flying all over the place 
Saturday, February 23, 2008, 13:17
Posted by Anders
I've been away on a small business trip to gent and oldenzaal and returned home yesterday, but not in the way i would have liked to...

This trip has been flawed with minor inconviniences, suprises and also some adventure like flying, all whielst trying to combat a cold that did'nt want to let go.

Starting out from Gothenburg - landvetter airport on tuseday we got a delay due to icy wings and poor landingconditions in brussels - zawentem airport thick groundsweeping fog.

Anyway i got there and it was a realy nice approach with almost no sight of the ground until we were on it, my guess is instrument landing, wery nice and smooth.

As i went to pick up my rental car, hopeing it still would be waiting for me, it was but only just the counter woman toöld me, the GPS was a mess to get working properly, i finaly made it come to life when i arrived at the hotel holyday in gent expo, thanks alot.

I got a bit to eat and the drove of tó visit the Volvo plant, a few "hellos" and "how are you's" acompanied by some meetings and i was on my way back again.

The following day was a full day in Gent plant production and then some more meetings, not too exiting but it sure was nice to see the place and some friends from back home and belgium.

The next morning at 03:00 a woke up got out of bed and prepared to go to a supplier review meeting in Odenzaal-holland some 4 hours drive from gent, it sure was a nice drive, especially past antwerpen were i managed to time the rush hours perfectly...

Later that same night i got back into the car to drive another 4 hours back, repeting my inpecable timing of the rush hours again, i'm really impressed with myself, needless to say i was a tad nackered as i got backsome 18 hours later...

Despite being a bit off i took a tour of gent before going back to the hotel, it really is a nice city, old buildings, nice church, and they had "spårvagnar" as well.

Come friday and it's time go back home again, no supprises along the way until we hit the swedish costline, then i got a bit exciting.

I noticed that the costline was pretty much white, hmmm, it's probably rather windy, and as it turned out i was spot on.

On the aproach breaking the clodcover the plane started to jump about a bit, as usual, but then it only got worse, so much infact that we abandoned the aproach approx 50m above the runway and broke the plane in the process...

With the engines reving up and down, going side to side and upp and down quite rapidly acomapnied by screams and nervous laughter the decent was aborted, this was for me the worst expirience in an aircraft but mind you i do not have all that much expirience to start with.

Anyway full throttle and back up we go again, more shakeing and swaying about place no information was addmitted by the captain until we were approx 15 min from Oslo.

After making a much smoother landing in Oslo we were informed that the approach was not within safe limits and that the something had happened with the flaps in the process so we were going to make a stop for repairs and refuelig before making a second atempt... in the same conditions... at this time some peaople started swearing quite loudly and tried to get out of the aircraft.

I dont blame them, it was not a nice expirience, and then stoping for repairs and go back in, thisproved a bit to much for some of us aparently.

Sometime later we made a second atempt with the repaired aircraft in the same conditions that broke it the first time, yes it was wery reasuring let me tell you...

Anyway same rollercoster ride again, this time the approach was wery fast, it seemed alot faster then usual and the landing was quite rough, or rather a real tough one i should say, again with not alot of expirience in these matters, i guess it was perfectly safe.

So i have now expanded my "list of visited places" with Norway, not having set my feet on the ground, does that still count ?

Business as usual for you guys probably, but quite an adventure for me, not realising it i probably took a bigger chance driving to Oldezaal and back.
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Ski trip 
Thursday, February 7, 2008, 15:19
Posted by Administrator
Well so it was time for the yearly ski trip. This time I went with some office friends to Myokyo-Kogen. 2 days of nice skiing and good food.


A view from the slope.


Me and Alvin.
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even more changes 
Thursday, February 7, 2008, 07:31
Posted by Anders
Following my change of lifestyle (it still hurts by the way) it is now time for yet another change.

After a sucessful testrun together with the band "trazzel" the day before yesterday the decision was made by the band to buy my speakers, their first gig with the new equipment will be beginning of march but a larger scale test will be made on the 16:th this month.

It's strange, i'm both happy and the opposite at the same time, happy because i can now start from scratch, putting focus on the "new and improved" soon-to be-realized speaker system, but also a bit sad to let my hand built system go, even if i know the guys will take good care of it.
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Opalescent - Simple beauty 
Thursday, January 31, 2008, 15:50
Posted by Administrator

http://www.jonhopkins.co.uk/

Sometimes you hear a song which you really like run off to buy the album only to be disappointed at the rest of the tracks on the album. Luckily there are some exceptions and one of them are the album Opalescent by Jon Hopkins. Just got the album in the mail today and it is simply brilliant. Never having written a music review in my life I'm not about to try, however if you like textures, atmospheric, acoustic and somewhat minimalistic then this is a must. For other artist in the same category I would also recommend Edward Shearmur, Ulrich Schnauss, Brian Eno, BT etc.
Happy listening.
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bye 2007, hello 2008 
Monday, January 14, 2008, 12:07
Posted by Anders
For me 2008 will be the year of moderation, I will try to change my daily routines for the better, here is some examples :

Breakfast.
This may not sound as something significant, but taking into acount that this has not happened for almost 3 years it sure is a change for me, and since i get up around 05:45 in the moring it can be a struggle to manage.

Exercise.
Again, not much to shout about for the avarage person, but for me who has not engaged in any form of exercise for say 5 years now this sure is painful change for the better.

YESTERDAY I WENT SWIMMING! I was exhausted, would you belive it - 500m !!! a true testament to my poor phyical condition, i'm just happy to be alive.

And that not all, starting thuesday (shit..thats tomorrow) I will have my first lesson in ju jutsu, it will be twice a week, hopefully.

I used to be quite the athlet as far as this is concerned but it's been some time, well let's be honest, more like half an iceage ago, hence it will be very much of a challange to stay concius for the entire 1,5 hours...

The third is getting more sleep, this should not be a problem if all else gets done :)
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