Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Story time!
    If you visited Helsinki earlier than 2017, you can come again and enjoy the new stations! With that addition, over half of the tracks are underground! (I still haven't visited one of the new stations. I ride the metro past...
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    There are in fact good reasons why western Washington and Oregon have cities and forests and rich farmland while eastern Washington and Oregon have huge ranches, small towns, and vast stretches of nothing much. This makes me want to dig...
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    If people are moving into those tunnels to shelter, they're not going to be operating a regular train service. Now I remember the book 'Metro 2033' by Glukhovsky. The London Underground could probably have something like the communities in the...
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    As far as reducing your carbon footprint goes, the most significant cutback you can make is: don't have children. That's kind of difficult for us who did already have them. Retroactive abortions are kind of frowned upon and would be...
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    Yeah, violence is a bad solution. It's just that in many tabletop rpgs, the solutions degenerate easily into violence. This is even though the Cyberpunk 2020 rpg (which is the one I have played) tries to tell the players that...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I kind of missed SLA industries, and I've never read or played it but I know of the game. Sounds interesting, though. Also, Cyberpunk (both 2013 and 2020) had good games in them, it's just that we as fifteen-year olds...
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    I have most of the books for it, and I gamemastered a short campaign some years ago. People here know it but I don't know of any other who has played it. Then again, it's hard to know what people...
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    An important question remains: are fell running and Ironman lawful, neutral, or chaotic evil races? (Really, even the word "race" for the different, though often related, species in D&D and other roleplaying games was a bad, bad choice, even without...
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    Yes, there are a lot of more things that are wrong with D&D in addition to the alignment system. That's kind of why I nowadays usually play something else. One thing that annoys me is the übermensch thinking in D&D...
  • Commented on Story time!
    More likely 'clerics' in Dungeons & Dragons, though in most campaigns I have seen nobody really making others believe in their religion. Usually the players don't want to bring that to the gaming table, and anyway the religions in many...
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    They are also a symptom of a certain type of role-playing game where the game master and the other players sort of play against each other. This is the type of game where (stereotypically) the game master makes a dungeon...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Do the hotels themselves fly RED flags? That'd be kind of nice....
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    Lex Luthor could be an MBA... not sure how much unrealistic life you would need for him, though....
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    That reminds me that I was wrong in the previous post! I did encounter matrices before university, in the same context as boolean algebra and Venn diagrams: at the late Eighties my friends and I had gotten these newish 16-bit...
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    I first encountered matrices in the technical university, at nineteen years of age (the usual age to enter those in Finland). Non-commuting operations were also introduced at that point, but they didn't seem that hard. So, at least in the...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Interesting! I learned new stuff: I haven't really seen those rings at all in kitchens in Finland! It's iron hotplates or then ceramic or induction for electric stoves. This doesn't mean they don't exist but it's so rare I've never...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    With an electric stove, with the iron hotplates, there is so much material to warm up that it takes a relatively long time to get to the desired heat. Also the hotplates cool slowly. With a gas burner, the heat...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I wondered about the rest of the world. Which is more prevalent? Electric stoves or gas stoves? In Finland, most stoves are electric. There are some areas which have gas available, but I haven't seen a new gas stove in...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I can remember mostly fictional Nigels, before Farage. I'm not sure Nigel Tufnel would be a good or bad example for naming your child... (I'm Finnish, so Nigel wasn't on our shortlist of names.)...
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    This middle name business always confuses me a bit. I have three personal names and a family name, and it's quite usual here. In Finland, you have to have at least one personal name and can have up to four...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Problem with places on large continents is that the Mad Max will spill out even before that, so it's going to be difficult to keep Scandinavia, Canada, or even Scotland separated from the other places. New Zealand at least has...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    We in Finland had a lot of flat roofs built, especially for row-house type thingies, in the Sixties and the Seventies. Not very surprisingly, a lot of them have leaked and are being replaced by something with a slope. Near...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Our apartment, built in the 1960s, only got water meters for each apartment last year, during our plumbing renovation. The water usage has been billed averaged, and we decided (or the housing association which consists of the owners of the...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    There are advantages of living in places with those -20C winters!...
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    Add a dose of machine learning and swiping input can get up to 120 words/minute, comparable to a fast typist. Works best on a phablet—a 5.5-6 inch phone screen—rather than on smaller phones or larger tablets, for which a regular...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    This is not least because we need to change to reusing a lot more, and any viable green transport policy includes something vaguely like bicycles. But how often do modern houses have anywhere reasonable to put the last, even if...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I've been considering building some smarthome appliances myself (using Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other assorted stuff) instead of going the commercial route, basically because of that support lifetime being quite short. However, while this would be a fun project in...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So, how many attoparsecs tall are you? (I'm about 61 attoparsecs tall...)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yeah, but I think it's kind of different when the bike breaks than when you just do something stupid. (Our stupidest thing was probably the one time we made a jump and then laid down under it to see who...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    That was aluminum. Two weeks, tops. Just this morning I read a Finnish news story about the popular Finnish Jopo bikes. They're kind of a classic, first made in the Sixties, and nowadays kind of a youth bike. For some...
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