Poland -> Scotland

Well, yesterday I finally did the “big move”, namely moved to Aberdeen for my 5 years of studying at University of Aberdeen.

I traveled by plane, first from Warsaw to Gatwick by British Airways on a B737-400, then a long >3h wait at Gatwick for the second leg of the journey: Gatwick -> Aberdeen by FlyBE. One thing to remember – “low cost no more”. Also it is interesting to be the only passenger with ticket troubles on an already delayed flight… And on “normal” airline, you get refreshments for free xD

After landing at Aberdeen International Airport, I traveled again on 737 – this time it was Stagecoach 737 line from Airport to Aberdeen Bus Station, then got off early and walked <1km to the dorms, finally arriving at around 2200 hours UTC – after starting my journey in Warsaw at around ~1130 hours UTC.

And the parts of Aberdeen I had already seen look pretty nice. Also lots of Polish language spoken there, at least during my walk from dorms to Uni.


Parlament Elections 2007 – an Afterthought

Well, it’s over.

Thankfully, this time the attendance had risen – it’s speculated to be over 55,3%.

If the final number of voters exceeds that, then it’s much more important than the result itself.

As Rughalt says: “If ~90% of people allowed to vote had given their votes, then I would not complain about Poles being stupid in voting.”

Anyway, Methinks of throwing a party at Inaba for PiS’ great failure :>

Coffee & Lemon

As the title says. And it’s one hell of a good thing for headaches, not only as a booster :-)

I strongly recommend it, alongside my other picks: Good Tea and Cocoa :-)

Looks like we’ve got ourselves 梅雨 (rainy season) in Poland…

Last week was, with the exception of one day, basically constant rain here in Elbląg. So I couldn’t even finish my required ten “social hours” so I could finally begin flying in this season.

You could say that this is getting depressing and I have heard comments that this might continue for the whole July.

First time sushi.

Well, actually it was the second time, but I don’t think tasting only maki counts :-)

Last thursday (For math-deprived: 2007-06-21) our japanese course group (ichinensei-tachi? :P) decided to celebrate incoming end of first year (since not everybody could attend after last lesson).

After lesson we had gone to a nearby japanese restaurant called Inaba. Being ignorant about food (in general, not only japanese) I settled for misoshiru to go with the shared sushi set.

Pity that I don’t have any pictures… I would then at least have a proof that I can survive (I am ignorant about food because I have pretty limited selection of what I eat…).

And it was fun to watch Rughalt fighting with chopsticks :D Quote:I need a list of food which I can eat without chopsticks….

“We are Borg..” no no no, that’s not it…. “We are Ducks”

We are Ducks.
You will be vetted.
Your private affairs will become public.
Resistance is futile.

Oh, and to be clear: vetting is for “lustracja”, which in this case means checking one’s files left over from old communist Security Service in Poland…

In Polish:

Jesteśmy Kaczki.
Zostaniecie zlustrowani.
Wasze prywatne życie zostanie upublicznione.
Opór jest daremny.

Now I only need a Duck version of Borg Cube and one of Kaczynski twins as a Borg… with a duck on the head (or maybe use yellow armor?) :-)

Looking for Hardware Crypto

After short pondering about how everyone having a computer, and what worse, an internet access of any kind is suspected criminal not only in USA but also in many other countries, I have decided to get myself a hardware crypto card so that a whole-disk crypto wouldn’t be slow :-)

So I am now looking for PCMCIA/ExpressCard 34 crypto accelerator supporting at least AES256, especially one with open specification or at least a commercial driver for linux (I could sign an NDA for that :D).

Maybe I’d just build one myself? The cost could be probably similar and I think I could get a group of people to rise funds for several cryptography chips in order to build security devices….

Or maybe it would be possible to just use an FPGA with cores from OpenCores. The only problem would be getting a PCI-Express bridge, so it could use 250 MB/s transfer rate instead of 60 MB/s (which is practically unsustainable) of USB 2.0.