Feeling At Home in New Places

Clone Wars 2

A calculated risk
Laskelmoitu riski

Choose what is right, not what is easy.
Valitse oikea tie, älä sitä tietä, joka on helpompi.

You know each other?
Tunnetteko toisenne?

Why do you ask for my opinion? You never do things my way.
Miksi kysyt mielipidettäni? Et koskaan tee niin kuin ehdotan.

Courage makes heroes, but trust builds friendship.
Rohkeus luo sankareita, mutta luottamus rakentaa ystävyyden.

whilst the jefi struggle to fight a war on many fronts.
samalla kun jedit taistelevat monella rintamalla.

A wise leader knows when to follow.
Viisas johtaja tietää, milloin noudattaa ohjeita.

If you ignore the past, you jeopardise the future.
Vaarannat tulevan, jos jätät menneen huomiotta.

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
Unohda katumus, muuten elämä menee ohi.

In war, truth is the first casualty.
Sodan ensimmäinen uhri on totuus.

Searching for the truth is easy. Accepting the truth is hard.
Totuuden etsiminen on helppoa. Totuuden hyväksyminen on vaikeaa.

War on many fronts
Sotaa monella rintamalla

Good luck
Lykkyä tykö

It is quite exciting
Tämä on jännittävää

Exciting is not the word i would use
En käyttäisi sanaa jännittävä

I think terrifying is more appropriate
Kauhistuttava sopisi paremmin

I learnt it from you
Opin sen sinulta

See you inside
Nähdään sisällä

You’ve done a wonderful job leading the effort
Olet tehnyt hienoa työtä kampanjan johtajana

I am just trying to do what is right
Yritän vain toimia oikein

To victories

Excellent idea
Erinomainen ajatus

I have no objections
En pane vastaan

I know exactly where to start
Tiedän, mistä aloittaa

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Posted by admin - August 21, 2011 at 21:25

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Clone Wars

At the beginning of each clone wars, there is a saying. Here’s a few…

For everything you gain, you lose something else.
Kaiken saavuttamansa vastineeksi menettää jotain muuta.

It is the quest for honour that makes one honourable
Kunnian tavoittelu tekee kunnialliseksi

Easy is not always simple
Helppo ei ole aina yksinkertainen

Now the chase is on
Nyt jahti alkaa tosissaan

Well at least we all live to fight another day
Ainakin voimme vielä jatkaa taistelua

Diabolical defeat
Hirvittävä häviö

En välitä politiikastanne
I do not care ajoit your politics

Are you ready?

Ready and waiting
Valmiina ja odottamassa

Just make sure you get it right
Varmista, että ne ovat oikein

I always do
Varmistan aina

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Posted by admin - August 14, 2011 at 11:04

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Global newspaper and magazines

No matter what you say, the iPad is the device with the most applications. The one that has got me most excited right now are the magazine / newspaper ones. Like most expats, I have spent most of my life living away from my home country but paying huge amounts to read about my home country a few days later – or wanting to read about US gadget-life but not wanting to shell out the 10 EUR or so each time to do that.

About a year ago, I gave in and started subscribing to T3 (gadget magazine, Uk version) and BusinessWeek (love it, but never get time to read it all). This has really made my life over here in Finland, as well as the BBC tech show Click.

Now I have an iPad. Suddenly I have electronic versions of the Times (Bricks and Mortar, I missed you), Sunday Times (Appointments and Travel section). My BusinessWeek can be read now on the day it is published – instead of arriving 5 days later in Finland. The great find last week was that I could subscribe to a year of US Wired for 13 GBP!!

Of course now I have the challenge that I really wanted to get to the point where I was reading the Finnish Sunday magazines – and now there is just too much to read! It’s a positive problem as we say at our consulting company.

And the final thing is, I actually enjoy flipping through the paper… lost Saturday mornings at WH Smiths in the town centre when I was young… and now Stockmanns…

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Posted by admin - August 9, 2011 at 21:08

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Finngo – “multi-platform”

I would like to get Finngo onto iPad and Nokia. Before I’ve got the code written, I thought I would do a quick web version, so that I can carry on using those platforms to translate Finnish. In case you need this “multi-platform” version of Finngo, here it is: http://mobileliving.info/blog/finngo-web/

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Posted by admin - August 9, 2011 at 21:02

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Running Tours

One of the things I really enjoy is going for a run wherever I end up. If you are headed over to LA / Hollywood / Beverly Hills, then this looked really interesting… I saw it on Globe Trekker: http://www.offnrunningtours.com/tour.html

My top 5 favourite jogging tracks:

  1. New York central park – simply because of the number of people running so early in the morning which really motivates me
  2. Wycombe 3 hills – circuit I do in High Wycombe which is one of the hilliest places I know; basically down the back of Amersham Hill to the cricket club, across town, up Priory Hill across & up Hamilton Hill
  3. Grenoble Bastille – running the footpaths from the centre of town and up to the Bastille
  4. Singapore Mount Faber – running up Mount Faber from Orchard Road; another good track from Orchard Road is running down to Zouk as you pass some really cool run down warehouses
  5. Thames riverside path from Putney – only place I know where you can be overtaken by fit mums with prams

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Posted by admin - July 31, 2011 at 15:30

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I finally succumbed and bought an iPad. Most accessed app right now is the Times app for the fabulous “Bricks and Mortar” supplement. Also, helps me get up to date Business Week editions, instead of the usual 1 week delay into Finland.

I’ll add some more on the iPad later…

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Posted by admin - July 12, 2011 at 02:08

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Computers in your wallet

Raspberry Pi

25USD for a coin-sized computer running ubuntu, kde and outputting to an hdmi device? It’s happening in the UK with the Raspberry Pi initiative.

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Posted by admin - June 4, 2011 at 10:14

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NAS, iTunes and playlists

I want to see and update my playlists on iTunes via NAS.

First iTunes does not support standard playlist format (did I expect them to?) So an essential tool in doing this (offline) is itunesexport by Eric Daugherty

Regarding NAS devices, I have a buffalo linkstation. If I was to buy again and had a bit more cash I would go for synogy, their DS211j seems pretty good. However watch out to get recommended drives, as the drives appear to be always on. As ever I am really confused about all the different variations of the 211… I just wish companies would think of this before they name their products.

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Posted by admin - April 22, 2011 at 12:07

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Kitchen Aid: Ice Cream Mixer (KICA)

One of the advantages of travelling around a lot is that you can take advantage of various sales & price disconnects between nations (whilst being careful clearly not to spend too much so that you go over the tax limits of the respective countries). You also need to watch out for electricity differences and voiding warranties for using objects outside of the US. 

We were in Paris some time agao and my wife saw an advert for a Kitchen Aid on the back of a bus from an electronics store called Saturn (I’ve since seen them in Germany too). So we bought the mixer, as it was more than half price of those in Finland!? 

Then, when I was in Macy’s in the US, they had specials on Kitchen Aid (as it is really big over there) and we bought the ice cream mixer as it said it would fit all Kitchen Aids everywhere. Unfortunately the American mixer has a dífferent beater shaft (on the main mixer) than some of the other countries. Kitchen Aid are working to correct the manual. However in the meantime, they are helping out fix some of the issues people are having. Despite people suggesting filing/removing the bits that stick out, you do *not* need to do anything mechanical… you just need a new drive assembly. 






Compare page 7 (of 60)  in US manual with page 6 (of 16) in European manual, called 5KICA0WH.pdf. Check out kitchen aid and these images… 


You need to get a drive assembly (specific to the ice cream maker) that attaches to the beater shaft (on the mixer). For our French mixer to fit to our US ice cream maker, we needed kitchen aid drive assembly 9709419. Sometimes they mention you also need a dasher (specific to the ice cream mixer) – we did not. If you do need the dasher, I *think* the part is 9709415. 

So here’s some suggestions… 

1. for time being (and probably temporarily) email KitchenAid_Digital@kitchenaid.com, mark the email for the attention of Cheryl who is being an absolute angel at the moment. Ideally, you need the serial number of your Kitchen Aid and she can send you the missing part. 

2. or you can find various people to sell you the part (about 40GBP or 70 EUR): 

http://www.kitchenaidparts.co.uk/Home/tabid/36/ProductID/804/Default.aspx, http://www.der-bioladen.de/themes/kategorie/detail.php?artikelid=965&languageid=1, http://www.bellparts.com/product/4726660/ 


If you want to read more on this (and connect into some pretty icecream-tastic sites: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/06/will-a-kitchenaid-from-america-w/, http://cuppycreme.blogspot.com/2009/05/i-need-help-with-my-kitchen-aid-ice.html, http://kitchenaid220.com/store/stand_mixer_accessories.html 

and of course the *massive* thread on Facebook under Kitchen Aid and Cheryl…

UPDATE 26/3: we recently received the parts from Kitchen Aid. Parts arrived very quickly (2 weeks?) and fitted perfectly… wish I had not spent the 50EUR on the German site now…

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Posted by admin - February 27, 2011 at 14:15

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Shopping List – Finland

In Finland, I spend most of my time here:

  • Verkokauppa (computers, tvs, etc – check out the discount corner at the back)
  • Stockmann (everything else, including books)

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Posted by admin - December 27, 2010 at 20:19

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