Finally managed to get to Esja thanks to help from Arna and Brennan Novak. The view from (near) the top is pretty great:
Just realised that I haven’t turned on the TV for a month. Instead been walking, making things, watching films, reading. Feels good.
One of the Icelandic political parties has a github account.
Your move, British politics.
Checked into Cafe Stófan, Reykjavik
Had rather a long, interesting and slightly awkward conversation with some Icelandic chaps in a bar, covering the difference between belief and knowledge, origins of the Icelandic people and the nature of tools.
Conclusions: Humans are the only animals to create recursive tools, and I am (apparently) an alchemist.
Attempt to climb Esya thwarted by bad weather, closed bus station and confusingly numbered buses. Went for a 4 hour walk along the coast, which ended in a tasty kebab accident. Now reading Tufte at the office.
Spent the evening at a colleague’s birthday party in a private bikers club in a Reykjavik suburb, drinking (water, of course), eating tasty food and playing poker, a strange game which seems to consist mainly of the following:
Thanks for a great evening everyone :)
Has a go at making a chicken mushroomey cheesey sauce thing (inspired by an amazing Italian place here). Surprisingly it wasn’t unsuccessful — needs a bit more cheese next time though.
Jovian Salak the weather here is predictably unpredictable :) It was gorgeous when I took that two days ago, since then it has been freezing, murky and (in the last few hours) snowing a lot. All good fun!
Walked along a nice bit of beach-ish area near my flat. Realised that whilst I’m fairly experienced at creating UIs where the creation of sound is the end result (musical instruments), I’ve never really given much thought to the use of sound in other UIs.
The house lights across the bay twinkle a lot — perhaps because of the heat. It’s cold outside here, but inside all the buildings is really toasty, thanks to ubiquitous geothermal power.
#listening to “The Great Fishfinger Disaster” by Hanging Johnny. Mentally substituting “fiskibollur”, which I have just eaten for the first time.
Moved in to my more permanent apartment. It feels strange to move my stuff into a room rich with the owners identity — photos, clothes, book/film collection.
That Icelandic register things is a great example of technology making bureaucracy redundant. Ironically, having said that, there are some prime examples of technology mindlessly being applied and increasing bureaucracy and waste here…
I’m looking at you, fancy touch screen machines who’s only function is to spit out a bit of paper (average life span maybe 2 mins?) which tells me when a desk is free to serve me :/
Moved into my temporary apartment. Connected to wifi, made a hot water and some smoky lamb sandwiches, ritual complete. #iceland
Just had my first sushi, thanks to briansuda — wow, how have I not come across this before?