18:31 Sat.
21 Dec, 2013

For this year

Day 135 , 12 remain
Lulea , Sweden
-3 °C
9:53 am
1:03 pm

Yesterday we did our last great push and finally finished our project. Now I can say I’ve build my own working Skype with chat and video conferencing, Microsoft watch out, you’re going out of business!

I’m still not done with the course though. I need to write my “home exam” but I’ve decided that I’ll do that after I come home. The due date is till 20th January so I’ll have enough time to finish it, and after that I will have an oral exam over Skype. I can already see my grandma coming into frame just at the moment of the exam…

In other news; after long deliberation, if I should still continue working, after I come home, I was forced to decide yesterday, when I received invitation from my old boss to come there after New Year’s. I’ve finally decided to let it pass, last year was too intense in regards of work and school. This year I’ll take it easier. I’ve left an option open to get there though, I may choose my topic for master’s thesis about something they will need. It could be good motivation to get paid for doing school work although I’m not sure they can offer me interesting enough topic. We’ll see how it will go … I think my topic of interest has started to drift from AI (artificial intelligence) to Multimedia (Games/Entertainment).

22:38 Tue.
3 Sep, 2013

Already flooded with work

Day 26 , 121 remain
Lulea , Sweden
12 °C
5:12 am
7:45 pm

Today I started my first (real) courses up here in Lulea. Besides Swedish language course I’ll be attending “Software engineering” and “Network programming and distributed applications”. In both courses we’ll have group projects and seminar work. In first groups were assigned by random draw, I’m in a group with three Swedes. In second we’ll be able to choose our own groups, although I don’t know who I should pair up with yet.

At both courses we have an assignment due to this Friday and I have oral exam of Swedish course on Friday afternoon as well … so jupeee.

In other news, our laundry machine is broken, so I wasn’t able to wash my clothes this week. I have exactly 1 shirt left, so I’ll have to figure something out by tomorrow or I’ll have to walk around naked (which I really don’t want in this cold 🙂 ).

Today I also bought tickets for a trip to some islands near Lulea for this Saturday. For the end of September I have also managed to book a longer 4 days trip to Norway. It’s really annoying how we learn about this trips. They usually post it our (exchange students up here) Facebook group at around midnight or later and it’s usually limited places available, so next day you usually hear it from some people and then have to arrange everything very quickly before places are sold out.