Happy Europe Day

Posted: May 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: european union, youtube | No Comments »

Happy 2010!

Posted: January 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Estonia, personal, youtube | No Comments »

Here is a short video of impressions from the New Year:

This Is It rehearsals

Posted: May 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: concert, cool, michael jackson, youtube | No Comments »

Exclusive video : This Is It Tour – Rehearsals & Auditions (Michael Jackson & his dancers)

It seems that it is really going to happen. I will be going to see the concert on 30 July.

Stewart vs Kramer

Posted: March 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: cool, politics, youtube | No Comments »

Must see TV. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart destroys CNBC’s financial commentator Jim Kramer and also makes a greater point of lack of accountability from everyone (banks, analysts, media) involved as the reason for the economic crisis.

It will not get better before there is accountability and stricter rules.

Kakumäe in January 2009

Posted: January 4th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Estonia, youtube | No Comments »

Kakumäe 2009

A video from a walk around Kakumäe area, where my parents live. Photos are available here.

Olbermann on Prop 8

Posted: November 12th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: youtube | No Comments »

You must watch this:

The Cartoons of My Childhood

Posted: October 24th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: cool, personal, youtube | No Comments »

I was surfing around the web and discovered the Smurfs had a 50th anniversary yesterday. I wanted to highlight some of the cartoons that I watched (and I did watch a lot of TV as a child). In addition to the smurfs there were 2 great shows that were important in shaping who I am.

Once upon a time … life was a brilliant and educational cartoon about the human body:

Maya the Bee:

I watched all of these shows on Finnish TV, of course, as I was born in the early 1980s.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year trailer

Posted: July 14th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: cool, films, music, youtube | No Comments »

High School Music 3: Senior Year Trailer

Here comes the trailer for the third part to the wildly popular teen musical. This time it will be in cinemas first. Cannot wait!

The EU is hosting a Chemical Party

Posted: June 2nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: cool, european union, youtube | No Comments »

Poor Neon gets left behind when Hydrogen gets attracted by Carbon and other drama occurs at the Chemical Party:

Barack’s Commencement Address at Wesleyan

Posted: May 25th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: apple, obama, youtube | No Comments »

I like that in US universities there are these commencement addresses, where notable people talk to students. 

Now Barack Obama, filling in for Ted Kennedy, made a commencement address to Wesleyan University graduating students. Some highlights:

Each of you will have the chance to make your own discovery in the years to come.  And I say “chance” because you won’t have to take it.  There’s no community service requirement in the real world; no one forcing you to care.  You can take your diploma, walk off this stage, and chase only after the big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should by.  You can choose to narrow your concerns and live your life in a way that tries to keep your story separate from America’s. 

But I hope you don’t.  Not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate, though you do have that obligation.  Not because you have a debt to all those who helped you get here, though you do have that debt. 

It’s because you have an obligation to yourself.  Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation.  Because thinking only about yourself, fulfilling your immediate wants and needs, betrays a poverty of ambition.  Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential and discover the role you’ll play in writing the next great chapter in America’s story.

There is more:

We will face our share of cynics and doubters.  But we always have.  I can still remember a conversation I had with an older man all those years ago just before I left for Chicago.  He said, “Barack, I’ll give you a bit of advice.  Forget this community organizing business and do something that’s gonna make you some money.  You can’t change the world, and people won’t appreciate you trying.  But you’ve got a nice voice, so you should think about going into television broadcasting.  I’m telling you, you’ve got a future.”

Now, he may have been right about the TV thing, but he was wrong about everything else.  For that old man has not seen what I have seen.  He has not seen the faces of ordinary people the first time they clear a vacant lot or build a new playground or force an unresponsive leader to provide services to their community.  He has not seen the face of a child brighten because of an inspiring teacher or mentor.  He has not seen scores of young people educate their parents on issues like Darfur, or mobilize the conscience of a nation around the challenge of climate change.  He has not seen lines of men and women that wrap around schools and churches, that stretch block after block just so they could make their voices heard, many for the very first time. 

Here is the full video:


P.S. There was another commencement address I liked a lot and tried to heed to. Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a commencement address at Stanford in 2005 where he talked about his struggle with cancer, what drives him, etc: