Jani Kotakoski's blog -- RSS Feed all\n"http://kotakoski.fi/" Thoughts on science, sports and everything else Happy New Year 2018! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20180115-SofiaAtKanal http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20180115-SofiaAtKanal Sunday, 18th February, 2018 <?php $id = (string) "20180115-SofiaAtKanal"; ?> <h1>Happy New Year 2018!</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Happy New Year to anyone who stumbles onto my rarely updated website. As a thank you, here is a picture of Sofia meditating at the Donaukanal. </p> <b>Sofia at Donaukanal</b> (click to enlarge)</br> <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/fADq4BRqtRoZLfiE2"><img class="img_horiz" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/WPnycf67fWVNDvGR5BQXHUMcMylEtpHvuIcPswSz8Y9GeEMSoNnnTsqoV5cBFi8c6oBnuCBsT7bmLA7075iur2dMCsNJHFx2TOeIkEaDR8eXgfvzMqjA8_LukPXs0zIriSz16myKHw=w1440-h955-no" alt="Sofia" /></a> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> How to know where it\'s safe to submit? http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20151001-ThinkCheckSubmit http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20151001-ThinkCheckSubmit Thursday, 01st October, 2015 <?php $id = (string) "20151001-ThinkCheckSubmit"; ?> <h1>How to know where it's safe to submit?</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <a href="http://thinkchecksubmit.org/"><img class="f_r" src="files/tcs_tsk.png" alt="tcs_logo"/></a> <p> After finishing a research project, or a part of a project, one needs to decide how to make the outcome accessible to other scholars and the general public. The traditional way to do this is through academic journals which typically first prescan the work to check that the topic fits to the journal, and then perform prepublication peer review through other, often anonymous, scholars working in the same field. </p> <p> Since in many countries and institutes the scholars are evaluated partially based on the number of publications they produce, there is a clear incentive for publishing as many papers as possible. This has resulted in practise to publish the research in the smallest publishable units (<a href="http://blogs.nature.com/news/2014/05/global-scientific-output-doubles-every-nine-years.html">so-called "salami slicing"</a>), which is a significant factor in the growth in the number of scholarly publications (doubling every nine years). </p> <p> Simultaneously with the increased pressure to publish as much as possible, many funding agencies have started to demand publishing the research they fund as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access">open access (OA)</a>. This means that any member of the public will have access to the research outcome after publication. While in general a worthy goal, the rise of OA has spawned a not-so-worthy market for <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_open_access_publishing">predatory open access publishers</a>. </p> <p> The business model of these 'publishers' is to charge large amounts of money (up to several thousands of Euros) from the authors (or their funding agencies) as an "article processing charge" and either do a very bad job with the peer review or to skip it completely before posting the submitted work on their website. To make matters worse, there is no guarantee that the articles will remain accessible after the people behind such journals have lost their interest. Because the number of both legit and illegit publishers in any field is approaching hundreds, if not thousands, it has become increasingly difficult for an individual scholar to know which journals are worth contributing to. </p> <p> To address this issue, several international organisations and some individual publishers have now launched "<a href='http://thinkchecksubmit.org/'>Think. Check. Submit</a>", which is a campaign to help researchers navigate this issue. I wish the campaign will be a great success and will get a wide media coverage to spread the word. </p><p> <i>Through <a href="http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2015/10/01/think-check-submit-how-to-have-trust-in-your-publisher/">the scholarly kitchen</a>.</i> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Running this year http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150920-RunningIn2015 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150920-RunningIn2015 Monday, 21st September, 2015 <?php $id = (string) "20150920-RunningIn2015"; ?> <h1>Running this year</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> <a href="blog.php?blogpost=20150102-Sub3hMarathon">Some time ago</a> (in January, to be precise), I had great hopes for getting myself into shape for the Vienna City Marathon in April and to make a new PR somewhere below the magical three-hour-limit. Turns out it didn't quite work out that well. In any case, I did make my new personal best at <a href="http://www.vienna-marathon.com/?marathon=true&nummer=9376&runner=true&wantResult=2015">3:13:42</a> (ie, 4min 35s per kilometer). As you can see from the results-page, the university had registered me as an Austrian female for the race. In the W-35 category I finished 10th, which I personally think is quite good ;) </p><p> A couple months after the VCM the season's greatest challenge took place in Saltzburg: 100km race on the hills around the city. The weather was much worse than anybody could have expected with heavy rain and temperatures down below 10°C (in June in Austria -- incredible). Despite the additional challenges, I finished the race in <a href="http://www.maxfunsports.com/result/competition?ResultSearch[race_number]=&ResultSearch[first_name]=&ResultSearch[last_name]=Kotakoski&ResultSearch[year]=&ResultSearch[nation]=&ResultSearch[clubTeam]=&ResultSearch[category]=&id=866">12:39:34</a>, which is just 40min more than I had anticipated I could do in normal weather conditions. </p> <h2>Races until now</h2> <p><ul> <li>13.5.2006 &mdash; Helsinki City Run (half marathon): 1:29:16</li> <li>19.8.2006 &mdash; Helsinki City Marathon: 3:24:48 (1/2 1:37:04)</li> <li>15.9.2012 &mdash; Wachau Marathon: 3:28:27 (1/2 1:40:26)</li> <li>14.4.2013 &mdash; Vienna City Marathon: 3:18:14 (1/2 1:34:21)</li> <li>13.4.2014 &mdash; Vienna City Marathon (1/2): inofficial</li> <li>12.4.2015 &mdash; Vienna City Marathon: 3:13:42 (1/2 1:29:13)</li> <li>20.6.2015 &mdash; Mozart100 Ultra Marathon (100km): 12:39:34</li> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Update on the design http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150920-NewDesign http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150920-NewDesign Sunday, 20th September, 2015 <?php $id = (string) "20150920-NewDesign"; ?> <h1>Update on the design</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Since this website has been relatively static and quiet for the last couple of years, I felt that it was about the time for an update. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Introducing new family members http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150920-FamilyUpdate http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150920-FamilyUpdate Monday, 21st September, 2015 <?php $id = (string) "20150920-FamilyUpdate"; ?> <h1>Introducing new family members</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> After literally years of contamplating, we finally bit the bullet and went to visit the local shelter for abandoned cats. We ended up taking a taxi home with two little kittens (both presumably born in May this year). Let me introduce to you: <b>Muru</b> and <b>Usva</b>. <p> <center> <b>Muru</b> (click to enlarge)</br> <a href="https://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/i-96gwWMG/0/X3/i-96gwWMG-X3.jpg"><img class="img_horiz" src="https://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/i-96gwWMG/0/L/i-96gwWMG-L.jpg" alt="Muru" /></a> <br/> <br/> <b>Usva</b> (click to enlarge)</br> <a href="https://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/i-253R7Zv/0/X3/i-253R7Zv-X3.jpg"><img class="img_horiz" src="https://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/i-253R7Zv/0/L/i-253R7Zv-L.jpg" alt="Usva" /></a> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Disorder in Materials http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150920-DIM http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150920-DIM Monday, 21st September, 2015 <?php $id = (string) "20150920-DIM"; ?> <h1>Disorder in Materials</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Big news: <b>I started on a tenure track position in Vienna in September 2015</b>! </p><p> I was in the very fortunate situation where I ended up being able to select from two excellent offers from exactly the two universities where I most wanted to work. In the end the offers were very similar, and we made a decision as a family to stay in Vienna. It is no suprise to me that Vienna is constantly ranked as one of the best cities to live in. This is a great place. </p> <a href="http://dim.univie.ac.at/"><img class="img_horiz" src="./files/DiM_logo.png" alt="dim_logo"/></a> <p> My research group is called <a href="http://dim.univie.ac.at/">Disorder in Materials</a>. We made the logo of the group together with <a href="http://www.mostlyphysics.net/">Toma Susi</a>, who joined my group from the beginning. Now we need to get the offices and lab spaces renovated and start to setup the new equipment in there. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Sub-3h Marathon http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150102-Sub3hMarathon http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20150102-Sub3hMarathon Saturday, 03rd January, 2015 <?php $id = (string) "20150102-Sub3hMarathon"; ?> <h1>Sub-3h Marathon</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> That's it. That is my goal for this year's <a href="http://www.vienna-marathon.com/">Vienna City Marathon</a>. My personal best is a hair under 3:15 until now, and it will be two years old when the next VCM starts, so at least I had enough preparation time ;) </p><p> There is 14 weeks to go for the marathon now, and I need to start seriously planning my training... If I manage to pull that off (the planning and training, that is), that will be the first time in my life. In any case, I am relatively serious about this goal. If I was able to pull off sub-3:15 without good planning and proper training, doing things right should allow me to drop the last 15 minutes. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Mozart100 in Anticipation http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20141123-Mozart100inAnticipation http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20141123-Mozart100inAnticipation Sunday, 23rd November, 2014 <?php $id = (string) "20141123-Mozart100inAnticipation"; ?> <h1>Mozart100 in Anticipation</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> It turns out I am actually planning to do this. To run a 100 km race, that is. Which is very fitting, because I haven't done a marathon in 2014 (so I need to run at least twice that much in races next year). </p><p> I just signed up for the <a href="http://www.mozart100.com/">Mozart100</a> race to be held on 20.6.2015 in Salzburg. What this means is that I need to make a training plan and deside on new shoes to get, and to run, run and run. I already hear the Wienerwald calling :) </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> R-R-Running with R(Plotting GPS tracks and heart rate data) http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20140929-RRRunningWithR http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20140929-RRRunningWithR Tuesday, 30th September, 2014 <?php $id = (string) "20140929-RRRunningWithR"; ?> <h1>R-R-Running with R<br/>(Plotting GPS tracks and heart rate data)</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I have recently been toying around with the idea to get myself a bit better versed in modern tools used in data analysis and so-called big data. One of the often mentioned tools on this arena is <b>R</b>, the <a href="http://www.r-project.org/">free software environment for statistical computing and graphics</a>. Since I like to practice with new programming languages, I have already for a couple of months been looking for a good excuse to try R in a real application. </p> <p> Until recently, I have been logging all my running activities on online services, which have provided a nice overview on each of the runs individually and also a convenient way for browsing through old entries. However, this has always felt a bit silly&mdash;while having the data online is good for sharing on social media, for anything that interests just myself it is crazy. Nevertheless, unaware of any good offline tools for this purpose, I was stuck with the online solutions. As you can guess, this is where R came to the resque. I can't remember how it happened, but this Sunday I landed on <b>Mollie Taylor</b>'s blog, where she discussed <a href="http://blog.mollietaylor.com/2012/12/mapping-gps-tracks-in-r.html">Mapping GPS Tracks in R</a>. Now I had the long-awaited excuse for getting my hands dirty with R. </p> <h2>Obtaining data from the GPS watch</h2> <p> I already had the GPS and heart rate data from my <em>Garmin Forerunner 405</em> transferred to the harddrive with <b>Braiden Kindt</b>'s <a href="https://github.com/braiden/python-ant-downloader">python-ant-downloader</a>, and Mollie pointed out in her blog that the tcx files I had could be converted into csv using <a href="http://www.gpsbabel.org/">GPSBabel</a>. What I still needed to figure out myself was how to use <a href="http://www.openstreetmap.org/">OpenStreetMap</a> instead of data from one specific colossal corporation, how to include several plots within one figure and how to populate those plots with the data I wanted. </p> <h2>Calculating accurate distance from GPS data</h2> <p> The trickiest part turned out to be calculating accurate distances from the GPS coordinates. For reasons I can't fully comprehend, it turns out that almost everybody assumes that the Earth is a perfect ball when calculating the distance. This is obviously not true, and since I often run on different continents, I wanted to get this one nailed down. Of course, I wasn't the first one looking for a solution to this problem. The most reasonable implementation for R, by <b>Mario Pineda-Krch</b>, can be found on <a href="http://www.r-bloggers.com/great-circle-distance-calculations-in-r/">r-bloggers.com</a>. It is based on JavaScript code by <b>Chriss Veness</b> available at <a href="http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong-vincenty.html">movable-type.co.uk</a> (attribution license). (The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenty%27s_formulae">theory behind the method</a> is by <b>Thaddeus Vincenty</b>). Also this formula, however, disregards altitude variations, which can be significant if you like to run on hilly areas like I do. So, I needed to add that part myself. </p> <h2>Plotting the pace</h2> <p> Another point to consider was that the point-by-point pace information was much too noisy for being directly plotted from the data. I ended up solving this by calculating the average pace for each 100 m trek and plotting those instead of each individual point. The result seems to be reasonably good in terms of comparison with empirical analysis (pace variations while running). </p> <h2>End result</h2> <p> The end result from my Sunday coding is now R code, which produces results such as this one: </p> <p> <center> <img class="imgblog" src="pics/example.svg" alt="A 8.5 km run in New York City in 2014"/> <br/> <b>A 8.5 km run in New York City in 2014</b> </center> </p> <h2>Code is available on Github</h2> <p> The <tt>runmap</tt> code itself is available on <a href="https://github.com/jkkoski/runmap">github</a> under <a href="https://github.com/jkkoski/runmap/blob/master/LICENSE.txt">the MIT license</a>. I hope it will be useful also for others. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Open Notebook Science http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20140604-OpenScience http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20140604-OpenScience Wednesday, 04th June, 2014 <?php $id = (string) "20140604-OpenScience"; ?> <h1>Open Notebook Science</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I have been horrible with updating the blog recently, and I'm offering no excuses for this. The reason for this update is the <a href="https://wiki.univie.ac.at/display/KotakoskiON/">Open Notebook</a> which I established on the Wiki of University of Vienna. I will keep the notebook in the spirit of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_notebook_science">Open Notebook Science</a> for projects where this approach seems suitable. I wish I could do this with all of my projects, and I may indeed start to do this at some point, but for now I will just test the concept. The first project where I'll try this is <em>exfoliation and characterization of 2D crystals</em>, which we are carrying out with a couple of students here at the Uni. We'll start with mechanical exfoliation, and carry out optical microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy on the samples. Let's see how this goes. </p> <p> The main reason for trying this out is the need of centralized notebook for the project and the appeal of open science. The final push for trying this out came from a presentation by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Murray-Rust">Peter Murray-Rust</a> <a href="http://okfn.at/2014/05/19/peter-murray-rust-gast-fwf/">given yesterday (3.6.2014) in Vienna</a> (organized by the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austrian_Science_Fund">Austrian Science Fund</a>). </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Barefoot(ish) running http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130425-BarefootishRunning http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130425-BarefootishRunning Thursday, 25th April, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130425-BarefootishRunning"; ?> <h1>Barefoot(ish) running</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Since Fall 2012, I have been collecting minimalistic running shoes in the hope of starting to evolve a more naturalistic running style. The first pair I bought was the EVO I from <a href="http://www.vivobarefoot.com/">Vivobarefoot</a> (on the left in the image below), which I initially used at gym and for walking. Unfortunately, they seem to be a bad match for my feet: the toebox feels too large and the edge of the shoe above the heel irritates my skin. The next pair was the <a href="http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-BikilaLS-Mens.htm">Vibram Fivefingers Bikila LS</a> (on the right), which I bought in Finland a couple of months ago. The latest addition is the <a href="http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/30843M/0/Mens/Barefoot-Run-Vapor-Glove">Merrell Vapor Glove</a> (I have the green version; in the middle). Unfortunately, I didn't dare to really run in any of these before the <a href="http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130415-VCM2013">Vienna City Marathon</a> was done, except for a couple of really short runs (none of them were longer than 3km). I also recently ordered <a href="http://xeroshoes.com/">Xero Shoes</a> both for myself and our daughter. I'm eagerly awaiting their arrival within a week or two :) </p> <p> <center> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-vDCF9s3/0/S/20130328_205127-S.jpg" alt="Minimalistic shoe collection"/> <br/> <b>Minimalistic shoe collection</b> </center> </p> <p> Since the marathon on the 14th, I have been conditioning myself to the new stride involving a shorter step and a more pronounced forefoot strike. So far, I have finished four runs in about a week (<a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/168233243">5.71km</a>, <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/169004198">5.32km</a>, <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/169582429">5.19km</a> and <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/170648291">9.26km</a>). Initially, I felt some soreness in calfs and shins, but it has more or less disappeared already. Because of this, I don't think I have started too fast, although many people suggest an even lighter transition period. </p><p> On the one hand, the most interesting change in running so far has been the new springiness of legs with the shorter forefoot strike. It feels almost as if running on actual springs, which I really enjoy (my heels don't typically touch the ground at all while running with the new form). On the other hand, the strangest thing is the soreness of my toes, which started a day after the last run (the longest one so far). Honestly, I don't know whether it is due to running or not, but I have never felt anything like it, and therefore I'm inclined to attribute it to the forefoot strike. Now three days after the run (yes, I have had two rest days from running already) the toes feel already mostly ok. </p><p> After my transitioning period is over with the Fivefingers, I'm planning to try some actual barefoot running, as well as the rest of my collection. Or... maybe I should already go for the next run with the Merrells? In any case, looking at the great weather outside (it's sunny and about 25°C), and taking into account that our gym was closed today for no apparent reason, I think I will take a long lunch break and go for a run before continuing to work at home. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> VCM 2013: 3:18:14 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130415-VCM2013 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130415-VCM2013 Monday, 15th April, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130415-VCM2013"; ?> <h1>VCM 2013: 3:18:14</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I ran <a href="http://runkeeper.com/activity?userId=2583862&trip=167431405&fb_source=feed_opengraph">my third marathon</a> yesterday (14.4.2013) here in Vienna, Austria. I ended up making a new PR, despite some worries I had beforehand. </p> <p> My training was largely limited this year because of travel (in Austria, Germany, Finland and Spain), and partially also because of a really nasty cold in February. I ended up making only six runs in January and two in February. Luckily, in March I was able to log ten runs, although none of them were much longer than 20km. The weather was also exceptionally cold in Vienna this winter (I remember reading from somewhere that this was the coldest winter in Vienna in 130 years). </p> <p> The run itself went very smoothly until about 26km (the time for the first half marathon was 1:34:21). This was at about 11 o'clock. Then, the Sun started to show its power, and running became a struggle. Looking back at the readings from my GPS watch, the real problems started at 30km. At this point, I had to take a few extra walking steps after each refreshment point, which shows up clearly both in the pace and in the heart beat rate charts. Nevertheless, I managed to force myself to run until the end and finished the second half with 1:43:52. The official netto time for the full run was 3:18:14, which means I was able to shave away more than ten minutes from <a href="http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120918-BeenThereDoneThat">my previous race in Wachau</a>. </p> Out of all marathon runners, I finished with rank 688 (104 in M-30 class). I was the fastest runner carrying the Universität Wien shirt. Out of the 68 Finnish marathon runners, I was the sixth fastest. Overall, I am very happy with the result. <p> </p> <p> <center> <img class="imgblog" src="http://kotakoski.fi/photos/vcm2013_kotakoski_41km_334x501.jpg" alt="Runnning at about 41 km (Photo credit: Stella)"/> <br/> <b>Running at about 41 km (Photo credit: Stella)</b> </center> </p> <b>My races so far</b> <ul> <li>13.5.2006 &mdash; Helsinki City Run (half marathon): 1:29:16</li> <li>19.8.2006 &mdash; Helsinki City Marathon: 3:24:48 (1/2 1:37:04)</li> <li>15.9.2012 &mdash; Wachau Marathon: 3:28:27 (1/2 1:40:26)</li> <li>14.4.2013 &mdash; Vienna City Marathon: 3:18:14 (1/2 1:34:21)</li> </ul> <p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Two Months Gone http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130318-TwoMonthsGone http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130318-TwoMonthsGone Monday, 18th March, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130318-TwoMonthsGone"; ?> <h1>Two Months Gone</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Phew... After returning from Ulm, we headed to Finland for two weeks (collaboration at Aalto University and a workshop in Lapland). Then, we headed to Semmering with my sister's family for skiing. Having yet again stayed at home for a couple of days, I attended a winterschool in Kirchberg in Tirol. Since then, I have now been in Vienna for a bit more than a week, trying to get myself back into shape for the Vienna marathon which seems to be approaching faster than I'd hope for. In a week I will be heading to Barcelona for a couple of days, which means that now was a great opportunity to post something over here. </p> <p> In the meanwhile we got an article published in Nano Letters: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nl400321r">Scaling Properties of Charge Transport in Polycrystalline Graphene</a>. If you are interested in this work, but don't have access to the paper, have a look at my <a href="http://kotakoski.fi/publ.php">publication list</a> for a download link. </p> <p> Here are a couple of my favorite shots from the picture-a-day project for 2013 since the last post: <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2410681675&k=VrXNJdX&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-VrXNJdX/0/M/20130316_162749-M.jpg" alt="075&mdash;Swinging in Pink"/></a> <br/> <b>075&mdash;Swinging in Pink</b> </center> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2410680764&k=LpTFG4p&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-LpTFG4p/0/M/20130313_093930-M.jpg" alt="072&mdash;Matchbox in Light"/></a> <br/> <b>072&mdash;Matchbox in Light</b> </center> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2401524417&k=4hHZqBk&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-4hHZqBk/0/M/20130308_115056-M.jpg" alt="067&mdash;Squares, hexagons and circles"/></a> <br/> <b>067&mdash;Squares, hexagons and circles</b> </center> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2395555117&k=8m89wsM&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-8m89wsM/0/M/20130302_181416-M.jpg" alt="061&mdash;Red Clouds Over Tyrol"/></a> <br/> <b>061&mdash;Red Clouds Over Tyrol</b> </center> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2352315860&k=q2VkftB&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-q2VkftB/0/L/20130205_181924-L.jpg" alt="036&mdash;Helsinki"/></a> <br/> <b>036&mdash;Helsinki</b> </center> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2340446219&k=gg4KHzL&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-gg4KHzL/0/M/20130128_092016-M.jpg" alt="028&mdash;No 66"/></a> <br/> <b>028&mdash;No 66</b> </center> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2326569696&k=mBpd8RX&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-mBpd8RX/0/M/20130119_182213-M.jpg" alt="019&mdash;Echt schwäbische Wibele"/></a> <br/> <b>019&mdash;Echt schwäbische Wibele</b> </center> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> A Leaf and an Icicle http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130118-LeafAndIcicle http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130118-LeafAndIcicle Friday, 18th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130118-LeafAndIcicle"; ?> <h1>A Leaf and an Icicle</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Last two from Ulm. I'm heading back home tomorrow morning after a 10-day trip. About a time ;) </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2324396333&k=z2Zxbp3&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-z2Zxbp3/0/M/20130117_083123-M.jpg" alt="017 -- Last Year's Model"/></a> <br/> <b>017&mdash;Last Year's Model</b> </center> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2325466124&k=cLrXpvp&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-cLrXpvp/0/M/20130118_131644-M.jpg" alt="018 -- Icicle"/></a> <br/> <b>018&mdash;Icicle</b> </center> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> 015 &mdash; 016 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130116-015-016 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130116-015-016 Wednesday, 16th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130116-015-016"; ?> <h1>015 &mdash; 016</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Two latest daily shots. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2321522545&k=hRt7Vv5&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-hRt7Vv5/0/M/20130115_074739-M.jpg" alt="015 -- Something's Cooking"/></a> <br/> <b>015&mdash;Something's Cooking</b> </center> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2322888760&k=wJ23QpW&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-wJ23QpW/0/M/20130116_082137-M.jpg" alt="016 -- Bent Under the Weight"/></a> <br/> <b>016&mdash;Bent Under the Weight</b> </center> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Hiding in The Shadows http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130114-HidingInTheShadows http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130114-HidingInTheShadows Monday, 14th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130114-HidingInTheShadows"; ?> <h1>Hiding in The Shadows</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> A quick one from today. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2319833397&k=gkHs294&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-gkHs294/0/M/20130114_151317-M.jpg" alt="014 -- Hiding in the Shadows"/></a> <br/> <b>014&mdash;Hiding in the Shadows</b> </center> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Wiblingen http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130113-012-013-Wiblingen http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130113-012-013-Wiblingen Sunday, 13th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130113-012-013-Wiblingen"; ?> <h1>Wiblingen</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> We had a long but rewarding 12-hour day at work yesterday. When we finished, there was just time for a quick shot before we went for dinner and, afterwards, for a few beers. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2317929920&k=8Q2Ts9X&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-8Q2Ts9X/0/M/20130112_215210-M.jpg" alt="012 -- Snowscape"/></a> <br/> <b>012&mdash;Snowscape</b> </center> </p><p> Today, after sleeping for about 4 hours, we went for a walk with Franz to Wiblingen where we stayed 3 months with the family back in 2011. This shot is from behind the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiblingen_Abbey">Kloster Wiblingen</a>. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2317955583&k=47DMmLc&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-47DMmLc/0/M/20130113_135105-M.jpg" alt="013 -- Entrance"/></a> <br/> <b>013&mdash;Entrance</b> </center> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Update From Ulm http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130111-009-011-UpdateFromUlm http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130111-009-011-UpdateFromUlm Friday, 11th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130111-009-011-UpdateFromUlm"; ?> <h1>Update From Ulm</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I arrived in Ulm for a research visit two days ago. Preparing samples and catching up with friends kept me too busy for uploading the most recent photos. Today I took a couple of hours off before returning to work tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Here they come. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2315097118&k=42jq7jf&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-42jq7jf/0/M/20130109_150526-M.jpg" alt="009 -- Yellow Pole"/></a> <br/> <b>009&mdash;Yellow Pole</b> </center> </p><p> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2315099901&k=xQk6kjf&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-xQk6kjf/0/M/20130110_095258-M.jpg" alt="010 -- Hanging"/></a> <br/> <b>010&mdash;Hanging</b> </center> </p><p> </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2315103379&k=LBgQMc3&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-LBgQMc3/0/M/20130111_084058-M.jpg" alt="011 -- Branching Out"/></a> <br/> <b>011&mdash;Branching Out</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot 008/365&mdash;Snow Cover http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130108-008-SnowCover http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130108-008-SnowCover Tuesday, 08th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130108-008-SnowCover"; ?> <h1>Shot 008/365&mdash;Snow Cover</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> We got some snow today :) Admittedly it melted as soon as it landed, but it kept snowing for the whole day. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2310857071&k=M8m8n4t&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-M8m8n4t/0/M/20130108_095219-M.jpg" alt="008 -- Snow Covered"/></a> <br/> <b>008&mdash;Snow Covered</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot 007/365&mdash;The Dark Hours http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130107-007-TheDarkHours http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130107-007-TheDarkHours Monday, 07th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130107-007-TheDarkHours"; ?> <h1>Shot 007/365&mdash;The Dark Hours</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Today's shot. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2309371740&k=pcW6nkt&lb=1&s=A"> <img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-pcW6nkt/0/L/20130107_172207-L.jpg" alt="007 -- The Dark Hours"/></a> <br/> <b>007&mdash;The Dark Hours</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot 006/365&mdash;New Life http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130106-006-NewLife http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130106-006-NewLife Sunday, 06th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130105-006-NewLife"; ?> <h1>Shot 006/365&mdash;New Life</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Today's shot. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2307264851&k=GsTjLk8&lb=1&s=A"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-GsTjLk8/0/M/20130106_154010-M.jpg" alt="006 -- New Life"/></a> <br/> <b>006&mdash;New Life</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot 005/365&mdash;5.1. http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130105-005-5-1 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130105-005-5-1 Sunday, 06th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130105-005-5-1"; ?> <h1>Shot 005/365&mdash;5.1.</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Here we go again. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2307010670&k=F8LGgzQ&lb=1&s=A"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-F8LGgzQ/0/M/20130105_225935-pink-M.jpg" alt="005 -- 5.1."/></a> <br/> <b>005&mdash;5.1.</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot 004/365&mdash;J http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130104-J http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130104-J Friday, 04th January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130104-J"; ?> <h1>Shot 004/365&mdash;J</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Yet another shot taken during the evening. I'll try to up my game tomorrow. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2304471925&k=9ZQFmx8&lb=1&s=A"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-9ZQFmx8/0/M/20130104_193853-M.jpg" alt="004 -- J"/></a> <br/> <b>004&mdash;J</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot 003/365&mdash;Genie of the Bottle http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130103-GenieOfTheBottle http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130103-GenieOfTheBottle Thursday, 03rd January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130103-GenieOfTheBottle"; ?> <h1>Shot 003/365&mdash;Genie of the Bottle</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Here comes the third shot of the year. Should've taken one while we were in the city. Alas, here comes another shot taken at home. A bottle cork carved by our daughter. Scary, huh? </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2302853895&k=QCjgQ5Q&lb=1&s=A"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-QCjgQ5Q/0/M/20130103_184053-M.jpg" alt="003 -- Genie of the Bottle"/></a> <br/> <b>003&mdash;Genie of The Bottle</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Happy New Year 2013! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130102-HappyNewYear http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130102-HappyNewYear Wednesday, 02nd January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130102-HappyNewYear"; ?> <h1>Happy New Year 2013!</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> After slacking with my photography for the whole year 2012 (and quite a bit of the previous years as well), I have reestablished my <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/">Smugmug account</a> and started another picture-a-day projects: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/">365 days of 2013</a>. Below is the first of the bunch. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2299523065&k=JPGZFjs&lb=1&s=A"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-JPGZFjs/0/M/20130101_174037-M.jpg" alt="001 -- Goodbye, 2012!" /></a> <br/> <b>001 -- Goodbye, 2012!</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Fitness Roundup for 2012 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130102-FitnessRoundup http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130102-FitnessRoundup Wednesday, 02nd January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130102-FitnessRoundup"; ?> <h1>Fitness Roundup for 2012</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> According to <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/">Runkeeper</a>, I logged about 1060 km of running in 2012. As far as my memory serves, the running took place at least in Austria, Finland, Singapore, Netherlands and Spain. Quite a few of the runs were very painful to my legs, especially around August and September, probably due to overtraining. Nevertheless, I managed to finish my second marathon ever in Wachau with time 3:28:35, which is behind my goal (3:24), but ok taking into account the circumstances. </p> <p> For 2013, the plan is to increase the total distance as well as beat my personal best from Helsinki City Marathon in 2006 (3:24:23). The first try is going to be in April, at the <a href="http://www.vienna-marathon.com/">Vienna City Marathon</a>. </p><p> Regarding fitness beyond running, I also did my personal best in bench press in 2012, and was able to more-or-less stick to my planned training program at the gym. The goals for next year involve getting stronger and leaner, as usual. I will aim at three gym trainings per week with 2-3 runs and a Krav Maga training once a week. That should keep me reasonably busy. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> #002 Suspended http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130102-002-Suspended http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20130102-002-Suspended Wednesday, 02nd January, 2013 <?php $id = (string) "20130102-002-Suspended"; ?> <h1>#002 Suspended</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Here comes the second shot for the <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013">365-day-project of 2013</a>. The subject matter is boring, but I'm quite happy with the shot. </p> <p> <center> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/27353811_VBBPTZ#!i=2301439397&k=287dJd8&lb=1&s=A"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2013/i-287dJd8/0/M/20130102_212422-M.jpg" alt="002 -- Suspended" /></a> <br/> <b>002 -- Suspended</b> </center> </p><p> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Lise Meitner&ndash;fellowship 2013&ndash;2014 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20121005-LiseMeitner http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20121005-LiseMeitner Friday, 05th October, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20121005-LiseMeitner"; ?> <h1>Lise Meitner&ndash;fellowship 2013&ndash;2014</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Although I''m still waiting for the official email or letter, the <a href="http://www.fwf.ac.at/asp/projekt_res.asp?L=E&SITZ_ID=856&Typ=K&SitzNr=40&BEGINN=01.10.2012&ENDE=03.10.2012">FWF website</a> (you need to click through until the second-to-last page from the links at the bottom, or type in my name <a href="http://www.fwf.ac.at/en/projects/projekt_datenbank.asp">here</a>) tells me that my Lise Meitner application "<i>Tailoring of 2D materials beyond graphene</i>" (M1481) has been approved for funding this last Monday (1.10.2012). </p><p> As described at the website of the program, Lise Meitner fellowships are targeted at "<i>[h]ighly qualified scientists of any discipline who could contribute to the scientific development of an Austrian research institution by working at it.</i>" The fellowship relieves me from teaching duties, gives me a modest salary increase and&mdash;more importantly&mdash; allows us to hire a new post-doc for the two years for which I will take a leave from my current 6-year University Assistant position at the University of Vienna. </p><p> What a nice end for the last couple of weeks of writing somewhat larger applications for three different funding agencies in Vienna, Helsinki and Brussels :) </p> </div> <hr class='pglimit'/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Wachau 2012 &mdash; 3:28:17 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120918-BeenThereDoneThat http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120918-BeenThereDoneThat Thursday, 20th September, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120918-BeenThereDoneThat"; ?> <h1>Wachau 2012 &mdash; 3:28:17</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> The <a href='http://www.wachaumarathon.com/'>Wachau Marathon</a> was this last Sunday. The weather was perfect and all went fine. </p><p> What an anti-climax after all the suffering before the run. </p><p> I started by following the guy with the 3:29:59 sign, but got bored at about 5 km since the pace was slower than what I felt comfortable with. At 5.6 km I was number 225 in the race. At 10 km I was #196, at 21.1 km #134, at 33.2 km #116, and finally when crossing the finishing line #113. My pace was very much constant throughout the race (average 4:56 per km) except for the last couple of kilometers which went somewhat slower. My average heart beat rate was 176 bpm (max 187 bpm). </p><p> At least I know I can still run a marathon 6 years after my first one. All the stats are available here: <a href='http://results1.pentek-timing.at/results/show_results_detail.php?v=11763&b=3&s=9247'>a link to the official website</a>. </p><p> </div> <hr class='pglimit'/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Never-Ending Pain? http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120903-NeverendingPain http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120903-NeverendingPain Monday, 15th January, 2018 <?php $id = (string) "20120903-NeverendingPain"; ?> <h1>Never-Ending Pain?</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Right now I have two weeks to go before the marathon... and to be honest, I'm a bit scared. Mainly because the legs still hurt. I was hoping to get rid of the pain by running less frequently, but that itself hasn't worked (yet). </p> <p> Since the last post, I have done only two runs: <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/113516670">21.09 km</a> and <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/114715682">16.65 km</a>. The first one was weird since I had pain in my left calf at about 1.5 km which was much worse than the pain I have been having in my right leg recently. I massaged the calf for a while and continued running, and didn't pay too much attention to the right leg during the rest of the run. However, I probably ran with a strange technique since for the second run both of my legs hurt more than ever before. It took me 5 km in agony thinking about quitting the run before the pain eased and I was able to continue with my normal pace until the end of the 16.65 km run. </p><p> After the run (that was yesterday) I've been trying to apply heat on my legs as well as massage them gently to make them better... and, fingers crossed, right now it feels like it could be working. Tomorrow I will have another gym day before the next run, which I wish will finally be pain-free. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> UhOh http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120826-UhOh http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120826-UhOh Sunday, 26th August, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120802-UhOh"; ?> <h1>UhOh</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> It's been a wee bit longer than it should have since my last update. There are two reasons for this. The first one I like: we went to <a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/100061319416663890162/albums/5778475652834536305?authkey=CNOCxuz7h_bQKg">Salzkammergut</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/100061319416663890162/albums/5778478434717120401?authkey=CLet47j8mPzZ2wE">Salzburg</a> for a short vacation (click on the links for photos). The Salzkammergut-region especially was awesome. Great mountains and caves, including one of the longest cave systems in Europe (<a href="http://www.dachstein-salzkammergut.com/en/summer/below-ground/dachstein-mammut-cave/">Mammuth&ouml;hle</a>). We had a great time at the mountains and hiking down from <a href="http://www.dachstein-salzkammergut.com/en/summer/above-ground/5fingers/">Dachstein (&gt; 2 km)</a>. </p> <center> <img class="imgblog" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-W8Eagcr7ig8/UDFFWWSnu8I/AAAAAAAACo8/iK6fp_x7TIo/s953/20120815_122325_01.jpg" alt="Dachstein" /> <br/><br/> <b>A view of Dachstein from the Rieseneish&ouml;hle</b> </center> <p> The other reason is not equally nice. Actually, I have only done 5 runs since the last post: <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/107198944">9.31</a>, <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/107970735">17.29</a>, <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/108513321">9.35</a>, <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/111743647">19.78</a> and <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/112764001">9.34</a> km, ie, less than 70 km in about three weeks. This is something like half of what I should have done, and it is because of an intense pain in what I think is my right <i>Tibialis Anterior</i> muscle. My hope is that by less extreme training and by taking supplements for magnesium and potassium I will get it to ease so that I can finish the marathon in three weeks. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Another 30km this week http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120802-Another30km http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120802-Another30km Thursday, 02nd August, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120802-Another30km"; ?> <h1>Another 30km this week</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> The planned gym day yesterday changed into reading books to our daughter. My excuse is that I seldomly have the time during normal weeks (I'm on vacation atm). However, the run this morning was a longer one than what I had anticipated. </p> To avoid draining my energy during the run, I has some pasta for supper yesterday. This is very much contrary to what I usually do since I tend to skip the supper completely and run with an empty stomach in the morning. However, it worked wonders; the only problem I had during the run today (after the first 1-2 km when the pain in my legs disappeared) was due to the heat. I started at 6:45 am so that for the first 20 km the temperature was perhaps 22-24°C, but by the time I was done with the <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/106448929">34 km</a> it was already 26°C. </p><p> Alltogether, the run today was very nice &mdash; even the time <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/106448929">2:29:24 (4:23 min/km)</a> (which excludes 3-4 water pauses) was good. As a result, I feel much more confident than two days ago after the first 30 km. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> First 30km in a While http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120731-First30km http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120731-First30km Tuesday, 31st July, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120731-First30km"; ?> <h1>First 30km in a While</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> It somehow so happened that I had a 3-day break between the previous blog post and the next run. I could dive into the details, but to save everybody's time, it's probably fair enough to conclude that I was a bit lazy. </p> <p> Anyway, the next run I did (on 27th), I did with our 5-yo daughter on her bike (which by the way is one of my favorite ways to do sports). We did <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/105365570">about 10 km</a> (Runkeeper hasn't been working after I upgraded to Android 4.0.4 - go figure) in about 0:43:11, ie, 4:36 min/km. </p><p> Since this didn't feel like much, I set my alarm for the next morning at 5:30 am and went to bed early for a longer run next morning. For whatever reason, I unfortunately woke up at about 3 am and couldn't get sleep for another 30-45 min, so I delayed the alarm until 6:05, when I finally got up for the run. </p><p> Regarding the run itself, to put a long story short, almost everything was difficult: my legs hurt, my ass hurt even more, it was too hot, I didn't have enough energy, etc. It was pain from the first meter to the last one. Somehow I still managed to do <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/activity/105627519">nearly 30 km</a>, but it definitely showed that the marathon will not be as easy as I perhaps was hoping it would be. </p><p> Now I've had a day's rest and will hit the gym tomorrow, but the day after that I need to be running again. I'm thinking about 20 km, but we'll see &mdash; the +30°C weather we've been having is merciless. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Wachau Marathon 2012 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120725-WachauMarathon http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120725-WachauMarathon Thursday, 26th July, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120725-WachauMarathon"; ?> <h1>Wachau Marathon 2012</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I just signed up for the <a href="http://www.wachaumarathon.com/index.php?id=16&L=0">Wachau Marathon</a>, which will take place on September the 16th, ie, in seven weeks. </p> <p> My previous marathon experience is limited &mdash; I have only done it once, in Helsinki in 2006 (with a time of <a href='http://www.marathontulokset.com/ilmo2/results_show.php?serie=HCM_M_18&hcmyear=2006&hcmid=1&base=results_hcm2006'>3:24:23</a>, ie, 4:51 min/km on average). That was before finishing my doctorate, before I moved abroad and before our daughter was born. Back in 2006 the first marathon was one of the events which marked the end of a 6-year long period in my life as an undergrad and a Ph.D. student and not being a parent. </p> <p> Quite some water has flown in the Danube river since then. Now I have been a postdoc for more than five years and in three different countries, our daughter will start school next year and we have recently settled in our latest country of residence (Austria). During the intervening years I had several excuses for not running enough: "family oblications", "too much work", moving and traveling all the time which resulted in breaks in running, etc. However, this year I have nevertheless kept up with the running (and gym training, but that's another story). Although I've been putting much less hours per week into training than what I customarily did in 2006, I have nevertheless done enough kilometers to be confident that I can run a marathon again. </p> <p> Similar to my first marathon, I'm again planning to start a new period in my life by this run. However, this time I will do my best to keep up with running and gym training. To me, a marathon a year sounds like a good goal for this. </p> <p> Since April 2011 I've been tracking my running with <a href="http://runkeeper.com/user/jkkoski/">Runkeeper</a>, which allows me to go back to check my training for the past 16 months. I'm quite sure that there are some runs which are not recorded in there, but at least this gives a tentative picture. </p> <center><img class="imgblog" src="http://kotakoski.fi/pics/20120725-total.svg" /><p><b>Total distance in each month in kilometers</b></p></center> <p> Obviously, even the totals for the previous and current months are not very high (this month will be above 200 km eventually). However, for example in July I have by now done four runs of 20 km or more with paces in the range from 4:30 to 4:06 min/km and without any problems during or after the runs. </p><p> Now I have about three weeks to get my distances up to 30 km and then four more to cool off before the big event. Wish me luck! </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> New on the site: RSS feed http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120725-RSS http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120725-RSS Thursday, 26th July, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120725-RSS"; ?> <h1>New on the site: RSS feed</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I have no proper reason to give for why it took me this long to implement an RSS feed to the blog. It may have something to do with the update frequency though... </p> <p> Anyway, now it is finally implemented and <b>you can subscribe</b> by clicking the button right here:<br/><br/> <img src="./pics/feed-icon-28x28.png" alt="RSS" /> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Tiedejulkaisemisen noidankehää murtamassa http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120621-Tiedejulkaisemisen_noidankehaa_murtamassa http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120621-Tiedejulkaisemisen_noidankehaa_murtamassa Thursday, 26th July, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120621-Tiedejulkaisemisen_noidankehaa_murtamassa"; ?> <h1>Tiedejulkaisemisen noidankehää murtamassa</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <hr/> <br/> <p> <i>Tämä kirjoitus julkaistaan <a href="http://www.tiedetoimittajat.fi/?sivu=lehti">Tiedetoimittaja</a>-lehden heinäkuun numerossa 2012.</i> </p><br/><hr/><p> <b>Jani Kotakoski</b> and <b>Toma Susi</b> </p><hr/><p> <b>Arabikevään mukaan nimetty akateeminen kevät -protestiliike alkoi matemaatikkojen Elsevier-kustantajaa vastaan suunnattuna protestina. Tutkijat kamppailevat entistä riippumattomamman tieteellisen julkaisemisen puolesta kaupallisten kustantajien ylivaltaa vastaan.</b> </p><p> <br/> Arabikevään mukaan nimetty akateeminen kevät -protestiliike on jäänyt suomalaisessa mediassa varsin vähälle huomiolle. Muualla maailmassa se on herättänyt kiinnostusta myös ei-akateemisille suunnatuissa julkaisuissa, esimerkiksi aihetta laajasti käsitelleessä englantilaisessa The Guardian -lehdessä. Sosiaalisen median katalysoiman liikkeen saama julkisuus on nopeasti lisännyt kansalaisten ja päättäjien tietoisuutta tieteellisen julkaisemisen ongelmista, mikä näyttäisi johtavan muutoksiin kansainvälisessä tiedepolitiikassa. <br/> </p><p> Liikkeen tavoite on saattaa tutkimustulokset kaikkien saataville, kun julkaisutoiminta tällä hetkellä keskittyy voittoa tavoitteleville yrityksille. Viimeksi liikettä tukevien tutkijoiden ja kustantajien välit tulehdutti suurimman tieteellisten lehtien kaupallisen kustantajan Elsevierin tuki Yhdysvaltain edustajainhuoneen Research Works Act (RWA) -lakialoitteelle, joka pyrki estämään liittovaltion – eli veronmaksajien – rahoittaman tutkimuksen avoimen julkaisemisen. </p><p> Itse protesti sai alkunsa kun Cambridgen professori ja Fields-mitalisti Timothy Gowers toivoi tammikuisessa blogissaan sivustoa, jonka kautta matemaatikot voisivat irtisanoutua työskentelemästä Elsevierin hyväksi. New Yorkin yliopiston tohtoriopiskelija Tyler Neylon toteutti pian Gowersin toiveen, ja vain kaksi päivää myöhemmin <a href="http://thecostofknowledge.com">thecostofknowledge.com</a> alkoi kerätä tutkijoiden nimiä boikottiin. Nyt kesäkuun alussa sivustolle on kertynyt jo yli 12 000 allekirjoitusta, eikä suinkaan pelkästään matemaatikoilta. </p><p> <b>Kustantajat keräävät taloudellisen hyödyn</b> </p><p> Tutkijoiden ja kustannusyhtiöiden huonojen välien perimmäinen syy on tutkimusartikkelien päätyminen kustantajien yksityisomistukseen huolimatta siitä, että tieteentekijät tukevat työtä merkittävällä ilmaisella työpanoksella. Tutkijathan paitsi tekevät tutkimukset myös vertaisarvioivat artikkelit ja usein vielä toimittavat julkaisut. Yliopistokirjastot puolestaan joutuvat ostamaan kustantajalta satojen lehtien niputettuja tilauksia, joten lehtiin uppoaa vuosi vuodelta kasvava osuus niiden budjeteista. Suuret kaupalliset kustantamot tahkoavat samaan aikaan ennätyksellisiä tuloksia. Elsevierin viime vuoden 883 miljoonan euron liikevoitto esimerkiksi oli huikeat 37.3 prosenttia liikevaihdosta. </p><p> Julkaisijoista nimenomaan Elsevierin maine on tahriintunut myös useissa skandaaleissa. Yrityksen Australian osasto esimerkiksi julkaisi vuosina 2000–2005 lääke- ja kemikaaliyritys Merckin sponsoroimia artikkelikokoelmia vertaisarvioitujen julkaisusarjojen asussa. Elsevierin emoyhtiö puolestaan tuki asekauppaa järjestämällä isoja maanpuolustusnäyttelyitä, kunnes tutkijoiden äänekäs vastustus lopetti tämän toiminnan vuonna 2007. Elsevier on myös toistuvasti julkaissut artikkeleita ilman vertaisarviointia, plagioituja tutkimuksia ja jopa kokonaisia artikkeleita jotka on myöhemmin jouduttu vetämään takaisin. </p><p> <b>Urajärjestelmien noidankehä</b> </p><p> Tämänvuotinen protesti ei ole ensimmäinen laatuaan. Vuonna 2001 yli 30 000 allekirjoittajaa lupautui olemaan julkaisematta tutkimusartikkeleitaan niiden avointa saatavuutta vastustavien kustantajien lehdissä. Kustantajat eivät kuitenkaan juuri reagoineet protestiin, eikä tutkijoilla tuolloin juuri ollut vaihtoehtoisia julkaisukanavia. </p><p> Akateemisen julkaisemisen noidankehän syy on urajärjestelmien luonne: tutkijoiden suoriutumista mitataan tavallisesti laskemalla julkaisuja perinteikkäissä arvostetuissa tutkimuslehdissä, joista kaupalliset julkaisijat omistavat suurimman osan. Avoimen verkkojulkaisemisen merkitys on kuitenkin kasvanut, erityisesti kun yksi edellisen kampanjan johtajista, Berkeleyn yliopiston geneetikko Michael Eisenin, perusti viisi vuotta sitten Public Library of Science (PLoS) -lehtiryppään. </p><p> <b>Elsevier nöyrtyi</b> </p><p> Elsevier on vastannut tutkijoiden protestiin useilla avoimilla kirjeillä. Alkuun niissä korostettiin julkaisijoiden roolia tutkimuksen tason takeena. Tällaisten väitteiden tueksi ei kuitenkaan ole vahvaa todistusaineistoa, sillä esimerkiksi vertaisarvioitujen lehtien tason mittarina usein käytettävä ns. vaikuttavuuskerroin (impact factor) korreloi huolestuttavalla tavalla takaisin vedettyjen tutkimusten määrän kanssa. </p><p> Helmikuun lopussa, mahdollisesti allekirjoitusten määrän ja asian saaman negatiivisen julkisuuden säikäyttämänä, Elsevier veti tukensa RWA-lakialoitteelta, joka muutamaa tuntia myöhemmin kuopattiin kokonaan. Protestin taustavoimat eivät kuitenkaan ole vakuuttuneita kustantajien aidosta halusta muutokseen. He pikemminkin haluavat kokonaan eroon voittoa tavoittelevista kustannusyhtiöistä kehittääkseen julkaisutoiminta aidosti uudelleen. </p><p> <b>Tutkimusrahoittajat mukaan</b> </p><p> Myös tutkimusrahoittajat ovat nyt ottamassa aiempaa aktiivisemman roolin. Huhtikuussa liikkeen tavoitteiden taakse asettautui maailman toiseksi suurin yksityinen tutkimusrahoittaja Wellcome Trust ja Iso-Britannian yliopisto- ja tiedeministeri David Willets <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/09/wellcome-trust-academic-spring">[1]</a>. Pian tämän jälkeen Euroopan komissio ilmoitti, että se asettaa avoimen verkkojulkaisemisen Horizon 2020 -puiteohjelman 80 miljardin euron rahoituksen ehdoksi <a href="http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/05/horizon-2020-a-80-billion-battle.html">[2]</a>. Valkoiselle talolle tehtiin samanaikaisesti sosiaalisessa mediassa laajalti levitetty kansalaisvetoomus avoimen verkkosaatavuuden ulottamisesta kaikkeen Yhdysvaltain liittovaltion rahoittamaan tutkimukseen <a href="https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ">[3]</a>. Vetoomus saavutti vaaditun 25 000 allekirjoituksen rajan 4. kesäkuuta, joten presidentti Obaman hallinnon täytyy vastata siihen virallisesti. </p><p> Akateeminen kevät on tehnyt selväksi, että yhä useampi kaupallisten akateemisten kustantajien voittoja ilmaisella työllään ruokkivista tutkijoista tiedostaa nykyisen järjestelmän ongelmat. Näyttää myös, että protestiliikkeen keräämä laaja julkisuus on saanut eri maiden hallitukset kannattamaan liikkeen vaatimuksia, etenkin koska avoimen julkaisemisen odotetaan tuovan merkittäviä säästöjä. Tieteellisen julkaisemisen noidankehä näyttää siis olevan murroksen partaalla – halusivat julkaisijat sitä tai eivät. </p><hr/><p> <br/> <i>Kirjoittajat ovat boikottiin liittyneitä materiaalifysiikan tutkijoita. FT Jani Kotakoski on Helsingin yliopiston dosentti ja Wienin yliopiston yliopistoassistentti. TT Toma Susi on tutkija Aalto-yliopistossa.</i> <br/><br/> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> On academic publishing, open access & Elsevier http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120129-on-academic-publishing-open-access-elsevier http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120129-on-academic-publishing-open-access-elsevier Sunday, 29th January, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120129-on-academic-publishing-open-access-elsevier"; ?> <h1>On academic publishing, open access & Elsevier</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I was recently approached by an editor of a well-known academic journal&#8212;published by Elsevier&#8212;asking me to review a submitted manuscript. Although I have occasionally published in their journals, reviewed for them, and even participated in conferences organized by them, a recent flow of negative press regarding Elsevier's actions caused me to decline carrying out any free work for them. </p><p> Specifically, I cited the following articles published by the Guardian: <ul> <li>"<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/may/09/bad-science-medical-journals-companies">The danger of drugs ... and data</a>" (9 May 2009, by Ben Goldacre)</li> <li>"<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jan/16/academic-publishers-enemies-science">Academic publishers have become the enemies of science</a>" (16 January 2012, by Mike Taylor)</li> </ul> </p><p> For links to discussion on the topic elsewhere, see the end of this post. </p><p> Clearly, I'm by far not the only one to have refused to work for Elsevier recently. In fact, already 1441 researchers have signed a pledge at <a href="http://thecostofknowledge.com/">The Cost of Knowledge</a> refusing to publish in, refereeing for, and/or doing editorial work for Elsevier. There is also a pledge called <a href="http://www.researchwithoutwalls.org/">Research Without Walls</a>&#8212;at the moment signed by 432 researches&#8212;stating that the signatories <div class="quote"><i>"...will assist in the peer review process (as a reviewer, board/committee member, chair, editor, etc.) only for conferences, journals, and other publication venues that make all accepted publications available to the public for free via the web."</i></div> </p><p> Apparently Elsevier is taking this movement relatively seriously since I received a response signed by Rob van Daalen. To provide their view on the topic I quote his reply below in full: </p><p> <div class="quote"> <i> Dear Dr. Kotakoski,<br/> <br/> I have been informed that you rejected to review for [an Elsevier journal], which is a very unfortunate. As publisher of the journal I would like to add a shade of meaning to the articles published by the Guardian on which you have based your decision.<br/> <br/> 1) From 2000 to 2005, our Australia office published a series of sponsored article compilation publications, on behalf of pharmaceutical clients, that were made to look like journals and lacked the proper disclosures. This was an unacceptable practice, and we regret that it took place. This was an isolated practice from a past period in time and it does not reflect the way we operate today. The individuals involved in the project have long since left the company. Our CEO has affirmed our business practices as they relate to what defines a journal and the proper use of disclosure language with our employees to ensure this does not happen again.<br/> <br/> We will continue to partner with all scientists and clinical investigators, including those in the pharmaceutical industry, to help communicate the findings of high-quality, peer-reviewed medical research. We have strict disclosure rules in place so that readers are aware of any financial interests behind a specific article or journal, or when entire compilation products are created for pharmaceutical marketing purposes.<br/> <br/> 2) Our support for the Research Works Act comes down to a question of preferring voluntary partnership with government agencies and other funders to promote access to research works, rather than being subjected to inflexible government mandates like the NIH policy, which don't take into account the needs of different journals.<br/> <br/> One of Elsevier's primary missions is to work towards providing universal access to high-quality scientific information in sustainable ways. We support the bipartisan bill, which seeks to prevent US government policies, like the one imposed by the NIH, that mandate the dissemination of journal articles published and funded by the private sector. Elsevier and other publishers have embraced and nurtured a whole range of access options to ensure broad dissemination - author pays journals, delayed access, manuscript posting, and patient access, to name a few. We've worked constructively with a number of government agencies to develop new ways to expand access to journal articles reporting on, analyzing and interpreting agency-funded research. But like other publishers and societies we have always opposed the adoption or extension of the NIH policy, which restricts the author's freedom to choose where to publish and undermines the sustainability of journals published by the private sector. The legislation is an effort to prevent such unsustainable policies.<br/> <br/> Elsevier has been continually expanding access to content. In fact, we were the first and largest contributor to PubMed Central as part of the NIH's voluntary posting pilot in 2005. What we're opposed to is the mandate that forces us to contribute our content to PubMed Central, and potentially other platforms, in ways that aren't sustainable to commercial and non-profit publishers. That's why publishers are fighting these government mandates even if it means taking an unpopular stance.<br/> <br/> For several years, Elsevier has been a major partner in three information philanthropy initiatives. Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) and Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) are aimed at those countries that have the least amount of access to information resources. In most advanced countries, access to research is not a pressing problem for researchers, when compared to other issues, such as funding. In the poorest countries, it is a more fundamental barrier. Publishers like Elsevier have been working hard to close down this gap. Together the programs offer scientists in 114 eligible countries free or low-cost access to some 7,500 scientific journals, books and databases.<br/> <br/> I hope that this background information will be useful to you and that it may (even slightly) change your opinion on our company.<br/> <br/> With kind regards,<br/> <br/> Rob van Daalen<br/> Publisher Physical & Theoretical Chemistry<br/> Elsevier - Amsterdam - The Netherlands </i> </p> </div> <h3>Discussion elsewhere</h3> <p>There has been much discussion all over the 'net about Elsevier specifically and the Research Works Act (RWA) specifically. Hence, the list below is necessarily far from complete, and only presents some parts of the complete picture. <ul> <li>"<a href="http://michaelnielsen.org/polymath1/index.php?title=Journal_publishing_reform">Polymath Journal publishing reform</a>" on <a href="http://michaelnielsen.org/">http://michaelnielsen.org/</a></li> <li>"<a href="http://theconversation.edu.au/open-access-and-academic-journals-the-publishers-respond-2804">Open access and academic journals: the publishers respond</a>" on <a href="http://theconversation.edu.au">http://theconversation.edu.au</a> published on 11 August 2011 by Sunanda Creagh</li> <li>"<a href="http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/01/elsevier_evil.php">Elsevier = Evil</a>" on <a href="http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/">http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/</a> published on 16 January 2012 by PZ Myers</li> <li>"<a href="http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/journals.html">What We Can Do About Science Journals</a>" on <a href="http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/">http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/</a> published 24 January 2011 by John Baez</li> <li>"<a href="http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/ban-elsevier/">Ban Elsevier</a>" on <a href="http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/">http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/</a> published on 26 January 2012 by John Baez</li> </ul> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Happy 2012! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120116-2 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120116-2 Monday, 16th January, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120116-2"; ?> <h1>Happy 2012!</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I know I'm a little bit late with wishing happy new year, but that's just how things are over here on my website. </p><p> Anyway, it's now roughly two months since our relocation to Vienna, Austria, and we have for the most part settled here quite ok. If only we'd get a running internet connection at home we would be just fine for some time. Since we lived in three countries last year (Finland, Germany and Austria), we are planning to stay here at least over the next new year :) </p><p> I finished last year yet another pic-a-day projects, which you can find <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/">here</a>. It wasn't a complete success, but considering the circumstances I'm happy I was able to get along with it until the end. This year I'm having a break. </p><p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> My presentation (in Finnish) 15.12.2011 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120116-1 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20120116-1 Monday, 16th January, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20120116-1"; ?> <h1>My presentation (in Finnish) 15.12.2011</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Esitelm&auml;ni <a href="http://www.acadsci.fi/">Suomalaisen tiedeakatemian</a> <a href="http://www.acadsci.fi/akatemiaklubi/kokoukset.htm">Nuorten tutkijoiden akamiaklubilla</a> 15.12.2011 (Youtube): <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDpiKlBuTtw">@ Youtube</a>. </p><p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yDpiKlBuTtw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Aurora seen from the ISS in Orbit http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20110930 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20110930 Thursday, 26th July, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20110930"; ?> <h1>Aurora seen from the ISS in Orbit</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> A youtube video as taken from the international space station, shared by user <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/isoeph">isoeph</a>. Beautiful. </p><p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ogtKe7N05F0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Atom-scale modifications in graphene and white graphene http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20110915 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20110915 Thursday, 26th July, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20110915"; ?> <h1>Atom-scale modifications in graphene and white graphene</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> <i>Anticipating leaving University of Helsinki, I will collect here some pieces that have appeared elsewhere. This one appeared as a Division Research Highlight for Division of Materials Physics, University of Helsinki in 2010</i>. </p><p> The only known atomically thin two-dimensional materials are graphene and the hexagonal boron-nitride monolayer. They have a similar atomic structure, resembling a honeycomb or a chicken wire, but altogether different chemistry. Graphene is a single layer of the familiar layered carbon material graphite, kept together by the sp2-hybridized covalent bonds between the carbon atoms, and exhibits semi-metallicity (or, in other words, is a zero- band gap semiconductor). Although many properties of graphene had been investigated theoretically as a prototype material for understanding the properties of graphite and carbon nanostructures, e.g., fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, it was a surprise in 2004 when this material was experimentally shown to exist also in reality. Due to this breakthrough discovery, Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim received the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics. On the other hand, hexagonal boron nitride monolayer, the insulating counterpart of graphene sometimes called white graphene, is formed due to ionic bonding between the alternating boron and nitrogen atoms. </p><p> <?php blogpic("Triangular defects created into a hexagonal boron nitride monolayer by an electron beam with 80 kV acceleration voltage. Simulation results.", "http://kotakoski.fi/pics/kmc.jpg", "http://kotakoski.fi/pics/kmc.jpg");?> <?php blogpic("Triangular defects created into a hexagonal boron nitride monolayer by an electron beam with 80 kV acceleration voltage. Experimental results.", "http://kotakoski.fi/pics/tem.jpg", "http://kotakoski.fi/pics/tem.jpg");?> </p><p> Discovery of these materials was significantly aided by the recent advances in the high resolution transmission electron microscopy, especially via the introduction of aberration corrected devices, which allowed atomic resolution images at conditions which are not destructive to the targets. </p><p> The initial experimental observations displayed, along with the materials themselves, a set of atomic defects which were either intrinsic or caused by the electron beam. Especially in the case of hexagonal boron nitride, the triangular vacancy structures caused much confusion in the field since they seemed to be unexplainable by the existing theories of damage production in this material. Through a collaboration of University of Helsinki and Dr. Suenaga's group from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan, we have been able to explain the formation of these defects by primary knock-on events between the electrons and the target atoms. The peculiar triangular shape of the defects is due to easier displacement of boron atoms in the system, which leads to vacancies terminated by nitrogen atoms. For graphene, the observed defects have been much less controversial. However, as we show in our recent review (written in collaboration with Professor Banhart from University of Strasbourg, France), the flexibility of carbon chemistry allows for a breadth of different defect structures to be formed. As a result of collaboration of University of Helsinki and University of Ulm, Germany, we have recently found the lowest energy defect configurations in graphene, which also introduce a band gap into this material. This may prove out to be an important step towards carbon-based electronics of the future. As the limiting case for the growing defect structures, we displayed the first-ever two-dimensional amorphous structure. </p> <p> <?php blogpic("Example of a multi-vacancy defect structure in graphene created by an electron beam with 100 kV acceleration voltage. Scale bar is 1 nm.", "http://kotakoski.fi/pics/mvac.jpg", "http://kotakoski.fi/pics/mvac.jpg");?> </p> <h3>References</h3> <p> Kotakoski, J., Jin, C., Lehtinen, O., Suenaga, K. and Krasheninnikov, A.V., 2010. Electron knock-on damage in hexagonal boron nitride monolayers. Phys. Rev. B, 81, 113404 (2010) <br/> <br/> Banhart, F., Kotakoski, J. and Krasheninnikov A.V., 2011. Structural defects in graphene. ACS Nano, 5, 26-41 (2011). <br/> <br/> Kotakoski, J., Krasheninnikov, A.V., Kaiser, U. and Meyer, J.C., 2011. From point defects in graphene to two-dimensional amorphous carbon. Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 105505 (2011). </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Personal News, August 2011 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20110801 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20110801 Thursday, 26th July, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20110801"; ?> <h1>Personal News, August 2011</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> As seems to happen more often than not, I've been lazy posting anything here. I tend to update my <a href='./publ.php'>Publication list</a> and <a href='./cv.php'>CV</a>, but rest has remained rather static. As can be seen from there, there has been quite a bit going on on the science front (so far 7 published articles this year and three organized international events plus a 3-month visit to Ulm, Germany). However, this is how things should be, and that shouldn't prevent me from writing stuff up here. </p><p> We'll see if that will change during the coming months. I do hope so, since I have some ideas for actual posts to write and put up here. </p><p> The <a href='http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/'>365 day photo project for 2011</a> is now at day #213 (today's shot is below), and it seems I will again keep up with it until the end of the year... </p><p> <?php blogpic("#213 Spiky", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/15296466_PDBiZ", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/i-fdFShHn/0/M/wm20110801204909-M.jpg"); ?> </p><p> ... which gets me to the exciting news for the rest of the year: <b>We are moving to Vienna!</b> It is terrifying and exciting at the same time. The best part is that my wife may be able to get a chemistry-related job over there which would get her back on track career-wise. I myself am going to partially switch from computational physics to electron microscopy, which, I'm sure, will be extremely cool. </p><p> Anyway, the site is not dead, although my update frequency has been lame. I hope to post something more interesting rather sooner than later. </p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Happy New Year! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20110103 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20110103 Thursday, 26th July, 2012 <?php $id = (string) "20110103"; ?> <h1>Happy New Year!</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Last year was extremely busy, but at the same time very enjoyable. It was the first full year back in Finland (although I went to US, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Portugal and Japan during the year), and it may well be that it was the last one for a while. </p><p> If nothing else, at least we are planning to spend three months in Germany next year with the family. The girls will again have time to be together and I will be busy with some experimentalists. I'm very excited to see what comes out from this collaboration. </p> <h3>2010</h3> <p> Last year also ended my second photo-a-day photo project. All shots are available <a href='http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ'>here</a> or by clicking the image below (one of my favorites from the year). <?php blogpic("Sauniere Quebec", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm201006252352161/913408161_65pGr-M.png"); ?> </p> <h3>2008</h3> <p> The first time I ever did this was in 2008. This old gallery is available <a href='http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/366-Day-Project-for-year-2008/'>here</a>. Being completely honest, I feel that I was much more creative back then. Perhaps it was a combination of the birth of a child, new country, finishing my PhD and having a new job. Everything just was <b>so</b> awesome in 2008! Here's one of my favorites: <?php blogpic("Chemistry dpt.", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/366-Day-Project-for-year-2008/", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/366-Day-Project-for-year-2008/22772626831ceb5f32feo/295357095_f5T9g-M.jpg"); ?> </p> <h3>2011</h3> <p> Since I seem to be unable to stop this now, and since my last year was far-from-ok, I decided to go for it again this year. Below you'll find the first three shots for the year. </p> <?php blogpic("#001 Evil Eye", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/15296466_PDBiZ#1144437993_NXiUm-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/wm20110101234110/1144437993_NXiUm-M.jpg"); ?> <?php blogpic("#002 Bubbling Under", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/15296466_PDBiZ#1144438055_EU4bh-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/wm20110102165850/1144438055_EU4bh-M.jpg"); ?> <?php blogpic("#003 Tip of a Stylus", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/15296466_PDBiZ#1145935339_xFq5P-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/365-Days-of-2011/wm20110103225628/1145935339_xFq5P-M.jpg"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Scientists Are Dicks http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100910 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100910 Friday, 10th September, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100910"; ?> <h1>Scientists Are Dicks</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> The skeptic community has been discussing vigorously on <b>Phil Plait</b>'s (<a href="http://twitter.com/BadAstronomer">@BadAstronomer</a>) <a href="http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1065-phil-plaits-dont-be-a-dick-talk-at-tam8-now-online.html">"Don't be a dick" talk</a> at James Randi Educational Foundations's Amazing Meeting 8. </p><p> Some people have taken it personally or accused Plait of only relying on anecdotal evidence. In any case, the response in the blogosphere has been fierce. </p><p> His point can be put into a single question he posed to the audience during the talk: "How many of you no more believe in those things [UFOs, religion, etc.] because somebody got into your face, screamed at you and called you an idiot?". Some people would answer "Me!" to this question, but not necessarily very many. </p><p> <b>Daniel Loxton</b> (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/Daniel_Loxton">@Daniel_Loxton</a>) has been reflecting to this both on <a href="http://www.twitter.com">twitter</a> and on the Skepticblog (<a href="http://http://skepticblog.org/2010/08/27/war-over-nice/">here</a> and <a href="http://skepticblog.org/2010/09/10/further-thoughts-on-the-ethics-of-skepticism/">here</a>). I posted the following as a comment to the latter blog entry. </p><p> <b>Now, getting to the title of this post, what does this all have to do with scientists?</b> </p><p> In my opinion, the on-going discussion on the “dickiness” of the skeptics <del>seems to neglect the under-laying reason for it</del> has omitted an interesting parallel to the scientific world. For a scientist, as myself, it seems obvious. <del>We</del> Scientists are trained to tear each other apart. That’s what science is all about. </p><p> When we get a manuscript to review from our peers, we do our best to find each and every weakness in it, point it out, and tell the writers to try harder to polish their theory and correct the mistakes, if possible. Sometimes the theories are so bad that they are “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong">Not even wrong!</a>” </p><p> Some referee reports are very rude, and sometimes the ‘questions’ after a conference presentation are set to demolish the speaker. Some scientists seem to even try to do this simply to show their power (or to protect their own old theories). </p><p> Hence, many of us expect everyone else is (a) ready for similar criticism if they present their own ideas and (b) expecting others to do their best in tearing their arguments apart. </p><p> As an anecdote, I should confess that my wife accuses me of doing exactly this when we disagree on something. And that’s with a person I’m deeply in love with. Imagine what happens with people we don’t even like. </p><p> As <b>Carl Sagan</b> writes in The Demon-Haunted World (p. 31, paperback): “<i>But there’s one side [in science] that is really striking to the outsider, and that is the gauntlet of criticism considered acceptable or even desirable.</i>” </p><p> <b>Randy Olson</b> joins the choir in his recent “Don’t Be Such a Scientist” by noting that (paperback, p. 99): “<i>[W]hen I was a graduate student – we learned to write first drafts of our scientific papers, give them to colleagues, and then eagerly await their comments. The more red ink on the manuscript when it came back, the better. The only thing that would ever cause anger would be someone not covering the manuscript in red ink, suggesting they were just lazy.</i>” </p><p> In fact, I know many scientists who have earned their reputations by being the harshest critiques of the work of their students, colleagues and even of themselves. </p><p> In my opinion, this indicates where the problem is. Scientists are dicks to each other (for people judging from outside). That’s the way of the scientific mind in the scientific setting. And for many scientists, there is no other setting. They always talk the science talk. Olson felt that the topic was worthy of a book. Judging from the discussion after Phil Plait’s talk, and from other facts like Olson’s book, internet has changed things for the skeptics and for the scientists. </p><p> We aren’t any longer simply talking to ourselves. Now we have a broader audience, and it’s time to learn how to communicate with it effectively. </p><p> It’s good to have the discussion on. I wish as many scientists as possible will pay attention. This is not just about UFOs and the Bigfoot. </p> <br/><br/> <!-- <?php blogpic("What are YOU looking at?", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#962643712_WsJN6", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100808181643/962643712_WsJN6-M.jpg"); ?> --> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Bad Bad Me http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100809 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100809 Monday, 09th August, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100809"; ?> <h1>Bad Bad Me</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Last note here was from last April. Then I was sorry I didn't post during the SF trip. This time, I've been to Sweden, Germany, Canada and Portugal without posting. Plus spent quite some time at home. Anyway, I've kept <a href='http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ'>shooting</a>. Latest shot is below. Not the most extraordinary animal they had at the Helsinki Zoo, 'Korkeasaari': </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("What are YOU looking at?", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#962643712_WsJN6", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100808181643/962643712_WsJN6-M.jpg"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Home sweet home http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100412 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100412 Monday, 12th April, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100412"; ?> <h1>Home sweet home</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I haven't posted during the San Francisco trip. If you want to catch up with the daily shots, go <a href='http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ'>here</a>. As a proof, here is the bridge: </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Golden Gate", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#834834168_ePVCX", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100404192402/834834168_ePVCX-S.png"); ?> <p> It was great to notice how far the spring already is after I got back here :) </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Spring!", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#834847231_nw39Y","http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100412103505/834847231_nw39Y-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> 1st of April http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100401 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100401 Thursday, 01st April, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100401"; ?> <h1>1st of April</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Amazing how the time flies... It feels like we came back to Finland yesterday, and soon it's been a year. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Rough surface", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#825058616_vbH3V-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100401160500/825058616_vbH3V-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> #090/365 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100331 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100331 Wednesday, 31st March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100331"; ?> <h1>#090/365</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Something quick late in the evening. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Made for each other", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#825043138_nkEK3-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100331222112/825043138_nkEK3-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Next set of two http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100330 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100330 Tuesday, 30th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100330"; ?> <h1>Next set of two</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Again, I slacked posting for one day, so you get two today. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Evergreen", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#823556830_2bNnq-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100330084318/823556830_2bNnq-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Easter flock", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#822725845_sRZMV-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100329195837/822725845_sRZMV-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Two for the money http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100328 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100328 Sunday, 28th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100328"; ?> <h1>Two for the money</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> We went to <a href='http://www.ooppera.fi/etusivu.asp?kieli=2'>Finnish National Opera</a> to see the <a href='http://www.operafin.fi/produktiot.asp?polku=19;642;;2&tyyppi=1'>Sleeping Beauty ballet</a> on Saturday with our daughter and two other little girls. Fun was had by all, but we came back home rather late. Luckily we could sleep late today (although we missed gymnastics because of that). </p><p> That's why I didn't post yesterday, and hence you get two today :) </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Together", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#821555660_q4haG-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100328134145/821555660_q4haG-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("<", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#821555636_2ngAL-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100327222406/821555636_2ngAL-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Self-baked, of course http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100326 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100326 Friday, 26th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100326"; ?> <h1>Self-baked, of course</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I should write a note to myself to add more sugar and butter next time... </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Cinnamon roll", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#820137179_tLumB-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100326210705/820137179_tLumB-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> I wonder what was on the other sign... http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100325 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100325 Thursday, 25th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100325"; ?> <h1>I wonder what was on the other sign...</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I'm also wondering where the "cable" is. And what it is for. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("KAAPELI", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#819291783_inqG5-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100325174304/819291783_inqG5-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> New life is always a wonder http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100324 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100324 Wednesday, 24th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100324"; ?> <h1>New life is always a wonder</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Biology is perhaps the most amazing field of Science. </p><p> It's amazing how complexity builds in the Nature. How life emerged from molecules. How molecules build from atoms. How atoms were created in the stars. I'm in awe. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("New life", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#818597769_rmeX6-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100324213546/818597769_rmeX6-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> One from this morning http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100323 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100323 Tuesday, 23rd March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100323"; ?> <h1>One from this morning</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Almost more than taking the shot at the last moment I hate posting the first shot of the day. It somehow feels like I didn't try hard enough. Maybe I didn't? </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Shadow play", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#817682146_xHuN2-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100323090215/817682146_xHuN2-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Present from the granny http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100322 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100322 Monday, 22nd March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100322"; ?> <h1>Present from the granny</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I admit I said "I wouldn't have been mad", when my mom told me our daughter would have liked my mom to buy her a pink dress while they were in a shop some time ago. I didn't say "Go back and get it". Oh, well. Besides, she loves it (of course).</p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Princess wear", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#816759600_y6WAM-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100322205714/816759600_y6WAM-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> One more week survived http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100321 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100321 Sunday, 21st March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100321"; ?> <h1>One more week survived</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Applies to this fellow as well. Badly treated first by mom and now by our daughter. Poor little horse. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Veteran", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#815588726_TAFiv-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100321200009/815588726_TAFiv-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Ateistit eivät ole yhtenäinen joukko http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100320 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100320 Saturday, 20th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100320"; ?> <h1>Ateistit eivät ole yhtenäinen joukko</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> <i> Ilse Paakkinen vastasi kootusti hänen kirjoituksensa kirvoittamiin kommentteihin Helsingin Sanomissa 8.3.2010. Alla kommentti Paakkisen vastaukseen. </i> </p> <br/><br/> <b>Vastaus Paakkisen toiseen kirjoitukseen</b> <p> Vastasin Ilse Paakkisen Vieraskynään (HS 3.3.2010) mielipidekirjoituksella (HS Mielipide 4.3.2010) joka oli otsikoitu "Ateistille riittää elämä itsessään". Kootussa vastauksessaan (HS Mielipide 8.3.2010) Paakkinen esittää vertauksen joka tuo hyvin esille ettei hän ole ymmärtänyt - tai halunnut ymmärtää - mitä termit ateismi tai tieteellinen maailmankuva tarkoittavat. </p> <p> Hänen mukaansa esimerkiksi kirjoituksestani poimittu "<i>Ateisteilla ei ole mitään sellaista uskontoa vastaan, joka ei esitä yliluonnollisia väitteitä</i>" rinnastuu väitteeseen "<i>Minä äänestän vihreitä, eikä minulla ole mitään sellaista politiikkaa vastaan, joka ei kritisoi vihreitä</i>". Ilmeisesti Paakkisen mukaan siis mikä tahansa yliluonnollinen väite suoraan kritisoi uskonnollisen uskon puutetta. </p> <p> Koska luonnollisen maailmankuvan omaava henkilö on velvoitettu muuttamaan maailmankuvaansa esiintulevien todisteiden (ei väitteiden) mukaan, olisi esimerkiksi seuraava vertaus parempi: "<i>Minä äänestän vihreitä, kunnes on selvästi osoitettu että heidän ajamansa politiikka on kestämättömällä pohjalla.</i>" </p> <p> Yritin kirjoituksessani selittää minkä tyyppiset seikat voisivat osoittaa tieteellisen maailmankuvan omaavalle henkilölle, että uskontojen väitteillä voi olettaa olevan edes jonkinlainen todellisuuspohja. Esitin, että toisistaan riippumattomat yhtenevät uskonnolliset näkemykset voisivat olla tällainen asia. </p> <p> Tähän viitaten, Paakkinen toteaa että koska ateistitkin omaavat toisistaan poikkeavia näkemyksiä, ei heidän näkemyksensä voi olettaa olevan sen todempi. Hän sivuuttaa kokonaan sen tosiasian, että ateisteja yhdistää vain jumalauskon puute samoin kuin kristittyjä ja hinduja yhdistää esimerkiksi uskon puute Zeuksen suhteen. </p> <p> Koska kukaan ei ole esittänyt pitäviä todisteita jumalan olemassaolosta, ateisteilla ei myöskään ole asian suhteen todistustaakkaa. Ateistien käsitys jumalasta (ei ole olemassa) on ainoa joka sopii yhteen havaintojemme kanssa. Tuskin kukaan kehtaa esimerkiksi esittää että henkilön joka ei usko hammaskeijuun on esitettävä pitävät todisteet hammaskeijun olemassaoloa vastaan. </p> <p> Ateistit ajattelevat omilla aivoillaan eivätkä yritä mukautua muiden (esimerkiksi papiston) esittämiin totuuksiin. Siksi myös ateistien näkemykset poikkeavat toisistaan. </p> <p> Ateistit tyypillisesti kannustavat avointa, havaintoihin ja tutkimukseen perustuvaa keskustelua, jossa kaikkien ei tarvitse olla samaa mieltä. Usein kuultu viisaus onkin: "<i>Ateistien järjestäytyminen on kuin kissoja paimentaisi.</i>" </p> <b>Linkit vapaasti luettaviin kirjoituksiin</b> <br/><br/> <ul> <li><a href='http://www.hs.fi/paakirjoitus/artikkeli/Uusateismista+puuttuu+muu+sis%C3%A4lt%C3%B6/1135253394537'>Paakkisen vieraskynä (HS 3.3.2010)</a></li> <li><a href='http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100317-2'>Oma vastineeni Paakkisen kirjoitukseen</a></li> </ul> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> #079/365 After a Saturday of shopping http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100320-3 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100320-3 Saturday, 20th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100320-3"; ?> <h1>#079/365 After a Saturday of shopping</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> This one is straight from our kitchen table. Light was just fabulous, and so is she. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Kitchen light", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#814608728_HpEkf-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100320163129/814608728_HpEkf-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Natsikortti viuhuu http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100320-2 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100320-2 Saturday, 20th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100320-2"; ?> <h1>Natsikortti viuhuu</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Vastineeni Ilse Paakkisen Vieraskynä-kirjoitukseen nosti esiin jopa <a href='http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natsikortti'>natsikortin</a> (nettikeskustelussa Hitlerin tai natsit ensimmäisenä maininnutta pidetään argumentoinnin hävinneenä osapuolena). Blogisisko (Anna Amnell) on huolestunut uskontokritiikin nykyisestä tasosta lapsellisuuksineen ja asiantuntemuksen puutteineen, kuten hänen <a href='http://blogisisko.blogspot.com/2010/03/uskonnonvastainen-uusateismi-ei-paase.html'>blogi-kirjoituksestaan</a> käy ilmi. Hänen argumenttinsa hädin tuskin kaipaavat edes vastausta (poimintoja alla). Suosittelisin häntä lukemaan kirjoitukseni huolellisesti uudelleen, jos uskoisin että siitä olisi apua asian ymmärtämisen kannalta. Valitettavasti olen realisti. </p> <p> Blogisisko kirjoittaa mm.: </p> <div class='citation'> <p> "Kritiiikki uskontoa kohtaan on monesti niin lapsellista, että siihen ei suhtauduta vakavasti. Se ruokkii kuitenkin nuorta sukupolvea, myös lapsia ja teini-ikäisiä, joten siihen pitäisi kiinnittää enemmän huomiota." </p><p> "Uusateismin ominaispiirteitä ovat asiantuntemattomuus ja hillitön viha uskontoja kohtaan." </p> </div> <p> Tämä oli suunnattu minulle (korostus minun, kirjoitusvirheet alkuperäisiä): </p> <div class='citation'> "Nutta mikä on germaaninen Yule-juhla? Sehän on ennen kristinuskoa Pohjois-Euroopassa vallinneen pakanauskonnon juhla. Sen juhlan viettäminen on uusateisteille OK, mutta kristinuskon joulu ei sovi. Uusateismi näyttää olevan nimenomaan kristinuskon vastustamista keinolla millä hyvänsä, vaikkkapa germaanisella muinaisuskolla, <b>joka kelpasi myös Hitlerille ja natseille</b>, kuten olemme saaneet viime aikoina tietää mm TV-dokumenteista. Siinäkö parempi vaihtoehto kristinuskolle!" </div> <p> Kirjoitin selvästi "<i>Yule-juhlan <b>hengessä</b></i>"! Itse asiassa myös monet (käytännössä "kaikki") kristityt suomalaiset viettävät joulua Yule-juhlan hengessä (joulupukki, jouluruoat, joulukuusi, joulusauna, ...) [<a href='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule#Finland'>Wikipedia</a>]. </p><p> &lt;satiiri&gt; Ehkä joulupukkikin on kristittyjen mielestä natsi. Koko tyyppi on minustakin ollut aina vähän epäilyttävä. &lt;/satiiri&gt; </p> <br/> <b>Linkit kirjoituksiin</b> <br/><br/> <ul> <li><a href='http://www.hs.fi/paakirjoitus/artikkeli/Uusateismista+puuttuu+muu+sis%C3%A4lt%C3%B6/1135253394537'>Paakkisen vieraskynä (HS 3.3.2010)</a></li> <li><a href='http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100317-2'>Oma vastineeni Paakkisen kirjoitukseen</a></li> <li><a href='http://blogisisko.blogspot.com/2010/03/uskonnonvastainen-uusateismi-ei-paase.html'>Anna Amnellin ('Blogisisko') kirjoitus uusateismista</a></li> </ul> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> #078/365, the quickie of the day http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100319 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100319 Friday, 19th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100319"; ?> <h1>#078/365, the quickie of the day</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> I should put a bit more effort to this. For some reason being sick for four days and a bit light headed after that has made me to slack on the shots. I promise to try harder. </p> <p> This is what I found outside our house while coming home today. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Watch out! Snow!", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#814052065_zqyJm-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100319171303/814052065_zqyJm-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot #77. 288 to go. http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100318 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100318 Thursday, 18th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100318"; ?> <h1>Shot #77. 288 to go.</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> As you may guess, this was a quickie. Just to get something shot before reaching home waiting for the guests. Anyway, I rather like it. </p> <p> Simple rule to decentish PODs: <ul> <li>Get close!</li> <li>Shoot wide!</li> </ul> It helps to have decent gear to do the job. </p> <br/><br/> <?php blogpic("Lonely spot of color, misplaced", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#813436634_28rzZ-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100318163537/813436634_28rzZ-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Nettirasismista, kritiikistä ja sananvapaudesta http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100317 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100317 Wednesday, 17th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100317"; ?> <h1>Nettirasismista, kritiikistä ja sananvapaudesta</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Muutaman viime päivän aikana julkinen keskustelu on Suomessa merkittävältä osin pyörinyt "nettirasismin" ympärillä. Keskustelu ryöpsähti käyntiin Suomen maahanmuutto- ja eurooppaministeri Astrid Thorsin (RKP) <a href='http://www.hs.fi/politiikka/artikkeli/Thors+tekee+rikosilmoituksen+Facebook-uhkauksista/1135253262680'>tehtyä rikosilmoituksen</a> häntä kohtaan netissä tehdyistä uhkauksista. Netissä keskustelu on ehtinyt saada absurdejakin piirteitä, kuten <a href='http://www.tiede.fi/keskustelut/historia-kulttuurit-ja-yhteiskunta-f13/thorsin-mielesta-hanen-uhkaamisensa-on-rasismia-t44480-135.html'>onko <i>suomenruotsalaisen</i> ministerin uhkaaminen rasismia</a> (On, jos syy on hänen myönteisiksi oletetut mielipiteensä jostain ihmisryhmästä). <a href='http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/artikkeli/Rasistisella+sivustolla+tappolista+poliitikoista/1135253355379'>Krp on myös aloittanut tutkinnan nettisivusta, jolla uhataan useiden poliitikkojen henkeä.</a> </p> <p> Keskustelu sai uutta vauhtia <a href='http://blogit.iltalehti.fi/anna-kontula/2010/03/16/sananvapauden-muistolle/'>Anna Kontulan blogi-kirjoituksesta</a> Iltalehden nettisivuilla. Kontula toteaa kirjoituksessaan useiden tutkijoiden harjoittaneen itsesensuuria netissä esitettyjen uhkauksien takia. Kontulan kirjoitus uutisoitiin laajasti mediassa (esimerkiksi <a href="http://on.fb.me/jqSB2V">Aamulehdessä</a> ja <a href='http://www.taloussanomat.fi/media/2010/03/16/kehu-maahanmuuttajaa-paaset-hirttolistalle/20103891/135'>Taloussanomissa</a>). </p> <p><a href='http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/artikkeli/Tutkijat%20joutuivat%20rasististen%20uhkailujen%20kohteiksi/1135254434931'>Helsingin Sanomissa</a> Helsingin yliopiston kansleri Ilkka Niiniluoto toteaa että tilanne on Suomen tiedehistoriassa vakava: "<i>Sitä voi verrata sellaisiin historiallisiin tilanteisiin kuin Stalinin ajan Neuvostoliitto tai se, kun Galileo Galilei joutui katolisen kirkon inkvisition uhriksi</i>". Hän myös toteaa, että "<i>Pelko ei saa mennä niin pitkälle, ettei uskalla kommentoida. Jos tämä on oikeasti turvallisuuskysymys, yhteiskunnan on puututtava siihen</i>".</p> <br/> <p>Niiniluodon kommentti on herättänyt närää erityisesti vertauskohteena käytettyjen Neuvostoliiton ja katolisen kirkon inkvisition vuoksi. Tilanne ei sentään onneksi olekaan aivan niin paha; molemmissa näissä tapauksissa tutkijoita estettiin esittämästä näkemyksiään valtakoneiston toimesta kun nyt kyseessä ovat yksittäiset häiriköt. Lisäksi, kuten Niiniluotokin toteaa käyttämällä "jos"-sanaa kommentissaan, kyseessä ei välttämättä ole edes todellinen uhka. Vertaus kuvastaakin pohjimmiltaan sitä että on varsin poikkeuksellista että suomalaiset tutkijat eivät uskalla kertoa tuloksistaan omalla nimellään.</p> <p>Yllättävämpi reaktio Niiniluodon kommenttiin on ollut sen tuomitseminen sillä perusteella, että hän yrittäisi estää tutkijoiden kritisoimisen.</p> <p>Tieteen lisäksi on vaikea keksiä mitään muuta inhimillistä toimintaa, missä nimenomaan pyyteettömästi esitetään omat tulokset/tulkinnat muille säästelemätöntä kritiikkiä varten. Hyvä esimerkki prosessista on tohtorin väitös, jossa useita vuosia tehty työ pyritään arvioimaan kriittisesti ja tuomaan esille sekä työn vahvuudet että heikkoudet. Jokainen vertaisarvioitu julkaisu käy läpi saman prosessin sillä erolla että kritiikki esitetään nimettömänä.</p> <p>Kritiikin tarkoitus on osoittaa puutteet tutkimusmenetelmissä sekä niistä johdetuissa tulkinnoissa ja niiden pohjalta kehitetyissä malleissa. Ilman kritiikkiä esimerkiksi astrologia ja astronomia olisivat tieteellisesti aivan yhtä perusteltuja - molemmillahan on vannoutuneet kannattajansa.</p> <p>Näin ollen väite, että Helsingin yliopiston kanslerina toimiva filosofian tohtori Ilkka Niiniluoto pyrkisi tietoisesti estämään kritiikkiä, on erittäin suurella todennäköisyydellä vailla todellisuuspohjaa. On yhtä perusteetonta epäillä että tutkijat eivät uskaltaisi antaa <b>työtään</b> kritisoitavaksi omalla nimellään. On aivan eri asia kritisoida tehtyjä tutkimuksia ja/tai niistä vedettyjä johtopäätöksiä kuin esittää <i>ad hominem</i>-argumentteja tai henkilöön ja hänen perheeseensä kohdistuvia uhkauksia.</p> <br/> <p>Julkisesta keskustelusta päätellen tietty joukko ihmisiä on onnistunut luomaan keskusteluilmapiirin, jossa on efektiivisesti evätty sananvapaus niiltä ihmisiltä joiden näkemykset/tutkimustulokset eivät tue kyseisen joukon omia näkemyksiä. Itse asiassa tämä oli myös Kontulan blogi-kirjoituksen varsinainen asia. Hän kirjoitti: "<i>Sen sijaan uutta ja erityisen huolestuttavaa on, miten maahanmuuttoon keskittyneet nettisivustoille on viime vuosina syntynyt toleranssi vastapuolen organisoituun uhkailuun. Kehotuksia löytyy myös moderoiduilta keskustelulistoilta</i>".</p> <br/> <p>Monilta keskustelijoilta tuntuu jääneen huomaamatta, että tässä on pohjimmiltaan kyse sananvapaudesta, ja siitä että sen vapauden voi myös menettää. Näin erityisesti mikäli sitä ei kätetä sivistyneesti, pitäytymällä <i>ad hominem</i>-argumenteista ja laittomista uhkauksista. Nyt sivistymätön keskustelu on saanut aikaan ilmapiirin, jossa merkittävä osa lainsäätäjistä saattaa katsoa tarpeelliseksi sananvapauden rajoittamisen laittomuuksien estämiseksi.</p> <p>Kaikkien edun mukaista olisi rajoittaa keskustelu sivistyneeseen kanssakäymiseen, jossa riitelevät asiat, eivät ihmiset. Valitettavasti on surullisen tunnettu tosiasia että tämä unohtuu monilta nettikeskustelussa. Näin ollen moderoitujen keskustelulistojen ylläpitäjillä ja keskusteluun osallistujilla on vastuu siitä että käytössä on nollatoleranssi henkilöön käyvien kommenttien sekä uhkausten osalta.</p> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> 20.821917808219178082% of the project done http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100317-3 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100317-3 Wednesday, 17th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100317-3"; ?> <h1>20.821917808219178082% of the project done</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Here is my latest pathetic addition to the shot per day project for the year. At least there's something orange there. Personally, I always consider that as a bonus. </p> <?php blogpic("Rough edge", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#812741058_8UxRD-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100317192128/812741058_8UxRD-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Ateistille riittää elämä itsessään http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100317-2 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100317-2 Wednesday, 17th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100317-2"; ?> <h1>Ateistille riittää elämä itsessään</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> <i>Tämä kirjoitus julkaistiin hieman erimuotoisena ja lyhennettynä Helsingin Sanomien Mielipide-sivulla 4.3.2010.</i> </p> <p> Tohtorikoulutettava Ilse Paakkinen esitteli <a href='http://www.hs.fi/paakirjoitus/artikkeli/Uusateismista+puuttuu+muu+sis%C3%A4lt%C3%B6/1135253394537'>vieraskynä-kirjoituksessa (HS 3.3.2010)</a> näkemyksiään ajankohtaisesta uusateismin näkyvyyden noususta kansainvälisessä mediassa sekä kirjojen myyntitilastoissa. Pelkästään se tosiasia, että julkiateistista sanomaa levittävät kirjat ovat vuodesta toiseen korkeilla sijoilla myyntitilastoissa osoittaa että ihmiset ovat kiinnostuneita tieteellisestä maailmankuvasta. </p> <p> Tieteellinen maailmankuva perustuu tieteelliseen tietoon - monet ateistit ovat naturalisteja eli perustavat maailmankuvansa siihen oletukseen että vain fyysinen luonto on todellinen ja kaikki ilmiöt ovat tieteellisesti selitettävissä. Tällaisessa maailmankäsityksessä on se hyvä puoli, että se sopii yhteen havaintojemme kanssa; tieteellistä menetelmää noudattavat kaksi henkilöä päätyvät saman kokeen tehtyään samaan tulokseen riippumatta siitä missä he ovat ja minä aikakautena elävät. Tieteellisen menetelmän soveltaminen maailmankuvaan johtaa kiinnostaviin havaintoihin esimerkiksi uskontojen kehityksestä. Sen perusteella voisi olettaa että mikäli jonkin uskonnon jumala, erityisesti luojajumala, olisi todellinen, myös kaukana toisistaan eläneiden ihmisryhmien toisistaan riippumatta kehittämät näkemykset jumalasta muistuttaisivat merkittävästi toisiaan. Kuitenkin, vain samoihin aikoihin pienehköllä alueella Lähi-idässä kehittyneet monoteistiset uskonnot ovat toistensa kaltaisia. Uskonnolliset näkemykset ovatkin useimmiten perittyjä ja muuttuvat ajan mukana ja paikasta toiseen. Uusateismin kantava voima ei suinkaan ole "<i>viha uskontoja kohtaan</i>", kuten Paakkinen kirjoituksessaan epäilee. Kantava voima on luopuminen yliluonnollisista, havainnoista riippumattomista oletuksista, kuten uskontojen jumalat. </p> <p> Teistien kannanotoissa toistetaan usein uskonnon mukanaan tuoma yhteisöllisyys ja sitä kautta saadut positiiviset kokemukset. Kuten Paakkisenkin kirjoituksessa, niissä usein myös päivitellään ateistista maailmankuvaa, josta heidän näkemyksensä mukaan puuttuu sisältö. Onneksi näin ei kuitenkaan ole. Ateistit nauttivat aivan samalla tavalla ystäviensä ja sukulaistensa seurasta, kirjallisuudesta, musiikista ja taiteesta kuin teistitkin. Lopulta aika harva ateisti on edes juhlimatta joulua; ateistin joulusta vain puuttuu uskonnollinen sisältö. Monille meistä kyseessä on keskitalven juhla, perinteisen germaanisen 'Yule'-juhlan hengessä. Tuskin kovinkaan moni ateisti kaipaa varsinaista ateistista perinnettä, tai 'positiivista historiaa', kuten Paakkinen kirjoittaa. Näin siksi, että ateismi ei ole uskonnon korvike, vaan sen puute, a-teismi. Ateistille riittaa kulttuurin tarjoama sisältö. </p> <p> Paakkinen viittaa kirjoituksessaan myös Raamatun liian kirjaimelliseen tulkintaan, johon ateistit hänen mukaansa syyllistyvät. Mahdollisesti hän suosittelee ateisteja ymmärtämään jumalan Spinozan tavoin - jumala on yhtä kuin luonto. Tämän jumalakäsityksen myös Albert Einstein allekirjoitti. Tällaisella jumalalla on kuitenkin hyvin vähän tekemistä kaikkivoivan ja rukouksiin vastaavan jumalan kanssa. Ateisteilla ei ole mitään sellaista uskontoa vastaan, jonka jumalakäsitys on aidosti spinozalainen, ja joka ei esitä yliluonnollisia väitteitä. Se vain ei ole enää uskonto. </p> <p> Ateistit edustavat myös lähes poikkeuksetta humanistista maailmankatsomusta, eli kannattavat yleismaailmallisia ihmisoikeuksia, myös uskonnonvapautta. </p> <hr/> <h3>Jatkokeskustelua aiheesta muualla</h3> <ul> <li><a href='http://keskustelu.suomi24.fi/node/8910085/thread'>SUOMI24-foorumin viestiketju "Vastauksia Ilse Paakkiselle 1"</a></li> <li><a href='http://keskustelu.suomi24.fi/node/8906785'>SUOMI24-keskustelufoorumin keskustelua Paakkisen vastauksesta</a></li> </ul> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot of the day #075/365 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100316 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100316 Tuesday, 16th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100316"; ?> <h1>Shot of the day #075/365</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> As you can see, I actually got <b>out</b> today. It was wonderful. Except that I didn't realize it had gotten so cold while I was laying on the couch feeling miserable. I seriously froze by butt. </p> <?php blogpic("Tiles & ice", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#811836914_SFvcx-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100316165927/811836914_SFvcx-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> Shot of the day #074/365 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100315-03 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100315-03 Monday, 15th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100315-03"; ?> <h1>Shot of the day #074/365</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <?php blogpic("O", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#811046378_vJRps-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100315203119/811046378_vJRps-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> March 2010, week 2 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100315-02 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100315-02 Monday, 15th March, 2010 <?php $id = (string) "20100315-02"; ?> <h1>March 2010, week 2</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Here we go with the second week. </p> <?php blogpic("Wasted weekend", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#810756451_HeX5R-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100314225414/810756451_HeX5R-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Nikon rising", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#810755729_uCqvt-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100313212248/810755729_uCqvt-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Blonde", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#808457512_bqTU6-A-LB>", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100312192429/808457512_bqTU6-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("H2", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#807769829_CCjZL-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100311121350/807769829_CCjZL-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Color explosion", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#807167969_5YiX7-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100310155740/807167969_5YiX7-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("The smell of spring", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#806329662_gLrGk-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100309190756/806329662_gLrGk-S.png");?> <?php blogpic("Night train", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#805545624_44EAq-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100308204402/805545624_44EAq-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> March 2010, week 1 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100315-01 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100315-01 Monday, 15th March, 2010 <?php $id="20100315-01"; ?> <h1>March 2010, week 1</h1> <?php blogref($id); ?> <div class="txt"> <p> Since I've been lazy with my postings, I will throw in this post the first week of March, and to the second post the second week. Anyway, here we go. </p> <?php blogpic("TIRPSE", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#804336700_CUe7q-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100307164626/804336700_CUe7q-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Long shadow", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#803433711_xJvck-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100306101851/803433711_xJvck-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Pushing through", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#802929049_NhBKi-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100305161921/802929049_NhBKi-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Poor little thing", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#802371219_QZ3P7-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100304181551/802371219_QZ3P7-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Soft landing", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#801771680_LbP6o-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100303210539/801771680_LbP6o-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Hydrophobic", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#800972499_6zC8f-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100302153719/800972499_6zC8f-S.png"); ?> <?php blogpic("Perfect Match", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100301212556/800218359_YUTev-M.png", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100301212556/800218359_YUTev-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php blogcomment($id); ?> February 2010 archived, commenting http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100228 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100228 Sunday, 28th February, 2010 <h1>February 2010 archived, commenting</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I was in the process of adding commenting to the blog posts, and hence haven't been updating recently (wanted to finish the commenting first). </p><p> Funnily enough, I only got it finished because I got sick during the weekend and don't trust my head enough to do any real work. So, please feel free to leave comments to the posts. I'd love to hear from you. </p><p> I've thrown the February shots to the Archive, but you find them in the <a href='http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365'>Smugmug gallery</a>. I only left here my favorite of the month. </p> <?php blogpic("Winter abstract", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#796936237_tixFT-A-LB", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100225085005/796936237_tixFT-S.png"); ?> </div> <hr/> <?php $id = 20100228; blogcomment($id); ?> #056 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100225 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100225 Thursday, 25th February, 2010 <?php include('./funcs.php'); ?> <h1>#056</h1> <?php picture( "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100225085005/796936237_tixFT-M.png", "http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#796936237_tixFT-A-LB", "Winter Abstract", "Somehow these feel too easy to do. On the other hand, I just love them ;)" ); ?> Krrrhm... http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100224 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100224 Wednesday, 24th February, 2010 <h1>Krrrhm...</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I seem to be behind in posting here. Here you go: </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <b>#055 Shadows and sparkles</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#796134442_q6bSB-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100224093446/796134442_q6bSB-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#054 Let there be snow</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#795358788_NWKzC-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100223153803/795358788_NWKzC-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#053 Watched</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#794756412_UTSmD-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100222233234/794756412_UTSmD-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#052 Frozen Delight</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#793553823_6ijRC-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100221202136/793553823_6ijRC-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#051 Tea Time</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#793553799_EtKHf-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100220195149/793553799_EtKHf-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#050 Submerged</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#791985970_LnMWs-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100219165946/791985970_LnMWs-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#049 Untitled</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#791407658_GcyMg-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100218093537/791407658_GcyMg-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#048 A Glass of Red</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#790617238_b5gPw-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100217175047/790617238_b5gPw-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#047 A Bud</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#789911672_fzYde-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100216155501/789911672_fzYde-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#046 Through the blinds</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#789119419_Shb2C-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100215170520/789119419_Shb2C-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> <br/> <b>#045 Happy Valentine</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#788230068_9YUna-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100214213557/788230068_9YUna-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 044/365 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100213 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100213 Saturday, 13th February, 2010 <h1>044/365 </h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I found this shadow interesting. It was already dark when we were heading home from Ilona's birthday party (although it wasn't late). Hence the high iso (3200), although the texture is at least as much from the snow as from the high-iso grain. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#787402797_DBE7e-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100213174308/787402797_DBE7e-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 043/365 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100212 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100212 Friday, 12th February, 2010 <h1>043/365 </h1> <div class="txt"> <p> This is from a car covered by snow. That's a truck heading towards downtown in the background. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#787402765_GNPbj-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100212094609/787402765_GNPbj-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 041/365 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100211 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100211 Thursday, 11th February, 2010 <h1>041/365 </h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I've been waiting for the snow to fall off the lab's roof for weeks now. Can't take much longer. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#786202471_tVWzg-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100211093912/786202471_tVWzg-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 041/365 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100210 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100210 Wednesday, 10th February, 2010 <h1>041/365 </h1> <div class="txt"> <p> All the snow has lead to interesting patterns all over Helsinki. These two joining sets of footprints really caught my attention. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#785343507_G2DKJ-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100210151231/785343507_G2DKJ-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 040/365 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100209 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100209 Tuesday, 09th February, 2010 <h1>040/365 </h1> <div class="txt"> <p> This is from a Toyota pickup truck. I liked the texture and color. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/10818993_ShmxQ#784716067_jCmXu-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100209161826/784716067_jCmXu-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 039/365 Say \"Cheese\"! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100208 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100208 Monday, 08th February, 2010 <h1>039/365 Say "Cheese"!</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I've been trying to keep myself from posting shots of the girls, because that's the easiest way to make a decent shot each day (and would bore everybody). Today I just couldn't resist her expression. Would you have guessed she'll be 3 in May? </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#783910404_RJYYs-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100208155027/783910404_RJYYs-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 038/365 Lines http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100207 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100207 Sunday, 07th February, 2010 <h1>038/365 Lines</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> This catched my eye when walking to the store. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#783003206_HPQEB-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100207130233/783003206_HPQEB-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 037/365 III http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100206 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100206 Saturday, 06th February, 2010 <h1>037/365 III</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I suppose shooting beer is lame, but the new 1l can is such a beauty that I had to (buy and) take a picture of it with the little brother (1/3 l). I did drink all the beer too :) </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#782297529_XqXv4-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100206165421/782297529_XqXv4-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 036/365 ICICLES AND BRICKS http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100205 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100205 Friday, 05th February, 2010 <h1>036/365 ICICLES AND BRICKS</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> It has been getting warmer and the icicles are melting all around our neighborhood. I just had to take one of these at the wall of the old baracks building close-by. I loved the contrast between the bricks and the ice. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#781649432_gjxup-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100205162841/781649432_gjxup-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 035/365 Mini http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100204 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100204 Thursday, 04th February, 2010 <h1>035/365 Mini</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> The new Minis are just so great! Bright in colors and cute to look at. I would consider buying one if a car wouldn't be a complete waste of money and environment. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#780852149_n2PEL-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100204093452/780852149_n2PEL-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 033/365 WHAT WOULDN\'T ONE DO FOR THE SHOT? http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100203 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100203 Wednesday, 03rd February, 2010 <h1>033/365 WHAT WOULDN'T ONE DO FOR THE SHOT?</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> There was/is an interesting sign in the nearby park, which I wanted to shoot. I kept on getting closer and closer with the 50mm until I was hip deep in the snow. Funnily, the shot I took of my legs was in the end more interesting than the one I took of the sign. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#780221861_qBp2f-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100203085806/780221861_qBp2f-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 033/365 ICE & DANGER http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100202 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100202 Tuesday, 02nd February, 2010 <h1>033/365 ICE & DANGER</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I took a few shots of this box and the icicles. In the end, I realized both that I should've stopped down and that the wall of the box is ugly. With some PP I got what you see below. It's far from perfect, but could also be worse. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#779510176_SsWak-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100202092423/779510176_SsWak-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 032/365 ABSOLUTE CTRL OVER THE BOKEH http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100201 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100201 Monday, 01st February, 2010 <h1>032/365 ABSOLUTE CTRL OVER THE BOKEH</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> There's something funny with the people frequenting photography forums. If they <b>must</b> take a shot but don't have the slightest clue what to shoot, this is what they.. krrhm.. we typically end up with: a boring shot of the keyboard. 333 of these coming up... I bet you can't wait? ;) </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#778646435_H9AHW-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100201210727/778646435_H9AHW-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> January 2010 archived http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100200 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100200 Wednesday, 25th July, 2012 <h1>January 2010 archived</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I moved the last month's shots to the archive because the page started to get a bit heavy. </p><p> <center><b>January 2010</b> <br/> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ/1/#754493095_hUzAr-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100101150421/754493095_hUzAr-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ/1/#756076510_qtv9S-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100102230010/756076510_qtv9S-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ/1/#756148287_fQo8W-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100103112317/756148287_fQo8W-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ/1/#757256202_X59pz-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100104172420/757256202_X59pz-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ/1/#758121276_UTvEr-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100105100351/758121276_UTvEr-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#759309390_2peuG-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100106121020/759309390_2peuG-Th.png /></a> <a 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src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100111101434/762528257_mRA5P-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#763260248_fJQrh-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100112143158/763260248_fJQrh-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#764467514_JSn7u-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100113093422/764467514_JSn7u-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#764701711_ZWzPy-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100114102116/764701711_ZWzPy-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#765273394_pf5Pg-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100115145010/765273394_pf5Pg-Th.png /></a> <a 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href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#770009647_P9d77-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100121121118/770009647_P9d77-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#770692273_XeEkM-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100122193733/770692273_XeEkM-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#771237036_SUex9-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100123121428/771237036_SUex9-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#772122047_sSvak-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100124160902/772122047_sSvak-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#773366906_YGYaw-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100125211714/773366906_YGYaw-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#774124744_pSwdy-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100126093912/774124744_pSwdy-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#774847333_HjYgX-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100127223308/774847333_HjYgX-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#775530876_t8ZNv-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100128091121/775530876_t8ZNv-Th.png /></a><a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#776010571_pC9Pq-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100129100831/776010571_pC9Pq-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#776761440_nm8DT-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100130101602/776761440_nm8DT-Th.png /></a> <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#777499972_nxk7M-A-LB><img src=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100131153937/777499972_nxk7M-Th.png /></a> </center> </p> </div> 031/365 BIOBULLET IN THE SNOW http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100131 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100131 Sunday, 31st January, 2010 <h1>031/365 BIOBULLET IN THE SNOW</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Meet Tiuhti, the dog of my mother-in-law. They were visiting us today, and we went to the ice to play a bit in the snow. Had great time (although I wasn't properly dressed in my jeans; they get wet pretty fast). </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#777499972_nxk7M-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100131153937/777499972_nxk7M-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 030/365 IT COMES ALSO IN LAYERS http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100130 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100130 Saturday, 30th January, 2010 <h1>030/365 IT COMES ALSO IN LAYERS</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Somehow I believe the theme of the month throughout Finland has been 'Snow'. Mainly because it's all over the place. After three winters without snow, I'm not sure whether I'm going to get bored of it during the coming weeks or not. Though, seems a lot of people have already lost their endurance ;) </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#776761440_nm8DT-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100130101602/776761440_nm8DT-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 029/365 56 cm (22 inches) OF SNOW, MORE COMING http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100129 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100129 Friday, 29th January, 2010 <h1>029/365 56 cm (22 inches) OF SNOW, MORE COMING</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> The snow seems to be here to stay. We reached 56 cm today, and there is more coming today and during the weekend. I LOVE it! :) </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#776010571_pC9Pq-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100129100831/776010571_pC9Pq-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 028/365 #### http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100128 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100128 Thursday, 28th January, 2010 <h1>028/365 ####</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> This is more of my traditional style. I was hoping it would be later during the year when I need to start shooting the walls of the lab, but here we are... And I already shot the surveillance cameras about a week ago :'o </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#775530876_t8ZNv-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100128091121/775530876_t8ZNv-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 027/365 COUNTERACT [-21°C/-5.8F] http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100127 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100127 Wednesday, 27th January, 2010 <h1>027/365 COUNTERACT [-21°C/-5.8F]</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> It was pretty cold today. Taking into account that there is a clear wind blowing through our balcony door and one of the windows (they will come and fix it), we have it warm and cosy inside. Still, it inspired me to take this shot. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#774847333_HjYgX-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100127223308/774847333_HjYgX-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 026/365 CURSE AND BLESSING OF THE MODERN LIFE http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100126 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100126 Tuesday, 26th January, 2010 <h1>026/365 CURSE AND BLESSING OF THE MODERN LIFE</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> For a Finn, the title is probably more true than for the average Westerner. This sign is from the Flagship shop at Aleksanterinkatu in downtown Helsinki, which I've been frequenting with my N81 which refuses to work properly. Tomorrow, they said today, I might get a new device to replace the problematic one. We'll see what they'll offer. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#774124744_pSwdy-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100126093912/774124744_pSwdy-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 025/365 TROLLS OF THE DARK FOREST http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100125 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100125 Monday, 25th January, 2010 <h1>025/365 TROLLS OF THE DARK FOREST</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Phew... I had one of those "I have to shoot something, I have to shoot somethign..." moments slightly transforming to panic, when I noticed the Moomin fenced on the floor where the rest of the family was playing with the wooden railroad. I asked Stella to set up the trees behind the trolls, and ended up with this. </p><p> It is, I believe, the first selective color shot I've done this year. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#773366906_YGYaw-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100125211714/773366906_YGYaw-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 024/365 TWO MINUTES BEFORE THE SUNSET http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100124 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100124 Sunday, 24th January, 2010 <h1>024/365 TWO MINUTES BEFORE THE SUNSET</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Finally something I'm actually happy with. I went out just to shoot something, and found this lonely little tree from the top of the hill behind Annala. I had to step out from the trail, but I think it was worth the effort. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#772122047_sSvak-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100124160902/772122047_sSvak-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 023/365 IMPATIENTLY WAITING FOR THE SUMMER DAYS http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100123 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100123 Saturday, 23rd January, 2010 <h1>023/365 IMPATIENTLY WAITING FOR THE SUMMER DAYS</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> It's crazy what people leave outside during the winter. For instance, there are two bikes covered by the snow right outside our door, and a motorcycle which is actually completely under snow by now. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#771237036_SUex9-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100123121428/771237036_SUex9-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 022/365 ALMOST OBSOLETE http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100122 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100122 Friday, 22nd January, 2010 <h1>022/365 ALMOST OBSOLETE</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> It must be the scientist in me which tries to cut all the bullsh*t ;) ... at least this is how I'm explaining to myself the lack of comments I post with the shots. Some people doing a similar project will write PAGES each day. I really admire them for doing it, although I very seldom actually read all the text. </p><p> Whatever. </p><p> Below is what I was able to do today. I'm eagerly waiting for the next month and changing lenses again. The 180mm is a bit long to be used indoors. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#770692273_XeEkM-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100122193733/770692273_XeEkM-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 021/365 are you? UNDER SURVEILLANCE http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100121 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100121 Thursday, 21st January, 2010 <h1>021/365 are you? UNDER SURVEILLANCE</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#770009647_P9d77-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100121121118/770009647_P9d77-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 020/365 DRY STREAM http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100120 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100120 Wednesday, 20th January, 2010 <h1>020/365 DRY STREAM</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#769205802_mxLbM-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100120153400/769205802_mxLbM-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 019/365 HIDDEN BORDER http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100119 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100119 Tuesday, 19th January, 2010 <h1>019/365 HIDDEN BORDER</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#768565789_544ZE-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100119110238/768565789_544ZE-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 018/365 SCIENTIFIC VIEW http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100118 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100118 Monday, 18th January, 2010 <h1>018/365 SCIENTIFIC VIEW</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> A quick one. Just something I've been reading lately. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#767676885_Gnidq-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100118213456/767676885_Gnidq-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 017/365 COME ON! GET BAKED! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100117 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100117 Sunday, 17th January, 2010 <h1>017/365 COME ON! GET BAKED!</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Tried to think a bit out of the box today. Hope you all like it. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#766709458_qNM5d-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100117203041/766709458_qNM5d-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 016/365 DARE TO ENTER? http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100116 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100116 Saturday, 16th January, 2010 <h1>016/365 DARE TO ENTER?</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Funny colored lights they have in the stairways of the parking hall at the University of Arts ;) </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#765889996_sVCWJ-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100116155757/765889996_sVCWJ-L.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 015/365 BOUND TO THE GROUND http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100115 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100115 Friday, 15th January, 2010 <h1>015/365 BOUND TO THE GROUND</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Went out during the 'lunch' break to shoot something. This was behind the lab... </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/10818993_ShmxQ#765273394_pf5Pg-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/2010-365/wm20100115145010/765273394_pf5Pg-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 014/365 A BIG NO-NO! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100114 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100114 Thursday, 14th January, 2010 <h1>014/365 A BIG NO-NO!</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Just don't :D </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#764701711_ZWzPy-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100114102116/764701711_ZWzPy-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 013/365 SOMETHING SPECTACULAR http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100113 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100113 Wednesday, 13th January, 2010 <h1>013/365 SOMETHING SPECTACULAR</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I've no idea what the girls were looking/shooting at. Must be something spectacular... </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#764467514_JSn7u-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100113093422/764467514_JSn7u-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 012/365 CAN YOU SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES? http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100112 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100112 Tuesday, 12th January, 2010 <h1>012/365 CAN YOU SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES?</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> The twigs caught my attention while heading for the kindergarten to take Sofia home. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#763260248_fJQrh"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100112143158/763260248_fJQrh-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 011/365 SUPPORT http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100111 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100111 Monday, 11th January, 2010 <h1>011/365 SUPPORT</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> No comments. The picture should speak for itself. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#762528257_mRA5P-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100111101434/762528257_mRA5P-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 010/365 TOWARDS LIGHT http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100110 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100110 Sunday, 10th January, 2010 <h1>010/365 TOWARDS LIGHT</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I love how the trees look right now. Lot's of snow and tiny pointy crystals growing out from the branches. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#761537112_NgJiz-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100110143724/761537112_NgJiz-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 009/365 PABLO\'S GUESTS AT -15°C http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100109 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100109 Saturday, 09th January, 2010 <h1>009/365 PABLO'S GUESTS AT -15°C</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> It wasn't seriously cold today, but it must have felt quite cold for all the people queing for the Picasso exhibition at the Art Museum Ateneum. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#760807996_Tmqwx-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100109111203/760807996_Tmqwx-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 008/365 ISICLES http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100108 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100108 Friday, 08th January, 2010 <h1>008/365 ISICLES</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> After a few years in practice without snow, it's great to see it all over with such amounts. We are definitely loving it :) </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#760025408_pY6hV-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100108093202/760025408_pY6hV-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 007/365 NOWHERE TO GO http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100107 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100107 Thursday, 07th January, 2010 <h1>007/365 NOWHERE TO GO</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Taken during the 'lunch' break while I went to S&ouml;rn&auml;inen to pay for the laptop repair. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#759596695_B8yEa-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100107122506/759596695_B8yEa-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 006/365 KEEPS ME GOING http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100106 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100106 Wednesday, 06th January, 2010 <h1>006/365 KEEPS ME GOING</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> A bit hasty, but I didn't have enough time for proper shooting. Great coffee in any case. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#759309390_2peuG-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100106121020/759309390_2peuG-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 005/365 RETIRED, NOT FORGOTTEN http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100105 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100105 Tuesday, 05th January, 2010 <h1>005/365 RETIRED, NOT FORGOTTEN</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I think I'm repeating myself... need to find something not in snow for tomorrow... </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#758121276_UTvEr-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100105100351/758121276_UTvEr-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> 004/365 A LIGHT IN THE DARK http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100104 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100104 Monday, 04th January, 2010 <h1>004/365 A LIGHT IN THE DARK</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> We had a busy day today with Sofia running around downtown Helsinki after she slept. When I remembered my camera after the tram trip back home, it was already dark. This is what I came up with. </p><p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#757256202_X59pz-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100104172420/757256202_X59pz-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> New Year, New Year... http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100103 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20100103 Sunday, 03rd January, 2010 <h1>New Year, New Year...</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> So, we are back in Helsinki since about five months as of writing this. We are enjoying Arabianranta extremely much, and everything is just as dandy as it gets. Even when there is 34cm of snow and temperature somewhere at 20 degrees C below the freezing point. </p><p> During 2008, I did a <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/366-Day-Project-for-year-2008/4938980_WYMKb>365 day project</a> posting one picture a day. Last year, I went for one shot per week which ended up as the <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/52-weeks-of-2009/7011365_aFjyy>52 week project</a>. This year I'm back to my roots. I will again make one shot for each day - preferably one taken during each day - and post them in Smugmug and here. For the January, I'm going with the AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 lens and posting the pictures collectively <a href=http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ>here</a>. </p><p> Without further ramblings, here are the first three shots: </p> <p> <div class="center"> <br/> <br/> <b>003 SAFETY ABOVE ALL</b> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#756148287_fQo8W-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100103112317/756148287_fQo8W-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p><p> <br/> </p><p> <div class="center"> <b>002 FLAME</b> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#756076510_qtv9S-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100102230010/756076510_qtv9S-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p><p> <br/> </p><p> <div class="center"> <b>001 LAST MOMENTS OF TODAY'S 5H 57M</b> <br/> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/10818993_ShmxQ#754493095_hUzAr-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/Photography/JanuaryMadness-2010/wm20100101150421/754493095_hUzAr-M.png" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p> </div> Sometimes life feels like a puzzle http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20090310 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20090310 Tuesday, 10th March, 2009 <h1>Sometimes life feels like a puzzle</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> For half a year now I've been wondering what I want to do when I grow up. I always thought it would become easier while I get older, but seems it's even more difficult now. Especially with a family. </p><p> Right now I feel like going for an academic carrier. I know I love this job, and perhaps it really is possible to get a living while doing research after all. Well, at least I'm trying; there are a total of four proposals submitted or in preparation plus some other possibilities :) </p><p> I also got prepared for some networking today (<a href=http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-3473-2009>researcher id</a>, <a href=http://network.nature.com/people/janikotakoski>nature network</a>, <a href=https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jani_Kotakoski>research gate</a>, <a href=http://www.linkedin.com/in/janikotakoski>linkedin</a>, and as usual <a href=http://www.facebook.com/people/Jani-Kotakoski/741161373>facebook</a>) and added links to my <a href=publ.php>publication list</a>. Btw. check out the <img src=http://labs.researcherid.com/mashlets/badge/badge_sm.gif /> on the side bar. Pretty neat application! </p><p> Here is a recent fitting shot: </p><p> <div class="center"> <b>EVERY PERSON IS AN ENIGMA</b> <br/> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5276946_QQpMo/1/#486844080_qMQT4-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/486844080_qMQT4-M.jpg" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p><p> Check out the <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5044008_gGrZ3">gallery</a> for new family pictures. </p> </div> Another year spent http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20081031 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20081031 Friday, 31st October, 2008 <h1>Another year spent</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I'm fast approaching the age of 30 - today's day count is 364, and it will become one less each day. Perhaps because of this, I have lately been thinking of my future carrier. </p><p> Unfortunately there are no real conclusions ;) However, I have been surprised on how much I like preparing (and giving) lectures. I would've never believed that. </p><p> In any case, here is a recent picture: </p><p> <div class="center"> <b>SEVEN-LEAGUE BOOTS</b> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5276946_QQpMo//#406425779_ZA5S"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/406425779_ZA5Sv-M.jpg" alt="" /></a><br/> </div> </p><p> As always, there are also (other) new pictures of <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5044008_gGrZ3">Sofia</a>. </p> </div> The more the merrier... http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080920 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080920 Saturday, 20th September, 2008 <h1>The more the merrier...</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Anita and Tiuhti (my mother-in-law and her dog) joined us for the rest of the year two weeks ago. Before they arrived, we were busy organizing her room, and after they got here I took some days off, and we went to Finland to Katja-Riikka's and Risto's wedding. </p><p> Hence, not much time to think about posting. 'Case Santa-Claus' is forming in my head but we'll see if I ever get done with it so that it could be posted here. </p><p> Anyway, here is a picture from the amusement park visiting the city garden 100m from our front door (<a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/4938980_WYMKb/1/#376407640_CDSdW-A-LB">another shot</a> made it to my picture of the day): </p><p> <div class="center"> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5276946_QQpMo/1/#376408517_pJmGz-A-LB"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/376408517_pJmGz-M.jpg" alt="Clear-headed" /></a><br/> :: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/">My SmugMug</a> :: </div> </p><p> I also added a few pictures of <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5044008_gGrZ3">Sofia</a> and <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5486932_Xwjcq">Roosa</a>. The password for the first gallery is the full name of Sofia (first and second given name all lower case letters and without the space), and that of the second is the address of my mom and sister (only the street name, all letters in lower case). </p> </div> Seeing is believing... http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080820 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080820 Wednesday, 20th August, 2008 <h1>Seeing is believing...</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I learned a new tiny piece of wisdom during the last week i.e. <a href="http://blogs.gnome.org/dcbw/2007/10/15/networkmanager-07-is-the-new-chuck-norris/">NetworkManager 0.7 is the new Chuck Norris</a>. As a super-nerd, as I've been previously called, I just had to share this information with you all ;) </p><p> Think what you want, but that is some <b>good news</b>. And it even works. I'm still amazed. Although the new features would be nice to get (such as the possibility for having different setups for LAN depending on location), I got everything I wanted working with the Dispatcher and some <i>ugly scripts (tm)</i>. </p><p> Here is another recent shot for all of you. Strobes would make it light years better by allowing shutter speeds above 1/250", but this had to do for now. </p><p> <div class="center"> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5276946_QQpMo/1/#355057797_xEq"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/355057797_xEqP4-M.jpg" alt="Clear-headed" /></a><br/> :: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/">My SmugMug</a> :: </div> </p> </div> Waiting for news http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080805 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080805 Tuesday, 05th August, 2008 <h1>Waiting for news</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I got a message from NIKON last week: they've received my D200 on the 29th of July, and more news is to come within 3-5 days. This is the fifth day (excluding the weekend), and so far there have been no other news. I'm hoping they'll get it fixed soon. </p><p> While waiting, I've been shooting with Stella's D50. It might not be as much of a pleasure as shootin with the D200, but the camera sure can produce some quality images. My yesterday's picture was a rushed idea late at night, but I think I like it. </p><p> </p><p> <div class="center"> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/4938980_WYMKb/1/345219346_b4H9B"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/345219346_b4H9B-M.jpg" alt="[Muted]" /></a><br/> :: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/">My SmugMug</a> :: </div> </p> </div> A dad-and-daughter weekend... first of its kind http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080724 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080724 Thursday, 24th July, 2008 <h1>A dad-and-daughter weekend... first of its kind</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Stella is leaving for Amsterdam tomorrow morning, and is half terrified and half thrilled. This is the first time she will spend a night (actually two) away from Sofia. We are sure she will forget us the minute the rear lights flash to our direction :'P </p><p> Hopefully they will have a great trip with the girls. </p><p> I've uploaded some recent shots of the family to the SmugMug gallery. Click the picture of Sofia for getting there. The password is the same as before for Sofia's pics. Send me an email if you need it. </p><p> <div class="center"> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5044008_gGrZ3/1/334778105_RvBwP"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/334778105_RvBwP-M.jpg" alt="Sofia staring at me" /></a><br/> :: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/">My SmugMug</a> :: </div> </p> </div> When things start to go bad... http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080721 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080721 Monday, 21st July, 2008 <h1>When things start to go bad...</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I noticed last week that the electronics of my Nikon D200 camera were doing something funny; the grid lines in the view finder wouldn't turn off completely, instead only the lower part vanished. Hence, I need to send the camera to Nikon in Stuttgart :( Luckily the warranty is still on for a few months. </p><p> Of course, when things start to go bad, all the sh*t comes down at once; next the battery of my laptop died. 9 days after the warranty ended. How bad luck is that? I ordered a new one with much more capacity, but it still was another 180€ wasted... </p><p> To add the icing to the cake, my throat has been keeping me up through the weekend. I've no idea what's wrong down there, but there is some pain during the days, and it's difficult to breath during the nights. Now it's already a tad better. Hopefully I'll be fit again tomorrow morning - I need to go to the gym (and to work, of course). </p><p> Anyways, here is yesterday's picture of the day of my 366 Day Project: </p><p> <div class="center"> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/4938980_WYMKb"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/335439546_AzNrJ-M.jpg" alt="" /></a><br/> :: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/">My SmugMug</a> :: </div> </p> </div> News for the family (in Finnish) http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080720-2 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080720-2 Sunday, 20th July, 2008 <h1>News for the family (in Finnish)</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Kuten monet varmasti tietävät, kävimme kesäkuussa Suomessa Tiinan, Paulan ja Tuijan tasakymmenvuotispäivillä (kahdet eri kutsut). Sen jälkeen meillä on riittänyt vilinää ja vilskettä täällä Saksassa. </p><p> Suvi, Antti, Jonas ja tytöt käväisivät moikkaamassa meitä heinäkuun alussa. Laitoin kuvia vierailusta SmugMug:iin. Alla oleva kuva on linkki galleriaan. Salasana on 'helleloma' ;) </p><p> <div class="center"> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5486173_iamoD"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/335485116_9grgW-M.jpg" alt="" /></a><br/> :: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/">My SmugMug</a> :: </div> </p><p> Kun he olivat lähteneet, Esa ja Anni käväisivät - itse asiassa kahdesti, ja nyt Tiina ja Ari ovat tulossa huomenna pariksi päiväksi. Sen jälkeen meillä taitaakin olla vähän pidempi tauko vierailijoissa. </p> </div> Paddling on Altrhein http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080720-1 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080720-1 Sunday, 20th July, 2008 <h1>Paddling on Altrhein</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> We went for paddling with the work group on Friday the 11th of July to Altrhein. Had some fabulous time there :) </p><p> EDIT: SmugMug is up again. Click on the following picture to go to the gallery. The password is given as the hint on the page. </p><p> <div class="center"> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/5399508_uZ2DC#331089698_PPpjA"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/331012461_VRUYm-M.jpg" alt="" /></a><br/> :: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/">My SmugMug</a> :: </div> </p> </div> Seems I\'m not much of a blogger http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080710 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080710 Thursday, 10th July, 2008 <h1>Seems I'm not much of a blogger</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Haven't written anything here during the last 5 months :) I'll try to get things straigth again and write at least something every week. Or every second... or at least once in a month. </p><p> Honestly, I'll try to make it a habit to write something here every Monday from now-on. </p><p> Here is a recent shot from the 366 Day Project of mine: <div class="center"> <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/4938980_WYMKb/1/327526792_2hRb7"><img class="imgblog" src="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/photos/327526792_2hRb7-M.jpg" alt="" /></a><br/> <a href="http://www.smugmug.com/">SmugMug</a> :: <a href="http://jkkoski.smugmug.com/gallery/4938980_WYMKb/1/327526792_2hRb7">photo page</a> - please leave a comment </div> </p><p> I'll also try to add some family pictures to a SmugMug gallery with a password protection, although most of the relatives saw us while visiting Finland in June. </p> </div> Photo projects http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080104 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080104 Friday, 04th January, 2008 <h1>Photo projects</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I haven't yet given up the projects ;) However, I decided to stop posting the images here every day. Please, visit my flickr gallery for the pics. </p> </div> 3/366 - Sunrise above clouds http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080103 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080103 Thursday, 03rd January, 2008 <h1>3/366 - Sunrise above clouds</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2162077393/" title="2008 Jan 01 - Puzzle by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2196/2162077393_cb369eb42e.jpg" alt="2008 Jan 01 - Puzzle" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2162077393/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> Third pic of my Pic-A-Day project. </p> <p> I wanted to avoid snapshotting on this project. This image is not far from that, but I still decided to include it after considering it for quite some time. </p> <p> This was taken on our way back home from spending the holidays with family in Finland. I originally wanted to capture the colors on the clouds framed by the plane window. However, I ended up removing most of the color from the image. In my opinion it came more interesting this way. </p> <p> Great to be back home. Now I've a few days to recover from the holidays before going back to work... </p> </div> 2/366 - An old enemy http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080102 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080102 Wednesday, 02nd January, 2008 <h1>2/366 - An old enemy</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2158783717/" title="2008 Jan 01 - Puzzle by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2256/2158783717_0972806171.jpg" alt="2008 Jan 01 - Puzzle" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2158783717/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> Second pic of my Pic-A-Day project. </p> <p> Also the second image was a tough call - we have been visiting relatives in Finland during the holidays and are leaving for home (Germany) tomorrow i.e. this has been a day of lots of hassle. Taking into account the circumstances, I am happy with this picture. I have been constantly bouncing my head against this lamp - hence the name. </p> <p> We are leaving Finland tomorrow to get back home. As nice as it is to meet friends and relatives, it is also very nice to get back. </p> </div> New projects for the New Year 2008! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080101 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20080101 Tuesday, 01st January, 2008 <h1>New projects for the New Year 2008!</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2155255781/" title="2008 Jan 01 - Puzzle by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2058/2155255781_9199641491.jpg" alt="2008 Jan 01 - Puzzle" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2155255781/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> You may have noticed that I skipped the last two weekly images on 2007. The reason is (mostly) that I took a break from photographing for a few days (except for family), because I had two new projects in my mind. </p> <p> The first one is called JanuariMadness, and I am doing it with a bunch nice people at the <a href="http://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/">Nikon Café forums</a>. The idea is to use only one fixed focal lenght lens (prime) for the whole month, and to publish one image per day. My choice of the lens is the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4. </p> <p> Second game is 366 Day Project, in which I will take a picture a day for the whole year - without the limitation on the selection of lenses. Also for this challenge, there are some guys participating on the same fora. </p> <p> The above image launches both puzzling projects ;) Happy new year everybody! </p> </div> Photo of week 49, 2007 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071216 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071216 Sunday, 16th December, 2007 <h1>Photo of week 49, 2007</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2115923038/" title="Ventilation by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2037/2115923038_7cce0dbd93.jpg" alt="Ventilation" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2115923038/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> Going through my last week's photos, I was rather surprised to notice how few they were. Must be related to all the Christmas hassle... presents and planning the trip to Finland etc. </p> <p> This photo is probably not the best ever taken photograph ;) However, I sort of like it. Especially because of the contrast between the wine jar and the pipes. They even face to opposite directions. </p> <p> Four nights before leaving for Finland. Amazing how fast time goes. </p> </div> Photo of week 48, 2007 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071209 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071209 Sunday, 09th December, 2007 <h1>Photo of week 48, 2007</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2094291249/" title="Birdie by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2157/2094291249_c4916a8117.jpg" alt="Birdie" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2061131980/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> My this week's favourite is a metallic bird on someones front yard in Paulusviertel. I am overall rather satisfied with the colors and composition of this picture. Especially because it was a quick grab while hurrying my way home from work. </p> <p> We have mostly recovered from our most recent visitors who left last Thursday ;) Now only a bit more than one week before flying to Finland for holidays! </p> </div> Photo of week 47, 2007 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071125 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071125 Sunday, 25th November, 2007 <h1>Photo of week 47, 2007</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2061131980/" title="A peek by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2287/2061131980_c28b67cb23.jpg" alt="A peek" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2061131980/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> Let me introduce our start of the week: <b>Sofia</b>! She is laying on a carpet and reaching for my camera. She sure knows what to want ;) </p> <p> P.S. Happy birthday Stella! </p> </div> Photo of week 46, 2007 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071120 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071120 Tuesday, 20th November, 2007 <h1>Photo of week 46, 2007</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2049223423/" title="Glass tiles glowing in dark by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2323/2049223423_922ad52cbf.jpg" alt="Glass tiles glowing in dark" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2049223423/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> I haven't been shooting much last week - partly because I've been tired after the visit of my mom last weekend ;) </p> <p> However, I like this picture a lot. I guess the reason is partly that it was taken after dark with <em>Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR</em> lens, which I had already doomed for shooting after sunset. I got a sort of a revelation yesterday (yup, it was actually taken on week 47) when playing around with long shutter speeds. Oh boy, now I really want a tripod system... </p> <p> The target is a glass tile window close to where we live. It shone beautifully from the dark wall turned into blue in the darkening evening. </p> </div> Photo of the week http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071114 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071114 Wednesday, 14th November, 2007 <h1>Photo of the week</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2015554603/" title="DA(2) by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2271/2015554603_30ccd4a79f.jpg" alt="DA(2)" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/2015554603/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> While upgrading the looks of these pages today, I decided to start a 'pic-per-week' project. This means that after each week - or at least most weeks - I will go through my photos and pick a favorite to show here. </p><p> The last week's photograph is from my way to work. I love the autumn colors around, and this tree from the route 'DA(2)' catched my eye. </p> </div> Pictures from Bessungen http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071028 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071028 Sunday, 28th October, 2007 <h1>Pictures from Bessungen</h1> <div class="txt"> <div class="center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/1788175217/" title="A branch of ivy by jkkoski, on Flickr"><img class="imgblog" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2322/1788175217_fef923a869.jpg" alt="A branch of ivy" /></a> </div> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a> :: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkkoski/1788175217/">photo page</a> - please leave a comment <p> I uploaded my publicly accessible photos to <a href="http://www.flickr.com/">flickr</a>. The private ones remain here for the time beeing. New sets include some photos from this part of Darmstadt, Bessungen, where we live and a few shots taken elsewhere around here. </p> </div> New photos http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071021 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071021 Sunday, 21st October, 2007 <h1>New photos</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Just added a few more <a href="./photos.php">photos</a>. Nothing really exciting, mostly pictures of Sofia for relatives. I bet most people won't see the difference in pictures taken with my old D50 and the new D200, because the shooter has remained the same. However, I do think that the new camera has already allowed me to start to become a better photographer. Perhaps in twenty years my pictures will eventually be decent... </p> </div> My Nikon D200 arrived! http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071011 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20071011 Thursday, 11th October, 2007 <h1>My Nikon D200 arrived!</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> I bought <a href="http://nikonimaging.com/global/products/digitalcamera/slr/d200/index.htm">a new camera</a> this week with <a href="http://nikonimaging.com/global/products/lens/af/dx/af-s_dx_vr_zoom18-200mmf_35-56g_if/index.htm">a decent carry-around lens</a>. Expect huge expansion of the <a href="./photos.php">Photos</a> section soon. </p> <p> Now all I need to make me happy would be a set consisting maybe of a wideangle zoom (~12-24 mm), a fixed-focal length lens with large aperture (f.ex. 30 mm with f/1.4), another fixed lens (f.ex. 180 mm) plus a fisheye lens. Not to mention additional flash and a second battery plus a tripod... </p> </div> More about the photographs http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20070928 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20070928 Friday, 28th September, 2007 <h1>More about the photographs</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> A friend got me again paranoid about privacy. Have a look at <a href='http://www.facebook.com/terms.php'>Facebook's terms of usage</a>. Especially the 'User Content Posted on the Site' part is alarming. </p> <p> Because of this sentence:<br/><br/> '<i>By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.</i>',<br/><br/> I decided to remove the photos from facebook and put them here instead. </p> <p> I just don't want to find cups or t-shirts sold with Sofia's picture on them... </p> <p> To access the photos, just click <a href="./photos.php">here</a> and give 'photos' as username and both first names of our daughter (without a space, lowercase letters) as the password. <a href='mailto:jani.kotakoski@iki.fi'>Ask me</a> if you don't know them both. </p> </div> Back from Sicily http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20070923 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20070923 Sunday, 23rd September, 2007 <h1>Back from Sicily</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> Well... about the photos... I was overspoken to join <a href='http://www.facebook.com'>facebook</a> and uploaded some pictures there. You have to become a friend in order to see them though. </p> <p> We went to a conference in Sicily last week, all three of us, and returned today. Some shots of Etna will surely be also added. </p> </div> Arriving to Darmstadt http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20070724 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20070724 Tuesday, 24th July, 2007 <h1>Arriving to Darmstadt</h1> <div class="txt"> <p> We arrived at Darmstadt today after a very hard day. We even finally got our luggage here. </p> </div> &Sigma;o&phi;i&alpha; http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20070514 http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=20070514 Monday, 14th May, 2007 <h1>&Sigma;o&phi;i&alpha;</h1> <div class="txt"> <img src='photos/sc_sofia.jpg' alt='Sofia' class='imgblog'/> <p> Our daughter Sofia is now 8 days old. Stay tuned for pictures emerging soon on section to-be-called 'photos'. </p><br/><br/> </div> http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=.20150920-NewDesign.html.swp http://kotakoski.fi/blog.php?blogpost=.20150920-NewDesign.html.swp Sunday, 20th September, 2015