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sxsw-2012-logo.pngThis year was the first time I have had the opportunity to attend South by South-West Interactive, the digital part of the infamous music festival in Austin, Texas that quickly grew to include movies and multimedia. With the tech-boom of the recent decade nearly letting the Interactive section overshadow the other parts it has been dubbed "spring break for geeks" and it is one of the largest and craziest events around for all things digital. So naturally it is the place to be to catch up on the latest trends and hypes in everything from online social media to cutting edge gadgets and private space ventures. SXSW can only be described as conference overload. There is simply too much of everything so it is an entirely overwhelming experience to be there.

So how was it then? Absolutely incredible of course! Despite the downpour of rain throughout that gave me a pneumonia, and the unknowable number of sessions, lounges and parties that I missed out on, I still had five fully packed days with stimulating chats, interesting sessions, amazing food and fun nights out. In addition we took a Texas roadtrip after the conference where we got to see a whole lot of a place most Europeans would never even think to visit.

The past couple of months I've been somewhat out of touch with my usual activities, the reason being that we have moved to a new apartment and renovated it completely. This has naturally taken its toll on my time and energy so there has been little left for other activities and even just keeping up to date on my blogroll, twitterfeed and all the other streams that our lives have started revolving around in this age of social media. However now all of the big things are completed, and as we are finishing the final details over the next couple of months I expect to get back on top of my streams and find the energy to spend on other activities as well.

Another year has come and gone, another year filled with new experiences, lots of fun, plenty of work, some travels and a little stress in the pinches. A lot has happened, and my life has changed considerably. From almost beeing a drifter during my studies by living in 10 different places over the past 6 years, I have now settled down in Oslo, Norway along with many of the other people I have met over the years, and I am now planning to stay for a while.

I have now been living in summer-land for almost three months, and in addition to the internships and classes that I have followed, we have also written and presented a business plan as a part of the course. Also we have been actively networking at conferences (like the SES), consulate receptions and at other events to make the most out of our stay. We have also gotten to know northern California by travelling around the Bay Area and beyond, including to several national parks and of course, Las Vegas. But now the time has come to once again return home to Norway and see some more of Europe while getting settled in my first permanent job.

Or maybe not completely... but at least I was featured in the five largest newspapers in Norway today on a case about broadband usage. You can find me in Aftenposten, Bergens Tidende, Adresseavisen, Stavanger Aftenblad and Fædrelandsvennen.
Articles are in Norwegian.

Starting tomorrow I'm employed as a part-time computer-salesman at Lefdal Elektromarket. With the limited availability of part-time work in Trondheim I'm really happy I could get such a perfect job to have in addition to my studies and extra-curricular activities. It's fun, I earn money and I get discounts on all kinds of neat electronics and household appliances :-)