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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)

RBNAG '07: The grand tasting

For the grand tasting at RBNAG'07 we had gathered 87 beers to be sampled during the course of the evening. If tasting 87 beers in a day sounds like hard work, I should point out that this is not actually what we did. We had 10 or so Nøgne Ø beers during the lunch, plus a little wine and liquor before that, and then 87 beers for the grand tasting. But then most people skipped some of the 87 beers, either to save their strength, or because they'd had them before, so the exact total is hard to judge. ...

Read | 2007-11-18 17:53 | 0 comment(s)

RBNAG '07

The title probably makes it sound as though I've been to yet another IT conference, but this was actually something completely different. RBNAG is short for RateBeer Norway Autumn Gathering, and this was the first gathering of Norwegian RateBeer users. There's been many of these in the US (they're already planning next year's in either San Diego or Philadelphia) and several in Europe, but this was the first in Norway. ...

Read | 2007-11-06 23:58 | 1 comment(s)

Various Topic Maps Bits and Pieces

I've been gathering a bunch of Topic Maps-related stuff I wanted to draw people's attention to, so I thought I'd just do a blog posting on it all, to get it out of the way. ...

Read | 2007-10-19 20:38 | 0 comment(s)

Leipzig ISO meeting

The ISO meeting during the weekend was, appropriately, held in an intercultural center, because the conference center is closed during the weekend. The meeting room did look a bit odd, but the discussion was sufficiently intense that nobody really noticed. And this committee is in any case used to some unusual meeting rooms. ...

Read | 2007-10-16 00:24 | 0 comment(s)

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