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One recent late night, when I should have been writing, and was instead scrolling up and down my Facebook page, I saw the status of an acquaintance of mine - a Formula One reporter on Finnish TV - in which he wrote: “Heard that a version of my name may have been used in the Donald Duck magazine. Can anybody confirm that?”

A couple of days later, I asked him if he’d heard anything. He hadn’t. Then I asked him why he had asked that. 

“It’d be a great honor to be featured in the Donald Duck magazine,” he said. 

We go back a long way. This is the oldest toy I have left.

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Mar 12, '13 : Culinary time travel

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Erik Haag and Lotta Lundgren went time traveling and spent time in the 18th and 19th century, in the 1940s, and the 1970s. They didn’t use a DeLorean. They used food.

Maybe this is the last year we all walk around carrying takeaway coffee cups, sipping our lattes, and using coffee shops as our offices away from our home offices. It doesn’t seem likely, but surely there must come a time when our nutritional habits have changed so much that even an idea of somebody eating on the run seems odd, let alone that they would carry hot, addictive liquids with them.

“Food is culture,” says Lotta Lundgren, a Swedish food writer, and one of the two stars of “Historieätarna”, a TV show about Swedish food - and culture - in different eras.

And since food is culture, it’s apt to change.

Erik and Lotta.

» Continued

May 29, '12 : Fear of speed

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“Tachophobia is the condition of having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of speed, that is, the experience of traveling quickly.”
Each new generation seems to be moving faster than the last one. Take any sport, for example, and you will see world records broken, even if they seemed impregnable when they were set. Yes, Jim Hines, the first person to run 100 meters in under ten seconds, held his world record for 15 years, but his time of 9.95 seconds at the 1968 Olympics would have landed him in sixth place in Beijing 2008.

We are always trying to go and be faster. Faster is the first word of the Olympic motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius – Swifter, Higher, Stronger. Almost as soon as we learn to walk, we start to run. Just ten years after Henry Ford introduced the Model T, attempts were made to build a car that would fly. And with his Model T, Ford developed the assembly line, a method of faster, uniform production that revolutionized manufacturing.

The Finnish Flash.

» Continued

Sep 25, '11 : Anger management

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Below is a story I wrote for Profile. Also, in the issue, there's a fairytale version of a version of this. Check it out*.
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According to legend, Icarus didn’t listen to his father and flew too close to the sun, melting his wings. Angry Birds are ready to take their chances to become legendary. Then again, they aim for the moon.

Peter Vesterbacka has been called the most connected man in Finland, which, at face value, might not seem like much. Finland is, after all, a country with just a little over five million people. Vesterbacka’s rolodex, however, is not limited to just Finnish-sounding names.

Yeeehaaaa!

» Continued

Nov 03, '10 : Archives: MM 1974

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Tässä Leijonat-lehdessä ilmestynyt tarina vuoden 1974 kotikisoista ja siitä kuuluisasta "puupronssista".

Lataa pdf tästä (pdf)

Grr.

Aug 19, '10 : Savonlinna

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Here's a story about Savonlinna, home of Tuukka Rask and Ville Leino, and so many more good hockey players.

In Finnish. A pdf.

» Savonlinna.

Jul 02, '10 : Agoraphobia

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Here's a column I wrote for Profile, Finnish Aalto University's School of Economics - my alma mater - magazine about the fear of social media.
“Agoraphobia is a condition where the sufferer becomes anxious in environments that are unfamiliar or where he or she perceives that they have little control. Triggers for this anxiety may include open spaces, crowds (social anxiety), or traveling (even short distances). Agoraphobia is often, but not always, compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public.”

Sometimes you just want to be alone

» Continued

Jul 05, '09 : Comic stuff

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If you like comics, you may want to read a piece I wrote for Inspire a couple of months ago.
It's safe to say that this one comic book has shaped the Finnish language, even the national psyche, for decades, to the point where Finns consider themselves to be Donald, the duck with no luck at all.
Full story here (as a pdf), or here in a fine Web magazine. It's not all Finland, in case you're wondering.
Kääk! as he says in Finnish.

Jun 22, '08 : Archives: Kekäläinen

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Dusting off the archives again, trying to move things around a bit. And since these are the days of the draft, what would be better than a little story about Jarmo Kekäläinen, the assistant GM of the St. Louis Blues.

Keep reading.

He loves putting the skates on.


» Continued

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Vaikka kukaan ei ehkä ihan varmasti tiedäkään, missä kaikki ruotsalaiset satuhahmot ”oikeasti” asuvat, jo pelkästään Tukholmassa ja sen ympäristössä pääsee helposti satumaailmaan.

Villa Villekulla.

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Jun 22, '07 : Arkisto: Kirsi Salo

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Rohkein lenkki

Suomen Pankki, CNBC, MTV3, Nelonen, Solar Films ja Heikoin lenkki. Siinä uraputki, jonka moni haluaisi kulkea toiseen suuntaan. Ei Kirsi Salo. Ja Kirsi tekee yleensä, mitä haluaa.

» Continued

Jun 22, '07 : Arkisto: Penkkiurheilu

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Lisää voimaa penkiltä

Hei, nimeni on Risto ja olen penkkiurheilija. Luen aamun lehdestä ainoastaan talous- ja urheilusivut ja katson televisiosta käytännössä ainoastaan urheilua. Ja, köh, tietenkin luonto- ja ajankohtaisohjelmia. Toki.

» Continued

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Sydän on korvien välissä

Kun ruotsalainen palloilujoukkue ajautuu kriisiin, lehdistä saadaan nopeasti lukea psykologiavusta. Henkinen valmennus on maassa vahvassa nousussa. Monella Elitserien-joukkueista on henkinen valmentaja.

» Continued

Jun 22, '07 : Arkisto: Sapattivapaa

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Yhä useampi työssäkäyvä haluaisi pitää pienen tauon, huilata hetken ja ladata akkujaan. Suomessa siihen on hyvä mahdollisuus vuorotteluvapaan kautta.

» Continued

Jun 22, '07 : Archives: Super Nisse

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Nisse Häggblom is the dynamo of the Finnish outboard motor museum in Porvoo. The museum is an homage to outboards, the company he served for 50 years, and for a boy that grew to be a man.

» Continued

Jun 22, '07 : Archives: Benched

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Hard core sports fans are a special group of people. They are committed to their teams, they want to know all about the players and they’re ready to pay for the information. Surprisingly enough, a real hard core sports fan looking for cool wireless services has to look hard.

» Continued

Jun 22, '07 : Archives: Talermo

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Roger Talermo has always enjoyed challenges ranging from downhill skiing to sailing, starting up new companies and turning around old ones. That’s why Talermo and Amer were a perfect fit almost ten years ago when he became the CEO. Amer was definitely a challenge.

» Continued

Jun 22, '07 : Archives: Duke of Dance

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Michael Jackson is the self-proclaimed “King of Pop,” so Jaakko Salovaara may just have to be the future “Duke of Dance.” However, Salovaara is no Wacko Jaakko.

» Continued

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Tony Buzan is a poet, author, lecturer, creator of the mind map, rowing coach and the world record holder of the creative intelligence IQ. But underneath the mind maps and speed-reading methods lies a beautiful idea: we’re all smart.

» Continued

Jun 22, '07 : Archives: Ovechkin

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Alexander Ovechkin is a Dynamo man, has always been and in his heart, always will be. Born in Moscow, Ovechkin grew up idolizing Alexander Maltsev. It doesn’t matter that Maltsev had retired a year before Ovechkin was born. Maltsev is arguably the greatest Dynamo player ever, and Ovechkin is shooting for that level.

No probs.

» Continued

Mar 23, '01 : OKK

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Ja tässä arkistoista juttu ensimmäisestä seurastani:

» Oulunkylän Kiekko-Kerho

Perustaja.

Dec 08, '00 : Arkisto: Leijona

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Tässä muutama Leijona-lehdessä syksyllä 2010 ilmestynyt artikkelini.

» Ville Peltonen, jääkiekon ikuinen oppilas (pdf)

» Pojasta tähdeksi, nopeasti! (pdf)

» Tapparan kuuskasit: Syntyneet voittamaan (pdf)

Dec 08, '00 : Story archives

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Selected samples of stuff that I've done over the years.
Suomeksi listan alapäässä.

Profiles:

Hockey:
Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers goalie (Scanorama)
Jarmo Kekäläinen, St. Louis Blues assistant GM (Profile)
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals star (The Sporting News)

Other profiles:
Tony Buzan, creator of the mindmap (Profile)
Roger Talermo, CEO of Amers Sports (Profile)
Nisse Häggblom, boat and water sports enthusiast

Other:
Sports tech (Ericsson's On)
Ed Belfour arrives in Sweden (ESPN)

Suomeksi:
Sapattivapaa (Ekonomi)
Henkinen valmennus (Jääkiekkolehti)
Kolumni penkkiurheilusta Veikkauksen "X"
Kirsi Salo (Ekonomi)
Antti Törmänen (Ekonomi)
Missä Peppi Pitkätossu asuu? (Merelle)