Archive for October, 2006

Countries I’ve been to

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Only 93% to go!

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

I finally got myself a domain with my wife, with the help of a friend. is hosted at Dreamhost. The domain is registered with I’m not at all sure what we’re going to do with it, but I have some PHP projects in mind, along with an online photo gallery thing. I’m also thinking about moving this blog over there, considering that it’s new and the current URL isn’t spread around too much.

There’s nothing of interest in the site as of now, this is merely to explain the link I just added to the margin over there on the right.


Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

While “routine” may very well become part of the “grind”, I still think it’s a good idea to establish some social routines to prevent the situation where you’re too tired to arrange meetings with friends.

My wife introduced a habit of hanging out at a coffee shop on Mondays, post-school and -work. I think that’s a great idea. Mondays always go to waste, as you’re too stressed or zoned out to really do anything at home, anyway. We did that this Monday, and it was good. We’re also thinking of hanging out regularly on Fridays, watching telly and whatnot. Most people have probably come up with similar schemes ages ago, but they feel like revelations to me. I’ve been really holed up at home when I’m not at work.

I’m thinking that maybe I could extend this to the other things I never find the time to do. Like gaming – besides videogames, that is. I’d like to continue our shelved roleplaying game campaigns and play with miniatures, but we haven’t been able to come up with dates. It might be a good idea to agree upon playing every other weekend or so. There’s still the problem of our university-going friends finding the time, but maybe the rest of us could play something else when they can’t make it.


Yesterday I did the six-minute run with no problem whatsoever. It was raining properly, too – it felt absolutely great to run in the rain! My ankles didn’t hurt either, though they’re aching a bit today. Still thinking about those running shoes.

Setbacks and good encounters

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

My ankles have hurt all past week. I kept off running for a few days because of that. On today’s run they hurt in the beginning, but it subsided, so I guess it’s all right. Maybe they’re just protesting about not getting to lay there uselessly, maybe I need to invest in some proper running shoes. Today I did the six minutes target. It was hard, and I was running in the rain, but it does feel good afterwards! I really can’t wait being able to run for, say, half an hour at a time.

Yesterday I was seeing off an old acquintance who’s moving abroad. We’re not at all close, and some months ago I maybe wouldn’t've gone, but going by my new rules, I knew I had to. It turned out to be an excellent night. The music was very good, the bar was cozy, the GTs all right and there were a lot of guys I see rarely to catch up with.

I met three new people, one on account of a really cool shirt he was wearing. We talked about videogames for a long time – our friends must’ve been pissed off. Sorry about that. I’ve never met a hardcore videogame enthusiast with a perfectly matching taste in games in real life before. So it serves to wear your colors!

And I don’t have the slightest hangover! Today’s supposed to be Zombie Walk Helsinki, but the weather’s… lacking. Which of course may fit the theme rather well.