Onsdag den 31 Oktober 2018

So, there’s not a whole lot to write about today. I did some walking (surprise, surprise).

During my walk, I found that Hedvigs Kyrka (also called Tyska [pronounced: tee-skah] Kyrka because it’s in Tyska Torget) was open, so I popped in for a quick bit.

After that, it was a bit more walking around but there’s only so much walking one can do aimlessly, yeah?

So, instead, it was off to the Stadsbibliotek of Norrköping. Stadsbibliotek is a compound (much like words are compounded in German) of city stad [pronounced: stah’d] and library bibliotek [pronounced: bib-lee-oh-tek].

The library has all of the amenities you can think of and even has what my roommate would probably appreciate being available for check-out: audio books.

After that, it was a stop over at the movie theatre to see what was on.

This is the poster for the last movie I saw (multiple times) when I was in Sweden, Den Blomstertid Nu Kommer (the literal translation from Swedish would be “The Time for Blooming Comes Now” or “The Blooming Time is Now Coming”, depending on context). The movie’s no longer in the theatres but this particular cinema is under renovations. (I think I’ll ask them tomorrow if I can have the poster.)

What did I see? Well, I saw the latest (film) instalment of the Millennium Series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. It was decent and stayed true to the book, somewhat, but I kind of wish they had stuck with the original cast. The movie wasn’t bad, just different. Maybe I’m just too old and contankerous to appreciate change, anymore.

That being said, I imagine that – depending on how well the movie does in the theatres – they’ll be working on making the latest book into a movie and I will be seeing it. So, there is that.

Sorry that this is a bit lacklustre, dear reader. In the words of Walter Cronkite, “That’s the way it is.”

Windows PowerShell: Discovering and Resolving Neighbours in Your Network

Have you ever wanted to find out which computers are on your local network, what their IP addresses are (if you’re using DHCP), and what their hostnames are? Well, I’ve written a PowerShell script to do just that!

You can find it on GitHub, here.

Essentially, the script does one of two things.

If the Prefix parameter is supplied, it attempts to find all hosts in the last octet range (0-255) that are up (e.g.: that respond to pings) and then uses DNS to attempt to resolve the IP address to a known hostname. This can be especially useful for things like trying to find your Plex server, if your router has restarted and you don’t have a static IP address assigned for it.

If the Prefix parameter is not supplied, we attempt to obtain the first IP address available to the system (indexing by zero from the array) and use that range (e.g.: 192.168.0.x) to find the local hosts that are up (e.g.: responding to pings) and attempt to resolve their names in DNS.

The script takes some time to process the entire range and that’s because I didn’t want to deal with trying to add to a collection in a thread-safe manner due to parallelisation in PowerShell. It would be easy enough to do in C# and, if there’s a lot of interest in that, I could devote some time to writing this to be a dynamic-link library, instead.

For now, I hope it does someone some good, at the very least. 🙂

Tillbaka i Östergötland

Flew back into Sverige (pronounced: sv-air-ee-yay), yesterday. I never thought that I would say this but I think I’m getting tired of travelling/flying. On the realsies. As my friend, HomeSlice (only code names from here-on out), used to say, “For real, real, not play, play.

Something you’ll eventually figure out, if you ever go to Stockholm, but I’ll ruin the surprise for you: They have GSM repeaters under-ground, so you can all of that roaming goodness without the need of that pesky thing called the Earth getting in the way. (Pretty sure this is a GSM-band antenna, at least. Can confirm: Your cellphone will work underground.)

Arlanda Express. Do it. From Arlanda airport to Stockholm Central Station in like 20 minutes. Seriously. Do it. It does all the kph’s.

After a few hours’ wait (during which, I hit-up Forex bank to pay the fee for my ID-Kort, ate some Burger King and felt disgusted with myself, and smoked copious amounts of cigarettes), it was off to Norrköping via the train.

I was the only one in train car for the majority of the ride. Yes, you read that correctly: I had the train car to myself. It was simultaneously great and a bit disheartening. It was great because people suck, in general and en masse. It was disheartening because it was like a three hour train ride and I get bored super-easily. I read some of my book, programmed in C#, and surfed the internet to try to fill those hours.

I toss the lack of other people up to it being 21:00 (local time), it was a 1st class coach (which was like €10 more), and it was an older type train, with older type train cars (read:we were in no WiFi country).

Yes, there’s even video. Let’s see if we can get WordPress to play well with it.

http://www.iseelondoniseefrance.se/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/img_0497.mov

If you get a chance to grab a train via SJ in Sweden, I highly recommend the double-decker. Yes. They have one. Yes. It’s just as awesome as you’d think it’d be.

Today, I got up and did the needful, and then went to my appointment for my ID-Kort (Swedish ID Card).

Afterwards, I had to have meatballs for lunch (because Sweden and köttbullar), so I headed over to Tropikhuset and had some lunch.

Afterwards, it was a lot of walking but given how rainy and generally just miserable it’s been, I haven’t been snapping that many photos.

I do have to mention that during my walk I did swing by an old school book store and I think I have officially found heaven – especially at those prices.

So, that’s it for now. Maybe I’ll be more in the photo-taking mood as the week progresses. We’ll see.

Until then, dear reader, as Smokey the Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires…”

En Dag i Stockholm Del Två

So, today started off with breakfast in the hotel, which is where the Kalles Caviar photo that finished the last post originated from.

After breakfast, it was a quick shower, realising that I had left almost all of my toiletries at the hotel in Linköping (womp-womp).

First was to go to the Riksdag area, again. The Riksdag, itself, takes up almost half of the island called Helgeandsholmen and the area of the city is called Gamla Stan (literally, the old town).

This is also where the Stockholms Medeltidsmuseum (literally, Stockholm’s Mideival Times Museum) is located.

It’s a museum and it’s free, so of course I went through it! 😊

After that, it was time to get up close and personal with the Riksdag. Apparently, you need to have pre-booked tours; so, guess what I want to do the next go around?

Then, some more walking because why not?

Then, I stumbled upon another church, S:t Jacobs Kyrka. I think that the church is in the Norrmalm area of the city. Yes, it was a bit of a walk.

Just behind S:t Jacobs Kyrka is Kungsträdgården (literally, king’s tree garden), a fairly large park that also hosts an fairly large ice skating arena in winter.

After that, it was time to grab a bite to eat and I figured that it was time to see what all of the fuss about Max was.

Turns out that they’re pretty environmentally conscious and friendly, so I can see what all of the fuss was about.

The fries were worth passing on but the grilled halloumi nacho burger and the cloud berry shake were worth it.

After that, it was to the hotel to pick up my bag and head to Arlanda via the Arlanda Express. A train that goes 180km/h? Yes, please.

Hopped on the plane back to Dublin.

Back in Dublin, the passport control line was brutal. To give you an idea, the plane landed around 19:00. I didn’t get out of passport control until around 20:00.

Fun-filled facts: You have to have your GNIB card and cannot use your phone when talking to GARDAÍ. Either could be a €3000 fine. Not that I forgot my card or used my phone but I overheard the threats (?), so just trying to help you out. The More You Know™️

Now, I’m back in Dublin and I have to go right back to Sweden, soon, so expect a new post before the month is through. 😊

Until then, dear reader, as Mork used say, “Nanu nanu!”

En Dag i Stockholm.

So, a day in Stockholm was between yesterday and today. Well, if you want to hyper literal with it, it was less than a full day but who’s counting ticks, yeah?

Anyway, I got a room with a view at Radisson Blu Waterfront (in the Norrmalm area of Stockholm …or is it really Kungsholmen?). When they say, “with a view”, they aren’t lying.

That church-like tower off to the right is the Stadshuset (literally, house of the city), also known to us in English as city hall. You can tour the Stadshuset and I highly suggest you do so, if you ever get the chance. I, myself, have been twice and it’s a rather lovely building.

Any visit to Stockholm isn’t complete without a visit to Riksdagen.

The Riksdag is where the magic of the Swedish government happens (not to be outdone by knugen, to be sure) and, currently, they’re trying to form a coalition to form a complete government. There’s rumours that Annie Lööf will become the new stasminister, which I hope turn out to be true.

Next up was S:ta Clara kyrka. Unlike the many castles of Europe, I cannot seem to get tired of going into churches. Perhaps, there’s something to them or the fact the overall exposure time to churches is far less because their footprint is much smaller. Who knows…

S:ta Clara kyrka was nice but it was being used at the time that I had popped-in, so I snapped a photo or two and ducked out of there.

I then headed over to Drottninggatan (literally, Queen Street), hoping to go to Dressman before it got too late in the day.

I had duplicitous reasons for going to Dressman. The first was that I was looking for the cashier that had flirted with me in Swedish years before (I know, I know…) and the second was that I was running out of muscle shirts (always layer in cold environments).

After navigating the whole affair, mostly in Swedish, I was off to snag something to eat.

Drottninghof. I can not recommend it enough. Almost every time that I’ve been in Stockholm and had the time to afford a visit to this restaurant, I’ve always gone without fail.

This time, my meal consisted of toast skagen (literally, shrimp toast), regnbågsfilé (literally, rainbow fillet), and the dessert of the day.

After that, it was a bit more walking around before going back to the hotel to sleep and catching my flight today.

Did I mention the view of the hotel room? I’m not trying to show off, more like I’m trying to convince you to treat yourself, if ever you should go.

Finally, if you’ve ever been to Sweden, you’re all too familiar with the Kalles phenomenon. If you haven’t, let me explain: Kalles is a brand of caviar and the caviar, itself, is packaged and sold in tubes. When people talk about it, it’s almost always followed by the word caviar, Kalles Caviar. It’s a thing here, kind of like snus, but the only difference is that I’ve seen people use snus.

So, that’s all there is from a very brief time in Stockholm. I’ll probably tour the city a bit more before my flight today but won’t get a chance to update the blog until late tonight or tomorrow. Better to just assume this is the end of it, at the moment.

Until next time, dear reader, as the Vulcans say, “Live long and prosper.”

En Promenad runt Linköping

So, for Saturday and Sunday, I stuck mainly around the Linköping (pronounced: len-show-ping) area. It’s a decent walk about in autumn (yes, I’m trying to drop “fall” from my vocabulary for any seasonal references) and walking is good for you, or so I hear.

First up was the Trädgårdsföringen park (not to be confused with the park of the same name in Göteborg). I’ve taken plenty of photos of the park in the past. So, to save you from that mundane banality of seeing a panel of photos of it, again, here’s only a few. 🙂

After that, it was necessary to visit Linköpings Domkyrka (pronounced: dum-sheeyir-kah, said very quickly). It’s a beauty of a church and the acoustics of it are astounding, to the say the least.

After the domkyrka, it was a bit more of walking around town, killing time before bed.

The reason why it needed to be an early night for me is because I was off to Stockholm on the morrow. There won’t be anything on Stockholm in the next post.

Until then, dear reader, have a good one and – in the immortal words of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan, “Be excellent to each other!”

En Dag i Göteborg

I took an early morning bus (Nettbuss, a.k.a. bus4you) from Linköping to Göteborg. Early morning, for context, is only 7am local time (CEST) but that meant I had to interrupt my beauty sleep to catch it and those of you who know me know that I could use as much of that as plausibly possible.

The bus itself was pretty comfortable. If I could give you a comparative, it was like the AirCoach (in Dublin) meets the double-decker bus.

The views were pretty amazing, I have to say, but – then again – maybe I’m preferential to the Swedish countryside.

The bus took about 4 hours to get to Göteborg and it wasn’t too bad of a trip; albeit, the nicotine cravings started kicking in when we got out to lake country…

The bus takes you right to Göteborg Central Station, which is super convenient, as the tram lines run right outside the front doors (veritably). The inside of the station is pretty amazeballs and it’s something worth seeing, I think, if you ever get the chance.

After a quick lunch meeting, it was time to be off walking around the town. The pictures don’t do the city justice, to be sure, but they’re all I have to show you this city’s majesty.

After a brief walk about, it was time to do one of my favourite things: Visit a museum. In this case, it was Göteborgs Stadsmuseum. It cost a few quid (60SEK, which is about €6) and is cheap enough that it’s worthwhile. After all, there are three floors to the museum, itself.

Pictures of a museum? Of course there’s pictures!

And, then? No “and then”! And, then…? Well, and, then, it was time for more walking about the city.

Whilst walking about, I found my next favourite thing: A park. Nordic parks, in my opinion (I’m very opinionated, aren’t I?), are the best in the world. The principle reason, for me, is because most parks are open to the public 24×7, because the public pays for them and the public, in turn, gets to use them any time that they want.

This park, specifically, was called “Trädgårdsföreningen” and is located in the centre of Göteborg. It has everything you’d expect at a large-sized park, even a botanical garden (that’s also free).

After the park (but still, technically, within it), I grabbed a bit of Earl Gray and had a piece of blueberry cheesecake. This would, normally, be a very pedestrian thing to do; an uneventful event in the normal happenstance of life. Yet, during my afternoon tea, I was joined by a brave little fellow, with whom I ended-up sharing some of my cheesecake (more specifically, the crust) with.

Sadly, I had bought my savouries shortly before they closed but worry not: The little bird had more than a fair share of that cheesecake crust.

Then, it was off to dally about the town, again, until it was time to take the (very late) train home – which is where I’m writing this from. I love living in the future.

Whilst I was about town, I found something that I thought my roommate might enjoy. Wouldn’t you know it: He has one with 20 ports. Living in the future, he is.

I also found an apt quote around town that I think I will just close this off with. It’s not the best quote ever, in the history of ever, but it’s quite fitting.

Until next time. 🙂

Jag är i Sverige igen.

So, as the title infers, I’m back in Sweden again. I took a plane from Dublin to Stockholm and then the train from Stockholm to Linköping (pronounced “len-shōping”).

Back in Linköping, I’m in my regular hotel and life is back into the Swedish modality of things.

For example, in the style of “treat yourself” (see Parks and Rec), I took myself to a semi-fancy dinner at Gula Huset (literally, the golden [or yellow] house) and then a movie, Night School. Can’t say that I recommend the movie but a comedy was definitely in order, what with everything going on.

After the movie, it was stroll around town to take in the visages and off to bed to catch an early bus. The destination? Göteborg (or “Gothenburg” in English).

The Göteborg adventures are soon (still on the way there), so stay posted. 😊