Saturday, February 21, 2009

Flirting with Ohm's Law

I had a very nice halogen floor lamp that we moved here from the US. I had a vague plan to covert it for European voltage. After three years, I finally managed to do something about it. It has a dimmer switch on the floor, and I considered the possibility of just rewiring the cord going into the dimmer. It seems most light bulbs are half the watts as in the US--- and twice the voltage, of course. But I chickened out. It seems to me something is squared in Ohm's law. I didn't want to risk running twice the voltage through the dimmer, and rather purchased a new dimmer, and just reused the internal wiring. We now have the perfect lamp for the dark corner we created when we rearranged the furniture.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The same madness I biked home in

Originally uploaded by filtersweep
It took nearly an hour to bike each way--- but hey, I was moving. Traffic was completely stopped along the main roads. Some people spent two hours driving to work. It was the roughest ride ever, so I left my laptop at work. No sense destroying it in a crash.

Sledding home from day care

Originally uploaded by filtersweep

Snowing like crazy

It has been snowing all night. I anticipate an interesting ride to work today.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Coding iPhone Apps?

OK, not really, but enough seem to be written by two year-olds that why not?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friday, February 06, 2009

New Addition

Aurora was born yesterday morning at 7:50. She was 3.6 kg and 52cm-- a good sized baby girl. We used the birthing loft again, and had nothing less than an excellent experience-- again. It is facing budget cuts, and it would be criminal to let anything happen to this wonder addition to the hospital.

Wednesday, Lise went out to Kvitsøy with Julian to visit her parents. She returned around 8 in the evening. At 2am she woke me to say we needed to head to the hospital. About 3am we moved our plan into action, and started preparing to leave for the hospital. We called a friend who spent the night to look after Julian. We arrived at the hospital around 4:30 in the morning. Intense labor started about an hour later, and by 8am, our daughter was in our arms--- with no complications or issues--- a perfect little girl and a perfect birth. We could not be happier. We left the hospital around 1 pm today.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Studded tires were of little help

04.02.2009, originally uploaded by filtersweep.

Serious snow ride home

04022009220, originally uploaded by filtersweep.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Back to my normal commute

My week of riding in low gear meant taking the hilliest route possible to work--- meaning I was either crawling uphill, or coasting down. The flat pavement was quite unsatisfying. Today was pure bliss, despite the sub-zero temperature. My bike now shifts better than when it was new. I am not convinced the bike shop knows how to tune a drive train. I chalked it up to mid-level components. I readjusted everything last night and it is crisp, quick, and quiet. Now I can only hope more parts implode so they can be upgraded.

And still no baby yet.

A thing of beauty

My new derailleur arrived yesterday-- duty free as it should. It is a thing of beauty compared to the old one--- and it arrived with a cable (something I overlooked). It was a simple installation. Best of all, I could salvage a fastener from the old unit for the brake fluid reservoir. Somehow one of the tiny screws had worked its way out. Now I won't be stuck in low gear.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

With every silver lining, there is a dark cloud

Am I lucky or unlucky that I still have my wisdom teeth? One is starting to seriously act up. I did a bit of research online, and the US-based Mayo site states that I should seek immediate attention from my dentist. Interesting how different medical advice and treatment is in a litigious society-- versus here in Norway, where common maladies are considered normal. I will be calling my dentist quite soon, although this may collide with the impending birth. I don't expect much sympathy right now from Lise. On a related note, I recently discovered that my dentist is the dentist of choice among American ex-pats. He did a fine job of upgrading my fillings.