Most typical sight in london

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by sanaseni

The doubledecker, black cab, post box and telephone booth + the crane

The doubledecker, black cab, post box and telephone booth + the crane

The most typical sights in london are nothing like you might think. Here is a picture in which I managed to capture many of the most common quintessentially Londonese institutions. The traditional Hackney Carriage or Black Cab is often seen in the city. Driven by a person with especially large hippocampus leaves little room for caring of pedestarians well-being. These cabrioles (where the word Cab comes) are not always black, in fact the London cab can be (and indeed are) of whatever colour since there is no rules about it. The sides are quite often plastered in colourful advertisements as well. The double decker bus is very cheap, easy to use, goes everywhere in what seems as a lightning speed. It does not try to kill you and the drivers are very humane. The one thing to remember is the getting of the ticket. With exact change in coins from a machine next to the bus stop. The driver does not sell these and there is no use for plastic money here. The red post box is a frequent sight and they really do look like that everywhere. With quarter of a pound the Royal mail will try to deliver your letter anywhere in the UK, sometime in the next two weeks. Funnily enough, double the money and they deliver anywhere in the world within 5 days. They have an extensive range of services and the ones that are not the absolute cheapest – are really, really good. Basically, move over DHL. Finally the telephone booth is still very much alive here. I have no clue how good or bad the service is, but there are several different companies operating these. They are definetely in use and I would guess that people make collect calls from these when they run out of money. Also, none of the “free to call” numbers are free when calling from mobiles, so I suppose people call their banks or such to whine about stuff, from public phones in the street. As it is free. Finland made the decision to remove even the very last booth last year. The brits might have been slow to act, but are now planning to build a nice Internet hotspot network with the phonebooth network. Finnish telcos prolly thought that someone should think of something to make some use of them, the workgroup appointed did not think of anyone to think anything, but knew that there are some guys who could tear them down… But it does not matter really, the thing that is most obvious and always visible in the town of London, is in this picture as well. It is not the sunny weather, that is rare. It is not the few tourists, as normally there are loads. It is very hard to take an outdoor picture without it being in it. Peeking from the backround, as always, it is the everpresent building crane.

Pandemic preparation 101 – hoard

Posted in Househusbandy, organic with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by sanaseni

The pandemic pig flu is quite possibly nothing to worry about. Then again, it might be akin to “Spanish flu” that killed millions. We live in a big city and the chances of catching said flu are unknown to me, but not to prepare would be foolish. I decided that the risk of doing nothing is greater than the risk of doing something, even if in vain. Just investing (not spending) 100 pounds is the plan I am going with.
Living in finland tought me to always have food for three days for the household. That is how long it takes for the government to get organized in case of shit hitting the fan, so each for themselves during those first three days. Pandemic could cripple the infrastructure as people would be staying home instead of working the system. Therefore I just simply up the hoard to a 10 day stash. On top of this, only some cold medicines, tissues and handwipes. And only a few luxury items, in thinking of what you want when you have the worst flu you have ever had and cannot leave the house for a week. Some tea and biscuits.

About the risk assessment, realization and actions

Risk does not come to be but you took no action
Well done, you were right. You have earned yourself the bragging rights and can mock everyone who did something.

Risk does not come to be but you took action
Well, you were wrong. You are the one who is being mocked now. Hopefully the action did not cost too much and you can live with it.

Risk does come true, but you took action
Well done, you were right to take the action. Now what matters that you took the right action and it was sufficient. If you did, then you should be alright, at least better off than most. There is no point doing this half-heartedly. Do it or don’t, but do it properly, if you decide to do it.

Risk comes true, but you took no action
Well now, you the weakest link – goodbye.

Now if the risk is ultimate and the cost of action is neglible, a logical response is to act, regardless of the propability of the risk materializing.

Spreading the flu 101

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2009 by sanaseni

The flu spreads, as we all now know, through the extensive campaign from touching contaminated areas and airborne. The problem in UK is that the country is built to spread the flu. Yes, the open sewers have been eliminated, but the taps on the basins are still one for hot and one for cold old fashioned “touch me touch me” ones. So you wash your hands and touch the contaminated tap? It’s no good, you have to wash the taps first, then your hands. Lots of soap and hot water will do the job. Next, it is the drying of hands. Not drying would be really bad, as getting the hands dry is really the most important part to getting your hands germ free and to stop the spreading. And what then? Push the potentially contaminated button of the dryer to dry your hands. Finally, to get out of the loo, you have to pull the handle of the door, as they open inwards instead of out and cannot be just pushed woth your elbpw. The wet handle, as the previous person couldn’t dry hios hands properly. Ideal germination ground for the virus that was left on the handle by a previous person.
My two cents about ho to get rid of the flu? Fix the toilets. Install no touch taps, get some paper towels and change to doors that do not insist on touching.

Good times :)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2009 by sanaseni

ClearI can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day

Oh yes I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day

Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day

Vappu, oi vappu

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2009 by sanaseni

There is no vappu in the UK. People do not know what they are missing. The one day when every finn is out on the prowl, the start of the summer season. You stop being serious, suicidal and depressed and start to go out and about. Vappu is when finns crawl out of their Kieppis (sorta winter holes). Don your coveralls and get ready to party. Backpack full of booze, some clothes and a towel, you leave home with firm intentions not to come back for some days. Then, the vappu happens and you get properly started on the all summer long festival season. Even if there is no need for vappu this much south of the arctic circle, it is something to experience. Anyone planning a trip to Helsinki, go on the 29th of april and don’t leave before the 1st of may. It is well worth the visit and unlike the other great finnish party, Juhannus, to this one – you are invited.

Finnish TV-licence

Posted in Nerdy, product, Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by sanaseni

Turha instanssi?

Turha instanssi?

The glorious language of the proper cannot be heard outside of the beautiful country of Finland. Finnish television has finally reached the Internet properly. One cannot watch it legally though. Finnish online TV-stations are not in the net, but rather a huge LAN on the net. LAN being finland. The digital signal can be captured near the border through DVB-T digiboxes, but the online broadcasts are blocked by the routers. Luckily, there is this small company, TV-kaista, who’s owners are battling a heavy battle with the TV-companies.
I bought the service trial for a month, paid my 5 euros through online banking. There is an excellent online service for Finns to do all kinds of applications for government agencies through an electronic post, or NetPosti. I chanced my name and address through it, one could even get a TV licence through a link in the service, to the finnish tv permit payment site. But it does not work, as the address has to have a finnish post code. I tried to get a licence (for my month of trial use), but they have made it impossible. At the same time, they are suing the poor small company. This is truly a case of the big bullying the small. I shall help them.

MTV3 has made deals with the content owners and production companies about the showing of the content online.
MTV is obviously incapable to actually doing it themselves. They the watching impossible firstly by demanding a PC with a Windows operating system to be bought and mediaplayer 10 or 11 to be installed. Secondly, there are restrictions on the content that can be watched abroad. I quote from http://www.katsomo.fi
“MTV3 Katsomo use from foreign countries

If you’re a foreign user you will notice that you are not given access to all of the material posted on this service. We are sorry for this, but it´s due to restricted rights for these programmes. MTV3 Katsomo is primarily for users located in Finland and many of the programmes are GEO-blocked to the territory of Finland. If you still would like to subscribe to this service you are naturally more than welcome, but you should be aware of these restrictions.”
Also, they do not guarantee that after charging my Visa, I will get any service at all. Any. And I suspect they do not guarantee their bandwith to be adequate to LINX either and I cannot get a broadband that would guarantee my bandwith outside their port in LINX. Now in which consumer agency shall I complain about this bullying? Shall I call the UK watchdogs or finnish kuluttajavirasto. Where is Hannu Karpo now, when I need him?

I shall rat myself to the YLE customer services and lets see what happens. I think I should also contact the kuluttajavirasto about this, no as none of the companies taking my money actually guarantees anu service, just the acceptance of my payment.

Pain in the butt

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by sanaseni

What is real pain? It seems that one forgets what it feels like, how bad it was and this makes the definition between real pain and just plain moaning for nothing – quite difficult. My wife said that giving birth was not that bad, but I was there to see it through, let me tell you, it was bad. One forgets.
I got a pain in my back, from sitting. Started off with a minor discomfort, but I could do little to it, as I was on a plane with my 1-year old finally sleeping next to me. Flight over, came home and it was almost gone. The next day though, it started getting worse. By evening, I could hardly sit and by night, couldn’t lay down, sit, stand or anything, without extreme pain in my behind.

Tailbone, the useless source of agony

The useless source of agony

Or tail, as we used to call it. It seems that we have a few bodyparts that are good for nothing only torturing or killing you, the tail being one of them. Evolutionist say that the miraclous human body has been made by cutting corners every chance you get. Need I remind you that most everything is made by compiling the parts of the cheapest bidders and learning from mistakes. Well, homo sapiens has some useless pieces left over. A bit in the ear, tailbone, some extra tubing in the stomach and such small things. Apart from being really smart, we really have not much going for us. Being smart made us have big heads which makes us born too early, so we are useless for the first year thus should not be put to daycare before we can walk and talk. We are also practically blind and deaf, with very little sense of smell or taste. The biggest fault though is one that bothers us daily. The breathing and swallowing tubes are next to each other, almost suffocating us daily.
Anyways, if you get pain in your coccyx, go to the doctors and do not believe the internet. It won’t take 10 years of anal probing and suffering horrendous pains, some naproxen and paracetamol cured me in 24 hours.