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Global Day of Code Retreat 2014

I have already been to three Code Retreats in Cluj and I have always enjoyed them. Now I had the chance to go to one in Zurich.

This one was just as much fun as the previous ones, maybe even a bit more. One of the biggest dif­fer­ences from the other ones was that it was more mul­ti­cul­tur­al. While German speaking people were the majority, there were plenty of people from other countries: Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, Sweden, Hungary, Britain. It's always fun to meet new like-minded people from all over the world. There was even a guy who had worked at the LHC in Geneva.

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An analysis of the biasing in my friendship selection process

On the 2nd of November, in Romania there were the pres­i­den­tial elections. It was the first time for me that I could vote for this, because last time I wasn't 18 years old yet. Maybe I simply didn't pay attention to this before, but now it seemed to me that way more people in my circles have been pre­oc­cu­pied with the politics sur­round­ing these elections. I barely saw any posts about the Eu­ropar­la­men­tary or the mayoral elections (for which I could vote), but now my Facebook was full of people cam­paign­ing for one candidate or the other, posting reviews, analyzing and spec­u­lat­ing on how the elections will continue.

Räbechilbi

Yesterday, in Richter­swill, there was a turnip festival (or something like that), called Räbechilbi. At the festival there was a parade going around the village center with various figurines lighted up with carved up turnips lanterns. It was pretty cool.

One thing that I found in­ter­est­ing was that here kids were allowed to "play" with fire and carry around the turnip lanterns with lit candles inside them. In Romania, as soon as a kid would get anywhere close to fire, his or her parents would jump up saying "Go away from fire".

Also, there were a lot of lanterns laid out next to the road (probably continue.

Going to vote

The first round of pres­i­den­tial elections was on Sunday and, because my parents were here, visiting me, we decided to rent a car through Mobility (which is a quite nice service) and go voting. Because the Romanian government decided for various reasons (such as the fact that people abroad are less likely to vote for the current prime minister) to make only a few voting stations, we had to go to Bern.

I asked some friends for advice on the way and they rec­om­mend­ed the scenic route through Interlaken. And boy, is it scenic. Because I was driving, I couldn't fully admire it, but my dad exclaimed continue.

Best workout

Best workout is furniture assembly workout

Also, I just discovered a new very useful feature of my laptop. It doubles as a substitute for a second person to hold up the sides of the bed while I'm attaching them in their right place. That is money well spent.

And now I have one table, one chair and one half of my bed assembled :D

Getting the furniture

Last week I got the keys to my apartment, so I started looking for furniture. On Saturday I went to IKEA together with some other Nooglers and we spent six hours there. SIX HOURS. More exhausting than the Uetliberg hiking trip. And I didn't even finish buying all the stuff that I needed.

Among the stuff that I bought was a kitchen table, that they didn't have on stock right then, so they offered to ship it to me later on, for free. I accepted, being in no rush to move to my apartment and I chose the next Monday for shipping. The rest of the continue.

Uetliberg

Uetliberg is a very popular and small mountain near Zurich, 869 m high, which I have already visited twice and I will probably climb many more times (at the very least when I have friends coming to Zurich). There is an 80 m high tower at the top, and there is a beautiful view from up there. You can see the whole Zurich and Lake Zurich in a gorgeous panorama.

First time I went up there was during Kn­aben­schiessen and the second time was with some fellow Nooglers, to have lunch up there. We arrived there panting and sweaty and the restaurant at the top was waaaaay continue.

Knabenschiessen

Two weeks ago was the Kn­aben­schiessen, a Zurich holiday that lasts for three days and when you get half a day off from work. The main attraction is a shooting com­pe­ti­tion for teenagers (I'm so old :( ), but there is also a big fair, which was very similar to the one that is in Marghita during City Days. Except it is bigger, it has more rides (and taller ones too ;;) ) and it is far cleaner.

That was very different than what I was used to. There were the same hotdog, hamburger and other junk food stands as in Romania, but you couldn't see continue.

Acrylamid image gallery

Acrylamid by default doesn't have image galleries. As I oc­ca­sion­al­ly like to post the images that I take, especially now that I'm visiting nice places in Zurich and the sur­round­ing area, this is quite annoying, as I don't want to manually create all the links for photos.

In the official docs, there is a suggestion to use Jinja2 inside posts to create a local gallery. While it does save you from writing all the image links yourself, you still have to do this for every post in which you want to insert a gallery.

So I wanted to make something more generic, where I could insert continue.

First week in Zürich

This month I have made a big change in my life, I switched jobs and I moved to Zürich.

The Swiss are way more rigurous and strict then the Romanian people. Within 14 days of arriving in Switzer­land you have to register yourself at Kreisburo (if you live in Zürich) or at the Gemeind (in other places). You have three months to choose a health insurer or it will be chosen for you.

You have to buy special trash bags, that are quite expensive (something like 20 CHF for a pack of 10), because they include the recycling tax in them. So if you do recycling, continue.

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