Elfing away

The last day of work before Christmas has contained some major breakthroughs in the project. I’ll post these on the blog when they are documented. But also there has been time for some fun greetings from friends. Here the best one so far - with me dancing which is rather unique: http://www.elfyourself.com/?userid=0f3137be6d86ca0fc1a19e4G06122202 Merry Christmas!
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Pictures from caroling in Old Town

Here are a picture from the caroling in the Old Town of Stockholm, which i’ve mentioned. It was quite dark but that how it is in Sweden these days, and yes - we don’t have any snow. To much work with the shovel so we just removed it once for all :) We’re all “dreaming of a green Christmas, just like the ones from 2006”
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Caroling done for this year, almost

Yesterday we did the last Caroling-gig (you know; the Salvation Army playing with a pot for coin collection, as seen in many films) for this year with the Vasa Band. And that was something special i can tell you: Apparently this has been going on for a while now but the Old Town in Stockholm is organising a advent-calender in the famous buildings around the Old Town. So for example door 13 was in the castle and the King and Queen went to do their little thing (mostly waving of hands). Yesterday we took part in the opening of door 19 and there were about 200 people there to see us. I was very surprised, but happily surprised. The last Caroling for my part will be on Christmas eve when a traditional gig will take place in Södertälje with the Salvation Army there. Will be very nice to see all...
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Free courses from Microsoft

This is not to often but these courses are in fact totally free of charge AND a good introduction. I have taken them and had great use of them: https://www.microsoftelearning.com/eLearning/offerDetail.aspx?offerPriceId=109340 By the way - here’s a good site for us who want to check in on .NET 3.0 - http://www.netfx3.com/ And finally - a real good presentation by my housegood Juwal Löwy: http://perseus.franklins.net/dnrtv/0039/PartA_media/PartA.wmv
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Hospital caroling

When I wrote the list over weird things to do this weekend i forgot the most heartwarming thing; yesterday i went to the St Görans Hospital with Elin and a friend. Elins father works there as a hospital priest. We went around about 5 floors and sung carols and some euphoniumplaying sneaked it’s way in there too :) It was very rewarding although not too many people had the strength to come out - which you can understand. But I could almost feel their appreciation out the place where we stood.
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First Santa - completed!

Yesterday did my first Santa-performance! Since it was on party for Elins workplace and didn’t know anyone I was a bit nervous. Also they are nurses on a “urology”-department i was a bit nervous to read the rhymes on their present. :) And I was right - some of the rhymes had to do with the parts of the body that they work with. Nothing to bad though… To the right is not a mugshot of someone robbing a bank, but rather me in the Santa outfit.
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YBS - alive and kicking?

Just read that the YBS Band are looking forward and keeps a positive attitude. That’s what i like! See the positive - even in the dark situations. Read more here I know about a story about the times when Watson took over Black Dyke. After two rehearsals the band consisted of only 5 players. But that didn’t get them down. Apparently Robert Childs said: “Great - now we can build the band we want!”. That’s cool! I still cheer for YBS. Keep going!
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