Old flash Games

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Berries – Last post of old blog

  This was the very last post of my old blog. Posted in August 2013. I felt it needed to be reposted as a journey and experience for others to look through. It may be sparse at times, but I do hope the imagery is enough to build a tale of sorts. It was written…

Animation

Posted from 2012-2013 Some look at the progress I made through the year. At a later point I will post a reel of the progress made.   A character that is ready to be animated first modeling of the course

1 Exam done, 1 course and a Thesis left.

Posted August 2013 That is if I passed the exam. It’s a course I’ve been trying to avoid taking as I feel it’s a subject matter I can read on my own. I’ll find out if I’m right soon enough. If not, that leaves 2 courses. One in the Computer Science department, and the other…

Importance of an offsite back-up

I recently replaced my Hard Disk with an SSD drive to speed up my computer’s performance. I had two extra hard drives laying around and I thought I’d pair them together in a RAID setup to increase performance… problem was those two drives consisted of my primary back-up as well as a redundant secondary back-up…

An effective residence council.

Posted August 2013 Over the last few weeks I’ve had a couple of impressed members of other residence councils reach out to me to look at how our community here is managed. When I first came in as vice-president the entire decision making process was inefficient and burdensome. Our council was not much different than…

For the Thesis

The prototype represents a phone with various inputs and outputs. The idea is to study how users interact with the device. Still needs guidance to become a completed Thesis.  

Cones and Cream

Posted June to July 2012 Porvoo. It’s nice when your guests drive you around. Graduation doesn’t look to be far off, the question is, what next? As I remember when I first arrived I had told my adviser I was planning on taking my time… maybe four…. five years. Time moves fast. 95 credits out…

Garden Conclusion

Posted April 2013 The garden goes. But why? It seemed no organization could give a clear answer. In general it was a “because we said so” attitude. I sent the story to the student union and they went to look further into the matter. After a couple of weeks worth of emails, the conclusion turned…

Thesis – Arduino

Posted April 2013 Reminds me of the micro-controller classes I had to do for my bachelor’s. This year is the first time I’ve been able to play around with the arduino and I am impressed. I can’t remember what device I had learned to programme, but I remember much of it was done in assembly…

Memories

Posted April to May 2013 Vappu Old graphics card died

Good-bye Garden

Posted April 2013 The top photo is the typical state in which tenants receive their balconies in our building. Sometimes in better condition, and sometimes in worse. The bottom is a photo of my balcony. A winter gardening project that proves that urban gardening is possible. The condition of the apartment received in the top…

repainted

Posted April 2013 In the winter I ride around in a mountain bike with under inflated tires. Now that the summer is coming (3 degrees Celsius outside), I decided to clean up and retouch my summer bike last night. Ended up repainting it, finishing up with a couple coats of wax today. Now I just…

Is it worth growing food at home?

Posted March 2013 Here you go. I would say in Finland, in the winter, as an individual, no. But then again, what if this were incorporated into buildings and households? would it then be more cost effective? Waste heat gets sucked back into living spaces to create less waste. Transportation costs are reduced. who knows…

Imported food

As I live the life of luxury these days, I decided I’d order some international cuisine. The most common place American food items come across as a new and foreign taste here in Finland. Turns out Amazon UK ships groceries to Finland free of charge. Cream soda, root beer, cereals and real peanut butter to…

Restart

Posted February 2013 Eight community events on the calendar this week. A year ago our goal had been to have at least one event a month. Up from 2-4 in years past. Its not just more events, but a higher level of community involvement. Glad to see how this student residence has evolved over the…

Highschool Diploma

Posted February 2013 With my Master’s nearing its end, I need to prepare for what comes next, whatever that may be. Work in a degree related job is what I think most are pursuing and would rather expect. Personally I came to the conclusion that if I am going to continue to study, it would…

Hobbies – indoor garden

Posted January 2013 Most job applications have a little section asking about your hobbies. Just to fill in the blank, I usually I just put down Biking and cooking as my hobbies. I find biking to be as much as a hobby as riding the bus to school. At first a way to reduce my…

Closing shop

Posted January 2013 Decided tonight to stop offering Finnish candy online. It was a means to help cover a little of my cost of living when I first moved to Finland. With part-time work and studies, it is just not worth the time anymore. It was a good experience. Something to add to my wealth…

Year at an end

Posted December 2012 Merry Christmas! Here we had a big feast with neighbors. Played a game of capture the flag outdoors with a good snowball fight. What am I doing now? Looking at future possibilities once again. Now is the time to apply for Universities around Finland if I plan to begin studies anew. With…

Age

Posted December 2012 A week ago I get a rejection letter for an internship from a multinational corporation on the basis that I am not a student…. All my efforts to get through to someone are to no avail. Phone calls get forwarded to nowhere and e-mails wait for a response. Reminds me that nearly…

Bye Bye Laptop

Posted November 2012 Laptop finally died. It was sort of expected, the graphics card had been showing signs of degradation over the past year. That and having had the LCD fail, it was sort of time to move on to a different machine. To think, this laptop has seen the world, been in a dozen…

Re-thinking

Posted October 2012 The second study period has started. The break week turned out nice, I had organized a 3-day cruise to Stockholm for residents here, along with some activities on return. I had forgot my Aalto classes were still in session, but happen to have a professor kind enough to redo the lesson so…

Backlight dead + fireshow + empanadas

Well, just had our first Ida party + a little fire show to break the rhythm. I think all attendants enjoyed themselves. Backlight on my screen went dead…. I’m thinking it might be the inverter, so until a new one arrives you can see my temporary solution. (big lamp behind the screen) We’ve been organizing…

Now that I’m rich…

Posted August 2012 It’s the way me and a friend start every sentence these days. Both landed a job just around the same time. A job, any job, the most basic work in Finland pays generously. You’re getting paid this much?? For doing what?? Lies. But it’s the reality here. A nice, comfortable reality. Just…

Deer

Posted August 2012 Already getting questions from exchange students that are on their way over here. Summer is just about over. At night here in Helsinki you see plenty of rabbits, porcupines, the occasional fox, and this morning a couple of deer. One interesting achievement. All accounts accounted for… the past twelve months came in…

Thesis and Update

Posted May-July 2012 A quick week of intensive courses in Petrozavodsk. A nice quiet city by the lake. Now I’ve started working on this Software Factory work experience course to get a taste of software development. When did this happen? Already half-way through my studies with only a pair of mandatory courses left… which means…

Inventory

Posted April 2012 Snowing again. I have always found the snow pleasant and am still waiting to see if there will ever be a day I tire of it. So. Homework as always. Exams as always. Here, still waiting on word for traineeships and internships. An application to be a newspaper delivery boy is in…

One last visit

Posted April 2012 Just when we thought the winter was over 🙂 A pleasant surprise. No graham crackers around here, but these will do. Smores. For all those who have never tried one. Yes, there’s chocolate in there. My room has grown a little character in the last year hill was too steep ‘ vappu

Trainee

(Posted Feb-Mar 2012) I’ve had an amazing winter, and can’t be but a bit disappointing that it is soon coming to an end. New study period starting up means new courses, new projects. If I ever get around to posting more… well… I’ll post more. Twice I’ve visited Rovio’s offices, and on each occasion I’ve…

Study Plan

(Posted December 2011) I’ve noticed some of the other students have posted their study plans along with their current progress online. So here. It’s posted. My study plan with my progress (No longer Posted – Studies complete). I decided to take an easy start; told my coordinator I’m in no hurry. Studies here are no…

Apply to all jobs

(Originally posted December 2011) I’ve been trying to find a job for about a year now. Researching companies, writing personalized letters, trying to get a start. It hasn’t really worked. Especially as I am far from Finnish fluency, interest dies away quickly. So. In frustration. I had the great idea of applying to every job…

Images of the Fall

(Posted October 2011) I was not able to find the original images I took. Instead you get the photos as they were on my previous website. Shrunk to minimize bandwidth usage which is no longer such a big deal as it use to be. Enjoy. Making home made empanadas Vantaa river electricity Home made tres…

Colder

(Posted October 2011) The warm summer days are just about over, as the winter sneaks back in. I did get my hospital bill. not cheap, yet, not quite as expensive as I would have expected for the full unsubsidized cost. As instructed by the hospital, I went to a KELA office (Finnish social security) to…

busy orientation days

(posted September 2011) Ferry/airport/train. The last few days I’ve been running around with some of the new students around, helping them with the essentials and getting them started in Finland. The HOAS (the student housing organization) office , was packed on the 1st, with hundreds of students waiting outside with their luggage and taxis stopping…

Fruit and Food

(Originally posted in August) While watching channel 4 Nelonen, during their transition into ad-space I caught site of a Chilean Indio Picaro sitting next to some toys. It means someone over at Nelonen has a Chilean connection. The transition ads seems to change in relation to the evening, I did not see it again. I’ll…

Flour

(Posted August 2011) Today I made a quick batch of flour tortillas, one of the simplest and quickest items you can make. For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s just flour and oil. nothing else. Corn flour is not easy to come by, so these might not authentic as you’d like. Anyway, cheap, quick, easy to…

Taking a Page from my Brother

Being told 1 in 20 students in Helsinki manage to grab a job during their studies is a bit disconcerting. Knowing the current job market in Finland is not much different then the rest of this world, I’ve decided to start experimenting with the sale of Finnish goods over international waters. My brother did something…

Finland, Expensive?

Originally posted May 2011. Pricing may be out of date. Finland has introduced tuition fees for foreign students since, as well as tuition in the US rising. Looking online, reading through forums, and hearing stories, Finland sounds like the most expensive country to live in. With people warning that a single year of studies can…

Cheating at Groceries

So, every couple of weeks I post on here a bi-monthly shopping trip that amounts to two weeks of food for two at 50€ a person. The idea is just to see how this budget progresses through the year. Personally,  I’ve noticed improvement in the quality and nutrition of goods we get every month. But…

Another two weeks of food

With left over ingredients from the last two weeks we came under budget this time around at a total of about 90€. These posts are to show off what 50€ per person (100€ for two) gets you for a two week period in Finland. At some point I was planning to add recipes, but I…

A look behind Finland’s job market

six-weeks vacation, decent working hours, and a stress free work environment Finland has created sounds great right? Unfortunately, the reality has become quite different. Unpaid overtime, extended work weeks, and never ending trial periods are a recent and growing phenomenon in Finland. Before coming to Finland I had a decent degree and some work experience…

Pancake dinner: Planning an Event

I have always enjoyed participating and organizing events wherever I’ve been. Back in Kentucky I had organized computer equipment donations throughout the region, and video-gaming activities for youth. In Chile I use to dress up as Santa to hand out gifts, and in 2010 when the earthquake hit, I provided network assistance wherever I could…

Finland Shuts Down: The Power of Unions.

Old article I wrote about the power of Unions in Finland: This Friday Finland will essentially shutdown. Flight traffic will stop, trains will no longer run, buses won’t be an option, the metro will stand still, and even the harbor will be on strike. Furthermore, Police and emergency services will run on minimal personnel, many…