3x365 Russian Words, Day 64

Lazy, lazy day today.

“буду весь день лежать на диване, смотреть телевизор и плевать в потолок”

“I will lay on the couch today, watch TV and spit at ceiling(!)”

“Makaan sohvalla koko päivän, katson televisiota ja syljeskelen kattoon”

I like how Russian and Finnish (and if I am not mistaken Swedish) have the saying “spit at ceiling” for doing nothing. In Finnish it is mostly negative (you say it of other people only) but Russian saying seems to be more neutral. This paywalled article explains it and other nuances of spitting I Spit On You - Russian Life (also in the free part).

Words today:

  1. лежать - to lie (as in on a sofa) - maata

  2. плевать - to spit, to not care - sylkeä

  3. потолок - ceiling - katto (which is a word for both the roof and the ceiling in Finnish)

3x365 Russian Words, Day 64

It is almost my birthday:

“у тебя скоро день рождения”

“You have a birthday soon”

“Syntymäpäiväsi on pian”


  1. скоро - soon - pian

  2. день - day - päivä

  3. (день) рождения - birth - syntymä

shoes in a circle, green converse, black converse, polka dot sneakers, kids’ winter boots

3x365 Russian Words, Day 63

Today I spent time trying to wrap my head around the Russian noun declension system. I guess I will be reading about it again again soon. First I went through this video:

And then read this on instrumental case specifically:

The Instrumental Case - Russian Grammar

This case answers to a question “what with” or “by what”. For instance I write with a pen or drive by a car or in our example:

“Я люблю блинчики с икрой”

“I love pancakes with caviar”

“Pidän letuista mädin kanssa”

  1. блинчики - diminutive of Блин we met on Day 46 - blin, lettu

  2. люблю - I love - rakastan

  3. икрой instrumental of икра - roe, caviar - mäti, kaviaari (which in Finnish means specifically only sturgeon ore)

blins with ore, hacked onion, smetana, pickles and other toppings

TIL (in Twitter of all the places). The original Muppet Show streams on Disney+ 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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Turns out googling “voluptuous” will result in very interesting targeted advertising 🙈 (I was looking for pronouncement instructions)

3x365 Russian Words, Day 62

I noticed бесценная i.e. priceless (as in the credit card ad priceless) in a hockey rink ad and today’s sentence started from that:

“моя бесценная детка ”

“My priceless baby” (can be used both for lovers and kids)

“Olet korvaamaton kultaseni” (doesn’t sound natural in Finnish at all, so need some tweaking)


  1. моя - my (one of the many forms) - minun

  2. бесценная - priceless - korvaamaton

  3. детка - baby, honey - kulta

mastercard ad on the side of a hockey rink saying “priceless league” in Russian

This Anti-Chicken Soup for Real Life | The World of Chinese on disillusionment of Chinese millennials is very interesting. I like the quote:

The ugly duckling didn’t turn into a swan through hard work. It was born to swan parents.

I like Viewbox newsletter and especially the latest installment about generative SVG. Box #8 - George, Blobs and Googly eyes. • Buttondown. Definitely going to go through the tutorial mentioned: Generative blob characters using SVG! - DEV Community

and how it is going today. Snow disappearing very, very fast

snowy hill, snow disappearing fast


How it started (Feb 18th)

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When my son was three I took him to art exhibition and that was not something he expected and decided it was not worth his time. “I am not going to watch anything at this stupid place” he said and put a hand over his eyes.

Day 31 of February 2021

boy, three years old standing by a art piece blocking his eyes with a hand. looking unhappy

3x365 Russian Words, Day 61

Today I needed help:

“не мог/могла бы ты мне помочь с этим?”

“Could you help me with this”

“Voisitko auttaa minua tämän kanssa”

I took a look at the pronouns Russian Pronouns - Russian Grammar and got a bit frightened, but just a bit.

Words are:

  1. мог/могл мочь - can, be able to - voida (voisitko is a conditional question)

  2. помочь - to help (here in passive form) - auttaa

  3. этим - this - tämän (Finnish uses accusative here, but Russian is dative 🤔)

totally unrelated statue of a cow with graffiti

Oh boy, I wish I could just get into my reading hammock today and not worry about work

Kindle on the first page of “A Desolation Called Peace” by Arkady Martine

Sometimes you need the privacy and coolness of your private tent. Normal routine: kids want to sleep in a tent, then at around sunset it gets too exciting for them, I end up sleeping in a tent

Part of February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge

looking out from the window, a tent, a van, grass and some bushes in the garden

I am one micro blog pin short of getting all of them (yes, I am a sucker for gamification). Now how do I get that @monday one? 🤔

3x365 Russian Words, Day 60

It is the 60th day of the year, time to learn some ordinals. It is “первый день весны”, “kevään ensimmäinen päivä” i.e. the first day of Spring after all. Let’s start from the beginning:

  1. первый - the first - ensimmäinen

  2. второй - the second - toinen Remember week days from Day 30? Many of them are pretty much ordinals after all

  3. третий - the third - kolmas

For pronunciation I used this video for practice:

Am I taking this photo challenge too seriously if I pick photos in advance? Butbut my defiance photo is just so perfect 😘

I love Grammarly but it makes me feel like “passive voice misuse” is my middle name 😒

Day 29 of February(!) Photo Challenge is light. Nothing beats the summer sunset. Late July, 9:35pm. Saarijärvi, Finland looking pretty much Northwest

sunset, sandy shore of a lake, calm, single big cloud in the sky, birch tree branches reaching down

Sunday coding got this far. Made my Scriptable based bus stop widget nicer and got pretty far with a supporting web app. Should have a proper blog post out soon(ish)

3x365 Russian Words, Day 59

Today we celebrated Kalevala Day in Finland and Finnish culture. We are therefore going to pick high culture sentence and words today from Anna Karenina:

“Все счастливые семьи похожи друг на друга, каждая несчастливая семья несчастлива по-своему.”

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

“Kaikki onnelliset perheet ovat toistensa kaltaisia, jokainen onneton perhe on onneton omalla tavallaan.”

Words that I picked are

  1. всё - all, always - kaikki

  2. похожий - similar, alike - samanlainen, (saman) kaltainen

  3. каждый - every, each - jokainen

Currently reading: Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin 📚

I am very excited that second book of Teixcalaan series, “A Desolation Called Peace” by Arkady Martine will be out in two days. Keeping my Kindle charged and waiting for my pre-order to hit the device

This frog looks up and wants some ice-cream

frog drawn on whiteboard, speech bubble saying "jätski" i.e. ice cream

I went to learn CSS and now going back to React feels like I forgotten everything. How do you keep up on every front end developer skill?