Wednesday, March 22, 2017

To talk about trees

The photographs were taken on February 24th at Petikko.

Now that my oldest daughter is abroad, with a seven hour time difference, I have been thinking about how the world seems to be changing these days, for the worse. It was different when my daughter grew up. The world was getting smaller, and even though there were conflicts, one usually felt that we are living in the same world, with interesting differences between people.

Of course, I feel a sense of loss each time I note that she is away for a year, for example when there is one place less at the dinner table. At the same time I feel extremely proud of her. I'm confident that she learns to live the way one should live, starting not from fear but from hope and trust.

(Posting title is from the poem What Kind of Times Are These by Adrienne Rich.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Can’t you see me through the tears

The photographs were taken on February 21st.

I'm feeling proud and sad today. My oldest daughter is spending one year abroad as an exchange student.

(Posting title is from the song A Million Years by Mariette.)

Monday, March 20, 2017

I couldn’t figure out what else

The photographs were taken at Timmermalmi nature protection area on February 21st.

(Posting title is from the poem Torment by Daisy Fried.)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The silence winter wears

The photographs were taken on February 21st while visiting Timmermalmi nature protection area.

I noticed that Finland was being discussed in the United States, due to our health care system which has been extremely cost-efficient compared to the way health care is organised in the United States. Of course, fairness and value-for-money are not the only criteria in health care, but the proposal put forward by Trump and his minions makes me shudder - massive tax breaks to the richest people, and not taking care of the poor, sick and elderly. I hope nothing like that ever happens here in Finland. Choice is not a choice if one can't afford it.

(Posting title is from the poem Ballad of the Mermaid of Zennor by Vernon Watkins.)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

And now I saw again how attractive

The photographs were taken on March 17th in Helsinki with an iPhone SE. I managed to import the 200 photographs I took to Aperture, and most of them turned out fine, given my inexperience of using the iPhone. I even found out how to delete 200 photographs at one go from the iPhone.

Compared to the Nokia E7 which I had earlier, the camera in the iPhone SE is dramatically better, in fact quite useful when there is no "real" camera to use. In fact, it may turn out that I'll take quite a lot of photographs with the iPhone, given the convenience of carrying it with me always. Especially as there is a setting for using the square aspect ratio. The Camera app remembers the settings used previously, making it a rather convenient tool. I practised how to focus to a particular point and how to set the exposure, and even though the user interface is still a bit strange, mostly it works as one would expect it to work.

(Posting title is from the poem Les Saltimbanques by Matthew Sweeney.)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Found me at the clear end of a wave

The photograph was taken on February 21st.

I took some photographs today with the iPhone SE. I haven't yet looked at how they turned out, but the camera controls were not too bad, and there was even a setting for the square aspect ratio, easily selected.

I need to check whether my workflow of transferring photographs to Aperture works well with the iPhone: manual mass transfer of photographs, and emptying afterwards the camera to make room for the next photographs. I'm sure that there is a way to automatically transfer photographs from the iPhone to Flickr, but that doesn't suite my way of working with the photographs. I'm quite fond of Aperture even though the software was discontinued by Apple.

(Posting title is from the poem The World’s Other Side by Derek Sheffield.)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Of this secret, one must be silent

The photographs were taken on February 21st.

I thought today about Iain M. Banks' science fiction novels about the Culture, which is an interstellar utopian society. In some of the novels the Culture encounters less advanced civilisations, and gets involved in rather tricky situations in which there is no straightforward answer on how to proceed.

What is happening in the United States feels almost like a plot of a Culture novel, in which an alien civilisation tries to manipulate the political situation to fit their interests. However, there is a difference in that the aims of the aliens don't seem to be well-intentioned, or in fact intentioned at all. Perhaps what is happening with Trump is a reality-tv series of the aliens, and they are trying to maximise the number of viewers with all the strange plot turns, and all the stupidity of the protagonists.

(Posting title is from the poem No Promissory Notes by Ish Klein.)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It is too early to reveal itself

The photographs were taken at Sipoonkorpi National Park on February 20th.

The road conditions for commuting by bicycle start to be quite good. Almost all ice has melted away. The public works departments have started cleaning the road surfaces, getting rid of the gravel and dirt that was deposited during the winter. In three days I have got six hours of exercise. Perhaps I should take a rest day, but it feels so good to ride the bicycle.

(Posting title is from the poem Japan That Sank under the Sea by Satoru Sato.)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I see the human cost

The photographs were taken at Sipoonkorpi National Park on February 20th.

The weather forecast promises snow and rain for the night. I'm wondering what the road conditions will be tomorrow morning. I hope most of the snow will melt away.

(Posting title is from the poem What In The World by Bill Madden.)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Makes the wind full

The photograph was taken on February 19th.

I'm flabbergasted about the situation in the United States. The totalitarian mind-set is taking over, and facts are the enemies of the people. It is as if aliens had taken over the government.

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Run from himself too?

The photograph was taken on February 19th.

It was cold last night. In the morning the snow was frozen, carrying a person walking. I did some exploring, going across the snow fields. Sun was shining, and it felt like spring. The length of day is now twice what it was at the shortest.

I got 11 1/2 hours of exercise this week, of which 8 hours riding the bicycle.

(Posting title is from the poem Sapphics: At the Mohawk-Castle, Canada. To Lieutenant Montgomery by Thomas Morris.)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

With every other species

The photographs were taken on February 18th in Helsinki.

(Posting title is from the poem In Perpetual Spring by Amy Gerstler.)

Friday, March 10, 2017

After dark, you sweep away your luck

The photograph was taken on February 18th.

So far this year I have got 1,020 km riding the bicycle. I haven't had any punctures with the Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires, which is great. For summer I have Marathon Plus tires, and they have also worked fine with no punctures.

I changed my mobile phone this week. I had a Nokia E7 phone for over five years, but it started to show all kinds of problems. Now I have an iPhone SE, which was quite easy to start using, but I have a lot of things to learn, for example how to cope with the auto-corrections when writing text, and all kinds of little details to tweak.

(Posting title is from the poem The Delta by Bruce Bond.)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

From the voodoo curse

The photograph was taken on February 18th.

The snow started melting today. I remembered to check bicycle tire pressure. It was at 3 bar, and the recommended minimum is 3.5 bar, so it was a good thing to check the tires.

(Posting title is from the poem the new rumbón by Tato Laviera.)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

They're going to make the opposition pay

The photographs were taken on February 18th.

Why do some people support Trump despite the lies and misdemeanors? One explanation put forward says that people like that he "fights" despite the serious mental handicaps. But is that a thing to be admired in a person who is in such a situation?

(Posting title is from the poem Solstice by Tracy K. Smith.)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

And your deck of cards missing the jack and the ace

The photograph was taken on February 15th in Helsinki.

This is how Orange Agent acts:

  1. Lie
  2. Explain the lie with more lies
  3. Create a diversion
  4. Repeat

(Posting title is from the song Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands by Bob Dylan.)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Let me tell you what it's all about

The photographs were taken on February 15th in Helsinki.

It was cold and windy today. I commuted by bicycle and noted that the number of bicycle commuters is increasing. I guess spring is near.

(Posting title is from the song Stakes is High by De La Soul.)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dry your tears and hold tight

The photographs were taken on February 12th.

Sun is shining today. I walked two hours in Nuuksio, southwest of lake Suolikas. In open places the snow had frozen so that it carried a person walking.

It is evident that a mentally ill person is playing the President of the United States. The last weeks have been a roller-coaster of mistakes, and the stakes are getting so high that anything can happen. Eight years of Obama were safe and sound leadership, but now there is nobody in charge with a full deck.

(Posting title is from the song Sun Is Shining by Axwell Λ Ingrosso.)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Which is not enough

The photographs were taken on February 12th while visiting Timmermalmi nature protection area.

(Posting title is from the poem At the Grave of My Guardian Angel: St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans by Larry Levis.)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Counted them out one by one

The photographs were taken on February 11th at Oittaa.

Do I dare to read the news to see what grasping and grabbing the baby-carrot fingers have managed to perpetrate since I last checked?

(Posting title is from the poem Harlan County by Kate Buckley.)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I choose to steal what you chose to show

The photographs were taken on February 7th in Helsinki.

It was warm today, +3 °C. I have got 1,500 km riding the Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires, and they have proved to be excellent. Since early November we have had challenging road conditions with ice and snow that has appeared and then melted away. The 240 studs in the tires have provided good grip when riding the bicycle.

Today I thought whether I should boycott American products as long as Trump holds power. But for example Apple products are designed in California and manufactured in China. And I don't think Apple should be blamed for the things done by the nasty people in power. Another thing is products connected to Trump and his minions - those are certainly proper for a boycott.

(Posting title is from the poem Career Of Evil by Blue Oyster Cult.)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Diminishing the need to steal

The photographs were taken in Tikkurila on February 7th.

What should one say about Trump's speech to Congress? It isn't just voodoo economics, it seems to be voodoo everything. "Make me great again", craving applause.

(Posting title is from the poem Goofer-Dust by Thomas Lux.)