Summertime Blues

Monday. +25 degrees. Feels like Australia to me. Having the worst flu of the year in a worst possible time of the year. Already cancelled my meeting today, worried if I could fly to Stockholm for a client meeting tomorrow or going to Turku School of Economics to lecture on Wednesday...

Talking about more blues, My employer started an extensive restructuring program to speed up reaching its strategic and financial goals. As a consequence of this, they started codetermination negotiations with its personnel. Estimate is the need for workforce reductions to be approximately 50 to 60 persons. Huh.. this means also that my career at Satama is in danger.. any job ideas could be sent to antti@lowreality.com, thanks.

May-June I spent two weeks teaching Digital Media issues at Helsinki School of Economics (http://itp.hse.fi). Pretty nice, even it was my sixth time as visiting professor. I will have one week again later in early July focusing purely on online advertising.

Business side update: finnished all projects I mentioned on March. New ones includes corporate web site redesign for a large design-oriented Finnish (well, international) company. I really liked the visual my visual designer did here, it shuld be online later in September. Also I am concepting a local web portal but only slightly, since it is mostly technical project - but a nice "face-lift" is always good thing, and did some online offering consulting work for my existing (and maybe the best) client. I know I shluld start doing an extensive user experience study for this site but I will start it immediately when this flu feelign is a bit gone, I promise..

Waiting for a summer holiday - short or loooong - depending on negotiations and decisions - on our new summer cottage in southern Finland. It is great place, and it´s hard to believe it´s ours now. Truely magnificient place with over 150 meters of own lakeside and over 2 ha. of forest around it. Maybe the blues is then gone for sunshining...