Thursday, October 11, 2018

Manyparts changed. Car works.

Intake manifold sealants changed, valve sealants changed, fuel injection relay changed, crankshaft position sensor cable changed, idle speed controller cleaned, and winter tires put in, 510€. Runs, at least at the moment.

Photos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Temporary replacement car

Temporary replacement car, because Volvo is still giving trouble. Specifically, it is giving the trouble that in the repair shop it is not giving the trouble that left me on the road. They are going to replace manyparts in case it helps.

Photos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Rådhuset metro station

What a wonderful metro station in Stockholm. Even if these are fake, they are nice...

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Banff Mountain Movie Festival 2018

Banff mountain film screening @ Stockholm.

I missed the Helsinki screening that I usually go to, due to a business trip. Fortunately, the next week I was in Stockholm for work and was able to visit on the screenings there.

Great pieces, all of the movies that I saw. I remember best the movie "Johanna", which is about a Finnish free diver who likes to swim under the ice without scuba gear... And the movie "Into Twin Galaxies", which is about dragging kayaks under the ice field in Greenland.

And here is my landing picture to Arlanda that morning:

Photos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Amaranten Sauna

In the 1990s I used to spend a lot of time at the Amaranten hotel in Stockholm. It has been a long time... but now I visited it again. It is still quite a decent hotel, nice rooms. However, the sauna ... leaves something to be desired.

The Amaranten is today called Clarion Hotel Amaranten.

On a scale of 0 to 10, this sauna is maybe a 1 or 2.

It was so mild that one couldn't really get sweaty at all. The floor was covered on the other side with maybe 5-7 cm of water. 

There was a bucket of water to throw to the heater, but it was outside the sauna door, partially filled with stearin (!), and the tool to throw water was a plastic drinking cup.

Pool had been covered and panelled over.

Yuck. I think I'll stay in other hotels from now on, the saunas as such a central requirement for me.

Photos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. All sauna and pool photos have been taken with permission, after closing times, and/or when there are no other customers.

More multi-flash practice in caves

The Finnish Caving Association was having a course on basic caving. I've been on that course... but it seemed like a fun thing to do and a nice visit to Turku. And I ended up doing more practice with cave photography using multiple flashes and radio triggers.

My previous attempt was not entirely successful, the back light not being very visible. I think I got the idea now, having increased the flash level on the back flash -- even on a small area and with just half a meter distance, I used 1/4 or 1/2 flash output on a Nikon SB-910, and the front/side flash was set at 1/8 on a Nikon SB-25.  For bigger spaces I may actually need more powerful equipment.

The Nikon flashes that I have are around GN 30, whereas the flash we used in the bigger caves in Austria had a GN of over 100.

Looking forward to trying this technique out even further. But it is not easy, the technology is just a tiny part of the issue. Figuring out what makes artistic sense, where is a suitable place to take a reasonable photo, coordinating everything so that there's someone who is exactly at the right place, has the right expression that supports the photo setup, and so on is hard!

I was also inspired by two other things on this trip, first off, fed up with garbage on the cave sites, I decided to bring all that I could find back to a trash can and do it on all my future caving trips as well. And secondly, we got to witness Dare Talvitie's new book's (Valkea Liekki) release event. Looking forward to reading it!

Here is Ralf and Jukka holding lectures:

Here are some of the pictures taking with the multiple flash setup:

And here we are practising chimney technique on the crack next to the cave. And Ralf levitating.

This article has also appeared at TGR. Tämä artikkeli löytyy myös suomeksi Relaasta. And all caving-related articles are of course found at! Photos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Garbage caving

*Every* cave that I go to in Finland seems to have at least one beer can. Lets clean them up!

Join me in bringing the junk out. I started out by taking stuff out of the Luolavuoren luola or the Cave  Mountain Cave in Turku, as we were visiting it on a caving course.

It isn't that complicated. Bring a small bag on every trip to a cave, and bring out the trash you see.

Besides the ugly garbage, I was inspired in part to do this by the example set by the Swedish Plogga effort which was talked about at the Banff mountain film festival that I visited in Stockholm last week. Why not clean up garbage and other broken things when you see them? It is up to all of us.

This article has also appeared at TGR. Tämä artikkeli löytyy myös suomeksi Relaasta. And all caving articles can of course be found at! Photos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.