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This is the fourth part of my travels to Sweden, Finland and Estonia. We traveled by train from Tampere!

The travel went smooth, and after about 8 hours we arrived at -10°C amidst the snow.


First foot in Rovaniemi

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This is the third part of my travels to Sweden, Finland and Estonia. We arrived in Tampere by train from Turku!

Tampere (pronunciation) is in the South of Finland, and the most populous region around in the Nordic countries. It's located between two lakes (if you're interested and can pronounce them, they're called Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi), and used to be the center of the Finnish industry, many remnants of which can be seen throughout the city. And it's also a vibrant student city, where all students wear pants (no surprise there) with the color corresponding to their major!

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This is the second part of my travels to Sweden, Finland and Estonia. Before this, we were in Stockholm!

And so we arrived with sleepy eyes in Finland, land of Sibelius and long-haired people playing heavy metal (which doesn't seem to clash with their shyness and appreciation of silence), where they make cell phones and Angry Birds, and where people live in their sauna or swim in the icy water, and speak a language nobody understands. :)

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This is the first part of my travels to Sweden, Finland and Estonia.

On the plane, the stewards came around asking for any needs. It surprised me to see that they were talking to and laughing with the passengers and acting very relaxed. I guess it was the Swedish mentality, which I wasn't used to :)

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2013-01-21 [E] [D]
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A sublime band from Bogotá, Colombia: Monsieur Periné that brings Suin a la Colombiana, a coloured fusion of rhythms taken from the thirties French music (inspired by Django Reinhardt), Swing Gitano, popular Latin-American music, bossa nova, son cubano, salsa, cumbia, porro, raspa, bolero and mixing French, Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Monsieur Periné brings a mix of covers (Sabor a Mi, a 1959 bolero from Mexican Álvaro Carrillo), Cou Cou, by Django Reinhardt), hommages (When The Saints Go Marching In, sung by Louis Armstrong) and originals. The group comprises Catalina, leader, muse and definitive Madame Periné, with a golden voice, Camilo Parra (playing all kinds of instruments), Nicolás Junca on guitar, Fabián Peñaranda on contrabass, Miguel Guerra on percussion and Daniel Chebair on drums.

You can listen their Hecho a Mano album at their site or, more conveniently, on Hecho a Mano's soundcloud set.

2013-01-14 [E] [D]
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Inside The Actors Studio is a class at the Actors Studio Drama School where successful and accomplished actors, directors and writers are interviewed and answer questions from acting students.

Most of these classes are taped, and broadcast on television, and - of course - also viewable on youtube.

The series is presented by James Lipton who has his own peculiar way of interviewing. He meticulously prepares and researches his subjects, and often surprises them with the amount of details he can give. He then seems to fire off his questions, and let his interviewees talk freely and on all subjects. The interviews often though, seem not to flow naturally, but this is because it is a 5 hour class and a lot of editing is thus performed to cut the result down to an episode, which ranges from 30 minutes to over an hour, depending on the person.

There are an awful lot of interviews (not all on youtube), and many of the actors I don't even know, making them a little bit less interesting. But in general it is refreshing to see those people be a (more?) normal person, get to know their stories and see how they spread their knowledge.

Too bad Bill Murray will not appear.

2013-01-02 [E] [D]
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Many solutions exist already to the problem of getting the best hand for 5 and 7 cards in a poker game.

Whilst looking for a good, non-sorting, N-cards hand classifier, I was intrigued by a Cactus Kev's Poker Hand Evaluator use of prime numbers, and thought it was quite ingenious. I just based my solution loosely on his, and is not built for speed, like his.

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2012-12-07 [E] [D]
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Jazz guitarist Grant Green plays this incredible tune, called Idle Moments, on the eponymous album, together with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Bob Cranshaw on bass, Al Harewood on drums and Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone.

It is such a laidback blues, with amazing musicians that I just have to keep on listening to it :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMiLAxMnoqE

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2012-11-05 [E] [D]
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Work in progress

I've been playing lately with yesod. Since I've got this dreamhost account, I thought I'd try to install it on my account.

The script provided below allows you to do the same. Note that due to the limited resources an account has, a process might get killed. Just keep trying until it succeeds :)

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2012-10-09 [E] [D]
programming Comments 0

I'm trying out C++11 these days, and use clang++ as my compiler. However, there is still some failure to compile, outputting lines like

/usr/s/include/c++/4.7.2/type_traits:1748:24:
    error: expected a qualified name after 'typename'
    { typedef typename decay() : 
    declval<_Up>())>>::type type; };
/usr/include/c++/4.7.2/type_traits:1748:24:
    error: typedef name must be an identifier
    { typedef typename decay() : 
    declval<_Up>())>>::type type; };
/usr/include/c++/4.7.2/type_traits:1748:29:
    error: expected ';' at end of declaration list
    { typedef typename decay() : 
    declval<_Up>())>>::type type; };

http://urfoex.blogspot.be/2012/06/c11-fixing-bug-to-use-chrono-with-clang.html shows the way to fix this:

There is already a patch for it, but it is not applied yet: http://clang.llvm.org/libstdc++4.7-clang11.patch

So one can just do:

  • sudo vi /usr/include/4/7*/type_traits
  • 1749G
  • Modify that line (if it looks somewhat similar :)) with

{{{ highlight c++ }}} { typedef typename decay<decltype(true ? declval<_Tp>() : declval<_Up>())>::type type; }; {{{ /highlight }}}

Since it will probably keep unpatched, I will encounter this error more, hence I put it here, so another google search of my will (hopefully) return this result :)

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