You know I’ve been studying. But that’s not all – I’ve been busy with all sorts of things.
Here’s some snapshots to answer the ever-interesting question “what’s up?”:
Today I’ve watched the watery snow to make Helsinki all white and wet again. I’ve been resting, drinking coffee and listening to old prog vinyls. Genesis‘ A Trick of the Tail. Grateful Dead’s Aoxomoxoa. Tabula Rasa’s Ekkedien tanssi, with lyrics by Mikko Alatalo.
Looking forward for the evening: we’ll go to a dinner with friends, and afterwards to Tavastia to listen to Scandinavian Music Group.
(Edit 16.3.14: Had fun! Thanks, Elina and Aapo for a swell evening! SMG’s gig was nice – found the songs from the latest “Terminal 2” to be more interesting than the old catchy-banjo-pop-tunes.)
Yesterday, after a successful study presentation held in Media Lab’s new premises in Otaniemi, I went running. I ran 16+ kilometers, which is something I’m proud of, since it’s the longest run I’ve ever had.
During the whole 2013 I went running only three times (with a sad total of 10-ish kilometers). In 2012 I ran probably even less. My physical condition is and has been rather good, but I’ve never really enjoyed running.
During New Year’s party, me and my friend Kimmo decided to enroll to a half marathon run in early June, so during the last two months I’ve been running more than ever.
After running 2-4 times per week for two months now, I still don’t enjoy running that much. I still get better kicks from gym training. But it’s nice to see that practicing makes running easier: taking longish running trips is possible.
On Thursday I tried to fix my bike, just to fail miserably. The back rim was crooked, and I tried to straighten it. Without any experience whatsoever, but with a strong believe to my abilities.
Shouldn’t have tried. The rim went more wobbly, and got so crooked that I was forced to remove the whole back wheel, and take it to a bicycle repair shop. Since it’s spring, and the repair personnel are busy with all sorts of repairs, it takes nearly two weeks to fix the wheel.
During these two weeks I’ll learn my lesson by riding a heavy 3-gear Nopsa classic bike.
During the early week I spent a day in the Greens’ party office. I’ll do a web project for the Greens, scheduled to be released in June, but I’ll also help the communications officers in little web tasks.
While I could advance projects from the home sofa, I really like to see the Greens’ personnel every now and then. The people are great, and the party office is a nice place to hang in.
While hanging in the party office, I also tweaked the lil’ website I made for the Greens (and their partners) at http://inspiraationaeurooppa.eu.
It’s a Finnish-language site for a EU themed short movie competition. Do take a look, if you’re into movie-making. The rapidly-built site is simple – built on WordPress with a tweaked theme without – but the competition seems really interesting.