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Taking a dip in Limfjorden

Video file in case the player does not work: Martin Toft in Limfjorden

I was nominated by a former HTX classmate, Morten Christiansen, in a facebook challenge. I had to jump into the sea, a lake or a fjord within 48 hours — otherwise I owed him a bottle of red wine. I jumped into Limfjorden and nominated Bjarne Kondrup and Troels Frøkjær Christensen, a former Telenor colleague and a former HTX classmate, respectively. The challenge was thereby passed on.

Lazy Saturday

It’s a lazy Saturday, and I feel like dropping a few words on this site 🙂

I’ve just been working from home – from my couch – for an hour, and now I’m listening to Dave Brubeck and John Mayer. Rather than the typical, hasty cup of instant coffe, I used my AeroPress to make an awesome, espresso-like cup using freshly grinded beans. My goal was to put summer tyres on my car today, but it will probably be postponed till tomorrow, or even Monday. I have the day off on Monday, so I have enough time for stuff like that. I need the car to be working in a few hours, so I don’t want to risk anything by rushing through the procedure.

Yesterday I biked to Madum Sø (Lake Madum) and ran around it:

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Without anything specific in mind, I had been looking forward to a run the entire day at work, but on my way home I fleshed out something concrete – it should be at Madum Sø, and I would bike the 2 x 7.3 km between my house and the lake. Leading up to it I was a bit tired, but a fun, spontaneous event like that reveals that you have more energy than you imagine. The bike got some air and oil, as it was its first time on the road after winter, and I brought some fruit and water in my backpack.

Together with a wise neighbour I have changed the hydrophore and some piping in our shared, private water supply. A hydrophore is a pressurized water buffer that prevents the pump from starting every time a tap is opened. Without one, you would have to wait for the pump to start, and the pump wouldn’t last long. That work was actually done last week. It went well, even though I had an involuntary cold bath in the process. I was below the old hydrophore when 10-20 liters of water, together with some rust, ran out of it.

I have bought a new pair of shoes for everyday use:

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It’s a pair of Gobi II from VIVOBAREFOOT, and I’m pretty satisfied with them so far. Of course leather shoes require a bit more maintenance, but that’s ok. I must admit that I’m a sucker for barefoot shoes these days. I have other types of shoes, but they have specific purposes, and, after almost a year and a half in a pair of Neo for everyday use, my feet only feel at home in barefoot shoes. I still run exclusively in Evo II.

With competent assistance from a very special tooth fairy, i.e. the wonderful girl that I’m seeing, I have been out shopping for some new clothes. Among many items, I got a nice summer jacket and some relatively tight pants, where especially the latter show off my figure a bit more than my usual, baggy, unsexy pants. I have probably lost a bit of weight, since most of my old pants have become too large. I definitely needed some new clothes, and I probably need more in a not too distant future.

That’s all for now 🙂

Running at Lake Madum

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Yesterday I had a day off and had a visit from an old friend, which I hadn’t seen in real life for a long time. It was a fantastic day and evening, but to your – either satisfaction or disappointment – I’m not going to write many words about it. Not everything has to be documented on the mighty Internet. We met at Lake Madum, where we went for a nice jog. It’s only 7 km from my house, but I had never been there before. Having a place this lovely nearby was a pleasant surprise. When we get decent summer weather, I imagine using my bike to get there and then going for a run and a swim.

Winter in North Jutland

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It just keeps snowing… Argh. There’s 1-2 cm right after you’ve finished a spot. Let me complain a bit more: I need a bigger shovel, and I need other stuff than just meat in my freezer.

The duck pond in St. Brøndum looks quite beautiful, even though it’s not inhabited by any ducks at the moment:

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Rapelling and Navigating in the Dark

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In the afternoon of Friday, September 6, I visited Beredskabscenter Aalborgs Uddannelsescenter together with many of my Netic colleagues. We rappelled down from the roof of a three – maybe four – storey building, and we navigated in teams through a dark maze. It was a really nice event. Thanks to Normann P. Nielsen for making it happen and to Peter Sone Koldkjær from rapelling.dk for being the instructor. In the picture above I’m rapelling, and in the picture below I’m crawling in the dark (temporarily lit up by a powerful flash). Thanks to my boss Karsten Thygesen for taking the pictures! The album from the event is available on flickr.

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A Visit from Thy and Vice Versa

Friday, August 30, I was visited by two friends from Thy. I served something simple and something that was at the top in my freezer – venison from roe deer. I remember having shot it with my own rifle in the winter season of 2012. Very delicious. It was accompanied by crispy bacon, scalloped potatoes and cold lager.

Most days I don’t really need a dishwasher, but it’s a really nice invention, when you have people over for dinner, and you want to spend time with them rather than stand in the kitchen. If you remember to open it while the dishes etc. are still quite hot, they’ll even get dry without your intervention. The view on Saturday morning:

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Saturday I visited my parents and brother in Thy, as my father turned 54. We celebrated his birthday by taking the ferry to Feggesund and eating lots and lots of eel at Feggesund Færgekro. The eel were accompanied by potatoes, parsley sauce, Porse Guld (beer) and Rød Aalborg (schnapps). We often joke that the only good thing about the small island Mors is the view of Thy, and in fact the view is not something to complain about:

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On Sunday, my father and I got up at 3:45 in the morning and went hunting for geese and ducks together with three other hunters. My father’s plan was to let me and the other guys have the best chances, as he lives closer to the hunting grounds and can go there any other day. The geese hadn’t heard his plan though, so they flew mostly over him, enabling him to shoot three of them. I helped pluck their feathers and got two of them with me home in return. In the following picture I’m trying to hold the geese up high, but they are actually quite heavy.

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The weekend was concluded by a few hours of extremely serious work, where a colleague and I were on site at Netic performing a planned upgrade of MySQL from version 5.1 to 5.6 on a very important database cluster.

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Apartment Inspection

During the past two weeks I have spent something along the lines of 20 hours making my old apartment ready for inspection by the landlord. My weapons were cleaning agents, a mop, cleaning cloths, scouring pads, assorted solvents, spackling paste and an eraser. I didn’t have to paint the place. Today my hard work was rewarded – the landlord deemed the apartment okay with no annotations. This means that I will get most of my deposit back, which of course is great. My almost empty oil tank looks forward to a supply, and such a supply is relatively expensive 😉

Alongside all my important projects, I have a small project on stands for my Dali Lektor 3 compact speakers. It is an Ikea DIY hack, where I have combined wooden cutting boards, metal table legs, ordinary wooden boards, glue and black stain. The wires haven’t been hidden inside the legs yet, but judge for yourself:

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The boards have been stained three times, giving them a thick, covering layer. I’m quite satisfied with the appearance of the stands, but I can’t help fear the day when pets or children get near them. That will be a problem for future Martin.

Tonight I’m kind of high on the good feeling that results from working in one’s garden. I’ve mowed my lawn and filled a bucket with weeds. Hah! That’s two borderline expressions in one section – getting high on weed(s)… I’m trying to make it a habit to fill a bucket with weeds when I have the time. One bucket at a time I will conquer! Take a look at my freshly mowed lawn from my kitchen:

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Back from Amsterdam and OHM

I’m back from a great week in the Netherlands, where I, in the company of good friends, visited Amsterdam and attended OHM. Before completing the lists of talks that I started in my previous post, I will share a few pictures.

Thomas and yours truly enjoying a beer at Café Captein & Co on Sunday, July 28:

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It was one of the first beers that day, and it was the beginning of a small pub crawl…

Edward, yours truly and others (hmm, I don’t exactly remember who) getting ready for dinner with a 9.5% Westmalle at OHM on Friday, August 2:

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Some of us visited the OHM lounge in the evening:

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Thomas on the floor, Jacob and Kim on the couch. A very cozy place.

While waiting for dinner to be served at the camp site restaurant just outside OHM, we had some random, geeky fun:

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The picture shows Jacob, yours truly, Thomas and Georg. Edward is behind the camera. It was on Saturday, August 3. Note the funny name of the beer – Texels Skuumkoppe. It is a local beer, as it is brewed on the island Texel.

Awesome and semi-awesome talks I attended at OHM:

Missed talks that I will watch later:

The video recordings from the tents are not processed yet, but the OHM guys have promised that they will be, in a not so distant future…

It feels good to be home again. I think I’ve socialized plenty for the time being and now I need some privacy. Also, I’ve missed my favorite music genre – metal. We have mostly been listening to pop and light rock in the car.

Let me end by mentioning that I find Amsterdam a lot more cozy and inviting than London. I compare Amsterdam to London, as I visited the latter in February. Do not forget to rent a boat and sail through the canals when you visit Amsterdam! It’s certainly worth it.

OHM – Observe, Hack, Make

Yours truly having a cold beer in a very hot tent:

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My small, blue, crappy, non-waterproof tent in front of Georg’s gigantic one:

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Awesome talks I’ve attended:

Missed talks that I should watch later:

Update: The two lists are complete in my next post.

Looking at real estate, hunting, changing tyres

For a few months I have been browsing real estate on my laptop. I’m not in a hurry to buy anything, as I’m not particularly tired of my current rental home. It’s close to work, requires very little maintenance on my part, and the rent is relatively low. I think, however, that it would be nice to have my own place, to have more space, to have a covered place for my car nearby, to be closer to nature, to not have the city busses driving outside my bedroom window, to not have five washing machines spinning next door all day long, to have a larger garden, to have a greenhouse, to have a dedicated room for working out, etc.

I am looking in an area in Jutland contained between the cities Dall, Frejlev, Nibe, Aars, Nørager, Arden, Terndrup, Bælum, Kongerslev, Storvorde, Klarup, Gistrup, Dall:

At the moment I’m considering making an offer on a house in the small village Lyngby, marked with a blue dot on the map above. Without going too much into details, I like the location, but due to the condition of the house it would be more like buying a craftsman project than buying a house. The offer price is relatively low, but the refurbishment will be costly and time consuming. A few pictures:

     

     

Today I’m visiting the house for a second time, this time bringing my parents.

In a totally different category, I’ve been out hunting two times this weekend. It was together with my dad, and it was on a – for us – new piece of hunting ground, in our new, homemade hochsitzes. I observed fallow deer Saturday morning and roe deer Sunday evening. I haven’t fired a single shot, but my dad shot a roe deer buck, which I gutted. Look at the fine weather on a Saturday morning:

On my way out hunting Sunday evening, I was stopped by the police for the first time in my life. It was by two motorcycle cops on a small road in the country side. They wanted to see my driving license, ask me if I had had any alcohol that day, and in general where I was going and why. “Are you in the military?”, the cop asked, to which I replied “no” rather puzzled. “Aahh, you are going hunting?” he then asked. My hunting clothes are from a military surplus stock… 😉

Finally, I have changed the tyres on my car. Now my car is equipped with brand new Michelin Energy E3B summer tyres. It involved a bit more work than I had imagined, as the rear rims had to be loosened with a hammer due to rust. In addition, it took quite a while to polish off the rust, clean the surfaces with gasoline, apply grease to different parts and to do a bit of maintence on the old, winter tyres. Note to myself: A hammer, coarse sandpaper, a wooden block, a vacuum cleaner, a can of gasoline, a tub of grease and wipes are very useful things when changing tyres! I ordered the combined rims and tyres online (dækonline.dk) and had them delivered to my workplace. Here’s a few pictures: