Been working hard over the last few days packing all my stuff here in Barcelona. Its strange to think that in just a few days my time here in Barcelona is over. Its been an interesting 3 years and I think I learned a lot, including learned many new things about myself. As I am writing this I am pondering if I have changed over these last years, looking back at the Christian who lived in Oslo he seems far away, yet on the other hand I would have a hard time pointing out a list of concrete changes to my person or personality. I guess I ask questions today I wouldn’t have asked 3 years ago, but then again that is maybe not so much a change as it new lessons learned being filtered through the lens that is me.
As for Barcelona as a city there are for sure things I will miss. The long summers, the beach close by, the vibrant feel of the city, the 3 course lunches and of course my friends here.
There are also some things I know I will not miss like the dusty air downtown, the crowded feel of the city during height of tourist season, the smell of urin on every fourth street corner and things like that. Leaving all language issues behind is also nice, although I guess it would have felt better if the language issues had been resolved by being fluent in Castilliano.
Anyway, moving to Cambridge in England will be a definite change of pace and style. In many ways I feel my move to Cambridge is a partway return to Oslo in the type of city it is. Green and verdant, big enough to have a interesting nightlife and cultural offerings, yet not the chaotic nature of a huge city like Barcelona or London.
In terms of the new company we have set up things are moving forward, hired a graphics designer to work on a logo for us the other day and I spent last week in London having meetings with accountants and lawyers making sure all the paperwork is in order.
Still looks to be about a months time before we announce ourselves properly, but things are going well and we are already looking at areas of expansion. Only worry now is if the palm tree Wim is inheriting from me will survive his work trip to Canada :)
Will we have been ramping our new business venture the guys haven’t been on the lazy side coding wise either. Wim and Tim has been fixing a lot of bugs and we are also close to having working Real streaming inside GStreamer now. It is still not perfect, but some Real format streams should work now if you are using current CVS of GStreamer.
Edward has been hacking on Pitivi, with moving to a new more visually enticing timeline widget. The original plan was to use the Jokosher one, and Edward even had that working on his laptop, but it didn’t really fit due to Pitivi’s different nature so Edward instead let it be more of an inspiration than a source of code. The final timeline looks nice, although you probably wouldn’t look at it and find it very similar to the Jokosher one.
Together with Brendan he has also been working on getting project save/load working so that you can save and load projects in pitivi. This means that when you work on an edit you can save milestones in case you want to go back later and of course save the work if you can’t finish it in one sitting.
Cool to see that Pitivi’s is making progress. Linux need a good video editor so i cane remove windows from the computer of my girlfriend.
Please tell me when you’ve settled at your new place in England. I still need to send you the thank-you gift for helping me out with the flat during my internship!
Good luck with your new company! Never been to Cambridge but I guess they have proper beer you can make “skål” with ;)