“Millions of people around the world believe, that we have been visited by extraterrestrials in the past”, states Robert Clotworthy, the narrator of Ancient Aliens, in the beginning of every episode of the show. I admit, I’ve watched the show.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with the basic premise of the show. Ancient Aliens a documentary series running on the History Channel. As the name states, it’s all about extraterrestrials and mostly about their role in the history of mankind.
I admit that I like science fictions and have watched quite a lot documents dealing with UFOs. I don’t actually believe that the claimed sightings have anything to do with space aliens. I see UFOs and the phenomena related to them kind of like the modern equivalent of vampires, zombies and stuff like that. That hasn’t prevented me from enjoying TV shows like Stargate that are basically based on the concept of Ancient Aliens.
I talked about my plans for new camera gear acquisitions in this blog some time ago. I mentioned my worries about the Panasonic 20 millimeter f1.7 and my lust for the Panasonic-Leica 25 millimeter f1.4. Well, now I’ve fulfilled that part of my plans – at least the latter half of it, as I haven’t yet sold the 20 millimeter pancake lens.
I haven’t yet done too much shooting with the Pana-Leica but I can already say I like it. It’s quite a bit larger than the pancake lens but on the other hand it feels good on the OM-D E-M5 as there’s actually something to hold on to. Focusing has worked like a charm thus far and I haven’t had problems with the so-called rattlesnaking people often complain about. Yes, there’s some noise in certain situations, but it hasn’t bothered me yet.
I usually try to keep away from matters that are more or less personal and actually involve other people because, you know, it’s hard to take things back from the Internet. But this time, I will make an exception. Maybe it’s because I was running a fever and couldn’t sleep when I wrote this a few weeks in advance, but it felt like a good idea and something important – for me, at least.
I often joke about my name: shortening Paavo Niskala tends to end up in “pniskala”, which spoken out loud in Finnish basically sounds like “penisfish”. I also often joke that I don’t know what my parents were thinking when they decided to have my second name Eino, thus completing the evil plan, but luckily I have a third name also: Oskari. As usual, they just didn’t come up with names that sound cool, they have a meaning in the family heritage. Okay, now that I asked my mother, Oskari was actually just something they thought was cool (or at least that’s what she told me) but Eino comes from my father’s family: my grandfather was named Eino.
It was 2008 and I had just moved to Espoo for my studies at then Teknillinen Korkeakoulu, now Aalto University. I don’t quite remember how, but somehow I ended up listening to Ayreon a lot. Previously I had heard only one song from Ayreon, and that was “A Dawn of a Million Souls”. Of course, hearing just a single piece of music from these concept albums doesn’t do it any justice. But since 2008, I’ve been quite hooked by the atmospheric, experimental and simply epic arrangements of not just Ayreon, but Arjen Lucassen, the mastermind behind Ayreon and many other projects.
I might have mentioned in my blog last year that I was really looking towards once very particular album, and that was Lucassen’s “Lost in the New Real”. I’ve been listening to it a lot since it was released, but somehow I just now got the inspiration to actually write about it, almost a year after its initial launch. I know I don’t often write anything about music and maybe there’s a reason for that, as I don’t tend to be very analytical when it comes to music. And yes, I don’t know shit about music, so that’s even less than about videogames, TV shows or movies – if that’s possible.