• New Job at Grundfos

    Finally I found a job. And not just a job to have a job, but a job that is right up my alley.

    Right from when I first saw the job I had a good feeling about it. It was mine. So I sent off the job application, and then waited. Finally I got called in for an interview last thursday, which went really well and felt real good, and then within an hour of arriving back home I got a call and was offered the job. And of course I said yes, and today I signed the contract.

    So, next tuesday, September 1st, I start in my new job as Systems Engineer Specialist with Grundfos in Bjerringbro, just 18 km away from home. Perfect for a ride, with extra detours when needed, or a long run every once in a while.

    It’s a huge weight off my shoulders now, on the eve of the 2 year anniversary of getting fired. I have been working for 6 months in the mean time (last winter), but that was as a teacher assistant, and it sucked, and I only did it because I were not allowed to say no. But now I have a job where I have a great feeling about the place, my new boss and everything. It’ll be great.

  • Going to Hell in a Fruitbasket

    I’ve had a draft of a blog post titled “Applelandia Exit Strategy” lying around for 6 months or so. It is about how I will be leaving the lands of Apple and live the super sexy and free open source lifestyle with a Linux laptop and Cyanogenmod on my Android smartphone.

    Alas, it is not to be, not for the foreseeable future.

    I have a very short list of Mac software that I have a really hard time finding an adequate replacement for on Linux; 1Password & Soulver. They are both so incredibly ingrained in everything I do, and I love them both. Soulver is just a really neat tool I use every day, and I could probably find a replacement for it in something like iPython, whereas 1Password is a real serious security helper. I could never manage that many that random passwords in any other way, except perhaps for LastPass (which works on Linux), but the workflow of 1Password seems much better from what I can tell. So, no incentive to change, but if that was the only thing keeping me away from migrating to Linux I think I’d manage.

    The saving grace in all of it was Spotify, they have a linux client, which is real nice of them. And I really love music and the freedom of having a huge library to explore, so I don’t want to live without that now.

    But then Spotify changed their terms, and not for the better. They say they’re sorry, but they haven’t changed them back, so it sounds quite hollow. Read those links, they really say it all. If I remember correctly it is pretty much the same defence Facebook used when they gave themselves permission to do way too much on users’ phones a few years ago.

    I have lost faith in them. A smartphone is an intimate personal thing not to be violated.

    Luckily there’s Apple Music now. While still not as good as Spotify in my opinion, it is good enough, and it’ll only get better. And the price is the same.

    What makes Apple Music much better, long term, is that Apple makes money from hardware devices, the music streaming is just an add-on, roughly speaking. They do not have the same incentives that Spotify have to monetize their users, they have already got a lot of money from their users in the first place, so even if Apple are just as evil as Spotify, and they probably are, their incentives are different, and more likely to make them behave in an agreeable way.

    So it seems staying in Applelandia is the correct thing to do, going forward.

    My laptop and iPhone are both getting old, and a MacBook looks oh so sweet, and there will be a new iPhone model out soon… The MacBook is not good for gaming though, so having a PC for that, where I can use the screen with the MacBook too, would be awesome.

    I think that’s the plan.

    By the way, the title of this blog post is a play on the words “going to hell in a handbasket”, which describes a situation headed for disaster inescapably or precipitately, and I plan to do that on the Apple platform, and apples being fruits and all… you get the picture.

  • The Machinery of Freedom

    I stumbled upon this talk by David Friedman about how you could construct a society with no government. You could call it anarchy, but Friedman seems to call it “radical capitalism”. He wrote a book named “The Machinery of Freedom”, and this talk is based on that. Fullscreen is recommended.

    There are more details about the economics of it in The Market for Law (video link doesn’t work, so go for the audio), including the weaker sides of such a system. For example environmental protection is problematic.

    I’d love Neal Stephenson to write a Snow Crash-like book set in a world like this. It could be argued that Snow Crash is that world, but then I’d still like more of it.

  • The Meaning of “Chop Wood, Carry Water”

    The title of this site may seem a bit weird, unless you know the full Zen Proverb:

    Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water.

    And that might still be a bit weird…

    Enlightenment, in the buddhist sense, changes nothing on the outside, you still have to chop wood and carry water.

    This is not to say that I think I am in any way, shape or form, enlightened. Far from it. I wouldn’t even consider myself a buddhist, and I’m as run by my monkey mind as most people are. But The New Tantra, of which I have done only level 1, has offered a practical way of working with that.

    So, the phrase “Chop Wood, Carry Water” is a way to remind myself what needs to be done, both practically and spiritually. It is therefore deeply meaningful to me.

    There’s more good stuff about the proverb on Zenrevolution.

    UPDATE 2015-08-22: I’ve removed the “Chop Wood, Carry Water” title of the blog, although I still like it a lot. Just didn’t fit into the overall picture.

  • Website Ported to Jekyll

    I think Octopress is a bit too complex for my needs, so when something broke—again—I took the oportunity to port everything back to good old jekyll. I think I like it.

    For simplicity’s sake I just use the default jekyll templates with some minimal changes, and I’ve written a Makefile and a new_post.sh script to manage stuff, and that’s it.

    There are no doubt some things that broke in the process, but going through all 700+ blog posts is a bit much to ask, I think. I’ll be doing some grep‘ing to catch the worst, and then hope that’s good enough.

    And then the endless design tweaking begins…

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