Marriage and gift tax in Finland

TL;DR: A married couple in Finland should keep the spouses’ money and property separate. A common household expenses account is probably fine, as is paying common expenses and personal expenses of the other spouse from one’s own money. Direct transfers of money or other property…

Just Married! – There’s nothing just about it

We got married, twice, in March: once in Hà Nội, Việt Nam, on March 10, and another time in Jyväskylä, Finland, on March 29. Both ceremonies are happy memories for us, as we get on with the rest of our lives together. This post, however,…

I am emphatically not anti-empiricist

Yesterday, I gave a talk at SPLASH Onward in Vancouver introducing my essay “Concept analysis in programming language research: Done well it is all right” [ACM DL] [Author’s PDF] [presentation slides (PDF)]. Both reader comments earlier and some of the questions after my presentation leads…

The positivism strawman

I have been burning my summer leave by giving finishing touches to an essay on research methodology (because of an impending deadline). I had now the occasion to read, for the first time, the qualitative research classic Naturalistic Inquiry by Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon…

Star Trek Beyond

I was pleasantly surprised. I have been going into these reboot Trek showings with mixed feelings; there are many story elements in them that are extremely implausible (even by Trek standards), and the previous installments have been more generic action movies than either Star Trek…

On BrExit and the European Union

Friday was one of the biggest holidays of the year for us Finns, juhannusaatto or the midsummer feast’s eve. It is traditional (don’t ask me why) to celebrate most feasts, including juhannus, on the eve and rest on the actual feast day. So, here I…

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller: Alliance of Equals (e-ARC)

Padi yos’Galan is young, and eager to learn her craft as a trader. She accompanies her father the Master Trader as his apprentice on a trade voyage. Along the way, she must confront her terrible secret that she has not told anyone of, and either…

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