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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Picasso Museum in Malaga is stunning.

Museo Picasso Malaga openned a few years ago and is a moving experience of Picasso's lifetime of works.
Museo Picasso Malaga openned a few years ago and is a moving experience of Picasso's lifetime of works.
The wonderful courtyard
The wonderful courtyard

The modern annex has an amazing hallway.
The modern annex has an amazing hallway.
Even kids like it
Even kids like it

This has become one of Malagas prime attractions and now that I have been there I know why. The setting is perfect. The museum is located in an old palace converted into an amazing art experience. It felt very natural and authentic. It must have been the doors and the roof which was done with lots of love and precision by the craftsmen. Seemed they all wanted to pay tribute to their fellow countryman and superior artist. The permanent collection is made up of donations of his grand son and his wife. It was amazing to see the quality of the brush stroke and the maturity of the compositions in works he painted at the age of 16. What is so amazing with Picasso is that there was nothing like him before and nothing like him after. Seeing it here concentrated gives a even greater respect for one of the greatest men of the 20th century. There was no audio guide to the museum or other good material to learn more from. I was also a bit surprised of their strict policy on photography, as I just a week ago visited the new MOMA in New York where photography was ok without a flash. I actually think a liberal policy on photography is good for business. Just think of this post without the images they would not get a post and free advertising if I did not have these images. So please change your policy!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

At eTech in San Diego this week

I will be at O'Reilly's Emerging Technolgy Conference this week, I will demo Lifeblog, so if you want to see it live, find me or drop a note here and I will hook up with you.

It was at eTECH that I first lifted the lid of what became Lifeblog at Cebit, you can find my slides from last year here. I am looking forward to what the big buzz will be about. Last year it was clearly about Orkut and the launch of Flickr. I rember being mindblown by the crowd with their laptops, multi-tasking all over internet, I wrote about it here.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Raku-Ya restaurant is the best setting for sushi in Finland

Raku Ya
Raku Ya
Raku Ya sushi bar
Raku Ya sushi bar

Beautiful sushi set
Beautiful sushi set
Crispy Tempura
Crispy Tempura

I finally had a chance to visit this cool new Japanese restaurant in the hearth of Helsinki. It has been built with good taste and quest for autenticity, which I like. The wood is thick and it hosts a warm atmosphere like lots of building in Japan, where woodworking tradition is long. I was accompanied with my two collagues Chika and Tero. Chika is Japanese and hence I was able to get a perspective of a Japanese aswell. We discussed the place and the food and the highly critical piece in Helsingin Sanomat's NYT supplement which gave one of the worst reviews I had ever seen. My expectation was thus set in the stars.

From the data I collected, I have to disagree with the NYT Supplement, the food, the service was much better. (Finns can read another more neutral review here) The sushi was fresh, even very well made, the rice had a bit of al dente to it which it should have. It was served on a thick piece of wood, which I thought was original. We also ordered some Tempura and that was really very good, It was warm when it was served, indicating good logistics in the kitchen. The only think I did not think was up to the standard was the Miso soup, it lacked depth taste, nor was it warm enough.

I have heard from friends that the service is varied and I partly have to agree, we were served by a Japanese lady. It was sometimes hard to get her attention. And screaming 'sumi-masen' would be strange in Finland, but maybe I will start doing that. When she served the beer, she did not turn the label to face me, which I always experience in Japan. I guess most would not care, I care. Attention to detail is the only way to achieve quality. With a bit more attention and energy it will be great.

I will change my review on the service once I collect more data since, I very much want them to succeed, as the mood is very different from Aki's Kabuki restaurant, which I  like very much. Kabuki has an inofficial fan page in Finnish here. I think Finns have embrased sushi very well and hence demand should be big enough to sustain both these different sushi places. There are several others in Helsinki for example Len's around the corner from where I live, I also like their sushi.

Update 20-June 2005: I have now been back three times and I have been satisfied each time. The service is improving, for example once we wanted to have a chance to speak privately and there were not booths available so the let us sit just two persons at a table of six. From my most recent experience I would say my recomendation has gone up.

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