7 Dec 2000 ajk   » (Journeyer)

My application for changing my major subject was accepted. I am now a mathematical information technology major.

And immediately I started passing tests.

Yesterday was Independence Day. I visited my mother in Tampere and we both visited a cousin of mine and his other relatives in Lahti to congratulate him of his passing of the matriculation exam.

It's one of those nights again. I am alone and I just feel the pain of being alone in the night. But then again, who'd want a man like me with my way too heavy body.

It'll be better in the morning. But there will be more nights like this.

Johanna Sinisalo's first novel Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi ("Before sunset cannot") won this year's Finlandia, the most prestigious literary prize in Finland. This was the first time the prize was awarded to a SF novel.

The title of the novel is an excerpt from a popular Finnish song telling a sad love story between a sunbeam and a gnome: "Kas menninkäinen ennen päivänlaskua ei voi milloinkaan elää päällä maan" ("For a gnome before sunset cannot ever live on the ground"). There is an English translation of the lyrics of the song, although they leave a little to be desired. The title verse of the book is the following in that translation (title words emphasized): "Because no gnome can before the sunset walk - On the ground or he could die".

The prize is worth 150000 Finnish marks, a little over 25000 euro.

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