New Year, new year.

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I’ve been postponing writing this post for so long it has become proper awkward – but awkward to whom? To my few loyal readers, or am I just using this as a self-loath tool, to prove what I have not done? Either way, the post is being written now and another item on my to-do list is being checked. Ha!

Last week we got our new supercomfortable futon mattras and a reasonably good-looking bed, got rid of a few bagfulls of stuff that does not bring us happiness no more and while giving the flat a fresh start into 2017 I thought I would be original and come up with some resolutions for the coming 12 months, with a little audit around my birthday (which is conveniently in mid June).

So what kind of year do I wish for myself?

  • an active and efficient one, FFS. I’ll use my potential. I know what I mean, but telling the world makes it a bit more binding. Applies to both work and fun.
  • I’ll take a picture a day and publish it either here or on on Instagram.
  • every day I’ll sketch or be otherwise artistically productive.
  • I will take better care of myself. The body is asking for some particular care so it will get it. Includes some weight or proportion alterations.
  • I won’t buy a single item of clothing from a mainstream brand. Why? Because ethics, ecology and refusing to support fast-fashion. Because I’m sick of poor quality of clothes hidden behind (designer) labels.
  • I’m allowed to cheat a little bit on the previous and buy things such as undies, socks, ball gown should I be invited to the Independence Day Ball and – if I made it to London this year – a piece or two from COS or Jigsaw I know I will wear a lot.
  • I will save toward travelling and house.
  • do something I have not done before every week.
  • be a better person for myself and others.
  • Get that photo project going, dang it.
  • Survive the pipe replacement in the house.
  • And learn basics of a new language – and a foreign alphabet.

So, as a part of my something-new-every-week, today I gave a good beating to the flokati wool rug I’m in a love-hate relationship with. I can still taste the dust and gunk but the relationship has shifted toward the love axe.

And for the visuals amongst you, I have some memories of Prague. Was it indeed a great day ❤ so great that I don’t mind that about a million tourists and locals will have exactly the same pictures. Kitch is good in smaller doses. Who knows where the compressions went wrong and made the pictures into bitmaps…

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I’m particularly fond of the following photo, taken after the sun had disappeared behind the Petrin Hill:

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I returned to 894,781 shades of grey in Finland – and to -20°C! I don’t understand why people dislike lower temperatures, I mean -15°C is so much more bearable than -2°C. Or +1°C and a foot of slush and wet snow sliding from the roofs behind your collars.

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And two random thoughts for the end:

  • woolen socks I got from grandma rock. Roses and wool and lanolin cure and the smell of beeswax. 
  • do you know what is the best christening present? A Google account in the baby’s name, or close to it at least. Soon Google will run out of domaines, so be creative when naming your baby. 

And keep well.

Smartphones, social media and the changing urban landscape.

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Have you ever wondered how the widespread use of smartphones and social media has been affecting the way we perceive and use the public space? How the world around us is getting increasingly more low-quality instant photograph friendly? Every day I find another proof – I should really start writing these down 😉

Thanks to the big phone screens and constant internet connection ensure that the battery life is not what it used to be some 15 years ago when I proudly entered the world of mobile phone owners; a freely available socket is therefore in short supply. I mean – who cared about those wall sockets around shopping malls, railway stations or other public areas some 5 years ago? Nowadays chances are high that at least half of available sockets will be occupied at any given point on time. A good question would be who is paying for the electricity 😉 I mean not in absolute terms, but symbolically, the chargees are free-loading on the expense of the operator. Hmmm…

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By public space I also mean spaces created via cultural events, for example exhibitions. Today I went to the Game of Thrones exhibition – out of sheer curiosity.

A heavily HBO branded event with a sole purpose of taking pictures or selfies in front of the Iron Throne or holding onto the Needle. Needless (pun intended!) to say what I found in the exhibition tent…

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… a long, long queue of people longing for a picture on the Iron Throne. I mean, this is so sad. I wish I could actually learn a bit more about the exhibits rather than being forced to pose next to them. It’s like those holiday pictures (taking using flash!) in front of the Eiffel Tower or similar, “I’ve been here!” factor combined with “Look at me and admire me!” social media aspect (because what other purpose would these picture have). Ah well.

I liked the throne though!