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Unwashed Village / Fallout 1, 2 And Tactics Free At GOG
« on: December 12, 2013, 07:06:00 PM »
Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics are offered free at GOG for a limited time (1 day + 19h left currently). I never cared to try Tactics before, but now that it's available for free, I added it to my GOG library so that I can give it a go one of these days.

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:54:07 PM »
I feel very tempted to post one more link regarding our Ukrainian trip. This one's a nine minute video that covers it all more or less - including the Chernobyl visit itself.
It's a bit random at times as none of the contents were planned for the video to begin with. It has its moments however after the slow beginning. The video doesn't show me that much, but that can't really be considered as a minus. The video is mostly in Finnish, but I made subtitles for it as suggested by my brother (the narrator).

As for the IT industry, I agree that it pays relatively well. I spend most of my days at the computer anyway, so it's not a huge problem for me either. Now that I've been away from work for three months, I've managed to forget some of the downsides to it, but I still remember that it used to be mentally demanding and the company was doing its best making it worse and worse. I have no solid plans yet as I decided to recover from my earlier career for the rest of the year, but I'm likely looking after something less stressing even if it pays only half the earlier salary. I might try to apply for a work at the customs or possibly become a guard or a bouncer.

Also, congratulations Petrach!

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:09:11 PM »
I can see your new business model now: "The Anklekicker Tour of Horrors"

Auschwitz, Chernobyl, Fukushima, Hiroshima, Disney World...  a veritable wealth of targets.

That sounds like a great business idea. I don't have what it takes to visit Disney World though. Our next trip was planned for North Korea, but now that I'm out of work, it might need to wait.

In case someone's interested, here's a selection of pictures from our Chernobyl and Auschwitz trips:

Unwashed Village / Re: Fallout 4
« on: December 09, 2013, 06:52:42 PM »

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:11:19 AM »
Watching the second season of Nuka Break reminded me of this place and I thought I'd see if it still existed. It didn't take that long to find this site and create an account, but it turned out to take some six weeks to get it activated - I had already forgotten about the whole thing again :)

As for what I've been up to since I last posted..

I decided to volunteer to be laid off from our company after working there for the last 18 years. I've wanted to quit for the longest time, but there didn't seem to be alternatives for our company in the area. After I returned to work from the last summer holiday, I decided I had enough whether there's an alternative or not. I've yet to decide what I want to do for living in the future, but I think I'm done with the IT industry even if it's what I know best.

I had already been thinking of starting practicing aikido around the time I first became Unwashed in the 90's. It wasn't until recently that I got it done. I've been practicing it for a few years now and currently have a brown belt (2.kyu). What finally lead me into aikido was my sword collection. We were talking about the latest addition to it when my colleague happened to mention the local dojo where he had started aikido a year earlier.

My brother asked me if I was interested to visit Auschwitz last year. I don't care much for traveling generally but the trip sounded interesting so I agreed to go. The trip was a great success and we decided to raise the stakes and visit Chernobyl next. This summer we went there accompanied by another brother of mine. It was interesting to visit Pripyat and I liked Ukraine and the local people so much that I started studying Russian as soon as I got back home. I live near the Russian border and there's a lot of Russian tourists in the city. I suppose it doesn't hurt knowing the language when I eventually start looking for a new job either.

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