(Note to self: information dated, update!)
I've been involved with the Scouting movement since the age of eight (so that makes nineteen years by now). Nowadays though I pretty much only attend the once-in-four-years World Scout Jamboree events. I was in Holland (1995), Chile (1999) and Thailand (2003). I am most definetely going to be at the Eurojamboree in England (2005) and also at the follow-up World Scout Jamboree at the same site (2007). The troop I belong to is Toimen Pojat.
In Jun-Jul, 2001 I backpacked solo in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. My Spanish isn't terribly good, but I plan spend some time next Autumn with Latin American studies at the University of Helsinki where I've been enrolled in the Computer Science department since 1995.
I am not affiliated with the band Giant Robot. Their lead singer and I are simply involved in a namespace conflict.
Science fiction authors whose work I've especially enjoyed include Orson Scott Card, Iain M. Banks and Neal Stephenson. In my teens I used to be a great J. R. R. Tolkien fan. Inspired by Peter Jackson's excellent work on The Fellowship of the Ring I recently re-read the book. I also like Latin American (eg. Gabriel Garcia Marquez) and Japanese (eg. Murakami Haruki) literature.