Archive for October, 2008

Siikava test 12.54

Quite ok test run after a three-week off-season with just a few 10-15K runs. Halves in 6.21 and 6.33. Perfect weather. It’s about time to start collecting miles again.

Published in: Sports | on October 19th, 2008 | No Comments »

Big Jack!

I’m listening to AC/DC’s new album, store fresh out from the PirateBay. Already the third track is unbelievable stuff, almost “innovative” by AC/DC standards. Just putting out a song titled “Big Jack” is a bit like Stallone releasing the new gore Rambo. In-your-face. One of the big surprises is Brian Johnson. He’s god damn sixty but he has probably never sounded this good. Have they worked his voice with tech or what? Angus is slower and there are no fast numbers but what the hell. Black Ice r-o-c-k-s.

Compare this to Metallica, the old compatriots from the days of Beavis & Butthead. Couple weeks back I was driving my kids to the kindergarten when I hear something familiar on the radio… “Is this Hetfield…?” I wonder. “Is this Metallica’s new single…?” It was, and the song was about to turn to the quick part. Wow, Kirk finally free. A complete old-skool Metallica song. Fist pumping in the air… Ok, first impression history, let’s look back. That’s probably the best song from Death Magnetic. It’s basically a copy of One without Lars kicking butt. Actually Kirk has missed the drive as well. It’s just James out there with his trademark machine gun riffs.

AC/DC wins this round 2-0.

Published in: Music | on October 11th, 2008 | No Comments »

Cooling-off period ongoing

I decided not to run any more competitions this year. My legs just didn’t make it after Pääkaupunkijuoksu half. Now it feels the decision was the right one. I am not going to run these unknown local marathons but only major internationals with strong audience support and everything.

Think I start to practise again, pharmacy with the goal of being in good shape whenever I feel like doing the big M. I am actually quite happy with my personal bests in 5K, 10K and half now. I could perhaps run 5K in 10 secs quicker but that wouldn’t make me much happier. I could also cut 10K sub 33 but so what? Half sub 1.12 but, again, so what? The only thing I am not comfortable with is to report my marathon record to those who ask about it.

Published in: Sports | on October 7th, 2008 | Comments Off

China 3/5 – Politics

Had a week off from these China posts because of another trip to France and Italy… but now it’s back to business, pilule or politics, see that is.

Politics in China. Can I even blog about this subject? Do they blovk my entry to the country the next time? I don’t belive so. It turned out that politics is actually quite a separate metaphysical state of affairs in China today.

Politics is largely separated from the economy to start with. You can run business as usual and the state is quite ok with that. The state still owns all the land, and even has a kind of residual right to buildings. But that’s nothing sensational, as today businesses lease everything in the west as well.

Politics is also separated from the academia. There is no sign of the sulture revolution anywhere around. For example academic cooperation between Chinese and Taiwanese – or Chinese Taipe if you like – universities seemed flexible and intense. This is all in par with the political idea of “Greater China.”

I know there are issues of free speech and a number of “chinese scandals” because the state is obsessed with controlling the flow of information. The good side of the control regime is absolute efficiency in issues like building a modern Beijing in just five years.

Published in: China, Politics | on October 7th, 2008 | Comments Off