10 Nov 2000 ajk   » (Journeyer)

On Wednesday we had a memorable guest: President of the republic Tarja Halonen visited Central Finland, and one of her ports of call was Agora, our shiny new workplace. Tuomas even got to give a short talk to the president, and I passed by her in the hallway, almost by pure accident :-) Boy, didn't we experience something Really Grand(tm)? There are pictures of the visit and of the visit of President Martti Ahtisaari (in office 1994-2000) in Jyväskylä on the same day, one of them featuring Tuomas.

I discovered Alvin Maker. Reading "Heartfire" now. I also have "Dorsai!" ready for reading, and I got today Johanna Sinisalo's (one of the leading Finnish SF writers) first novel. It's amazing how books make you sleep late.

I have a dream: that is, to learn write good fiction. I think I have the theory already, but I'm missing a lot of practice, and usable story ideas that sound true to me.

There's a lot of exciting things happening now with GZigZag. Tuomas got virtual structures going, and I'm battling with a network-enabled CVS-like version management system for ZZ spaces. Cat has put out a incomplete but very good draft for the user's manual. We got an IPAQ and two Cassiopeias for porting GZZ into them.

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