Lectures and stuff
For now, I have two assignments: The fist one is a rather simple introductory text in Norwegian (introducing oneself etc.), which is more or less simple since the Norwegian sentence syntax us more or less the same as in German. The morphology is actually even simpler, so, the really annoying thing is learning the vocabulary and understanding spoken speech.
The second assignment is the one from my AI lecture and consists of writing a framework for evolutionary computation. Which is more or less fun since it is an interesting software engineering problem and a rather simple algorithmic task. The interesting part of the software engineering side of the problem is how to make the interfaces as typesafe as possible, to be able to throw a compilation error on faulty specification (like, type mismatch between phenotypes and fitness evaluation functions).
Which leaves me with a task of finding better clubs with the kind of music I can listen to while sober. It is Norway, there have to be some places with harder music.
SOPA, PIPA and other nasty words
To me, the really striking feature of all these Internet debates is the inadequacy of the measures proposed, as compared to the (alleged) problem that should be sold. SOPA was (so the politicians say) created to stop counterfeit medications, in other words, somehow stop medication scammers from selling their goods in the US. So in order to stop (a nasty, but by no means major) crime, you give yourself the right to disrupt the entire Internet. Because that is the thing you obviously do, fighting real-life domestic crimes with Internet blacklisting.
The only problem with the student village are the parties that have the tendency to be over-crowded and over-loud, which makes me feel somewhat claustrophobic. I mean, if the place was just two times as big as it is now, it would be acceptable. Or if the music was somewhat less loud or somewhat more acceptable (hey, I am in Norway! I expect the kind of music you would expect to be normal in Scandinavia!). Have to find better options, I guess.
Oh, and if you ever wondered how expensive “expensive alcohol” is, here is the deal: On a student party, the price is 20 NOK per one-third-liter-bottle (of beer, that is). That is 2.7 EUR. In clubs, the price is even higher (something around 60 NOK… yeah, that’s right, kids), I heard.
Pics, pics, pics…
Arriving in Oslo in the morning is very cool. The city looks like a toy because from the plane, everything appears so small, and with snow, it is hard to keep in mind that you are actually at several kilometers above ground.
Anyway, checking in at my place was very smooth, although running with 30 kg of luggage is somewhat energy-consuming.
In the evening there was a party for foreign students. Nearly a half of them was German, which is a bit surprising but somewhat nice 🙂
Now I’ll get a hot cup of tea and get to sleep, as I have big plans for tomorrow. I promise to take some pictures 😉
At the gate
Flying is mostly convenient. The problem with “mostly” is that you sometimes have to wake up at 3:20 to catch a plane at 7, which can be slightly annoying.
So long, Germany, and thanks for all the fish!