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Few days ago I finally got my looong waited new gadget N900. During past few days have been setting it up and have tried various features, created direct links to favorite services etc. And it works like a dream, and I’ve decided to use it as much as possible, so far really pleasant experience.

Adding pictures seems to be possible, but rather slow and troublesome compared to Flock. We spent last weekend by summer cottage, very nice especially Ronja enjoyed playing by the lake.

Writing seems to be easy, so I just might end up blogging more often.

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Have been looking into & trying out some interesting applications:

  • Moozement – social training log  – recording basic info exercise with the friends – creating social support  &  pressure
  • Kiva –  micro lending community, where we have established a group with friends, offers possibility to directly support entrepreneurs in emerging countries
  • Thinglink – social application for design enthusiasts and rafters

Today my friend Kaisa referred me to an interesting blog post – related to changes in consumption and social media –  “Conspicuous, but not Consuming” – by Stephen Linaweaver, Brad Bate and Michael Keating. – how Facebook is more environmentally sustainable than solar panels.

Social media offers possibilities for us  to change how we communicate, interact with friends and strangers.  Social media  also can have an effect on  how we live, support others and what and how much we consume.

There are new applications emerging constantly – and existing ones are improving. Users and developers are invited to participate in creation, contibute with ideas and feedback. Active user and developer communities are important  for the continuous development. This can also become one form of self-actualization – instead of or in addition to consuming, we become co-creators and members.

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Midsummer is extremely important time for celebration for Finns. People flock into summer cottages and celebrate the long, light summer nights. No matter what is the weather, people leave the cities and head towards lake side cottages, festivals, camping sites – being close to lakes & nature, seems to be essential.

For nearly 20 years, we have spent Midsummer time  by Takajärvi, ” the Lake Taka”, by the summer cottage of my in laws, who have kindly offered a place for a crowd of  “Midsummer Orphans”.

This year the cottage become ours, and tradition continued.  And about 20 adults and 15 kids celebrated the summer again together. It was exceptionally rainy and cold – somehow it did not seem to matter, it was nice to be back to Takajärvi with friends. Some of our children have spend all their Midsummers here, with the “Midsummer Family”.

This year people shared their feelings also via Facebook statuses & discussions – and with Twitter, and with pictures in Flickr …

Merja … “observes nature’s cycles: the second generation of the Midsummer Family sits at the lakeside playing guitar. Suddenly we have a gang of teenagers instead of children.”  “… enjoys life …”

Kaisa … “ +10c and rain; several really new, fun-related innovations done. “

We were talking about social media, laughing to ourselves sitting next to each other, and posting comments on Facebook.  Social media enables us to stay connected also other times. Some are more active than others.  And we have been using social media for practicalities as well …  invitations are sent by -e-mail, including a link to Doodle – where we can see when people will arrive and leave. This year Rita co-ordinated responsibilities for various meals.  In 2007  we were using Kotikokki – for sharing menu & recipes.

This year my friend Kristiina was arranging at the same time “Midsummer Festival Simulation Party” in winter weather at Pretoria, South-Africa, which was far warmer than we had.  And we were also exchanging ideas how to simulate  Finnish midsummer into other side of the world…

Together we try out new things, share experiences and learn and enjoy life.   It is all about meaningful connections among people…  Even I enjoy experimenting with social media – I am also  already looking forward for the 20th Year Anniversary Midsummer Festivals by Takajärvi!

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Amazingly nice weather over last weekend. We went skating to Lake Bodom, in north Espoo, and the ice was so smooth and clear, that you could see trough it, and the reflections were so clear.  There were quite a few people, yet plenty of space for all.

The nature offered also artistic experiences – small, delightful ice
sculptures,  tiny dog & bird figures and bubbles, captured in the ice. Days like this – I remember why I love winter time, and actually the differences allow us appreciate & enjoy more each season.

In the area there is Oittaa Centre, where you can rent skates, and skiing equipment, and if you dare – have a swim in the icy water. Below is winter swimming area – very cool and very refreshing, sauna facilities and restaurant area are very nice.

Things will be rather hectic during this spring. However, as a new year resolution, I will try to find also time capture some special moments and thoughts in my blog.

This is the first blog post to this with the new computer Dell Latitude XT Touch  Tablet PC , the user experience is just wonderful.  After 6 years of using IBM Think Pad, I wanted to try out something totally new.  Still learning some things of touch UI and Vista … will take some time to get the best out of this new set up.  But now it seems, I would not like to go back to traditional laptop…  Yet it is  a bit annoying that I have  boot the thing rather often, but so far benefits have been exceeding the problems. Tablet is really great for  Social Media.

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The environment can change so quickly – one day we had over 1/2 meter snow – and everything was changed. From the darkness to magical winter wonderland…

… and them after few days nearly all had melted, back to darkness, rain and slush.

So in the middle of this dark season – my old computer decided to retire, and demonstrated some serious signs and it was getting slower, and slower. Since warranty period was long gone, I got to order new computer. And now I’m so happy with my new computer. It is Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC – and it is so delightful and fun. But getting all things organized, it just takes time. Also learning new things related to Vista and Touch and pen UI  is experimental fun, yet time consuming.  This  is mostly exciting, but also frustrating at times.

One thing I noticed that really missed only after a couple of days, was my personalized Flock – browser. It makes web experience so much better, faster and more fun. And writing blogs easier …

At the same time when changing computers, I decided to improve some ways of working:  my personal information management practices, I promised myself to learn to use some new applications, and I’m even planning for some new years resolutions – trying out something new every day / week…  some many interesting things in social media, and so little time – lets see, how this will evolve.

This transfer period from old computer to new one seems to slow things down, maybe it is also good at this time of the year, when nature is slowing down as well.  There has been more time to think 🙂

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