Ink Tank - Make words not war Aleksi Linna

Finnish girls, screenshot from Youtube video by Aleksi Himself

 

In this article, we’re joined by prolific Youtube personality Aleksi Himself, aka Aleksi Linna who explains the inns and outs of the Finnish dating scene. Read on for a look into Finnish love life. Check out Aleksi’s channel for useful knowledge of Finnish life and culture.


 

 

 

How to date a Finn part I – women

Meeting and dating Finnish women doesn’t have to be a series of awkwardly misfortunate moments. The Finnish media is currently reporting that singles outnumber partnerships, so what’s the problem?

 

1. Finns are indecisive with Romance

Is it an overused generalization that Finnish men are too reserved, or are Finnish women just too beautiful, hence unapproachable? Where are some good spots, other than bars, for people to meet the opposite sex and form an attraction… especially for people who are shy by nature?

 

2. You can meet a Finn anywhere. After all, you’re in Finland

But when presented with a good setting for encounters, is there a lack of action? What constitutes the right setting for an appropriate ice-breaker? Are random encounters too infrequent?

I believe many Finns love it when you break their monotonous, everyday routines with an unexpected compliment in public. Only a handful of people are bold enough to shatter norms that give you an immediate upper hand in the dating pool.

 

3. Questions! Questions! Where should Finns start?

Well, what do Finnish women want? How do they like to be approached? I set out on a mission to answer these lingering questions by gathering some basic field research.

The evidence based on direct questioning points to Finnish women’s distaste for the insincere, humorless flirt — but don’t despair! There are other things men can do to capture a potential mate’s attention:

 

 

With these tips of the trade from real Finnish women your dating life is sure to improve!

 


 

How to date a Finn part II – men

In this tireless topic of dating in Finland, I also wanted to examine men.

What are men doing wrong? Is it all about the first move, and if so, why aren’t women helping the overly generalized “shy guys” by approaching them with uncomfortable compliments in public?

 

 

 

4. Even Finnish guys appreciate women who make the first move

When done properly, first-movers display confidence which Finnish men find sexy. Personally I love it when women approach me first, and I will surely give them credit for bravery!

 

5. You just can’t go wrong with humor

Finnish men also seem to favor a more romantic encounter rather than a cheesy bar oneliner, with humor being the winning trait on both sides of the gender scale. So women, don’t wait for someone to approach you! Check out what these guys had to say about meeting girls and what they find attractive.

 

 

6. Don’t be scared, it’s only dating…

 

 

Edited by Michele Lawrence.




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Ink Tank - Make words not war Stina Henriksson

Ice swimmer looking happy

Every nationality has their own identifiable characteristics no matter how stereotypical they may sound. As a Finn I hardly recognize these behavioral traits in myself until I’m outside my home country, Finland. With this list you’re sure to never mistake a Finn for anyone else again, especially while traveling or residing abroad…


 

 

1. At first you won’t even spot us because Finns know how to lay low on the communal radar — virtually undetectable. You won’t hear us voicing loud opinions on public transportation.

 

2. But Finns are surely there. We’re super punctual. If an event starts at 10:00 a Finn will be there at 9:40. Tip: If there’s coffee, make it 9:20.

 

 
A digital wristwatch
 

 

3. Finns are the grumpiest looking people in the group. Finns tend to have unreadable facial expressions all while avoiding excessive smiling. If we’re excessively smiling it’s most likely because you just told an inappropriate joke. We love questionable humor. Dark winters = dark humor?

 

4. Finns can be spotted awkwardly hovering around the coffeemaker drinking hideous amounts of coffee, no matter what time of day it is. It’s a way of staying awake during those dark winter months, and a habit we cannot switch off while abroad.

 

A cup of coffee

 

5. Apart from finishing our coffee before you, Finns will also finish their alcoholic beverages before you. A moderate drinker to Finns is a person with a problem to others. Be careful when you challenge a Finn to drink — you will lose and most likely be humiliated.

 

 

A glass of whiskey

 

6. Don’t expect an extended amount of emotional small talk. Finns often answer in short and honest bursts after a momentary ponder. Alternatively, we will tell you our whole life story when asked: “how are you?” This is more rare than the first scenario and likely involves booze.

 

7. Finns look unfazed by chilly weather. If it’s above -20C then you won’t see Finns commenting on the cold. You will learn to stop asking us if we’re cold because the answer is always going to be “no.

 

Finnish winter trees

 

8. But when it’s actually cold Finns are really good at dressing themselves. We’ve got all the right clothing for that. There’s no shame in wearing double layers of grandma’s wool mittens, scarves and/or sweaters…layering like a maniac is a must. It should take you over 20 annoying minutes to undress once you’ve come inside, or you’re not dressed warm enough.

 

Wool sweater

 

If you happen to mistake someone for a Finn abroad even with this helpful list, then you failed. But hey, it’s a good start and they’re probably an awesome person anyway.

 

 
Edited by Michele Lawrence




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Ink Tank - Make words not war Thomas Nybergh

It’d be nice to live on a non-ruined planet, in peace. If your line of thinking also includes a scientific worldview and questions on how to balance labor cost with wealth redistribution in a globalized world, you’re probably one of us forward thinking people. We want to stay informed.

Newsflash: powerful people want turn back the clock on social issues, ignore the limits of our natural resources and, at their worst, create closed, authoritarian oligarchies. In the Anglosphere, Brexit and that historically unstable clown in the White House make the news intolareble.

Apple podcasts on different devices

Apple devices come with the quite decent Podcasts app (or iTunes on Mac). You can find all our recommendations there.

Luckily, there’s an alternative to click-baity websites and videos: podcasts. Text and video require staring at a screen, but podcasts don’t even force you to sit to get both depth and breadth.

So, we’ve collected some of the best socially and politically significant podcasts. Try them out while doing chores, walking the dog, commuting or working out. This writer wants to personally recommend podcasts to dyslectics and fellow ADHD folks, or for anyone who might have trouble reading as much as they’d like.

The best way to listen is with a good app on your smartphone. Even the worst earbuds you have in a drawer somewhere works for spoken word. Our recommendations can be found in any good podcast app. And if you need tips on how to listen, we’ve left some at the end of this article.




Before we begin, a content warning. Some of our recommendations refer to themes such as sexual violence, religious cults and executions. Some are guaranteed to contain racist, sexist and other slurs.

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1. BBC Global News Podcast

Updated twice a day and once during weekends, British public service provides news from all over the planet. This newscast allows you, to an excent, escape the anglocentric newsscape. At the same time, it offers quick looks into the topics of the day in both the US and UK.
 

2. FT Politics

Some might consider Financial Times, their free-market stance and core readership as parts of the big problems. However, if you live on, or your heart belongs to one of those post-colonial islands in the north Atlantic Ocean, you’d be hard pressed to find a more articulate source for quick discussions that sum up current politics from different perspectives. The FT Politics show is that good.

 
 

 

3. Trumpcast

This is one the original shows that caught on to the then emerging shitshow of Trump’s presidential candidacy. Slate’s generally moderately left-of-center perspective allows for a multitude of guests to discuss topics crucial for understanding the deranged attempt at a long con, taking place in Washington DC.

 
 

 

4. Chapo Trap Hourse

Annoyed by centrist liberals? If so, meet Chapo Trap House. This rag-tag collective of the self-described US “dirtbag left”, berated Hillary Clinton’s self-importance and technocracy, long before it was cool. Their occasional coverage of the fringe left groups is equally sardonic and gonzoesque.

Vulgar? Hilarious? Male dominated? Sure. But these guys manage to roast pundit culture, be a bit out there at times, while remaining on-point and analytical. Fort the most part, they end up with the “radical” perspective that the Nordic welfare state shouldn’t be impossible in the Anglosphere.

If you hear people talk shit about Chapo, just look for their episodes on US healthcare reform or their interview with a dude fighting ISIS in Syria. This fun and valuable show is one of our favorites.

 
 

 

5. Big Time Dicks

If the above seems like a bit of a sausage fest so far, Big Time Dicks might be what you’re looking for. Regardless of your age or gender, we highly suggest that you tune in to this show, for your dose of women discussing American politics from their own perspective. Civil, reproductive and LGBTQ rights just scratch the surface.

This is the kind of quality you’d expect from the shows publisher, Jezebel, a renowned feminist online publication

 




 

6. Intercepted

Intercepted offers a clear, leftist lens to study both Anglo politics and the world at large. Intercepted is the online publication started by Glenn Greenwald of Snowden-leaks fame. They offer, also in podcast form, highly critical perspectives outside the hysteria of US liberals that has become more focused on Trump and Russia than many other atrocities taking place. The interviews here are stellar.

 
 

 

7. Wrongful Conviction

Ever wondered how bad the American criminal justice system really is? Like true crime podcasts?  Well now, here’s some sour candy for you. On Wrongful Conviction, The Innocence Project features some of the most absurd stories you’ll ever hear.

The Innocence Project is a non-profit that takes on awful cases of judicial miscarriage, people who’ve been locked up wrongfully convicted for years. While there’s the equally disturbing Amanda Knox case, can be blamed on an reckless Italian prosecutor, the Innocence Project focuses on the atrocity that is American justice. They’ve literally saved people from death row.

 
 

8. Another Round

What’s wrong with our selection so far? Well, most of our show selection take a rather white perspective. The melanin challenged among us living in the West, sometimes forget that the world, in reality, is far from color blind. We’ve picked Another Round, with its charismatic hosts, as an excellent way to get the gist of issues you might otherwise miss.

Podcasts that aren’t necessarily meant for you, still let you listen in on conversations you’d otherwise miss. Which in this case is chatter between people of color. Getting clued up while occupying absolutely no space in the discourse helps you be a good ally in tough times.

 
 

 

9. Conversations With People Who Hate Me

What would the world be without people you don’t agreed with? Paradise? That’s anyone’s guess, but in this reality, we must try to face and understand people who very much don’t agree with us. At all.

Turns out: Most people spewing vitriol on the inteweb are, well, just people. One brave netizen has taken up the task of having eye-opening, heartfelt conversations with people who have quite different values. Oh, and the interview subjects are the people who’ve sent the worst hate messages to the host.

 
 

 

10. Jezebel’s Dirtcast

Is celebrity gossip your thing? It seems to be for many people, and with Dirtcast, it doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. Jezebel, an online publication known for their feminist stance, shakes up the genre by providing a lot of smart and socially conscious commentary on celeb-related things.

Some particularly episodes grapple with the bloodthirsty cult of Scientology, R. Kelly’s ugly history of sexual violence, and how scenes involving violence and rape in well-known movies have been handled extremely irresponsibly by shithead maestros in classic cinema.

 

11. BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent

All of the above offer a variety of sweet, salty crunchy and delicious snacks. Healthy, organic artisanal snacks. But snacks nonetheless. It’s time to get to the vegetables. And From Our Own Correspondent puts the British taxpayer’s money to hard work.

In this long-running radio series (est. 1955), BBC’s international correspondents describe, in deep essay writing, phenomena around the world you might never hear of elsewhere. This is stuff that you cut our from your information diet at your own peril.

 




 

12. Rookie

The murderous, deranged and cynical character of the always relevant yuppie diss of American Psycho (both the novel and the movie), is 27 years old. You may not life live in a fancy Manhattan apartment in an age when “important” men still had secretaries. However, if you’re older than say, 25, you better get into a habit of understanding people younger than you, or you’ll find yourself on the wrong side of a generational divide, way sooner than you think.

’96-born Tavi Genvinson’s smart online magazine Rookie, nominally aimed at teenage girls, offers multitude of voices you don’t want to isolate yourself from. The podcast is as good as the rest. Again, about listening in on stuff that’s not necessarily meant for you? Well, it’s good for you.

 
 

13. Pod Save America / Pod Save The World / Pod Save The People

This combo recommendation is for a couple of shows with former Obama aides that manage to sum up and explain US politics, both foreign and domestic, with detail you generally don’t get elsewhere. While Obama’s presidency was a mixed bag, it’s clearly not because of a lack of competent people.

Pod Save The People is a later addition to the podcast network hosting the aforementioned two shows. With a focus on social justice issues, this show has featured plenty of good interviews, among them Edward Snowden.

 
 

Ready to listen?

There are free, ok podcasts apps on Android. Pocket Casts costs a couple of moneys, but it’s the best. It also perfect if you want to sync up your listening on both Android and iOS.

If you’re new to podcasts, we have one final recommendation: please listen with a good podcast app. You’ll thank us later. A good app will allow you to manage subscriptions, choose whether to download or stream episodes. Also, speed adjustments come in real handy if you want to cram in more listening.

Protip: if your data plan is limited or your commute involves poor cell coverage, set your app to download new shows overnight over your home Wi-Fi.

Good podcast apps allow you to add any show with RSS feeds. One such app is Apple Podcasts (iOS, free). You don’t need to know what RSS feeds are, because Apple also offers a library of podcasts, which other good podcast apps can search from too. Anyone who creates a podcast could (and should) add their show to Apple’s directory.

Other good apps include Overcast (iOS, free), Pocket Casts (iOS and arguably best app for Android), BeyondPod (Android, free) or Podcast and Radio Addict (Android, free).

Notice that some big, well knows streaming apps are missing from our recommendations. That’s because some of them suck, for podcast listening.  Some of them are also bad for podcast publishers in different ways. At Ink Tank we happen to care, because we like podcasts. We also produce our own show, Very Finnish Problems, which obviously is good.

Don’t miss out. Get started with podcasts today. You’re welcome to share your favorites in the comments section below.
 

 




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Ink Tank - Make words not war Julie Anderson

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Think the 1950s were all sock hops and suburban housewives? Think again! Scroll down to see a few of the coolest black and white photos from the 1950s.

Children's home in Pittsburgh,1950's

Children’s home in Pittsburgh

50s women walking down the street

Women walking down the street.

1950s fashionistas

1950s fashionistas posing.

1950's gas station

PURE gas station.

1950s pin up

1950s Pin Up

A couple hanging out on a lawn in las vegas, 1950.

A couple hanging out on a lawn in Las Vegas, 1950.

a soldier leaning out of a train to kiss his girl goodbye.

A soldier leaning out of a train to kiss his girl goodbye.

A tram in Hamburg, 1950's

A tram in Hamburg, 1950s

Airline TCA welcomes its 3-millionth passenger. July, 1950

Airline TCA welcomes its 3 millionth passenger. July, 1950.

An engineering student takes a robot through its paces, 1950.

An engineering student takes a robot through its paces, 1950.

baby transport, New Zealand 1950s

Baby transport, New Zealand, 1950s.

Bowling night, 1950's

Bowling night

 

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

Women on their bikes

fashion

Posing in the wind

Girls with their rifles to protect their homes.

Women with their rifles to protect their homes.

gym class, Finland

Gym class, Finland, 1950.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1950

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1950.

photo booths

Photo booths offering 4 poses for 25 cents

shoe cleaning in the 1950's, Helsinki

Shoe cleaning in the 1950s, Helsinki.

Stickball playing in New York City, 1950's

Playing stickball in New York City

street photo

A street full of pigeons.

To draw people's attention to a new line of bathing suits, a department store in Tokyo used human models instead of mannequins to show off the suits. June 5, 1950.

To draw people’s attention to a new line of bathing suits, a department store in Tokyo used human models instead of mannequins to show off the suits. June 5, 1950.

Women volleyball on stilts, Venice.

Volleyball on stilts, Venice.




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Ink Tank - Make words not war Julie Anderson

mSXHFZD

 

Think the 1950s were all sock hops and suburban housewives? Think again! Scroll down to see a few of the coolest black and white photos from the 1950s.

Children's home in Pittsburgh,1950's

Children’s home in Pittsburgh

50s women walking down the street

Women walking down the street.

1950s fashionistas

1950s fashionistas posing.

1950's gas station

PURE gas station.

1950s pin up

1950s Pin Up

A couple hanging out on a lawn in las vegas, 1950.

A couple hanging out on a lawn in Las Vegas, 1950.

a soldier leaning out of a train to kiss his girl goodbye.

A soldier leaning out of a train to kiss his girl goodbye.

A tram in Hamburg, 1950's

A tram in Hamburg, 1950s

Airline TCA welcomes its 3-millionth passenger. July, 1950

Airline TCA welcomes its 3 millionth passenger. July, 1950.

An engineering student takes a robot through its paces, 1950.

An engineering student takes a robot through its paces, 1950.

baby transport, New Zealand 1950s

Baby transport, New Zealand, 1950s.

Bowling night, 1950's

Bowling night

 

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

Women on their bikes

fashion

Posing in the wind

Girls with their rifles to protect their homes.

Women with their rifles to protect their homes.

gym class, Finland

Gym class, Finland, 1950.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1950

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1950.

photo booths

Photo booths offering 4 poses for 25 cents

shoe cleaning in the 1950's, Helsinki

Shoe cleaning in the 1950s, Helsinki.

Stickball playing in New York City, 1950's

Playing stickball in New York City

street photo

A street full of pigeons.

To draw people's attention to a new line of bathing suits, a department store in Tokyo used human models instead of mannequins to show off the suits. June 5, 1950.

To draw people’s attention to a new line of bathing suits, a department store in Tokyo used human models instead of mannequins to show off the suits. June 5, 1950.

Women volleyball on stilts, Venice.

Volleyball on stilts, Venice.




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Ink Tank - Make words not war Thomas Nybergh

closeup of yellow lego bricks

Last weekend, Helsinki based writer and Ink Tank head honcho Joel Willans tweeted a picture of an 12-year-old’s ingenious minimalist masterpiece. The photo, which originates from Reddit, was shot in a mall in Massachusets. That is, according to the contributing redditor, itcamefromebeneath.

Other kids at the Lego stand created relatively intricate blocky abstractions of real-world objects. Riley took a different approach, putting a single yellow brick at display. In a feat of delightful least-effort imaginative success, the work is described as a worm. The internet went wild, and Joel’s tweet of the photo got a few clever replies among the 131k retweets and press coverage. Let’s have a look at some of the input.

 

 

 

1. First, Riley’s creation

 

2. The Fidget Spinner

 

3. The stolen classic masterpiece

 

 

4. Lego’s marketing was lazy minimalist before Riley made it cool

 

5. The half-baked weed joke

 

6. Accusations of plagiarism

 

What’s next? Well, for Joel, there’s always the next witty outburst on Twitter. For Riley, who knows. Let’s hope school doesn’t ruin any of that budding creativity.

 

Got more clever Lego art or reactions to Riley’s newfound career in the arts? Let us know int he comments section below.

 

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Eastern Pasila, Helsinki in grey June weather, 2014

Here in Finland, summer is highly anticipated as a time for restoring sanity after months and months of bleak, terrible fall, winter and no spring to speak of. However, the weather of June, July and August just doesn’t always add up to what one would expect of a great summer.

Luckily, there are upsides to everything. In theory, at least. Let’s explore some of the, well, arguably sunny side of bad Finnish summers.

 

Jeremy Clarkson getting water pured on him in a car
1. There’s no need to compensate for poor availability of “unnecessary” air conditioning

 

 

Salatut elämät character on a vespa

2. You have a perfect excuse to travel abroad

 

finnish hobbyhorsing

3. You can invest time and effort in esoteric indoor sports to gain a competitive advantage

 

4. Fewer tourists will be jamming up the bike lanes

 

5. Deck chairs are dangerous anyway

 

6. With a cold early summer, there will definitely by less of a mosquito problem, too

 

Laura Palmer on video display, from the original Twin Peaks series

7. You might have more time to catch up on good movies and tv

 

This is the water. And this is the well. Drink full and descend. The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.

8. There’s a ton of good, relaxing podcasts and radio too

 

 

girl phone creepy

9. You can wrap yourself in a blanket and read creepypasta ghost stories

 

Bird stealing Landstalker SUV in modifier GTA V

10. Fewer picnics will be ruined by thieving birds

 

11. There’s less of a sinking feeling if you don’t have a proper vacation

 

Leaves falling

12. Best of all, you’ll hardly notice when summer’s all over

 
Got more that will cheer us up? Let’s hear it in the comments section below.
 

 

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Eastern Pasila, Helsinki in grey June weather, 2014

Here in Finland, summer is highly anticipated as a time for restoring sanity after months and months of bleak, terrible fall, winter and no spring to speak of. However, the weather of June, July and August just doesn’t always add up to what one would expect of a great summer.

Luckily, there are upsides to everything. In theory, at least. Let’s explore some of the, well, arguably sunny side of bad Finnish summers.

 

Jeremy Clarkson getting water pured on him in a car
1. There’s no need to compensate for poor availability of “unnecessary” air conditioning

 

 

Salatut elämät character on a vespa

2. You have a perfect excuse to travel abroad

 

finnish hobbyhorsing

3. You can invest time and effort in esoteric indoor sports to gain a competitive advantage

 

4. Fewer tourists will be jamming up the bike lanes

 

5. Deck chairs are dangerous anyway

 

6. With a cold early summer, there will definitely by less of a mosquito problem, too

 

Laura Palmer on video display, from the original Twin Peaks series

7. You might have more time to catch up on good movies and tv

 

This is the water. And this is the well. Drink full and descend. The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.

8. There’s a ton of good, relaxing podcasts and radio too

 

 

girl phone creepy

9. You can wrap yourself in a blanket and read creepypasta ghost stories

 

Bird stealing Landstalker SUV in modifier GTA V

10. Fewer picnics will be ruined by thieving birds

 

11. There’s less of a sinking feeling if you don’t have a proper vacation

 

Leaves falling

12. Best of all, you’ll hardly notice when summer’s all over

 
Got more that will cheer us up? Let’s hear it in the comments section below.
 

 

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Title photo by Thomas Nybergh

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Ink Tank - Make words not war Thomas Nybergh

Theresa May, Ms Robot

Theresa May’s spectacular own goal in the June 2017 election not only showcased how badly she read the country but also the brilliance of Labours and Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal for a society that benefits the few not the many. May’s “strong and stable” leadership has now resulted in a coalition of chaos at the beck and call of the DUP, a party so whacko they think the Pope is the Anti-Christ, gay marriage is a sin, climate change a myth and that the earth is only 6000 years old. Happily, this shitstorm has given Twitter a field day. Here are 13 comments of the Tory fiasco that made us laugh loudest.

Needless to say, hopes for a slightly less batty, softer Brexit are high right now. We celebrate by turning to Twitter for all the Tory and May related snark one could muster.

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Ink Tank - Make words not war Kathleen Harris

 

The New York Times wrote that Britain was ”still reeling” after London’s terror attack on Saturday. Britain disagrees.


In response to the hyperbolic headline, many explained that the British simply don’t ”reel”. After all, Britain is the home of keep calm and carry on. There are, of course, a few exceptions.

To help the rest of the world avoid such embarrassing overgeneralizations in the future, British twitter has shared their opinions on what truly makes Britain reel, using the hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling.

So get ready to take notes! Let’s take a look at what actually makes Britain reel.

Improper queuing

Disrespect of tea etiquette

Breaking toilet paper protocol

Social struggles

Weather woes

Everything about public transportation

And perhaps most importantly…

Lack of snack civility

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