Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mushrooms and leaves

Mushrooms, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Leaves, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Amanitas, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

It has been so wet here in Finland that when the leaves fall off the trees they immediately turn brown. And no real good autumn colors either so far. But mushrooms thrive.

I haven't posted much work-related matters, but this is big for us. So, if you are interested in green ICT, datacenters, supercomputers etc., check out CSC establishing a data center in northern Finland: "... one of the world’s most eco-efficient data centers in Kajaani, on the site of the former paper mill of UPM in northern Finland. The datacenter will be built jointly by CSC and UPM, and it will provide a state-of-the-art environment for supercomputers, data storage, and other demanding IT systems." - This is a big thing for us, although of course things are currently still in the planning and negotiation stage. Have to see how it goes.

By the way, it is interesting that I haven't yet taken a photograph of a supercomputer, or a datacenter. I guess I have a different taste for subjects of photography than subjects of work.


Jarno said...

Maybe somebody should take pictures more often of the ugly machines too since some Finnish IT web news tend to use that at least 5 years old picture of the IBM wardrobes (R.I.P).

The last mushroom picture shows nice autumn colors. In Germany I was surprised to get a birthday card with a poisonous swamp on it. However, it was meant as a Glückssymbol - not as a way to get rid of a colleague.

Juha Haataja said...

@Jarno: Well, I guess a box is a box is a box. But maybe someone will reinvent the box some day.

It is an endless source of problems to think of gifts between cultures. As an example, I once though that knives are an impolite gift for the Chinese, but then someone said it is not so. Don't know who to trust in this matter.