Saturday, March 31, 2007
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
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
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.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
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
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
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
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
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
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
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
Thursday, March 08, 2007
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
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
Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
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
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
5 Skunk cory
5 Bronze cory
3 Bolivian Rams
10 Flame tetras
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
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.