Sunday, November 26, 2006

Cure for hickups?

This friday we had a huge farewell party for a friend. Another friend got quite drunk and had the alcohol induced hickups bothering him. Well, there's a cure for it. Had to show it to my friend.

It only works when you have drank too much alcohol, not for the normal kind of hickup.


When you rise your bloodsugar quickly, it resets your diaphragm and eases the hickups. So take a cube of sugar, or two. Put it in your mouth and just little bit of water. Or any other non-alcoholic drink. Important: Non-alcoholic. Let the sugar dissolve in your mouth with the tiny bit of sugar and the sugar goes quicker into your bloodstream.

This'll help a bit.

I don't think there's a cure for the normal hickup. The scaring, drinking water upside down, breathing into a paperbag... none of it seems to work. But for alcohol induced hickup, sugar helps.


Amsterdam is a really weird place. I was just coming home, it's now 20 past 1 in the night. I saw few CD's on a stand on the street. A record shop was open.

Found couple CD's I just couldn't leave there. Found Digweed's Los Angeles (GU019) and Marlene Dietrich's Her Greatest Hits. Funny thing about the shop is the owner was sitting inside, sipping red wine with his spanish friend. They have been open for more than 24-hours in a row already.

...only in Amsterdam...

Didn't have wine with me and didn't want to ask for a glass, but it seemed like a nice place. Could've just sat there chatting about blues and jazz with the guy. (Seemed to be quite blues and jazz oriented place, although there was also like all Led Zeppelin's albums, lots of AC/DC, Rainbow and such.) Maybe some other night I'll bring a bottle of red and sit there for a while.

Friday, November 17, 2006

My Mouth Is On Fire!

Excellent day!

Had a day off from work and just when I planned to go and grab something to eat, my doorbell rang. It was a delivery guy. Now I got nice chili sauces. I've been tasting them, but now my mouth is so numb that I can't taste the difference anymore.

I guess I'll stick to the mildest I ordered for today. Still hotter than my last sambal... Finally, sauces I don't have to complain about being too mild.

Check it out. Hot Sauce World.

(Oops... wrote this thing too long. My mouth got it's taste back. Got to fix that. Bye.)

Monday, November 13, 2006

DJ Mag's top 20 VJ's: #10 - Alex & Jeremy

Just found out that a friend of mine, Jeremy got to DJ Mag's top 20 VJ list 2006, in position 10.

Nice one Jeremy! Next year #1!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Kerry's frog leaped out of the throat

CNN tells us Kerry apologizes the troops in Iraq for saying if students don't study proper, they might get stuck in Iraq.

Also BBC has an article about it.

It's all around the newspapers.

President Bush: Show us Kerry was wrong. Send all of the congressmen's children to Iraq and prove once and for all that it is not only the poor and low-educated that go to Iraq. You have no need to exploit nor debate the remark any longer, after you've done this. It's an easy win to Republicans if you do so.

I want to see an army recruiting van in front of Yale and Harward. Bush, just do that, and I'll believe everything you said about Kerry being wrong!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The new-untouchables

I'm worried about the decline of general discipline in youth. With all this fuzz about children's rights and protection is working against the children. Protecting children against paedophiles is only a good thing. But protecting children against parent's upbringing does not serve the public interest. They outlawed all forms of corporal punishment towards children in Finland. This means parents are no longer allowed to take misbehaving kid to their knees and spank them.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm against violence. I'm against corporal punishment in schools. Kid's discipline through corporal punishment is in my opinion on parent's responsibility, and theirs only. There is a difference between smacking a kid's tooth out with a fist and spanking misbehaving kid on the bottom. Using a fist or a leather belt is violence and should stay outlawed, regardless of the situation and age.

When I was a kid, I didn't even think about saying bad words to elder people. I had respect. When there was a group of us, say, 10 teenagers, and if we were misbehaving as teenagers sometimes do, any eldery person could just come to us and adjust us verbally. We didn't even think about stabbing that guy with a knife. What I read from the newspapers nowadays? 16-year old stabbed 20-year old in a subway with a kitchen knife. What in the World was the teenager doing with a kitchen knife in the subway anyways? This goes on and on. Kids don't have the proper discipline nowadays. I wish I could say it's the fault of the parents, but it's the fault of the society that prevents parents raising their children as well.

You need to raise the children with discipline, so they can survive in the corporate world. I would not hire, little alone give a raise or promote a young professional who uses the f-word towards me. We have an old saying in Finland. "Joka vitsaa säästää, se lastaan vihaa." - Roughly translated: "Who saves the cane, hates the child." And this is true. Now if I see 13-year old kids beating up a granny, I don't dear to go in between. I get shanked. Better to call the police. But the police can't do anything to correct those kids either. They can just stop the beating that time. If a kid is under 15 there's very little police and authorities can do.

Father Erkki Auranen from Kouvola's lutherian church was talking about the same thing. He also is against fists and leather belts, but also says you should punish a child out of love, not hate. You should explain the child why he/she recieved the punishment. It doesn't work anymore if on the confirmation in church you are told about 10 commandments. "Respect your mother and your father." Those are just words to the kids in the sunday school. You need to raise the children to be good. But even the church elders disagree with this. Bishop Voitto Huotari told this is incorrect and was worried that a man of God is talking about this kind of things. Maybe Bishop Huotari is an anarchist and don't believe in discipline anymore?

They even cut the authority of the army in my country. When I was in the army the sergeants were complaining that their training was much rougher and they are not allowed to give same kind of discipline they recieved. Not that I thought about it that much, but when the next group came in and I heard about the new rules that came summer '99 to the army. For example: You are not allowed to shout to a person, only a group. You are not allowed to make soldiers run as a punishment. You are not allowed to shout wake up call in the mornings, but have to go to each room separately and with normal voice tell them to wake up. Basically sergeants were not allowed to adjust soldiers in any other way except writing a letter to the company leader. It fights against the principle of the army when you hear a sergeant commanding a soldier to clean up a mess in the soldier's own room and you hear him reply: "F*** you, I'm going to the café!" What can the sergeant do? Write a letter to the company leader? So much for respect...

And this fights agains the meaning of the training. If there would be a war, and a squad leader needs something to be done, it is unsafe for the whole squad if one starts to say: "Wait a second... Go over that fence and shoot that window... They might see me. Let's talk about this order one more time..." or even worse: "Me run there? You mad? No way! Run yerself."

And if we have some people who take practical measures in action, we'll put them down too. Aftenposten writes Principal Anne Lise Gjul at Dvergsnes School has some issues with pee around the walls and toilet seats. I understand the frustration. I'm a guy and I'm ashamed to go to public toilets. Men just don't know how to pee in the toilet while standing. Maybe I have inferior and weaker specimen, but I can aim to the water at the bottom of the bowl and it doesn't spread around the toilet seat. (Which should be in upward position if you choose to stand while doing your business.) Most of the time I sit down on the seat, since I don't like to have sprinkles on my legs. Test it out your self. Go to pee without pants on and you'll feel little sprinkles on your legs, no matter how you pee - if you're standing.

Bringing children's rights to pee while standing and commenting on that decision on a nationwide level is absurd. What Anne Lise was doing is practical, not trying to bring any male/female thing into it. It saves the cleaner a lot of work. Also, the men's toilets in general are in horrible condition. If the school has urinariums, no problem. But the toilets are not really ment for that. Would anyone object if your office wouldn't have smoking facilities and you are a smoker? No. There just isn't smoking facilities. If the school don't have urinariums, don't stand while you pee.

Rocks are not good for humans. They help ducks to digest, but they provide very little help to humans. If a teacher sees a kid eating small rocks, is the teacher not allowed to tell the kid to stop that? During the school time I think the teacher should stop the kid from harming himself, either directly or indirectly. Regardless if the kid has the "human right" to do so.

It's not about human rights, it's not about opressing children. It's about saving the cleaner a lot of work and also about this thing called hygiene. Please, I beg of you Anne Lise, teach Vidar Kleppe about hygiene.

Please, love your children, teach them respect, discipline, hygiene and if nothing else, to save themselves from themselves.