My name is Arthur; hello! I'm North-Norwegian and born in 1995. After having lived abroad for some time and then Corona, I now have a home base on Grytøya in the North. I sometimes travel to meet friends and learn languages that interest me. To be able to do so I have a job I can do remotely. This job mostly consists of making software for people but I also do some consulting and design.
I was supposed to finish a MSc climatephysics in May 2018 at the University of Tromsø. Feeling however that it was not the right thing to do for me at the time, I bailed 10 days before handing in my thesis. This, I'm sure, was the right move for me. I'm considering taking up the degree at a later time, but as of now I don't really need it. I still love physics and mathematics.
Blog about languages: Språksprek (in Norwegian)
Notes on names
Depending on where I am, to whom I speak and in what language, my name takes on different forms. As will yours of course.
|Chinese||阿瑟 (ā sè)|
This is so because:
- Some names have variants in various languages. This especially applies to biblical names.
- My name does not exist as is in Chinese and has to be totally remade.
- In Lithuanian every name has an ending that changes according to grammatical rules (cases). This applies in general to many languages with cases.
- Also, the pronounciation of my name in Norweigan contains a sound that is hard for most people to pronounce: the retroflex t. It is fairly common in Indian languages but in Indoeuropean ones (and in general) it's not.
My love of languages started some time after I discovered maths during high school, and after that it didn't take long before I was really into linguistics and language learning.
I have been continually learning languages ever since, and I firmly believe that it is one of the best way to gain insight into other cultures and people.
An example of how languages contribute to my personal development is how I feel so small and weak when I am the only person in a room that doesn't understand. Language is in a sense the hooks we hang everything from body language to facial expressions on, and without it these are terrifyingly hard to interpret:
Is she laughing from pain or pleasure?
It would be hard to tell without understanding what people were saying. Constantly trying to learn other languages and failing is a sure way to humble yourself.
TODO: I have yet to write this.
Programming and coding
Learning how to code was something I got into during my three years in secondary school. I started off with Perl, Python and PHP, but ended up mainly sticking with PHP first with a drizzle of Python on top. After getting into the field, I quickly began creating different things, small tools and programs that helped me out. The approach was based on tinkering and quite project oriented.
Next up though was iOS programming, which at the time happened in Objective C. I ordered the fattest and best looking book I could find and started reading. It was all very technical; the book started out with straight C on the rocks, pointers and all. But, I pulled through and learned tons. The fundamentals I learned back then from that book are still with me.