In memoriam — Ville Oksanen

Went through some terrible news today. Ville Oksanen, my long time friend and colleague, passed away. He was my call-to guy for anything possible that mattered over the past 15+ years. No matter what I was calling about I could always know his feedback comes with deep insight and the highest possible integrity.

Ville needs more than a quick obituary. To start with here’s something we got published in Helsingin Sanomat back in March 1999 when we were just 22-year-old nerdy students. I still consider this early piece kinda set the stage to everything that was to come in his life’s work.

From Korea with Gangnam Style

I learned a few days ago in Gangnam, Korea about a new hit everybody was doing in the local Karaoke joints. I thought this is something I have to share with my kids and friends, nobody should know about it. Little did I know my kids has already been playing for weeks. Last week it was at 160M views, and today it has passed well over 200M. Huge for a K-Pop song, and another lesson in how such things can go globally viral.

London wrap up and how to pick up running again

I’m seriously late wrapping up the games. The highlight for me was 10.000m and Galen Rupp’s second place finish. It was so close .. The rest of the games went so-so. Maybe the second highlight came with Ruuskanen’s javelin throw which earned him bronze.

In my own training I am still to resume running two days in a row. Last night tried for the first time in two months something faster. The achilles is somewhat better but still far from normal. I did 1K in 3.09 and today the leg muscles have been aching all over. It is amazing how quickly the fitness deteriorates.

The most talked about NBA trade of the summer

Let’s continue with some trading news from pro leagues. It is always great to know your favorite NBA player continues his career. It is — to say the least — exciting to see him trade the team at the age of 38 and take that as a possibly game-changing deal for the coming season. Yes, at the end of the day Steve Nash chose to play for the Lakers wearing jersey #10 after everyone including Kobe were after him.