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Life update, winter of 2009

Maru and I spent Christmas in Norway this year, and I’ve stayed on a bit to get things organized for our impending relocation here. Circumstances have delayed us, so instead of arriving ahead of the local recession, we’ll be setting up right in the middle of it. One can only hope that Norway will weather it as well as the media will have one believe.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of things to do besides worrying. For instance, there’s work, which at the moment consists of a kind of snow-shoveling exercise. Then there’s literally shoveling snow - oddly satisfying after so many years in the tropics. Between that and the access to (suitably tame) nature, I might work off the Christmas pounds yet. Apart from that, I’ve gotten to spend some quality time with my grumpy friends - notably, Johannes turned 30.

View from my workspace View from terrace Front porch Maru skiing Johannes turns 30

Taking out the trash

A friend of mine, Vegard Munthe, works for FAIR, an aid organization that ships used but working computers from rich (or industrialized, or first world, or whatever you want to call it) countries to poorer countries for re-use in school labs there. As part of the deal, the computers are shipped back for reprocessing when they are no longer working, to avoid them piling up and causing all kinds of environmental problems. Not so long ago they received their first return shipment - according to Vegard, getting the permits to ship and import what basically amounts to a pile of toxic waste was quite the challenge.

FAIR’s first return shipment

Fun fun fun! Congratulations to Vegard & crew on this important milestone.

Swinging by Europe: The Story Thus Far

Late last month, I strapped on my backpack and went across the ocean to FOSDEM in Brussels. It was good to see some of the openSUSE and old Ximian guys again, but I was feeling kind of drained the whole time. Had Belgian waffles w/everything, which is a lot more “everything” than it is “waffle” (i.e. ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, chocolate shavings, strawberry jam, strawberries and banana).

Old Building in Brussels
Some old building in Brussels

After FOSDEM, I spent close to two weeks in Norway, visiting family and friends in between work. I even went skiing one weekend, an experience I’ve been idealizing in my mind since I moved to Mexico. Even so, it lived up to expectations.

Ski Tracks
Ski tracks

Me and Mom Skiing
Me and my Mom skiing

My friends at Copyleft Software A/S were kind enough to lend me office space in Oslo. I must say they have an awesome work environment thing going.

Outside Copyleft’s Offices
Outside Copyleft’s offices

Lunch at Copyleft
Lunch at Copyleft

Leo is Donald Duck
Leo making his famous Donald Duck impression

After Norway, I left for Berlin where I’m currently taking up space at the GTK+ Hackfest.