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Mellow feeling

I have been incredibly relaxed and mellow the past two days, and I don't know exactly why. I mean, there's no real reason to be this extra-relaxed, but I'm not complaining. I'm wearing my Buutvrij-shirt too, to complement this feeling.

Thursday, we had the introduction of the new version of our product for the engineers. I'm one of the few people who didn't work at the new version (I had to keep the rest of the projects afloat while the majority of the senior engineers worked on the product). I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised: most of the features seemed well-thought out and well-implemented. I've seen otherwise in the past...
klik picked me up from work and we visited Anette and Thomas. It was fun, and Thomas helped us with selecting a hometrainer from the Wehkamp catalogue. He's a physiotherapist, so he knows more about fitness machines than we do. The rest of the evening was very pleasant, mainly just chillin' on the couch.

Yesterday, I had to go to work by car, because my bike was still at work. We had 'Quiet is the New Loud' by Kings of Convenience in the car stereo, and it complemented my feelings very well: it's very mellow music, pleasing and melodious to the ear. The sun was shining, and things didn't seem all that bad... When I arrived at work, I connected the speakers to my soundcard and let my colleages share. I put on Kings of Convenience, then "The Optimist LP" by Turin Brakes and then "Natural History" by I am Kloot. All very melodious and semi-accoustic, and my coleages seemed to appreciate it. Didn't do very much, but did finish up a content migration script for a project I'm on.
That afternoon, there was the new-version session for project managers and sales people, and afterwards there was a small talk by our general manager. Apparently a decision was reached on where the company would move: it's much closer to our home! We also got a T-shirt with a design by Patrick, the colleage whose girlfriend we got into anime. It's basically a washing detergent commercial ("Your website is much fresher with [our product]!"), which is pretty amusing. It is a radical departure of the sloth-theme, which I liked too...

Today, we went shopping! While I'm waiting for the mini-computer to arrive, I have worked on the player software. I also decided I wanted to have a display to show the track and time information with 7-segment LED-displays (like the ones you have in your alarm clock). This is, of course, not trivial for me -- I have since crossed over into the realm of electronics! I'll be using a microcontroller (a programmable chip) to communicate with the PC and to drive the displays. It's all still a bit intimidating -- I know how to think in terms of logic circuits and all that, it comes natural to me. But the whole electrical stuff... I'm not so sure about that. I can read schematics and I can understand the functions of the active components, but I don't understand why the designer put a resistor, transistor or capacitator somewhere... The whole current-thing is also a bit foggy...
So if you're a master at electronics, please read this post and explain to me what I'm missing: if the current through one segment is 'only' 70mA and only one segment is on at a time, why do I have to add the currents for all the segments together?
Anyway, we went to Technica again with a rather elaborate shopping list. The microcontrollers were not in stock, as well as some other active components, so we ordered them. I have the rest of the stuff at home now. According to klik, I managed to look reasonably knowledgable, even though I am a complete n00b at that stuff. I don't think the old geezer was fooled though, but his young assistant might be...

We drank some tea and coffee at the V&D -- I had 'organic Darjeeling', and it was delicious. Darjeeling tends to get really bitter when you leave it for too long, but this tea was very mild and pleasant. And we noticed that the teas were supplied by Simon Levelt, so we stopped by at the store to find out which tea it was. The guy from the shop recognized us again (I guess he doesn't get much customers who order 3 kilos of tea in one go), and we found out there wasn't any 'organic Darjeeling' on the books. The guy promised us to ask which tea it was that the V&D got, so that we could buy some. Talk about service!
I also ordered a slot-in DVD-ROM for the mini-computer. We went by Orbit on our way to the Technica, and I asked whether they had one of those. The guy looked at me blankly, and then asked why I wanted a slot-in drive. When I told him I wanted one for my casemod, he nodded knowingly: of course, you'd need only a tiny slit, so you don't need to worry about the tray itself. In the end, he couldn't help me, but it was fun to know that these guys know what I want to do with computers.
We also bought another 10-kilo bag of Japanese rice, our second since our return from Japan!

And klik gave me my birthday present, one month early: it's a Powerball Techno! It took us a while to 'get' the feeling, but it's a beatiful toy!

So yeah, we didn't do much today -- relaxing to the max!
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