If I have been a bit quiet lately, much of it is caused by The House Project: we are finally moving on in our plans (dating back few years already) of buying a house. Now we have signed a contract on a nice one (detached house, in three floors, in Tampere city region), but this is where the real work just starts. During the last couple of weeks I have been learning more about house construction and building material details, about heating systems and insulation, about air ducts and floors than I thought would ever be necessary for me. Then there is the negotiations with banks and bureaucrats, insurance companies and real estate salesmen. At some point in the shady near future is waiting the actual change of residence, and meanwhile, reading and sketching wildly, there are the decisions related to home design, home electronics and data traffic design, home security design, garden design. Well, ok: maybe the garden design part can still wait a bit. But we now have the preliminary garden design outline created already, nevertheless. And I also already have some pretty detailed ideas about the cellar-level home theatre room that will house most of my computers, game consoles and other AV tech. (No chance I would get those into the living room, I was told. But underground is optimum in any case: soundproofing and concealing the daylight is much easier to achieve underground.) More later.