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Post by: Humanoid on July 05, 2012, 02:27:05 PM
That is me.

I´m politically green, religiously doubting, scientifically interested and socially open entity.

I come from Finland. I am a father to a girl, husband to a woman and a fisherman. I also practise martial arts ( if I have time )

I used to be christian. I worked 12 years in youth ministry, being youth councillor. Then I lost my belief in christian theology and Bible... not much after that I started seriously doubting the existence of God. So I quit my ministry work.

Currently I am freelance journalist and writer. I also study journalism in a university of applied sciences.

I have more questions than answers. I hope you accept me here.
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Post by: Kimberly on July 05, 2012, 02:36:33 PM
Hi Humanoid welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy your stay.
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Post by: Emily on July 05, 2012, 02:45:31 PM
Hello, Humanoid. Welcome to the forum!  :)
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Post by: jetson on July 05, 2012, 02:55:16 PM
Welcome!  What martial art do you practice?
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Post by: wright on July 05, 2012, 03:02:17 PM
Welcome, Humanoid. I take it fishing is your profession; do you work for one of the big fleets or a smaller business?
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Post by: One Above All on July 05, 2012, 03:07:10 PM
Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Ambassador Pony on July 05, 2012, 03:18:13 PM
Hi. New member "wrec" is also in your part of the world. It's the Finnish invasion!
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Post by: Humanoid on July 05, 2012, 03:22:10 PM
Welcome!  What martial art do you practice?

I have practised Aikido 12 years, under the Aikikai-federation. I follow the styles taught by late Shoji Nishio sensei and Kazuo Igarashi sensei.

I have also practised boxing, Hontai Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu and Taura Muso Ryu kobudo.
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Post by: Humanoid on July 05, 2012, 03:25:51 PM
Welcome, Humanoid. I take it fishing is your profession; do you work for one of the big fleets or a smaller business?

No. Being fisherman is state of mental euphoria (= hobby).. fly fishing.

Writing is my profession. I write for local newspapers and national magazines as a freelancer. News, features.. etc.
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Post by: Emily on July 05, 2012, 03:34:58 PM
Writing is my profession. I write for local newspapers and national magazines as a freelancer. News, features.. etc.

If I may ask you a question about freelancing. I've been considering taking up freelancing work designing websites, and the thought of it makes me very excited, yet also nervous.

My two questions regarding freelancing.

How do you find work? Do you bid on jobs or do people come to do? Do you submit your writings to papers along with other freelancers submitting their writings, and it all comes down to you beating the competition?

Also, how did you first start out, and how difficult was it?

(I guess that's actually three five questions. My bad.........)
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Post by: Humanoid on July 05, 2012, 04:18:37 PM
Good questions Emily!

Honestly I got to say that making a living by doing work as a freelancer is not easy. Because of the competition. At least in my business but propably in yours too.

For me it started as doing a practical placement to newspaper. I didn´t get any money of it. But I showed my skills. After that period they knew me. After the placement I sent them ready feature ( that I had ownership ofcourse ) and offered it to them.. asking money of it. It was a quality feature so they payed of it. Then I sent big amount of ready features to another magazines and included the information of the magazine who had published my other feature. Couple of them bought my features. And now, doors were open.. I got 5 magazines. I started to send them ideas ( not ready features anymore) and so on.. Nowadays two of those magazines are asking me weekly basis to do a feature or gig for them and the others I still sell ideas.. and they usually buy them.

First. You have to have idea. A good one. Something innovative. Something no one has done before.
Second. You have to be persistent and sell your works, even if most of the buyers refuse to buy it, offer another one! Once you get a deal it is always much easier to get another one.
Third. Always keep your word. If you´ll get the deal. Do it!! Even if you are tired, sick or anything else. You sell your skill, but also professionality.

It is a hard work. But there is also freedom.
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Post by: wright on July 05, 2012, 07:18:01 PM
Thanks for the replies, Humanoid. Btw, your written English is very good. I've been told it's a very difficult second language to learn.
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Post by: Seppuku on July 05, 2012, 07:29:16 PM
Welcome Humanoid!

And you're from Finland, that's awesome. You're a journalist and a writer, but the fact you can call yourself a freelance one puts you a step ahead of me, although I've had stuff published, but I don't yet make money off of it, so I'm jealous of that, alongside the being 'Finnish' thing there.  :P

Well, you sound like an interesting chap, so I am sure you'll fit in nicely and I hope you enjoy participating in the forum. :)
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Post by: shnozzola on July 05, 2012, 07:36:05 PM
Hi humanoid,
Welcome to WWGHA.  I shouldn’t  be so direct, but I also hate to waste time.  Question for you.  We were arguing about the high tax rate in the Scandinavian countries compared to the US, and most people in the discussion conceded that the general quality of life in your area of the globe is not to shabby, and I for one feel that there are some great things you can teach the US about democracy that “mainly” our US republicans need to learn.
   Maybe I should start it in a thread, and maybe my point is too general, but think about it and I’d be interested in your opinion (and others from “up there”) of how your higher tax rates have affected society.  Current US philosophy seems to despise government and taxes so much that that we are willing to let Wall Street run the US and.......
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Post by: Humanoid on July 06, 2012, 08:30:02 AM
Thanks for the replies, Humanoid. Btw, your written English is very good. I've been told it's a very difficult second language to learn.

Thanks!

Actually English is easy to learn compared to fe. Swedish, German and Russian.
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Post by: Humanoid on July 06, 2012, 10:20:15 AM
You're a journalist and a writer, but the fact you can call yourself a freelance one puts you a step ahead of me, although I've had stuff published, but I don't yet make money off of it, so I'm jealous of that

Doing freelance is hard job.. so there´s no need to be jealous.

It is at the moment the only reasonable way for me to work alongside being a student and getting money. 
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Post by: Humanoid on July 06, 2012, 10:22:28 AM
Hi humanoid,
Welcome to WWGHA.  I shouldn’t  be so direct, but I also hate to waste time.  Question for you.  We were arguing about the high tax rate in the Scandinavian countries compared to the US, and most people in the discussion conceded that the general quality of life in your area of the globe is not to shabby, and I for one feel that there are some great things you can teach the US about democracy that “mainly” our US republicans need to learn.
   Maybe I should start it in a thread, and maybe my point is too general, but think about it and I’d be interested in your opinion (and others from “up there”) of how your higher tax rates have affected society.  Current US philosophy seems to despise government and taxes so much that that we are willing to let Wall Street run the US and.......

I´d love to get into this. Make a thread for it.. I´ll join in. This thread is not best for this discussion.

Now... I need to go to wash up my daughter.

I´ll join it later this evening.
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Post by: Bereft_of_Faith on July 09, 2012, 04:27:22 AM
Welcome
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Post by: oogabooga on July 09, 2012, 05:32:10 AM
Hi. New member "wrec" is also in your part of the world. It's the Finnish invasion!
I love that! I have a really strange affinity for Finns. And Finland. Went there once, came home thoroughly convinced that's the country where fairy tales were born. It's beyond beautiful. Anyway, I can get so obsessive about anything Finnish I'll cheer for Finland in anything, from Eurosong to hockey. Even when they're playing my own country. ;)

Oh, almost forgot - welcome, Humanoid.
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Post by: Humanoid on July 09, 2012, 04:24:39 PM
Hi. New member "wrec" is also in your part of the world. It's the Finnish invasion!
I love that! I have a really strange affinity for Finns. And Finland. Went there once, came home thoroughly convinced that's the country where fairy tales were born. It's beyond beautiful. Anyway, I can get so obsessive about anything Finnish I'll cheer for Finland in anything, from Eurosong to hockey. Even when they're playing my own country. ;)

Oh, almost forgot - welcome, Humanoid.

You are from Slovenia?

Being a flyfisherman I have been dreaming for two years of visiting your very beautifull country and going to fly fishing to Soca and Sava Bohinjka rivers. Those are the finest and most beautifull streams in whole Europe!
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Post by: Energized on July 09, 2012, 04:48:52 PM
Welcome to the board, dude! Glad you found your way over here.

E.
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Post by: screwtape on July 09, 2012, 09:15:56 PM
Welcome

...husband to a woman and a fisherman.

So you have a plural marriage or is your woman also a fisherman?
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Post by: oogabooga on July 10, 2012, 01:18:26 AM
You are from Slovenia?

Being a flyfisherman I have been dreaming for two years of visiting your very beautifull country and going to fly fishing to Soca and Sava Bohinjka rivers. Those are the finest and most beautifull streams in whole Europe!
Well, if you're ever in my neck of the woods, give me a shout. While I'm not really a fishing enthusiast, I do know that there's a lot of flyfishing going on over there and it really is gorgeous. My experience with So?a is mostly limited to dunking myself in it during MetalCamp. ;) There's also a lot of places to fish all over the country, so you really should explore a bit. I'm pretty sure it'll be well worth it.
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Post by: Fiji on July 10, 2012, 03:06:44 AM
A Finn on the board?! Break out the Lordi! ... or the Finntroll ... or the Nightwish ... will you guys please quit being so awesome?!

Seriously though, been a while since I've been to your corner of the continent, Jyvaskyla to be precise. I remember, besides the bands, massively pretty girls and damn good pilsner beer. Oh and the fact that the melting point of a Finn seems to be somewhere between 20 and 25 degrees celcius. (it was a VERY hot summer)

Welcome to the board, Humanoid.[1]
 1. That's not a reference to the Joke Guinan tells Data in Ten Forward, is it?
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Post by: oogabooga on July 10, 2012, 04:33:46 AM
Fiji, you forgot Apocalyptica and Arto Paasilinna.  ;D
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Post by: Fiji on July 10, 2012, 04:53:25 AM
You see, oogabooga, the problem with listing awesome Finnish bans is that the list quickly becomes larger than the begats from Matthew 1:2-16 ;)
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Post by: Seppuku on July 10, 2012, 06:20:15 AM
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My experience with So?a is mostly limited to dunking myself in it during MetalCamp.

Oh man, I'd love to go to Metal Camp, sure I'm going to Wacken next month, but the concept of Metal Camp just sounds so awesome. :)


Fiji, you forgot Apocalyptica and Arto Paasilinna.  ;D

And Tarot, Northern Kings, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani[1], Swallow the Sun and more.
 1. And damn, they're playing Metal Camp this year, so's Finntroll :(
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Post by: Humanoid on July 10, 2012, 05:17:33 PM
Welcome

...husband to a woman and a fisherman.

So you have a plural marriage or is your woman also a fisherman?

Yes. She has even thicker beard than me!

You have to forgive me these occasional language issues.. You know my Finglish is pretty decent but don´t count too much on what I write.
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Post by: Humanoid on July 10, 2012, 05:24:54 PM

Seriously though, been a while since I've been to your corner of the continent, Jyvaskyla to be precise. I remember, besides the bands, massively pretty girls and damn good pilsner beer. Oh and the fact that the melting point of a Finn seems to be somewhere between 20 and 25 degrees celcius. (it was a VERY hot summer)


You have been in Jyväskylä.. Ok.. that being a student city.. there is loads of beautifull women.

Finnish beer is decent. But being honest.. I prefer czechish beer.. Staropramen, Velkopopovicky... or from Brits.. Guinness, Murphys..

But good metal we have. We are rock and metal driven country.

I love Tarot, Amorphis, Synergy, Nightwish, Sentenced... etc
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Post by: Humanoid on July 10, 2012, 05:30:43 PM
My experience with So?a is mostly limited to dunking myself in it during MetalCamp. ;) There's also a lot of places to fish all over the country, so you really should explore a bit. I'm pretty sure it'll be well worth it.

Your next camp has such line up that I would be cooling myself over and over again in cold water if I was there.

Especially Machine head. I saw them at Sonisphere Helsinki in the beginning of june.
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Post by: Seppuku on July 11, 2012, 04:26:34 AM
Hang on a minute, you wouldn't happen to be Humanoid from the TGC forums? Programmer of BlueGUI? I know he's from Finland. So if you're 2 different people, then that's one heck of a coinscidence. :)
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Post by: screwtape on July 11, 2012, 07:45:32 AM
You have to forgive me these occasional language issues..

Of course.  Many native english speakers would have phrased it similarly.  English is quirky that way. 
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Post by: Fiji on July 11, 2012, 08:10:02 AM
You have been in Jyväskylä.. Ok.. that being a student city.. there is loads of beautifull women.

I've been to many a student town in my life, but let me assure you ... Jyvaskyla is something special!
(of course, I was eighteen and single at the time, so my judgement might have been just a touch slanted)

Finnish beer is decent. But being honest.. I prefer czechish beer.. Staropramen, Velkopopovicky... or from Brits.. Guinness, Murphys..

Ah, but I specifically mentioned pilsners. Finland is especially good at making damn amazing pilsners. When you bring up other kinds of beer, I agree, there's better to be had, Danish Porter, fe ... but pilsners ... I'll take Finnish over just about anything else, including Belgian pilsner, and me being Belgian, that's saying something!

But good metal we have. We are rock and metal driven country.

I love Tarot, Amorphis, Synergy, Nightwish, Sentenced... etc
\m/ to that!
I'm deliriously happy, btw, with Anette's work on Dark Passion Play ... those first two tracks ... I sometimes put those on repeat for hours on end.
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Post by: Seppuku on July 11, 2012, 08:45:50 AM
Poet and the Pendulum sent shivers up my spine the first few times listening to it. Also my friend who isn't really big on the genre caught me listening to it and thought it was awesome, however, because of that bit in the middle somewhere he now refers to it as 'The Ballad of Gary Glitter'.  :-\

The whole set Nightwish put on at Bloodstock 2008 also sent shivers. Although Anette's voice is very different to Tarja's I think she managed to handle some of the older songs very well.

I did get to watch Amorphis at Wacken one year and they were pretty awesome. Not seen Synergy, but some of their cover songs are amazing, even the Abba one. ;) I would really like to see Tarot and unfortunately they played Bloodstock a year I couldn't afford to go. A part of me is hoping they're the secret band at Wacken this year, the other part isn't because the secret band clashes with Leningrad Cowboys (yet another awesome Finnish band) and I really want to see them. :)
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Post by: oogabooga on July 12, 2012, 01:33:34 AM
Your next camp has such line up that I would be cooling myself over and over again in cold water if I was there.

Especially Machine head. I saw them at Sonisphere Helsinki in the beginning of june.
I'm not too big on MH, to be honest. And it's been a while since my last visit there - and even then I only went for the Lamb of God. For some strange reason they just blow my head off. Looking at this year's lineup my favourites are actually two sets of Slovenian guys - Noctiferia and Inmate. Awesome bands. And maybe Hatebreed and Madball.

But the best part of Metalcamp isn't even music. It's the people and the atmosphere. It's hilarious to walk into a bar and see metal beer or metal pizza on the menu. The whole town morphs into this metal crazed hamlet and it feels like you've just come to a flower power festival, but with metal. When you see a five-star restaurant playing Carcass, you know you're in the right place. The softest thing you can hear in any pub or restaurant is Metallica. People there simply love headbangers. And love seems to be mutual. ;)

You see, oogabooga, the problem with listing awesome Finnish bans is that the list quickly becomes larger than the begats from Matthew 1:2-16 ;)
Well, Arto is not exactly a band. Actually, he's anything but a band, being a writer and all. ;)


Anyway, if it wasn't fast becoming the land of religious nuts and fascists, Slovenia would be the awesomest place on the planet.
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Post by: Humanoid on July 12, 2012, 04:11:23 PM
Hang on a minute, you wouldn't happen to be Humanoid from the TGC forums? Programmer of BlueGUI? I know he's from Finland. So if you're 2 different people, then that's one heck of a coinscidence. :)

Nope. Not same person.

 :)
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Post by: Humanoid on July 12, 2012, 04:15:55 PM
Your next camp has such line up that I would be cooling myself over and over again in cold water if I was there.

Especially Machine head. I saw them at Sonisphere Helsinki in the beginning of june.
I'm not too big on MH, to be honest. And it's been a while since my last visit there - and even then I only went for the Lamb of God. For some strange reason they just blow my head off. Looking at this year's lineup my favourites are actually two sets of Slovenian guys - Noctiferia and Inmate. Awesome bands. And maybe Hatebreed and Madball.

But the best part of Metalcamp isn't even music. It's the people and the atmosphere. It's hilarious to walk into a bar and see metal beer or metal pizza on the menu. The whole town morphs into this metal crazed hamlet and it feels like you've just come to a flower power festival, but with metal. When you see a five-star restaurant playing Carcass, you know you're in the right place. The softest thing you can hear in any pub or restaurant is Metallica. People there simply love headbangers. And love seems to be mutual. ;)

You see, oogabooga, the problem with listing awesome Finnish bans is that the list quickly becomes larger than the begats from Matthew 1:2-16 ;)
Well, Arto is not exactly a band. Actually, he's anything but a band, being a writer and all. ;)


Anyway, if it wasn't fast becoming the land of religious nuts and fascists, Slovenia would be the awesomest place on the planet.

Fascism is on the rise all over the map of Europe.. and there are religious nuts everywhere. Though over all religion is dying form of hallusination.

Be proud of Slovenia. I´ve travelled all over the Europe.. Czech republic, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Russia, Estonia, England, Sweden.. and the next place will be Slovenia or Iceland.
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Post by: Humanoid on July 12, 2012, 04:16:43 PM

Metal camp seems to be a state of mind I need to experience.  :D
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Post by: Humanoid on July 12, 2012, 04:17:36 PM
Welcome to the board, dude! Glad you found your way over here.

E.

Thanks E. I decided to give it a shot.. and you know. I feel home allready.
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Post by: oogabooga on July 13, 2012, 02:19:22 AM
Fascism is on the rise all over the map of Europe.. and there are religious nuts everywhere. Though over all religion is dying form of hallusination.
Actually, it's mostly (and most rapidly) on the rise in the former 'socialist' countries. Anti-Communists are the ones to fear the most.

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Be proud of Slovenia. I´ve travelled all over the Europe.. Czech republic, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Russia, Estonia, England, Sweden.. and the next place will be Slovenia or Iceland.
I am proud of Slovenia, extremely proud. I'm just not proud of our form of 'democracy' and most politicians. But I guess politicians aren't something to be proud of anywhere.

As I said, if you decide to come here, give me a shout. I can be a mean tour guide. ;)
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Post by: Seppuku on July 13, 2012, 06:49:58 AM
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I am proud of Slovenia, extremely proud. I'm just not proud of our form of 'democracy' and most politicians. But I guess politicians aren't something to be proud of anywhere.

Pretty much. :P It ain't any different anywhere else in the world. So may as well enjoy and appreciate the rest because you're never gonna like your politicians. :)
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Post by: Humanoid on July 15, 2012, 04:30:21 PM

Actually, it's mostly (and most rapidly) on the rise in the former 'socialist' countries. Anti-Communists are the ones to fear the most.
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And I think that the failing economy and Europian Union, that is going downhill real fast, are factors that seem to fasten the rise of nationalist groups. Sadly.