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Monday, August 20th, 2007

Last time I wrote anything here we were leaving Providence. After that we went to Denver and Washington DC. I’m not really in the mood for writing anything about that, but let’s just say that all kinds of things happened and it was all coolio. I got back in Finland on Thursday after almost 30 hours of traveling. I didn’t really sleep on the plane except from London to Helsinki and when I got to my bed here in Pilkanmaa I slept for 20 hours non-stop.

I just got all my film developed from this summer and started organizing my pictures. Tons of digital pictures, 10 rolls of View Master photos (that’s roughly 700 pictures) and a couple of super8 reels. I’ll Flickr all the interesting pictures next week when I get on a faster internet connection. Then I need to find a lot more empty View-Master reels to fit all my pictures. I’ll scan and upload all the good stuff when I get them done.

Thanks to my adventures in the Land of the Free I got some buyers for my shirts in the USA also, so I opened a USA store. I don’t have much for offer yet, but look how happy my first US customers are!

You can be happy too! Just buy buy buy! I’ll add more stuff to the store later this week. All you Europeans get some goodness too. I’m getting some new designs and I’ll revamp the whole product selection with new shirts and new colors.

Today I got back from Helsinki where I was checking out the Flow Festival. Good music, smiling people, some friends I hadn’t seen for a long time and Bebel Gilberto. Niceness. I took some VM-pictures there also. Will upload them when I get my hands on a scanner.

Next semester is looking pretty busy even though I had decided to take it easy. I already got myself involved in a bunch of projects and I got shitloads of ideas for my personal projects. I don’t want to get into details just yet, because I know myself and only half of them will ever even get started.

Now I’m chilling here with my mum and sisters for a while before I go to Rovaniemi. Kind of makes me sad when I think back and realize that the summer is almost over. A lot of good memories from this summer though. Thanks to all the people involved in those memories. You know who you are.

Trippin' #1

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

In case there’s someone wondering what the hell am I doing in the States, I’m participating in an exchange program called Fusion Arts in Digital Media. We are staying in the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Basically, we have 20 students from all over the world working together to create some amazing artwork that will end all wars, cure cancer and make the world a better place in every way. This website http://www.risd.edu/fusionarts/ might shed some light on what it’s like.

I arrived here yesterday, the flight went well and my first impressions of Providence, RISD and the other students are really positive. Providence is a really nice and beautiful city with all these 19th century buildings blending in nicely with newer and taller buildings. Of course, I’ve been mainly hanging around the College Hill and downtown areas, but so far I really like it. I haven’t found any record stores yet, but I can smell that there’s some vinyl in this city. RISD itself seems like a really great school, I wouldn’t mind studying here. And how could I possibly say any bad things about this place when they give us free housing, three meals a day and a video iPod as a welcoming gift?

I don’t really have any pictures yet, because I’ve been mainly shooting with my trusty View-Master Camera, but here’s the view from my bedroom.


I’m too tired to write anything else right now, but I’ll be posting pictures and other stuff later on.

Trippin’ #1

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

In case there’s someone wondering what the hell am I doing in the States, I’m participating in an exchange program called Fusion Arts in Digital Media. We are staying in the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Basically, we have 20 students from all over the world working together to create some amazing artwork that will end all wars, cure cancer and make the world a better place in every way. This website http://www.risd.edu/fusionarts/ might shed some light on what it’s like.

I arrived here yesterday, the flight went well and my first impressions of Providence, RISD and the other students are really positive. Providence is a really nice and beautiful city with all these 19th century buildings blending in nicely with newer and taller buildings. Of course, I’ve been mainly hanging around the College Hill and downtown areas, but so far I really like it. I haven’t found any record stores yet, but I can smell that there’s some vinyl in this city. RISD itself seems like a really great school, I wouldn’t mind studying here. And how could I possibly say any bad things about this place when they give us free housing, three meals a day and a video iPod as a welcoming gift?

I don’t really have any pictures yet, because I’ve been mainly shooting with my trusty View-Master Camera, but here’s the view from my bedroom.


I’m too tired to write anything else right now, but I’ll be posting pictures and other stuff later on.

Bloody Good Ideas®

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

I’ve caught a nasty cold, so recently I have spent most of my time at home in the bed perfecting my ninja senses and thinking of new ways to rule the earth. At times like these I come up with my infamous Bloody Good Ideas® (Helvetin Hyvät Ideat®). Usually these ideas involve controlling music or video in some unorthodox ways. Most of them never get done because I’m just too lazy to ever finish what I’ve started or because the ideas are just insanely stupid. Newest additions to this collection of Bloody Good Ideas® are:

Bloody Good Idea® #347

  • The Human Turntables – People are the vinyls and the faders on a mixer. Every person represents a different song and by working together they can actually mix the songs and even scratch or beat juggle. I’m not telling any details about how I’m actually going to do this because I know that the bad guys are reading this and just waiting to steal my ideas, but I got this planned.

Bloody Good Idea® #348

  • God Is a DJ – I’ve had my MsPinky vinyls lying around for a couple of years, but I’ve never done anything useful with them. So I came up with an idea of controlling a miniature world with the pretty and pink MsPinkstah. I have no idea how I’m actually going to pull it off, but step #1 is to learn how to use Max/Msp.

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New Site

Monday, March 12th, 2007

The new site is alive and kicking!
originalhamsters.com/blog

Mad Money Flowing My Way

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

This blog has been pretty quiet for a while. That’s because I haven’t had anything to say. Or actually I’ve been just lazy. Nobody reads this anyway.

Anyway, here’s a little summary of what’s going on: Pretty busy at the uni, did some projections for a play (I might post some video later), working on a couple of animations and also some shit happened.

Oh, one more thing. I realised that I have to start doing things properly and get something for my portfolio so I’ve started my own company. http://www.originalhamsters.com/ There’s nothing at the website yet. Check back in a few days. I’ll probably integrate a blog to the site so this blog might die in the near future.

So what is this company all about? The same thing that I’m about: DJing, VJing, motion graphics, design and a lot of bullshit. That’s right, DJing. I’m getting back to the DJ game. I’ve been seriously thinking about totally quitting but maybe I’ll give it one more go.

Speaking of DJing, check out djanonymous.fi and educate yourself. I’m listening to this mixtape on repeat. Mad respect to Sampo for uploading old mixes for the good people of the interweb-land.

Free Berdovsky!

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

This suspicious device here caused a panic in Boston.

I just couldn’t believe it when I read about this on Wooster and GRL.

So who is considered responsible for this?

“An arrest has been made in the Boston Terror Advert Mind Shred of 2007. No it’s not a VP at Turner Broadcasting, the president of the ad agency or CEO Sam Travis Ewen of the marketing company. It’s the 27 year-old artist who was hired to stick the ads up. Turns out the corporation is real sorry about all this and had a cartoon say so on the TV. Probably not as sorry as the guy being hauled-off in cuffs.”

From GRL

Read some more here.

1st Post – Introduction and All That Shit

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

This is it. I’m hopping on the Web 2.0 train with my very own blog. Here you’ll find information about some of the things I’ve been up to lately. So who the f*ck am I? Let me introduce myself.

I’m a Finnish guy living in Rovaniemi, Finland. Media student in the University of Lapland and an all-around hustler doing all kinds of strange things. I prefer to be called by my real name, Matti, but I have these different aliases for music and graphic projects.

DJ Waxtastic

I’ve been DJing for about 6 years now. Don’t ask about my DJ-name, I know it’s corny. I started DJing because I wanted to learn how to scratch and people told me I could get some girls and money if I was a DJ. After six years I still can’t scratch, I’m totally broke and sure as hell ain’t getting any girls. So kids, whatever you do, don’t spend all of your money on records. Save the money and buy a car instead. Chicks dig cars.

I’ve been spinning all kinds of funky music (hip hop, funk, breakbeats, d’n’b, dubstep etc.) in Rovaniemi, Kouvola and Helsinki. I’ve done a couple of mixtapes. The latest was Jamaikasetti, a collaboration with DJ Hesher.


Original Hamster

This is the name I use for my graphic design and video works. I think that this blog is mainly going to be place where I show you guys my media art and graphic design stuff. I’m a member of a VJ/media art collective called Superia United here in Rovaniemi. I’ve done VJing in clubs and projections in some events. Right now I’m working on a couple of projects. More about them later.

I guess that’s about it. Stay tuned.