About

I started this blog when I realized how much time I spend wondering what’s exactly behind objects and phenomena in my everyday life. The spark to start writing was in no small part influenced by a weekend in Berlin visiting The German Museum of Technology, Berlin Aquarium and Berlin Museum of Medical History. After two days of blurting out trivia and speculation about how the stuff around us works and what’s particularly interesting about this and that, it was kindly suggested to me that I should maybe blog about all this. So that’s what I’m going to do. There’s also been jokes lately about the “physicist on call”, so if you have a fascinating thing you want to hear about, shoot me an email.

About the name

Pasila, a brilliant Finnish cartoon, made popular the phrase “jännän äärellä”. I’ve tried to come up with a translation to English that conveys the subtle nuances of excitement and awe towards everyday phenomena that seem trivial and uninteresting to most, but came up with nothing. Even my attempts to crowdsource a translation failed, so here it is, courtesy of Google Translate – Exciting Waterfront.

About me

I’ve studied engineering physics at Aalto University but I think it’s fair to call me a dropout at this point. I’m currently working as a software engineer and living in Helsinki Finland. I’ve always been fascinated about how things work and my usual reaction to seeing something new is to try to understand the mechanism how it works. I’m also a huge fan of sites like David Morgan-Mar’s Irregular Webcomic and Randall Munroe’s XKCD spinoff What If?. I sincerely hope I can deliver something as inspiring.

I’m also pretty good at speculative hand-waiving and coming up with explanations out of thin air to phenomena I have absolutely no expertise about.

Header image

The header image features Fractal Cabbage (or Romanesco broccoli), which is the coolest vegetable ever. It’s a fractal. But it’s also a cabbage.

Photo By Richard Bartz, Munich aka Makro Freak (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.

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