Monday, March 28, 2011

Vintage Suunto

Vintage Suunto, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

This classic compass design came up in a discussion recently, and prompted me to dig out my grandfathers old wartime model. Dated to 1943 and still working perfectly, as it should with that bullet stopping (allegedly) build. Hadn't really studied it closely before, but there are in fact some nice details, like the pencil groove on the ring for more accurately visualising lines on a map. Maybe I'll take this out on a real hike sometime.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Wreck, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

What's up with all these abandoned ice-crushed hulks? There are always some every winter, but this year at least five just within easy walking distance from home.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Walking Crane?

Walking Crane?, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

Sure looks like it. Just one of the many odd pieces of equipment at the Subcontractor 2011 fair today.

Recently I've Mostly...

Been on Twitter, reading updates and trying to make sense of the situation in Japan. Western media has not made that an easy task, for sure. They never let a good disaster go to waste, and if there isn't enough drama they sure know how to create it. Luckily there are many dedicated people on the ground all over Japan who keep translating the local news and relaying facts rather than stories. To put it all into perspective I wrote the following over the few nights. Hopefully there's useful information for someone in there:

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Salvage, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

Real hardcore boat owners don't bother with taking up their vessel during winter, they just brush off the snow and take a chainsaw to the ice once it begins to thaw.

Meanwhile, in Japan the rescue effort is gearing up by the hour. Still ,the scale of the quake (9.0 was the last number) is such that one can't expect much good news. All our friends and family seem to be OK, though. Thank's to all who have been asking.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Quake and Twitter

The Quake, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

It's still a developing situation over in Japan, and aftershocks are still rocking the place. Been following the events all day on live news streams and Twitter. Actually, I got to know about the big quake pretty much as it happened, when a Tokyo friend tweeted "Earthquake, scary". I've learned that locals don't mention quakes much unless they are scary, and adding that "scary" to the tweet got me guessing it was serious even before the first richter scale numbers started coming in (official numbers now say 8.8-8.9, which is something like the 5th largest ever recorded anywhere). Twitter contacts and their re-tweets kept me better up to date than any news site ever could aspire to, plus it let me get in touch and make sure friends were safe. Seems tweets have been guiding rescuers too, after phone networks went down, and many people stranded in the Tokyo public transit system got their info and news via friends tweeting and re-tweeting important info. Just hoping the casualty numbers don't climb much anymore now.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


LCMFD @LeBonk, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

Great gig, again! Get their new album, check out their Myspace and most important of all: See them live!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Infinity, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

The HDMI connection on the N8 being put to good use. Works brilliantly, and already saved one telco today when I could open up a late-arrival pdf from the mail on my phone, and get it up on the new 55" screen of the meeting room for group discussion.

Tagging Fail

Tagging Fail, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

Sunday, March 06, 2011


Bandu, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

Hair-rising situations developing over Mikko's table. Playing Bandu is basically like waiting for someone to blow a balloon past its breaking point; You know what's going to happen, but not when.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Aurora Helsinki

Aurora Helsinki, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

Tonight's theater experience. Big thank's to Kristian for the invite to the premiere. Recommended, though you get most out of it if you're Finnish-Swedish bilingual. Not only for the language, but also to some extent for the cultural references.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


Solution, originally uploaded by Rollofunk.

The engineers are making our company proud with their mad mechanical problem solving skills. Rubber band is probably right behind duct tape and zip-ties in miracle working capabilities.