Hi there! It's been a busy week. I hope you are doing well. ☕️ 🙏
I couldn't make it to #FOSDEM this year, as we had other plans at home. Watching the flight chaos yesterday it's a miracle that we didn't decide to go, as many of the Brussels flights had been cancelled at Helsinki-Vantaa.
I'm also doing a career move, and I'm starting a new job in March outside of Red Hat in the infosec space. It's exciting times for us all.
Oh, what a week.
Almost finished with the third Binti book (The Night Masquerade) by Nnedi Okorafor. Had some great conversations the passing week that made me feel appreciated. Now going to have some coffee, and enjoy a quiet Saturday morning.
How are you doing today? ☕️ #amreading
I gimped around on Gimp, and made a fuzzy new avatar. Hope you all like it.
I've also been told 'gimping' is not a term equivalent to 'photoshopping', but I'm using it anyway. So there. 💙
Good morning! Hope you are well. ☕️
I've been busy reading a lot of Finnish literature lately, and it's amazing to notice how much faster I can read these days. In the past few years I've mainly been reading English SFF, and now coming back to the Finnish world I devour books in 1-2 days. It's just so much faster. #amreading
I have a problem. I've got too many books from the library, and now I can't read them all in time. 📚
Good morning! I slept way too much, it's been a long time since I woke up after 10am. My holiday is soon over, and I go back to work next week.
I'm busy planning a short story involving Finnish nature and some foxes, hope to have a draft done in a few weeks. 🦊
Hope you are all well. I'll have a cup of coffee now. ☕️
I might have been on holiday for the past few weeks, so zero Mastodon presence during that time.
Over my holiday I managed to exceed my reading goal for last year with a total of 39 books read (2017). This year I'm setting the target at 45 books, hoping to get to at least 50 books (2018).
Hope everyone is doing well. It's a new year, we have new challenges and new ideas to work with.
I'm lucky to live in an area with soft water, but in the UK even after filtering our coffee / tea water I had to regularly descale everything, should have been done once a week where we lived in England. It affects the taste.
Same applies for filter coffee and tea pots. Even the kettle you use for boiling your water should be descaled regularly. Sometimes all you need is a bit of vinegar to soak with hot water, and that's all.
Have not been sick in a while, and began to believe I will manage the rest of the year without being sick.
Woke up with a sore throat today, and had to go and sit in the sauna just ease the pain in my sinuses with the heat and the steam. Hope it'll pass soon.
Good morning! It's always uncomfortable to wake up with a sore throat, like I did today. Hope it is gone soon.
Thinking about writing some short stories to keep up my pace from NaNoWriMo. Just have to wrap my head around end of year stuff.
Many have asked me how I feel about paying so much tax. My current income tax is around 30% + other tax. VAT is generally 24%, 14% for food, 10% for books.
I get freedom and a safety net. Education. I don't work 80 hours a week, I work just under 40 hours. I'm not expected to stay behind at work to bleed my brains out. If I'm in the office at 5pm, I get asked 'why are you still here?'. Parents can leave early to pick up their children from daycare, as long as they get the job done.
What I will be forever happy for is my free education, and the fact that my parents were free of the burden that many others face. I didn't need a college fund, I just had to be smart enough to pass entrance exams. And I studied, so hard.
We have public healthcare, with costs, but you will be given care when you need it. There are queues to operations, but you will get in.
We have parental leave that allows you to have kids without sacrificing your work. You get months off to be with your kid.
It used to baffle me when I was viewed like an exotic animal outside of Finland. "Ooooh, Finland, things are so great there, you must be so happy, everything must be so amazing, we don't get a lot of Finnish people here!" Many things are well.
But it's still not a magic wonderland, there are many things that still aren't well. Support for mental health care, trans rights, NEETs, education - Many things have dipped with our current government. Racism. Neo-nazis. "Nationalism".
Finland as an independent country turns 100 years today.
Happy birthday, Finland. 🇫🇮