Wednesday, July 27, 2005

newfound love

Ladies and gentlemen, i am in love.
'66 Pontiac GTO, only $15k.

Looking at these pictures (and offers) is sort of like self-torture. You know what you see is beautiful and your heart aches for her, yet you know that you can't have one. At least, not in the next couple of years while i won't be making my own money yet. And these babies arent getting any cheaper either.
But still, a man can dream, no?

Fuck getting a digital slr, fuck ever buying new parts for my bike again, fuck going to the university. Fuck eating. I want this car. NOW.

I mean, yes, i would have to sell my soul to the devil to afford buying fuel to drive one, but it would be worth it. Or i could replace the 6.5 litre engine with a modern tank or boat engine wich would be about three times as economical.

style and class in abundance

These old american car ads definately worth a look.

And this is the car with the Tempest Engine to sweep you along with that wind-at-your-back feeling (even on money-saving regular gas with Pontiac's 425E Economy V-8).

status report

Some text to fill the gap between all the photos, then.

I've been posting so little (text) lately, because i really don't feel i have anything to post about. I have done very little myself over the last few days, but i'm not saying it's a bad thing. I tend to have periods of doing absolutely nothing in my summers, it seems natural.
And i don't suppose any of you would be very exited to hear how i spent my day playing gta, reading blogs and books and idling randomly.
That pretty much rules out the "what i did and what i think of it" type of post at this period. Of course, that is about to change in a day or so but more of that later.
Other people are spending their summer vacations too, obviously. You might wonder what this has to do with anything. Point is that this summer idleness can be felt everywhere. Bloggers do not post silly or interesting links i could point you to. They don't write interesting stuff i could comment. Well, okay, some still do, obviously, but summer is a season of rest and recharging oneself away from the computer. That, as you can see, i have been trying to do as well.
And then there's the press, wich, now that i think of it, would really deserve an entire post on it's own but i'm not going to bother as of now.
The press has nothing to do in summer. The riigikogu (parliament) is on vacation, the celebrities aren't doing anything, nothing is happening. But unfortunately the profit-minded owners of the newspapers don't want to let all the journaists go rest and play on the beaches (not that the weather would be good enough for that over here anyhow) and so some unlucky journalists have to stay inside and at least look like they are working in case somebody actually feels interested enough.
And thus they pry around estonia all summer turning up rocks trying to find something at least mildly interesting to a few readers under them. All they can find in two weeks is how the chief of estonian police uses an inappropriate car for driving his parents around. And then they mull about that for two weeks in search of something better to yap about. Unfortunately for them, only the police is working in the summer and so they can't find anything else.
And this sort of thing takes place every summer year after year. And people get fired because of it.

I hope the above helped clarify why i feel so negative towards estonian media as of late. I should have said "media", really, for we have no real proffessional media any more. Postimees was one of the good and "elite" newspapers once, to my eyes at least, but no more. They and SL Õhtuleht desperately steal eachothers' stories now and argue with bloggers who "steal their material" all the while stealing from aforementioned bloggers. And then everyone accuses everyone else and there is total chaos and no real media gets done.
Oh, great.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Monday, July 25, 2005

menacing

photo from flickr
menacing
Originally uploaded by payl.

Some photos i took last week or so.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

chaos at otepää

Today we checked out the course of the upcoming Otepää marathon. I'm not going to line up at the start this time because i have other things to do. Namely the folk music festival in Viljandi.
Long story short, the whole affair was chaos upon chaos on top of more chaos. We had been lead to believe the organizers had marked the track in the south-estonian wilderness, but alas. Seems someone had been drinking exessively or something, fact is there were no strips of plastic foil or arrow signs anywhere. As we obviously had no map (who needs one, not us), we had to rely on memory. Some of us had ridden the race on previous years.

Nevertheless, the day was a succsess. Beautiful weather, nice views, and, most of all, very nice tracks. I mean, really, go check them out. And go participate, if you can.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

propeller

We went to the Ultima Thule and Propeller concert yesterday. For those of you that don't know, these are two rock bands (of course experts might batter me for my incompetent classification here), both rather famous in estonia. A combined concert they had.
I went to see it because of Propeller. I won't go into the band's history here for what i know of it can be a bit vague other than that they've been doing their bit for 25 years, some of it underground hiding from the soviet authority, or so i hear.

As always, Propeller rocked. I say "as always" because i remember an instance of propeller rocking, albeit heard from a cd that time, so bad that the amp of the sound system we played it with fried and the musical side of that party was over.
Fortunately stuff like that rarely happens at concerts because concert organizers usually have some understanding into what they're doing and thus can coordinate all the massive speakers into giving a good and stable experience.

I wasn't expecting much of Ultima Thule, though. I can't say i really like the way their lead singer sings, i don't like his voice. But overall, it was better than expected. I managed to concentrate on actually listening during some of the songs and it wasn't totally unenjoyable.

Bringing Tõnis Mägi on stage as a surprise was a nice touch too, i say.

Besides all the other stuff...

yellow

photo from flickr
yellow
Originally uploaded by payl.

I'll be in the country for a couple of days now. Till saturday, i hear.

Don't expect posts till then.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

stopped time

photo from flickr
stopped time
Originally uploaded by payl.

From england. Trafalgar square or whereabouts, if i remember it right.

Monday, July 18, 2005

walk in the park

photo from flickr
walk in the park
Originally uploaded by payl.

For a change, a shot neither from karlova or london. Tähtvere this time.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

reflection

photo from flickr
reflection
Originally uploaded by payl.

This time, Karlova again.

kingley street

photo from flickr
kingley street
Originally uploaded by payl.

From London with love.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

clumsy

When i broke the glass in the kitchen when i was opening a pack of cheese and then later managed to make the broom fall behind the fridge, i became to wonder about my clumsiness.
I must admit to myself that i seem to be a little more clumsy than the average person. That is how it seems to my eyes, at least.

It must be a small miracle i'm still alive what with the mountainbike descents at 60 km/h over very gnarly and rugged terrain surrounded by the most deadly of trees and rocks.

Sometimes i tell myself that i can be nimble when i need to (such as during sport), and am not so when i don't need to be, such as when i'm making myself a sandwitch.
But i'm probably fooling myself as i even now can find two facts to counter this theory. Were i nimble during sports, i could possibly play football, but i can't. And nimbleness is necessary, to some extent, at least, while making a sandwitch too, you know, to get the cheese slices nice and smooth.

rainscape

photo from flickr
rainscape
Originally uploaded by payl.

From the england batch. Again.

lotr, marathon

I don't know whose crazy idea it originally was, fact is history was made yesterday.
Four tough loonies sat around at M's place for 12 hours straight and watched all the three lotr extended version movies. Started at around four-ish and finished at about three am.

We had 6 packets of microwawe popcorn and 4 litres of fanta/coke to help us through it. Should any of you plan to do something like this in the future, know that 6 packets of popcorn is enough. Only 4 litres of drink obviously isnt.

Besides that we had cake one of the fellows had made (don't ask me how or why) and an unlimited supply of strawberries, couresy of M's parents.

I had seen the first two movies, wich was a little below the average of our group, i suppose, or about the average because the other two had seen all of them and L had only seen the first. As my back started aching only during the 3rd movie and i hadn't seen that one before so i was as much interested as one can possibly be after some 8 hours of continued tv watching, it wasn't so bad.

I'm now thinking that if we did the 3 lotr movies, how hard can the 6 star wars ones be, eh?

Thursday, July 14, 2005

airport silhouettes

photo from flickr
airport silhouettes
Originally uploaded by payl.

From england trip. Me say lot lately.

regga powahh

I was just listening to reggae power feat. radio 2. Mostly modern stuff, and the last 1.5 minutes is the classical roots i like most about reggae. Now, it's time for "must mesi". Listening to radio can be cooler than one might think.

Anyway, as i figured it might be noble to do something while listening, this is what i came up with:

ghost ride

photo from flickr
ghost ride
Originally uploaded by payl.

From the karlova walk.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

picled cucumber season*

I was just discussing with unruled here why i havent been posting much anything lately, if you don't count the photos.

There isn't really anything to post about either, if you don't consider the photos. And i like posting photos, so you cound expect a general shift towards getting a more photobloggy experience from here.

But besides that, i don't really have anything to post about. The fact that i don't of course isn't good, but the cause of it is, so to speak. Summer, for me, is pretty lazy at some parts. And i like it just that way, considering i have another schoolyear in front of me and i'm afraid i know all too well how much monkey business it's going to be.

So yeah, until i get some ideas and/or inspiration as for what to write here, just go out enjoy the summer, check back here in a while for the photos, and be cool.

Uh.
I do intend to do a little review thingy on the book i'm reading (The Guide, you know) once i finish it and then install a bar onto the right (or whereever it's going to be by the time i actually get around to doing it) giving links to books i've read or something.


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If you're not from estonia, don't even try to understand. If you are, laugh at my terrible translation. Not that i would have tried very hard or anything, really.

the jump

photo from flickr
the jump
Originally uploaded by payl.

England batch again. Wonder who this is, eh?

fluttering

My internet has been acting weird, as you might or might not have noticed. The result is that i'm not online around the clock anymore. This is both good and bad, of course. The bad sides being obvious, it does give me more time to read, for example.

Yesterday i had net connection. Then, at some point in the evening, i lost it. This morning (even though it's lunch time for most civilized people), it's back again.

Just so you'd know, you know.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

street art

photo from flickr
street art
Originally uploaded by payl.

Had a walk around Karlova. The camera was along, too.

toes

photo from flickr
toes
Originally uploaded by payl.

From the england batch yet again and again.

Monday, July 11, 2005

the goddess

photo from flickr
the goddess
Originally uploaded by payl.

Another from the London batch. Trafalgar square, if i remember it right. Experts and/or locals can of course probably tell by looking at the fountain.

stronglessness

Oh yeah. Just wanted to mention.

Yesterday was the dreaded Elva mountainbike marathon. I had dreaded it becaus it's a very fast (can't stress that enough) course. What i thought i had noticed (but might have been incorrect at it) was that comparing myself with the people i currently ride on the same level with, i am stronger on uphills and techical sections and relatively slower on fast flat sections and non-technical downhills.
Considering the Elva course is one big flat-out racing section with absolutely none whatsoever technical sections in it, i wasn't expecting any good results.
Moreover, i rather feared that i'd exhaust myself during the starting squabbles of the first 10 km and would suffer the rest of the way. That being 60 km for a total of 70 km track length.

Either i misjudged myself or just got very lucky, but in the end, the results were the best i've ever had. That being finishing 197th out of some 1000 competitors. 2 hours 35 minutes for 68 km, giving an average speed of some 26 km/h.
I'm rather satisfied.


This is a little something i did out of boredom as i had no internet. Man, life without internet is haard.

temporary lapse of internet

As the more active reader might have noticed, i had a temporary lapse of web connection. Oh well.

Everything should return to normal shortly.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

k, standing

photo from flickr
k, standing
Originally uploaded by payl.

More and more of england photos. Taken in York, this one.

books and chinese food

Yesterday was a day of small, but relevant to me, accomplishments.

I finished reading "Disain" by U. Kammal and K. Tihase. As i have written before, it's a book published in 1978. This means that some material in it can be a little out of date, if you will.
I'm sad to note that it wasn't as good as i had expected. Or rather, i didn't learn as much from it as i had expected. Comes out i do know the very basic issues of design and as the book wasn't all that thorough and explained only the very basic structures of things then there wasn't much new.
As the sort of design i'm interested in wasn't so highly developed anywhere in the world yet as it is now and considering the soviets paid way less attention to how things looked and felt than their western colleagues, this book concentrates mostly on industrial design and ergonomics. But knowing how one should go about choosing the colour scheme of a production room or how to design a mechanized lathe wasn't that interesting to me.
Yet again the parts on design history and ethics weren't that bad.

After finishing this one, i started "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. Quite the book to read indeed, i'm glad i bought it. But more on that after i finish reading it. That, though, knowing myself and the volume of the book, can take a while.
On page 30 the characters hadn't even gotten off Earth yet, but it was to be destructed and i don't know...


Besides reading my other accomplishment was achieved in the field of cookery. The other evening my mother complained she was out of inspiration and didn't know what to cook. So i spent a few minutes googling for chinese food recipes, read some and then improvised. I put together a list of stuff i need and got them from a shop.

I got some chicken fillet, peanuts (not roasted or salted or anything), rice, carrots, leek, onions, honey and corn starch.

The rice part was fairly easy. I roasted some peanuts and added a bit of garlic and honey. Then i fried the carrots, onion and leek, cut into just the right size pieces. Flavoured with soy sauce. Then put them all together into boiled rice and stirred in an egg and fried it for a while.
That's pretty much it.

For the chicken, i tried to emulate the honey roasted chicken they serve at the pang. I was somewhat succsessful. I cut the fillet up into strips and rolled them around in corn starch for a while, then fried them, then sprinkled honey on them. The taste is closer to the pang delight than i had expected.

Thus, i consider this food effort a sucsess.

Monday, July 04, 2005

london bike

photo from flickr
london bike
Originally uploaded by payl.

More london photos.

temporary solution

K suggested using a default blogger skin while i get my stuff back in order. This was one of those "damn why didn't i think of that before" moments.

So yeah, here you go for now.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

the L

photo from flickr
the L
Originally uploaded by payl.

I will now commence gathering (into flickr) the shots from england that i liked best. Here's the first one.

motherland the beautiful

Today we the biking crew checked out the course of the upcoming Elva marathon held next sunday wich would be a week from today.

All the racer talk aside, the countryside through wich the course spun was damn beautiful. At some moments i really felt sorry for not having brought a camera, but then again, it's sometimes best to just enjoy what you can yourself and not worry about sharing it with others.

Estonian countryside in the summer is a dear sight indeed. Being on bikes is almost the perfect way to have a look at it as you can cover more ground and can thus see more than on foot, yet you aren't moving so fast you can't pause to enjoy something as you would be in a car.

The blue sky (with the occasional thundercloud), the green and yellow fields, the lush forests and the dark roads running through them and the deep green light peeking in through the forest canopy.

I was left in awe. Sometimes there is no need to live on a caribbean island after all, it seems.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

wtf h4x

This made me laugh like i hadnt in a long while. Don't tell me i'm weird.

Friday, July 01, 2005

zee photoz

Here are the photos i took. Thinking back, i should have left even more of them out, but it's too late now.
I intend to compile a gallery of personal favourites too.

Keep an eye on the main directory, too. Kaimar will upload more photos from other people (hopefully himself) there.

birthday man

Yesterday we and the peoples went out celebrating you know who's birthday.

A nice evening with more people than i would have expected to see, but the more the merrier.

As a matter of fact, this post is here to tell you that i'm at the moment about two thirds through the photos so i hope to get them up by evening, we'll see.