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DiGRA Distinguished Scholar

I am proud to be among the the inaugural group of DiGRA Distinguished Scholars, as recently  appointed by the DiGRA executive board: Ian Bogost Mia Consalvo Suzanne DeCastell Jussi Holopainen Jesper Juul Aphra Kerr Tanya Krzywinska Jonas Linderoth Esther MacCallum-Stewart Frans Mäyrä Annika Waern Jose Zagal There are similar recognitions that established scholarly associations award in their fields, … Continue reading ”DiGRA Distinguished Scholar”

Chili harvesting, greenhouse project 

It is late August and the first batch of chillies is getting ready for harvesting. The first ones to produce good yield were Fire Flame and Thai Rawit. Others that also had produced some ripe chillies at this point were: Habanero Hot Lemon, Madame Jeannette, Lemon Drop, Fatalii, Trepadeira da Werner and Moruga Scorpion. There … Continue reading ”Chili harvesting, greenhouse project ”

OneNote 2016 PDF import issues

The Surface Pro 4 that I am using is a versatile device and particularly strong in reading and commenting digital documents. I am regularly working on articles, seminar essays, thesis manuscripts and book lenght work, and it is really nice to be able to type text quickly like with a regular laptop, then flip the … Continue reading ”OneNote 2016 PDF import issues”

Note on Pokémon Go: fantasy of collecting and exploring “urban nature”

For those of us who started doing r&d on location-based mobile games decade or two ago, the exploding popularity of Pokémon Go has been exciting, but also perhaps a bit bewildering to follow. There have been many games that have exploited the collaborative, competitive, user-created or spatially based functionalities of augmented reality play in more … Continue reading ”Note on Pokémon Go: fantasy of collecting and exploring “urban nature””

Greenhouse: Waiting for the harvest

This is the first summer when our greenhouse is in use. So far everything seems to have gone just fine, even while we have been so busy in other areas that we have not really got so much time for the garden or the greenhouse. Even with just minimal care, most greenhouse plants seem to … Continue reading ”Greenhouse: Waiting for the harvest”

All-in-one: still not there

Some time ago, I blogged about tablets as productivity devices, and then I also have written about some early experiences as a user of Microsoft Surface Pro 4: a Windows 10, 2-in-one tablet PC that relies on combination of touch screen, pen computing, and keyboard and touchpad cover (plus Cortana voice assistant, if you are … Continue reading ”All-in-one: still not there”

Greenhouse: container for growing bags

Today another key element for our greenhouse was completed. Tomatoes will be cultivated in Biolan brand growing bags (“kasvusäkki”), and our DIY version involves preparing containers that include water tanks and soil-filled pipes that connect the growing bags with the water reservoir. The setup is completed with spiral-shaped, aluminium supports of Juliana that help tomatoes … Continue reading ”Greenhouse: container for growing bags”

Greenhouse project, continued.

New summer is approaching, and the greenhouse project of course continues (see the previous parts of the story, starting from Part 1 onwards). The greenhouse itself, and its foundation with its freezing protection structures appear to have survived the first winter just fine, which is a good starting point. The next challenges are related to … Continue reading ”Greenhouse project, continued.”

New Touran: The Era of AI-Human Hybrids Is Here?

Due to some practical reasons, we had to update our personal car this spring. Our previous car was a VW Touran that we got in 2011 (when it was necessary for us to fit three kids or baby seats into the back row – Touran is among those very few cars that are sold in … Continue reading ”New Touran: The Era of AI-Human Hybrids Is Here?”

On university mergers, and “Tampere 3”

As UTA staff representative in the Tampere 3 steering group, I have been asked to talk next week in the UTA professors’ forum event. Much is still in the air, and open, but here are some key themes that relate to this topic: The primary goals of the university merger. There has been some unclarity … Continue reading ”On university mergers, and “Tampere 3””