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Balancing the scales

Time Unknown - Mon, 11/01/2010 - 1:31pm
Often when I feel down I play this game with the world: I look at the strangers on streets. I look them into their eyes. I smile. Then I notice how many smile back. I feel this helps to balance the scales.

Having a funny hat helps, but do give it a shot even if you don't have one.

Lyrics: Sir William (by Destroid)

Time Unknown - Tue, 05/01/2010 - 11:54am
This song was so very beautiful and I could not find the lyrics anywhere, so I had to transcribe them:

Death has come to a house
It surrounds us every day

Life has lost its meaning
Why am I here?
Why am I?

Awful pain overwhelms my soul
It makes me hurt and cry and lose control

Do not stand by my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
Do not stand by my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die

Do not stand by my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep

You'll feel included

Time Unknown - Fri, 19/06/2009 - 7:20am
As sad as it is, by reading Batteries feel included, you'll probably feel included a bit more than the batteries...

Conversation advice

Time Unknown - Fri, 20/03/2009 - 8:04pm
Monkey Talk is a pile of good advice about conversations. Good enough to be sometimes reread, and funny enough to make one smile.

Kutiman, oh wow

Time Unknown - Sun, 15/03/2009 - 9:12pm
If you have not heard of Kutiman, go listen now. It's amazing and might illustrate why the copyright law needs to change.

Come play

Time Unknown - Tue, 03/03/2009 - 7:54pm
Pseudopod made me laugh with a story called Sick Day. It reminds me the day last week when I noticed virgin snow covering a section of a train platform and planted careful footsteps to the very edge of the platform, the kind that might be left by a person jumping under the train.

So, listen to it. Laugh at it. Join my pranks, though they happen on genuine free time only.

Pocket sized loved ones

Time Unknown - Mon, 09/02/2009 - 10:53pm
Let's assume for a little while that you, dear reader, are capable of suspending your dirty jokes for a while, namely, for the duration of this blog post...

Wouldn't it be nice if one could carry a pocket sized avatar of a loved one with them wherever they go? You could take the miniature darling out of your pocket and show them things, ask their opinions, see their reactions, gently pat their head to show that you care. They'd smile at you, talk with you, and be the all around adorable beings they just are. Best of all, you'd never really miss them.

Warning for Liferea users upgrading to Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10)

Time Unknown - Mon, 26/01/2009 - 10:37am
Ungrading to Ubuntu Intrepid or rather to a newer Liferea than 8.04 has will wipe out your news bin contents, permanently putting all those interesting blog posts you have been gathering out of your reach. You can either not do it at all, or prepare yourself to declaring a news bin bankruptcy. If you are at all like me, this will feel like having to run the marathon naked... bad, difficult and like something is missing, but take my word on it, those news bins will be pretty full in a very short time again.

Kubuntu 8.10 Alternative and P5Q Pro network card

Time Unknown - Mon, 26/01/2009 - 6:14am
If you are installing Kubuntu 8.10 to a computer having a P5Q Pro (or possibly other type of P5Q) motherboard using the alternative install cd and the installer refuses to find the network card, there is no need to panic. Just install as you would normally, then do sudo apt-get install linux-generic which will install the ever so slightly newer version of the kernel. After a boot you'll have network normally.

Saddle

Time Unknown - Sat, 17/01/2009 - 8:24pm
Richard says the fragrance Saddle smells like a new sofa, I think it smells like an old saddle. Surprisingly, no significant memories triggered in me, despite spending multiple years in my life around horses, just a vague memory of the saddle racks at the Jokela's in Kuivaniemi. Yet another leather smell, so far none of them as good as real leather but all of them pretty ok.

This is how geeks nap

Time Unknown - Fri, 16/01/2009 - 2:12pm
Lately I have messed up my night time sleep more often than usual. I'm not by any means good at napping, so usually falling asleep is difficult. However, I've recently discovered that the Stack Overflow podcast will put me to sleep very promptly. Is it geek or what to find Joel Spolsky that soothing?

Paperback

Time Unknown - Thu, 15/01/2009 - 6:30pm
I like paperbacks but I don't really like the smell of most paperbacks. Some smell like cat pee, others just sickeningly sweet. The scent triggers a whole lot of pleasant bookstore memories, but I still don't like the scent itself.

Birds in bondage

Time Unknown - Wed, 14/01/2009 - 11:18pm
If you are a fan of Japanese bondage, take a look at this collection of photos.

Snow

Time Unknown - Wed, 14/01/2009 - 11:20am
They say snow does not really have a scent and what you smell is actually what your own blood smells like. I like the way Demeter Fragrances' Snow smells like. Does that make me an ice queen..? I wonder what it would be like to wear it on a hot summer day.

Rain

Time Unknown - Sun, 11/01/2009 - 11:13am
Luckily Richard does not dislike Rain as much as he disliked Thunderstorm. Actually, this one was again quite neutral in his opinion. "Does not smell like rain", he said. I think it does, but unfortunately not like city rain. Not having ever lived in the country side this rain-on-flower-field kind of smell does not trigger any significant memories in me, just ever so slightly reminds me of some early morning walks.

Thunderstorm

Time Unknown - Sat, 10/01/2009 - 6:09pm
Out of the Demeter scents I've tried so far, Thunderstorm is most suitable for daily wear by me... alas, Richard hates it just like he hates most fragrances. Ironically it's also the first Demeter fragrance that he dislikes.

Thunderstorm smells a bit like a summer thunderstorm, though with different vegetation than what we have here in Finland. Still it reminds me of a childhood summer in Kuivaniemi, lots of thunderstorms then.

Leather

Time Unknown - Fri, 09/01/2009 - 4:33pm
The Demeter fragrance Leather smells just like new leather. I wonder what it takes to make the scent. The only memory associations I got were visiting a tiny leather store in Amsterdam and seeing my Raw Hide suitcase out of the box for the first time.

Riding crop

Time Unknown - Fri, 09/01/2009 - 9:14am
This particular Demeter scent does not connect really solidly with anything for me. I can smell the leather smell occasionally, but not sure what the rest of the scent is. I think I need a second opinion, or third and fourth.

Bonfire

Time Unknown - Thu, 08/01/2009 - 2:38pm
Bonfire smells undeniably of a bonfire. For me this is an immensely positive scent, full of memories of certainty, focus, friendship and confidence. Nothing bad about it at all. Yet somehow it seems a bit too, uh, flammable scent for everyday wear.

Wet garden

Time Unknown - Thu, 08/01/2009 - 10:52am
This fragrance does indeed smell like a wet garden, though a very heavily floral wet garden. Somehow it makes me feel slightly sad. Maybe it reminds me of my grandmother's garden and about how she is no longer. I wonder if my sister will like it better, or my mother.

Rubber

Time Unknown - Wed, 07/01/2009 - 10:28pm
Demeter's Rubber smells indeed like rubber but somehow makes me think more of a motorcycle standing on hot asphalt than of rubber clothing. Still, a very vivid smell, and this way more pleasant for me. A particular street/place in Turku comes to mind, though I'm not quite sure why.

Language inversion

Time Unknown - Wed, 07/01/2009 - 3:12pm
As some of you might know, I'm now kinda bilingual, equally comfortable and (uncomfortable?) with English as with Finnish. Almost every time I run through what I'm planning to say in my head, I do it in the other language than what I'm actually likely to use. I have no idea why. It's not a conscious choice by any means. The downside of this is that I might in the end still not know what to say, the upside is that what I say will not be practiced to death, no matter how often I have been running it in my head.

Fireplace

Time Unknown - Wed, 07/01/2009 - 2:04pm
Demeter's fireplace does indeed smell like fireplace, but I never know until now that burning something that smells like cedar was that common. Interesting. Here we mostly burn pine. Before you realize it's fireplace, this scent is quite 'male' in my opinion, which is very weird considering my normal indifference to the male/female division.

A photon in need is a photon indeed

Time Unknown - Thu, 25/12/2008 - 5:06pm
Next time you are bored (but you never are, are you, dear reader...) take a roll of cellophane tape, locate the end of it, and go into a dark room. Really really dark room. Then just pull and enjoy the friendly photons.

If this was interesting, now thing about this: If the same is done in vacuum, you get enough xrays to take xray pictures. Very cheaply. Now, how cool is that?

Immersion

Time Unknown - Tue, 25/11/2008 - 12:06am
Immersion might be just about the creepiest thing I have seen for some time.

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