Shot Glass Chess Set

[IMG: Shot Glass Chess]

At first the idea of playing chess with shot glasses seems to be a good, funny one. And heck, it was fun. In the picture on left you can see a game we had on Tuesday with a friend who bought the set for £10. Probably needless to say, but the glasses were filled with Sminorff Red Label, of course.

But the consequences, oh the consequences. Well, we played two matches, of which I lost both, and then headed out. Didn’t need too many drinks at the Bannerman’s Bar and the Cellar Bar afterwards. And on the way home… Both of my knees are still hurting, it’s rather a pain to stand up, and I still can’t properly use my left thumb and also there’s still quite a constant pain on right side of my chest. Note to self: never ever again mount a man who’s drunk and is going to run while carrying you. He will inevitably fall down and you’ll fly from his back. Uh-oh.

The Retrosexual Man

There is an article titled “The Retrosexual Man” by Juha Hyytiainen (pages 30-32) in the latest publication of Jarulainen , which is the magazine of JARU (Jyvaskyla Academic Officers in Reserve). In essence it describes what a real man is like in contrast to all these metrosexuals and so on… Anyway, I have to agree with the points made, and here’s a few selected points as well. Don’t hesitate to read the article as well, it’s in English despite the rest of the magazine being in Finnish.

  • A Retrosexual man, no matter what the women insist, PAYS FOR THE DATE.
  • A Retrosexual man opens doors for a lady. Even for the ones that fit that term only because they are female.
  • When a Retrosexual is on a crowded bus or a commuter train, and a pregnant woman, heck, any woman gets on, that retrosexual stands up and offers his seat to tha woman, then looks around at the other so-called men still in their seats with a disgusted “you punks” look on his face. [Same goes for elderly people and people wearing a military uniform.]
  • A Retrosexual man doesn’t need a contract — a handshake is good enough. He will always stand by his word even if circumstances change or the other person deceived him.

Eh, quite obvious points, say? But important, and far too often forgotten in the modern life. Personally, I’d like to add a few points: knowing your table manners, having at least a working knowledge of wines, offering the chair to women in restaurants, generally being polite… Well, the list could go on forever. I don’t think I need to explain why these points should be taken seriously.

Decathlon scores

As part of starting the Vappu celebrations, we had a good session of the classic Decathlon and here are my current high scores. Of course, we were playing on Pete’s laptop keyboard and VICE C64 emulator, so these can’t be compared directly to scores made on real C64. But anyway, I kicked Pete’s and Karri’s asses in the game. 🙂

Event result
100m 10,26
Long Jump 8,05
Shot Put 21,25
High Jump 2,2
400m 47,06
110m Hurdles 14,48
Discus 67,84
Pole Vault 5,0
Javelin 92,57
1500m 3,38,50
Total score 10168

The Fog of War

Went yesterday to see this documentary film about former U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert Strange McNamara. The documentary begins with the dreadful moments the world had during the Cuban Missile Crisis and all the way from the beginning the viewers’ attention is stolen by the still clever and witty 85 year old McNamara telling his story.

I shall not go into deep analysis here as I should be working on two assignments, so I’ll just quickly recommend seeing this documentary. McNamara is probably best known from being SoD during the Vietnam War, which in contemporary press was often called the McNamara’s War, but this movie is not an apology. Rather, it’s an old man’s justified conclusions about his life, his accomplishments and his mistakes. The lessons he gives also fit well in the modern world and the modern wars. It might be worthwile for a certain George to see this film or read McNamara’s book (with James G. Blight: Wilson’s Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century) which partially inspired Errol Morris to film the documentary. Anyway, just see it and learn. Maybe you’ll end up spending the next day reading more about those issues, like I have…

Amulet of Yendor

The title refers, of course, to one of the greatest games of all time, NetHack. So far, I have never even reached the castle of wizard of Yendor, but I’ve “found” that fake amulet a couple of times, having not learned from previous mistakes… Anyway, from WikiPedia I got to a list of NetHack related User Friendly comic strips… And literally fell of my chair on the punch line of “This Web Design Thing”! Now that’s humour, or I’m just way too tired. 🙂

Alter Ego

Antti sent me today possibly just the ultimate productivity killing link ever. And here it’s for you guys: Alter Ego ported to WWW form! This one’s a legendary text adventure from the good old C64 days. In the game you lead an “alternative” life to your own. Game asks you series of questions and then you can advance from your birth to your eventual death through a number of events, which make the person you will become.

Even though the games get very long and the events are partly U.S. oriented, it’s great fun. That means, zero words on my essay paper today…. Damn you, Antti! 🙂

Yetisports

As if my productivity hadn’t already hit an all time low, I found myself throwing huge icy snowballs at innocent (as if!) penguins and causing them to end up flapping their webbed feet helplessly while their heads got buried inside an iceberg. Aww, who makes these things?! Just as I recovered from the productivity loss caused by that “hitting a penguin with a club and seeing how far she flies” -game… And now I score in this new game higher than is the word count in my essay, which is due in five hours…

Change of Language

Upon trying to write an essay for my Philosophy of Science course at 5am while sipping a cup of chicken soup without any real chicken, I decided to change my primary weblog to English. From here on, I will also try to post more frequently. Last night I actually had quite a few good ideas for future posts, but when I woke up in the afternoon, I had totally forgotten them. I am so going to start using that notebook, I forget way too many things all the time.

As for contacting me, use the comments section, although if that comment spam problem gets any bigger, there will be no comments section any more. My public email address is public(at)pasi.fi.spam.no.invalid (subject to change if spam starts flowing in). Change (at) to @ and remove anything after fi to get it to work. Also, please read my e-mail policy before doing anything related to my e-mail address(es). Thank You.

Now back to that damned essays… Let’s see, three hundred words on paper, so twelve hundred to go. Shouldn’t be too hard in the remaining eight hours before deadline. Uh, how does constructive empiricism differ from realism on the one hand and instrumentalism on the other again?