial concert in Oslo tonight. The city was once again filled with roses…the perpetrator lost, the people won.
Quite special was the song that Bruce Springsteen (with ‘Little’ Steven Van Zandt) performed: We Shall Overcome.
Sunny summer weather, ‘city-explorer’ shoes on, vibrant Oslo city center, an angel in a stroller interested in everything and everyone, and Ingrid as tour guide…it all came together today: Mishas’s first summer trip through Oslo was a big success, he loved it!
My parents loved the tour around Oslo center; Aker Brygge, Nationaltheatret, Litteratur Huset, Karl Johans Gate, Oslo Domkirke, the Regjeringskvartalet (where last years terror attack took place), a splendid view over the city from the Stratos cafe (12 floors up), Akershus Festning and the Rådhus…a lot of walking, with some refreshing breaks in between!
Indira Gandhi: “We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”
Miles Davis: “My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”
It is great to have Misha around the coming weeks. I haven’t seen him for over 3 weeks and wow, the little angel has GROWN! There is something new every day in his life and by now he is able to stand up, using some support, but still…SO cute!! And he is SO proud on this accomplishment as you can see from the look on his face below:
Mark Twain: “Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Despite the early wake-up call this morning (alarm clock set at 4am since we were flying at 7am ) and despite the fact that yesterday was my first day off, *today* feels as vacation has really started; home with Misha (and my parents) in the beautiful Norwegian nature and experiencing something that NL has missed for a while…SUN!
It’s gonna be good; relaxing days and enjoying time with Misha for two weeks, yay!