akabana: (Default)
Tämänhetkinen inhokkisana on sitten "innovatiivinen". Eli olen kääntänyt liikaa IT-alan markkinointitekstejä, joissa kaikki on "innovatiivista". Voi helkutti tällaisia tyhjiä ja jonkun copywriterin mielestä hienolta kuulostavia adjektiiveja, jotka on sitten vielä pakko lainakopioida suoraan englannista suomeen...

Toinen vastaava on muuten "intuitiivinen". Miten helvatissa joku käyttöliittymä tms. voi olla intuitiivinen? Olen yrittänyt korvata tätä esim. sanoilla "helppokäyttöinen" tai "vaivaton", mutta kaikissa projekteissa se ei enää mene läpi, kun tuo yksi versio on jo vakiintunut.

En siis inhoa työtäni, mutta työtehtävien kanssa menee joskus hermo.
akabana: (sewing sophie by <lj comm="tmg_icons">)
Although I really should. Last Thursday I started working again at the translation office where I spent the last summer as a trainee. My contract lasts until the end of July, with an option for two more weeks in August, so you could call me seasonal help. Since it's the season that causes all the fuss and trouble.

July is the month when Finland closes shop. I'm serious. Everyone wants to have their summer holiday in July. Hence, one third of the in-house translators are on vacation in July. The problem is, the holiday season in most of Central and Western Europe doesn't start until later, in August. So, many other European branch offices (excluding Sweden, for instance) are just now busy trying to get as much work done as possible before everyone goes on holiday. And since we get quite a big proportion of our assignments from other European offices, we're swamped.

So, they called me early last week: "We're a bit short-staffed, could you lend a hand?" And here I am, a salarywoman once more. I get this feeling that I currently do more and get paid less than as a freelancer, but the fixed (or slightly flexible) hours have their perks: no more working 'till the wee hours of dawn or on weekends.

But I'm  loath to wake up at 7 o'clock ayem. Besides, my brain doesn't function properly before 11 o'clock or noon. Luckily, I apparently can do quite a decent job on autopilot ^_^;;;


Jun. 13th, 2008 11:35 pm
akabana: (Frances vampy from masquerade_arts)
I...um... I bought a pair of sneakers for 74 euros...

But they're Converses.

And I just found out I could have gotten them a lot cheaper (~30 euros + postage, which probably is at least 20 euros - it's around 15 for books not ordered from Amazon) from their online shop, but I don't know if I can really shop for shoes online. I mean, there's a return policy and everything, but it'd be such a hassle to order something and then return/replace it when it doesn't fit... I think I rather pay the 20-something euros for the privilege of being able to try them on and find a perfect fit.

Besides, they're nice and black and comfy, and - if the salesperson lady wasn't pulling my leg - they're built to last at least five summers. And when you compare that to the average 25 euros-a-pair sneakers which have an average life expectancy of three months, I'll start to gain savings from my purchase after three summers ^_^;

All right, I'm hopeless when it comes to shoes.

And books ^_^;;; I just made a 100-something dollar order from the Subterranean Press. A couple of rarities and one limited edition (200 pcs). Ahem. But it's only money, right? Right?


Mar. 20th, 2008 07:35 pm
akabana: (GUNM icon by <lj user="jubilli">)


The one-day content strike is on for this Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT.

For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.

This is a protest that will have long-lasting effects, showing up forever in the daily posting statistics.

This is a protest that will not harm LJ in the long run, as leaving LJ might do.

This is a protest that will demonstrate the power of community, as all users unite to support Basic users and the concept of adfree space.

This is a protest that will educate the new owners that LJ is driven by user-created content.


We are holding the Content Strike because we want to demonstrate that LiveJournal is content-driven.

We are holding the Content Strike because we want the new owners of LiveJournal to better understand the power and resolve of the LJ Community of Users.

We are holding the Content Strike because all of us, Paid, Permanent and Plus users as well as Basic, want to demonstrate our solidarity as a Community of Users. We do not consider Basic users to be freeloaders, we consider them to be valuable content-providers and Friends.

We are holding the Content Strike because we ache to do something to show our displeasure, and commenting on the news post -- even with cat macros -- just isn't powerful enough!


[personal profile] beckyzoole will be emailing and snail-mailing SUP that the strike has four terms:


  1. Restore basic accounts for new account creation.

  2. Inform users before any change to the site that affects how we use the site or demands on our resources.

  3. Run change proposals by the Advisory Board and take their advice into account before implementation of any change.

  4. Homophobia, misogyny, and racism must not be a part of the decision making processes about appropriate content of the site, including what user interests are deemed appropriate.

NOTE: I'm aware that there may be good business decisions for eliminating Basic accounts. If Basic accounts are to be eliminated, though, that action should be taken only after approval of the Advisory Board and consultation with the LJ Community of Users.

ETA: Credit and thanks due to lavendertook for the wording of the terms, with which I am in full agreement.

How Can I Help?

DO post about this in your own LJ.
DO post and comment about it in appropriate communities.
DO remember that it's based on Greenwich Mean Time, which may not be your local time.
DO turn off LoudTwitter and your RSS feeds for 24 hours.
DO feel free to friend 

[personal profile] beckyzoole for updates, and defriend when the strike is over.

DON'T forget to get permission from community mods before making an off-topic post or comment about the strike.
DON'T be spammy with your posts or comments about the strike.
DON'T forget to turn your LoudTwitter and RSS feeds back on when the strike is over.



Text above courtesy of [info]beckyzoole, with only the slightest editions.


So, the strike will be on in about six hours. Scabs beware! And my thanks to [info]saraste_impi for bringing the protest to my attention. I had been aware of the so-called reforms of the new management and had thought they were a load of crap, but since it is not in my nature to be a rabble-rouser, it would have never occurred to me to whip up an organized, non-violent protest. The content strike is, in my opinion, in accordance with the finest principles of non-violent civil disobedience. We won't be trying to hurt the new management by any action, we are simply refusing to co-operate. By inaction we will remind them that they need us: our time, energy and willingness to actively produce new content to our blogs and communities. They simply can't afford to make any far-reaching reforms without consulting us.


And while I realise that LJ has always been, and remains a business venture, with all the handicaps and benefits that come with it, I'm also convinced that there are many profitable ways of running a business. It seems to me that the new management has made the tragic mistake of thinking LJ users as mere consumers. We are more than that. True, we do consume the facilities set up for blogging and community-building set up by the LJ management, but these facilities are only a tool for us to enjoy the true attraction of LJ: its content. And to this date, the fact remains that this content is created by the LJ users voluntarily and free of charge. So, in truth, we are the producers of LiveJournal's most valuable asset, and we do it for nothing. Therein lies our power; since we're not paid, we're financially independent of the LJ management, but since their investment would be worthless without user-generated content, the management is dependent on us.

I think it's time we demonstrated our power. Let's show them we cannot be ignored.



Jan. 28th, 2008 11:48 pm
akabana: (destiny icon by <lj user="dreamyraynbo">)
The grand total is now at whopping 48 pages, and whole page count at 42 and something. I also managed to get started on transcribing the missing data, since it now appears I have both the time and the obligation to do it before handing in the thesis.

Because, I don't quite know whether I ought to thank my prof or spank him. I emailed him today asking something about the physical format of the text. He replies by saying that since I have everything in order study-wise, the 31.1. is no absolute final return-by-or-die date, but I must hand in a full version, meaning complete with French and Finnish abstracts and appendices. I hadn't even thought about the abstracts, since it seemed silly to write an abstract of an unfinished text, but they're nothing more than two pages worth of bullshit anyway, so they're no problem. The real problem are the appendices. I'd planned to include some kind of tables from my data, but since I haven't yet fully transcribed it, it's quite difficult.

And I have this nagging doubt in the back of my head that he wants the abstracts simply because he's not even planning to read the whole work...

Well, I think I'm going to negotiate some sort of new date, say, 4th of February. That'll leave me a few days to transcribe the data, make the tables and make up something for the analysis part ^_^;;

I rule!

Jan. 26th, 2008 12:50 am
akabana: (Frances vampy from masquerade_arts)
Three bloody pages today! And written while watching figure skating! (Quantity starts to overcome quality at this point). The total now stands at 32 whole pages of text.

I'll make it! I'm gonna graduate this spring! Woot!

I rule !!!


Jan. 13th, 2008 11:12 pm
akabana: (kagome by <lj user="hoshi3">)
I have two and a half weeks to finish my master's thesis and I'm beginning to feel like I'm not going to make it. To be exact, I have seventeen days and at the moment, I still have to transcribe one quarter of my data and I only have about nine whole pages of something vaguely text-like, when the first version of the thesis is supposed to be a minimum of sixty pages long >___< I would have to write something like...*calculates on paper*... 2,94 pages a day to make it on time - and transcribe the missing data at some point, since I can't very well be writing my analysis part without data to analyze, can I?

It's not that writing itself is difficult, I've written 20-page scientific essays in one week, but it's making myself sit down to write is next to impossible. Take today: I've fiddled with my references and word processing options, read six comic books - my missing data - and written two whole sentences. If I go on like this, I'm really not going to make it. This whole thing has been hanging over my head like some kind of academic sword of Damocles for the past two years and I'm gradually getting sick and tired of it.

But I can't very well give up, since I went as far as to inform the office that I won't be available for translations until the end of month. In the living room, bf's watching television and probably thinking I'm busily writing my thesis. He's been terribly supporting. It would feel so embarrassing and disappointing to give up at this point.

And besides, I would feel like an utter cheat for the rest of my life and wouldn't be able to face myself ever again.


Dec. 1st, 2007 10:55 pm
akabana: (Frances vampy)
At the moment, our cat Leu is busy killing a mouseskin on our bed. Not a real mouseskin, though, just a piece of fur ripped off a squeaking toy mouse. But it's an odd thing. Originally, bf's parents got two toy mice for the boys, a black one and a gray one, and for some feline reason they seem to like the gray one better. It was skinned in a matter of weeks, while the black mouse remains relatively intact after a year or so. They still love playing with the gray mouse's skin and the squeaky part - although the latter is so battered it won't squeak anymore :) Periodically, they lose one or both mouse-parts underneath the sofa, piano or some other furniture and seem to forget about them until they mysteriously reappear after a while.

I think a great part of the mouseskin's appeal lies in the fact that it's real fur, not fake. It was impossible to tell while it was still attached to the squeaky bit, but once peeled off, it's obvious. What makes the situation macabre is the fact that it's possible that it's actually cat fur, since they've been known to use cat and dog fur in toys made in China and elsewhere in East Asia. I don't think it feels or looks like cat, though. I prefer to think it's probably rabbit or something else.

As a sidenote: since the animal rights group Oikeutta Eläimille approached tv channels on Wednesday with shocking video material depicting maltreatment of pigs, chickens and hens on Finnish farms, I was once again glad I don't eat meat and use only organically produced eggs. I wonder how many omnivores lost their appetite for ham and chicken wings for good. Quite a few, I hope. I originally quit eating meat exactly because of the production-oriented and overtly efficiency-conscious methods of the mainstream animal farming industry. I still feel bad about eating cheese and yogurt made of cow's milk, since dairy industry could not exist without meat industry and raising cattle (i.e. cows) is a lot more energy-consuming than raising for instance pigs or goats. I should probably switch to goat cheese, but I like all the other kinds of cheese too! A girl's entitled to have one vice, isn't she? And in the energy issue I compensate with not owning or driving a passenger car. I don't even have a license :)


Nov. 17th, 2007 07:48 pm
akabana: (Default)
I'm working and I feel I'm making no progress at all. Well, at least an ultrasound device manual is a lot more interesting than a car repair manual. In my opinion only, of course.

Boyfriend's cooking tagliatelle with walnuts, pears and blue cheese, and there's good Italian Pinot Grigio in the fridge :) So it's not half that bad, anyway.


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