Thanks, but I'll pass

I get nervous when I see quotes in places where the shouldn't be any quotes. Like menu. Apparently tomorrow we will be having spinach "pancakes" at the company cafeteria.

It's like if you go to a restaurant, and the dish includes red wine sauce, potatoes, seasons vegetables and "meat"...

The ultimate guy-movie

Many moons ago I commented that "300" is "100% guy-movie". Well, it might or might not be. But last weekend I realized that there IS an undisputed, ultimate guy-movie in the world:

That's right, "Predator"! A classic Schwarzenegger-movie from 1987!

Seriously, this movie has it all. Funny one-liners, great action (too much to link to), memorable scenes, it's oozing with macho-bullshit and it has a bad-guy who is cool and memorable .

It's cast consists of two U.S. Governors (Arnold "The Governator" Schwarzenegger and Jesse "The Governing Body" Ventura), three other muscle-men (Carl Weathers, Bill Duke and Sonny Landham, which means that the total muscle-mass in this movie exceeds the weight of average family-sedan), two funny-men (Richard Chavez and Shane Black), great soundtrack including the original score by Alan Silvestri as well as the use of "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard.

Oh, there is one woman in the cast. Half the time she's being dragged through the jungle with her hands tied, the other half she's being scared.

Everything in this movie has been refined to perfection. Sure, some might complain about the acting, or the details in the script, or some other artsy things like that. But who cares? We are talking about awesomeness here, and awesomeness transcends trivialities like that.

By definition, any man who considers himself to be a manly man, must place this movie in his personal top 10 list. And anyone who considers himself to be a normal man, needs to place this movie in top 20.

No, I have never met a woman who likes this movie.

the enternal battle....

...against stupidity goes on. And it does not look good. No matter how many facts and studies you bring to the table, some people refuse to believe.


Where are they?

One of the welcomed visitors in the bird-feeders across Finland every winter is this 'lil buddy. But they are not without mystery. While they are quite common during winter, I have never, EVER seen one during the summer. No, they don't migrate away during summer, apparently they are still with us. I have been told that during the summer they spend their time deep in forests, and they only come near human habitat in winter, since food is scarce then, and all decent humans feed birds during the winter (right??).

While that theory seems sound, I have never seen one in the forest during summertime. It's like they vanish in to thin air.

Not really related, but... We have one (at least one) of these living in a thuja in our garden. Apparently several generations of magpies have been living there, and I can't blame them: they have chosen an excellent location for their nest. It's cozy and well-protected.

Mrs. is occasionally annoyed by the magpie, since it has at least once made a mess with freshly washed laundry that was left drying in the balcony, but I have used my executive veto: the bird is not to be harmed in any shape or form.

On Christmas

Finnish Christmas is somewhat different than Christmas observed in USA and most other countries. For starters, packages are not handed out on Christmas Day, but on Christmas Eve. Reason for that is probably due to the fact that Santa lives in Finland, so he delivers our presents first, but I'm sure you all knew that already.

There's also another piece of Finnish Christmas that is not sadly that much observed anymore. That is the "Nuuttipukki", which is like the evil twin of Santa Claus (Joulupukki). Nuuttipukki used to visit households on January 13th. As opposed to being a jolly old man, Nuuttipukki was/is a scary-looking old man with horns, who sings/performs in exchange of offerings (often alcohol).

No, I'm not making this up.

I wish we still had these old traditions. I guess the problem here is that Nuuttipukki is not really marketable idea that could be turned in to a commercial venture.


Happy new year everybody! Call me crazy, but I have always liked odd years more than even years, so here's to hoping that 2009 will be even better than 2008 was (global economic meltdown permitting....).

I tried to take pictures of fireworks for the first time, and the attached pics is one of the results. The location was not ideal (those damn trees), but it's not too shabby in the end.