The Productivity Problems

The following is an extract from the well known medical sciences textbook, Gray’s Atlas of Productivity. It describes some of the most common productivity-related conditions experienced by students during their days at university.


Condition: Lastminitus

The student can regularly be heard uttering phrases like “Oh, it’ll be fine. It’s not due until the day after tomorrow!” and “Not now! I’ve got loads of time!”

The 22nd of July, 2011

I guess everyone kind of waits for it to happen. No one wants it to, but everyone expects it. Perhaps in a year, perhaps in ten years. All anyone can do is hope the damage will be limited when it does happen.

Then it happened in Norway.

Myself and all other Norwegians saw terror in a light we have never seen it before. It didn’t strike us close to home. It struck us in our home. And it struck us hard.

What most Norwegians experienced on and after the 22nd of July is, of course, nothing compared to the experiences of so many other Norwegians. Everyone has read and heard accounts from those who survived the shooting on Utøya. The victims and their families have gone through an ordeal very few can even imagine, much less understand. I was lucky enough to be far away from the terror, safe and sound in my living room. Yet I felt terrified. I felt like I was also being attacked.

British politics as seen through my Norwegian eyes

politicalI have now been fortunate enough to have lived in Edinburgh for two and a half years. During that time, and annoyingly in the middle of an exam-period, I was fortunate enough to witness a UK general election. I have never been extremely engaged in politics, however, I do take an interest in them. This is not a political post. It is a post containing some of my personal thoughts on UK politics as a whole.

The internet really isn’t that great… Comparatively

New York

Cathedral in Milan

Milan Cathedral. Picture by Jiuguang Wang.

Don’t tell my insurance-company, but sometimes I engage in one of these hazardous new-age activities known as “thinking”. When I get around to doing this, I often find myself thinking about how great the internet is. After all, it is so young, contains just about all the information anyone would ever want, and allows almost everyone to communicate with anyone regardless of where or who they are. An idea can be turned into a million dollars in a week, the barrier of entry is so low that a 13 year old with an idea, some skills and the willingness to put in the effort has the opportunity to create the new Facebook or Google. However, the other day something weird happened. I started thinking about something else. I started thinking about everything that isn’t the internet.

The one in which I go to the Opera


I’m lucky. Very lucky. Before summer I applied for a summer internship doing Quality Assurance in the mobile devices department at Opera Software. I had no real expectations about actually getting the job, but to make a long story short, I got it. Now, a week into it, I am happier than ever that I did.

Why singing in a choir is a lot more fun than you think it is – Denmark, part 3


This is a continuation of part 2.

This will be the final post in this series of Denmark-posts, I promise. I didn’t want to make the other posts too long, for the sake of the few of you who will have read them. This post will be about the choir-competition, the amazing people I’ve sung with, and how I feel singing in choirs is an experience no one will understand until they have tried.