For The Daily Zombie Needs

I recently grew a bit tired of some of my subscribed podcasts and looked for something new to fill the gaps. I wasn’t quite sure what to look for and while browsing the Modern Radio Drama section in iTunes I found We’re Alive – A “Zombie” Story of Survival:

For Army Reserve Soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knew it ended in an instant. One minute, he’s in college, and in the next, rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars, and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

Podcast… Zombies… Sounds good to me and since there’s not much that could go wrong I gave it a try. Suffice to say that it very quickly turned1 into my new favorite podcast.

The series started already in May of 2009 and ended in July of this year after 4 seasons and 47 chapters. Each chapter is handily divided into three episodes around 15-18 min in length, which in fact is the perfect length for my trips to and from work.

I am obviously a bit late to the game and got some catching up to do, which is actually easy. It’s a very captivating story. I am currently binge-listening for about a week or so. Turns out binge-listening is much faster than binge-watching.

If you like The Walking Dead, I believe you will like this one.

You can find the podcast in iTunes and also on their website alongside of more info.


  1. Sorry for the somewhat lame joke, but this is a Zombie podcast and I had to use turned at least once. 

The First Video

In times where everything is streamed we take online video for granted. And why wouldn’t we? I buy movies off of iTunes, stream from Netflix and watch the occasional rare Jazz video, or documentary on You Tube.

If we want to, we can do all of that straight from our phones, whithout even getting out of bed. Great stuff. It’s the future and we’re right in it.

It wasn’t always like that, and I can still remember the first time I watched online video on either YouTube or Google Video1. It probably took forever to buffer the 21 seconds of this video, which I believe to be first video that I have seen on YouTube2.

But now, I will go and continue watching Dr.Who. Streamed, of course.


  1. Seriously, do you remember that? 
  2. Since YouTube was founded in 2005 and I guess it must have been somehow in that time-frame. 

20 Minutes you say?!

When I finally sat down the other day and tried to catch up with my daily reading I already had a very long day behind me. Eventually I ran into the Writing 101 e-Book via the WordPress blog.

Writing 101 sounded yesterday somehow more intriguing than usual. I’m always open to learn and improve and considered that I have an embarrassing amount of yet-to-be-finished posts here on my drive and a few too post-less days behind me I had a look at the e-book.

Did I say it was a long day? Yes?! Sorry. Really long. Which is short for I had a hard time staying awake at all and barely managed reading through the first chapter/task/challenge. Today, a day later and with an even longer day behind me, but possibly over-caffeinated, I thought I’ll sit down and do the first exercise that I read about:

Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write…

Hmmm. This actually sounds very simple. It is in fact what I do most of the time: I sit down, type on the keyboard and out come some words of some use. And that’s where most often the story ends. Most of the time I simply do this to get some clearer thoughts.

But there are also times I actually finish something. With now 589 posts on this blog I guess I at least get something out every now and then.

10 minutes in and I’m rambling. Maybe that’s a good thing after all:

Keep typing (or scribbling, if you prefer to handwrite for this exercise) until your twenty minutes are up. It doesn’t matter if what you write is incomplete, or nonsense, or not worthy of the “Publish” button.

Not worthy of the “Publish” button. Well this one definitely isn’t. Some other posts that I had started over the last two weeks might be worthy. Like the one about our dog, the one about the Dunning-Kruger effect that learned about, my thoughts about my new phone or the one in which I predict the future.

Okay, maybe not exactly THE future, which would be awesome, but my own at least.

Three more minutes to go…

These are all posts, that I think might be worth publishing. Which I will, once I get them done. Whenever that will be.

Publish this stream-of-consciousness post to your blog.

Are you serious. Really? The 20 minutes are over. Are you really sure I should press Publish? Like in REALLY?

An Impromptu Quartet

A few weeks ago, we had put a quartet together to perform during the local Tulinberg Viikko. We learned about the concert a few days before, so it was one of those spontaneous, last minute gigs.

At the rehearsal it clicked and sounded immediately very nice and playing later with a acoustic quartet in the Tulinberg Sali, with a nice grand piano was simply a joy. No mikes, no nothing 1. Just acoustic music with good friends. All gigs should be like this.

Either way, we had a great time and everyone in our quartet played great and here’s the tune, aka as the full set2:

Sami Juntunen: piano
Tapio Tekoniemi: bass
Tauno Räsänen: drums

and yours truly on tenor messing up the fills at 1:46 and 2:15 a bit, but anyway.


  1. Okay, we had a bass amp 
  2. We played only one tune, so technically it is the full set 

‘A Blues in All Twelve Keys’

Steve Neff shares another solo transcription from Bob Mintzer. This time it’s a solo on a blues in all keys and I can hardly think of a better to practice than a blues through all keys.

Steve Neff:

I love Bob’s playing because it is so melodic and thematic. He always plays ideas that you can grasp on to and that are catchy, yet he mixes in some pretty hip and advanced harmonic concepts into his lines.

Bob had been a huge inspiration to me as well since I met him in person last year. I had the chance to listen to him during a clinic and follow his playing on a rehearsal and concert. It was very inspiring and motivating.

Steve Neff has published a few more from Bob Mintzer during the last few weeks. Such as his solos on I Love You, Invitation and one on Blue Bossa which dates back to last year. Also make sure to check out the other transcriptions as well.

I like how he has chosen to transcribe solos on Jazz Standards as opposed to originals. Not only is there’s a lot to learn in those, but also the lines and concepts can be easier applied somewhere else.

Kudos to Steve for sharing.