There are a few projects that I contribute to passively as time and interest allows. While not updated regularly by any means, listed below are a few projects that have become mainstay interests of mine. Most of these projects only get my attention every few months or sometimes even every few years, but they are things I always return to.
In my younger days I played drums with a friend from Regina. Then I moved away. The Minus Shamos website was created from the inspiration of that departure. I was writing songs since I started playing drums but always felt limited because I couldn’t play an instrument with which to write a melody. At some point I had enough. I bought an acoustic guitar and set to work learning chords and building calluses.
Over the years I have recorded a number of songs, often with friends, all of which are poorly recorded. While the Minus Shamos website is crazy dated at this point it serves simply as a vehicle for where I may choose to communicate some specific thoughts or feelings.
The Moomins is a Finnish cartoon series that everyone in the Nordics loves. I couldn’t find more than 10 episodes with English subtitles so I decided to create my own. I rounded up some Finns who were interested in the project and we plug away at it when we can. It’s slow going but hopefully in a few years when my Finnish skills are stronger the project will progress at a quicker pace.
I moved to Finland in 2014 and immediately started learning as many words as possible. I learned what I could from online sources, friends and real world interactions. These methods, unfortunately, can only take you so far because words are easy, but grammar is hard. I created a small study guide for myself that includes pronunciation guides, a big list of words, a flashcard system and a list of resources that I found useful or interesting about the Finnish language, culture and music.