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To DSLR or not DSLR

I started my digital photograpy career with a crappy Olympus camera I got for Christmas from my father. The camera may have been crappy, but I took lots of photos with it, and hugely enjoyed it. The trouble was that a lot of the photos came out really poorly, there was no zoom, and so on. So eventually I bought myself a higher-level compact digital from Canon, which I was really happy with. ...

Read | 2008-01-20 00:31 | 7 comment(s)

Blog metadata in Topic Maps

I've been thinking for a while of representing metadata about the blog in Topic Maps, and Robert Cerny brought this up again with his request for a way to get metadata about the entries through a web service. This would of course be a very cool thing to play around with, and having someone actually use the result would be even more fun, so clearly this needs to be done. ...

Read | 2008-01-19 12:47 | 7 comment(s)

On topic types in Topic Maps

A discussion on Svein's blog regarding FreeBase and a comparison of its data model with that of Topic Maps brought up some interesting question regarding Topic Maps that I think are worth discussing. ...

Read | 2008-01-16 18:13 | 4 comment(s)

TMRAP support in the blog

I've been thinking for a while that it's a pity that many of the stories in the blog which are about the same things as the photos in the tmphoto application don't show up in that application. I could of course solve that by allowing myself to add occurrences to some topic types, and then adding references to the relevant blog entries from the photo topic map. ...

Read | 2008-01-10 18:09 | 5 comment(s)

Young Stalin, a review

Having already reviewed two Stalin biographies here and discussed this new book on Svein's blog I decided I wanted to write up a review of Simon Sebag Montefiore's latest book. ...

Read | 2008-01-06 14:02 | 5 comment(s)

Ukraine: some travel advice

Parvez Khan posted a long list of questions in the comments, and I thought I'd take a separate blog entry to reply to them, since he had quite a few questions. So, here goes. ...

Read | 2008-01-01 22:39 | 1 comment(s)

Travels in 2007

Yet another year has passed, and so it's time for the annual travel map. This time I haven't lost any laptops, so I was able to reuse last year's script, and even improved it slightly to add links into the tmphoto application. ...

Read | 2008-01-01 21:34 | 0 comment(s)

Isola della Birra

We went to Milan on a weekend trip to visit my youngest sister. Milan is not really a tourist city, being much better known as an industrial and financial centre, so we didn't expect too much from the city itself. The initial impression was even worse, though. We arrived in darkness and the famous Milanese fog, getting off the airport express train in a suburb before reaching the city centre. It was not the nicest part of Milan, and the fog was not kind to it. ...

Read | 2007-12-16 15:17 | 3 comment(s)

Me, a beer judge?

To my surprise, Geir Ove asked me whether I wanted to be one of the judges for the annual Norwegian Christmas Beer Homebrewing contest. Geir Ove is a board member of the Homebrewer's Association (Norbrygg), and has taken the beer judge course, so I was not really surprised that he was involved, but that they'd want me as a judge was really unexpected. It turned out they were short a judge, and given my RateBeer merits they thought I'd be up for the job. Well, it sounded interesting, and I wanted to help, so I said yes. ...

Read | 2007-12-04 19:50 | 3 comment(s)

Nøgne Ø

The first item on the RBNAG'07 agenda was a visit to the Nøgne Ø brewery in Grimstad for a tasting of their Christmas beers. I guess this is a good time to say something about Nøgne Ø, before I go on to talk about the tasting itself. ...

Read | 2007-11-27 20:13 | 0 comment(s)

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