Jan 312011
 

Blog-memes seem to be rather rare beasts, and mostly replaced by notes in facebook these days.

However, this “list 15 important bars”-list was attractive enough a topic to catch up on.

I’m pretty sure the list is more or less accurate, but I’m leaving spot #15 unfilled just in case there happens to be a pub that I’ve gracelessly forgotten:

  • Kuparipannu (first beer ever, long gone from Korkeavuorenkatu and replaced by multiple pubs and restaurants since – currently Gastone resides in the location).
  • Tavastia (my first ever genuine bar gig was in the biggest Scandinavia’s biggest rock’n'roll club, and I’ve been back plenty of times since).
  • Rendez-Vous (the not-so-hot-pub in Forum was the first place I ever got tossed out of ).
  • William K @ Annankatu (the first proper beer bar I got introduced to – the widening horizons beyond eurolager have deep roots here).
  • The Pie (the closest beer-serving location to the campus at the U was a frequent haunt during the exchange year of 1993-94).
  • Talentti (inception of SIG, a group of like-minded co-workers, conveniently next door to the office on Valimotie).
  • Macondo (SIG 2.0, after the move to Hiomotie facility, far grungier, but had reasonable opening hours).
  • Base (SIG downtown these days [albeit rarely] and a fine rock’n'roll bar, with a respectably metallic soundtrack).
  • Sling In (forcibly introducing the concept of tall and borderline sweet drinks).
  • American Bar (the finest in Helsinki).
  • Kaisla (still my #1 choice of a beer bar in Helsinki).
  • King City / Mr. Lau (neighbourhood joint for a decade).
  • Plevna (the second most common extra-curricular location in Tampere, after Swamp Music).
  • Boston Beerworks (always something truly interesting on tap).

Purposefully left out a couple of good candidates.

The bars in Ruoholahti are not that common haunts yet (though both Amsterdam and One Pint are pleasant indeed), there’s no bar worth a mention in Espoo (might change on the first visit to Gallows Bird).

Jan 062011
 

An ancient british meme in a finnish version from Keskisuomalainen.

Read books bolded (covers also books mostly read, and read to me aloud).

Books planned to read in semi-near future italicized.

Read: 46/100. And embarrassingly enough I’ve never even started the Silence of the Lambs.

  1. Mika Waltari – Sinuhe Egyptiläinen
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien – Taru sormusten herrasta
  3. Väinö Linna – Tuntematon sotilas
  4. Aleksis Kivi – Seitsemän veljestä
  5. Väinö Linna – Täällä Pohjantähden alla 1-3
  6. Agatha Christie – 10 pientä neekeripoikaa
  7. Fjodor Dostojevski – Rikos ja rangaistus
  8. Anne Frank – Nuoren tytön päiväkirja
  9. Douglas Adams – Linnunradan käsikirja liftareille
  10. Astrid Lindgren – Veljeni Leijonamieli
  11. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Pikku Prinssi
  12. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter -sarja
  13. Gabriel García Márquez – Sadan vuoden yksinäisyys
  14. George Orwell – Vuonna 1984
  15. Veikko Huovinen – Havukka-ahon ajattelija
  16. Elias Lönnrot – Kalevala
  17. Jane Austen – Ylpeys ja ennakkoluulo
  18. Sofi Oksanen – Puhdistus
  19. Astrid Lindgren – Peppi Pitkätossu
  20. Mihail Bulgakov – Saatana saapuu Moskovaan
  21. Richard Bach – Lokki Joonatan
  22. Umberto Eco – Ruusun nimi
  23. Tove Jansson – Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti
  24. J. & W. Grimm – Grimmin sadut I-III
  25. Dan Brown – Da Vinci -koodi
  26. Enid Blyton – Viisikko-sarja
  27. Anna-Leena Härkönen – Häräntappoase
  28. Ernest Hemingway – Vanhus ja meri
  29. Goscinny – Uderzo – Asterix-sarja
  30. John Irving – Garpin maailma
  31. Louisa May Alcott – Pikku naisia
  32. Victor Hugo – Kurjat
  33. C.S. Lewis – Narnian tarinat
  34. A.A. Milne – Nalle Puh
  35. Henri Charriete – Vanki nimeltä Papillon
  36. Alexandre Dumas – Kolme muskettisoturia
  37. Emily Bronte – Humiseva harju
  38. William Golding – Kärpästen herra
  39. Juhani Aho – Rautatie
  40. Leo Tolstoi – Anna Karenina
  41. Frank McCourt – Seitsemännen portaan enkeli
  42. Arthur C. Clarke – Avaruusseikkailu 2001
  43. J.D. Salinger – Sieppari ruispellossa
  44. Charlotte Brontë – Kotiopettajattaren romaani
  45. Kurt Vonnegut – Teurastamo 5
  46. Isaac Asimov – Säätiö
  47. Aapeli – Pikku Pietarin piha
  48. Leo Tolstoi – Sota ja rauha
  49. Mauri Kunnas – Koiramäen talossa
  50. Margaret Mitchell – Tuulen viemää
  51. Nikolai Gogol – Kuolleet sielut
  52. Albert Camus – Sivullinen
  53. Kirsi Kunnas – Tiitiäisen satupuu
  54. Hergé – Tintti-sarja
  55. Miquel Cervantes – Don Quijote
  56. Eduard Uspenski – Fedja-setä, kissa ja koira
  57. Mark Twain – Huckleberry Finnin seikkailut
  58. Johanna Sinisalo – Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi
  59. Herman Hesse – Lasihelmipeli
  60. Günther Grass – Peltirumpu
  61. Jostein Gaarder – Sofian maailma
  62. Leon Uris – Exodus
  63. Lucy M. Montgomery – Pieni runotyttö
  64. Ilmari Kianto – Punainen viiva
  65. Franz Kafka – Oikeusjuttu
  66. Guareschi Giovanni – Isä Camillon kylä
  67. Lewis Caroll – Liisan seikkailut ihmemaassa
  68. John Steinbeck – Eedenistä itään
  69. Kari Hotakainen – Juoksuhaudantie
  70. Paulo Coelho – Istuin Piedrajoen rannalla ja itkin
  71. Jules Verne – Maailman ympäri 80 päivässä
  72. Risto Isomäki – Sarasvatin hiekkaa
  73. Jaroslav Hasek – Kunnon sotamies Svejk maailmansodassa
  74. Giovanni Boccaccio – Decamerone
  75. Oscar Wilde – Dorian Grayn muotokuva
  76. Milan Kundera – Olemisen sietämätön keveys
  77. Homeros – Odysseia
  78. Peter Hoeg – Lumen taju
  79. Arthur Conan Doyle – Baskervillen koira
  80. William Shakespeare – Hamlet
  81. Eino Leino – Helkavirsiä-sarja
  82. Stieg Larsson – Miehet, jotka vihaavat naisia
  83. Yrjö Kokko – Pessi ja Illusia
  84. Thomas Harris – Uhrilampaat
  85. Raymond Chandler – Syvä uni
  86. Jean M. Untinen-Auel – Luolakarhun klaani
  87. Deborah Spungen – Nancy
  88. Stephen King – Hohto
  89. Laura Ingalls Wilder – Pieni talo preerialla
  90. Laila Hietamies – Hylätyt talot, autiot pihat
  91. Aino Suhola – Rakasta minut vahvaksi
  92. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – Vankileirien saaristo
  93. Mikael Niemi – Populäärimusiikkia Vittulajänkältä
  94. Timo K. Mukka – Maa on syntinen laulu
  95. Juha Vuorinen – Juoppohullun päiväkirja
  96. Kjell Westö – Missä kuljimme kerran
  97. Veijo Meri – Manillaköysi
  98. Maria Jotuni – Huojuva talo
  99. Juha Itkonen – Anna minun rakastaa enemmän
  100. Jan Guillou – Pahuus
Jan 062011
 

An ancient british meme resurfaced.

Read books bolded (covers also books mostly read, and read to me aloud).

Books planned to read in semi-near future italicized.

Liked books tagged with a *, seriously liked with a **.

Read: 31/100.

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien *
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series JK Rowling *
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell *
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman *
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller **
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare – William Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien *
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams **
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  34. Emma – Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne *
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell *
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving *
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  47. Far From The Madding – Crowd Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession – AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  100. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
Sep 012009
 

Kasa collects the first entries of finnish blogs.

Mine is still available in its original form as well as here in wordpress.

But for those with a 2.3 second attention span, here’s the whole first entry from 29.3.2004:

And so it begins.

Indeed. Yet another blog among the uncounted thousands in the web already. This is just a trial run for an unspecified amount of time whether I keep having semi-interesting things to say.

No idea what this’ll cover. Things I’m interested in. Or pissed off at. Both, at the same time, sometimes. If people are covered, this will be under cover of some anonymity to protect the innocent, and in best possible taste, of course.

Jan 292009
 

Close to Ground Zero - New York, January 2002I haven’t been actually challenged, but that’s not a reason NOT to participate in a meme.

The instructions are simple:

  1. Enter the fourth directory in your picture stash.
  2. Choose the fourth picture in your blog
  3. Describe when/why/how you took it.
  4. Challenge four people to participate

Well, this picture is from New York, close to the WTC ground zero, taken in January 2002, after the cleaning crew was mostly done with the rubble. This was a cold day, easily fifteen below zero, the chill compounded by stiff winds off the rivers.

The camera was a brand new Canon G3, and this image is the nineteenth picture taken with it.

And nope, I’m not challenging anybody.

Sep 102008
 

This is an interesting meme originally set up by verygoodtaste.

It’s a list of a hundred dishes that an omnivore should have tried at least once.

The instructions are simple:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
  5. Crocodile
  6. Black pudding (I think I’ve had the equivalent finnish dish)
  7. Cheese fondue
  8. Carp
  9. Borscht
  10. Baba ghanoush
  11. Calamari
  12. Pho
  13. PB&J sandwich (for some reason I just can’t stand peanut butter in any form)
  14. Aloo gobi
  15. Hot dog from a street cart
  16. Epoisses
  17. Black truffle (I think I’ve only had white.)
  18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
  19. Steamed pork buns
  20. Pistachio ice cream
  21. Heirloom tomatoes (as far s I know.)
  22. Fresh wild berries
  23. Foie gras
  24. Rice and beans
  25. Brawn, or head cheese
  26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
  27. Dulce de leche
  28. Oysters
  29. Baklava
  30. Bagna cauda
  31. Wasabi peas
  32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
  33. Salted lassi
  34. Sauerkraut
  35. Root beer float
  36. Cognac with a fat cigar
  37. Clotted cream tea
  38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
  39. Gumbo
  40. Oxtail (in a soup only.)
  41. Curried goat
  42. Whole insects
  43. Phaal
  44. Goat’s milk
  45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
  46. Fugu
  47. Chicken tikka masala
  48. Eel
  49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (I think I’ve had these.)
  50. Sea urchin
  51. Prickly pear
  52. Umeboshi (I think I had this once as a dessert to sushi.)
  53. Abalone
  54. Paneer
  55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
  56. Spaetzle
  57. Dirty gin martini
  58. Beer above 8% ABV
  59. Poutine
  60. Carob chips
  61. S’mores
  62. Sweetbreads
  63. Kaolin
  64. Currywurst
  65. Durian
  66. Frogs’ legs
  67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
  68. Haggis
  69. Fried plantain
  70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
  71. Gazpacho
  72. Caviar and blini
  73. Louche absinthe
  74. Gjetost, or brunost
  75. Roadkill
  76. Baijiu
  77. Hostess Fruit Pie (maybe I have, maybe I haven’t, can’t recall.)
  78. Snail
  79. Lapsang souchong
  80. Bellini (a grave omission.)
  81. Tom yum
  82. Eggs Benedict
  83. Pocky
  84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
  85. Kobe beef
  86. Hare
  87. Goulash
  88. Flowers
  89. Horse (in sausages, inevitably.)
  90. Criollo chocolate
  91. Spam
  92. Soft shell crab
  93. Rose harissa
  94. Catfish
  95. Mole poblano
  96. Bagel and lox
  97. Lobster Thermidor
  98. Polenta
  99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  100. Snake

My score is 61/100 eaten things, with three crossed out (fugu is something I would consider eating, given a truly good chef).

And had to look up quite a few things from wikipedia. And yes, “kaolin” is clay, supposedly nutritious clay.

[ via Cosmic Variance. ]

Sep 022008
 

MäkkimiesTo promote hesari’s forthcoming supplement on the effects of internet on society, they have published a short survey of the use habits.

The twelve questions brought out the Apple fanatic in me, though I’m pretty sure that the “product of the eighties”-category was next in line.

We form a mere 3% of the population, but it sure is a conspicuous minority.

[ via matkalla. ]

Jul 182008
 

BriljanttiWoo, this blog just got its very first award. Thanks to skrubu for the recognition.

And while I’m not a big fan of chain letters and such, not listing seven yet unrewarded blogs would be rather antisocial. So here goes: Katuoja, /var/log/orava, ylitalot.net/com, Überkuul, Symbiatch, A Heartbreaking Blog of Staggering Genius and ButtUgly. And obviously all the blogs on the roll in the sidebar (some of which are on summer hiatus) come highly recommended as well.

Jul 082008
 

Following the analysis of the robot-collection t-shirt, three more popular culture-dredging shirts have been produced by Chop Shop

A detail of \"The Internets\"-shirt by Chop ShopThe Internets chews the memes of the last decade, and has been analyzed in Flickr, just like the selection of droids. I’ve missed lots and lots of these, but at least a few of the less than obvious (like the Ceiling Cat) were instantly familiar.

A detail of \"Alien We\"-shirt by Chop ShopA shirt on aliens has apparently not been analyzed yet, even though several instances of it are featured on Flickr.

The latest arrival, a weGo, shirt about cars, on the other hand, is the subject of a thorough identification already.

Jul 082008
 

I chose LibraryThing as my book management solution a while back, but haven’t really been that active in entering data.

And to delay the inevitable “let’s go shelf by shelf”-effort, I spotted a nifty related meme the other day. The newest Tuesday Thingers post challenges readers to see which of the top 100 books they own and/or have read, “top 100″ referring to the most owned books on the service.

The amount of Potters in the top ten is downright scary, but the list does get better once they’ve been passed.

The instructions are simple: bold what you own, italicize what you have read, and use * to note which books you’ve liked most.

  1. Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone by J.K. Rowling (32,484)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J.K. Rowling (29,939)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by J.K. Rowling (28,728)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by J.K. Rowling (27,926)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) by J.K. Rowling (27,643)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) by J.K. Rowling (27,641)
  7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (23,266)
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (21,325) *
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J.K. Rowling (20,485)
  10. 1984 by George Orwell (19,735) *
  11. Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics) by Jane Austen (19,583)
  12. The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger (19,082)
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (17,586)
  14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (16,210)
  15. The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (15,483) *
  16. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (14,566)
  17. Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) by Charlotte Bronte (14,449)
  18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (13,946)
  19. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (13,272)
  20. Animal Farm by George Orwell (13,091)
  21. Angels & demons by Dan Brown (13,089)
  22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (13,005)
  23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (12,777)
  24. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah’s Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (12,634)
  25. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien (12,276) *
  26. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (12,147)
  27. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (11,976)
  28. The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2) by J.R.R. Tolkien (11,512) *
  29. The Odyssey by Homer (11,483)
  30. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (11,392) **
  31. Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut (11,360) **
  32. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (11,257)
  33. The return of the king : being the third part of The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (11,082) *
  34. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (10,979) *
  35. American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman (10,823)
  36. The chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (10,603)
  37. The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams (10,537) **
  38. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (10,435)
  39. The lovely bones : a novel by Alice Sebold (10,125)
  40. Ender’s Game (Ender, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card (10,092)
  41. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman (9,827)
  42. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman (9,745) *
  43. Dune by Frank Herbert (9,671)
  44. Emma by Jane Austen (9,610)
  45. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (9,598)
  46. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classics) by Mark Twain (9,593)
  47. Anna Karenina (Oprah’s Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy (9,433)
  48. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (9,413)
  49. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides (9,343)
  50. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (9,336)
  51. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (9,274)
  52. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (9,246)
  53. The Iliad by Homer (9,153)
  54. The Stranger by Albert Camus (9,084)
  55. Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen (9,080)
  56. Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens (9,027)
  57. The Handmaid’s Tale: A Novel by Margaret Atwood (8,960)
  58. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (8,904)
  59. Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (8,813)
  60. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery – (8,764)
  61. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (8,421)
  62. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (8,417)
  63. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (8,368) *
  64. The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck (8,255)
  65. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (8,214)
  66. The Name of the Rose: including Postscript to the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (8,191)
  67. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (8,169)
  68. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (8,129)
  69. The complete works by William Shakespeare (8,096)
  70. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (7,843)
  71. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (7,834)
  72. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Barbara Kingsolver (7,829)
  73. Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library) by William Shakespeare (7,808)
  74. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by John Steinbeck (7,807)
  75. A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens (7,793)
  76. The Alchemist (Plus) by Paulo Coelho (7,710)
  77. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (7,648)
  78. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Oscar Wilde (7,598)
  79. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk (7,569)
  80. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (7,557)
  81. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2) by Philip Pullman (7,534)
  82. Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan (7,530)
  83. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (7,512)
  84. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (7,436)
  85. Dracula by Bram Stoker (7,238)
  86. Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions) by Joseph Conrad (7,153)
  87. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (7,055)
  88. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (7,052)
  89. The amber spyglass by Philip Pullman (7,043)
  90. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics) by James Joyce (6,933)
  91. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Milan Kundera (6,901)
  92. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (6,899)
  93. Neuromancer by William Gibson (6,890) **
  94. The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics) by Geoffrey Chaucer (6,868)
  95. Persuasion (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen (6,862)
  96. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (6,841)
  97. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (6,794)
  98. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (6,715)
  99. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (6,708)
  100. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (6,697) *

[ via Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho. ]

May 152008
 

I seem to have read pitifully few of the 1001 recommended books. Following Jason Kottke’s lead, the ones heavily recommended are affixed with an asterisk, and some books I aim to read within the year are noted in italics (and yeah, I should read more, and definitely read more classics).

2000s
The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
Choke – Chuck Palahniuk

1990s
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson*
Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon (halfway through, abandoned ages ago)
Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks*
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy*
The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons*
The Cider House Rules – John Irving*
Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
Contact – Carl Sagan
Neuromancer – William Gibson*
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams*
The World According to Garp – John Irving*
The Shining – Stephen King
Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson*
Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.*
The Godfather – Mario Puzo
2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien*
The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess*
Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller*
Rabbit, Run – John Updike
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien*
Lord of the Flies – William Golding*
The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler*
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell*
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett*
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
The Trial – Franz Kafka*
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1800s
The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle*
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain*
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll*
Walden – Henry David Thoreau
The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper

1700s
Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

Pre-1700s
Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

Apr 102008
 

To celebrate the arrival of the new television at the HQ, here’s my take on the show-meme making rounds in the finnish blogosphere

  1. Quantum Leap (I think I’ve seen a whole episode. Once.)
  2. Prison Break
  3. Veronica Mars (Seen the first season, second pending in the backlog.)
  4. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  5. Sex & The City
  6. Farscape (Embarrassingly enough, seen only the first two seasons.)
  7. Cracker (Haven’t seen the alleged new episode(s).)
  8. Star Trek
  9. Only Fools and Horses
  10. Band of Brothers
  11. Life on Mars (Will watch it as shown on Sub.)
  12. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  13. Curb Your Enthusiasm (Got the first season here, somewhere.)
  14. Star Trek: The Next Generation (Too uneven for me.)
  15. Father Ted (I think I’ve seen them all.)
  16. Alias (Didn’t much like the show or Jennifer Garner.)
  17. Frasier
  18. CSI: Las Vegas
  19. Babylon 5
  20. Deadwood
  21. Dexter
  22. ER
  23. Fawlty Towers
  24. Six Feet Under
  25. Red Dwarf
  26. Futurama
  27. Twin Peaks
  28. The Office UK (Haven’t seen the christmas specials yet.)
  29. The Shield
  30. Angel
  31. Blackadder
  32. Scrubs
  33. Arrested Development
  34. South Park
  35. Doctor Who (Just getting started with season 3 of the new show, just a couple of stray episodes from the first twentysix seasons.)
  36. Heroes (Finished the first season yesterday.)
  37. Firefly
  38. Battlestar Galactica (Seen all of the old series, and two seasons of the new – missing the third and Razor.)
  39. Family Guy
  40. Seinfeld
  41. Spaced
  42. The X-Files
  43. The Wire (Only the three first seasons thus far. Eagerly awaiting the scandinavian release of the fourth.)
  44. Friends
  45. 24 (As provided by MTV3.)
  46. Lost (Up to date to Nelonen.)
  47. The West Wing (Haven’t seen the seventh season.)
  48. The Sopranos (Haven’t see the sixth season.)
  49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  50. The Simpsons
Mar 302008
 

Back in 2005, I took Jakob Nielsen’s test on blogging sins. And came off with four and a half. Some of which were rectified in the intervening years, but now, with the new engine, it’s time to revisit the list, which appears not to have been updated since.

1. No Author Biographies
No real biography, CV does mitigate this sin a little. Half a sin.
2. No Author Photo
Yes there is, on the top page of the site. No sin here.
3. Nondescript Posting Titles
I still believe in the non-sequitur school of entry naming. Hence, no sin.
4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go
True, they don’t. But then again, how many people actually stop to see the link title appear before boldly clicking the underlined text. Quarter of a sin (with a hint of mistrial in the air).
5. Classic Hits are Buried
They are. And this is especially bad considering the shape the old archives are in.
But I will launch a “Best of…” widget in the sidebar soonest, thus nipping this sin in the bud.
6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
It no longer is, categories are used to the full effect.
I’m still on the fence about using supplementary tags as well.
7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
I don’t consider this to be a sin. Apart from the “game of the week”-category being truly misnamed. Irregularity is good, and the use of the RSS-feed pretty much keeps readers informed when there’s new stuff available. No sin, no sir, indeed.
8. Mixing Topics
As with previous, I don’t consider this to be a sin.
“Rampantly and wilfully mixing topics since 2004″ is actually a pretty decent tagline.
9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
Nah, I don’t blather too much about work or my private life to register.
And anyway, anybody who seriously objects to something written here wouldn’t be much of a long-term prospect as a superior officer anyway.
10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
Nope. It’s mine, all mine. My precious.

There, that was easy: .75 sins, with one new entry-listing to launch. Got off much easier than three years ago.

Mar 292008
 

This entry attempts to catalogue the open digital photography challenges in the web.

Day Name Description Participation
Monday Moody monday In english.
Single-word subject.
No registration.
~50 participants.
Exposure date not set.

No.
Monday JorjDotOrg PhotoHunt In english.
Competition, consists of multi-week seasons.
Single-word subject.
Registration needed.
~20 participants.
Exposure after the challenge (not enforced).

No.
Tuesday Tuesday challenge In english.
Competition.
Single-word subject.
No registration needed.
~40 participants.
Exposure seems to be after the challenge (not enforced).
No.
Wednesday Lensday In english.
Single-word subject (seems to be, the 4 year archives were wiped in february).
No registration needed.
~50 participants.
Exposure seems to be after the challenge (not enforced).
No.
Wednesday Photosharks In english.
Single-word subject.
No registration needed.
~50 participants.
Exposure seems to be after the challenge (not enforced).
No.
Wednesday ABC Wednesday In english.
Subjects whose name begins with a given letter (multiple images per participant OK).
Manually administered in a blog (seems complex).
~100 participats.
Exposure date not set.
No.
Thursday valokuvatorstai In finnish.
Very variable subjects.
No registration needed.
Not competitive.
~150 participants.
Exposure date not set.
Almost every week.
Thursday Thursday Challenge In english.
Single-word topics.
No registration needed.
Competitive.
~100 participants.
Exposure date not set.
Occasionally.
Friday Photo Friday In english.
Variable topics.
No registration needed.
Competitive.
~400 participants.
Exposure date not set.
Occasionally.
Saturday Shutterday In english.
Usually single-word topics.
No registration needed.
Competitive.
~50 participants.
Exposure date not set.
No.
Saturday Unique Exposures In english.
Variable topics.
No registration needed.
Competitive.
~30 participants.
Exposure date not set.
No.
Sunday MacroDay In english.
Usually single-word topics, always macro-related.
No registration needed.
Competitive.
~30 participants.
Exposure date not set.
A few times.
Sunday See It Sunday In english.
Usually single-word topics.
No registration needed.
Competitive.
~30 participants.
Exposure date not set.
No.
Multiple days DPChallenge In english.
Vey variable topics.
Registration needed.
Seriously competitive (disqualifications happen).
~300 participants.
Exposure date set (and enforced).
No.

Original idea taken from Kameravene.

Corrections, content suggestions and information about further challenges welcome.

Once the challenge-specific archive-pages are up, I will link them here as well.

Feb 172008
 

The amount of memetics in this blog has significantly decreased since the untimely end of the weekly fiver.

Here’s a literary meme picked up at random (originally from Eating Muffins in an Agitated Manner).

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction. But I’m not averse to good fantasy or horror either.

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Mass market paperbacks for the most part, occasionally trade paperbacks or hardbacks (usually when a couple of favorite authors release a new book).

Heinlein or Asimov?
Neither. I cut my teeth on Clarke.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Both. Amazon for planned purchases, b&m (especially Akateeminen) for the less planned ones.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Both. But only when travelling, neither chain is available locally.

Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Original hitchhiker as a single book (the rest increasingly sucked), Discworld as a series.

Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark. Definitely. Dogearing is equal to defacement in my book.

Magazine: Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
Neither. I prefer Tähtivaeltaja.

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
Random. To be rectified at the impending move. Hopefully.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Keep.

Year’s Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?
Neither, really, I’m not big on anthologies.

Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep.

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Remove. And return once read.

Short story or novel?
Novel. Though I don’t disrespect short stories either.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Potter by default. Never read Snicket. And haven’t seen the movie either.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks. Unless the chapters are excessively long.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Meh. Neither.

Buy or Borrow?
Buy. Some bought after initially borrowing them.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
All and none

Lewis or Tolkien?
Tolkien. Though I did like the first Perelandra-novel a lot.

Hard SF or Space Opera?
Hard SF, with occasional space opera for good measure.

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Collections, usually.

Hugo or Nebula?
Haven’t really figured the difference inbetween.

Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
Neither is perfect, but new wave tends to be more entertaining.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy ending usually, unless the cliffhanger is really good. And most of them are not.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Apart from truly free weekends, nighttime is the only readily available timeslot.

Standalone or Series?
Standalone. Usually rampant serialization is a fantasy-specific crime.

Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
Depends. No single winner in this category. If urban is equal to modern, then it’s not really attractive. If not, then it probably has and edge.

New or used?
New. I like my books pristine.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Haven’t picked up anything spectacular lately.

Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
This list is in no particular order.
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross.
Forty Days of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
This list is in no particular order either.
Startide Rising by David Brin.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
Anubis Gates by Tim Powers.
The fifth one shall remain unremembered.

X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
Again, no order is implied inbetween the entries.
Uplift by David Brin.
Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin.
Discworld by Terry Pratchett.
Valerian by Jean-Claude Mézières & Pierre Christin.

Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)
I’ll give this one a miss, not having devoted much time to short stories lately.