A trip to Berlin

For the last three years one of my groups of friends and gaming groups have gone on a trip to one of Europas larger cities. What has now, after the third time, become a tradition, was instated as such to celebrate the 40. birthday of one or more in the group.

The first year we went to Amsterdam in January due to this being quite close to the birthday to one of those that turned 40 that year. The second trip was to London in February. Again close to the birthday we were to celebrate. Though, this year we got nobody in particular to celebrate, but we felt the need to get the tradition going in a proper way.1) The destination was Berlin. There is a direct flight from Bergen and more those that had not been there before got convinced that it is one of the best cities in Europe for a group of friends that love beer, food, and stopping by a museum or two.

The reason I mentioned the months that we went to Amsterdam and London, was that both of those trips was marred by the cold weather. The were a lot of fun, but I remember how the chill crept in on me and took a bite. So this year, we got some sense and postponed it to end of April. A perfect time to get some real spring while the winter still holds a finger on us here north.

The museum that got visited on this trip was the DDR museum. Not to recommend. It was expensive, small and too crowded. Those that opted for an extra museum, also visited the Jewish museum. According to them it was very interesting and so large that they only saw a portion of it.

The rest of us spent the time either relaxing, or as my brother and me, hat-shopping. I got this very practical hat in oilskin that makes it possible for me to be fashionable even in Bergen.

During the evening we ended strangely enough up at the most Norwegian place in Berlin, Kaschk. We only saw that there was a place 100 meters away from where we lived that served craft beer and had shuffleboard for entertainment. When we came in, we were met by a small Norwegian girl that could tell us the story on how the owners are trying to become the shuffleboard lords in Europe while serving us the newest craft beer from Oslo.

The Saturday was spent mostly walking through the city centre before we ended up along the Spree on what seemed like a very temporary beach bar. Here I got to taste the pride of Berlin in the beer world, Berliner Weiße, which is despite its colours, quite good. Especially when sitting in the spring sun in the German capitol.

After three days of wandering we had to take one of the turist busses on the fourth and last day. So I finally managed to get a good shot of the main sights in Berlin. Among them the Reichtag, the last pieces of die Mauer, and Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche.

1) Everybody know that anything that has been repeated three times is an ancient tradition. At least that is how it works here in Bergen.

My first PodCast – Spinning up the past, the present and the future climate

A couple of weeks ago I attended a PodCast workshop organised by ResClim and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, and led by Jack Soper.

Soper is a former BBC-producer turned freelancer. He still work for BBC, but also “run smartphone reporting training for journalists and producers and am currently visiting lecturer at both University of Westminster and City University, teaching media and journalism”, as he writes about himself on his webpage. I can highly recommend his course!

The focus on the course was on how to turn the great content that we already have, into a PodCast. As Soper stated, content is king, and we all were researchers with a lot to tell the world, but we lacked the experience on how to turning it into something that people will listen to.

The first point we needed to learn was how to write for audio. Secondly, how to do a good recording. Third step was editing. Fourth, how to get it out there.

Before the workshop started I had some ideas on what I wanted to make a PodCast about, and that was how climate models tick. During the first day though, I needed to write a short text for the webpage of the Organic project that I am part of. I therefore ended up with adapting that text to audio. Listening through it now, and discussing it with Ashley Braunthal, a fellow science communicator at SciSnack, I see that this was a bad strategy as it set some limits on how I built the text that do not work optimal. So I might revisit the topic later. I will keep it as it is for now, since it is limited how much time I have to use on it, and I want to make new PodCasts on other topics.

So here is the product,

A new site, a new start

I have for some time had my own domain, ingjald.no, and for a longer time I have had my blog, blihblableu, on blogspot.com. Now I have upgraded my webpage with a wordpress blog. I hope that I will this more regular than blihblableu.

The blogspot site I started way back when I first moved to Paris to have a way to keep in touch with my friends back in Bergen. So it was in Norwegian. It was named by Ida that is now living in Copenhagen, because my imagination was limited. Then, when I moved back for a year in Bergen, I changed to English to make my blog a bit more accessible to my non-Norwegian friends.

The blihblableu has been mostly focused on my travels, but this blog will be more general. So expect a bit from my travels, a bit from my work, a bit general science, opinions and stuff that I feel to blog about.

Welcome to Roteloftet in Skuteviken.

PS.:   Skuteviken is the part of Bergen where I live now
PPS.: Roteloftet is a reference to Fysikk på Roterommet