Monday, December 04, 2006

KITA KIINNI JA KINTUT RISTIIN!!


I have no idea what that means. But it's on the back cover of the Finnish edition of Hardcore Zen. I just got a copy of it. It's published by Basam Books. You can link to their website by clicking "link" below. The site is all in Finnish. And I'll be impressed if you can read all that Finnish from start to finish!

So anyone out there in Finland — officially "Scandanavia's best country!" Take that Norway! — who has been frustrated up till now at not having the book in your native language, there ya go! The cover is nice. It's certainly a lot cheerier than the US version. I hope the publication of the book will prevent a few suicides in the country with the highest suicide rate among GNP nations, according to Wikipedia. Maybe the thing above says "Don't kill yourself! Read this book instead!"

I don't know if the translation is good or not. Maybe someone who can read it can tell me. And do they know who Moe, Larry and Shemp are in Finland?

62 comments:

PA said...

How cool is thatl!
And the cover is way cooler than the toilet seat cover I got. Might just get the Finnish one.
Brill.

Anonymous said...

"Don't kill yourself! Read this book instead!"

I think you'd be infringing on the Book of the SubGenuius.

Anonymous said...

I believe it means "Zen with an attitude." There's an English version of the site.

Anonymous said...

It appears to be the Finnish
equivalent of:

"Shut up and sit down!!"

JAW SHUT AND SHANK ACROSS!!

Anonymous said...

Translation is quality work and 'kita kiinni ja kintut ristiin' means shut up and sit down.

And instead of Three Stooges we like Spede!

Anonymous said...

in english:

Spede

anymouse said...

anonymous - why not take the bag off your head and give us a fricking made-up name. anonymous is so impersonal and boring.

but only the name is dull. your comments are quite good.

Anonymous said...

For the record, if anyone made a "sit down and shut up" t-shirt, I'd really like one.

-mike

Zac in Virginia said...

I thought the original U.S. cover of the book was a none-too-subtle reference to Buddhism and realism and such. I think it's a good 'un.
That is a pretty badass cover for the Finns, though.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I thought you guys would figure it out. This is Gniz, the troll. Didn't you notice once Anonymous started posting, all my posts under Gniz stopped? Just wanted to let you know.
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Hold on Gniz.. You are not the original anonymous. I am the real anonymous. You just liked my name and decided to steal it!

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Um beg your pardon? You are both imposters!

muddy elephant said...

"Don't kill yourself! Read this instead!"

A funny note to a somber melody (suicide). Zazen has gotta have humor as well. I think its easy to let laughter be devoured by the concept or the desire for austerity.

Yep, the Finnish cover is pretty sweet compared to the toilet version. How bout re-issuing the US version with the puppet sex scene from Team America as a cover? It would totally sell...

Anonymous said...

there's more than one anonymous you see. i sometimes post as anonymous too

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*I* am anonymous.

Anatman said...

The cover is pretty good, but there is something goofy about the tiny little hands on the caricature.

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AND HE DOESN"T HAVE ANY THUMBS!!!

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Ilias (Elias) Biris said...

My boss who is a Fin says that "it's saying in a brutal and humoristic way you should be sitting quietly when you are doing your exercise"

Kita kiinni = "mouth switched off"

Kintut ristiin = "cross the shanks"

So it is pretty much like "Sit down and shut up" :-)

Cheers

PS: by the way, I am Greek and i am living in Brazil. Can't wait for the greek translation to read and the portuguese translation to give as a gift....

In greek it would be something like

"Κάτσε κάτω και βούλωστο" or "Κάτσε κάτω και κλείστο"

In portuguese the direct translation would probably be

"Senta e cala a boca"

which refers directly to shutting your mouth... Shutting up in the title has so much more meaning (shutting up of not only the mouth ;-)

Drunken Monkey said...

hah I love gniz. Even under a different name, I attacked him.

You don't seriously believe in the wtc conspiracy and acid as being compatible with zen do you?

Anonymous said...

Roughly translated it means, "Sit Down and Shut up!" but a more literal translation is "Trap Shut and Legs Crossed!"

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Anonymous said...

hey drunken monkey,

Zazen is a way to study consciousness;
psychoactive substances are a (risky)
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Decide for yourself if there is any
connection between the two.

--Gniz

Anonymous said...

who is this "i" that calls itself "anonymous"? hmmm?

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Anonymous said...

the anonymous person going on about drugs and 9/11 isn't the real gniz. i'm the real gniz and let me tell you that there is no way that i am stupid enough to believe all that crap. only a complete moron would seriously waste their time on conspiracy theories like that. who cares if 9/11 was a conspiracy or not. what the hell difference does it make? can anyone here change what happened?

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oxeye said...

gniz - that is a good reason for you to post as gniz instead of anonymous. less confusion for the rest of us. why would you want to post as anonymous anyway?

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okay fake gniz,

I am now convinced! Apparently,
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okay real gniz,

> who cares if 9/11 was a conspiracy
> or not. what the hell difference
> does it make? can anyone here
> change what happened?

No you can't change what happened,
but you can prevent something
similar from happening in the
future.

"Those who cannot learn from history
are doomed to repeat it."
--George Santayana

And you can pull the rug out from
under the feet of those who have
declared 9/11 to be their
"New Pearl Harbor".

You don't want to be like those
Japanese pansy Buddhists who
supported their government's
lies and militarism during WWII,
do you?

babbles said...

If Brad is so interested and if I recall correctly, there is an option under the blog dashboard under Settings => Comments that requires people to be registered before they post. That may cut down on some of the more pointless and needless trolling that seems to happen on occasion.

Assuming one would be so interested in cutting that stuff out.

Anonymous said...

"No you can't change what happened,
but you can prevent something
similar from happening in the
future."

no you can't. how exactly could you prevent 'the powers that be' from doing whatever the hell they want whenever they want? if they wanna blow up the white house next who will stop em? you? how?

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I think it is cool that Brad has always allowed anonymous comments on his blog.

but things change..

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Made-up name here said...

I´m in the middle of reading "all that Finnish from start to finish" at the moment and I must say I really like this book. I think this will be the 1st book about zen that I´m actually going to finish. Two (not exactly zen-related) things popped to mind though:
GG Allin overdosed, he didn´t commit suicide and Zero defex was hardly the fastest US hc band of the era...(I´d say Siege were.)

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