Unlimited travel for 90 days in Helsinki for less than $1.50/day? Check.
Now I just need a bank account and a job. Once I am registered with the social fund Kela (application is pending) I’ll be able to visit a doctor and dentist in short order. For a little bit of nothing.
Like it should be living in a civilized nation.
Oh- and I’m meeting with urban farmers on Friday. Going to discuss their plans, where I can help, and perhaps how I can start a garden in a place that is almost perfect for growing.
My Finnish residency application has been accepted! I just have to go to the police station and pick it up.
Alright! I can start working now! It only took one month for the application to be processed. How awesome is that?
On the garden- if you remember, I was away for two weeks. The first week was my wedding week and the second week we were at a summer cottage relaxing. So now I can finish up with the slide shows (probably another 6 episodes), put up the remainder of pictures that I took, share some pictures my parents took while I was gone, and then write up a little thing on how it all went.
Then I can start my new blog following my life here in Finland. (Which may be off to a good start now that I have a permit- I have spotted an absolutely perfect place for a garden that isn’t being used for anything and doesn’t look like it ever will be).
Yes, today I am now officially a married man. My wife and I had our civil service this morning in Helsinki. It took the official less than one minute and fifteen seconds to conduct the ceremony! Happened so fast. But, at least our “real wedding”- as we like to say- is in August with the church, reception, exchanging of rings, etc. (Its actually going to be a blessing of today’s marriage since I didn’t want to pay money to prove I was a Christian, but we are considering it to be the day)
So things were going very, very well. A new day. A new life. Then at lunch my wife and I conspired through miscommunication to drop our brand new $850 camera lens on the floor and break it. One of the inner elements is “loose,” you can hear something else rattle around, and it refuses to focus. $850 was over a month’s wages for me. *note- no alcohol was involved in this colossal accident*
What a way to start our marriage! At least we have wine and cheesecake samples from our chef friends to mend my broken heart. Haha. Oh, and we filed a claim with her insurance so heres to hoping they cover something.
On a gardening note, I’m exporting the video for the first segment of the new slideshow! Expect it soon.
Linux rocks. “Openshot” seems to work very well for a simple slide show like I want to do. That and my new phone has a good mic so after a few more practice runs I’ll have some decent audio to go with each segment.
I’ll keep each video right around 20 minutes or so. Each segment will cover a season or at least part of a season… we’ll see what happens.
Since most of my photographs are on the hard drive with OS X, I’ve been copying photos I want to edit for the slideshow for most of the day. Takes a while to go through thousands of pictures, choose which ones you want, then wait for them to copy.
The last slide show I made covered November 2010-June 2011. I will cover the same territory again and continue on through to June 2012 when I left for Finland. Of course there will be the same, and more, gaps from when I was traveling, but I think even missing a few months be worth it.
Now, last time, I didn’t include any audio. I compensated for this with captions for each photo. Now I’m thinking that I’ll narrate the entire thing. I also didn’t do much by the way of post processing, which I’m a little bit more comfortable with now. This could take a while to produce- I’m importing just over 9gigs worth of photographs from the past two years!
So now, once the pictures are processed, I can think about how to go about producing something worth watching.
Where can I get some beginner info on permaculture?
Sorry for the delay, just returned from a trip for mid-summer.
PRI Australia (permaculture.org.au)
Permaculture Magazine (permaculture.co.uk)
Are all good sites to begin with. I would recommend a copy of The Designer’s Manual (textbook for a PDC)- which you can find online. Other good books are Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture; Edible Forest Gardens (both volumes are highly valuable); Gaia’s Garden.
There is quite a bit on YouTube as well. Searching for people like Geoff Lawton (lead designer for PRI Australia), Sepp Holzer, Ben Falk “On Good Design” will bring you quite a bit of info.
A while back I began writing an intro to ecological gardening series. Only had time to write five (takes a while to get anything worth publishing together). You can find those here: http://dailykos.com/blog/FinchJ/
And of course, while reading/watching/listening to all this media the best thing to do is internalize the messages and do some work outside.
Until I get settled into Finland before any more updates. Since I’m flying out on Sunday time is very short here.
I’ll be starting another tumblr page that will follow my life as an immigrant along with my permaculture adventures. This page will be updated when either my parents put up new pictures or send them to me to upload.
To put anything up in a long while. Today is my only day off of work- just put in 6 full days and have four more ahead of me starting tomorrow. I’ve been taking some pictures here and there while working out back, so look forward to a day after I’m done with work (last day June 2nd) for a lot of updates.
So I was running out of space on the initial hard drive which came with my laptop. I upgraded to 1tb from 250gb and have installed Ubuntu. Finally got it configured and working properly, now all I need to do is transfer my files over. This will enable me to run Darktable 1.0 which is a free open source digital photography program similar to Lightroom.
One thing I have noticed is how Ubuntu renders color much differently than Mac’s OS Snow Leopard. There are a lot more “whites” (at least thats how it appears to me now) on Ubuntu. Not sure how I feel about that, but I’m sure I can change it later if I really want to. That must mean that Windows also handles color differently as well.
Just something that I hadn’t really thought of before- how deeply our different operating systems can change the computing experience.