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The art of living in Finland

Spanish Manchego cheese in Finland

Saturday November 21st, 2009. 12:56 PM.[Photos, Spain, helsinki].

Ouuch! 3x times more expensive than in Spain.



Bing: Bird’s Eye View of Helsinki

Tuesday November 10th, 2009. 12:15 PM.[Photos, helsinki].

Bing’s Maps have a cool feature that Google Maps not: Bird’s Eye View. Photos are made from with Hot Air Ballons with a 40º angle so you can have better perspective of the city than Satellite’s straight down view.

You can see many main cities of Europe. These are two examples:


Bing’s Bird’s Eye View of Helsinki


Bing’s Bird’s Eye View of Tampere

Also, related to this is the project 360º Cities, panoramic views from street level of many cities.


Helsinki - Mannerheimintie Street

Saturday November 7th, 2009. 03:13 PM.[Photos, helsinki].

Mannerheimintie is the main street of Helsinki.
This picture is from the 70’s. Ok, not true.. pass the mouse over the picture to see in real color


If you want to get same point of view, I will tell you the tip: go to the corner of 5th floor of Sokos.


First snows in Helsinki

Thursday November 5th, 2009. 12:17 PM.[Photos, Winter, helsinki].

5th of November. Yes! Powdered-sugar-snow cover the streets of Helsinki… that soon pedestrians walking transform into slippery ice.  In north of Finland days ago there is snow already.

Photos were so plain, that  I forced them with Photoshop help to give more texture and colors:




Yes! Selling ice-cream in winter, why not? XD

Did you know that Finland is the country with the highest annual ice cream consumption in Europe. 14 liters per person/year


Benchmarking IT 2009 by The Economist

Tuesday November 3rd, 2009. 02:51 PM.[Computer stuff, Finland culture].

IT Industry 2009 at glance thanks to this report of  The Economist [.pdf Sept 2009] (via Martín  Pérez blog)

More interesting points of the research, who compares 66 countries in the IT industry field.

  • With economic global recession even bigger IT firms are cutting back investments in R&D
  • USA remains the world’s most conducive environment for the development and growth of IT firms, despite a tougher business environment and the emergence of protectionist impulses. Canada and west European countries such as Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands are also prominent in the index top tier, owing to their robust IT infrastructure and strong support for technology R&D, among other factors.
  • Broadband    networks    are    becoming    increasingly    essential    to    IT    firms’    competitiveness.    Broadband’s importance will grow as more IT services and applications are delivered over the Internet. Technology producers in broadband-rich countries in western Europe, North America and developed Asia are clearly at an advantage in this respect. Conversely, the slow march of broadband in emerging markets, including those with large IT sectors such as India, Brazil and Russia, could impede their IT firms’ growth.
  • Finland has risen to 2nd in the index based mainly on its strong performance in the R&D environment category, particularly patents, and improvement in its overall business environment.


  • Spain with  score  47.4 went down 2 positions, from 25 to 23 respect last year. :(
  • Without a good supply of local talent, countries are unlikely ever to develop competitive IT sectors. For all the IT graduates being churned out of Asian economies, there are still concerns that education systems in the region put too much focus on pure IT skills and not enough on IT in a business context. Top schools in the US and Europe do better in this area. On the other hand, the US and Europe each face long-term challenges in cultivating the science and technical engineering skills of its younger students.
  • As more applications move off individual sites and into the “cloud”. The efficiency gains that will result from this development could benefit entire economies, but countries—and national IT sectors—that lack the broadband infrastructure needed to access these services will be left behind.

Bonus.This is related to broadband infrastructure in the world. It’s a world map of the cost of broadband Internet connection. The whole image here.




Friday October 23rd, 2009. 11:05 AM.[People, Quotes].

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

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El País in Finland

Tuesday October 20th, 2009. 11:13 AM.[Finland culture, Spain, helsinki].

El País (in English: The Country) is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Spain. Price in Spain: 1.20 €, Price in Helsinki: 2.75.


BTW. You can check the most important today’s front pages in the world in Kiosko.net and even more (838 newspapers in the world) in Newseum. From Finland only Iltälehti.

Iltalehti is a tabloid newspaper (sensational newspaper) and it translates directly as “Evening paper”. And ¿What? Wikipedia says that Iltalehti.fi is the most popular website in Finland as of November 2008. 0_o I didn’t expect this.

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Writing from Helsinki

Sunday October 11th, 2009. 12:57 PM.[Spain, Tampere, helsinki].

Bye, bye Tampere. Hello Helsinki!
New period in the life, leaving behind in Tampere great fellows and supportive teachers in Onnenkieli, where I have been 5 months learning Finnish.

Then, a busy and great month September: 2 weeks in Estepona, Spain, and then moving to Helsinki to start working in a Web development company.

Two days ago we received finally at home the Internet connection (25 Mbits !), and I have many things to post in this blog, so be ready. During this week I will write some new lines and more photos.

In the meanwhile, cold has arrived to Finland already and trees are telling you: Be ready, winter is just around the corner!



Life’s moments

Monday August 24th, 2009. 03:30 AM.[Videos].

If a life is a bunch of moments, have a look to these moments compiled in a visual experiment of Will Hoffman.

Vía, always inspirational Nozapping.


Top 10 funniest one-liners

Sunday August 16th, 2009. 09:52 AM.[Funny, Quotes].

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.

Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. “Yes” is the answer.

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship.

We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.

Top 10 of TOP 100 funniest one-liners