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Lil’ Xmas

November 20, 2009
By Asmodeane in Posts

It's been foggy and cold.

It's been foggy and cold.

Ah, it’s that special time of year once again. During the following couple of weeks tens of thousands of drunk and disorderly office workers are going to invade the venues of Helsinki City. Spouces are going to be cheated on with secretaries and various other co-workers, bosses are going to be insulted and possibly manhandled, inappropriate jokes are going to be told and faces are going to be lost. For such is the nature of the Finnish Lil’ Xmas celebrations. Of course, to every action there’s always an equal opposite reaction. When ugly words and heinous deeds have been said and done, the resulting  miasma of overwhelming shame, guilt, fear, and regret is going to permeate the air of many a business in our dear cold Finland for weeks to come. Luckily I have never yet made a complere ass out of myself on one of these corporate benders, nor am I planning to start any time soon. It can be a lot of fun to see the people you work with piss ass drunk, though!

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I am now at the office, and the official start of the festivities is slated for 15:30. That’s when we are allowed to oped the well-stocked company fridge and get our brewskies of choice. At around 16:15 a bunch of taxies are going to arrive and whisk us away to Hartwall Arena, where we are going to first enjoy food and drink, and then watch a show called “Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular“. Yeah, I know, right? A pretty weird choice for a venue. But hey, at least it’s original. And it’s not like I’d ever go watch something like that of my own volition. The tickets are pretty damn expensive, costing almost 60€. We also got an unlimited (well, within the Helsinki metropolitan area) single-use taxi card to use for the home trip, because everyone, me included, left their cars at home. Anyway, I think it’s almost 15:30 now, so I might as well amble over to the fridge and grab a cold frosty one. Expect an update on the Dino Show some time soon. We are having Girly’s 25th birthday party tomorrow, and I will probably not have the time to update, but maybe during the hangover on Sunday, providing it’s not too debilitating.

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Anyway, I’ve been a busy boy lately! I’ve scoured the net far and wide, and I bring you the gift of moderately interesting video material, as well as some links. So let us start with the links, then.

  • Here’s an interesting article on fertility and global demographics in The Economist. Did you know that the global replacement fertility rate average is now only 2.33? That’s way less than I thought. Should fall beneath 2 around 2020, according to prognosis.
  • And somewhat on the subjects of families and reproduction, here’s an overview of what it costs to own a house in the States. Just as an interesting comparison to Finland.
  • The Jonestown Massacre, or The Jonestown Mass Suicide occured 31 years ago yesterday, when 918 people commited suicide or were murdered in Jonestown, Guyana, largest such even to date. Here’s a photo report collated by Time. You should also check out the comprehensive Wikipedia entry on the subject.
  • Ok, after such a disquieting topic I guess we should have something a bit nicer. Here’s a story of how Guardian’s Jon Ronson revealed the Most Terrible Swearword Ever to his eight-year-old son.

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If you still need to pour a little bit of soothing balm on your nerves, then click on the following clip and put it into glorious full-screen HD.

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Here’s another gorgeous and absolutely fascinating piece of history: London in 1927, filmed in color! Just amazing. Sure was pretty back then… Note how everything was so much more refined and better made, down to the fonts on the Dunlop commercials on the buses. Those were the days before mass-produced crap.

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Last vid was filmed from the very top of Burj Dubai, the 818m tall sky scraper in Dubai, the tallest man-made structure ever bulit. Crappy camerawork, but good subject matter. The tower, viewed from this vantage point, reminds me of some scene from Star Wars. Some futuristic outpost on a remote desert planet…

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It’s time to drink. L’Chaim!

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