Archive for May, 2006

Soft terrain

Three easy runs over the weekend at my parent’s summer place. One time 5K (2 laps Siikava trail), and two times 10K (5 rounds) and everything went ok. However, nurse I can feel the knee isn’t still 100% so I need to take it easy and do some knee-related exercise.

Published in: Sports | on May 28th, 2006 | No Comments »

Runner’s knee

Yesterday I did a 8K pace work on inva track with Jari (3.35-3.45/km). After 6K I started to feel some increasing pain from the right hand side of my right knee. I got that from the half marathon but thought it was already better. It’s most probably runner’s knee. Since I haven’t had this sort of problem before, prostate and I think it was the result of over one hour on hard road, I hope simple rest and easy training on soft terrain should do it.

Published in: Sports | on May 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

Kevin Kelly’s back!

I’ve always had a place in my mind for this guy. Here’s his latest piece: Scan this book! Kelly claims that the days of the printed book are over and done. We’re entering the era of universal library and snippet online-reading. Well, cialis sale nothing new so far.

One of his more interesting claims is that 75% of all books in libraries are orphan – that is, malady out-of-print, under copyright, without clear understanding of who owns the scanning rights. But he doesn’t see that to be a major problem because the “copy” is dying. Forget copyright, Kelly says, because scanning is so easy and cheap. If it’s not Google, it will be the Chinese. In Kelly’s world, the almighty technology will always prevail.

Where Kelly shines is his compelling and clear argumentation. He is an excellent writer. However, his weak side is the prophetic, always-optimistic tone. With some practical experience, I do have reservations regarding the death of copyright and the “conservative” industries behind it. If the dot-come boom busted, contrary to Kelly’s visions, why would this time be different?

Published in: Law, Tech | on May 24th, 2006 | No Comments »

Street fighting man enters pop

Just saw V for Vendetta. For a long time a new flick that created some thoughts although, see I must admit, sovaldi I expected even more. A couple of ideas that I got:

Can we trust media anymore? Ok, prescription the government may not write the news. But companies do. If journalists need to publish their feed 24hrs, it must be tempting to reprint company press releases as such. And in turn that must encourage press release writers to push for their political agenda. And so on.

Another is this basic dilemma: “one man can make a difference” but in the end you need the masses on the streets to execute it. How to ignite is the challenge for the agent of change. There must be thousands of would-be change agents around but only very few of them stand up. Skip their daily routine and start putting ideas into action. I’d sure like to be one of those guys.

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Vendetta’s story and its context felt all the time somewhat familiar, but still distinct. The whole thing was basically a giant remix of british-american pop culture. According to the original comic strip author, with whom I cannot disagree, the cooking included:

“Orwell. Huxley. Thomas Disch. Judge Dredd. Harlan Ellison’s “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman, Catman and Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World by the same author. Vincent Price’s Dr. Phibes and Theatre of Blood. David Bowie. The Shadow. Night Raven. Batman. Fahrenheit 451. The writings of the New Worlds school of science fiction. Max Ernst’s painting “Europe After the Rain”. Thomas Pynchon. The atmosphere of British Second World War films. The Prisoner. Robin Hood. Dick Turpin…”

Published in: Politics | on May 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

What a debate!

Rip: Kai Puolamäki

First I had this great half marathon, find and then comes this inspiring debate! Once again, my belief to the bright side of the force returned. My job was to basically junk the arguments of the recording and movie industries. Which I did. I’m telling you they want to own our culture. John Lennon died in 1980, so it’s not about the artist salary. It’s about the salaries of the copyright industry lawyers and the others in suits. And my argument is that we still have the freedom to communicate and the right to privacy, both of which they now want to take away. We have the right to learn our popular culture. We have the right to copy and share our cultural experiences with our neighbours. And today our neighbourhood is the Internet. Rock belongs to us. Me and you. Not them.

After the debate Ville proposed I’d be the rightful chairman of Pirate Party in Finland – if anyone is ever going to found that.

Published in: Politics | on May 19th, 2006 | No Comments »