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May. 26th, 2007

Experiences from CBT

1 1/2 weeks ago I began my CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which is said to be the best way to get rid off GAD and Social Phobia.

My first session was to go and have a coffee with my therapist at a cafe,. I felt very nervous and anxious but after a while the anxiety actually went down. The other two sessions has been riding the subway and eating lunch at a restaurant. Apart from the sessions with the therapist I also have to expose myself to the situations that trigger the anxiety for approx 2 hours / day.

I already feel a lot better and hopefully the CBT when completed will mark the end of me 18 months of illness.

Apr. 12th, 2007

Being all web too dot oohh

I've jumped on the twitter bandwagon.


Apr. 10th, 2007

When to announce a project?

One of the reasons I left old $job was to realize an software idea of mine. The plan has always been that it will be released as open-source (not sure under what license tho) mostly because I'm a firm beliver in the open-source movement and there's no way I can singlehanded come up or even think about all the cool ways people will use the system or the extensions they'll develop for it.

I've just recently started to actually write code on the project and now the big question is: when do I announce what I'm working on? should there be something to show or would a write-up of my vision be enough?

Mar. 22nd, 2007

Lack of motivation

I'm currently lacking the motivation to code.. help! what should I do?
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Mar. 15th, 2007

Baking bread

Baking your own bread give you lots of satisfaction. Here is a recipe for breakfast buns that I make regularly:

50 g yeast
5 dl water (at about 30°C)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons mixed bread-spices (aniseed, cumin and fennel)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 dl sesame seed
1 dl lin seed
1 dl sunflower seed
3 dl rye flour
10 - 12 dl wheat flour (special wheat flour that contains extra proteins)

Solve the yeast in the water and then mix together all other ingredients (add flour last) well and knead the dough for some 5 minutes or so. If the dough is too sticky you can add a bit more wheat flour. Let it ferment covered for about 1 - 1/2 hours. Now knead the dough again and then make 16-18 buns from it. Let them rise under a towel on the plates for another hour. Bake in the owen for about 6-8 minutes per plate at 250°C. The buns are ready when they sound hollow and are golden brown on the underside.

These buns contains lots of fibers and other stuff that will keep your intestines happy.

Happy baking!

Mar. 8th, 2007

life 2.0 progress

In the past 1 1/2 month I have really seen a big improvement in my psychological condition. I can now do grocery shopping again, ride the bus and subway for shorter distances and generally feel much happier about things. There is some nervousness and anxiety left I must overcome and my muscles are still very tense but I'm seeing a physiotherapist regularly now to learn how to get rid of that.

On work side things are moving along and I'm able to work more and more each day that passes. No contract work yet so I get to work on administrative things, open-source stuff and of course - my project.

Tomorrows project: visit IKEA and buy a new office chair.. woohoo =)

Happy hacking!
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Mar. 3rd, 2007

Spring cleaning code


Everything suffers from entropy. It's just the way the universe works.

So why not fight entropy with by doing spring cleaning your code? Expand your testsuite, refactor badly written code, reformat it to sparkle in your eyes, document it and rename what is hard to grasp.

Jan. 22nd, 2007

Rebooting life

I've been having stomach problems pretty much every day for the past year with symptoms such as nausea and reflux. After several visits to different doctors and doing all kinds of testing they couldn't find any medical fault so I finally accepted the fact that the problems resided in my head 3 months ago. I talked to my doctor and we came to the conclusion that I suffered from severe anxiety. How and why I've been struck by it I don't know. Possibly because I had a little too much to do on my table. In order to cure this my doctor prescribed SSRI (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citalopram) and I've been eating them now for 2 months and I'm starting to feel better. I've also begun going to a counselor to talk about my problems.

I hope 2007 will be a fresh restart for me.

Happy new year!

Oct. 18th, 2006


An ex-coworker of mine told me about auto-completion on other things than files in bash. This can be achieved by installing the bash_completion package available from http://www.caliban.org/bash/

Apple should install this by default on OS X. It's very sweet.
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Oct. 6th, 2006

Writing a Java parser

I need to parse Java from Perl...

No luck on CPAN.. =(

Writing my own.. =)

expect it on CPAN soon...
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