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Trip to Geneva: part 2

Entrance to Geneva Invention

On my second day in Geneva, after waking up quite late, Cipri, Alexandra and I went to the Geneva In­ter­na­tion­al Inventions Exhibition.

It is quite large exhibition, having 790 inventions, from 45 countries, displayed on 8900 m^2 surface. It wasn't entirely what I expected. It reminded me of Infomatrix, the in­ter­na­tion­al­i­ty of par­tic­i­pants (even more so here), all the people standing at their booths "selling" their invention, Budisteanu (a guy from Romania who was both at Infomatrix and here), and the huge variation in the quality of projects: some super awesome ones, that make you go wow, to some... that don't seem new, original, well-developed, and in some continue.

Trip to Geneva: part 1

CERN entrance

Last weekend I went to Geneva, to visit Ciprian, a friend who is doing an internship at CERN. He also happens to be a frequent reader of my blog :D.

Before joining the darkcomputer science side, I was a wannabe physicist. I went to lots of physics com­pe­ti­tions (and had some good results) and I even applied to the physics department at UBB. But in 12th grade I discovered that pro­gram­ming is also quite fun, and it has a greater payoff, so I decided to go study that. I don't regret this decision, but I still fondly remember the things that I learned from my awesome physics continue.


Vintage movie made au­to­mat­i­cal­ly by Google+ from my photos and videos

Every year in Zurich there is a holiday called Sech­seläuten, that celebrates the end of winter and the coming of summer. It is held on the Monday that follows Easter, so this year it was on the 13th of April (last year it was on the ~30th of April, the day before my on-site interiews :D). In the city of Zurich it is an official holiday, but it's only a "minor" one, so you can get only a half-day off.

Horse riders

There is a huge parade, in which the 39 guilds from Zurich take part. They dress up in continue.

Visiting Romania

Cluj from above

Cluj from the top of the Steelcase building

During the Catholic Easter holidays, I went to Romania for a one week visit. Initially the plan was that my parents would come and visit me, but I had more days off, so I ended up coming to my homeland.

After having been in Switzer­land for 7 months now, I started to notice several things, some of which were a bit saddening. They suggest that some of the problems in Romania are deeply ingrained in our culture and at least based on the small sample of people contained in my friend bubble, it won't change anytime soon.

(Before I tell all continue.

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My shiny new bike

Last week I bought a bike from another Googler. Because it was raining like crazy and then it was stormy and then I went on vacation, it camped at work for a bit more than a week.

But yesterday I finally took it home, and today, for my birthday, I enjoyed going to work on my bike :D Awesome 40 minutes. Going in the late morning (10:20 AM), along the river, listening to birds sing, was a great way to prepare for work and energize myself. And even coming back from work was quite fun, although I took a different route, which was more hilly, so it continue.

Time for a new look

Ever since I moved to Acrylamid, my blog's look has been quite spartan. While I liked the simplicity and minimalism of the theme, several of my friends, some of which are more ar­tis­ti­cal­ly inclined then I am, told me that is a bit too... stark.

For a long time I've been gathering all kinds of cool ideas and snippets that I liked from various sites and yesterday was finally the day that I hunkered down and actually im­ple­ment­ed the first one. I didn't have a clear idea in my head from the beginning of how it would look, only that I wanted to be able to dis­tin­guish continue.


Napping in the sun at Schatzalp

Napping in the sun at Schatzalp

Last week I went skiing for the first time in my life. I said that I can't live in Switzer­land and not go skiing at least once. So I talked with some friends from the church I go to here and we booked rooms at a hotel in Davos.

Because I had never skied before, I booked a 3 day group lesson. God knew that that was a bad idea for me, because I have two left feet and an abysmal fitness level, and the group lessons got cancelled because nobody else joined them. So I took two afternoons of private continue.

Survived first Oncall

Survived first oncall shift

Yay! With the Lord's help, I have survived my first oncall shift at work. It was quite busy, at times quite stressful, but it has been a good experience to learn to trust in the Lord! The following Bible verse has been very en­cour­ag­ing during times when several issues would crop up, from people asking me various stuff I had no idea about, to the pager con­tin­u­ous­ly ringing for several different issues:

Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanks­giv­ing, tell your requests to God. (Philip­pi­ans 4:6)

What I think of the AI hype

During the last year there have been many articles about the upcoming sin­gu­lar­i­ty and what will happen after that. Elon Musk or Stephen Hawking have issued warnings about the impending doom, while others are more optimistic and are hoping that cures for all diseases will be found, global warming will no longer be an issue and world peace will install.

However, I think that most of these pre­dic­tions make some very strong as­sump­tions, some of which might not be true.

One of the main arguments is that tech­no­log­i­cal im­prove­ments are ex­po­nen­tial and we will get better stuff much faster then before. But there is a problem. Only the ex­po­nen­tial function grows ex­po­nen­tially in­def­i­nite­ly. continue.