Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

The Night of the Arts

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I took the video above in Helsinki last Friday, during the Night of the Arts (Taiteiden yö). This is part of the Helsinki “festival weeks”, where a number of free events are arranged by Helsinki’s notable institutions. Quoting from the website:

On this year’s Night of the Arts, the French street theatre company Plasticiens Volants will transform Helsinki’s city centre sky into an enormous ocean aquarium. Giant floating sea creatures will swim from Esplanadi to the Senate Square, telling their aquatic tale along the way.

I normally don’t talk about Nokia here because of the conflict of interest, but this time I must say that I was really impressed by the video and audio quality of my phone’s camera. I think the video above speaks for itself.

Check some photos as well (these taken with the Canon D20)

Old-Skool Snowboarding

Monday, January 26th, 2009

My cousin Massimo sent me a link to this video, showing him and his friends building and riding their own snowboards in 1986 (!). Back then snowboarding was little more than a curiosity in Italy, and if you wanted to try it out you had to be inventive – as they certainly were! Massimo is the one with the red sweater and displaying an almost flawless descent at 8:27

Recipe: Creme Brulee, the most delicious dessert on earth

Monday, June 30th, 2008

You can argue all you want about who’s got the best cuisine in the world, but a culture that has come up with something as delicious as creme brulee has a strong claim to the title. It’s not even difficult, at least according to this recipe I’m using (from an unknown source).

For 4 persons:

2 dl cream
1 and 1/2 dl milk
1 vanilla bean
5 egg yolks
3/4 dl sugar
1/2 dl cane (brown) sugar

Cut the vanilla bean in half across its length and remove the seeds. Mix the milk and cream and bring to boil with the vanilla bean, set aside to cool down. Remove the bean, let it dry and store, you can use it several times (thankfully, given how much they cost)

Beat the yolks with the (white) sugar and mix them with the milk and cream. Pour the mixture in 4 small bowls, cover them with aluminum foil and set on a deep baking tray. Fill the tray with water so that the water level is more or less at the level of the cream in the bowls (hopefully you have checked before covering with the foil :P )  Heat the oven to 150 C, put in the tray and leave it there for 45 minutes (this is the time in the original recipe – it usually takes me a bit longer, perhaps it depends on the oven. Just see when the cream has become firm), take it out and leave it to cool down.

Sprinkle the brown sugar on top and caramelize it either by leaving it for a few minutes under the oven grill, or using the appropriate tool (see video below). If you use the grill watch out, it’s easy to burn the sugar.

Enjoy! Oh, and the glasses aren’t really necessary…

Video: watch me bike to work at warp speed

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Following Vesa’s footsteps, I decided to make a first-person video of my bike trip to work, with head-mounted camera(phone) and all. The actual riding time is a bit over twenty minutes, but I shrunk it to two minutes for the attention span challenged. Watch with audio on!

P.S.: I have blogged about the route before.

P.P.S.: After looking at various video sharing services, I decided to go with Vimeo because of those I tried, it seemed to offer the best video quality. It is quite bandwidth hungry though.