Posts Tagged: finland

Glass and Steel Bridge, Nokia House

Looking back through one of the glass and steel bridges that connects buildings at Nokia House

Sat 11.09.13 – As promised, I am continuing to post photos from my shooting Ilford black & white film spree this summer.
Photo of one of the glass and steel bridges between buildings at Nokia House in Espoo, Finland, taken by Ms. Jen on 07.25.13 with her Nikon FM3a, a manual 50mm f/1.8 lens, and Ilford XP2 Super 400 film.
Spiral, Nokia House

Spiral, Nokia House

Spiral Staircase at Nokia House, Espoo, Finland

Wed 11.06.13 – As promised, I will start posting photos from my shooting Ilford black & white film spree…
Photo of a spiral staircase at Nokia House in Espoo, Finland, taken by Ms. Jen on 07.25.13 with her Nikon FM3a, a manual 50mm f/1.8 lens, and Ilford XP2 Super 400 film.

Life List Achievement Unlocked: Midsummer in Finland by Water

The S/S Ukkopekka docked at Naantali View of the island sea and sailboat from Naantali Midsummer rose, Naantali Museo Back on the S/S Ukkopekka, rain outside Loistokari Island Midsummer's evening on Loistokari Island Steaming away from Loistokari Island

All photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia 808 Pureview Camera phone.

Sun 06.24.12 – In November of 2009, in a flurry of dreaming about traveling, I made a Life List that was mostly crazy, off the beaten path travel to-dos. This last week and weekend I checked off #16: Spend a week in a cabin / summer house on a lake in Finland.
When I originally wrote my Life List, I had hoped to be able to spend a week in a Finnish summer cottage on or by a lake, but when it came time to book, in early May, such an event for the last two weeks of June, I was unable to find a rental cottage that was not HUGE in my rental price range. By HUGE, I mean for 18-24 people – overkill.
Carol Chen came to the rescue when she found out that I was planning on attending Devaamo 2012 in Tampere, Finland, by offering to let me stay in her extra room at her apartment in the wooded & lake’d Tampere suburb of Hervanta.
For one week, I had the opportunity to get to attend Devaamo, hang out with amazing geeks, wander around Tampere & Hervanta, and walk around local lakes. Not quite the summer cottage by a lake, but close enough for rock’n’roll without the mosquito bites!
This weekend, Carol and I went to Turku on the far southwestern coast of Finland, which is the jump off area to visit the Finnish Archipelago – Saaristomeri. We left Tampere via the Inter-City train mid-day on Friday, which was Midsummer’s Eve and arrived in a very shut down all closed Turku on 2 hours later.
Luckily for us a few of the tourist options were open, like the Turku Cathedral and a few riverfront bars and restaurants. We had dinner at a nice jazz bar with a swing/ragtime live band, as well as bought tickets to tour a bit of the inner islands on the S/S Ukkopekka for the next day.
Yesterday, Midsummer, we went on two island cruise trips on the S/S Ukkopekka, the first one a day tour to Naantali that included four hours of wandering around old town Naantali and the Moomin island, and the second was an evening dinner cruise to Loistokari Island. Due to rain in the evening, dancing on the island was cancelled, but dinner on the boat with a sing-a-long band was still a lot of fun.
Today I returned to Helsinki with much of life still shut down for the national holiday weekend. I am very fortunate to be able to visit Finland in the summer, particularly over one of their biggest holiday weekends of the year.
People, do not allow any Finn to convince you otherwise, but the big secret they like to keep is how amazingly beautiful Finland is in the summer, even if a bit cloudy and rainy at times. Finland is a truly lovely country.

Hyvää Jussia!

Fri 06.22.12 – Happy Midsummer’s Eve to you and yours! While the astronomical / solar summer solstice was on June 20, 2012 at 23:09 UT*, Midsummer is celebrated in Finland on the first Saturday after the 19th of June.
I am fulfilling a life list point by spending Midsummer in Finland. I had hoped to go to a summer cottage on a lake, but that didn’t work out, so my friend Carol and I are in Turku down at the start of the Finnish island archipelago. So there is water and a midnight sun.
Tomorrow for Midsummer, we are going on a cruise to an island about an hour from Turku, as well as visiting Naantali.
Finland is very beautiful in the summer, green everywhere, wildflowers blooming, and well worth the visit.
* 6:09pm on June 20th in the Pacific Daylight Time Zone and 2:09am on June 21st here in Finland.

View from My Window, the London Edition

View from my window in Bayswater, London

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8 this afternoon.

Fri 06.08.12 – End of the last full week that I am in London, here is a photo from my window taken this afternoon when the storm clouds were dark and peeps of sun were shining through.
I leave on Tuesday for two weeks in Finland – both Helsinki & Tampere with a side trip to Turku, then home to SoCal.
I continue to work on my mobile apps, but I know that I owe you all photos and some updates, which will hopefully come over this weekend.

Tidbits :: Sunday, August 23, 2009

Adam Greenfield On systems, and what they do: “So from here [Helsinki], it would be easy to dismiss the “debate” on public healthcare unfolding in the United States right now as comedy in the
worst possible taste: the bad-faith flailing of an essentially unserious society, the civilizational equivalent of a Pauly Shore movie.
What serious polity – let alone would-be contender in the cutthroat
global market American policy has been so strongly dedicated to the
creation of over the last sixty years – would want to deny its citizens
and native industries every possible advantage? What kind of patriot
could possibly rest content with the notion that the poorest national
of, say, Trinidad and Tobago has better healthcare options than most Americans?”
“I began to wonder if iPhone ownership wasn’t like marriage in the ’50s,
everybody pretending they’re happy with their spouses but secretly,
behind closed doors, feeling awful and taking pills in the basement.”  Amanda Fortini, My evil iPhone,

The Nokia Open Lab 2008 Videos are Up on Ovi

The video(s) from the Nokia Open Lab 2008 are now up on the Ovi channel.
For all the attendees who were baffled as to why we were invited and what the purpose of the Lab was, in the part 2 of Jari Pasanen’s introduction to the Nokia Open Lab event, he states what, as VP of Strategy, he was hoping to get out of the event:

“How we can actually improve the communication dialogue between guys like your self, because you also are not only leaders but also censors. You have a lot of understanding where this business is going. Nokia is now moving fast into the internet business. We are not saying we are an internet company. We still have our legacy, we are a mobile phone company, even though we call some of our products ‘multimedia computers’….”

As I have watched some of the video from the event that is up on the Nokia Open Lab Ovi Channel, it has helped me to more clearly remember was was said, but… and this is a big but, I am even more forcefully struck then I was at the time by the lack of women present. The four of us who were invited did talk about the lack of women during the event and were told when we asked that more women were invited but couldn’t make it.
In the video(s) of the Lab, it appears that Nokia’s interest in brainstorming and/ or the experts about mobile and the interwebs’ is only a guy thing. Yes, Anne, Micki, and I are featured in the videos (sorry, I haven’t seen Rebecca yet in the vidstream), but the greater majority of the event invitees are men (4 women, over 35 men).
Where was Darla? Where was Cat? Where was Rita? There are a lot of women in mobile and internet who have expertise that should be shared with Nokia at an event like Open Lab.
If we are to take Jari’s introduction seriously and statement that the Open Lab was a way for internet folk to share their expertise with Nokia, then there were many women with expertise in social media, blogging, media, creation, and the internet who could have been invited, such as: Danah Boyd. Lynne D. Johnson. Sharanya Manivannan. Jen Beckman. Anne Galloway. Megan McMillan. Molly Wright Steenson.
Just sayin’. For next time.
Also, next time, 2 or 3 days of workshopping / discussions / brainstorming would be better than 1.5 days. We were just getting comfortable to really get down to the issues when it was time to go home.
Go watch the videos on the Nokia Open Lab Ovi Channel, there is some good stuff there. And some funny stuff as well. ;o)