Archive for July, 2010

Photos from last weekend (oven project)

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Last weekend we were at my aunt’s, taking apart an old brick oven. Quite a few photos from the project are available in the gallery, including quite a few unrelated cat shots taken during the weekend. It was pretty dusty work, and some of the photos are little unfocused as a result.

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Tornio family tree

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I worked on a little genealogy project last summer, building a family tree for the Tornio family based on genealogy data gathered by Rakel Kuronen. Main goal of the project was to transfer Rakel’s work of many years to digital format. I also added some more recent information and limited data from my mother’s side. While there are many good solutions available for storing family trees, I decided to develop my own in order to learn some Javascript and Ajax on the side. The basic user interface is pretty basic though (mainly just HTML+CSS), most of the advanced stuff is used on the editing side of things. For displaying database statistics I made heavy use of Google Chart API.

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#30 Tornionsalmi 2010-07-18

Sunday, July 18th, 2010
Tornionsalmi in Ruotsalainen, Finland
61 minutes, max depth 23.5 m, water 13°C
Buddies: Osmo Liipola

Lähtö jättiloikalla laivalaiturilta, uitiin Virtosaaren rantaan ja sieltä saaren länsikulmaan pintauintina. Sukellettiin takaisin salmen yli ja seurailtiin rantaviivaa osittain virran viemänä. Sukellus jatkui majakalle asti, tarkoitus oli tulla ylös jo aiemmin. Laivarantaan palattiin rantaa pitkin kävellen. Ei juuri nähtävää, kaloja ja tukkeja.

#29 Kumpeli 2010-07-17

Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Kumpeli in Heinola, Finland
67 minutes, max depth 18 m, water 16°C
Buddies: Osmo Liipola

Lähtö Kumpeli-hotellin laiturin vierestä, sukellettiin 7 minuuttia virran keskelle ja sitten loppuaika virtaa seuraillen. Ylösnousupaikka Heinolan Casinolla, sukellus jäi n. 200 m vajaaksi, loput pintauintina. Pohjassa paljon rapuja ja kaloja, myös tukkeja ja rojua. Loppupäässä hienoja saviseinämiä. Virta oli melko heikko, eikä aiheuttanut suurempia ongelmia.

AOWD diving course

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I finished Advanced Open Water Diver course yesterday and I am now rated for dives up to the depth of 30 m. Some photos taken during a break before our night dive can be found in the gallery, unfortunately the photos ended up way too dark to see any details.

#28 Luotsiasema 2010-07-07

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Luotsiasema in Porkkala, Finland
21 minutes, max depth 8.8 m, water 18°C
Buddies:

AOWD etsintä ja nosto, nostettiin ensin kiviä pohjasta nostosäkillä, sitten etsittiin pohjaan heitettyä kiekkoa (roskiksen kantta). Kampaetsitnä ei tuottanut tulosta (huono aloituspaikka), kehäetsinnällä kiekko löytyi.

#27 Luotsiasema 2010-07-07

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Luotsiasema in Porkkala, Finland
19 minutes, max depth 24.7 m, water 10°C
Buddies:

AOWD syvä, laskeuduttiin pohjaa seuraillen noin 25 metriin, heikon näkyvyyden (vesi muuttui maitomaiseksi syvällä) ei menty syvemmälle. Turvapysähdykset rinteessä 10 metrissä ja 5 metrissä. Sukellus pariköyden kanssa.

CAPTCHA

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Due to very high amount of spam in the comments (and the fact that I’m too lazy to filter them by hand so pretty much everything was just blocked), I have installed a CAPTCHA plugin for comments. Let’s see how well this works out, for now there’s no human moderation.

Graduation

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

After quite a few delays, I have finally graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology (which is now part of the Aalto University) as a Master of Science in Technology. My Master’s Thesis on Natural Gradient for Variational Bayesian Learning is available online.

Some photos from the graduation ceremony on Friday 2nd July are available in the gallery. This was a somewhat informal event, the main graduation ceremony was already on Thursday, but because of the great amount of fresh graduates, there was no room to attend it.

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Midsummer 2010

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Some photos from Midsummer 2010 are available in the gallery. We had no bonfire this year and the weather was rather rainy too, so we spent a lot more time inside than usual.

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