Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Today I was supposed to give a presentation at school about how I got interested in ICT branch but I got sick. I was going to tell that it was blogging that really got me hooked on computers. And it's true. Pretty much everything I have ever done with computers have had something to do with blogging, one way or another. For example I learned CSS only because I wanted to make my blog look unique. And then there is an infinite list of things I wouldn't be even aware of without blogging, things like RSS and SEO. It just blows my mind away.

And one another thing that also blows my mind away is the fact that I have blogged for about six years now. Though I can't remember the exact date when I started to blog, but I remember it was Fall 2002. Doesn't that make me a veteran or something? So I guess it's no wonder I know so much about blogs and blogging.

And I talk a lot about blogging. So much in fact that J.R. is tired of listening to it. But I can't really help it. I love blogging and I love to talk about things I love. I talk a lot about J.R. too. So much in fact that Hannes is tired of listening to it... Anyway.

As I have pointed out, I know a lot about blogging. I know the ingredients you need to create a killer blog. But I'm just not into that. I love to learn all these things about marketing and search engine optimizing and so on, but blogging is just a hobby to me. A very important hobby, but still just a hobby. I take blogging very seriously, but I don't want my blog to be serious. I want to drive my blog, not the other way round.

And my blog evolves with me. For example when I was exploring Ubuntu, I wrote some Ubuntu related articles. Now I'm into crocheting and it shows on my topics too. I even changed the header to match the blog content better. If this was a serious niche blog I wouldn't be able to do so. My blog is a reflection of my current interests. And they vary.

OK, this may be a bit off topic... But I just got home from grocery store and I need to share this with you. I was walking to the store when a man stopped me. And out of the blue he asked if I wore panties. Like what is wrong with him? Seriously. You can't just go asking women if they are wearing underwear! That's not cool. And I'm not even hot or anything. Ugh.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Crochet calendar

J.R. crocheted a fluffy calendar cover for me:

There is a notebook...

... there is a calendar...

... it's unique and it's all mine.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Crochet X-Files

I crocheted a chihuahua. Or a hideous monster. I'm not sure yet. I guess it was a mistake to use pink yarn. A big mistake. And I wasn't so patient when assembling it. I just wanted to get it done because I wasn't pleased with the color. That explains the eyes too. I didn't wanted to waste our good doll eyes for this ugly puppy so I used old buttons instead. Anyway. This thingy was really easy to crochet and I can even see myself crocheting another one if I get better colored yarn some day. The pattern is from Katrina's Crochet Creations.

Please, turn your eyes away. I'm u-g-l-y and I admit it.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Today we finished our amigurumi bunnies. I can't remember when we started to crochet them. It was over a week ago, before we visited my parents at Viiala. Anyway. The pattern is from Lion Brand. You have to register to see it. I made the white one. I have no idea what I'm going to crochet next. I think I'm going to try something more challenging.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"You take that apple and..."

I lost my Mac-virginity today. For no apparent reason we had a lecture in a Mac classroom. All the computers in that classrooms were Macs. So I had no other choice than to log on to a Mac. And it was pretty much everything I expected: totally gay. By the way, have I ever mentioned that I'm not a particular fan of Macs or Mac-fags? Well... Now I have.

"Look at me! I'm iMac!" Just how gay is that?

It says "keyboard" in the keyboard, so the Mac-fags can tell it's a keyboard...

Mac-fags are afraid of buttons?

OK. It was not all bad. After a while the mouse started to feel quite good. I didn't liked the way it functioned but I liked the softness of the scroll ball. And... No. That was honestly the only good thing that came to my mind.

And why they don't have Linux classrooms? Anyone?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Learning by doing some other stuff

I was really ill yesterday. First my eyes started to ache and I decided to take a little nap. I slept for few hours and when I woke up I had the most terrible headache. But I took a pill and ate some banana cake that J.R. baked and I started to feel better. Though I'm not sure if it was because of the pill or the delicious cake. Anyway.

J.R. and I spent the last weekend in Viiala. This time we had no particular reason to visit my parents, I just wanted to visit them and J.R. had no better plans either. OK, we had this one reason: my mom wanted to take J.R. to pick mushrooms with her. I had to go with them too, though. My rubber boots were too big and they make my toes ache. I didn't complain much, though.

And now our fridge is filled with trumpet-shaped chanterelles.

And my sister commented my weight. She said that I should watch what I'm eating because I'm getting chubby. She's so polite, isn't she? She's right though, I'm getting heavier. But in my opinion I'm just getting healthier. Couple years ago I was like anorexic. I wasn't eating much and I lost a lot of weight in a short time. It's good that I'm actually eating nowadays and it's only good that my body is taking its natural shape again. I was not born to be thin and it doesn't suit me. My current size is OK and I hope my sister stops makings comments about it.

I thought that I should write something about my school too. I have now studied three weeks in Laurea University of Applied Sciences and I'm still not sure if it's what I really want to study, but it's not bad either. For example we have had some interesting data network architecture lectures. And our school is actually quite nice looking in the inside:

Laurea has this fancy thing called "learning by developing". It means that we are forced to work in groups. A lot. And I'm not a fan of group working so it might become a problem. Our last project was ten page report of the history of the telecommunication. I wrote about smoke signals and homing pigeons and stuff. It was actually quite interesting. And today we gave a short presentation of the subject to the rest of the class. I think our presentation was the best of the bunch. There were better performers but their presentations were too long and too heavy in the details. So I could congratulate myself for doing a good job.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

I Love You But I've Chosen ... Amigurumis

On Friday I visited my old school, the school where I used to study dentistry. I thought it was about the time to empty my lockers and give back the keys. It's been almost a year since I quit studying there. But all my stuff was still in place. Now I have my nurse suit here, though I'm not sure what I should do with it. Elina suggested that I should use it for some kinky costume plays but clearly she has not seen the suit. It's definitely not that kind of a nurse suit. I guess I should just sell it.

I also met Julia. She's still studying there even though she used to be more eager to quit than I was. I saw her on the clinic. She was wearing her nurse suit and filling out some papers. And I was sitting there, on the corner of the unit, chatting to her. It felt exactly like in the old days.

And the board was still there! When I started my dental hygienist studies, I noticed that there was a white board in a corner of one elevator. I expected it to disappear but it didn't. After two years it was still there. And then once I talked with some older students and they said that the board had been there like forever. And on Friday I used the same elevator again, and the board was still there.

After fours years the board is still there.

On Friday we crocheted again. I crocheted a turtle. I think it's the cutest thing I've crocheted so far, and it's like amigurumi cute. The pattern is from here but I modified it a bit with J.R.

And J.R. crocheted an elephant. He said that the pattern was very hard to follow so I wouldn't recommend it for the beginners. In my opinion it turned out pretty cute anyway.

Our crocheting playlist was a bit different this time. Usually we have just sampled some random singer-songwriters on Last.fm and downloaded whatever suited the mood. But this time we went to library and borrowed actual CD's. And all of our choices were based entirely on title names or cover arts. So we had no clue how the bands and artist would actually sound like.

Here is the full soundtrack:

Comfort of strangers / Beth Orton
Shocking Pinks / Shocking Pinks
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness / I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
Fusion / Eilera
Smoke / White Williams
Soft commands / Ken Stringfellow
From the corner to the block / Galactic
You're under arrest / Miles Davis
New boots and panties!! / Ian Dury
Music for elevators / Anthony Stewart Head & George Sarah

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Not exactly Mickey Mouse but pretty cute anyway

I know you're probably all fed up with my crochet posts. But you know what? I won't let that bother me. This is a blog about me and I'm into crocheting right now. So I will post as many crochet related post as I want to. I may even turn this to a craft blog! Nobody reads my blog anyway!

So... Anyway. Today I used plastic doll eyes for the first time. I bought them from Hobby Point and they cost like 0,50€ per pair. They had a good selection but I only wanted to buy tiny black ones. I like simplicity. The mouse I crocheted today was also very simple. The pattern is from Crochetville.