On damages

On Jani’s request, a few words on compensation for damages caused by a crime. This mini-essay is part of my Finnish criminal justice series. See the introductory essay for more information and an overview of the Finnish criminal court system. I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal…

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 to negative degrees Let it…

I won

I won. I completed 50,000 words in time. Of course, only about 13,000 words are directly usable if and when I end up editing the story, the rest will have to be removed – they were imposed by the strict timetable and the explicit leave to lower one’s standards. But,…

Crime and punishment

This essay is part of my Finnish criminal justice series. See the introductory essay for more information and an overview of the Finnish criminal court system. In this essay I will be presenting an overview of the Finnish penal code – the principles, and the measurement of punishments. I will…

John Ringo: Ghost

John Ringo is known for writing military science fiction. I therefore was a little surprised to find out about Ghost, which, according to what I knew at the time, is a James Bond story, set roughly in the real world. Well, I’ve always liked “special agent” stories, so I read…

Thanks for all the cars

The news today included pictures from a Thanksgiving parade, one of which showed cheerleaders(?) dancing, and bringing up cardboard cutout cars. Cue the anchor’s voiceover: “The Thanksgiving feast originated from a feast thanking for a good harvest.” Yeah, a car harvest.

Cally’s War by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane

There’s a reason why I’m going through Baen’s pile of published books. He is the only publisher I know who gets ebooks, I mean really gets them. (Virtually?) all of his catalogue is available in ebook form – with no Digital Restrictions Management! – for a reasonable price, and quite…

The Finnish Criminal Court System

(Reposted from old blog) Inspired by Matthew Palmer’s writings (1, 2) on his experiences about the Australian judicial system, I decided to write a series of essays on the Finnish legal system, mostly to contrast it with the universally familiar United State system (even if that universal familiarity is a…

New blog

This here is my new blog. It is under development for a while, but not for long. New posts will appear here. You can still read the old blog’s archives, if you want.

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