Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Stuff that happened in the past. They say if you fail to learn of it you’ll end up repeating it.

Natzional Socialismus in colours

February 17th, 2009 by Timo Vuorensola

LIFE magazine’s photo archives on 30′s Nazi Germany were opened recently, and a lot of very beautiful, yet scary, colour photos of the Nazi regime poured to the Internet. It’s scary, because we are used to see these mostly in black & white, but now that they are in color, it brings the whole subject much closer, and reminds that’s the atrocities of this era are just few decades away. I also admire the washed-out colors of the first color photos from that era a lot.

Nazis in color

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Here’s a tip: if you want to make these photos fun, just add “Who farted?” as caption to each of them, and they are instantly merry!

Hitler’s sense of humor.

June 25th, 2008 by Jarmo Puskala

The papers are writing today about Adolf Hitler’s sense of humor. The DailyTelegraph writes:

The dictator would often break from the serious nature of waging his campaign to “pull the legs” of his entourage of generals and hangers on.

His favourite victim was the Luftwaffe chief Herman Goering, who was notoriously fond of awarding himself medals and decorations.

Hitler recounted how Mrs Goering found her husband waving a baton over his underwear in the bedroom and asked him what he was doing.
“He replied: “I am promoting my underpants to OVERpants”", Hitler then joked.

Hitler was said to be so proud of his joke that he had medals made from gold and silver paper for Goering to wear on his pyjamas.

Daily Telegraph describes Hitler’s sense of humors as “bad”, Finnish tabloids as “weird”. But hey, imagine working with Herman Göring

Herman Goering

Herr Göring was just begging for it…

In defence of freedom.

March 4th, 2008 by Jarmo Puskala

Playing in the Hitler Jugend.

If there is something we’ve learned when learning all we can about the Nazis, it is how incredibly easy it is to take freedoms away and how sane the reasoning will sound. Unfortunately, recent events here in Finland have reminded me about all this.

After living in a free society for two decades people start to take their freedom for granted. They forget why things like freedom of speech and universal human rights are needed, and instead see censorship as a solution to their fears. Fed a steady diet of tabloids and Most Shocking Sexual Parking Violations on late night TV they see bogeymen under their beds and demand that their rights be taken away.

Now what does this have to do with anything? Well, the previous government of Finland, one of the most free societies on Earth, and with the best of intentions of course, enacted an Internet censorship law. In theory it was meant to make it harder to profit on the exploitation of children.

In practice, we get a secret list of “illegal” websites, put together by an unnamed, unsupervised bureaucrat. The blocking of this list is “voluntary”, but it was made clear that unless ISP’s complied it would be made mandatory.

After Matti Nikki published the list and criticised it for consisting of almost exclusively of ordinary porn sites that were not illegal, his site was added to the list and he was charged with aiding in the distribution of illegal pornography. This led to a public outcry that revealed some rather scary facts about the system. The sites are blocked based on domain. According to the police, one link to a site that the unnamed bureaucrat considers to be child porn will lead to the entire domain being blocked.

This means that a single spam link to a “suspicious” site on a forum or buried in blog comments could get a whole domain blocked. However, Google is excluded because according to police “it is a browser, not a site”. Webmasters (or the local law enforcement) are not notified and since the list is secret the only way to notice the block is to try and access the site. There is no real way to appeal the decision, only an email link (that initially didn’t even work) on the page that tells you that you tried to access an illegal site.

Simply put, one unnamed individual was given absolute power to block an entire country from accessing a website and label it child pornography. There is no way for anyone else to review the decisions and people who have spoken against this method of censorship have been accused of being child molesters. The minister of Communications basically reacts to criticism by sticking her fingers in her ears and going “Think of the children! Think of the children!”

Furthermore, this law is not only a question of freedom of speech, it’s a question of computer security. There are huge holes in the implementation that make the system a perfect tool for abuse, not only by the people running it, but by malicious individuals intent on harming the business and reputation of sites. And now that the filtering system is in place, there are already demands that it should also be used to block access to gambling sites and sites that violate copyright (the recording industry demands that Pirate Bay should be blocked, like in Denmark).

The good thing is that thanks to Matti Nikki there is now a public discussion and a demonstration that just started at the Parliament. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and people again remember that the end does not justify the means.

…Then we take Berlin!

February 10th, 2008 by Timo Vuorensola

DraculaThird morning in Berlin Film Festivals. I’m sitting in the hotel room of Villa Amadeus, in third floor. Sun is shining brightly outside, birds are twittering in the trees and life seems nice. Only one thing has changed: yesterday I met Christopher Lee.

The story goes like this: we were in one hotel in a smoking room, enjoying a cigarette and chatting idly, when AJ (Annila, director of Sauna, which is going to be the greatest horror film ever) spotted a tall guy smoking a fat cigar in the corner. He notified us that there’s a guy who looks exactly like Dracula. We were looking over our backs and realized that oh-shit. That’s him. Mr. Christopher Lee himself. I was totally starstruck, but Ukko (Kaarto, of Bronson Club) went on chatting with him, and led us there. I had to run for another meeting, but had a chance to introduce myself to him, and told him Iron Sky’s logline (“In 1945 the Nazis went to the Moon. In 2018 they are coming back”) and gave him a leaflet we had created. He laughed and said he liked the idea.

And then I had to go. But Ukko and AJ stayed there, sat down with him and what do you know, Christopher actually knew Finland pretty well, because during the World War II, he was fighting in Finland as a volunteer. So, naturally, they had a lot to talk about, and later found themselves singing Finlandia in Berlin with mr. Christopher Lee. Isn’t that just as cool as it can get?

Meeting Lee was my high point here, but I’ve had great time in addition to that a lot. We’ve been going around Berlin from an event to an event, spreading the Iron Sky word and meeting with a lot of people. This year for Finns, Berlin has two important films. First, of course, Black Ice (“Musta jää”), the film that’s competing in the Berlin festival competition. They had a wonderful party in embassy on day 1, a party that lasted to about 6 in the morning. Then there’s Lordi. Dark Floors, I mean.

I’ve been following the discussions around Lordi the film, and would like to hear your opinions, dear readers, if you’ve seen the film. I myself don’t believe a word of the reviews, because what I know is that Finnish film reviewers don’t know jack shit about horror films. I believe much better those who actually know the genre, and one of my very favourite film reviewers, whose opinions I’ve learned to trust (also, I met with him in a dinner on wednesday) is Todd from Twitch Film, and he said it was awful lot of fun. Todd writes:

Now, Dark Floors is clearly not a perfect movie. The script shows signs of being written outside of the author’s native language – which it was – in some unsteady dialog and spotty character moments. There are also a couple of obvious plot holes – more logic problems, really – that the film asks you to accept. But perfect or not it is an awful lot of fun. The logic issues are nothing beyond what you see in any number of films, the major ones basically coming down to cooked up obstructions to force the characters to stop on each floor rather than descending directly, and the dialog issues are more than overcome by an immensely likable cast.

I have the feeling that Todd sums it up well, but then again, I haven’t seen the film yet, and I’m planning to go with Energia posse back in Tampere to go and watch it.

Well, I’m signing off now, I need to run to the main festival building to meet a distributor. You people have fun, I try to write more as I have some time. Also, I will upload some pictures as soon as I get them off my phone!