Showing posts from February, 2014

Gaming for Science

This post is about science games. I don't necessarily want to encourage anyone to spend more time playing computer games (and these particular games do take a lot time) but... these games are for a good cause. If you're good, you can help in making scientific advances, whether you are a scientist or not. For example, through Foldit, non-scientist players have gotten their names into scientific articles. And of course, if you do study science, these games can also help you learn (about protein folding, neurons, DNA sequence alignment and RNA folding), playing is actually a good way of learning. If you get interested and want to try these games, it's best to start with just one game and try to advance in it before trying another one. I got introduced to Foldit last Autumn during a university course and liked it a lot. And I found out about the three other games through Foldit.  
Goal of playing: Making a better protein folding than the computer wo…

A Letter and Why Not to Worry

Sain Singaporesta todella nopean vastauksen kirjeeseeni. Tämä saapui vain noin kaksi viikkoa sen jälkeen, kun olin lähettänyt oman kirjeeni. Varsinaisen kirjeen lisäksi kuoresta löytyi piirros ja diagrammi, jonka elämänohje olisi varmaan joskus hyvä muistaa. Ja Singaporessa on muuten todella upeita postimerkkejä. 

My Singaporean penpal answered really fast and I got this reply letter already at the end of January, only about two weeks after sending her a letter. She also included a cute drawing - a cat version of Lord of the Rings - and a diagram telling us why we shouldn't worry. They have such beautiful stamps in Singapore, by the way. 

Twitter Account and Winter Photos

I made a Twitter account: @IvyLilyBlog. My new blog posts, deviantART works, Redbubble prints and Artflakes prints will be announced there. (Actually, I'm having some trouble connecting Artflakes to Twitter because I can't find the rss feed url in Artflakes but maybe that will be fixed.) I thought it would be a good idea to gather them all together somewhere. Maybe I'll sometimes tweet some WIPs (works in progress) too. I also connected the account to Postcrossing so my latest sent and received Postcrossing cards will be updated to my Twitter account as well.

And I'd be happy to follow other art, mail or crafts related Twitter accounts.

Below some snowy photos taken in January. It doesn't look like that outside anymore, unfortunately.  

Mail post coming on Friday. 

Postcrossing Bears and Writing in Russian

Aloitin venäjän opinnot tammikuussa ja päätin hyödyntää Postcrossingia venäjän kirjoittamisen harjoittelussa. Yleensä tuntuu että suurin osa Postcrossing-korteista menee Venäjälle, mutta tällä kertaa arpa osui Saksaan ja Yhdysvaltoihin. Amerikkalaisen postcrossaajan profiilissa kieliin oli kuitenkin listattu myös venäjä, joten pääsin harjoittelemaan muutaman sanan verran. Opettelen myös kyrillistä kaunokirjoitusta, mutta korttiin kirjoitin ihan painokirjaimin.

I started studying Russian in January and thought I could practice writing Russian by sending a Postcrossing card to Russia. I figured I'd probably get a Russian address on the first or second try because that's what usually happens. But not this time. I got addresses to Germany and the US. ...but the American postcrosser did have Russian listed in his languages in his profile so it worked out fine anyway.

 Bears to Germany. 

 And a winter landscape to the US. 

I hate the smudges on my camera lens. I've tried to c…

Colorful Postcrossings

Viime vuonna jätin huhtikuun puolivälin jälkeen saapuneet Postcrossing-kortit postaamatta, joten tässä toukokuussa 2013 saapuneita kortteja. Suosikkejani ovat ensimmäisenä oleva pöllökortti Saksasta ja Portugalista tullut kaupunkinäkymä. 

Last year I stopped blogging Postcrossing cards after the middle of April so here are some cards that I received back in May.

 Owls from Germany.
 Another card from Germany.

Colorful buildings from Portugal. This is the only card I've gotten from Portugal so far and the second one from a Portuguese speaking country. I hope to get more some day now that I'm studying Portuguese. 

 From Belarus.
 Cows from Ireland.
Egyptian holiday card from Russia.
 This card from the US came with a lot of pretty stamps.