March 2008

March 29, 2008

Going to Storås, again

We’re organizing a trip to Storås Festival again this summer. I can hardly believe this’ll be our fourth year — time flies!

While I’ve never really been all that into rock festivals (and there’s plenty in Finland!), Storås has always been different. It’s somehow hard to break it down: there’s the trip there, the people you meet, the warm spirit of the festival, the cooperation and the absurdity of it all. And it’s been a great experience, every year, and each year in new ways.

One of the fun (and, I admit, a bit stressful) parts for me is the effort of putting the trip together. Working with Elexa, Sveinung, Janne, Aleksi, and, this year, Jyri, has been a blast.

One thing I’m really proud of is how the people I’ve cajoled and arm-wrestled into coming have also had a great time. Every year I’ve been a little afraid that people will hate it — luckily this hasn’t happened yet! A testament to the uniqueness of the trip has been how people have become big Storås-converts. It’s almost cult-like!

Selling the trip hasn’t always been so easy — convincing people to come on an eight-day trip to Norway to a festival they’ve never heard of (not to mention sit on a bus for almost thirty hours) tends to take some effort. The only thing we’ve had going for us has been the enthusiasm of everyone who’s been there.

It’s amazing how a heterogeneous group of twenty to fourty people can bond together in such a short period!

Anyway, if your up for an adventure, and can handle traveling thirty hours to a festival in the middle of nowhere in Norway, I hope you join us! We leave from Helsinki on Sunday the 27th Monday, the 28th of July, and will be back on Monday, August 4th. (You can also get on and off the bus in Turku.)


March 26, 2008

March 25, 2008

Dividing up Helsinki

Markosamuli is tagging up the shapes of the neighborhoods of Helsinki on Google Maps. Where one area ends and another begins is an eternal topic of debate. Maps are rarely consulted in these debates, though, so maybe this is a first step in achieving a “groupthunk” or crowdsourced conclusion.


March 17, 2008

Making favicons

While I’ve tried many different ways of making favicons, I prefer — and would recommend — creating PNGs and then converting them using png2ico. I’m still on the fence whether bundling a 32x32 pixel version pays off. On one hand, it’s “invisible” and available in cases where it’d make sense; on the other hand, it’s just extra bits to send down the wire.


Tilaa Lehti!

Joko sinä olet tilannut Lehden ennakkoon? 250 muuta on, vielä saman verran lisää tarvitaan.


March 13, 2008

March 11, 2008

  • Jon Tan, web designer extraordinaire. I love his typography/logo experiment. Yes, that's text!
  • Sphinx. An open source SQL full-text search engine.
  • Solr. An open source search server based on the Lucene Java search library, with XML/HTTP and JSON APIs, hit highlighting, faceted search, caching, replication, and a web administration interface.

March 6, 2008

March 5, 2008

March 4, 2008

March 3, 2008

Gonna Usagi Chan!

Guess who’s going to see Electric Eel Shock tomorrow? Yay! Rock ‘n roll fishing!


March 2, 2008

March 1, 2008