Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Forsyte Saga

I have forgot to tell about the best mini series I've seen for a while: The Forsyte Saga. Riksu took the dvd box home from library and we watched the whole thing in a week or so. I am a big fan of Jane Austen type films and series. I can highly recommend this one!

Test your musicality

I found three musical tests that test if you are tone deaf, what your pitch perception is like, and if you are good with rhythm. My scores on all three tests are here. Music school might have something to do with the results. :)
What's your score?

Friday, March 30, 2007

"Could Union Square Be Your Next Airport?"

For a while ago already, Juho showed me this article. Great out-of-the-box thinking, I'd say!


Although I've got a racing bike and a mountain bike, I've been wanting a simple city bike for a couple of years already. Whenever I visit my Mom in Oulu, I get to ride her 3-gear ladies' bike. My racing bike is purely for sports. My mountain bike is good for riding in the city, but not for parking it, locking it, riding it when wearing a skirt, or transporting anything. It doesn't have a stand, so it always has to be parked leaning on something. Locking it takes forever, since you need a separate insurance company certified lock. You can imagine the problems with the skirt. And as there's no rear rack, the only kind of bag you can have with you is a backpack. The outcome of all this is the fact that for some years already, I've been walking to places and using the mountain bike mainly for exercising. And as it takes longer to walk to places, I've felt "trapped".
Today I finally got myself a 3-gear, foot-brake (or whatever it's called) ladies' bike with a fixed lock. The bike has both a rear rack and a mounted basket on the front. I LOVE IT! There was a 20 % discount on all bikes this week, so the bike wasn't even too expensive, only 279 euros.
I got my freedom back!!! :D

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Web 2.0 – johdatus internetin uusiin liiketoimintamahdollisuuksiin

Tässä Tieken tuoreessa julkaisussa on paljon web 2.0 -esimerkkejä (esim. Igglo, Amazon, BitTorrent, Wikipedia) ja muutenkin rautalankavääntöä, että mistä oikein on kyse.

PS. Tästä lähtien kirjoitan sillä kielellä, millä milloinkin huvittaa ja kumpi on tarkoituksenmukaisempaa. From now on, I will post either in English or Finnish according to how I feel and which language serves the purpose better.

Sushi and coffee

After work, before I took the train back home to Tampere, I had sushi and coffee with my brother Juho in Kamppi Center.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Ladies hairdresser Capriccio

I surf around from time to time, and today I found a ladies hairdresser ad that made me laugh. :D

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Biking season has begun

Today I took my dear mountain bike out for the first time this spring. Of course one can bike all year round, but personally I just hate it when I need to wear so many layers I feel like my knees don't bend well for pedalling... Today it was warm enough (over +10 °C), so I went biking for about 1 hour. Although it was a lot of fun, I believe I will need to wait a while until the next time, since there was so much dust in the air that my semi-asthmatic lungs did not feel too good.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

I love goat cheese

The best part of a home-made chèvre salad is that there's enough of everything: rucola, green olives, red onions, basil, tomatoes...mmmmmhhh! :) I believe no-one likes goat cheese OK. You either love it or you don't (and you say it tastes like wet woollen stockings).

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My face(s)

This is the best site I've found for a while!!! Check out the Face Transformer. And take a look at my 10 faces too... :D

Remake of a remake - but by whom?

In 1984, Ridley Scott directed the famous Apple Macintosh Commercial. In 2004, for the 20th anniversary, Apple digitally added an iPod on Anya Major and launched a remake of the ad. Now, there's a mysterious remake of the remake with Hillary Rodham Clinton as Big Brother circling the internet. Barack Obama's campaign people claim they have nothing to do with it. Well, who has then?

the original 1984 Apple Macintosh ad
the remake with iPod
the Clinton/Obama mystery ad

(via MIT Advertising Lab, San Francisco Chronicle, and MilkandCookies)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Kokoomus and Greens win + it's snowing

Kokoomus wins big time and also Greens get one more seat in the parliament. Yippee!!! :)
AND it started snowing again. What is this...? I want my spring back!!

Fish news!

I made some changes in the fish tank. The photos show also how well the plants have grown!

Election day

Today is the day of election of the parliament. I just came from casting my vote. This is probably (I'm not 100 % sure) the first time I am voting on the actual election day. I usually vote in the advance voting period just to be sure I will not miss the thing. As you know, I am the moving kind, so I can never be sure if I will be home for the election. But today I was.
Picking my candidate was a bit difficult, since this is the first time I'm voting in Tampere region and I don't know the candidates here too well. Actually this is the second time I get to vote as a Tampere citizen, but the last time it was the presidential election and the whole country was one big electoral district. And in fact, I cast my vote for Sauli Niinistö in Singapore, not in Tampere.
Today it was tough choice for me as always between finding a green and liberal
Kokoomus candidate or a right-wing Green League candidate. A very tough choice.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


It is getting more spring-like in Tampere but even more so in Helsinki. In both cities the temperature has been hovering around 6–8 °C (42–49 F) and it's been sunny. It's hard to spot snow in Helsinki anymore. I was so excited about spring and the plan was to take a very springy picture but I ended up shooting DDR in November...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Where's the snow?!

Where's the snow? Is winter really over now? It looked a lot different just one month ago. The winter in Tampere this year was really short I'll say:
January 16
January 22
February 3

Monday, March 12, 2007

Leaving Oulu

We took the pendolino back home to Tampere.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

My old home

The purpose of our trip to Oulu was to go through Dad's stuff in a warehouse in Haukipudas. On our way back, we decided to drive by the house where Juho and I were born. We moved out in the summer of 1984. Seeing the old house was strange – the house looked so small!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

In Oulu

This weekend we are in Oulu. Riksu and I arrived on Friday night and my brother Juho today in the afternoon.
I spent lovely 3 hours with Marja, with whom not 3 or 30 hours is ever enough, because we always engage ourselves in a never-ending discussion.
In the evening Riksu, Juho and I went to JP's and then headed to the centre to enjoy the night-life. The night-life scene in Oulu has not changed much for a few years, so we went to our regular spots Never grow old and 45.

Friday, March 09, 2007

I look like a man

I had to try out the famous Naamavaalikone (it's a candidate matcher for the parliamentary elections based on the shape of your face). The result: I look like a man.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Panda sneeze

My friend Konrad sent me this hilarious panda sneeze video. I have now watched it about 10 times and I'm still laughing... :)
By the way, if you don't know Hana Koala, check out this one, too. When I was in Kyoto about one year ago, I fell in love with one car insurance TV commercial. It's funny how all Japanese commercials look like they were made for children, because they are so "Kawaii" (that is cute in English). If this doesn't cheer you up, nothing does!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Nettle crêpes and lingonberries

I stayed at my grand-aunt Tetti's as usual. She made one of my favourite dishes: nettle crêpes. (They go very well with lingonberries.)
PS. Yep, I know this is not the first time I write about nettle crêpes, but the first time this year anyway: 03.10.2006, 15.12.2005, 05.11.2004

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Old sewing cotton

I had to patch up a small rip in my jeans. Most of my sewing stuff is more than 50 years old! The reason is that my Mom's mother, who died before I was born, had her own dressmaker's business and apparently an endless supply of yarn.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Risto-Matti Hannukainen

I got a bill for the annual membership fee from Hannukaisten sukuseura (Hannukainen genealogy association). It's seems that they have decided that Riksu took my name and not the other way around. :)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Chicken-potato casserole

We cooked one of my current favourites: chicken-potato casserole. Riksu's mom makes something like this, but we developed the recipe by adding blue cheese, and now it is delicious.
The recipe (in Finnish, sorry):
400 g kanan filesuikaleita
1–2 pussia peruna-sipuli-suikaleita
mausteita (mustapippuri, timjami, basilika, rosmariini jne.)
Paista kanan filesuikaleet pannulla. Kaada paistovuokaan peruna-sipuli-suikaleet ja kanasuikaleet. Murenna joukkoon sinihomejuustoa ja pieneksi silputtua valkosipulia sekä heitä mukaan mausteita maun mukaan. Lorauta kaiken päälle ruokakerma ja laita vuoka uuniin (225 °C) noin tunniksi. Kannattaa välillä vilkuilla, ettei pinta pala. Jos pinta alkaa ruskistua liikaa, laita päälle folio.

PS. I have decided to use coloured thumbnail photos from now on.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Fish parade

I spent almost one hour hunting my fishes with a camera. There's now a photo of each species. A much bigger job would be trying to take a photo of each fish, since there are 28 of them all together:
1 Bristlenose Pleco called Rousku
4 Otos
5 Skunk cory
5 Bronze cory
3 Bolivian Rams
10 Flame tetras

Progress on my fish tank

The plants in my aquarium have grown a bit already. There used to be nothing on the back of the tank, so you could see the wall through the tank. A while ago I put some dark green cardboard in the back, but I'm not sure, if it's working... What do you think?

Friday, March 02, 2007


The temperature has risen and it now hovers around 0 °C, which is probably the cause of the fog we experience tonight in Kaleva.

Thursday, March 01, 2007


I love salmiakki, and I love the new Fazer salmiakki mix. I had to buy one bag for my train ride back home. Although it can be tiresome to travel between Tampere and Helsinki every week, I quite like the Thursday night on the train: There's never too many people, I'm always pretty tired, I usually read something not work-related, and very often fall asleep.