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GitHub couples

I’m feeling good today because of theses things:

  1. My mobile phone ran out of battery and the alarm clock didn’t ring this morning, but I still managed to get up just in time and caught the bus at the last minute — and arrived at the company at my usual time.
  2. My manager told me it looks positive to renew my contract and hopefully it will be one and half years. He also says he tries to get it done before the summer vacation, which makes my life a lot easier. Also he says it’s possible to save my holidays till winter. So I’ll be back in China for some time in winter this year.
  3. A very old lady managed to stop and got on the bus even though she waved her hand a bit late to the bus driver. The bus driver was polite and that what I like about Finland: people generally don’t get angry.
  4. Here’s one very funny and geeky picture I saw from xda-developers. In case the link gets invalidated later, the picture reads: “So, where did you two meet?” “Windows users: at the office” “Mac users: at Starbucks” “Linux users: GitHub”.

 

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Positive Thinking

I found one of the most fascinating talks in TED is given by Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work. I’ve watched it for several times and each time I see it, I find it even more inspiring. Following Shawn’s suggestion, I’m trying to list three things that make me happy everyday. Here it goes:

  1. I’m happy that I woke up late and had sufficient sleep.
  2. Immediately after I woke up I went to have lunch with my friends. The food was great and it is always nice to be with friends. And now we are going to have dinner together again. 🙂
  3. The weather is great. I’m very grateful for that.
  4. My neighbor is back from a one-month travel and gives me a pack of chocolate. It’s also nice to hear her travel experiences.
  5. See the following picture:

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Finnish Christmas Food

One colleague said that he felt lucky because they don’t have to eat the traditional Christmas food any more. But I think the food is not that bad, at least the salad is quite good. Especially the salty and sour and sweet herings, they taste delicious.

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Back on bike

I haven’t cycled much since my previous bicycle was stolen in Stockholm last year, which ruined my plan of cycling from Stockholm to Helsinki. Now I’m planning something similar: I’m cycling from Helsinki to Lappland — not so big deal compared with the previous plan, but still better than nothing.

In order to prepare for the journey, a French friend and I went to Porvoo, a small city around 50
km to the east of Helsinki. It started well, the weather was not perfect but except for the drizzling part it was all right. Then it started raining heavily and we got somewhere in Helsinki. After we were finally able to locate our position it turned out a part of the route was closed due to construction. Fortunately we managed to find out another path and rode all the way to the destination. In total the 60 km journey took us 4 hours, including the time wasted in Helsinki, not bad at
all.

My friend’s new raincoat was in pieces one hour after he put it on. This may be too obvious: it was made in China.

Immediately after we arrived at a park near the city center of Porvoo, a young lady approached me and said ‘moi’. I ‘moi’ed back and then she started speaking Finnish to me. She talked for around one minute and stopped, looking at me. I replied, “Anteeksi, en puhu suomea.” She seemed embarrassed and asked if I speak English. It turned out she was
writing an article about the park and wanted to know my opinion on it. I felt flattered (come on, a journalist was interviewing me :D) and complimented on the park. We talked a bit about the park and she asked our names and took some pictures of us. I couldn’t help to be excited when I thought of I’d appear on some newspapers or magazines — first time indeed.

After lunch we spent half an hour visiting the old town. There’s not much to note down, except that I met an American
in the church and he speaks Chinese. Around 1:30 we got on our bikes again and headed back. It was much more difficult since we were riding too fast in the morning and felt tired once we got on the bike. Headwind made it harder. But I was motivated by a cyclist on the road. He stopped us asking the road to Porvoo. I gave him my map and asked where he was from. He said he was from Hanko and had been riding for 20 hours… How crazy was that? Anyway it took us more than 5 hours to get
back. And I couldn’t feel my ass after I arrived at home…

It was really quite an experience. We survived the rain, unfamiliar route, headwind and physical exhaustion. In the following weeks I’d do more exercises, if I want to survive the 1000 km journey.

PS. Porvoo is quite, as anyone would expect for a city with a population of 35,000 (source: the journalist).

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A walk on the sea

Just took a walk literally “ON” the sea since the water was completely frozen.

It was my third time walking on ice.

The first time was in Kiruna, a small town in the arctic circle in northern Sweden. We were walking on a lake and the guide told us to keep a distance from each other, so as not to break the ice and get ourselves frozen in the lake. It made us all nervous but in the
end I found him to be kidding. You can even drive trucks on that. On the way back the guide drove the van onto a lake and showed us how it was like to drift on ice.

The second time I was walking on the shore around Otaniemi and found many Finns skiing or ice fishing on the sea. So I walked on it with great care, and found out it was quite safe to walk there.

This morning I was originally planning to take a walk along the coast line. But then again I found some guys
playing on the sea. So I stepped out on it. At first I was a bit afraid, after all we were getting positive temperatures in the past few days. But after a while I was sure that there was nothing to be afraid of. I jumped on the sea and nothing happened. Besides, walking on the sea is much easier than walking on the road. Walking on the sea is like struggling in a swamp, as snow could be very thick at some points; while walking on the road was like dancing Waltz on a mirror, because the roads
are covered with ice and a very thin layer of fresh snow. And this time I used GPS to track my location and ended up with the following trail.

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The whole trail is 7 kilometers and my average speed was 4.39 km/h. But the top speed was 13.36 km/h because I was chasing by a shark. LOL.

Another picture:

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差距

前几天在公司开会,一个长的就像科学家的大叔演示了他一个人用业余时间做的智能家庭自动化控制系统。自己买传感器,网线,自己布线,自己写软件,做出的系统能监测室内温度湿度亮度,监测洗衣机状态,衣服烘干之后给他发短信,在jabber上发消息,或者在facebook上更新状态……这些就算了,他连家里吐丝机的状态都能远程监测到……他在家专门有一间数据中心,里面放着各种交换机,路由器,以及他用10欧元的旧笔记本搭起来的服务器;他给这个系统分配了好几个子网,用了几百条网线……如果这个还不算什么的话,前几天他听说我拿到了一个开发板,可以集成ZigBee和GPS模块,于是问我那东西好不好编程,因为他想做个东西来追踪自己的小孩……太可怕了……

刚刚拿到了一个小公司还没上市的产品,一个Linux盒子。捣鼓了一下,感觉人跟人的差距真大。自己好歹也用了五六年的Linux了,别人玩一玩就可以整出自己的系统来,比如Ubuntu,MeeGo,Android,运气好还能赚不少钱;玩腻了在开源社区纠集一帮人或者自己单兵作战,整出个新的操作系统,比如什么TinyOS,Arduino之类的,部署到WSN节点上为物联网添砖加瓦;再不济也写写网络协议栈,在KTH时有一老兄就写了个微型的TCP/IP,据说后来被某个公司用到卫星上去了。自己捣鼓了这么多年除了会配置一些基本的服务之外就什么都不会了,加上现在Linux系统GUI的发展,想装模作样用用命令行吸引小女生们敬佩的眼光也越来越难了……

技术上比不上人家就算了,连名字都没人家的拉风。公司里两个小头头一个叫“油腻”,一个叫“压你”,还有一个老兄叫“嗨妹”,比不过这几个就算了,毕竟人家是欧洲人。但是人家孟加拉人的名字也很拉风啊,叫“拉屎不”…新来一个三叔(阿三大叔,简称三叔)叫“拿磷”,难不成是个喜欢自焚的主?(以上名字均为标准音译)

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乔迁新居

九月份排队申请房子,到了年底还是排400多名,住房一点希望都没有。后来听说可以以没有住房为由申请提升优先级,经过交涉之后马上就排到了70名,没过几天就分到房子了。

回来后第二天拿到了钥匙,房子还不错,虽然比较老,但也宽敞明亮干净;独立卫浴,布局跟国内标间一样;让我惊喜的是有个小冰箱,让我临走前在北京机场买的熊猫冰箱贴派上了用场,话说这个熊猫是可以摆造型的,虽然不是功夫熊猫的样子,但我觉得它也是会功夫的,有图有真相。:D

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大致看了下房间后下楼转悠,在地下室找到了张床。于是把东西从同学家搬过来之后,又让同学帮忙把床抬到我房间,虽然小了点,而且高不到三十公分,但也勉强能睡。今天又请同学帮忙,在回收站抬了张桌子回来,还捡了把没有靠背的椅子,家里总算像个样子了。几张图:

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发现我的背包还挺多的……

整个房间:

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另一张:

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捡的桌子:

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房间很空啊:

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傲雪凌霜

最近很忙,有一种所有东西都压过来的感觉。虽然只有两门考试,但是由于平时学的不认真,只有临时抱佛脚;毕设依然未定,不过这两天四个面试,这频率也太高了点。

明天回家,不知道一年半之后回到家会有什么样的感觉,不知父母头上有没有新添银丝……但是我又不敢想的太多,因为我怕自己回到家的时候亲人已经认不出我了,我还是一年前的那个我吗?我自己也没有答案。既期待,又恐慌,索性不想了。

收拾东西,打包搬家,发现自己东西竟然多了不少,看来有一点要安定下来的味道了。只是明年的住房问题还没解决,估计回来之后会居无定所好一阵子。

不管怎样,问题总会解决的,一切顺其自然。冬天会走,春天会来,我要像松柏一样,傲雪凌霜,矗立在那里,守候春天的第一缕暖阳。

其实我不知道这棵树是什么树……

明天的两个面试是今年最后的战役了,相信自己能行的!

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忙里偷闲

昨天晚上奋战到两点,终于把本学期的最后一个大作业做完了。终于有时间睡了个懒觉,终于有时间看小说看电影了。

盘着腿斜坐在椅子里,一手捧着书,一手从桌上端起飘香的茶杯,送到嘴边慢慢呷着。电脑一会儿放着上个世纪的老歌,一会儿放着好几个世纪前的交响乐;窗外虽然照例没有阳光,却倒也明亮,灰白的天空跟被雪覆盖的地面浑然一色;雪地上偶尔会路过几个行人,牵着狗悠闲地散着步,或者背着书包往学校走;窗前的树上永远少不了那只松鼠,它一会儿在树枝间窜上窜下,一会儿又跑到停车场,捉迷藏似的从不同的车下穿进穿出,在雪地上跳跃着跑出我的视线。

出国一年多,从来没有感觉过不习惯。事实上从我到达的那一刻起我就喜欢上了这里,这里无可挑剔的自然环境,这里善良单纯的人们,这里轻松和谐的氛围。陌生的语言环境,狭窄固定的人际圈子,与中国菜无法比较的食物,冬季漫长的寒冷和黑夜,都不曾丝毫影响我对这里的喜爱。

这里不是天堂,在这里我也会遇到各种各样的问题和麻烦。但是在这里我能静下心来思考,我能盯着窗外的雪欣赏半天,偶尔也能放下手中的事情来做点儿自己想做的事情。

我喜欢这里的宁静,仅此而已。

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巧合

昨天晚上11点多去洗手间,发现室友坐在厨房饶有兴致的看报纸,我心里琢磨着他真刻苦,为了学芬兰语连广告都不放过。

今天中午吃完饭去洗苹果,发现他又坐在那里看报纸。我正洗着苹果,突然听到我的房门“砰”的关上了——我开着窗户,风一吹门就关上了。但是我的钥匙在屋里……

于是找室友借手机,他说:“我的手机在房间里面”。

原来他的钥匙也被锁在房间里了……

他已经给HOAS打过电话,过了半个小时保安来了,帮他开了门;然后我说,我的钥匙也被锁在里面了。保安出于职业道德的考虑,憋着笑给我开了门。估计他也很少遇到这种情况吧。

这个巧合有一点好处:我和室友可以平分账单……

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满眼金黄

从来没有见过这么美的秋天,窗外的景色似乎一天变一个样子。窗前有一颗我叫不上名字的树,我眼看着树叶从翠绿转黄,最后变成黄灿灿的一片。旁边紧挨着的一颗雪松,昨天还是绿色的,今天就仿佛被感染了似地,给自己穿上了淡黄装束。偶尔一瞥,还能看见几片黄叶在秋风中转着圈悠闲地飘落,树下几个小朋友在玩把自己埋到落叶里面的游戏,咯咯的笑声让我也有加入他们的冲动。不远处更有一只大胆的松鼠,机灵的在树叶中闻闻嗅嗅,为马上就到来的冬季储备食物。几只鸟雀也不示弱,扇动着小翅膀落在柔软的落叶中,时而钻到树叶中,有时又突然从中扑腾而起,带起几片黄叶,惊得松鼠两脚站立,警惕的转头四顾。

前天我也在树下驻足,望着满眼的金黄激动不已。踩着地上厚厚的黄叶,柔软似海绵。虽然都是黄叶,每片树叶却各自与众不同,不论是大小形状,还是颜色深浅。轻轻拾起一片,闻一闻竟然还有清香飘来,可谓零落成泥碾作土,暗香亦如故。

这样的美景,这样的宁静,怎不让我想扎根于此。不为其他,只为能欣赏这一眼金黄。

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Minun tavallinen päivä Suomessa

Minä opiskelen TKK:ssa, Suomessa. Työpäivänä aamulla herätyskello soi kello 7, ja minä herään. Minä nousen ja käyn suihkussa. Sitten minä juon maitoa ja joskus syön omenaa. Minä pyöräilen kurssille, koska minulla on uusi polkupyörä ja asun Otaniemessä. Päivällä minä olen kurssilla TKK:ssa. Lounasta minä syön ystävän kanssa Tietokonetalossa tai Päätalossa. Minä syön usein riisiä, leipää ja lihaa ja syön paljon. Iltapäivällä minä olen myös kurssilla tavallisesti. Minä en pidä kurssista, mutta minun täytyy mennä kurssille. Illalla minulla ei ole kurssia, mutta minun täytyy tehdä kotitehtävät. Minä menen kotiin noin kello 18 ja sitten teen illallisen. Minä osaan tehdä hyvää kiinalaista ruokaa, mutta en tykkää laittaa ruokaa. Kello 20 minä alan tehdä kotitehtävät. Minä en katso televisiota, koska minulla ei ole televisiota. Mutta joskus minä katson filmiä tietokoneella. Normaalisti minä nukun noin kello 24.

Viikonloppuna minä olen Solvallassa. Minä opiskelen suomea siellä. Minä opiskelen suomea, koska haluan olla työssä Suomessa. Perjantaina minä käyn Solvallassa ystävän kanssa. Me menemme taksilla. Me opiskelemme suomea noin kaksi tuntia, sitten me syömme illallisen ravintolassa. Siellä ruoka on aina hyvää ja minä syön usein paljon. Joskus me käymme saunassa kello 20. Minä pidän saunasta paljon! Minä uin usein järvessä siellä. Lauantaina ja sunnuntaina meillä on myös suomen kurssi. Opettaja on hyvä ja minä opiskelen hyvin paljon suomea siellä Solvallassa.

Me tulemme Otaniemeen iltapäivällä sunnuntaina. Sitten minä käyn kaupassa ja ostan ruokaa. Minä soitan kotiin Kiinaan tietokoneella joka viikko. Äiti ja isä ovat aina iloisia, kun soitan.

Minä tykkään Suomesta hyvin paljon ja haluan asua Suomessa ikuisesti!

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月亮般孤独

又在电脑前坐了一天,就写了一页论文。到了晚上像被什么召唤似的,出去沿着海边转了一圈。寂静的树林里只有自己的脚步声,偶尔微风拂过,树叶也只轻轻喧闹一阵,然后又似婴儿睡觉一样没了声响。昏黄的路灯透过树叶,把斑驳的影子随意的洒在碎石路上。我踩着这些精灵似的影子,小心翼翼的往前走。前面除了树、灯光和影子之外什么都没有。不过在这个仲秋的夜里,我能对这片树林有什么期待呢?再说树林中昏暗的路灯已经给了我足够的惊喜了。

走出树林来到海边,在一个冰冷的长凳上坐下,满天找寻月亮的踪迹。可是天上只有一些星星,杂乱的点缀在天空那块黑幕上。这些星星也不像小时候的家乡的星星,它们总会像老相识一样对我眨眼睛。也许是远在他乡,那些幼时的玩伴已经认不出我了吧。

一大片云层后面似乎有什么在跳动,最后它终于挣脱了白云,露出了疲惫的面庞。

“你给我带来远方亲人的祝福了吗?”

但是它沉默不语,像睿智的老者一样,什么都不说,让我自己思考。我仔细端详它的脸庞,上面数不尽的沟壑述说着它的沧桑。它疲倦的眼睛,缓慢的步伐,无一不在向我无言的倾述。

“我知道,我跟你一样孤独寂寞。”

它脸色一亮,随即又黯淡了下去。我收回目光,朝远处望去。海上波光粼粼,偶尔也会有一些不一样的涟漪,在中间一点,然后迅速的散向四方。我呆呆的看着,脑袋中放映着小美人鱼的故事。那么在我去不了的海底,有没有一个美人鱼把我当做她的王子呢?

我自嘲的笑着,心突然揪成一团,我紧紧地抱住自己,蜷缩在长凳上。

“如果我向老天祈求,他会给我一个女朋友吗?”我继续异想天开,随后脑中浮现出一个人手拿三炷香,虔诚的跪在寺庙,一面磕头一面口中喃喃“我要女朋友,要好多女朋友”的奇景。

一抬头,发现月亮都笑了。

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热心的芬兰人

今天骑车去Ikea时完全没有用GPS,因为之前在Tourist Center拿了一份非常详细的户外运动地图,而且沿路给骑行者的路标也十分详细。所以我就信心十足的出发了,骑到路口的时候再拿出地图来计划路线。

当我在一个十字路口看地图的时候,一个遛着狗的女士对我说了一句芬兰语,当她看到我脸上的茫然后马上换成英语问我是不是迷路了。我说有一点点,本来我只是想知道自己现在在什么地方的,她只给我看了之后又问我要去哪儿,我说去宜家,然后她又在地图上只给我看,说有这两条路线,一条需要翻山,另一条可能平坦一点。我说翻山可能有意思一点儿吧,她说是这样,然后又详细的告诉我该怎么走,从哪儿过马路,穿过一个桥洞,再沿着医院的方向走……热情的都让我有些不好意思了。我谢过她,继续前进。

在另一个十字路口,我又拿出地图辨认路线。这时一个中年大叔从我身边骑了过去,骑过去之后他停下来,问我要去哪儿,我说去宜家。然后大叔就掉过头并对我说,跟我来吧!我很诧异的问他,你也去那儿吗?他说本来不是的,但是我就住在那附近,我可以带你去。于是我就跟着大叔走,一路上大叔给我介绍这是学校,这是他父母朋友的家,这是很受欢迎的咖啡厅……路上遇到骑着车的小学生,大叔也用芬兰语叮嘱一番,似乎是让小朋友们注意安全。骑了大概二十分钟才到,一路翻山越岭,大叔还不停的给我介绍这个地方,把我感动的一塌糊涂。

以前听同学说芬兰人比瑞典人纯朴,今天算是体会到这一点了,至少在瑞典,你不张口的话应该不会有人主动上来问你需不需要帮助的。

P.S. 这里的郊区真的很美,以后有机会要多去城市周边转转。

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