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Cat in food shop in Kingisepp, Russia

Cats always find a warm place – someone just left this chair.

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Gigapanning

I ordered an EPIC 100 for the Geodesign project I’m heading, and got it a few days ago. Today I was able to take my first proper image, using a tripod and my Sony NEX 6. The idea is to visualize an area close to my own home which will become a new residential area in a few years. This is a bit like Google Street View where there are no streets. I have not used maximal resolution and the image itself is ”only” 65 MB. This one is about 1 TB, if you want to see the potential of this technique.

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Garfish for dinner in Kuressaare

Long and tiny, green bones, taste as pike. That’s garfish. This one met its destiny in Estonian waters.

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Winter image

My colleague George Rybakov flew over Fiskars, Raseborg a few days ago to collect test data for an AERIA project with the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Some of the images were beutifully graphical, like this one:

fiskarsbirch

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Education and competencies

Knowledge work is not performed by independent individuals but by interdependent people in interaction. A new way to understanding work and competencies is unfolding: knowledge that used to be understood as the internal property of an individual is seen as networked communication. This requires us to learn new ways of talking about education and competencies. What is also needed is to unlearn the reductionist organizing principles that were inherited from manufacturing. Work is now communication and the network is the amplifier of knowledge and value added.

Esko Kilpi

 

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Sorry, no magic

Sometimes we try to make ourselves smarter. We call that research. Sometimes we try to make our peers smarter. We call that publishing. Sometimes we try to make our students smarter. We call that teaching. And that’s it. That’s all there is. These are important jobs for sure, and they are hard jobs at times, but they’re not magic. And neither are we.

Clay Shirky

 

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We can’t continue to meet like this

Another good checklist on how to conduct meetings.

 

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Lumia 920 – first month

I have been upgrading my electronic equipment and as a part of that, I ordered a Lumia 920 from TeliaSonera. It arrived on the same day as it was launched in Finland, on November 22nd. I have been an iPhone user since two years, and I really have liked it, especially after the bad experience with my Nokia N97. That was an advanced phone for the time – that's why I bought it – but the interface was quite terrible, especially the touch screen.

Now, because Nokia is still a Finnish company and they have about one more chance to survive in the market and Lumia 920 is that chance, I thought I could be a little nationalistic and buy one. Now I have some experience with it.

It's big, maybe a little too big, but how could a small phone accomodate a very nice 4,5 inch screen? The Windows 8 Phone OS is good. I have found most of the iOS apps in need/want in a WP version. Nokia Music – who needs Spotify anymore? The camera – very good, as expected, but not as extremely good in dark conditions as advertised. Map applications are much nicer because of the large screen, and the inbuilt Nokia map and navigation apps are very convenient to have.

So, all in all, I can recommend Lumia 920 as long as you don't want a small phone.

I promise I will blog a little less about gadgets during the beginning of next year (which starts in 4 hours), and more about for example Geodesign.

 

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iPadding

A little less than two years ago I bought my first iPad. It was relatively cheap, because iPad 2 had just come out and I bought an iPad 1 Wi-Fi, 16 Gb for 370 €, just to see if the tool suited me. Since then I have used it a lot at home and while travelling.

For writing, however, I find it a little awkward. So now when I got myself an iPad 4 with all the goodies including 64 Gb memory and mobile data I thought I'd start ”ipadding” more seriously, but for that I needed a keyboard. I tested the old iPad with my standard iMac Bluetooth keyboard a year ago and it worked (after jailbraking), but it's cumbersome to carry the keyboard around, so I started to look for a lighter one, and the Logitech Ultrathin keyboard/cover which you can buy from the Apple Store for 100 € seemed to be a good alternative. I thought the price was a little high so I searched for a better bargain and found it at Markantalo's webshop, 75 €.

This is the first text I write with this tool and it works surprisingly well. And it's not only a keyboard, but also a beautiful and sturdy cover which makes the whole solution even more clever. Thanks, Logitech!

 

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Snow storm No 1

Winter came tonight.

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