Katie in Finland: Make Art Not War, Part 2

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about why art education is important, how Katie’s creative process for making dolls feeds into her academic research and writing process, and why something seemingly only of value to the individual can be valuable to everyone.

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for entertainment purposes only. It is not a heavily researched and fact-checked documentary – it’s two people having a conversation in front of a live microphone. We are discussing our perceptions and experiences of Finland as seen through our own personal, cultural, and generational lenses. Your own observations will vary. Enjoy the show!

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5 thoughts on “Katie in Finland: Make Art Not War, Part 2

  1. anonymous says:

    I just started listening your podcast from the very beginning using Berin’s playlist on YouTube (which I now realize is missing the episodes about driving and public transport) and just finished the one about Katie’s birthday. So, here is some tidbits and sorry if this is old news (use Google Translate as applicable):

    As far as I know this is how the meat is cut in Finland: beef, pork
    (Beef) Steaks are usually 11a or 11b. If you cut them yourself and aren’t an expert, avoid 11a (whole) because the membranes on it are require a lot of work. 11b (piece) there aren’t really any, so you mostly just have to cut the slab of fat(?) away and cut the steaks.

    For a basic cake for birthdays, etc. you basically just need this. If you use this tray scaling it down to 2 eggs is just about enough. You can add something like a tea spoon of cocoa powder (the pure, non-sugared baking kind) per 2 eggs if you want to. Of course, once the cake bottom it’s cooled down you want to get fancy, so you take a long-bladed knife and cut it in half. Moist the halves with whatever, juice, cream, etc. Add a layer of fruit, berries, etc. and a layer of whipped cream in between them. (You can use a can of fruit salad for both.) Top it with chocolate frosting and/or more whipped cream, etc., if you want to. Let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours (overnight). Eat it.

  2. anonymous says:

    Sorry, not tea spoon, but table spoon (about 1/6 dl).

    The debit card requirement for car rental is actually more restrictive than credit cards. Credit card payments can be withdrawn, but with debit card the funds are checked and at the very least reserved on, if not actually transferred from, your account near real-time. So, there’s less of a chance of hassle for the rental company.

    There aren’t that many Stop signs, but then they really mean “stop”, not a rolling stop. There are a lot more Give Way signs, which basically mean the same as rolling stop. Also, no right turns on red. (traffic signs)

    I think the T-bone and rib-eye steaks are more of an American thing. (Just found instructions for cutting and preparing meat.)

    The heating plant “steam” is also smoke. Reading here, the bigger CHP plants burn wood and peat and the small one biogas (essentially methane) from a landfill. They’re probably burning natural gas (or oil) there, so it’s mostly water and carbon dioxide plus whatever impurities there were that wasn’t filtered out.

    The problem with the “good guy with a gun” argument is that when people are shooting, nobody knows who the good guy is. The traditional solution to that problem is uniform and a badge. Also, the private gun ownership in Finland isn’t because of Russia. They’re mostly for hunting and some amount of sports shooting. Swiss gun ownership, on the other hand, is because of how their defense is organized. There the reservists store their guns at home.

    Also, I think there’s a huge difference in priciple about immigration to Europe and the United States. Europe is largely nation states, whose reason for existence is the self-determination and the preservation and promotion of the language and culture of the peoples already living there for thousands of years (this is the good kind of nationalism), whereas whatever moral basis of existence the United States and Canada have is immigration. Of course, the case for some states in Europe is complicated by the basic human responsibility and the responsibility for the colonial legacy.

  3. anonymous says:

    For the disappearing middeclass, you really need to read the Piketty.

    There are two state churches: Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox. On one hand you can call the latter Russian Orthodox, because it used to part of it, but on the other hand you can’t, because it isn’t any more. The benefit of a state church is that the church can not fully divorce itself from the (social and human rights) policies of the state, etc. There’s a significant moderating effect on the church.

    Please tell me your Ös have improved since the end of 2015, because it’s not glurgi and Gerbils like so many Americans would have it but glögi and Göbbels!

  4. anonymous says:

    Where are episodes 38-41?

  5. There were technical issues, and after several complaints about the lower audio quality I removed them. -Berin

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