One day I felt the sudden need to buy myself a new audio system. You might laugh, but I had this image of me waking up in my bed, grabbing my iPad or phone to activate the sound system and play something epic via Spotify. Now I’ve achieved that “dream” by buying a new AV receiver and a pair of speakers. I’m no audiophile so you should not expect a very technical of my new equipment but instead some comments about the general experience.
An integral part of work as a researcher is collaborating with other researchers. One way to do that is to attend conferences. I’ve now seen two of them myself: last summer I was helping with organizing the EPS conference on plasma physics in Espoo, this week I was participating in Physics Days 2014.
While the EPS conference is a large international event, Physics Days is a organized for the Finnish physics society. This year the event was held in Tampere, and I’ll try to discuss it briefly, as the conference is still fresh in my mind. I’ll tell about my personal contribution and other interesting presentations (not that I’m implying that my talk was very interesting), say something about the other activities and take a moment to ponder the nature of the event.
As a brief summary, my own contribution went alright considering the circumstances, but I had to start wondering the role of an event like this and what should one present there. This was supported by some exciting talks by more experienced people. I would still say that the conference is worth attending, as it does not take too long (three days), gives you a broad overview of Finnish physics research, and offers some chances to network and just have a good time. Physics Days 2014 gave me some valuable experience and I might attend the conference again, if the opportunity presents itself.
Nuclear power is a really polarizing subject, especially in Finland currently. There’s the ever more delayed Olkiluoto 3 project and then the possibility of new nuclear power plants being build. Often the discussion surrounding the subject feels a bit superficial and not so correct on the facts. Nuclear power tends to get these gut reactions from people. Radioactivity is scary, mysterious stuff. Or not.
You know you’re old when you see people referring to IG and instantly think about IRC-Galleria when they’re actually talking about Instagram. But yes, I’ve recently started using Instagram myself, also. You would think that I don’t need any more social media in my life, but I decided to give it a try anyway. It’s a shame my Samsung Galaxy SII has a shitty camera, but I can try to cover the lack of quality by applying unnecessary filters – isn’t that how you’re supposed to use Instagram? Anyways, if you’re interested in following me over there, my username is Popelotto.
I don’t have a long history with beer. I drank practically no beer until last year, and I still don’t drink it too much, but when you see people enjoy it so much you have to wonder what they actually see in it. Also, drinking just long drinks or ciders can get a little bit boring after a while. So I’ve decided to try tasting some beer.