Tuesday, January 31, 2006

sunset in the dirt

sunset in the dirt, originally uploaded by payl.

As always, more on flickr. Click above photo.

Monday, January 30, 2006


lines, originally uploaded by payl.

More on flickr, as always. Click on above photo.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


mailbox, originally uploaded by payl.

More on flickr, as always. Click above photo.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

corporate butchering

From soundvawe.ee

If the forces of nature punished us for butchering the estonian language tomorrow, i would say some people have deserved it.

Friday, January 27, 2006

malev an' ting

Back to text spamming for a while as i have not been able to shoot new material in ages and do not feel like bothering you lot with the crap i have left in my "to be posted" folder.

Anyhow, different from ziili, i think the movie "Malev" we watched in the history lesson today sucked ass. I thought so when i saw it for the first time in the cinema. Now, why did it suck then? Arrogant prick as i am, i will not go very deep into explaining why. It was not funny. Most of the jokes were miserable failures at imitating the evergold monty python style of british absurdist humour. Even though i personally know and have the honour of going to school with a bunch of fine gentlemen who could easily reach Cleese and company's level of absurd jokes if they wished, i have to admit i have some fellow countrymen who can but dream of that.
Then the "combat scenes". I mean, the whole thing turned out kind of shabby. I understand that with the resources any given estonian filmmaker has to use, it is impossible to stage a hollywood-scale battle. I'd say its almost impossible to do anything besides a duel. The Malev crew seems to have known that and tried to work their way around it by turning the battles into jokes. Which, again, suck.

The way see it, this film, like most of the ones new-school estonian mainstream film industry produces (note that i have not seen the very new short films, many of which rivo has documented among those) has gotten so much praise simpy because it's estonian and thus something to be cherished.


Thursday, January 26, 2006

get your walk on

And some people even cared when i was absent from school for 3 days. Maybe i'm not an empty spot after all.

And now, without further ado, the song of the day:

xzibit - get your walk on

hardcore sounding (correct me if i'm wrong - commercial-) rap that would be, in my opinion, perfect for listening to in K's vw golf.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Got bored again. Got an idea.
Not so sure about the text bit, it would need some work, but i couldn't figure out what i should do to it to make it work. So it is as it is.

the calm side of winter

the calm side of winter, originally uploaded by payl.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

anglo-estonian journalism

This morning, as i was having my breakfast, i read some articles in the latest Eesti Ekspress. As the part of the newspaper i was reading was the Areen (the cultural part of the newspaper), the articles were not that bad.
What surprised me, though, is the language today's journalists use. It seems english has seeped in very deep indeed into the estonian tongue. When i am reading an article, it disturbs me to see words such as "subtiilne", "tudeerinud" or "debateeritakse". I really can not see why someone would use words like that when we have perfectly good traditional estonian alternatives for them. Indeed everyone does understand what the journalist means with the fancy-sounding foreign word as almost everyone around these parts knows english or another language they can derive the meanings from, but why do it?
Is this done just to sound cool and educated? If that is the case, i think they fail miserably. I consider myself rather well educated when it comes to english and i do not think i use such words when i am writing something in estonian. I might as well write in english entirely, just as i am now, no? It is either i do not use such words, or i have grown too accustomed to them to notice it anymore. But i think not. When i am having a conversation with a friend and can not remember the word for a concept or thing in estonian (which happens, occasionally), i might say the word in english. But estonianifying english words without any good reason seems perverse to me. I understand there are situations where it might be tolerated and even useful, but i really do not want to see such things in one of the leading newspapers in estonia.
Of course, this matter, as is everything else, is two sided, and i have also seen the other extreme of esonian puritanism. Maybe extreme is too strong a word, but i will tell you what bothers me. Have you ever used an estonian version of windows xp? Awful. The translations are so weird that anyone who has learned to use the english version will have to either relearn everything or try to remember the relative positions of different items in menus and navigate on a trial-and-error basis.
I think that one environment where english could be tolerated is the internet. Nobody will ever get around to translating all software anyhow so if you want to do anything with your computer besides paying taxes and drawing stick figures in paint, you will have to know some english. I think.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

does not look like a very modern train station, now does it?

Been sick-ish and there's no way i'm going out to shoot new material with -20 outside.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Got bored.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

viva la chuck norris!

Chuck norris facts. A most wonderful website. Check it out.

Monday, January 16, 2006

our street

our street, originally uploaded by payl.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

a tropical beach at below freezing temperatures

Thursday, January 12, 2006


fast, originally uploaded by payl.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

et tu, brute

et tu, brute, originally uploaded by payl.

Monday, January 09, 2006

jah bless

my birthday starts a little early this year. Click the link and all that.

just your average roadshide sadow

just your average roadshide sadow, originally uploaded by payl.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

everyone cheers

everyone cheers, originally uploaded by payl.

Saturday, January 07, 2006


endurance, originally uploaded by payl.

I was present at the skiing world cup event at Otepää so i documented it. A few more shots at flickr and possibly more to come.

Thursday, January 05, 2006


silhouette, originally uploaded by payl.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

the supper. probably not the last.

the supper. probably not the last., originally uploaded by payl.

Some shots i took yesterday. More available at flickr. Click on above photo or link at right.

concert moods

concert moods, originally uploaded by payl.

like a fellow photographer i know

like a fellow photographer i know, originally uploaded by payl.

Monday, January 02, 2006

finally, a saab i might be able to afford

via Funfurde:

Make a child's first car ride a memorable one with Playsam's classic Roadster Saab, an activity toy for small children. Like most Saab cars, the Roadster Saab has a clean and simple design. Its design is based on the very first Saab -- Sixten Sason's prototype 92001.

Check out the link.

city street

city street, originally uploaded by payl.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

the abstract

the abstract, originally uploaded by payl.

To begin the new year with an abstract. Well, happy new year folks.