Monday, June 26, 2017

Things are never what they seem

The photographs of spring flowers were taken on May 27th.

(Posting title is from the poem A Psalm of Freudian Life by Franklin Pierce Adams.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Only the instant

The photographs were taken in Nuuksio on May 26th.

(Posting title is from the poem Another Night in the Ruins by Galway Kinnell.)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nuggets, its shine captured in a perfect burst

The photographs were taken in Nuuksio on May 26th.

Today I went to Träskända park in Espoo, riding a bicycle, and explored the river Glims on foot. Lots of noise from birds, and only a couple of people to be seen, and two dogs.

(Posting title is from the poem A Sheep Dog Locked in Photograph by Hershman John.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Who wants a line without rhythm?

The photographs were taken on May 26th in Nuuksio at Soidinsuo swamp.

Today is Finnish midsummer's eve, and there is bonfire watching in the program. Photographs taken in 2010 were depicted in my photobook Impressions of Midsummer's Eve (also available at Blurb). This year the weather will be cold, 10-15 °C, but there shouldn't be rain.

(Posting title is from the poem Acceptable Dissociations by Sina Queyras.)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Vivas to those who have failed: for they become the river

The photographs were taken at Sipoonkorpi on May 25th with an iPhone SE.

Today I didn't get wet when riding the bicycle. There was an intense hail shower with thunder, but that happened before I started commuting back home.

(Posting title is from the poem Vivas To Those Who Have Failed: The Paterson Silk Strike, 1913 by Martín Espada.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Strike the eye of evil!

The photographs were taken at Sipoonkorpi on May 25th.

Today there was strong headwind when commuting back home by bicycle, and it started to rain heavily. I got completely soaked. Lightning hit about 200 m away.

And not to forget: length of day is today 18 h 59 min.

(Posting title is from the poem Rite by Henry Dumas.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

An urge to hoist whatever's there, hard

The photographs were taken at Sipoonkorpi National Park on May 25th, using an iPhone SE, because I forgot the LX100 camera at home. The photographs are rather different than they would be with the LX100. Not necessarily better or worse, just different.

Yesterday an important news items was that data of almost 200 million voters in the United States leaked online by GOP analytics firm. What is interesting about such data is the way it can be used to subvert democracy. By targeting ads to each individual person, a political party can give each person a different message (or "promise"). And when they get in power, they can do whatever they want, regardless of their campaign promises, because none of this information was publicly available or widely known.

(Posting title is from the poem Guns by Katrina Roberts.)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Only human beings feel this

The photographs were taken on May 20th at Timmermalmi.

This morning I commuted by bicycle through the central park in Helsinki, and got the fastest time so far this year: 38 minutes. This was due to the traffic lights being almost optimal, and a little bit of backwind. One needs to be careful when riding the bicycle, because there are quite a lot of other people on the road, so going faster than this is not feasible.

(Posting title is from the poem Was He Married? by Stevie Smith.)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

If not repose

The photographs were taken on May 20th.

I'm feeling somewhat tired today. I did half an hour of lawn mowing, that is all the exercise so far for today.

(Posting title is from the poem I married by Lorine Niedecker.)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Remember all their screens

The photographs were taken on May 20th.

In six days I have got 11 1/2 hours of exercise, of which 7 1/2 hours riding the bicycle. I should take a rest day, but there is so much to see out in the forests, swamps, and fields.

(Posting title is from the poem culebra canal by Roberto Harrison.)

Friday, June 16, 2017

I was trying to think of a poem

The photograph was taken at Kytäjä-Usmi on May 13th.

I woke up early today, and rode my bicycle to Timmermalmi, exploring the forests and swamps on foot, getting 2 1/2 hours of exercise. Later today I have some more exercise in the program.

(Posting title is from the poem Inside the Blues Whale by Afaa Michael Weaver.)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Was like looking at a book of old photographs

The photographs were taken on May 14th in Petikko.

The stock market in Finland is doing rather fine. The OMX Helsinki index is +28% from one year ago. I have bought stocks in 41 companies listed in Helsinki, and the value of this investment has grown 35% in one year. Mostly my strategy has been "buy and hold", but I have done some selling as well. For example, India's Motherson Sumi bought Finland's PKC Group, and I got a nice profit as I had bought shares in the company a long time ago when it was valued much lower.

However, these days the world is changing so rapidly that things can be rather different one year from now on. I wonder what my thinking about investments will be then.

(Posting title is from the poem Over a Cup of Coffee by Stephen Dobyns.)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I'm going stark, staring mad because of the guns

The photograph was taken on May 14th in Petikko.

On Monday and Tuesday it rained, and the bicycle got dirty. I did some repairs to it, replacing brake pads, and cleaning and lubing the chain. Today was a sunny day, great for commuting by bicycle.

(Posting title is from the poem Repression of War Experience by Siegfried Sassoon.)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My eyes look into the top of my head

The photographs were taken at Petikko on May 14th.

The political situation in Finland changes almost hourly, as if we were following a scripted drama. The populist Finns Party selected an openly racist leader, and the government was on the verge of breaking up, but today the parliamentary group of the Finns Party broke up instead. It may be that soon we will have two populist parties, one of them less openly racist as the other one.

(Posting title is from the poem Allegory of Evil in Italy by Stanley Moss.)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Before my face it lays down my despairs

The photographs were taken on May 13th at Kytäjä-Usmi.

Today was a rainy day. In the morning I got soaking wet while commuting by bicycle. The clothes were still wet in the afternoon when I started riding back home. And I got soaking wet once again.

The Finnish government fell today, after the "Finns Party" elected an openly racist leader yesterday. Now the Finns Party is out of government, and negotiations about a new coalition have started. I hope human rights are remembered.

Yesterday, after the Finns Party election result was announced, I was quite shocked. As therapy I made a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Finnish Red Cross. That helped a bit.

(Posting title is from the poem Idea 20: An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still by Michael Drayton.)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

In my mouth I’d never put such filth

The photographs of river Vantaa were taken at Kytäjä-Usmi on May 13th.

Here in Finland things are not fine. Yesterday the "True Finns" party elected a convicted racist Jussi Halla-aho as their leader, and all chair persons of the Finns Party are hardcore anti-immigrants. The Finnish government could fall as a result, and in fact this might be the best case scenario. As a sidenote, the Norwegian far-right terrorist and mass murderer Anders Breivik (now known as Fjotolf Hansen) credited Jussi Halla-aho's writings as his inspiration for considering "the left" as the enemy.

(Posting title is from the poem Covenant by Alan R. Shapiro.)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The news people is the only ones who got us out

The photographs were taken at Kytäjä-Usmi on May 13th.

This morning I visited the golf course at Petikko. I don't mean that I played golf (Trump is reason enough to alienate from such thoughts). Instead, I explored the forests on the east side of the golf course. In all I got 2 1/2 hours of walking.

Each morning before reading the news I wonder whether they have managed to clean the house, or is Trump still president?

(Posting title is from the poem Convention Centers of the New World by Raymond McDaniel.)

Friday, June 9, 2017

My fingers fidget like ten idle brats

The photograph was taken on May 13th at Kytäjä-Usmi.

The economy in Finland is doing fine, after a long hiatus, since the end of 2010. There are quite a lot of companies making initial public offerings in the stock market, and most of them are succeeding. I have taken part in several IPOs, in companies such as DNA (telecommunications), Fondia (law), Tokmanni (retail), Lehto (construction), Remedy (games), and Silmäasema (health).

Most of the IPOs have been quite popular, and the amount of shares allocated to each of the buyers has been rather small. In any case, it has been interesting to study these companies and to speculate how well they will succeed in the IPO. My strategy in the IPOs has been "buy and hold", except that I sold Tokmanni shares the first day the company was listed, which wasn't such a great idea in retrospect.

The appearance of new companies has reminded me of the past, how it was those days when the stock market was really hot. Quite a lot of the investments I made years ago were not so great when the market started to turn. Luckily, I kept the shares, enjoying the dividends, and sometimes bought more shares at a low price, and things turned out fine in the longer term.

During the years I have also owned shares in about a dozen companies which have disappeared from the stock market, many of them having been bought out, such as Novo Group, Hartwall, Janton, Pohjola, Talentum, and PKC.

Currently I hold shares in about 40 companies, of which two are Swedish and the rest are Finnish. Because my background is in ICT and engineering, most of the companies are in these fields, and many are such that I use their products and services, for example car tires and mobile broadband.

The economy seems to be picking up speed, but there are quite a lot of uncertainties. Perhaps it would be sensible to sell some of the investments, but as I said, I'm a "buy and hold" type of investor, and I can wait and see what happens.

(Posting title is from the poem A Terre by Wilfred Owen.)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Outside was all noon and the burning blue

The photographs were taken at Kytäjä-Usmi outdoor area on May 13th.

I have been rather busy today, and haven't had time to follow what is happening in the world. Is Trump still president?

(Posting title is from the poem A Death in the Desert by Robert Browning.)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

To a rhythm you can’t hear, but you can see it

The photographs were taken at Kytäjä-Usmi outdoor area in Hyvinkää on May 13th.

Today the temperature rose to 22 °C in the afternoon. There was 8 m/s backwind when commuting by bicycle. Sometimes it is just too easy.

(Posting title is from the poem Democracy by Dorianne Laux.)