Monday, June 3, 2013

My Life.

It was eleven years ago to the day today that my life started unravelling. (Actually, it had been that way for some time, but I'd been oblivious to it.) That, too, was a Monday. Now that I feel that after a long, long decline, things may be starting to look up consistently, maybe it's time to put some of this stuff down here. It will cast a little light on why this blog has been slightly short on updates in the past two years or so.

I spent more than seventeen years with my first girlfriend. We were deliriously in love for a long time, and mostly happy all the way through, and desperately tried to make it work to the bitter end. Had we been willing to face it, it could have ended on that June evening in 2002. She came in and told me she'd been having an affair for nearly a year. It certainly explained the odd behaviour, the unexplained absences, the times when she'd come home crying without giving a reason. I was shocked, but in my shock I resolved to tough it out and not make hasty decisions. Neither of us were willing to throw away the good we'd had.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Conspiracies for the Hard of Thinking

I know, I've been quiet lately (as in, for nearly two years now). There is a reason, and I'll blog about that too in due time (the details are still a bit painful). Right now, I'll just tackle the issue that made me take up the blog again: right-wing lunacy in my native Finland.

The facts as they are known at this point: some people wrote a book covering the activities of Finnish right-wing extremists. At the book's release, a bunch of people showed up armed with (mostly) improvised weaponry. Security turned most of them away but not before one attending person was knifed in the back, fortunately not fatally. (To be fair, police inquiry turned up some weapons on the defending side as well: trouble had been anticipated.)

Now, this in itself is reprehensible and wrong. Getting a knife in the ribs is something that should never happen in a civilised society, and if anything, book releases ought to be specially protected, simply in the interests of freedom of speech. Not to mention that this was a political book, raising the question if the violence was also politically motivated.

But the immediately ensuing discussion was where it started getting weird.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

There Are Nazis on the Moon

There may or may not be an ulterior motive to my posting this... but let's be honest: what's not to like about a film featuring Nazis on the Moon? Coming to a theatre near you in less than a year. Watch the skies!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Monsters Under the Bed

I'll post soonish about the reason for my extended absence from blogging. In the meantime, I'm posting my favourite Calvin & Hobbes strip (one of them, at any rate), if for no other reason then so that I'll always know where I can find it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

RUN!!

Run - run - down the hallway - door after door slips by - dodge a chair - jump past a filing cabinet - a window coming up - leap --

And with that leap begins the most exciting interactive entertainment experience I've had the pleasure of encountering lately: Canabalt.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Artist in the Family

You, my legions of faithful (if quiet) followers, have undoubtedly wondered with mounting anxiety why there have been no posts in this blog for a while. There's no dramatic reason; I've simply felt a bit under the weather lately. Luckily, there's always the family to remind you of reasons to write more.

My brother does software art. Actually, he's quite adept with various sorts of artistic skills, but his most ambitious works tend to be computerised ones. Currently, he's working on what can very well be described as "multimedia" (and not a single hyperlink in sight!), called Swarm. He graciously put a short sample online: here it is.

Swarm - One Minute Sample from Jussi M. Hukkanen on Vimeo.

As I understand, this is to be his artist's studies thesis. In case you can't tell, we're both lifelong aficionados of this "retro" thing that's very much in vogue today.

His earlier accomplishments include some highly efficient and modifiable code to create ASCII art (my favourite is a picture of his cat composed of the letters of a "typewritten" story). Even his charcoal works are sometimes based on computer-generated landscapes. Check it all out on his homepage (actually, the homepage of him and his partner, who's a talented artist in her own right and has a very personal style of her own).

Monday, January 10, 2011

Various Secret Continents

I have a number of artistically inclined friends, and occasionally they allow me the opportunity to lend assistance with some project or another of theirs. Some time ago, Aleksi Eeben, a musician got inspired to produce a theme album of songs about salamanders. He asked me to supply vocals for one of the songs. (I suppose you can call them that, even though I don't - indeed can't - sing.) Now that the album, Various Secret Continents (you have to speak Finnish to appreciate the pun), is finished, the end result can be heard here.
The Snow Salamander (Feat. Antti Hukkanen) by aleksieeben

If it sounds "gamey", that's no coincidence: the artist cites DoDonPachi as an influence. ^_^

The songs are licensed under a Creative Commons licence, but if you like what you hear, why not buy the whole album? At a dollar a track, it's an inexpensive way to show your appreciation, and the artist is donating all proceeds to the animal welfare association (they care for salamanders too).