Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Thought of The Day 18

It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.
By Garry Marshall

Thought of The Day 17

A life spent making mistakes is not only more
honorable but more useful than a life
spent doing nothing.
By George Bernard Shaw

Monday, February 26, 2007

Stupid Test

I am Mr. Bennet
I scored 50 Idealism, 41 Nonconformity, 41 Nerdiness

Congratulations, you're Mr. Bennet! You are one mysterious person with mysterious motives. Despite all the mystery, it's clear that you believe what you do is for the greater good, and you are obviously a well-educated person in your field. Your best quality: Dedication to your work/organization/etc. Your worst quality: Keeping too many secrets
Link: The Heroes Personality Test written by freedomdegrees on OkCupid

Friday, February 23, 2007

What Is Important in Life?

As everyone anywhere in the world is very excited and interested in knowing what has happened in the World Championships in Nordic Skiing, I am happy to announce that we (The Finns that is) have won pots/lots of gold. We Are The Winners.

Why Worry?

My policy is not to worry. For instance, if I cannot get to sleep because I worry about something, I clasp my hands and I tell God: "Hey God, you have to stay awake anyway, so why not take my worries for the night and I'll take them back in the morning?" It works most of the time. But if you do have to worry, you should be organized:

Always Follow The Recipe

I am a worldfamous cook in my family. My secret is that I always follow a recipe and never ask any questions. Ever.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Important Things In Life ctd

I am totally convinced that this needs no explanations, eh?

What Is Important in Life?

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. (at least we all should be able to name one! )
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name Finland's seventh President.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember all of the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List two teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Presidents Day

Presidents Day is the common name for the United States federal holiday officially designated as George Washington's Birthday.
It is celebrated on the third Monday of February. Though commonly seen written as Presidents' Day or President's Day, Presidents Day is technically the correct form of the holiday's name. The holiday does not belong to the presidents, but is rather a day the United States honors them. Presidents is considered an "attributive noun" and acts as a modifier.

Unguarded Questions

This is to show that you should always think about what you say. Before saying it!

Safety First

In Finland we have invited this new type of safety belt and the accident rate went down by 45 %.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Eating out

So we went to a restaurant...

( See the striking resemblance between Hagar and my picture!)

Valentine's Day

”Puh, lupaa että et koskaan, koskaan unohda minua.
Et sittenkään kun minä olen satavuotias.”
Puh ajatteli hetken.
”Kuinka vanha minä olen silloin?”
Puh nyökkäsi.
”Lupaan”, hän sanoi.
(A. A. Milne, Nalle Puh rakentaa talon)

Valentine's Day or (Ystävänpäivä in Finnish, which means Friend's Day) has been celebrated in Finland only from 1980's. In the official calendar it was marked 1987. Nowadays it is the second popular "Card-day" after Christmas.
It differs from the Valentine's Day in USA being more a day to remember one's friends than only a festival for lovers.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Thought of The Day 16

Nothing in this word of ours is plain black or white. Somebody has written this about whiskey:

If, when you say whiskey you mean the Devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty … takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacles of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation and despair, shame and helplessness and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it with all of my power.

But, if, when you say whiskey, you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman’s step on a frosty morning; if you mean the drink that enables a man to magnify his joy and his happiness and to forget, if only for a little while, life’s great tragedies, and the heartbreaks and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm, to build highways, hospitals, and schools, then certainly I am in favor of it. Author unknown.

Idealist, Thought of The Day 15

"I am an idealist. I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way." - Carl Sandburg

Monday, February 12, 2007

Thought of The Day 14

"A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money" W.C.Fields.

Prime Minister's Bride

Monilla alkaa mennä yli Susan Kurosen jatkuvat avautumiset suhteestaan pääministeri Matti Vanhaseen. Siksipä päätinkin laittaa sivulleni linkin adressiin, joka toimitetaan Susan Kurosen itsensä tietoisuuteen, kunhan nimiä on tullut vakuuttavan paljon. Hartaana toiveena on auttaa Susania ymmärtämään, etteivät kansalaiset todellakaan koe sympatiaa häntä kohtaan, eivätkä varsinkaan kannata hänen tapaansa käsitellä päättynyttä parisuhdettaan julkisuudessa. Tämä adressi toiminee myös varmasti Matti Vanhasen puolesta, sillä hän on selvästi osoittanut kypsää käyttäytymistä olemalla hiljaa asioista, joista Susan kylläkin on tahdittomankin kovaääninen. Olkoon tämä adressin viesti: Susan, ole jo hiljaa.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Geysirs, Wonders of Iceland

One of the miraculous things on Earth is the Geysir

Strokkur See Video (Bin there!)

Thought of The Day 13

Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." by Kahlil Gibran.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Hugh Laurie

This is a clip on Hugh Laurie in David Letterman. He's cool.

TV Series

My favourite TV Series now showing in Finland is definitely House. It is quite different from other Doctor/Hospital shows. It has that something, like Six Feet Under used to have. And Hugh Laurie as the Irritable, I-Hate-Everybody is fantastic.

All Time Favourites

One of my All Time Favourites is Phantom of The Opera and the best version is with Michael Crawford and the Divine Sarah Brightman in the main roles.

Thought of The Day 12

“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.” Oscar Wilde

Thought of The Day 11

“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.” But on the other hand: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde quotes

Monday, February 5, 2007

Eighth Wonder of The World

This can happen only once in a trillion: A Comet, A Lightning and Fireworks all at the same time! See the original photo in
A Comet Between A Lightning and Fireworks

Published with permission.

Serious Winter

Not even in Finland can you see anything like this! Dude, where's my car?!?
Serious Winter

Thought of The Day 10

Friday, February 2, 2007

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.
In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.

See trailer of the movie Groundhog Day

Thought of The Day 9

Filosofian professorilla oli luennollaan mukana lasipurkki. Puhuessaan luokalle, hän hiljalleen täytti purkin kivillä. Sitten hän kysyi opiskelijoilta:"Onko tämä lasipurkki täynnä?"
Opiskelijat sanoivat, että kyllä se on täynnä. Tämän kuultuaan professori otti purkin, ravisti sitä hieman, ja tiputteli sinne sitten kourallisen vähän pienempiä kiviä ja kysyi uudelleen opiskelijoilta, oliko purkki täynnä. Opiskelijoiden mielestä purkki oli nyt täynnä, jolloin professori jälleen ravisteli kevyesti purkkia ja sen jälkeen otti pussillisen hiekkaa taskustaan ja valutti sen purkkiin.
"Onko se nyt täynnä?" Professori kysyi. Opiskelijat hekottelivat hämillään ja sanoivat, että nyt purkki on vihdoin viimein täynnä.
"Katsokaas," professori aloitti. "Tuo lasipurkki on ihmisen elämä. Isot kivet ovat tärkeitä ja rakkaita asioita, kuten perhe, ystävät, rakkaus ja onni. Pienet kivet taas ovat asioita, joita me pidämme myös arvossa koska ne täydentävät elämäämme, kuten työ, asunto, auto ja lemmikit. Hiekka puolestaan on asioita, joita meidän on tehtävä, ja joista me pidämme, mutta mitkä eivät ole tärkeitä. Näitä ovat esimerkiksi cd-levyt, aaltovaasit, persialaiset matot ja sen sellaiset. Ja jos te täytätte elämänne ensin hiekalla, ei siihen mahdu enää yhtään isoa kiveä. Tai jos purkki on liian täynnä pieniä kiviä, ei sinne mahdu isoja. Isot kivet ovat niin tärkeitä, että ne on pakko laittaa sinne ensin, sitten pienet kivet, ja vasta viimeisenä tulee hiekan lisääminen."
Professorin lopetettua eräs nuori opiskelija katseli mietteliäästi lasipurkkia. Hetken mietittyään hän otti selkärepustaan pullon olutta,kaatoi sen isojen ja pienien kivien sekä hiekan sekaan ja totesi:
"Niin tai näin, aina on tilaa vielä yhdelle oluelle."

World Is Crazy

You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named "Bush", "Dick", and "Colon."
Need I say more?

-Chris Rock

Thought of The Day 8

The darker the sky - the brighter the stars.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Thought of The Day 7

Give a person a loaf of bread and you feed him for a day; teach a person to use the Internet and he doesn't bother you for weeks

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis

This homepage is awsome. There are some unbelieable photos about this Nordic Phenomenum.

Published with permission of the Photographer.