Day #153 Last two weeks…

That’s right, in two weeks I’m gonna be at home. It’s almost half a year since I started my contract here at CERN. I’ve already sold my car – I’m on bike again. ;-) – I’ve also moved out from my room and moved into CERN hostel for last two weeks. Time’s running really fast… :-)

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Day #123 81st International Motor Show, Palexpo-Geneva

Every year, there is a famous Motor Show in Geneva, which is considered to be the biggest event of this kind around the world – happily this year I was in neighborhood (about 7 bus stops from CERN). One of my friends found a possibility to get free tickets, I took a day off and got there to see what’s going on. Really, it was very impressive, I think there were hundreds or even thousands of cars – 170 of which was premieres! I’m rather motorbike fan (actually muscle cars are also among my interests), but this show is definitely worth seeing.

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Day #116 Buy cheap laptop while beeing at CERN

There are two interesting projects for those who are planning to buy a laptop – project Neptun (https://www1.ethz.ch/neptun/) and project Poseidon (http://poseidon.epfl.ch). The former one has two shopping windows during the year in which you can make an order and buy one of pre-configured laptops of one of three brands: Lenovo, HP or Apple. The latter one is very similar (even in offer and prices), but is available for the whole year. Projects are mainly for Swiss students and academical employees but CERN employees are also allowed to make shopping there. I was interested in Lenovo laptop, after comparing prices I found out that it’s 15% cheaper than in USA (and more than 40% cheaper than in Poland). The only limit I know is two laptops per person per year.

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Day #109 Swiss banks overrated

It’s just about to complain a bit on my Swiss bank – UBS. Up to now, I was rather patient, there were some problems, mistakes, misunderstandings about UBS I experienced or heard of. But now, it’s an exaggeration. We made a money transfer between two UBS accounts last Wednesday and money came came today morning… and you have to pay for that account – insane. I have some experience with banks in Poland, there are free accounts and money transfers within the same bank go in minutes not days. Money transfer from Poland came in that time… I don’t understand it, pity that there is not a big choice.

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Day #102 BI Presentation for GS-ASE group

Few weeks ago I proposed a Business Intelligence solution for a project concerning car pool reporting. Since than I’ve successfully implemented part of Data Warehouse and produced some reports which satisfied all the primary project requirements. By the way I was asked to prepare a presentation about my idea and present in for GS-ASE group. The presentation took place today and I have to say that it was really successful. There were a lot of people and many of them are interested in topic so there is quite a big chance that the idea will survive and maybe even will be applied in different projects.

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Day #100 Hundred days has passed

It’s already more than three months since I came here – time goes fast. So far I was writing a post for every day, but it’s getting hard to find something interesting to write about every day and I don’t want to write any boring stuff, so since now I’ll write only when something at least a bit interesting happen. ;-)

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Day #99 Where is the bad weather?

A climate here is a bit strange to me… it’s been more than three weeks since there were no snow, clouds or frost and this is a beginning of February. Well, I’m not complaining, there is a snow high in mountains, so skiing conditions aren’t that bad and down here it’s almost possible to walk around without a jacket. I’m not a specialist, but it looks like bad weather stopped at the mountains tops. ;-)

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Day #98 CERN Microcosm Science Garden

According to what is written on a welcome sign Microcosm Science Garden is a exposition of pieces of real equipment used by CERN scientists between 1964 and 1998.

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Day #97 Swiss motorway vignettes

In Switzerland there are no gates at the motorway – like in France. All you have to do in order to use Swiss motorways legally is buying a vignette which costs 40 CHF for the whole year and is valid since 1st December previous year up to 31st January following year. You can buy it at every post office and gas station (at the latter one waits are shorter), just note that if you want to take a caravan or a trailer you need extra vignette.

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Day #96 Ski Club CERN outing #5 – Avoriaz

Today was the final – fifth – official outing with CERN Ski Club. The place was the most beautiful one comparing to the other four. I couldn’t stop taking photos… really, I’m not a kind of romantic person with an artistic soul, but this was totally awesome and I liked it. I heard also that Avoriaz is one of the biggest resorts all over the world. Of course CERN Ski Club outings haven’t finished, it was just about something like official outings. Now the club is organizing different outings in different places during weekends – anybody can join.

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