Monday, March 31, 2014


We went to see Carmen at Olavshallen. We've always enjoyed theater productions in Trondheim. Very high quality.

I think this was a good production, but my godness, what a terrible boring opera. Sorry, just because it's famous doesn't mean it's good!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Peter's school participated in Gründerkamp, an entrepreneur competition. His class had the theme of energy conservation. In teams of 4 they developed ideas for products or services and then a fair where they presented models, presentations, brochures, etc. for parents. The winning team from each class in the school got to go to a regional competition.

Peter's team had the idea to take the drain pipe from the shower and wrap it around the intake pipe to the hot water heater to preheat the water. They calculated energy savings in units of how many slices of bread could be toasted with the energy saved. I thought it was a super idea! They did not have the best display or brochure, yet their team won anyways!

Last week they went to the regional competition and competed against 17 other teams. There were 4 different prize categories... and their team won first place in two of the categories, bringing back two cash prizes for their class. Congratulations!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day!

Pi day! It was turn to make Friday-waffles at work. Instead I spent the night before baking pies! At lunch I served 3 and 1/7 pies. Mmmm... Pies are not very popular in Norway so it was kind of a treat for my colleagues.

Also, "pi" is pronounced "pee" in Norwegian (as in much of the world), and "pie" is "pai" in Norwegian which is pronounced like "pie" in English. So eating pie on pi day is not as clever in Norway as it is in the U.S. But I can't really serve pee at lunchtime. Not even if it is "pee day".

Afterwards, I did a pi-memorizing presentation with my friend Allan.

Mmmm... regular and gluten-free 
3 and 1/7 pies.  π times π.
Pi memorizing presentation with Allan

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Stavanger math days

I was in Stavanger for two days doing math events at the Science center. Over two days I did 5 half-hour juggling/math shows and 12 half-hour human geometry workshops for 5th graders, and in the evening I did 2 one-hour talks for teachers. Very busy and very fun two days!

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Peter and Anna have been learning to solve Rubik's Cube. Proud papa, me. At NTNU this weekend it was the National Cubing Championship. We discovered it randomly when the kids came with me to work on the weekend. Cool.

Peter and me on the news

The minister of education came to Trondheim. I met with him late in the day, I didn't know that he had visited Peter's school earlier. But on the evening news, there was film of both me and Peter during the same segment. Fun!

Peter on the News
Mike later in the same segment