Personal infographics, baby!

I’ve recently upgraded my LinkedIn profile just to see and understand first hand how the upgraded versions work. I’ve been wanting to do it for quite some time already, but just never got around to upgrading. To my surprise, with an upgrade you can e.g. add files, links etc. to your profile as if to…

Forget me not

I was planning to share the joy of finding all my favorite plants and flowers in my new garden, and then I read the news of yet another shooting in Finland. It’s heart-breaking. In Hyvinkää, a small town some 50 km from Helsinki, so far two people are dead and a third one is fighting…

Quality Hunters on the loose

I’ve written a lot about Finland: the society, design, politics. Or I don’t know if it’s a lot, but anyway I feel like it’s some. I noticed some time ago that Finnair and Helsinki Airport were planning to launch a second round for Quality Hunters, which is like a sophisticated version of mystery shopping. Except…

Soundtrack of social change

I got myself a new book. It is the first non-fiction book I have bought in a good while. This baby has about 800 pages, just like a good Harry Potter novel. Author Dorian Lynskey, a music writer for the Guardian, has done impressive and interesting research about the politics of pop music, and BTW…

Orson Welles: the Queen of Denmark

What a week. Have not had time to blog about things, and there are so many to mention. Must take it easy and not add everything to this one post. There is the issue with John Grant. He performed last Monday in Helsinki. I had never heard his music before, but then my favourite radio…

Finns and the genetic preference for heavy music

You know how it is, after a long working week, Friday finally comes and you just want to relax. Today was the kind of day for me. I’m enjoying a rare evening on my own, so I got some delicious salad ingredients and white wine. Made myself a wonderful salad, poured the wine and opened…

Listening to music without CD’s

I love my cd’s. They’re right there by my books, nicely organized. I love going through them on a Sunday morning, choosing one to play and then playing it. I never knew I was a relic because of doing that. Tori Amos played live in Helsinki last night. I was blown away. I’ve seen her play…

Why biographies hurt my brain

I’ve been slowly reading Wolf Hall. I’m sure it is an interesting novel, rewarding, and in many ways enlightening, but damn it’s boring. People die of plague, webs of lies develop, the King is blinded by love and/or lust and Thomas Cromwell is right there in the middle of it. What else is new? Historical…

Visiting slums

Someone at the opposite house is selling their flat. I saw the housing agent’s car and signs on the door as I came back from a walk. Houses, the places we live in, flats, small rooms, large villas, log cabins, tents. Some time ago I went through a phase of defining what home means to…