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Wed, Jul. 14th, 2010, 09:55 pm
Galactic Rebellion for Dummies (Princess Edition)

Star Wars Subway Car (from Improv Everywhere)

Sat, Jun. 26th, 2010, 03:55 pm
San Diego

I started to write this post at LAX, waiting for my flight to London, on my way back home, but of course now I’ve been back for almost a week already, just haven’t had the time or energy to post this. Long travelogue behind cutCollapse )

Sat, May. 29th, 2010, 09:20 pm
Headphone recommendations?

With the untimely fourth death of my Apple in-ear headphones (grr), I'm again in the market to buy a new pair, primarily for use while running (I've got a good pair of noise-canceling headphones but they're way too heavy for that purpose).

My budget is at most 100 €, though I'd much prefer to find them in the 50 € price range. Some other constraints: no in-ear headphones (based on my experience with the Apple ones), nor earbuds (which won't stay in my ears), nor anything that presses on my earlobes too much, and of course they shouldn't sound entirely crappy. A headset that is compatible with my latest-model iPod touch is preferred, and something for which I'm ok with going towards the high end of the budget.

Any suggestions?

Tue, May. 18th, 2010, 12:38 am
Another Monday night in Grenoble

I began my four-week, four business trip season today by flying to Grenoble for a couple of meetings, only to return tomorrow (well, today, actually) night, and once again Grenoble has been nothing short of fantastic.

I repeated my November Monday meal by eating ostrich steak (still at the same obscene price of 3,79 € with a roughly 2,90 € company subsidy), and after my meetings, I went shopping downtown, then for dinner. This time, a colleague had recommended Au Petit Savoyard, where I got a Kir for an aperitif, magnificent four-course meal consisting of prosciutto for starters, tartiflette, "white cheese", and chocolate pudding for dessert, with some Savoy wine. Service was just perfect, although it possibly helped that there were only a few other patrons at the restaurant (though I'd been warned that it is a tiny restaurant yet pretty popular so should reserve a table beforehand; didn't have to do this at the end).

I'd bought the first volume of Adèle Blanc-sec at a bookstore earlier, so on a whim, I checked the movie listings for Grenoble, and noticed that a theatre less than a kilometer from the hotel was showing it at 10pm, so I went there (the movies cost 6,60 € here!). I understood maybe one fifth of what was said (and less of Adèle's rants), and thus will refrain from commenting on the movie other than to say it was quite enjoyable and I will want to see it again, with subtitles.

Thu, Jan. 7th, 2010, 11:58 pm
Venla syntynyt

Venla syntyi kuin syntyikin tänään 7.1. klo 17:32. Painoa oli 2660 g, pituutta 48 cm, ja APGAR-pisteitä tuli erinomaiset 9/9/9. Pidempi synnytyskertomus löytyy Venlan blogista.

Tue, Jan. 5th, 2010, 03:30 pm
TYKS-rintamalla ei mitään uutta

Tai no onpas sittenkin, kun eilen unohdin postata tilannetta. Eilen siis testattiin, että vauva kestää supistuksia, ja tuon suhteen homma oli kunnossa, joten tänään sitten on synnytystä aloiteltu. Aamulla laitettiin eka pilleri paikalleen, ja se ei ollut vielä aikaansaanut alkuiltapäivään mennessä yhtään mitään, nyt myöhemmin oli laitettu lisää.

Kuuden maissa kuulemma lääkäri tulee katsomaan että alkaako tapahtua mitään, joten minä tulin töistä takaisin kotiin melkein samalle hälytysvalmiustasolle (laskin että 15 min täältä TYKSiin riittää). Saas nähdä kauanko tässä vielä kestää ja tuleeko keskellä yötä hälytystä.

Jaha, en todellakaan tainnut nukkua kovin hyvin viime yönä kun meinasin laittaa tähän alle mailisignaturen.

Hanne is still in the hospital, and things look good in that at least the baby is doing well and they're trying to induce labor. No progress on that front yet, the doctor will check up on her at 6pm.

Sat, Jan. 2nd, 2010, 02:41 am
Hanne edelleen sairaalassa

Hanne on edelleen sairaalassa ja edelleen yhtenä kappaleena. Hänelle on alkanut tulla näköhäiriöitä, jonka takia häneltä kiellettiin läppärin käyttö, joten haimme Villen kanssa sen pois, eikä Hannea näin ollen enää saa netitse kiinni ennen kuin vien läppärin takaisin synnytysosastolle. Hanne on myös hiukan heikossa kunnossa, eikä varmaankaan enää voi lähteä kahvioon vieraita tapaamaan, mutta tekstiviestitse/puhelimitse häntä voi yrittää tavoitella (plus minä ja Ville voimme välittää viestejä yms).

Jakaantumistilannetta katsotaan edelleen päivä kerrallaan. Tiistai olisi tavoitteena, koska tuolloin tulisi 37 viikkoa täyteen, mutta en olisi yhtään yllättynyt jos synnytys jouduttaisiin aloittamaan jo aikaisemmin, sen verran heikkokuntoiselta Hanne vaikuttaa. Tosin nyt on viikonloppu edessä, ja voisin kuvitella ettei päivystävä lääkäri ihan yhtä herkästi laittaisi mitään käyntiin kuin ehkä osaston varsinainen lääkäri, ellei sitten mitään oikeasti merkityksellisempää ilmene.

Hanne is still in the hospital, and though the pre-eclampsia diagnosis is now quite clear, still in one piece. We're taking it a day at a time.

Fri, Dec. 25th, 2009, 01:05 am
Hanne back in the hospital

Hanne is back in the hospital as her blood pressure jumped to 160/100 and she started being slightly nauseous and developed a headache. Again nothing conclusive, as the lab results aren't in yet, but the symptoms would — to me — again point to pre-eclampsia (except her blood tests have always come back clean). So, another night in the hospital for monitoring for her; at least she now has her presents to read there. As earlier, guests are not allowed, but she can be reached by cell phone.

In more immediately happy news, as of Wednesday, our garage finally has almost all of its thermal insulation in place, and was easily heated to 15°C (though I'll drop the temperature back down to 7°C after it has dried off). Almost all, since I'm not too happy about the garage doors, which have rather thin insulation so I think I'll add some later. It would be fun to get some thermal images of the garage to see just how much heat is leaking through and around the doors.

Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009, 06:29 pm
Hanne in the hospital

As she'd had almost continuous contractions for the last 48 hours, Hanne was taken in the hospital for monitoring today for possible pre-eclampsia (both protein in her urine and high blood pressure were detected). She is not in labor yet, and the baby is still fine, so no worries yet.

The hospital frowns on visitors (esp. children -- Ville isn't able to visit her) right now due to H1N1, but her cell phone is on (and I'm sure she'll appreciate any calls as she was rather bored already), and I will give her my laptop computer tomorrow so she'll be in touch via the net also.

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