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Thursday, October 14, 2004

There are municipal elections coming up in a few weeks over here in Finland.


These elections has seen a remarkable raise in spamming candidates.
I won’t vote for any of them (especially since I even cannot vote for
them in the elections, since they live elsewhere).


Oh well.




Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Regarding the last topic, the program might have been from BBC World Service as well.



Nevertheless, the point remains.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

In an NPR Diane Rehm show
yesterday a few interesting points were raised: the regime change in
Iraq wasn’t the first one, but yet another in a long chain of such
events. Previously they were called wars, or were done covertly by
supporting dissident groups.


Anyway, one of the reasons for the regime change in Iraq was that
Saddam Hussein was mistreating people, like killing without trial,
keeping people in prisons without any legal recourse, torturing the
prisoners. Elections weren’t fair either.


Hmm. Does any of those actions sound familiar in the post Saddam world?




Monday, October 4, 2004

And spammers have it!


What else could you think when you consider the accuracy of their targetting. I for example have got these ads recently:

“Get an Online Unversity Degree” - I wonder how they knew I was thinking of getting a bit more education

“A Brighter, Prosperous Future” - Retirement early has been always my dream

“Extra 3 i.nches on average!” - Hmm.

“Get Meds Fast and Cheap” - this wouldn’t hurt

“Voluptuous sluts get DIRTY!” - I’m married, need I say more?

“New! Viagra soft tabs.” - things just ain’t the way they used to be

“Irresistible to the opposite sex” - it would be flattering, although I’m not sure if I knew what to do if this really happened

“9% Improvement in muscle mass” - so I wouln’t be so geek like.


In the view of the above, I think I should start asking hard questions questions about my relatives:

“is your sister in pain” - I didn’t know I had any

“Sick of big brother dipping into your pockets?” - Hmm. yet another one to split the inheritance




Thursday, September 30, 2004

wonder why every radio station has to have
two radio ‘announcers’ making the program. Isn’t music good enough? Is
it too expensive to broadcast just news and music, so that the stations
have to put two dimwits on the air to fill the waves with cheap noise?


And what it is with these endless call-in shows? Who listens to them? And who calls in? I certainly don’t know anybody who does.


ARGHHHH!




Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Keynoter.com reports: “Scuba tanks can
explode for various reasons, but the most common cause is from being
out of hydrostatic test date, or out of visual inspection date. Both
tests check for cracking in the neck of the tank and ensure its
structural integrity.” Details here: http://www.keynoter.com/articles/2004/08/06/news/news17.txt


Interesting. Missing a test is a reason for explotion? I thought that you’d need some structural damage as well.


A
bit more subtle mistake is the one often seen in Finnish newspapers:
“The car accident was caused by slippery road”. Slippery road my
trousers. I have yet to see an accident caused by slippery road. The
accident occurs because the driver didn’t take the current road
conditions into account.




Tuesday, September 28, 2004


Why on earth car drivers HAVE to drive on to the intersection, when they clearly see that they have to stop and block the crossing traffic?


What do they think they’ll gain? They just stop other people from getting to their destinations.


I
can understand that sometimes you just misjudge, or are too deep in
your thoughts that you make a mistake. I make a similar mistake maybe
once a month. But looking the traffic it seems to me that 2/3 of the
drivers left their brains behind when they started the engine.




Thursday, September 23, 2004

Not yet in the Windows Update, thank <Deity>!


Time to stop reading Finnish newsgroups that deal end-user computer problems.


Time to cash in on customers ;-)


Reminder: I need to change my telephone number, unless I want to
receive phone calls from friends and aquantances that installed the SP2
in the middle of the night....

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

It is starting to be autumn. I don't
particularly like autumns, since they're wet, increasingly dark and
winter is becoming uncomfortably close.


We try to get away for a short holiday each year during the gray part of the year. Plans are underway as we speak ;)





have often wondered, why people find it
mandatory to believe in something greater than you, often labeled as
God. After turning 15 or 16 I have started to think that there is no
God. I cannot find any evidence of God’s existence, and much of what
goes on in the world seems to me to prove that there indeed is no God,
or not atleast a God that is good, as Christians preach.


I
find the consept of God a good one, though. Many find the believe
consoling, and the religion helps some to get rid of alcohol, drugs etc.


On
the other hand I’ve often wondered the fervor with which some atheists
deny the existence of God. If the God doesn’t exist, why bother? The
fact that some people believe in God doesn’t hurt any more than some
other (often young) people believe in Santa Claus.


And nobody can agree on what God really is. Not even persons who have the same religion. Oh well!


Do you want to know what plausibility quotient of your idea of God has?Lookie here!




Thursday, August 12, 2004

I'd much rather be on the beach playing with my kids, since the weather is still warm (for the time being).


Oh well.




Sunday, May 23, 2004

Rumsfeld bans digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones in military compounds in Iraq (http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9643950%5E401,00.html).


Whooptido!


This will improve the situation of the prisoners!




Monday, May 17, 2004

Sometimes it is unnerving how real live and tv shows resemble each other.


I was driving to work in the morning rush hour, when I noticed what
the passangers in the car next to mine looked like. I almost drove off
the road.


I was driving with the characters from "The League of Gentlemen"! (http://www.leagueofgentlemen.co.uk/)