Back from my summer holiday.
I wanted to take it easy. So, basically I just watched a couple of movies such as Secret Window, Zen (a Japanese movie about Dogen, an important Zen monk), Good Bye Lenin and so on. And several episodes of the first season of Arrested Development. And some books (I’ve got several started but unfinished books): Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, as a book as well as a movie (that featured John Hurt that will also be featuring the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special). And tried to make a lot of music (in which I partially succeeded) and write something (in which I sort of failed).
For a strange reason, I’m starting to get into the dystopia mood once again. It’s perhaps because the world is full of bad news. The economy is almost falling apart and there are more and more wars. And of course, there is PRISM, NSA and other electronic surveillance organizations and projects.
For us Finns, this week has been something we never forget. Nokia that sold its mobile phone department to Microsoft. Which, from the Finnish point of view, was a shame because for about twenty years, Nokia was (and I hope still will be) one of the cornerstones of “true Finnishness”. There’s sauna, Sibelius, sisu – and there’s Nokia. It’s funny that small and technically irrelevant things still became part of the national identity. Now what?
Video of the week: For My Demons by Shining (a cover song, originally recorded by Katatonia). Thanks Laura_Kaarina for the tip!
- Microsoft buys Nokia’s devices and services for £4.6bn (thetimes.co.uk)
- Microsoft shares tumble on €5.4bn Nokia takeover (independent.co.uk)
- Nokia: the rise and fall of a mobile phone giant (theguardian.com)
- As Goes Nokia, So Goes Finland? – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)