Dec 28, '12 : Listen to this

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Listen to this: the good people at have built a cool robot. It's got red eyes, and a long face, but the best part is that it's got a manly voice, and they have trained it to read these blog entries out loud. (Maybe yours, too.)

So, click below to open the feed in iTunes, or, this link if you use another RSS reader to get the audio files.

Get the RPodcast


- Webmaster

Dec 20, '12 : Season's greetings

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Iím sorry, but there will be no Top 10 New Yearís countdown this year because Mr. Pakarinen says heís been too busy to write up a list, let alone go through the archives. Frankly, I think the reason thereís no Top 10 list is that he just couldnít find ten good stories.

Sure, there was this. And this was OK, but you know what I mean?

So, rather than have you go through some old crap, heís going to hide under the covers and say heís been ďbusyĒ. With what, you ask, and I donít have an answer.

Anyway. Heís also told all us interns that we can take a long break over the holidays, which tells me there wonít be major updates here, if any. Thereíd better not be if he first tells us that we can take some time off. Like, suppose he, against all odds, should get a half-baked idea for a story, am I then expected to come in and type the story and post it for him? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Unless thereís a bonus in it for me. I mean, I do things for money. Donít you?

Merry Christmas to you all.

Ė Webmaster

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Hey kid,

I donít like foul play, man. I saw you, dude. I so caught you, and you know I did!

And if thereís something that I hate even more than foul play, is seeing my kid getting the short end of the stick because of your foul play, kid.

Sure, it was a game of tag on skates, so youíre technically right: nobody got any end of any sticks. But, thatís not really here or there. The point is that there are rules to the game, and you cheated. See, I saw Son touch you, and I donít care if your Dad is the manager of the team, and seems to have pretty darn hard shot, when my Son tags you, you stop. Boom. Just because he kept on going to the other direction - heís still working on stops - doesnít mean you can pretend he didnít touch you.

This time, it was just an evil eye I sent your way. And when I made you say ďpleaseĒ a few times when I got your ball from the snow, I was just warming up. I heard you the first time. The first time after I made you say it. Before
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Summer's here, and I'm cleaning up Mr. Pakarinen's files. Today, I found this unfinished blog entry from January. Not sure where he was going with it, but I think it perfectly demonstrates his pettiness and superiority complex, and it's only fair that the world gets to know what kind of a man I have to work with.

And hey, he's no David Foster Wallace so I'm not going to add any footnotes, but please note that
1. He stopped writing in mid-sentence
2. at 200 words = lazy.


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Dad used to use old military tricks on us kids on the hockey team. At one point, he would try to create peer pressure so that we'd police each other, instead of him coming after whoever did something silly. And, yes, kids do silly stuff.

I'm coming after you.

» Continued

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So, the news came out today: Link.

Now, when Mr. Pakarinen feels all uncomfortable and awkward about something, who does he call? Me, thatís who. So:

Let it be known to the world that Mr. Pakarinen, your resident writer, has won third prize in the column category of the Pearl Awards, a competition organized by the Custom Content Council, the leading association for the custom publishing industry in the United States.

That's America, people.

» Continued

Sep 15, '10 : Webmaster speaks

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People, people. People, people, people. Tsk, tsk. Two years ago, I was given a big budget and a lot of time to come up with the new, improved So, I spent four months in Italy, eating and drinking well, four months in India, hitchhiking through the country in a very Gandhi kind of way, and four months in Indonesia, eating and drinking well, and just as I touched down at the Arlanda airport on my way home, I came up with The Idea:

I would build one site, Home, for all of Mr. Pakarinen's writing and blogging, links to his books, his projects, and such, another site, Puckarinen, dedicated for his hockey-related writing, and a third subsite, Risto Twist-o, for his "funny" fake news clippings.

Home would be home, the centerpiece, and the rest would follow naturally from there. I rolled up my sleeves, created three folders, and three RSS feeds, made a cup of coffee, and sent Mr. Pakarinen an email, asking him to test the new concept.

He liked it, a lot. We rolled it out the same day, and have never looked back.

But now, I realize that some of the readers of Home might also like what's on Puckarinen, but don't find their way there. And wise verses. And to post everything on both sites would "totally undermine the whole purpose of having the separate sites," as Mr. Pakarinen told me.

In other words, I'm just here to remind you to check out the links under "Ristart" in the navigation, or click here to see the latest by Puckarinen.

By the way, I wrote a book, "Eat, Sleep, Drink" during my travels, and I hope it will be turned into a major motion picture some day.

May 04, '10 : To the Worlds

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Mr. Pakarinen is off to the IIHF World Championship 2010 tournament in Cologne, Germany so I wanted to give you a heads-up about the fact that there will be hockey stuff here as well. Hope you enjoy it, even if you're not a big hockey fan. He usually keeps it pretty light, so let's hope he'll write mostly about things that are non-game related, because, really, those who care can just log on and see all his stuff and because - this is just my opinion - that stuff is so much more interesting.

Just a reminder, you can follow him on Twitter as well. (His latest tweet is also posted here, you'll see it in the left sidebar).

Ė Webmaster

Let's play hockey.

Oct 21, '09 : Bandits

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OK, I can see now that several of Master Risto's wunderful texts have been snatched to other sites, so, this is what I'll do. I'll take that old RSS feed, and snap it into two pieces over my knee. Here's the Feedburner feed that - according to my long experience of googling stuff - should help.

You'll still get the texts to your client, but the rascals at the fake sites won't.

Thanks, amigos.

- Webmaster

Webmaster has been fired, for incompetence. His trick didn't work. Still, grab the feed here.

Aug 17, '09 : Housekeeping note

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Now that hockey season is about to start (or has started), it's time to remind you of the different parts of the jungle.

For hockey, go to Puckarinen.

For fake news clippings, see Risto Twist-o.

And for every day musings, writing exercises, observations and personal notes, stay right here at Home.

The same applies for my many Twitter accounts:
@puckarinen for hockey
@ristotwisto for fake (and funny!) news
@finnjewel for the real Risto.



Jun 09, '09 : Webmaster's announcement

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You may have noticed that it's been a few days since Mr. Pakarinen updated this page, and let's be honest here - as we always are here at RPlog - his last real update here was almost two weeks ago. I see he's been posting some old columns here. Oh well.

But, in all fairness - and we're nothing if not fair around here - he hasn't been slacking off, no, no, sir. In fact, I just put in the last details on a new page Mr. Pakarinen has been working on the last few weeks. That's right, a new page.

It's got nothing to do with hockey, although, hockey may also come up in his work. What it is, is a collection of "news clippings" he's "found". That means he makes them up and thinks he's being funny.

"It's a little different kind of writing," says Mr. Pakarinen.

Is it different or "different"? I'm not saying I like all of his pieces, but I have laughed at some of them. Especially the one about the ... well, see for your self.

The Risto Twist-o at

Get a free lifetime subscription, while you're there. I know I did.

Jan 23, '09 : Introducing Puckarinen

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Hi guys, it's the webmaster. Risto asked me to post the following message.
Dear reader,

For years now, I have been busy blogging here at, about different kinds of topics. Things that make me laugh, make me cry, make me go hmmm, and things that make me me.

Now, after several emails from you - and you know who you are, I hope so, anyway - pointing out that not everybody loves hockey I think I finally understand what you mean.

A reader from Italy put it this way:

"I love your blog. It's like that convenient store you always run to late at night when everything else is closed. The one friend that's going to surprise you with exotic illegally imported cans of olives that have writing in a language you've never heard of. That one neighborhood store that's also the post office, Ticketmaster pickup, and a bingo parlor."

That's when I realized something had gone awry with my blog.

And I'm nothing if not sensitive to my readers' wishes. Without you, there's no blog. Without a blog, there's no me. Without me, I'm nothing. I'd be like a one hand clapping in an empty hockey arena, or a slap shot into an empty net on an empty pond in eastern Finland. (Nobody lives there, you see).

So, I have decided to split my blogging between hockey and unhockey. I'll keep on blogging here at, because home is where my blog is, but I will also launch a new blog at because that's where the hockey writing will be.

The Puckarinen site is all about hockey. I'll post news, thoughts, my stories that have been published elsewhere, occasional podcasts, my Twitters, and other hockey musings.

Two sites for the price of one is a deal very few media outlets are willing to give you in these economic times. I hope you'll be twice as happy -- even, or maybe, especially, if you only visit one of them regularly.

See you here and there,

There you have it. Bookmark both pages.

-- webmaster

Apr 16, '08 : The Worlds

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In two weeks, I'll be in Quebec City, getting ready for the World Championships, and I'll turn this blog into a World Championship blog for about three weeks.