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Yodeller

Welcome to the Yodeller: my ongoing project to try and write something every day. You can read more about the background from here. If you are a new reader you might want to start from the beginning.

Legend of the bird man

When talking about Easter Island everybody knows the moai​​​, the strange stone statues scattered around the island. There is a lot of mystery behind those statues alone. But there is a lot more to the island than a strange stonework.

The isle of Rapa Nui is one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth. The closest inhabited place is 2000 kilometers away and the nearest continental point in Chile is over 3500 kilometers away. So it truly is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by empty ocean. So it's a wonder that humans found their way there in the first place.

The island has been inhabited at least from 12th century. The dominant theory suggests Polynesian origins, but there are competing theories like Thor Heyerdahls theory of South American origins, which he proved possible with the famous Kon-Tiki voyage.

During the half millenia between the first settlements and when the island was first "discovered" by Spanish explorers the Rapa Nui people developed interesting culture. The maui are from the earlier era, assumed to be part of the tradition honouring ancestors. The bird man cult is the later development before the final collapse of the civilization before the arrival of conqerors which further affected the collapse and disappearance of a lot of evidence from the earlier culture.

A good example of this is the rongorongo, an unique pictographic writing system. There are only 26 known writings left today, mostly due missionaries wanting to destroy all evidence of earlier religions. The fact that it was usually written in pieces of wood made it also easy to get rid of the writings. To date it has still not being deciphered and the last person who knew the language died almost 200 years ago. Now only Makemake knows.

Finland is open again

As of today the most strict pandemic restrictions have been lifted here in Finland. Bars and restaurants are allowed to open their doors as long as there are enough room to keep the safe distance, it's allowed to travel abroad (to those countries allowing impound traffic). Schools opened already a couple of weeks ago.

It's still not fully relaxed but authorities hope the public will act carefully and maintain the safe distance and proper hygiene. Also the bigger gatherings and events are still forbidden.

We Finns tend to behave, follow the rules and regulations so it will be interesting to see how this all goes. We didn't have massive demonstrations demanding the basic right to get a haircut or anything so far. The most severe lockdown breakers are those people who disregard the travelling recommendations within the country by travelling to their cottages. So those who are distancing themselves even more from others!

The restrictions have worked. The growth of new cases and deaths have ceased and everything is looking good. Now we just need to wait a couple of week and hope the relaxed rules don't lead to the reversal of the trend.

More is less

After the 200 word limit was dropped I decided to loosen my own targets as well. Before, I tried to keep also as close as possible from the upper bound to 200 words, not just keeping it as minimum. Back then I rarely wrote more than 250 words.

Now it had been a while with the new rules. Looking back there has been a few posts a bit below 150 words and few more below the magic 200. But what's interesting that there has been lot more of those 250 plus posts, multiple posts over 300 words, even a couple of post with over 400 words.

At least the worry that I would write less if I allowed that to myself has been proven wrong. Instead ot seems I'm writing more than ever. There are still those moments when even the 200 feels too much. But now I don't have to artificially stretch them with unnecessary filler words.

I don't either need to watch my word quota that closely anymore. That means I don't have to use words so sparsely anymore either. But will that lead to inferior results? With all the extra words and winding sentences could lead to posts which aren't that clean and neat anymore. 

Big and small things

It's quite easy to write a 200 word post on average things. It's enough to tell the overview or focus on some smaller detail. It seems to be a sweet spot foe an average thought.

Digging more into the topic requires more words. That's easy as I can split the topic into multiple posts. Just focusing in one aspect of it at the time and following up in consecutive post drilling deeper.

It's the small things that are hard. It feels like it's a good idea and worth a post. But when I star writing it I get it done. It's all there and the word count sits around 50. Hardly a quarter done and everything is already said.

I know I have decided to disregard the limit. Nowadays I write as long as feel natural. No overstretching just to hit some count and no abrupt ends due running out of words.

Still, I don't feel comfortable leaving it there at below 50, or even a hundred words. Not unless I'm really tired or in a hurry.

So I have a lot of such topics which I don't know what to do. Maybe I should start another stream for those short thoughts. But then, I don't want to start another streak. It's enough to have one about writing. And I know, even without trying it would turn into one. Maybe I should just start tweeting them or something.

 

A little bit of luxury

The outdoor sofa I ordered couple of weeks ago arrived today. It is now filling our balcony which has until now been mostly unused. There hasn't been any proper furniture there until now so it hasn't been too tempting to spend any extended amount of time there even when the weather has been nice.

Next I need to finish setting up the safety net for our cats so they can also join us freely there. We had the net last year, but even at over two meters high it didn't keep our cats in. So this time I'm about to extend the net all the way up till the roof leaving no gaps to escape through. Obviously they'd need some platforms to lay on so they can observe the outside world properly from the vantage point.

Now that it's finally becoming functional space the next step would then be to make it also look inviting. Currently it's still quite spartan, just the polyrattan sofa there in the corner. It definitely need some more eloquent touches, like maybe a plant or two. It's our little getaway now that it's not possible to travel that much. And even when it becomes once again possible it will still be there for all the in between times.

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