online, sort of

I started work at Nokia yesterday and I’ve got a nice laptop and a phone! So I am back online. My new phone number is:
+358-50-4869193

Also I managed to find an apartment in Helsinki. I’m going to live at
Mechelininkatu 18 A 26
00100 Helsinki, Finland

The apartment is still empty of course but I have the keys and a sleeping bag so I’ll have to camp there until the 12th (then my stuff arrives).

going offline

I’m about to disconnect my PC. Tomorrow the movers will come and take everything away so that means I’m offline for a few weeks. I’ll try to occasionally check some mail. Next post should be from Finland.

Moving time

I’m not much into life logging, I prefer to stick to technology :-). But under the circumstances, I’ll make an exception.

As you may know, I recently got a job as a research engineer at the Nokia Research Center in Helsinki. That means I am going to leave Nijmegen and the Netherlands soon. Soon as in next week. It’s been a bit more than five years since I moved back to NL from Sweden and now I’ll move to Finland. Just like the previous time indefinately, meaning that I’ll move back when I feel like moving back again.

I had my last day at GX last wednesday. Currently I am packing some stuff and tonight there will be drinks at Maxim (a cafe in Nijmegen) for my friends and colleagues. Tomorrow, after the hangover becomes tolerable, I’ll visit my parents in Breda and say hello to my sister. Then Monday the moving people will pack & pick up my stuff and hopefully deliver it to the apartment I will hopefully find real soon after I get to Helsinki, which is on Tuesday.

On a side note, ever since I got the strange idea of moving to Finland I’ve frequently been humming/whistling/etc. the Finland song:

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I want to be,
Pony trekking or camping,
Or just watching TV.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
It's the country for me.

You're so near to Russia,
So far from Japan,
Quite a long way from Cairo,
Lots of miles from Vietnam.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I want to be,
Eating breakfast or dinner,
Or snack lunch in the hall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.

You're so sadly neglected
And often ignored,
A poor second to Belgium,
When going abroad.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I quite want to be,
Your mountains so lofty,
Your treetops so tall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.

All together, Finland fans!
Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I quite want to be,
Your mountains so lofty,
Your treetops so tall.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
Finland has it all.

Finland has it all.

(Monthy Python). Great song.

For those I won’t see anymore: it was nice knowing you and maybe we’ll meet again.

Photo’s added

I spent some time fixing the output of my aging but trusty Canon Powershot A40. This was an excellent camera when I bought it and it is still capable of producing some nice pictures: with a little help. The photos are crap by default. You need to carefully edit color balance, contrast and use a sharpen filter to compensate for the lens blur and relatively low amount of pixels. If you do that properly, the output approches that of a modern camera.

Anyway, the result of my latest photoshop session can be admired here and here.

The first set of photos is from my summer holiday. This year, I spent my vacation in Andalucia (South Spain) after spending it in the eastern half last year.

Anadalucia is huge. It looks relatively small on the map but I managed to drive 4000 kilometers in it with a small excursion to Murcia (a small province inorth-east of Andalucia) to catch the plane to Helsinki for a job interview (also see previous post).

The second (smaller) set of photos is a series of photos I took last weekend in London. My father and I decided to spend the weekend there and had a few pints, walked all over the center and visited Leeds Castle on our way back to the Chunnel (channel tunnel).

Finland

A little announcement. After nearly two happy years in Nijmegen at GX Creative Online Development, I am now moving to Helsinki, FI.

I’ve recently been offered a nice job at the Nokia Research center. I am going to work at the Software & Applications lab as a research engineer. This 200 people division of Nokia Research is headed by Jan Bosch, who was previously responsible for getting me to Sweden (when he was heading the software engineering research group at the Blekinge Institute of Technology) and to Groningen when we made a transfer to the University in that city. Since a bit more than half a year Jan Bosch is heading the research department at the Nokia Research Center. A few months ago, he drew my attention to a vacant position and after carefully considering my options I said YES!

The final word came in friday and what remains is moving to Finland. If all goes well I will live in Finland the 1st of december.