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Winter holiday movies

Over the two weeks of winter holidays I finally had some time to watch some movies, some of which were on my to-watch list for quite some time. Two of them were very pleasant surprises:

  • Coherence - a very light science fiction, but which has a genius twist on a "well known" quantum physics experiment: Schroedinger's Cat / Quantum Coherence. I don't want to give spoilers, but as the movie progresses and you realize the extent on which there is something wrong with that one law of nature is making your jaw drop. The actors that play in continue.

2014 in review

I know it's January 18th already, but I just got around to writing this post.

2014 has been a good year for my blog. Both the number of readers increased, from 8036 in 2013 to 12451, and the number of pages visits increased, from 70771 to 92938. Growth slowed down a bit, going from a 36% increase in 2013 to only 32% increase in 2014.

I wrote 34 posts last year. These are actually relevant posts, not just the exam stuff that I used to publish before. Those posts have been moved to a separate page and were not counted now. By this count, in 2013 continue.

My experience with Linux part 6

It's been a long time since I posted anything about what I've done with Linux. After that Gentoo episode, I stuck to Fedora for a while and I didn't have any major issues there, other then a few outdated libraries (like Gnome being 2-3 releases behind). Then in November, for reasons I don't remember (I think it died on me), I re­in­stalled, this time going with the easy option of Ubuntu. Which of course starts up with an error message.

Anyway, I got rid of my laptop, bought a shiny new desktop (a post about it will follow soon) and I proceeded to install something on it.

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Saying goodbye to Lenovo

On Wednesday, 24.12.2014, I sold my laptop of three years, a Lenovo T520.

Lenovo T520, you were a good laptop, that has served me well, both as a computing tool and as a support for holding up parts of the furniture while I assembled it :D You will be missed!

P.S. Regular posting to the blog to resume when I have access to a personal computer.

Strike the iron while it's hot

Last Friday, I went with my team to an offsite to forge knives, in Walchwil. Daniel was an excellent teacher, I would strongly recommend his classes to anyone who wants to do something out of the ordinary.

I'll let the video speak how awesome it was.

P.S. Thank you Marco and Sofia for filming me while I was working :)

Interstellar

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On Saturday I went to see In­ter­stel­lar. I had heard many opinions about it. Dodo was praising it to heavens. Some colleagues said it was boring and way too long. Other complained about the *spoiler*. Other said it was very good.

First let me describe the Swiss cinemas (gross over­gen­er­al­iza­tion, this being my first time in one). You have way more legroom, so you can actually sit com­fort­ably and people can walk past you without you having to get up. A big surprise for me was that at the middle of the movie you have a 5-10 minute break, where you can go to the bathroom, continue.

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.

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