Creative Destruction

April 5, 2006

New recruit arrives

Filed under: Navel Gazing,New Author — Tuomas @ 12:24 am

First blog post ever. Thanks to Adam for letting me in, and to Robert for inviting. I get the feeling that this is going to be real addictive…

Okay, on to the introductions:

I am 25 year old, a citizen of Finland (born and raised here), somewhat patriotic, but an unabashed anglophile all the same.I have a wide array of interests beyond my field of study: politics, both here and in America (altough I have zero interest in actually becoming a politician), Sci-fi and fantasy, science generally, sports,and lots of more.

Personality-wise, I’m stubborn and blunt, and very argumentative, altough I try to stay away from the personal stuff (feel free to call me on it).

Politically, I’m somewhat of an ex-leftist, with libertarian leanings. Religiously, I’m nominally a Christian, but a deist is probably closer.

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17 Comments »

  1. So are all your posts and comments going to be overnight? You’re at a disadvantage being 6-7 hours later than those of us in the U.S.

    Comment by Brutus — April 5, 2006 @ 12:30 am | Reply

  2. Welcome, Tuomas!

    Comment by bobhayes — April 5, 2006 @ 12:31 am | Reply

  3. Brutus: Yes, that is something of a problem. I’ll try to manage ;).

    Usually, when I visit American blogs, I do so at late in the evening or early in the morning. That way, I’m usually blogging/commenting at about the same time.

    Comment by tuomas — April 5, 2006 @ 12:39 am | Reply

  4. The u is before the o! How did I miss that?

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 5, 2006 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  5. No sweat (and no insult intended, I suck at snark), I’ve noticed that many native english speakers make the same mistake.

    I guess it comes from the fact that you guys have a language that is so radically different from Finnish. There’s the pronounciation thing, for example: Finnish pronounciation is actually a lot easier (at least should be),and the grammar is a lot harder, making the concept of “spelling bees” completely alien (When I first heard that term, I thought it was some kind of reference to Harry Potter, which I’m not a fan of).

    Comment by tuomas — April 5, 2006 @ 7:54 am | Reply

  6. Welcome to the madhouse, Tuomas. And don’t worry about the middle-of-the-night posting habits, as that’s when I usually wind up posting. (The only reason I’m awake before local dawn is due to having to answer a subpoena today.) (No, I’m not on trial. And no, it’s not a political scandal.)

    And just an FYI: Next Post from myself might be about transit unions that vote to strike…

    Comment by offcolfax — April 5, 2006 @ 9:05 am | Reply

  7. Thanks, offcolfax. I’ll probably post at irregular times myself.

    And hey, someone (other than myself) likes parentheses!

    Comment by tuomas — April 5, 2006 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  8. And hey, someone (other than myself) likes parentheses!

    What have I created?

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 5, 2006 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  9. I guess it comes from the fact that you guys have a language that is so radically different from Finnish.

    I thought it was called Suomic.

    Comment by Robert — April 5, 2006 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  10. Well, not really. (Didn’t want to nitpick earlier)

    Finland=Suomi
    Finnish(person)=suomalainen
    Finnish(language)=suomi, or Suomen kieli (more formally)

    If you really want to delve in to Finnish grammar…

    Comment by tuomas — April 5, 2006 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  11. Let’s delve! So what’s the deal with the all the U before O? You guys lose a bet or something? (“OK, if Karl manages to get all the fish into his trousers, then we will stop raiding your coastal villages. But if he fails, then you must put your Us before your Os in all words from now on, and Americans will mock you.”)

    Comment by bobhayes — April 5, 2006 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  12. That's not a rule in all words. U before O in my name, or in the name of my fair land. O before U in "Joutsen" (swan), and plenty others. I suppose the main thing in the grammar is lack of prefixes: "On the table" would become (from the word pöytä[a table]) "pöydällä".

    Make sense?

    Comment by tuomas — April 5, 2006 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  13. And hey, someone (other than myself) likes parentheses!

    Don’t worry. When I decide to move my blog onto it’s own server (instead of the hell that is Blogger), I might be naming it Parenthetical Comments. I think parentheticals.com is still open for registration.

    Comment by offcolfax — April 5, 2006 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  14. Welcome aboard. Looking forward to the discussions that will ensue. 🙂

    Comment by bazzer — April 5, 2006 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  15. Nope, parentheticals.com is actually already taken (and yes, I looked just now) and get this: it’s a blog.

    So your idea has totally been done before, OC :p

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 5, 2006 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  16. I don’t have anything clever or funny to add, Tuomas, but I would feel remiss not to add my welcome to the chorus. 🙂 I’ve really enjoyed your comments on my blog over the years, so I’m sure you’ll do a terrific job here.

    Comment by Ampersand — April 6, 2006 @ 11:24 am | Reply

  17. Thanks to Bazzer and Ampersand too.

    I’ll make a post on friday or saturday, busy now (or should be)…

    Comment by tuomas — April 6, 2006 @ 11:37 am | Reply


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