Huuma magazine launched

Huuma magazine is out. We had the launching seminar on Friday 10 January at the elegant Savoy Theatre in Helsinki, partied till late in the night, and went to sleep with the magazine on our night stands. I’ve been involved in many printing processes before, but never quite felt this way about the final product. The…

Land of the midnight sun

My second countdown this year is almost over. We’re very close to Midsummer, which has a magical meaning to most Finns. It’s the nightless night, often considered the biggest celebration of the summer. It is also the turning point towards darker times: daylight starts to diminish minute by minute from Midsummer onwards. I’d like to…

Not so bad, November

Ah, suddenly it’s almost the end of November! What happened? I think this may have been the first ever November that does not feel two years long. Yes, it’s dark. Yes, it’s rainy. Yes, I hate waking up in the morning, going to work in the dark and coming home in the same weather, same…

Election night

What an exciting night we experienced yesterday. Electrifying! The first round of presidential elections in Finland is now over, with no candidate ending up getting an absolute majority of the votes, so second round it is. This time, the second round battle will be between a conservative and a liberal, both middle-aged white men. It’s…

The list of all things good

As you may remember, I’m very fond of lists. Lists are wonderful, they simplify life, they create order into what’s ambiguous and they provide an endless source of happiness to a person who prefers things easy. My lists this week include the so-called general list, including everything that needs to be remembered. I also need…

Apples, nachos and dignity with giggles

This week saw some interesting theme days. October 21 was the annual apple day. By accident, October 21 is also the international day of the nacho. What also took place on October 20 was the Global dignity day. October is busy, full of international theme days. In addition to apples, nachos and dignity, we also celebrate the UN…

I gotta feeling

Today I was reading about branding and marketing, and happened to come across some interesting videos. I saw this. Man, that’s one hell of a flash mob. Makes me want to go crazy and dance, too. How in the name of everything did they pull it off? And then I saw this one. I was…

Your mother had it coming

The funniest thing happened the other day. I was sitting in a bus, going somewhere. As usual, the only thing to listen to is other people breathing and the radio of the driver. In Finland, it’s pretty unusual to hear people talk or laugh in buses, trains or trams. I guess we appreciate the quiteness,…

Random rage

I met someone the other night, who made my life miserable in five minutes. This person managed to be very offensive and rude without knowing me at all. The person was simply upset about something and too blinded by anger to communicate with respect. I felt sad for the persons’s child, who was standing right…