Monday, December 17, 2012

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Updated Instagram ToS has been Facebook-ified. This makes me a bit concerned on whether I’ll continue using the service in the future.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Windows 8 doesn’t seem to be reasserting the dominance of the PC. Windows Phone is not a viable third platform. Bing is still burning money. The Microsoft nightmare scenario is actually becoming a reality.

Many of my friends have decided to skip Windows 8 for now. Few of those are buying a new PC soon but decided to get Windows 7 for it because they don’t see Metro (or whatever it’s called now) as a viable solution to the desktop world of 2012. 

Nokia 920, the top-of-the-line Windows 8 phone is a beautiful product with awesome camera and specs (except it’s weight), but I still only know a few people who are willing to jump to a new platform after so many years of IOS. That’s a real challenge.

Steve Ballmer’s Nightmare Is Coming True - Yahoo! Finance

Friday, November 23, 2012

Old items by Braun are so beautiful. 

(via The Braun Products That Inspired Apple’s Iconic Designs [Gallery] | Cult of Mac)

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Leshan Giant Buddha 

The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.

The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Upside down.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Kasper Stromman Design Blog: Idea for new exciting collaboration: Angry Moomins

Link: The Kasper Stromman Design Blog: Idea for new exciting collaboration: Angry Moomins


Tomorrow sees the release of the new Angy Birds game, Angry Birds Star Wars. This is of course a great addition to the franchise, but we here at the Kasper Stromman Design Blog believe we have developed something even better: Angy Moomins.

The thinking here is obviously similar to the…

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I’m pretty sure I want to go to one of the megaraves organized in the Netherlands in 2013. This video from Thunderdome ‘97 is divided into three parts and is 110% amazing.

Friday, November 2, 2012



Brooklyn Subway, This is very surreal, like from a movie, but it’s real, unfortunately

i dont think so

Me neither.

Damn! That looks bad. Microsoft Word on the Surface RT: How Slow Is It? (by Brent Ozar)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

4 Million In 3 Days

Link: 4 Million In 3 Days


Frederic Lardinois reporting for TechCrunch from Microsoft’s Build developer conference:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft sold 4 million Windows 8 updates since the operating system went on sale last Friday.

That’s 4 million in 3 days. Solid, right? Sure. Though it has to be noted that Apple sold 3 million copies of OS X Mountain Lion in 4 days. Microsoft likes to poke fun at the small OS X install base, and now it works both ways. Apple got nearly as many people to buy the update for OS X in the same amount of time despite a sliver of the overall footprint.

Also, not apples-to-oranges, but even more impressive given the price: Apple sold 5 million iPhones 5s in the first 3 days. Yes, Apple sold more $199-$299 iPhones in the first few days than Microsoft sold $40 Windows 8 updates in the same span.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Giant driftwood on the beach in La Push, Washington (2010)

That is pretty damn huge.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Meditation hall

Buddha statue of meditation hall

View from the sauna building

My sleeping room

This Saturday I am heading on a 7 night, 8 day Vipassana meditation retreat. It will be my third and longest retreat I attend within the last 1.5 years. It still a few days shorter than the Goenka courses that last 10 days but it feels a lot longer when I look at it after a busy work week.

The setting for the coming eight days is really nice: an old mill on a lakeside called Friendship Inn (Ystävyyden Majatalo), located just about 100 kilometres from Helsinki. Easter retreat was also held in this beautiful place which is nice as it feels easier to go to a familiar building and meditation hall. The Inn consists of a big main building and two smaller ones, of which one mainly hosts the bunks and other would serve as a perfect dining hall with a glass roof. There’d even be an excellent sauna on the lakeside, but during the retreat the yogis are not using it. 

Life is rather easy during these days. As there is a bell ringing schedule divided between the voluntary participants, I don’t really need to think about the daily schedule during the week. When the bell rings I either wake up, enter the meditation hall, go to the dining hall or begin my working meditation. Basically the schedule consists of sitting meditation and working meditation which you do in 45 minute shifts from 6am to 9pm. There are a few breaks but you’re not supposed to stop being mindful even at those times.

Not speaking seems to be the easy part - even for someone as social as me. Not day-tripping is the difficult part, but that’s another story and you can read more about the vipassana mediation from some other source if you’re interested in it. 

I love the way Nirodha runs these retreats. Food is really tasty, atmosphere wonderful and so on. I’m really thankful for the voluntary people who keep the things running during the week and take care of the chores we can’t do. And they answer the emergency phone in rare case someone needs to get in touch with us. 

So for a week starting right about now (as this one is a timed post) I shall be silent without mobile phones, without contact to other yogis and not reading or writing. See you on the other side!

Friday, October 19, 2012

And then there’s the crapware. Ed Bott had a story pointing out that manufacturers like Gateway are already advertising Windows 8 machines with exactly the kind of pre-installed software that just slows it down and junks it up. It’s the kind of thing that makes people want to get Macs. It doesn’t matter if Microsoft creates the greatest operating system in the world if it then allows others to junk it up. And, ultimately, it means that Microsoft isn’t in control of its brand.

Mat Honan on Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch(es).

Why Windows Just Can’t Win | Gadget Lab |

Thursday, October 18, 2012

To repeat, there are no “double-digit” millions involved, according to many people familiar with the deal.

Bill Nguyen’s Color was said to be shutting down their operations. Then it was rumoured that Apple would be acquiring the company for double-digit-millions. Now it seems there’s no NN deal but instead Apple gets the core engineering team of the company. 

Gotta love the start up rumors :D

What’s Really Going on With Color Is a Small Apple Talent Acquisition - Liz Gannes and John Paczkowski - Social - AllThingsD

I really love NYT visualizations. This one tells so much about the ongoing patent war on the smartphone field. (via Fighters in a Patent War - Graphic -

Exiting print is an extremely difficult moment for all of us who love the romance of print and the unique weekly camaraderie of those hectic hours before the close on Friday night. But as we head for the 80th anniversary of Newsweek next year we must sustain the journalism that gives the magazine its purpose—and embrace the all-digital future.

Newsweek goes all digital. Let’s see what happens to Time, one of the magazines I’m subscribing. 

A Turn of the Page for Newsweek - The Daily Beast

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wow a new album from Mr Mfn EXquire, one of the best rappers right now. This is going to be my soundtrack of the day.


The story of Nokia MeeGo – TaskuMuro

Link: The story of Nokia MeeGo – TaskuMuro

On February 11th, 2011, Nokia published its new strategy and made a co-operation agreement with Microsoft. Windows Phone operating system was chosen as the new platform for Nokia smartphones. MeeGo became an open source mobile operating system project, which, in the long term, would be used for market research on next generation devices, platforms, and user experiences.

So starts an interesting article about the (rise and) fall of Nokia’s MeeGo. It sheds some light on the goals of the team and to me the most interesting one is that they were planning to release one single phone per year - like Apple.

Last weekend I visited Tallinn with my homie Thomas. We booked a typical hotel trip thru Viking Line: 2.5 hour long ferry journeys and one night in Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel. Hotel itself was pretty neat and clean, typical middle class hotel without surprises. Spa was a bit too crowded for real relaxation but sauna was hot and the jacuzzi warm enough (it could have been a few degrees warmer, too) situated on right in the outskirts of Old Town of Tallinn, about 10 minutes walk from the restaurants and cafes we’d visit. 

During these two days we ate in two restaurants: Grillhaus Daube serving typical estonian-german blend of meat, potatoes and such. Very tasty food and a cozy atmosphere. Other restaurant we visited was La Bodega, which is a modern italian bistro with excellent vibe and little bit more playful menu. I’d visit both of these spots again.

Crown jewel of the weekend was sill a cafe called Amore. They served both super tasty lime-coriander cheese cake and tiramisu. I also found my 90 minute massage in Thai Rose very relaxing but still feel like I would have been hit by a truck.

Travelling with friends rocks and there’s still that new Maritime Museum that was on my itinerary but we forgot about it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nice Dream from The Bends is still one of my favorite Radiohead tracks of all time.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For over two thousand artists Pandora will pay over $10,000 dollars each over the next 12 months (including one of my favorites, the late jazz pianist Oscar Peterson), and for more than 800 we’ll pay over $50,000, more than the income of the average American household. For top earners like Coldplay, Adele, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Aldean and others Pandora is already paying over $1 million each. Drake and Lil Wayne are fast approaching a $3 million annual rate each.

Pandora: Pandora and Artist Payments

Friday, October 5, 2012

This year the Chaos Communication Congress is not only celebrating its 29th edition, it is also the fourth time that we, the translators group, are going to bring you live interpretations of congress talks from German into English.

This project sounds amazing and is exactly why I love CCC so much.

The 29C3 interpretation project « CCC Event Weblog

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I love the style of this ad from Nokia, but it still isn’t time to switch.  (by NokiaHomebase)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"For such a rah-rah event meant to get developers excited to start building for Windows 8, Ballmer and the rest of the Microsoft team spent very little time talking about or showing off the Surface tablet, arguably Microsoft’s most exciting product. The tablet is due to launch at midnight on Oct. 26, at the same time as Windows 8. Yet the company has not let people have much hands-on time with the Surface and its innovative Touch Cover."

(via Ballmer Pitches Windows 8 to Developers, But Keeps Tight Rein on Surface | Gadget Lab |

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Zebra Katz plays in Jätkäsaari this Saturday. It’s going to be a crazy night. This is Ima Read (ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx) (by maddecent)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Another game that I’m really waiting for is Quantic Dreams’ Beyond: Two Souls. I’ve played through Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain and Beyond seems to continue on their path. This is the first trailer of the game from E3 2012.  (by IGNentertainment)

Watch Dogs is one of the games on my watch list. It seems to have potential that hopefully isn’t wasted during the development period. This is the trailer from  E3 2012 (by IGNentertainment). You should probably see the gameplay video, too.



Tomita - The Hut of Baba Yaga
Zoom - Distant Destiny
Ashra - Bamboo Sands
Giorgio Moroder - Night Drive (Call Me, Instrumental)
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Tong Poo
Wendy Carlos - Secrets of Synthesis
Space - Velvet Rape
Brian Bennett - Solstice
Tangerine Dream - The Call
Al Green - Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
Donna Summer - State of Independence
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Tetsuo

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Kasper Stromman Design Blog: Children's Book of the Month: Djursjukhuset

Link: The Kasper Stromman Design Blog: Children's Book of the Month: Djursjukhuset

Kasper Strömman is at it again. What a wonderful concept for a children’s book. Those colours  Those animals!


The Kasper Stromman Design Blog Children’s Book of the Month is Djursjukhuset by talented young author Nora Strömman. It truly is a feast for all senses.

The book tells the story of a hospital for animals run by animals – but it’s the illustrations that really makes this…

Howl’s Moving Castle.


Favorite moment. 

That’s pretty.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Boston Dynamics Cheetah just clocked a 28.3 miles per hour sprint on a treadmill, and it’s heading outdoors soon. At that speed, it could edge out the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt in a dead sprint. (Bolt peaked at 27.78 miles per hour in his world record setting 100 meter dash back in 2009.)

DARPA’s Robo-Cheetah Is Now Faster Than Usain Bolt | Motherboard

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Kanye West Dancers in flight - Runaway Fly Mob (by YemiAD)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How do you build the new one-design Volvo Ocean Race monohull? You start with a hull. Yet, you need a mould to build that hull. And you need a plug to build that mould.  

(via Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Plugging in the new one-design – first pictures)

Landscaped with tall trees and bushes, the long facade is constructed out of perforated metal panels to provide privacy from the street level. These pieces can be opened to reveal the interior bedrooms. Large glass sliding doors are integrated into the corridor of the space transforming the volume into a pavilion completely exposed to nature. The other levels of the building sit on a stone base which is terraced into the playing grounds.

(via studio arthur casas: casa HS)

Artists Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck devised a rooftop pigeon-painting apparatus to spruce up some of Venice’s flying verman. The bird flies into the apparatus grey and drab-looking, then it is sent down a conveyer belt and automatically airbrushed with vibrantly-colored spray paint, before it’s sent back out into the world looking more exotic parrot than common city pigeon.

(via Grizzly Flying Rats are Transformed into Flapping Flocks of Color via Pigeon-Painting Apparatus)

I love the way Apple teases the Iphone 5 release with this one. This is also relevant because I’m waiting for Iphone 5 to be released as I’m upgrading this fall.



Wow. I can’t wait to start watching season five…

Monday, September 3, 2012

New album from Phoebe Kreutz - produced by Casey Holford himself!

(via The Age of Reasonableness | Phoebe Kreutz)

I love the artwork, music and presentation. Unfortunately the game itself might not be of interest to me.

(via TIGSource » TIGArchive » Preview: Incredipede)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

500,000 volt line opened under load:

This is the 500 kV Eldorado Substation near Boulder City, Nevada. It shows a three-phase motorized air disconnect switcher attempting to open high voltage being supplied to a large three phase shunt line reactor.

(by gsmac1969)

Paavo Arhinmäki not looking at things


Not looking at Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Not looking at Musiikkitalo opening.

Not looking at Sofi Oksanen’s movie premier.

Looking at actual work related stuff just like he is supposed to.

What a Dutch street intersection can teach us about social interaction design

Link: What a Dutch street intersection can teach us about social interaction design

Very interesting blog post by Sebastian. That video is pretty damn interesting to see.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Selah Sue performs tonight at Huvilateltta. I am pretty damn excited about it because I’ve been playing her self titled album repeatedly.  There’s also Liz Green which is definitely a bonus. Helsinki Festival brings interesting artists to the town every year - thank you!

Kilpailijoiden tehtävänä on koodata oma tekoäly eli botti, joka liikuttaa kaksinpelissä mailaa kuten 70-luvun suosikkipelissä Pongissa.

I love this site. Hello World Open - Reaktor

Samsung has released a full range of Windows 8 gadgets. It really seems like Nokia does not have any kind of advantage on that oh-so-close relationship with Microsoft, because they were not able to bring their W8 phones out first.

(via Samsung ATIV)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bronzemurder is still friggin amazing story of one game of Dwarf Fortress. Too bad the game itself is so difficult I never got into it. Should I give it the third shot?

(via v0.31:Stories/Bronzemurder - Dwarf Fortress Wiki)

If you only had 49 hours to spend in San Francisco, what would you spend it doing? With so much great food, activities and sights to see, it may be hard to make a decision. But we’ve got you covered. We took a poll around the office and here’s what GOOD staffers love that can only be found in San Francisco.

GOOD’s 49 Hours in San Francisco - Cities - GOOD

Posh is the New Swag

Oh, I bet you think you know it all don’t you? You’ve seen the Odd Futures. You’ve watched Yonkers. You’ve had the argu­ment about whether say­ing “fag” is OK or not (even though when Cart­man said it in last week’s South Park you laughed, …

Article about Metro Zu on Noisey.

I want to see Cosmopolis when it’s out on 31. of August here in Helsinki. 

Everything Dibs has ever done is essential listening to those enjoying that good old antifolk vibe. Or just great vibes in general. That’s why I’m pointing you towards a journey that starts with his new album 5AM Awake in Bed.

(via 5 AM AWAKE IN BED | Dibs)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Yeah! That new album from Stars can be pre-listened on NPR. I love it already.

(via First Listen: Stars, ‘The North’ : NPR)

Mishka Bloglin » Blog Archive » Jack Black Is Murderously Brilliant In Linklater’s Bernie

The cast­ing of a movie can be pre­dictable and sur­pris­ing, but some­times it can be down­right genius. Such is the case with Jack Black in the title role of Richard Lin­klater’s tri­umphant com­e­dy Bernie. Black, who worked with Lin­kla…

Jack Black in Bernie.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wow. That’s a bit scary even when that swimming pool is just 33 mieters deep.

(via Nemo 33 world s deepest swimming pool | Other | Gear)

Metro Zu beat tape - out now for five bucks or more. Highly recommended for all of ya’ll.

(via Metro Zu)

A prominent group of scientists signs a document stating that animals are just as “conscious and aware” as humans are. This is a big deal.

Animals Are as With It as Humans, Scientists Say : Discovery News

(via Ne saalistavat öisin « Tattooing by Jussi Kokkarinen)

The National Security Agency’s Domestic Spying Program -

Link: The National Security Agency’s Domestic Spying Program -

Pretty crazy how huge Stellar Wind seems to be.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Joey Bada$$ Feat. CJ Fly - Hardknock (Official Video) (by HipHopTwentyTwelve)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I’m not the biggest fan of decorative glass items but this glass figure of Eurasian Eagle Owl makes my heart go BOOM! (via Iittala - Tuotteet - Sisustaminen - Birds by Toikka - Uhuu 160 x 260 mm)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

But, alas, somebody ultimately noticed. The price peaked on April 18th, but on April 19th profnath’s price dropped to $106.23, and bordeebook soon followed suit to the predictable $106.23 * 1.27059 = $134.97. But Peter Lawrence can now comfortably boast that one of the biggest and most respected companies on Earth valued his great book at $23,698,655.93 (plus $3.99 shipping).

(via Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies)

We wish to help our clients to develop better mobile services, and therefore we have prepared a comprehensive information package on the Finnish mobile content market.

Idean » Idean’s report analyses mobile trends in Finland 2012 - 2015

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

JPL C Coding Standard

Link: JPL C Coding Standard


The Mars Science Laboratory has 500,000 lines of C running on VxWorks and following these rules, including:

  • no dynamic memory allocation (all stack, no heap!)

  • no functions longer than 60 lines

  • no recursive functions

  • no mutexes

  • no goto :(

  • no crashing

Kantakaupungissa asuva joukkoliikenteen käyttäjä taas näkee sen, kuinka tiiviissä kaupungissa liikkumistarpeet hoituvat kävelyn, pyöräilyn ja joukkoliikenteen yhdistelmällä - ja lähiöiden autoilijat tulevat tuhoamaan viihtyisän kaupunkiympäristön autoillaan.

Mikko Särelä: Liikkumistarpeista

(via The Abandoned Bikes of New York City)