Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

  • Commented on I can't even
    I think that, in the medium term, this is brilliant stuff. Truss and Kwartengs call handed attempt to impose extreme libertarian batshit economics with no mandate is going as well as you might expect. Their policies are the logical end...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I can't imagine being proficient at driving an APC or tank without some serious remedial practice. And I get the impression that practice time just isn't there. Yeah, I was joking about how the men in their fifties might use...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    From what I've read, the 300,000 troops Putin's looking for are ex-military, so training may not be a serious issue. I've gotten the impression that the 'ex-military' label here is more 'has done the conscription service'. In Russia it's admittely...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Is Putin, like Adolf, prepared to kill all his own people, as well as others in his insanity? I think this goes to the Pratchett idea of evil being considering other people as objects, not people. There's no 'his people',...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    No, I'm not commenting Swedish politics because I don't know enough of it, except that apparently the right-wing parties won there by a very small margin. The Swedish national party, I'm not sure of the proper English name, is the...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    The final question is what high technology is desirable in the future. Certainly it would be fun to think that future generations can have what we have materially, but they'd also inherit our unsustainability and worries about things like nuclear...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Maybe this is the most important thing ever, because we need to be sure the Queen is buried right and proper and not left wandering about....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I think I'll pick some ideas from this for my Dungeons&Dragons Spelljammer game. I was thinking of a Möbius strip as a place to visit, and a necro-queen queue on that could be a fun (for certain values of 'fun')...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    On photography, I remember one show I was watching with my spouse, and we took pictures of it with our phones. The stage lighting was probably some kind of LED apparatus, with a spiky spectrum, as our phone cameras showed...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    It seems the Queen is not in a good health, which is of course to be expected, as she is quite old. The Guardian So, that's one more thing for the crisis pile....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    So the crisis continues with Liz Truss as the PM. Expected, but, uh, the Tory press conference is painful to watch....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    On the energy production, I found out last week that there is a nice graph about Finnish energy production and consumption on the web. It's in Finnish only, but Google translate seems to work okay. What I find curious there...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I think we also had situations with nurses leaving the public clinics... and coming back to work as contractors via contracting companies, having better salaries and terms of employment. Which is of course more expensive than just raising their salaries...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Australia has a great many of those too. Not helped by the supposedly "Labour" governments deciding that 6% inflation means wage rises need to be capped at 3% which is really 2.5% due to shenanigans with compulsory superannuation. So while...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Well, there are trained nurses, they've only gone to other jobs in increasing numbers during the last couple of years, due to poor wages and working conditions (wonder why...). So, even though the lead time for educating new ones is...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    The situation is not irretrievable in theory, at this point. Well, no, it isn't, but a theory of the UK getting a government having a good chance of fixing the problems, or at least trying seems quite far-fetched to me....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Very understandable. All this is a reminder to me that individual action is really no help here, what is needed is structural actions from especially the state. Of course your government seems to be hell-bent on just destroying everything (talking...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I almost want to say 'well, the last one to leave turns off the lights', but as it is, it seems likely that there won't be any electricity for the lights anyway, so the lights will be off way earlier...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    As for the 15-minute city, I almost live in one. Most services are within 15 minutes walking distance, and if not, there's the metro station (and buses). For more specialty shops it's either ordering online or a 15-20 minutes on...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Here in Finland when I studied, a long, long time ago, student apartments near here were mostly private rooms with a common kitchen, living room and bathroom for maybe 4-10 rooms. Some of the rooms were doubles, so you'd have...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Continuing from the next thread as it's not for general discussion and there is no new entry yet: Charlie Wrote on general UK crisis: Yeah, feel free to discuss that on the previous thread (now past comment 500). Or I...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    That being said, why? oh! why? do some writers of historical fantasy use 'thee' as the nominative. It really grates. That includes ones who definitely should know better, like Cherryh. Thou art correct, I agree with thee! (Uh, the Ultima...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Me: my workplace has a lot of people who don't speak Finnish Moz: Same here :) Oh! What a surprise! Still, I'm in kind of a special area: IT has a lot of companies where English is expected, not Finnish,...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    I didn't learn to speak English from a book. Funny thing is, I did, mostly. From one specific book in particular, that book being 'The Dragonlance Chronicles' by Weis and Hickman. There was specfi in Finnish, both domestic and translated,...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    We did have grammar teaching in Finnish, too, I think starting from quite early on. At least explicit teaching of grammar was familiar to me on about fourth or fifth grade when my German and English classes had proceeded to...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    I duuno. There's a fair amount of evidence that if you learn a second language, any second language, in childhood, then picking up other languages as the need arises is easy. It's the monoglots that struggle. Well, people are different,...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    The core purposes of universities, going back to their origins in the middle ages, are (a) to preserve knowledge, and (b) to educate/train the next generation of academics as custodians of knowedge. A third purpose (c) is to add to...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    If you think about it, that is also true of MONEY. Money is worthless by itself, its usefulness lies in what you can exchange it for. Oh, yes. Money is just a way of keeping track of debt. Somewhere years...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    The last couple of days I've been thinking about this blog entry and Cory Doctorow's piece about printers. I think much of the careers thought of 'worth it' are basically enablers for the really cool stuff. I mean that in...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    On that note, binding international treaties are one of the stronger arguments that there are no democratic countries left. "the will of the people" doesn't matter if what they want would break a treaty. And often they have no say...
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