Poets of the Fall

We’ve been waiting for the first album from Poets of the Fall for quite a while. We first realised (and liked) the band while driving back during the night from Helsinki, either in April or September last year. Their song Late Goodbye came on in the radio and we had to know what band played it (check out their samples page).

Now their first album is finally out and we even managed to find it after it hit the #1 slot on the Finnish album chart. During the first week it was out we couldn’t even find it in Joensuu. Maybe it was just so popular? Luckily yesterday we were able to grab the last copy from one of the local stores. And naturally it’s been ripped to mp3 for listening. CDs belong on the shelf, mp3s are for listening ;).

Of course, when we found their site on the web (based on the lyrics late goodbye) we realised that the song had already been featured in Max Payne 2. Somehow we never realised it during the game and the end credits rolled by at too late an hour to appreciate fine music.

Form elements as PHP variables

I had already decided to test this today since I’m a lazy programmer (more on that sometime later). I’m working on creating a voting application and since I like code re-use (part of my laziness) I wanted to see how I could make form processing code that really doesn’t care how many different elements there are in the form. Eric’s wondernment on why PHP requires the brackets to be present in some form element names may also be explained a bit further.

On tornados

Finland has been safe from natural disasters for a long time. We don’t have any strong earthquakes (some tremors that seismologists register but are rarely felt), any volcanoes, or any other sort of strong natural phenomena. Of course we’ve had our fair share of strong winds and thunderstorms, but even then the wind speeds rarely reach gale force. In the last few years things have begun changing though.

I started writing this entry before the events on boxing day. Or the exceptional winter stroms Southern Finland and the rest of the Baltic countries have been experiencing. Lately nature has been reminding us of its power.