Monthly Archives: August 2013

It was years ago when I read about Pacific Rim for the first time. I’ve never been a huge fan of giant robots or mechs, as you might call them, but somehow the movie stuck with me. Maybe it was because it was directed by Guillermo del Toro. Later I started watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Wire and after that I learned both Charlie Day (Charlie from Philly) and Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from The Wire) would be featuring in the film. I hate to say it, but those two guys were a bigger kicker for me than giant robots or monsters, at least before seeing the film in action.

Let’s face it, that’s pretty much all there is to Pacific Rim. Well, there are surprisingly long moments without any robots or monsters on the screen. Obviously you need to build the drama and history for the main characters to make the final hours and the climax interesting not only on the large scale but also from the human point of view, to have some impact and maybe even some feeling of loss. These drama scenes can be a little bit underwhelming and cringe-worthy, mostly because not all of the performances by the main actors are that great, and the ending could’ve been a little bit darker, but in the end I actually enjoyed the movie.

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I’ve been using Twitter for a few years now and it’s not unusual for me to get asked something along the lines of “why do people use Twitter” or “do people use Twitter”. I know the answer to the latter question, but the first one is a little bit trickier. It’s good to ponder why people use social media in general and maybe then consider what differentiates Twitter from it’s main competitor, Facebook. Twitter has been taking off in the mainstream only rather recently, while Facebook has been around for a while. Things might be changing in the future, however.

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This summer has been kind of a crazy summer. As I previously explained, I switched from working at IGN Finland to doing my master’s thesis at Aalto university. For the first two weeks of June I worked both jobs simultaneously and soon after that I did 10 hour days helping out at the EPS Conference in Otaniemi. I went to Oulu straight from the conference by nighttrain, practically without any sleep and already sleep-deprived from the week. But it was worth it as I got to see a lot of family and, for the first time, my recently born niece, who was named Minea. From Oulu I continued on to Kokkola, having been something like five hours in Oulu.

Soon after the short tour of Finland my relationship with Otaniemi became strictly professional as I moved to Helsinki and Meilahti, to be precise. Moving out and in is naturally a hassle. Thankfully I got a lot of help from my friends. I still had to spend a lot of money to buy stuff like a washing machine, but luckily I was somewhat prepared for that. The stress of the move is now wearing off and I’m getting back to regular life, as in chilling out and going to the gym besides working and thinking about I still need to get. Well, I still need to get some stuff, but anyways.

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