Archive for January 1st, 2011

01.01.11 – Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year brings you all of what you hope for.

There’s a New Years Eve tradition in Finland of melting tin to predict your future. Each person is given a small tin horseshoe which is melted in a ladle over the stove. Once the horseshoe is completely melted, you dump the tin into a bucket of cold water. You can then view the shape by holding it up to a candle and “interpreting” the shadow.

Like dreams, you can find some guidelines to help you decipher your future; lots of little pieces means money, and anchor shape could mean a new job, or a heart might represent a new relationship. There are some bad ones too. I was once melting tin on New Years in America and one of my American friends got this bizarre cross-shaped figure. We were hosting the party and one of the Finnish girls came over to Jaana in hysterics because her teacher once had a similar shape and he died that year!!! Needless to say, its New Years and there is often alcohol involved 😉 I prefer to stay away from the guidelines. The party is more fun when everyone gets creative and adds what they think a shape might mean.

You might be wondering what my shape was like? Mine is in the picture above in the middle. What do you think it looks like?


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 167 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 168 posts. There were 606 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 164mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was October 24th with 1 views. The most popular post that day was Max Got Class.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were murobbs.plaza.fi, facebook.com, mail.live.com, en.wordpress.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for 3 pix finland, jaana beidler, finland 3 pix, camerabag beidler, and tom beidler.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Max Got Class October 2010


Hipstamatic Cheat Sheet August 2010


Collages September 2010


About June 2010

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