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Going to Bara’s habilitation defense

(Yes, another Donau picture, I really like it there!)

I’m really slipping up on these posts. I’ve been really good at writing every Sunday but now it’s been like three times when I’m writing this the next week. However, for whatever unknown reason, I see that there’s always some traffic on the Sundays. That’s motivating!

We had planned to have a movie night at the institute on Wednesday. We didn’t end up watching the movie. I made spinach lasagna for the group, we went to the garden to eat, and we started drinking there. Because it was so nice outside (and so hot inside), we decided not to watch the movie and stay in the garden instead. It was really nice thought!

On Friday, Bara (my former supervisor and friend from Masaryk university) had her final habilitation defense and we went there to see her. The defense was successful and we spent the day eating and drinking in Brno. Congratulations once again, Bara!

Now a little bit about my projects. I’ve revived an old project of mine. It’s a visualization of data from RescueTime. I’ve been using RescueTime for a very long time, it’s one of the first things that I install on a new computer. The idea I had two years back was that I’d like to see when in the day I’m usually being productive and when I’m having my “lows”. I’ve ended up with implementing a prototype using Swift and SpriteKit.

This week, I decided to take it a bit further. I would like to finish it and make it so that other people can use it. So that’s what I’ve been working on in my free time.

My other project (the project manager) is going on as well, but I’ve changed technologies that I’m using. I’ve changed it to be an iphone app. The basic functionality is done and now I’m mostly thinking about how to develop it further.

I guess I’m going full on learning Swift and how to develop stuff for iOS and macOS. Initially, I wanted to spread out more. Not just focusing on one platform and maybe learn something more multi-platform (like Python). But the things is, I’ve always wanted to learn how to code stuff for iphone. And Apple makes it very pleasant to learn, with all the official documentation. You don’t have to google answers to your questions. You just need to read the manual. I really like that.

The other thing is that I’m getting more and more drawn to projects that I think are meaningful. More specifically, I like to design and make personal management/productivity tools for myself (and potentially other people as well). In general, my goal for 2017 is to focus more on making things that are useful, solving problems, rather than just because they look cool.


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Short week, weekend spent in Czech Republic

On Thursday, there’s been a public holiday here in Austria. That meant that I stayed at home while Gabi was working. I stayed at home for Friday too (because most of the people from the institute didn’t go to work either) but I tried to work at least a little.

I don’t really remember much happening regarding work.

For the weekend we went to visit my parents in Tlumacov in Czech Republic. I went with a train on Saturday morning (Gabi was going from Brno by a bus). We’ve had a lot of good food and enjoyed not being in the city for a while.

The most eventful was my way back to Vienna. I went with a train again, but it was completely full. It’s a long distance train that was full of Polish people with beers. For a while I was standing in the aisle and made some small talk with a woman who got on the next stop. I thought I have 2 hours of standing and constantly letting people pass by to go to the toilet ahead of me. But then, when the conductor came, he told the two of us to go sit down in the first class! So we went, sit down with the woman, and talked. It turned out that she’s Czech but living in Austria for a very long time. It’s very nice when you randomly meet someone like that.

The weather is getting crazy so I was very glad to come back home to our nice-looking, nice-smelling, and cool (as in temperature cool, but it’s cool as in awesome too) apartment.

We are now completely moved to Vienna

Wow, it’s the first time I’ve missed putting out a post on Sunday. The reason is that I was just completely exhausted yesterday.

We spent all weekend with moving. On Saturday, it was another trip with a rental van, only this time without our friend’s help and with the rest of ALL our stuff. You don’t realize how much stuff you have until you have to physically, with your own hands, move each and every one of them from one location to another. We also bought a couch, which meant we had to somehow get 60 kg to the first floor. But we managed!

We went back to Brno to return the van, relax for a while, and sleep there so that we could hand over the apartment in Brno. There was also a lot to clean still.

I would say that we are very clean people. We can take care of the place we live in. That’s why we were pretty angry that we had to pay for a kitchen unit doors under the sink because it got wet and wrinkled slightly. Maybe I’m wrong. But I think we treated the apartment as best as we could and this was just an effect of actually living in the apartment. It was some kind of chipboard or something like that BTW. Something that almost wrinkles when you just breathe on that. I don’t think you can expect something made from the cheapest materials to last forever. But I don’t know, maybe I’m the asshole…

Oh no, it's completely ruined!

Oh no, it’s completely ruined!

But anyway, we handed the old apartment over, put the rest of the stuff into Gabi’s mum’s car, and went for lunch to her and her partner’s apartment. After that they took us and our stuff to Vienna. The rest of the Sunday was spent putting our things into places and cleaning. We also finally found out where our storage compartment in the cellar is. The door sign was “parteienkeller” which translated by Google Translate was funny—”party cellar”. It’s pretty nice to have something like that, in this previous apartment we had to keep everything in the apartment. We were lucky to have the bikes down in the bike room. The bike room there was able to only take 4 bikes. And there were 12 apartments. Here in the apartment in Vienna the bike room is HUGE. I guess it’s not surprising when you think about how many people use bikes for every day commute here.

The new apartment look awesome in my opinion. Even now when we are not done unpacking yet, it’s getting cozy. I like that. I can only hope that we are going to like it here. It’s been pretty scary and emotionally taxing, this whole procedure of moving. At this point, I’m glad we are doing this. I’m glad that we are trying this big scary and outside-of-comfort-zone thing. Now I just hope that it doesn’t turn out being a bad move.

April weather

I have a hard time writing something this week.

It’s really cold these days. I think I’ve heard that there is a wave of cold air from the north coming and that’s easy to believe. It’s been hailing one day! It’s not very pleasant to be outside and therefore there was not much happening this week.

On Monday we had a holiday (Easter Monday) and we basically just went for a short walk because it was so windy. Other than that we spent the day laying around. Gabi left on Tuesday morning and it was just me again for the rest of the week. But that’s not gonna stay that way for long! Just one more week.

I’m getting more comfortable in the city every day. I figured out the fastest way to work with just one transfer. The bus stop is few steps from our apartment and the station of Ubahn where I get off is similarly close to the work. I’m nailing the conversations with the cashiers (“grüß gott”, “danke shön”).

We need to go through one more weekend of moving. We will be finally handing over the apartment in Brno so we need to move the rest of our stuff to Vienna. It’s probably going to be pretty hard to coordinate and execute but at least that’s the last thing. After this we both will be living in Vienna.

I was thinking about my goals and “mission statement” of what I want to accomplish actually. Right now, I’m just having fun learning stuff, studying whatever seems interesting to me. I, of course, have this goal of becoming better person—I want to be emotionally stable, calm in high pressure situations, knowledgeable, be the guy who’s able to help people, contribute. But that’s just what I think growing up is about. I always had big ambitions. I knew that I’m going to be successful somehow. I never knew how, but I was just sure that I will find success. My problem however is that I feel like I should already be working on my success. Not to say that I’ve been failing up to this point—I’m very proud that I was able to get my master’s degree and get a job at a university in another country. I want to achieve more however. I want to take control of my life. I want to do things my way and be sure that my actions are what influences the results.

Two things kinda triggered these thoughts. First, I watched La La Land with Gabi. The struggle of becoming great and achieving something is the theme of Damien Chazelle’s films Whiplash and La La Land (I loved both). Another was this DOOM documentary. I don’t know what’s so interesting in this for me. But I really wished that I had the skills needed to work on something like that game.

That being said, I’m still going to continue doing what I’m doing. I’m starting to get really into Swift and iOS development. I really like that all the info is basically out there, either in official apple documentation, or in tutorials on the web. The thing about iOS tutorials is funny—everybody wants to make money on that. There’s so many people explaining how to do simple stuff and marketing their books/paid tutorials. I don’t know if that’s the only way people make money from iOS development. But I just want to create apps, tools for myself, and maybe games. I want to produce as much as I want. And I will!

Vienna apartment moving, graduation ceremonial = pretty full week

I haven’t had a week this busy in a while. I’m exhausted.

On Monday and Tuesday not much has happened. I was working at home and preparing for what was coming.

On Wednesday I had an alarm set to 4am. I had to go to Vienna for the apartment handover. I probably could have gone with a later bus but I wanted to be sure that I’m not late. I got the apartment keys and then worked at the institute for the rest of the day. I got home around 10pm. Student agency (or RegioJet? I don’t know) bus between Brno and Vienna is like my second home.

On Thursday, we both had our graduation ceremonial. Unfortunately, since we had different study programmes, we didn’t go at the same time. Gabi’s was at 10:00 and mine at 12:30. I am still not sure how I felt about the ceremonial. On one hand, I’m still very proud of us, mainly Gabi because she really worked hard at the end even though people were telling her to not try to finish this semester. But on the other hand, it feels so long ago! My mind is already set on a completely different thing. But I’m glad I did it for my family. I guess that’s why you do these kinda things anyway.

Tak diplomy uz jsou doma 😉 #promoce #ceremony #diploma #masters #magistri #fimuni #fi #muni #degree #diplom #czechgirl #czechboy #czechcouple

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We went for a lunch/dinner afterwards. It was the first time that our families had met. There wasn’t much time so I don’t thing they talked that much. But it all went well I think.

Friday was again a little bit slower. I was planning how we’re going to move some of our stuff to Vienna. The apartment is unfurnished so we had to get some basic furniture there. I knew we’re going to need a bed and some storage. On Friday we were looking at IKEA and finally deciding what we’re going to buy. It turned out that it would be better if we rented a van, bought the stuff in IKEA in Brno, put some of my stuff into the van as well, and drive to Vienna.

That’s exactly what we did on Saturday. It was one of those days where many things needed to click. The van had to be picked up. IKEA had to have all the stuff we wanted. I needed to be able to find a parking spot close to our apartment in Brno. The car had to survive the drive to Vienna. We had to find a parking spot close the the apartment in Vienna.

To some people, this is probably nothing. I know that there’s a solution for everything. But I’m still learning how to do things in life. I’m still learning how to handle everything. All in all, it was stressful, but everything worked out great. I am probably too superstitious but it seems that everything is going well in life lately. It’s never easy, but it all usually ends well. I’m not complaining, I’m just aware.

I have to thank our friend Miloš who went with us and helped us with the moving. I can’t even imagine having to do this with just me and Gabi.

Sunday was a rest day. We just returned the van in the morning, went to get groceries and then came home and slept.

So this was my, kinda crazy, week. I’m going to Vienna tomorrow. We have a paper deadline on Friday.

Honestly, this all is very scary to me. Moving to a different country is something that I’ve always wanted. But it doesn’t come easily. Yesterday when we got back to our half-empty apartment in Brno, I got very emotional. A lot of has happened here, both good and bad. But it was our home for a year. We got used to it. We knew how to sneak around the bed in a way where you didn’t hit your kneecap. We knew that when you went into the closet you needed to be fast because the light sensor works weird. We even kinda learned how to cook in such a little space, we learned that we need to do it together, help each other.

Moving is hard. Moving to a different country is even harder. Moving to a different country when you don’t speak the language…pffff. But I hope that we will work it out. I hope that this will end up being a good decision and that we both figure out how we want to live our lifes, what we want to do.

I know that I can do it all if Gabi is with me. Cause, ultimately, my home is where she is.