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the story of an invisible girl
Today I worked in a real office. It was a little weird -- but good, it's nice to see a coworker or two now and then. We worked on concurrency and threading issues, and I learned some interesting things. Got it working by the end of the day, so cool!

There was a bit of a surprise toward the end of the afternoon though.

Me, reading my email and mentioning the subject out loud: "...possible co-lo change....."

Coworker: "Uh-oh," looks over my shoulder.

Me: "....Reykjavík? Where the hell is Reykjavík?"

"I think it's in Iceland."

"ICELAND? They're thinking of sending us to Iceland?!"

"Actually it was my idea, I thought if we weren't going to an office location, it'd reduce jetlag on everyone..."

"You're kidding right? Iceland??"

I pause to look at a map. Well what do you know, Iceland is in a timezone that is between Gent and here. But still.... Iceland?? I checked, and it's not April Fools Day either. (Do they have May 8 Fools Day in Belgium?)

That could be a strange place to spend my birthday. I don't know how serious they are about this idea. So far it's just a suggestion. Nothing is the least bit confirmed yet, and I find the idea rather crazy myself -- but my boss was at least serious enough about the idea to mention it in an email.

More details to follow... we're supposed to talk about it tomorrow after the sprint review.


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delosd From: delosd Date: May 8th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey - don't diss Reykjavík! It's a delightful and quaint city built over natural hot springs that keep it warmer than you'd expect. And if you're prepared, you can take the snowmobile tour of the glacier around the city. It's a fairly popular tourist destination for people from England, I kept intended to get there while I was overseas, but never quite managed to make it. (I just did some research. )

If you go, you'll probably have fun!
johnridley From: johnridley Date: May 8th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow. Reykjavík is awesome. I'd love to go sometime. Yes, I'm serious. OK, if you like to party, maybe not, but the land is beautiful.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: May 8th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Iceland is cool! You'd have fun.
joline From: joline Date: May 9th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
i'm pretty sure that's where bjork is from! :)
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: May 9th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Bjork? Nah, he's just pining for the fjords!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: May 9th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
yup, she is (:
From: writerwench Date: May 9th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful plumage, though...
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: May 9th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
What's wrong with Iceland?
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: May 9th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Make sure you go in the summer... in the winter, it is dark all the time.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: May 9th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You should know that Iceland and Greenland are both, basically, the opposite of what the names suggest. You want to go to Iceland, but Greenland isn't all that green from what I hear.

If you're doing threading and concurrency, invest in a copy of "Java Concurrency In Practice", and read it. That book will illuminate many patterns and anti-patterns for you, and be a good point of reference to avoid huge issues. Just understanding how to use ReadWriteLocks and other synchronization primitives in Java 5 (and improved in Java 6) will help a lot.
jebra From: jebra Date: May 9th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Color me envious.
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 9th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice place and oddly most people there believe in fairies.

Also many hot springs to mellow in.

This time of year there won't be much night time maybe none at all.
anderale From: anderale Date: May 9th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
My sister tells me that the air in Iceland is so clean that it makes her lungs sing. She also said that it is really pretty there.
madtechie2718 From: madtechie2718 Date: May 9th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't knock it - a very beautiful place and on my list of places to visit.

Iceland has a high standard of living and a very egalitarian society.

Maybe you'll be lucky and see a concert by Sigur Ros, a very interesting and unusual band:


From: writerwench Date: May 9th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Then again, I guess BERMUDA would also be roughly halfway, and the airfares are coming down steadily. And it's a very pretty place (so long as you don't go wandering out alone after dark) and has fantastic conference facilities... and beaches...
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: May 9th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Get your Viking on, girl!

This is the right time of year to go to BEAUTIFUL ICELAND.

It'll be daylight most of the 24 hour cycle. It'll be warmer, you might not even need a sweater during the day. June will host the Icelandic Independence Day celebrations (I forget what day offhand).

And best of all, it's not just the famous hot springs that'll be open, but you'll also be able to visit the glacier formations in the center of the island (which are closed off during the winter because of dangerous travel conditions). There's also a special breed of horse bred only in the western fjords which is supposedly the best in the world for riding.
crwilley From: crwilley Date: May 9th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I envy you the opportunity to go to Iceland! Enjoy it, and take plenty of pictures.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: May 9th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tell them they've dangled the bait, and must follow up. I've not been there, but it looks wonderful.
egon010 From: egon010 Date: May 20th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I know someone who's setting up a colo there.
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