Cat Exhibition @ Jyväskylä / Kissanäyttely Jyväskylässä

I’m helping out at a cat exhibition in Jyväskylä on 26th of September, so I’m posting this post to advertise that event, which is organized by Suomen Ragdollystävät-seura (The Finnish Ragdoll Fanciers’ Association). So, if you’re around in Jyväskylä at that time, please feel free to pay a visit. Here’s official announcement of the exhibition. Cheers. 🙂

[update] Och samma på finska: eli siis auttelen rotukissanäyttelyn järjestämisessä ja siksipä sitä on mukava mainostaakin. Näyttely pidetään Jyväskylän Valorinteessä 26.9.2004 ja siellä on ainakin paljon ragdolleja (söpöjä kuin mitkäkin pienet eläimet) ja sitten myös muita rotukissarotuja. Taustatekijänä on tuo yllämainittu ragdoll-yhdistys. Eikä maksa paljoo. Eli sinne kaikki käymään ja kissoja ihailemaan. Katso vielä tuo virallinen ilmoitus näyttelystä.

Another website created

I just published the local campaign page for the Leftist Alliance of Suonenjoki. And to be honest, this blog entry serves only to promote that site in search engines, which seem to rank my page quite well… That’s why I’ll link it in Finnish as well: Vasemmistoliiton Suonenjoen kunnallisjärjestö. Thank you for your attention. 🙂

Oh, and comments about that page are welcome.

Small happenings

I started studying again last week by doing Basics of Software Business at the Jyväskylä International Summer School. To celebrate that, I also bought a new laptop to replace the old piece of crap that I used to call a laptop. The new one is Amilo K7600 and despite the inadequate graphics chip, it runs pretty fine and looks good.

Now I’m looking at a pretty tight schedule, having to finish my bachelor’s thesis in a month or so, among other things I’ve to do. I just decided to skip the other summer school course, Mobile Software Products and Markets, because I felt I could spend that time a bit more productively… Wish me luck on that. 🙂

F*cking spammers

This site has been attacked with an overwhelming amount of comment spam in the past 24 hours. Therefore, until I find a suitable solution to this, commenting has been disabled. (Renamed the cgi file, so no one can comment on anything.)

By the way, I’m seeing ahead of me a future of deleting 431 comments one by one. Anyone got ideas of how to kill them more easily without killing the good comments while at it? Would appreciate. But now I’m seeing a delicious dinner being brought to me, so I’m starting to feel a little better…

Commercial maintenance for Hubble etc?

Now that first private spaceship has crossed the border to space and NASA considers offering prizes for various other private space accomplishments, and remembering that NASA is unable to do maintenance to Hubble space telescope due to space shuttles being grounded, when are we going to see first commercial maintenance operation to Hubble and other satellites? My guess is as soon as next year. Rutan’s SpaceShipOne looks promising and if NASA is allowed to buy services from commercial provides, I see no reason why it wouldn’t happen. Government organized space missions begin to look like history, despite Mr. Bush’s plans to go to Mars. Personally I bet the first Mars mission will be privately organized, although it’ll probably have (mostly) public funding.

Start of a promising day

This day started very much like any other day. I got up after noon, went to the loo, brushed my teeth, took a shower, got dressed, turned on my laptop… But this time the screen of my laptop remained black! The machine ran though, the power LED was on, I could hear the HDD making the usual noises, I could even blindly login and hear the Windows start sound from the speakers, but I just couldn’t get the screen live again, no matter what I tried. Nice indeed.

So, then I ate a raspberry yoghurt, put on my leather jacket and shoes and headed out towards the university computer lab (where I am now). On my way I bought a cup of coffee (black with no sugar, for £1) from the corner cafe near my flat. While sipping the coffee and walking ahead, I noticed that the shoelace of my right shoe had become untied, so I stopped and tried to tie it. It snapped. Wonderful indeed.

Now I’m sitting in the computer lab, being more amused rather than pissed off and wondering if there’s something wrong with me. I mean, most people would be quite pissed off at this point, I guess. Also, I wonder what’s gonna happen next… A day that started like this can’t be over yet.

EDIT: Some how the backlight of my laptop screen become turned off by default and some how I managed to fix that. Weird bug though, have to say. And bought new shoelaces for £1.40, so now I’m fine again. And nothing else happened. Although I shouldn’t have fixed the screen today, because that delivers direct damage to my exam preparation. 🙂

Local delicacy: Battered & deep fried Mars bar

[Picture: Not your ordinary Mars bar]
Here’s a local delicacy from Edinburgh, Scotland, a battered and deep fried Mars bar. The taste can be best described as too greasy and too sweet, and you’ll know after first one that you don’t need another one. In fame this piece doesn’t beat haggis as Scottish delicacy, but it’s worth trying out anyway, at least so you’re able to say that you could wolf it down without becoming sick. Some people I know can’t make that claim, hehe. Price ~£1 at various outlets in Edinburgh. (Click on image to take a closer look.)