Month: July 2009

  • Sibling Rivalry 2009

    A Nokia colleague of mine here in Finland had a charming update to an age old scenario. In this scene, the older sister, who is 13, is saying she has a crush on a boy in her school. It’s a boy in her school and the younger sister is dying to know who it is. […]

  • Finnish Wife Carrying

    Finnish Wife Carrying

    So in the middle of all the excitement of getting settled we missed the World Wife Carrying Championship which took place (as it has for the past 14 years) in Sonkaj√§rvi, Finland – about 500km north of Helsinki. Eager to see what it would take to participate next year, I came across the official site […]

  • Finland, they do it different here

    Finland, they do it different here

    I have a feeling this is going to be a regular feature. There are many things that are different here in Finland. Here are just a few that I’ve learned about in the past few weeks. Speeding tickets are progressive, you pay more if you earn more. I was warned about someone who had a […]

  • Rental Cars as Advertising

    When we moved to Finland, we decided to leave our two car, suburban lifestyle behind and live life in the center of Helsinki. We walk everywhere and take trolleys, buses, and trains when it’s too far to walk. It’s really not a big deal. Helsinki has an excellent public transportation system and the infrastructure is […]

  • iPhone UX Anti-Patterns

    What follows are notes from a session I attended at the last Web 2.0 Expo. While a few months old, the notes here are still very relevant. As a Nokia employee, some may think it strange for me to blog about how to develop for the iPhone but I think not, the priciples I share […]

  • Jyri Engestrom on Social Objects

    I ran across some notes from the Web 2.0 Expo back in April that are still relevant and worth sharing. Today I’ll post on the talk that Jyri gave on Building Sites with Social Objects, tomorrow I’ll post notes from a talk given on iPhone Development Anti-Patterns. Jyri Engestrom founded Jaiku which was later acquired […]

  • Dance, Dance Wheelchair Revolution

    This past weekend we headed out to the Heureka Science Center about a 20 minute train ride North of Helsinki. There are a ton of interactive, hands-on exhibits which I took photos of but this wheelchair exhibit was the most interesting. The concept is simple. The quadrants of the circle light up randomly, one at […]