Monday, 17 October 2016

Frostfall 10th - Frostfall 16th

On Monday I watched the new episode of Once Upon a Time. Then I had work in the evening, which went well. When I got home I played ESO.

Tuesday was a lot like Monday. I watched The Black Cat movie, went to work and then came home and played ESO. I had had trouble falling asleep on Monday night and was awoken early by some people moving just outside, except that it sounded like they were trying to pull apart the whole building with the wrong end of a hammer. The whole day I had that kind of headache you get when you haven't slept properly. When I was going home in the evening it was a mess at the store. So I missed the train I usually miss, but because of the mess at the store (elevators not coming, people all over the place being in the way, taking up space...) I also almost missed the next train. This meant I had no time to buy something to eat fromt he convenience store next to the station as I usually do when I work late. So I hadn't slept properly and I hadn't eaten in 8 hours. I was in a fantastic mood. Toni met up with me at the train station and bought fancy hot dogs with mashed potatoes for me at the gas station down the road. After eating that I felt a lot better (and was less likely to kill somebody).

On Wednesday I spent most of the day playing ESO. Toni and I then took a walk downtown and had sushi for dinner. I continued playing ESO when I got home, until it was time for snuggling up on the sofa and watch shows. And then there was more ESO.

Thursday was also all about ESO.

On Friday I watched Les Yeux Sans Visage and then went to work. It went well, no big hang-ups this day. When I got home I played ESO.

Saturday was a long day at work. Halfway through the day an old lady comes up to me and asks me where something is in the store. I say that I don't know and she smiles sweetly and says demeaningly: "But you work here, sweetheart." Well, if you're gonna be demeaning then I'll be unpleasant, so I said that "No I don't. I'm outsourced so I suggest you go find someone who does." I don't work for the store. We're allowed to have a desk at the store, but we don't work for them or in there at all. I'm not a reception and I'm not your guide to the department store. It says "Tourist information" on two places in big letters (along with the green info sign that comes with it) around the desk. I have suggested a big blinking neon sign with an arrow that points to us and says Tourist information. I'm not sure I'm joking about that anymore. When I finally got home it was ESO time.

Sunday I got up early for the morning shift. I've never worked mornings on weekends at the department store before, but I know that there are usually a lot of people there during the weekends. 30 minutes after opening every single storage locker was taken. Got a few tourists in, mostly Asian and German, but also a couple that sounded Dutch, which was a nice surprise. Dutch people are very nice, mostly. After work I had a late lunch and then went to check out the temporary Harry Potter shop at the Central Station. Cursed Child was released in Swedish this week so the publishing company put up a temporary shop for all the books in Swedish. I went to just check it out. I already have all the books in Swedish :P But I wanted to see it anyway. I found that they had also every colouring book available along with a table set up with pens and crayons where you could start using your new colouring book immediately. A girl about my age sat there colouring with a little girl who looked to be about 7 y/o. The girl my age was saying how happy she was with all this, and the 7 y/o was looking at her like she was crazy. There was also a place where you could dress up, complete with scarves and robes from the houses, and a Sorting Hat. While wearing the robes you could try riding the Firebolt and have your picture taken. I kinda sorta wanted to, but not right there, and besides I'd already done something similar (but bigger) at the Studio Tour in London. They also sold Bertie Bott's Beans and the shop assistants were dressed in Gryffindor robes. A little piece of heaven just like that. I caught myself smiling like an idiot looking at all the stuff. A dad was standing by the piles of Swedish books with his daughter who looked to be around 8-9, looking at them and probably debating whether to buy. The shop had a package deal for all the seven books for a 1000 SEK (that's a little less than €100). I decided to buy to colouring books that I didn't have and when I payed I asked the shop assistants if I could take a picture of the whole thing. They agreed and I went around the place for a while trying to find an angle that didn't include people's faces. This was the best I could do:

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Watching old, old movies part 4

This isn't gonna stop any time soon...

(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

10. Pyscho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock retains his reputation even to this day so of course I had heard about this movie, although I had never seen it. It was kind of straight-forward all the way to the end, when the twist about the murderer was revealed. The only big surprise was when the girl who I thought was the main character was killed off halfway through the movie. And when the twist was revealed and one of the detectives casually called the murderer a transvestite I just said "He's not a transvestite! He's a cross-dressing man with multiple personality disorder. I don't need a degree to know that! You loon." to the screen. But from what I've gathered through Mad Men and old books and movies; psychology and the workings of the brain weren't such well-known facts for the most part of the 20th century. I wouldn't call this movie horror, though, there weren't many horror elements in it. Apart from the classical shower scene and the corpse reveal towards the end, this was a kind of straight-forward heist-mystery movie. I liked it, though.

11. The Black Cat (1934)
I had been looking forward to this movie - Bela Lugosi (Dracula) and Boris Karloff (Frankenstein/The Mummy) in the same movie! Based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe nonetheless! It was bound to be good. And it was. It really, really was. The only expected and obvious letdown (for me, anyway) was that the women in the movie had barely any lines at all and were basically there just to look pretty. But Lugosi and Karloff were so good together that most of the time I didn't even care. So Lugosi is vaguely creepy as a character and on his way to what he says is "an old friend" (Karloff's character). After a road accident he brings the honeymooning couple with him to this friend because the woman has been hurt and his friend's home is close to where the accident happened. Turns out this is not a friend at all, but a fellow ex-soldier who left him and the batallion for dead as he ran off. For 18 years Lugosi's character was a POW, while Karloff's character became renowned as an amazing architect and lived a good life - with Lugosi's wife and daughter nonetheless! Karloff's character is later revealed to be the leader of a cult who sacrifices women to the moon. Women who Karloff later preserves to be able to watch their eternal beauty (like som necrophiliac creep). Lugosi's character is revealed to actually be a good guy with a bad past, but when he finds out what Karloff's character did to his wife and daughter he goes ballistic (understandably). This whole movie was a joy to watch, and actually quite scary. It was disturbing even by today's standards.
I love this whole scene. Lugosi looks demented and Karloff looks properly scared shitless by the end.

12. Les Yeux Sans Visage (1960)
The first non-English movie I've seen on this trip through black-and-white. While Nosferatu is German, all the text cards were in English in the version I saw. This movie is French (why couldn't we watch this kind of movie in French class?!) and it's creepy as hell. The title means Eyes Without a Face. It's about the daughter of an amazing surgeon who loses her face in a car accident caused by her father. Her father goes on a personal quest to give his daughter a new face, experimenting with full facial transplants (a full 50 years before it was accomplised IRL). His secretary helps him by tricking young women into going with her. Their faces are then used for experimentation, and their dead bodies are later dumped. Christiane, the daughter, begins to lose hope and faith in her father's ability, but for a moment it looks like he may have succeeded. But (as expected from my side) the tissue grows necrotic after just a few days and has to be removed and Christiane is back to wearing her mask. Throughout the whole movie she has very few lines and she's almost always wearing her mask. She moves around quietly and gracefully, with nothing but her huge eyes visible of her face. The way her character moves and looks is the most creepy thing to me. It was worse than when they actually filmed and showed the doctor removing a face (why did they have to show that?! it hurt my face to watch!). Of course the surgeon and his secretary gets the police on their trail, but Christiane has had it and stabs the secretary with her father's scalpel and then sets the caged dogs on her father. When they're both dead she helps the latest girl escape and then she goes out into the world again - for the first time in months. This movie was so good. It didn't leave my head for days. The French should do more horror. The melancholy they love to have in their movies really works in horror.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Frostfall 3rd - Frostfall 9th

On Monday I had work in the evening. Before I went to work I did some blogging and watched the new episode of Once Upon a Time. When I got home I played ESO.

Tuesday was a day off, but Toni had the night shift. I spent the whole day doing some writing, blogging, watching Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, and watching several episodes of Digimon Adventure 02. I also went through my wardrobe and threw out a bunch of things.

On Wednesday I first went by the doctor's office and then did some shopping. When I got home I had planned on playing ESO but Update 12 was rolling out and the servers were thus offline. Instead I did some writing until the servers came back up in the evening and then started exploring the new stuff of Update 12.

I had a bad day on Thursday. We did some cleaning and then took a walk downtown to buy some things. During our walk I caught the last Squirtle I needed to finally evolve into Blastoise. In the evening I played some more ESO.

Friday I had work in the evening. Before work I watched the new episode of Grey's Anatomy. When I got home Toni was playing GTA V with some friends (not my type of game) and while I felt like playing something I really didn't feel like being surrounded by people, which would be the case in ESO, so instead I booted up Dragon Age Inquisition and continued the playthrough I started months back.

Saturday we were going to a party. I found some time to play DAI before getting ready. We met up with some friends at the Japanese restaurant in town and then got on the bus to our friend's place where the party was. The party was a lot of fun and we got home around 3.30am.

Sunday was a day of general relaxing. Spent most of the day playing DAI. We had pizza for dinner and in the evening we cosied up on the sofa and watched the new episode of The Big Bang Theory, the season finale of Fear the Walking Dead, and the first episode of a new show called Westworld that seems cool. Afterwards I continued playing until bedtime.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Hearthfire 26th - Frostfall 2nd

On Monday I had the day off and spent the day watching House on Haunted Hill, the new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Once Upon a Time, and playing The Witcher 3.

Tuesday I had work in the evening. I spent the day doing nothing much. Blogging and watching Star Trek. Had the closing shift and it was to be an early morning on Wednesday so went to bed as soon as I came home.

Wednesday I had work in the morning. Afterwards I wanted to go for a walk and catch Pokémon but it was raining so I went home instead and started playing ESO. The point of it was to play the new DLC but instead I did everything but :P In the evening we snuggled up in the sofa and watched the new episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Fear the Walking Dead, and Agents of Shield.

Thursday I had the day off and it was mostly spent playing ESO. Although I was kicked out of a group by an elitist bastard because I wasn't good enough for him. I play to have fun, not to become the best in an imaginary world. Sorry if my build doesn't do enough damage for you.Sorry that I told you beforehand that my level wasn't as high as yours and you still invited me in. Idiot.

Friday I went to work as usual, but due to the storm the previous night the ship, whose passengers I would be helping with information about the city, was over an hour late. I called my boss and she said I could choose to wait around for it or leave. The cruise ship company ought to have known about the delay for hours - they should've informed us of it but as usual their communication ability is very bad. Since I had work in the afternoon too, and I wouldn't have the time to go home and then back again, i decided to wait around. The ship was supposed to dock at 10am. It arrived past 11am. Then I went to the office to drop off the cashier and then it was time for lunch and some Pokémon. Not a lot of fun happened there, but at least I hatched the last Nidoran I needed to evolve into Nidoqueen :) Always something. Then it was time for work again, which went well. Mostly because I had company. When I have company I'm less preoccupied with hating the shoppers. We have a tourist information desk inside a department store. It has two big signs on the wall saying clearly that we're tourist information. Still we get to act as customer service, department store reception, lost-and-found, department store information clerk, and cashier. And the shoppers all act as if they're shopping at the most exclusive, elite, bourgeoisie place in town. It's Åhléns. There is one in every single town in this country. You're not special. Get off your high horse and speak to me like I'm a person. I told Toni all this when I got home and he said it sounded like I was getting sick of my job. I'm not. I really enjoy helping the tourists, giving them advice, information and directions is great. And that's my job. Not all the other bullshit the shoppers throw at me. In any case, when I got home I went back online and continued playing ESO.

Saturday was work again, and it was crazy. But for some reason I was in a really good mood this day and not even the constantly bullshit-spewing shoppers could get me down from that. So although it was Saturday + Justin Bieber concert x2 in town + extreme amount of people in the store, and it felt like the whole country plus a lot more were converging on the toilets next to our desk, resulting in a queue from inside the toilet area all the way out into the store proper, and that meant people complaining to me about the queue (as if I could do anything about that), I still didn't get into a bad mood. It was great. When I got home it was ESO time again.

Sunday was also work, and it was similar to Saturday. I was in a sort of good mood this day too, but that feeling was slightly dimmed by the fact that this day I encountered so many Swedes who didn't understand me when I spoke Swedish to them. I made one customer angry, I think. She thought I said "code" when I said "card". And after I had said "card" the way I usually do three times and she still didn't get it, I changed and said "card" in Stockholm dialect and then angrily added: "Do I have to change my dialect for you to understand me?!" She was far from the only one. I don't understand you people. What's so goddamn hard?! I don't even speak a lot of dialect. I've lost lots of it during the three years I've lived here, and I didn't speak all that much dialect to begin with. It makes me so angry when people repeatedly don't understand me. Thanks for making me a stranger in my own country. I was born and raised in this country. I have ancestry 300 years back in this country. But thank you for making me feel like this isn't my home, and that I don't belong here. Really appreciate it.

Monday, 3 October 2016

September favourites 2016

Books: In September I read three books and a comic, and I started on a fourth book. Favourite book of the month has to be Expedition to the Mountain of the Moon by Mark Hodder. Although that book made me mostly sad, I can't help but love his steampunk series ^^

Music: I haven't been listening to much music this month. For some reason I haven't felt the need to block out other people on the train and so no music. But when I have listened it's mostly been The Pretty Reckless and In This Moment, with a little Blutengel, Avatar and Cradle of Filth.
• The Pretty Reckless - "House on a Hill" & "Only You"

• In This Moment - "Blood" & "Dirty Pretty"

• Blutengel - "Lucifer" & "Reich Mir Die Hand"

• Avatar - "Bloody Angel" & Cradle of Filth - "Nocturnal Supremacy"

• Blutengel - "Soultaker" & In This Moment - "Daddy's Falling Angel"

Games: In September I've played Far Cry 3, Magicka, The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine, Oblivion, and ESO. My favourite game out of those have to be Blood & Wine. The Witcher 3 was one of those games that I didn't realise how much I had missed until I was playing it again. Now a part of me wants me to replay the whole series, while another part of me keeps screaming at that part that "No! It's too long!" So yeah...

Tv shows: So what have I been watching in September? The Tribe, Star Trek: TOS, The Strain, The Big Bang Theory, Fear the Walking Dead, Agents of Shield, Once Upon a Time, and Grey's Anatomy. I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite, because they all have their faults. But I guess I have to say Agents of Shield this month.

Other: Got my first tattoo, and went on my first cruise this month. I also met up with Tiffany for the first time in three years and that was great :)

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Witcher 3 DLCs: Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine

This was just going to be a blog post about Blood & Wine to begin with, but then I realised I hadn't even made a post for Hearts of Stone, so I'll put this one in here too!

It's been over a year since I last played The Witcher 3, and thus also over a year since I played Hearts of Stone. I remember being very excited about it solely because Shani would be there. Shani who my Geralt romanced in the first game. I was seriously hoping that something would happen between him and Shani in the DLC since I had botched every romance available in the base game for 3. That didn't happen unfortunately. The main story of the DLC was ok. When I first met Olgierd von Everec I thought he was an ass, but the more I learned about him the more I pitied him. Especially during the quest that went inside his wife's painting and I found out how he came to be indestructible and in the debt of the Master of Mirrors. Almost none of what happened to him was his fault. He wanted to provide for his new wife and prove himself worthy to her father. But he did a mistake turning to the Master of Mirrors for help, and the Master just kept stringing Olgierd along until everything he had worked for came apart. So yeah, I decided to kill the Master and save Olgierd. The quest in the Master's realm was epic, but slightly annoying. Before I realised how the area worked I just kept on dying. As soon as I realised how it worked the quest was extremely easy. I was happy with how things turned out for me in this DLC. I especially remember the party quest with Shani, that was a lot of fun :3
Most recently I played Blood & Wine. That was epic! A whole new zone, with lots of side quests etc. I spent almost 40 hours on this DLC so it was basically a whole new game! When I started it up, my main feeling was that it had been a whole year since I last played - how do?! And then the first thing that struck me was once again that this game is so beautiful I don't even know what to do with myself. So Geralt is called upon by the duchess of Toussaint (is that a pun for All Hallows? Because that would be funny), who's got a contract for him to kill a beast that's been terrorising her capital. He accepts and travels south to Toussaint where it soon becomes obvious that the culprit is a vampire. Before doing anything about that, though, I completed the map! I did every single side quest (I especially liked the one where I got to save people from curses, like the one with Vivienne who turned into a bird woman, and the one with Marlene who had been cursed into a wight), and also every single question mark on the map. As soon as that was done I continued with the main quest and it soon became so very complicated. The vampire didn't kill of his own volition, he was blackmailed into doing it in the hopes of saving his love who had been kidnapped. Except it later turned out that his kidnapped love and the duchess' missing sister and the blackmailer were all one and the same. The vampire is (understandably) distraught and releases hell upon the capital Beauclair. The city is overrun with vampires of all kinds and Geralt, along with his friend Regis (who's also a vampire), decides to get Syanna (the woman who caused all this and played three roles) out of the prison her sister has put her in. Except this prison is the Land of a Thousand Fables. A fairytale world inside a book. It was the best part of the whole DLC. I laughed out loud at the little girl who used to sell matches and flint, but nobody bought them so she branched out and now she sells drugs. I encountered the Pied Piper of Hamelin and his rats. I found a rat, cat and dog riding on a horse. I played Little Red Riding Hood with the Big Bad Wolf. I discovered Goldilocks' and Rapunzel's fates. I ran into Will o' Wisps, the naked Emperor and the Puss in Boots. It was amazing xD And then towards the end I ran into a bonfire straight out of Dark Souls xD Oh, and I recieved a contract from a goose, who gave me a Golden Egg as reward upon completion. Easily the best part of the DLC. When we got back from that world we went straight to the main boss battle. AND IT WAS EPIC! Holy shit. I've never been so scared of running out of healing stuff as I was right then and there. And holy shit that vampire O_o Wow. In the end I managed to get a happy ending where everybody lived. That made me smile. Then I felt sad that it was all over. The Witcher-series is done. Goodbye, Geralt ♥
And now for some screenshots! I'm a tourist when I'm playing Witcher. It's so beautiful *_* But I'll just post the funny and/or sad ones :P The ones of beautiful scenery is better experienced :)
 Basil Fawlty and Smeagol! :D
 Lol, Geralt xD and Vivienne as a bird
 The trail of rose petals and candles leads to a dead body...
 ...and she has this letter :'(
 Geralt's painting didn't turn out as expected, and Waiting for Godot?! xD
 Land of a Thousand Fables and a bonfire!!!
 Most epic boss battle ever!
 Goodbye, Geralt. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Watching old, old movies part 3

(Part 1) (Part 2)

7. Nosferatu (1922)
I was really looking forward to seeing this one. Although watching a silent horror movie was sort of odd, I really liked it. Mostly because it was genuinely creepy. Well, most of the time. The thing in the beginning when the movie shows how happy everyone is before Nosferatu arrives in town made me wonder if I was watching a horror movie or an exaggerated comedy. But as soon as we get to Transylvania and later when he arrives in town, it starts to get properly creepy. It was odd, though. The previous old movies I've watched have all been with sound, except that they rarely had ambient music. This one only had music and no other sounds. The contrast was quite stark :P The only thing that actually bothers me about this movie (apart from the exaggerated beginning) is the ending. The text she finds says that "an innocent maiden must willingly give her blood" so that he'll forget about time and stay out in the sun and die from it. First of all she's somebody's wife so I really doubt she's a maiden or all that innocent. Secondly it really didn't look like she gave herself willingly. So in the end it just looks like he went "oopsie I stayed a bit too long with this one, oh well now I die". Kind of ruined the suspense. But all the iconic moments ♥

8. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Didn't like this one at all. The director said that Hyde was inspired by Neanderthal people, but to modern me it looks like a blatantly racist make-up. Apparantly Hyde's skin was supposed to be grey, but that doesn't really come across in a black-and-white movie. What he came across as was a version of Dr. Jekyll with darker skin, broader nose, bigger lips, and hair that really looks like gel-styled African locks.
Maybe it was unintentional, but damn... Anyway Hyde isn't really dangerous in this movie imo. The main difference between Jekyll and Hyde (apart from their looks) is that Jekyll is a perfect gentleman and that Hyde acts like a pig. You know, drinking too much, being inappropriate with the ladies, and also acting slightly abusive towards the ladies (I don't know much obv, but considering the 1960's ads I've seen of a husband spanking his wife for not making him dinner on time, his behaviour towards women can't have been all that rare). It wasn't scary. Not even slightly creepy. And it was boring. And slow. So slow. Boo.

9. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Hooray for first jumpscare! This was my first movie starring Vincent Price (who I know was a major influence for Alice Cooper's early work). I was really looking forward to a haunted house movie, hoping that it would be similar to The Haunting from 1999 that I really like. It started off properly creepy and gave me my first jumpscare of this old movie marathon very early.
But then they started explaining things. The scary woman than had given me a jumpscare was the blind wife of the custodian of the house. They left the house as agreed upon midnight. And then we find out that everything scary happening in the house is just the shenanigans of the millionaire's wife and psychiatrist trying to make one of the guests hysterical so she'll shoot the millionaire so that the wife and the psychiatrist can be together with all his money. Suddenly no ghosts. And suddenly more of a criminal investigation movie than a horror movie. I was disappointed, but the movie wasn't bad. Just not what I thought it would be.

Hearthfire 19th - Hearthfire 25th

Another hectic week has come to an end.

On Monday I only played The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, and also watched two episodes of Star Trek TOS.

On Tuesday I played The Witcher 3 until it was time to go to work. I worked the closing shift so when I got home at 10.45pm I went straight to bed.

On Wednesday I worked the opening shift so I got up early and went in to work. After work I had lunch and then spent a couple of hours catching Pokémon. Nothing exciting happened, though. I got home around 5.30pm and then we had dinner and afterwards I started playing The Witcher 3. Toni had the night shift so I stayed up late playing until 2am-ish.

On Thursday we went downtown to buy a few things and have dinner at a restaurant. We walked down and I managed to catch the last Venonat I needed to evolve into Venomoth! :) When we got home we dyed each other's hair and afterwards we spent the evening playing. I played The Witcher 3.

On Friday we got up relatively early to get ready and pack a few things. We met up with a few friends downtown and then took the train to Stockholm and there met up with more friends and had dinner together at a restaurant. We then went to the harbour to get check-in and board our cruise ship. We went for a 23-hour cruise, back and forth between Stockholm and Turku, Finland. The occasion was a friend's birthday. This evening ended with all of us getting completely shit-faced xD

Woke up several times during the night to Saturday. I managed to snap a picture of the harbour when the ship was docked in Turku before dozing back off to sleep. Woke up with ravaging munchies and went to the tax free shop to get crisps and jerky, and then ate that while watching Disney Channel in the cabin. Around 4pm we met up with a couple of our friends to have dinner at the ship. We ran into a couple of other friends working on getting shit-faced again, but the four of us were really not in the mood for that. The ship docked back in Stockholm around 6pm, and we started on the long trip home. Got home around 8.45pm, unpacked, and then isolated ourselves in front of a computer each. Both of us needing to recharge our batteries after being surrounded by people for so long. Silence and solitude ♥ Went to bed rather late.

On Sunday we woke up and started playing games. In the evening we met up with Toni's parents for dinner at a restaurant downtown. When we got back home we returned to our computers. Around 9pm we snuggled up in the sofa and watched the latest episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory and Agents of Shield. Those were over around 12.20am and that's when we continued playing our games. I played Oblivion until bedtime.