I suppose this is part of the thirties crisis

Well, I’m not yet thirty. But it started a bit more than a year ago, when I was turning 27, with a hellishly vivid feeling of mortality. (No, not morbid thoughts, exactly. Feelings of mortality. I’m told that’s normal when one is approaching thirties.) Today,…

New year

Thirty years ago I was not born yet. Twenty-five years ago I was having an adventure in the student village. Twenty years ago I lived in a red house (there was no potato farm, though). Fifteen years ago I started noticing politics. (It was hard…

Jyväskylän yliopisto lööpissä

Työtoverini naapurilaitokselta Sacha Helfenstein väitteli eilen. Olin kuuntelemassa väitöstä. Se oli siitä harvinainen tilaisuus että väittelijän ja vastaväittäjän keskustelusta ymmärsi jotain 🙂 Karonkkaan en ollut saanut kutsua, enkä ollut saapunut väitöstilaisuuteen riittävän ajoissa, jotta olisin saanut itselleni yhden perinteisesti yleisölle jaettavista kappaleista. Minulta jäi siten…

Christmas balance

I calmed down for Christmas on Friday. Calmed down is exactly the right verb, as I ended up sleeping through most of it. I slept though Friday, hacked during the late evening and night, then slept again most of the Christmas eve. My father came…

Phishing Amazon user data

I’ve seen from several sources messages of the following kind: Subject: Please verify and update your Amazon account ! Dear Amazon® member , It has come to our attention that your Amazon account information records are out of date. That requires you to update your…

Strange sounds

It’s ten past nine on a Monday morning. I am usually at work at this time, but not today. Tomorrow’s the Independence Day, and I’m, as usual, staying home for the single work day that this generates. Suddenly, I hear a very powerful growling sound….

Small purgatories and minuscule pleasures

The worst possible condition of a walkway is created as follows: Let snow fall on it Use a snowplough to clear it up Rinse, repeat. Pack the remaining snow tight Let the temperature be a few degrees above zero Celsius, then let it fall slightly…

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