Archive for October, 2004

October 30th, 2004

Hurry to be a millionaire

Ten million liras = 5.34 euroEver wondered how it feels to be a millionaire and carry monetary instruments worth of several millions in your pocket? If you are fast enough, you can still feel the excitement and thrill in Turkey, where the Turkish lira has big, big denominations. One euro is 1,871,147 liras. You could even be a billionaire (US billions) with quite small investment.

At the beginning of the next year, Turkey cuts six seroes from the bills as part of the fight against hyperinflation that has raged in the country for decades.

By the way, the 10 million liras shown in the picture on the left is approximately 5.34 euros.

October 28th, 2004

Shopping for luxury

Kämp Galleria, Helsinki’s only luxury shopping center, had a loyal customers night yesterday. I was there with my wife, who is extremely loyal customer of Zio Boutique (see review on the previous post) and gets these invitations.

The place was packed with people and the shops seemed to generate a lot of revenue. This was helped with some discounts, typically 10-15%. I drooled on the front of Sony flat televisions on the ground floor. Wish I had enough money to buy one and still have some cash to rent movies… The displayed laptops were not the top-notch models, I’d loved to check the X505.

I also tried to find a pinstriped black velvet jacket, but the only one left was like a tent on me — it would have fit two of me. All other jackets were either too bland or just ugly in my opinion.

A Maserati was on display on the ground floor. I didn’t take a closer look as I would just be disappointed as the price must have been steep. Better keep on dreaming and not shatter them with hard facts…

There were some food and wine served. Unfortunately my and chef’s tastes didn’t match and I just tried all foods once. There were absolutely no need to try again.

Oh, I didn’t buy anything, but Sanna got yet another pair of shoes from Zio. Too bad that they don’t have anything for men.

Exclusive shoes in Helsinki

Zio has two boutique shops in Helsinki; one in Kämp Galleria on Pohjoisesplanadi and another on Fredrikinkatu, among other top notch boutiques.

Zio sells shoes, boots and bags from Muxart, Sara Navarro, Pura Lopez, Camper and Lottusse. Especially the Spanish shoes are extremely nice, varying from the trendyness of Muxart to the exclusiveness Pura Lopez.

The selection is only for ladies. Shoes 100-200€, boots 150-300€.

The store is on Fredrikinkatu between Bulevardi and Lönnrotinkatu. The another store is in Kämp Galleria (an exclusive shopping center) on Pohjois-Esplanadi., Fredrikinkatu 28, Helsinki, +358 9 694 0100, and Kämp Galleria, Pohjoisesplanadi, Helsinki, +358 9 670 670,

October 25th, 2004

Minor content reorganisation

I added two new categories to the blog: Life, for talking about me (myself and I), and Money, for discussing monetary matters.

At the beginning of the blogging, I decided not to have too many categories, as I try to keep myself focused. Somehow the focus has drifter (or searched for its place) and I recently found out that half of my posts are in the default Nomadig category.

I’ve now sorted things out and went through all my posts and reassigned the categories.

During this process, I found out that WP generated different category lists with list_cats() and wp_list_cats(). Only the latter supports hierarchies. Hopefully those people at don’t fix wp_list_cats() as it’s perfect for my needs.

October 24th, 2004

Bad, bad service

Sanna is currently in Istanbul, Turkey. She took Austrian Airlines flight through Vienna yesterday, and it turned out to be a some sort of mistake. The flight from Helsinki to Vienna was delayed by an hour by bad weather in Vienna. When they finally landed, the weather was okay, but the next flight had already left.

After waiting patiently in an extremely slow moving queue in the transfer desk, she got a flight through Munchen — but the flight would depart in five hours. Fortunately, there were flights as Austrian Airlines was not going to offer any accommodation if she would had to stay in Vienna till the next day. Because the delay was due to weather conditions, Austrian Airlines withdraw itself from any obligations. No other perks, such as business class seat or lounge access, either. Only bad service and shared frustration and anger with fellow passangers.

After long wait everything went fine, but half a day in Istanbul was lost.

The same thing happened to my little sister and her husband when travelling to New York. Plane was late, missed second flight. Fortunately they got a hotel on BA. Otherwise, the experience was similar. Unpolite service and no perks.

What’s the matter with you, flight companies? Are you saving yourself to death? I’ll think twice (or thrice) before buying a ticket from BA or AUA after these incidents. Hopefully my readers will do the same, bad service has no rights to prosper.

October 22nd, 2004

Bookshelf photos

Inspired by (or just ripped from) Keith Robinson’s article What’s On Your Bookshelf?, I’m opening some parts of my bookshelves to general public. As a bibliophile, I’d like to know what you have in your literature shelves (if any).

Please follow these simple steps:

  • Take a photo of one shelf from your bookcase that contains literature, not academic or work related books.
  • Create a 430px wide image that is no taller than 200px. Save it with suitable quality that saves bandwidth but doesn’t destroy the titles into illegible jitter.
  • Upload it to your own site and post a comment here with reference to the image. Write the image url between exclamation marks (!!) to attach it to the comment.

I do have a sizeable collection of literature. Here are glimpses of two shelves (sort of classic and contemporary fiction sections), I have 28 more and the book count is increasing steadily…

Literature, part one

Books from the following (selected) authors:

  • Elias Canetti
  • Raymond Carver
  • Don DeLillo (highly recommendable)
  • E.L. Doctorow (highly recommendable)
  • William Faulkner
  • Richard Ford
  • Michael Frayn
  • Elizabeth George
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Günter Grass
Literature, part 2

Books from the following (selected) authors:

  • John O’Brien
  • Arto Paasilinna
  • Martin Page
  • Sara Paretsky
  • Arturo Pérez-Reverte (highly recommendable)
  • Annie Proulx
  • Pauline Réage
  • Ilkka Remes
  • Will Self
  • Georges Simenon
  • Jarkko Sipilä
  • Taavi Soininvaara
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Fred Vargas
  • Kjell Westö
October 21st, 2004

Age of ads?

I was reading some Mozilla Firefox related article and ended up to an eWeek web page, titled Firefox Gets Ready for Ad Splash.

Age of ads?

As you can see from the page, I got already slashed with ads. 2/3 of the browser area was covered with advertisements or eWeek branding. Hopefully this won’t ever happen to…

Luxury for less

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is a huge collection of discount and outlet stores for various brands, such as Burberry, Hugo Boss, Banana Republic, Adidas, GAP and Samsonite. There are over 170 stores in the place, so be prepared to spend some time shopping.

The prices are decent, not awesome, and the shops are fortunately clean and organised. There’s big difference to Filene’s Basement and other downtown outlet stores, both in selection and service.

We found the best bargains at the top-end stores such as Burberry and Hugo Boss. The expenditure depends on thickness of your wallet, as there are items in every price category., One Premium Outlets Boulevard, Wrentham, MA, +1 508 384 0600