Liberaalipuolueen pitchauskisassa heinäkuussa 2017 sana oli vapaa ja käytinkin tilaisuuden hyväkseni puhuakseni aiheesta, joka varsinkin loppuvuodesta osoittautui niin suosituksi, että eduskunnassa ja mediassa ei muusta juuri puhuttukaan, eli alkoholista. Tarkemmin sanoen alkoholin vähittäismyynnistä, joka, kuten useimmat tietänevät, hoidetaan Suomessa ja muutamassa muussa pimeän Peräpohjolan maassa valtion monopolin kautta.
Zeal is a very handy tool for accessing various APIs and other reference documents. However, if you want to run it on macOS, you’ll have to compile it yourself (long story). Here’s how I got it running on macOS High Sierra.
As of today, I am officially a licentiate of technology. In case you’re wondering what that is, it’s a university degree in the Finnish system that sits between a master’s and a doctorate and, along with a fistful of euros, gets me a cup of coffee. Continue reading “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream”
The Finnish National Opera used to be housed in a lovely old 19th Century building on Bulevardi (The Boulevard). Sadly, that building was deemed too small (which it probably was) for the ever-growing insatiable hunger for opera that Finns are known for throughout the civilized world. Continue reading “It Ain’t Over Till The Harlot Sings”
Talk about a blast from the past. I hadn’t seen this photo until a few days ago, when the photographer sent me a copy. What you see here is (most of) the Reserve Officer Course 107 of the Imperial Finnish Navy, 22 years ago in late ’89 or early ’90. Continue reading “Officers and Gentlemen”
The following is an email I wrote recently after a particularly inspirational customer service experience. De Facto Monopoly Company is called something else in real life, and if there is a company called DFMC out there, let me emphasise that my experience had nothing to do with them. Other details have been also altered to protect the less than innocent. Continue reading “Customer service? No thanks, we’re a monopoly.”
(Prologue: Ray Ashley 1968-2009 on Youtube.)
I first met Ray in 2000 in Brussels, of all places. We were both in Belgium to attend the legendary Tap-Guitar Seminar in Neufchâteau. Ray was already an incredible tapper who could do amazing things on his 11-string Warr. Me, I was still trying to figure out which way to hold the instrument. Continue reading “Ray”