Category Archives: reality

Moved!

Just as a reminder, if you’re still following me here, I’ve moved over to a new server and after a short overlap period I’ll continue blogging only at http://ninaniskanen.com/. I’m doing this mostly because it’s just time and because as I’ve mentioned, I’m going to be serializing a longer work of fiction and when I pay for the server space I retain ownership of the words.

So head on over to the new site and register there if you like. 🙂

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Happy Independence Day Finland!

Today is the 95th Independence Day of Finland. And in the grand tradition of the Yarn Harlot, I want to share with you some awesome things about Finland. Last year I talked about my favourite things about Finland so today I would like to share with you some awesome things to come out of Finland in no particular order.

Angry Birds
The game sensation of the last few years was indeed made by a finnish game company called Rovio (Finnish word for pyre).

Linux
This Unix-based operating system first saw the light of day in 1991 and has since spread all around the world in different distributions. It’s free, some distributions are very easy to use. It’s a fabulous operating system unless you happen to like gaming since most non-console games are PC or Mac only.

Nokia
While Nokia’s market share has fallen since the iPhone a lot of significant inventions in cell phone technology were originally made by employees of Nokia. Including some that the iPhone uses.

Hannu Rajaniemi
The science fiction prodigy behind Quantum Thief grew up and got educated in Finland.

Iron Sky
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you definitely need to see it. Basically instead of full defeat, some Nazis formed a base of operations on the moon and have been there ever since. Now they come back to Earth to ready their final invasion. What follows is hilarity when a super-naive woman raised on the moon-base, who believes the propaganda is introduced to a 21st century society.

Life is short

Yesterday I found that my tattoo artist just died at the age of 41. Lately it seems a lot of people important to me have been dying and it has got me thinking about mortality and how short life is.

We’re none of us eternal and even though it seems like that’s a no-brainer, all around me I see people not living up to that. Let me give you an example. Ever since I started telling people that I mean to write a lot of people have told me that they also would like to write if they ever get time to do that. And yet those same people are often also up to date in the latest developments of Grey’s Anatomy or Big Brother or whatever else is on TV. And a lot more people spend their lives bitching and moaning about how sad their lives are cause they don’t have the latest iPhone. And then there are the sad trolls all over the internet who relieve the patheticness of their lives by slobbering invective at any and all targets they can. And it occurs to me that none of these activities seem to make the people doing them any happier.

So, what do you dream about? What have you done lately to make it a reality? And I’m not talking about skipping out on your family or anything like that. I’m talking about people who want to write, taking the time to write. Even if it’s for 15 minutes every day. If your dream is to retire to Hawaii then I’m sure there are steps you can take towards that mountain, saving money or some such.

What I’m saying is: life is short. So go out and live it.

Something Awesome: Flashmobs

I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m a fan of flashmobs but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how much of a fan I am.

A well executed flashmob is something that is sure to get me teared up. Especially the musical ones.

There’s just something incredibly beautiful not only in the reactions of the crowd but the sheer effort on the part of the arrangers to make it happen.

And to beat that you must be incredibly awesome indeed.