Thursday, 1 December 2016

November favourites 2016

Books: I read 3 ½ books in November, which is kind of good considering that two of the books were 900 pages, one was a really short e-book, and the half one was another huge book of over 1000 pages that I haven't completed yet. Although, right now the book I haven't finished is the most promising one out of the four, I'll choose from those I did complete, and from those Angels & Visitations was the best one. Hands down. Go Gaiman! :D

Music: When November started I filled my iPod with bands I have less than 10 songs by, and then I mostly listened to Spotify on my phone anyway. I discovered a bunch of new bands (I've heard the names of most of them before but never really listened to them): Silent Elegy, Dark Sarah, Xandria, Amberian Dawn, and Eluveitie.
• Area 11 - "Shi no Barado" & Gyaruru - "Boom Boom Meccha Maccho!"

• Silent Elegy - "Valkyrie" & "Never Meet Again"

• Eluveitie - "Call of the Mountains" & "A Rose for Epona"

• Dark Sarah - "Save Me" & "Memories Fall"

• Xandria - "Nightfall" & Amberian Dawn - "Magic Forest"

Games: This month I've played Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed, Baldur's Gate, Dishonored 2, ESO and Skyrim SE. Best game, I think has to go to Dishonored 2, although I haven't played much of it yet.

TV shows: This month it's been The X-Files, Grey's Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Westworld, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Agents of Shield, Allt för Sverige, and Historieätarna. Once again I have to say The X-Files, although Historieätarna comes at a very close second!

Other: It was my birthday this month! And I saw Fantastic Beasts! :D

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Birthday time!

Birthday has come and gone along with all the split celebrations (because living 300 miles from your family tends to split things up a bit). So let's see...

A few days before my birthday I recieved my first gift. It was from Toni and it was Dishonored 2. I was cautiously optimistic. I wanted this game. I had really been looking forward to this game, but insisted that my video card wasn't good enough to run it. But I tried and it worked. Admittedly, the game automatically set my video settings to low, but so did Skyrim SE and that still worked without hiccups after I raised it to high. I haven't experimented with that yet on Dishonored since I wanted to try it out first. I'm hilariously bad at stealth in most games though. I'm the player that always tries for stealth but ends up with chaos. This far I like it. I've been putting off playing more, though. Partly because I want to complete Skyrim SE, and partly because I don't want it to be finished.

On my birthday I was away all day. First I had a job interview in Stockholm (which went surprisingly bad) and then work, so I wasn't home until 10.30pm. When I got home Toni had prepared cake, flowers, and chocolate, and also scrubbed the whole place from top to bottom :D I had asked for the cake so I was expecting that. Everything else was a surprise and I really liked it. Although I was extremely tired after my long day so my reaction wasn't as energetically happy as Toni expected. I was very happy with it, though!

On the 18th, two days after my birthday, we went to see Fantastic Beasts. Toni met me at work where I finished at 5pm and then we went for dinner at an Asian buffet restaurant. Afterwards we bought lots of sweets and then went to the cinema. I was very excited to see the movie and I was also really happy to point out all the House scarves and wands among the people there. Did get a few funny looks, though. Don't know why. Showing off my House, my wand and my Deathly Hallows tattoo maybe was a bit much for some people. The movie was amazing, though, and I really want to see it again!

On the weekend we had hoped for a birthday party with friends, but turned out we had bad timing. Despite the fact that we had prepared people two weeks in advance for this, they still had other plans or no money. Toni was probably more upset about it than me. I'm used to it. Mostly because the second half of November is a notoriously bad time for birthday parties because everyone is wrapped up in work, or buying Christmas presents, or having no money left because it's the last money from the previous salary. We had a little movie night on our own instead watching the Lego Batman movie from 2013.

This past weekend I went home to my parents to celebrate my birthday with my family. They always ask me to give them lists so they know what to get me. But, apparantly, I was very difficult this year. I know that the things I wanted were all available online, but my entire family (except for my 70+ y/o grandparents) have some kind of aversion to shopping online. They couldn't find a lot of the things in shops and so I had to do without. That's ok. Coming up with things is always hard, but they keep asking me for lists ;P Another funny thing is that I usually ask for books in English if that's their original language. I want to read the book in the tone set by the author and it very rarely translates well. But I got the books in Swedish instead, because they are more readily available in shops. It sounds like I'm complaining, but I'm not. I appreciate what they got me. So here we go:
Maze Runner books 2 and 3 in Swedish. I read the first one in Swedish so might as well continue.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I've seen this in English every single day for months in Pocket Shop, yet got it in Swedish, because they couldn't find it in English. I've wanted to read it for a while now, so I hope the translation is good!
A Thousand Miles to Freedom, by Eunsun Kim. Autobiography of a North Korean girl and her flight from there. Got it in Swedish, but I also asked for it in Swedish.
The Ice Twins, by SK Tremayne. A thriller that probably was one of the easier things to find. It's more in line with what most people read. I thought it sounded interesting so I wanted it :P Asked for it in Swedish.
Kallocain, by Karin Boye. A Swedish classic. I tried to read it once when I was about 14, but didn't manage. I'm still interested in the general plot of the book and I hope I'm better equipped to read it now at 26 :)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Original Screenplay, by JK Rowling. Saw the movie. Got the script. This is the one gift I was the most excited about getting, and also the one I was the least sure about getting since it was released only a week ago.
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. In Swedish. A blogger I follow has been completely obsessed with this book for a large portion of this year and so I became curious about it.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by JK Rowling and Jim Kay. The illustrated version. In Swedish. This is probably the book I mind the least about getting in Swedish. After all, I read the books in Swedish growing up so that translation is very dear to me, although I do think the original language is better.
Odinsbarn, by Siri Pettersen. In Swedish, but that's what I asked for. Been curious about this series for about a year now, so now I'm excited to find out how it is!
Sid Meier's Civilization VI for PC. I liked Civ V, so now I'm gonna play Civ VI :)
Crimson Peak on Blu-Ray. Saw it at the cinema last year. Loved it :)

And that's all my birthday stuff for this year :) It's been a good year, all in all ^^

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Harry Potter love is back!

The past week (+ a few days) have been very Harry Potter-centered for me. It started on Sunday 13th of November when I bought the special edition magazine for Fantastic Beasts. It's published by Aftonbladet which is an evening paper and half of their articles feel like "I'm 16 years old and I'm studying high school journalism". But generally I liked reading the magazine. Some of the things felt weird because I haven't dealt with a Swedish translation of anything Harry Potter related for over 10 years. Of course I discovered faults in the text. The whole "Things you didn't know about Harry Potter" failed to provide things I didn't know, as per usual. I've been doing this since 1999. Try giving me some material I haven't already found! ;) But towards the end, came most things that bothered me. First was the whole discussion why Rowling didn't out Dumbledore in the books. Because she wrote the story almost 20 years ago! If she had had an openly gay character in a childrens book during the 90s all hell would've broken loose. It wouldn't have become as popular as it is today, even more publishers wouldn't have wanted to touch it and if they did it would probably be banned in a whole lot of places. Society's view of inclusion of homosexuals have changed a lot in the last 20 years. So that's why. Now deal with it. The second part was basically dealing with why there weren't more muggle technology interested wizards in Harry Potter. Mostly because, as Rowling has explained on Twitter, electronics surrounded by magic tend to form their own mind. Like the Weasleys's Ford Anglia. Basically: technology + magic = AI. And then the girl writing the article went on about internet and mobiles, and I'm just sighing. The books take place in 1991-1998. Internet wasn't even half as mainstream as it is today back then, and not everybody had mobile phones. The fact that Dudley has a computer in 1991 is kind of amazing. Home computers weren't all that common back in the early 90s. Do you see how this whole technology discussion is moot? So some of the articles made me exasperated, which happens a lot lately because people tend to forget that times change and 20 years back the world was a very different place. But mostly the magazine was either very interesting or made me smile in all the right places, and left a huge feeling of nostalgia. Which I filled by using my Harry Potter colouring books ^^;

Then on the 18th we went to see Fantastic Beasts :D I dressed up ofc, with a Ravenclaw t-shirt and my Ravenclaw diadem, and my wand in my boot. The movie was amazing! I was originally quite sceptical to both Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts. But Cursed Child was really good and after I saw the trailer of Fantastic Beasts where they used a snippet of Hedwig's Theme I became a lot more excited for it. In the end I looked forward to Fantastic Beasts a lot more than I did the other Potter movies. Mainly because the Potter movies were based on the books and there were always so many things changed or wrong that it bugged me. With Fantastic Beasts I had nothing to compare to, and it was amazing! Absolutely wonderful! We're thinking of seeing it again :P

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

My last 5 books: Fifty Shades of King (and some vampires on the side)

1. The Decided Ones, by Laura Hrastar. I picked this book up ages ago. What mostly interested me about it was that it was a vampire novel set in my home town of Malmö. And on top of that written by an American. It was so out of the ordinary urban fantasy bubble that's usually in America or the UK or if it's in Sweden it's mostly in and around Stockholm or even further north. Having something set in surroundings that I'm 100% familiar with was a novelty. And while it was really cool having the characters go to all these places that I know, the book itself was unfortunately not very good. It started off in the generic way: young woman who's sort of isolated in her job and who likes to read books, meets very attractive young man. Attractive young man turns out to be a vampire. Here's when I first started to dislike the book. When she found out about his nature her reaction was completely sub-par. Summed up it was basically a shrug, telling him she's ok with it and then moving on. Like, this is the real world - aren't you gonna be at least a little bit surprised by the fact that vampires exist?! Then we go on to the danger surrounding this guy because he's a vampire and she isn't and it's dangerous for her to be with him but they still want to be together bla bla bla. Can I please have a vampire novel with realistic reactions and something that hasn't been done before? Then we get to the end where she inevitably and expectingly becomes a vampire, but for some reason she gets webbing between her fingers for swimming as a vampire. Luckily, that was the end of the book, which was good because I was so done. I gave it two stars on Goodreads mainly because of the setting.

2. The Dark Half, by Stephen King. As a teen I read several of King's books and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to read them as an adult and find out if I still liked his stories. This one was alright. I expected horror going in, but this book was more of a murder-mystery with a supernatural twist. I wasn't a huge fan of it in general, but it was one of those books that I just couldn't put down so I finished it quite quickly. Despite not being my general cup of tea the story pulled me in and I wanted to find out what would happen next. But there was no true ending! That bugged me for weeks afterwards. So they defeat the bad guy with some supernatural help. But throughout the book there's talk of supernatural things always having their price, so when is Thad going to have to pay the price? What is the price? Also, the ending definitely doesn't explain if and how Thad got out of being the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Congratulations you disposed of the real murderer - a man no one believed existed. How is this going to help Thad save his future and not end up in prison for life?! The word of one single smalltown police man probably isn't good enough for the FBI tbh. So why are we all so happy when nothing is resolved?!

3. The Bachman Books, by Stephen King. Reading lots of King now. This was a compilation of three of the five books he wrote under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. The Long Walk, Roadwork, and The Running Man. I really enjoyed The Long Walk. When I was reading that part I just couldn't put the book down. It was a really simple story essentially, but it was also amazing. 100 boys participating in the ultimate competition in a dystopian future. The ultimate competition being a 450-mile marathon, where if you drop down under a speed of 4 m/h for 30 seconds you get a warning. Three warnings and you're unceremoniously shot and out of the competition (and life). This story was a sort of psychological thriller, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And then came the fact that once again there was no true ending. Ofc the main character is the last man standing (no surprise there), but at the end he just runs off. Does he die? Is he caught and later dies? Is he caught and rehabilitated and somehow survives the ordeal? No idea. I was so annoyed at the no-true-ending trope that King seemed to be having that I didn't pick the book up again for several days. Then came Roadwork, which was hilariously bad. I guess it was supposed to be psychological, but to me all it was was reading about a man who slowly ruined his life and then killed himself. Thoroughly boring and thoroughly depressing. At least it had a true ending. Gold star for effort. Finally there was The Running Man, which I had read before, but that was about ten years ago and the only mental picture I had left from the story was of the main character's guts hanging out of his stomach and getting stuck on debris. The Running Man has some similarities to The Long Walk in that they were both set in dystopian futures and the main character enrolls in a gruelling competition that means either death or fame. The Running Man was the first book in my King marathon where I actually liked the main character; resourceful, cunning, glib, and completely defiant of authority. This book was a sort of action thriller, which I really enjoyed re-reading (and that scene with the guts was still as gross as I remembered it). What struck me twice during the read of The Bachman Books was that both The Long Walk and The Running Man were sort of Hunger Games where ordinary people from outside the game savoured the savagery and cheered when people died or were injured. Hunger Games made the dystopian game show into a YA thing and mainstream, but it was far from the first novel to toy with the idea.

4. Insomnia, by Stephen King. This book took me forever to read, mainly because it was so boring. When I realised that the main character was in his 70s I originally thought it would be really cool and interesting to have a main character who wasn't young or young-ish. Instead the book was a chore. Halfway through nothing seemingly important had happened, and it wasn't until I had read about two-thirds of it that things started to get underway, and what King had done then was allowing the supernatural powers the main character had recieved to regress his age. Suddenly he was 20 years younger in body and spirit, and if that's the case it doesn't matter if he's really 70, because he isn't really anymore. Things started to get underway after two-thirds but it was still slow going. Not much action, and even when there was King described it in a way that took all the excitement out of it. Something action-y and exciting happening right now? Let me make this character sentimental for something that happened 40-60 years ago and describe it in detail, because this is what he's thinking during the split second this thing happens. Completely took all the excitement out of it. Maybe it's realistic, I don't know, but it wasn't entertaining to read. Extra credit for the plot twist in the end that I didn't see coming. And a gold star for a true ending. But the overall grade is poor. When I had finished reading it I was actually glad to put it back in my shelf and it probably won't stay there for long.

5. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, by E.L. James. Yes. I did it. I read the whole trilogy. I bought it as an eBook in August last year, mainly because I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about but I also didn't think it deserved to be a "real" book and I most definitely did not want to let people know I was reading it on the train or while waiting for the bus. I read the first few pages when I first bought it, but then I didn't pick it up again until about 6-8 months later. Since this Spring I've been reading it on and off when I have nothing better to do - waiting for the bus, waiting for work to start, can't sleep... Things like that. And I finally finished it yesterday evening. I don't really know how to review this book. If I review it as a novel then it's utter trash. Entertaining trash, but still trash. If I review it as the fanfiction it is, then it's really well-written fanfiction. Mainly because there's a lot of fanfiction out there that makes me wonder if the writer stopped attending school at age 10. Throughout reading it I had the same relationship with it like I do with fanfiction. It's easy entertainment. Something to do when I have nothing better to do, or when I'm too tired to do something worthwhile. I understand how it became mainstream, I really do. Nothing about Fifty Shades, and I mean absolutely nothing, is unique from a fanfiction point of view. All of it has been done before and I can point out several Harry Potter smut fics with the same story if you want me to. But this type of sex and relationship in a mainstream novel? Oh-la-la! That's a novelty! I'm not getting on the hype train for this series, it isn't amazing. You know what this is? It's a modern Harlequin novel that has enticed young people because of the elegance of the characters' world and the forbidden-ness that this book's BDSM-inspired (but not really BDSM) sex represents. But basically it's an old lady book. Don't get me wrong I've laughed along to this book a lot. Ana's subconscious and her inner goddess were hilarious as well as the email banter, but what really kept me coming back for more was Christian. That's basically the only thing I thought was well-done in this story; how Christian evolves as a character. In the entirety of the first book he's this bastard asshole stalky freak billionaire. Then, in the other two books, we get to know about his past and slowly, slowly in baby-steps he learns to come out of his shell, learns to be vulnerable, learns to trust, accepts that he actually is unconditionally loved despite his flaws, and slowly learns to love and accept himself and that's beautiful. So yes, I admit I liked this trilogy of books. I enjoyed it. But in no way do I think it's deserving of all the attention it gets.


Not a lot of positivity there.
Still waiting for the horror part, King! Can you show me how you became known as the Master of Horror?

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

American election 2016

I can't really form any coherent thoughts of the American electoral results. I stayed up until 4 am watching the election. It was 4 am here, but about 10pm in D.C. when I gave up. At that time they hadn't even completed the counting in Florida and all I knew was that it was crazy even in most states. But for the most part it seemed that Trump had a slight lead everywhere. I went to bed suspecting Trump would win, but hoping against hope that he wouldn't. Woke up to what I suspected. Trump had won.

Fun thing is that I suspected this way before. Years before. Not that it would be Trump specifically, but that it would be a Republican in the White House next. Because for as long as I've been alive that's basically been the case: Republican - Democrat - Republican - Democrat - Republican. Bush - Clinton - Bush - Obama - Trump. That's the entire presidency of my life so far.

But despite knowing on some level that Trump would win, my feelings about it are all over the place. I'm not American, I've never even been there, so I'm watching it unfold from afar and a part of me is feeling grateful and lucky that I'm not American and won't have to deal with the fallout of this election as directly. Another part of me is terrified because the thins the President does have repercussions in the whole world.

One of my acquaintances on Facebook said today that "No matter what people say Democracy won tonight". My spontaneous immediate thought was: "Well, both Caesar and Hitler were also democratically elected." It's always been the biggest fault of democracy - that it can unknowingly make way for dictatorship. But it's a risk we have to take, because it's the best system we've got.

If we're lucky maybe Trump won't prove so bad. If we're lucky.
What the hell's going on? Have you gone undercover? You were here, now you're not. Been replaced by another. Cause it's still your face, but there's something strange. Not the one I remember. Can you please explain. Did they wipe your brain? Is this gonna be forever? Cause everything you say, everything you do is freaking me out, freaking me out. You know we used to be the same. Who the hell are you? Freaking me out, freaking me out. And I swear I thought I knew you, but all that was yesterday. And now you turn it around, what's that about? Cause you're freaking me out, freaking me out. Think you're real, but you're fake. Think you're deep, but you're shallow. You've become what you hate. Now you're lost. Just a shadow. So we pull your strings cause it makes no sense that you act like you're better. You can say these things to your so-called friends and they might just think you're clever. But everything you say, everything you do is freaking me out, freaking me out. You know we used to be the same. Who the hell are you? Freaking me out, freaking me out. And I swear I thought I knew you, but all that was yesterday. And now you turn it around, what's that about? Cause you're freaking me out, freaking me out. Wake up, wake up, wake up. Snap out of it. Wake up, wake up, wake up. Snap out of it. Wake up, wake up, wake up. Everything you say, everything you do is freaking me out, freaking me out. You know we used to be the same. Who the hell are you? Freaking me out, freaking me out. And I swear I thought I knew you, but all that was yesterday. And now everything you say, everything you do is freaking me out, freaking me out. Why d'you play your games? Who are you trying to fool? Freaking me out, freaking me out. And I swear I thought I knew you, but all that was yesterday. And now you turn it around, what's that about? Cause you're freaking me out, freaking me out.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Fallout 4 DLCs: Contraptions, Vault-Tec, and Nuka World

Next game on my list was the last DLCs for Fallout 4. Like I said in my last Fallout post; I'm not a fan of the settlement thing, but I want the achievements.

Contraptions Workshop
This DLC had three achievements. The first one was to assign a settler to a pillory. Easily done since I already had the materials. Put it in Sanctuary and assigned Mama Murphy to it - she wasn't doing anything productive anyway. Next one was to display a weapon, an armor and a power armor on their respective racks. Easily done. Just built each rack and then put some random stuff on them. Then I had to produce 100 objects from my builders. This was the most tedious one, but it was over pretty quickly. I chose Starlight Drive-In for the builder. Then I produced 20 Teddy Bears, 20 Jangles the Moon Monkey, 20 Toy Aliens, 20 Toy Cars, and 20 Giddy-Up Buttercup. Done. Let's move on.

Vault-Tec Workshop
I originally thought this would be like any other wkorshop DLC - build a bunch of stuff. I was  looking forward a bit more to this than the other workshop DLCs. Primarily because I thought it would be like Fallout Shelter, but incorporated into Fallout 4. I was wrong, though. Vault-Tec Workshop wasn't just about building stuff, it had a complete little quest line, along with its three achis. The quest was unlocked when I listened to the radio broadcast from Vault 88. I went down there and found a half-finished Vault. They hadn't had time to finish it before the bombs fell. In the Vault I found a bunch of feral ghouls along with one ordinary ghoul - a woman who would've been Overseer if the Vault had been completed. She tasked me with doing different things. First off was to clear out the feral ghouls after it became clear to her that they were vicious towards humans. Then I was to build a settlement broadcast to make settlers come. While we waited for the settlers I was allowed to explore the rest of the would-be Vault and unlock the rest of the workshops. I explored every inch of the place and unlocked all the workshops (Ding! Achi!). Then the settlers arrived and I was tasked with equipping one of them with a vault-suit and a pip-boy (Ding! Achi!). A settler named Clem became the unfortunate victim of the Overseer for her Vault-Tec experiments.
She tasked me with everything, but I undermined every single one of her experiments by making them pleasurable for the settlers. Despite all my efforts one of the settlers had enough and left. Then in the end I convinced the Overseer to leave the Vault and make me Overseer (Ding! Achi!). But I felt bad releasing the Overseer to the Commonwealth and so I shot her, which surprisingly made the few new Vault-dwellers hostile towards me and so I had to kill them too :P Just one more empty and failed Vault.

This was the main event. I answered the radio broadcast and went to the transit terminal to Nuka-World. I disposed of a few raiders and then got on the train to Nuka-World. As soon as I entered the park the game tried to have me killed. The raiders at the park had set up some sort of trial they called the Gauntlet. Turrets, traps, rabid animals, and feral ghouls deluxe! I managed to get through after a stubborn over-usage of stimpaks. Then I was pitted against the current Overboss in a rigged battle that (with some help) I got through with a squirt gun xD So I became the new Overboss of the place and the three gangs of raiders living there.
Next job was to clear the other areas of the park from creatures and give out the new territories to the gangs. In the meantime I ran jobs for the raiders in the Commonwealth (which accidentally ended with me making a graveyard out of Goodneighbor). Then came the time to establish the groups of raiders in the Commonwealth. Since I had taken all the settlements before this became an issue of me driving my own settlers from their lands so that my new raiders could go there. After 12 jobs and 8 settlements I got the two corresponding achis and moved on with the story. The least favoured group of raiders had turned on me, and I now had to "deal with them". Meaning I had to kill them all. I did and got the power turned on for all of Nuka-World. Beautiful! And that was the quest line.
I had assigned one settlement to the group that betrayed me and so I had to go there and kill them off. Unfortunately that quest is bugged and can't be completed :( But it didn't bother me much. I had two achis left at the end of this. First one was to kill 40 Nuka-World exclusive creatures while under the effect of a Nuka-World exclusive Nuka-Cola mix. I ran around the entire world looking for DLC exclusive creatures, but since this area for some reason doesn't respawn I resorted to console commands and spawned 40 bloodworms and just killed all of them. The other one was to redeem 100,000 ticket at the Nuka-Cade. I did try to do this one honestly. I had picked up every ticket I had found in the world and even played several rounds of the arcade games in the Nuka-Cade. Still I was only at abour 11k at that point. I refused to play several hours more just to grind tickets and so I once again resorted to console commands to get all the way to 100,000.

And then that was it. Fallout 4 is 100% completed. I almost feel a little sad.

October favourites 2016

Books: I only managed one and a half books in October. Tbf both of them have over 900 pages, so I'm cutting myself some slack. The one I'm currently reading is mind-numbingly dull, and so I have to say the other one, though that one's hardly a favourite either.

Music: I haven't listened to much music this month. But here are a few songs that I remember:
• Alice Cooper - "Wicked Young Man" & "Salvation"

• Nightwish - "Crownless" & Within Temptation - "The Heart of Everything"

• Morning Musume - "I WISH" & Buono! - "Rock no Kamisama"

• Hollywood Vampires - "School's Out/Another Brick in the Wall" & Marilyn Manson - "The Gardener"

Games: This month I've played Dragon Age Inquisition, Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition. Out of those I'm going with ESO, just because I had so much fun during my last turn there.

TV shows: So many shows. I'm watching all the current ones: The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, Westworld, Agents of Shield, Fear the Walking Dead, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, and The Vampire Diaries. On top of that I've also watched some X-Files, and the latest season of a Swedish reality show about Americans coming to Sweden to find their Swedish roots and compete to meet their living relatives. Out of all of those shows I'm currently the most excited about X-Files.

Other: Nothing much has happened this month. Most exciting things I guess were the Fantastic Beasts live event, and the temporary Harry Potter shop at the central station in Stockholm.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Frostfall 24th - Frostfall 30th

On Monday I watched the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy, then I went to work for the evening shift. When I got home I played ESO.

On Tuesday I had the middle shift. So I went to work, watched the new episodes of The Vampire Diaries and Once Upon a Time, and then I played Fallout 4.

Wednesday was a busy day. I had the middle shift again and when I got home I had lots of things to take care of. No games this day. In the evening we watched the new episodes of Agents of Shield, Westworld and The Walking Dead.

On Thursday I had the evening shift. After work I packed my bags and then went to sleep.

On Friday I got up early to catch the train to Malmö. I slept most of the way. When I arrived I got picked up by my dad, and then I spent the afternoon and evening with my parents, catching up and having dinner.

On Saturday we went to my grandparents' to celebrate my grandfather's birthday. I got to take a look at my little sister's new flat too. We had fika and dinner with my grandparents, and my mum, my sister and me also recieved a donation each of apples to make apple pies of.

Sunday was my going home day. I spent most of the time on the train reading. That book is never-ending and it's so boring -.-' But I also watched Island of Lost Souls from 1932. When I got home I watched some TV while I waited for Skyrim Special Edition to install, and then I played until bedtime.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Elder Scrolls Online: New DLCs, Update 12, and the Halloween event

The new DLC for ESO was next on my list of games to play and originally I was supposed to just get in there and play the DLC, then get out again. Instead I played it for a month :P

When I started playing I did everything but the DLC. Did a bunch of dailies and some dungeons with people, but most of all I tried to complete the PvE elements in Cyrodiil (the PvP area). And I did basically everything there. I only have a couple of delves left, but I'll get them at some other time. Something else I did was that while I was in Cyro anyway I decided to check out the Imperial City DLC. Because my goal was to do the PvE, I had chosen a campaign with low population, it was also the middle of the night on a weekday, which helped. Imperial City is like a group based public dungeon with PvP elements. Mayhem. Two ordinary group dungeons also came along with the DLC and I haven't checked those out yet. I picked up the quest for the public dungeon part and went exploring. The mobs in there were no problem, but then came the first boss of the quest, and while I did manage to get the boss's health down a bit, it was way too hard to do alone (at least on my current build - maybe when I get my new one I can manage alone?) So I moved on from the Imperial City for a while.

While I was busy with Cyro, Update 12 came around. Major update, which changed the game from the base up. Where before you could only see people from your own alliance in the world (except in the PvP zone ofc), you can now interact with everybody from every alliance everywhere and anywhere in the world. Which suddenly made the world a lot livelier! Not that ESO was dying before, but the zones are so friggin big that you don't run across so many people randomly in the world, but then you come to a city and there are people everywhere. Absolutely everywhere, even before the Update - so you can imagine the chaos when the Update came around and the amount of people tripled! xD Another thing they did in Update 12 was to introduce duelling, which I watched a lot of, but didn't participate. I didn't join in on the action, mostly because I've been working on a new build and most of that "working on" is "waiting for my character to research enough traits so that I can craft the armour I want". Because I didn't have the build I wanted, I also didn't do as much damage as a lot of the others, and I don't want to duel at all until I think I have any chance of winning :P (I don't think I will, but I want the chance). They also made all the world bosses into actual group events, where you have very little chance to manage them alone. (I did all of them solo before and as I've said my build isn't the best).
Another major change with the Update was that they completely revamped the adventure zone Craglorn, and made the main quest line there solo-able. So as soon as I got online after the Update I started working on completing the main quest there, which I did - for the first time since Craglorn launched in 2014. With the Update, Craglorn came alive again and suddenly there was no trouble at all finding people for the daily quest lines there. For a while there I was busy completing the Craglorn zone.

Then came ESO's first ever event! The Witches' Festival came around while I was busy in Craglorn, and this event sent me farming for the first time ever in the two years I've played this game. Basically you did this little quest for the witch, which gave you the ability to summon her cauldron and drink from it. This turned your toon into a skeleton with some buffs. And then all you had to do was kill bosses; world bosses, anchor bosses, public dungeon bosses, group dungeon bosses, delve bosses... Any boss! When you killed bosses you had a chance of finding a Plunder Skull, which you could open in the hopes of getting parts of the new Hollowjack crafting motif, collectables or spooky recipes. This event would be around until November 1st, which meant there was a time limit to get all the stuff and all the new achievements. So I dedicated myself to this. After a few delves I spent most of my time going through all the anchors and then all the public dungeons, which meant I finally went through the public dungeons in Orsinium DLC that I didn't do before. The Dwemer one was really cool! I finished the event on Sunday, after having collected over 40 skulls on Saturday alone. All in all I think I collected 110 skulls.

After I finished the event I decided to focus on the new DLC; Dark Brotherhood. I had picked it up and started it before back when it was released in early June, but I didn't start playing it until now. If there is one thing I've learned from other ES games, it's that when you play the Dark Brotherhood quest line - get ready for betrayal. The DLC takes place on the Gold Coast, an area of Cyrodiil which was previously in Oblivion. I enjoyed coming back to Anvil and Kvatch. The story of the Dark Brotherhood mostly evolves around the fact that someone has been killing members of the family, and we know that this murderer (a murderer of murderers, lol) is somehow connected to the Order of the Hour; worshippers of Akatosh. The investigation takes me back and forth between Kvatch and Anvil and also on a trip to Black Marsh. The DLC ended with an awesome boss battle and with my character becoming a member of the Black Hand. This was honestly the best DLC yet. I loved Thieves Guild while I was playing it, but holy hell this was a lot better. The zone had a few quests as well, that weren't part of the Dark Brotherhood quest line. They were all a lot of fun and gave me the opportunity to re-encounter Crafty Lerisa from the Daggerfall Covenant zones, Raynor Vanos and his sister from the Ebonheart Pact zones, and Captain Jimila fromt he Aldmeri Dominion zones. But also, and they are my favourites, Naryu Virian from EP and Razum-dar from AD. When I ran into Raz I couldn't stop smiling. He's my favourite character in the whole game :3 Naryu is number two. Favourite side quest of this zone was no doubt the last one: The Sweetroll Killer, which included a lot of investigation, puzzles, and choice-and-consequence.

There was another DLC released: Shadows of the Hist. But this DLC only consisted of two new group dungeons and group dungeons are rarely on the top of my to-do list in ESO. Some other time.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Frostfall 17th - Frostfall 23rd

On Monday I went to  the dentist for the annual check-up. Apparantly I have very good teeth. When I got home I read my book, watched the new episode of Once Upon a Time and some episodes of X-Files, and also played some Dragon Age Inquisition.

On Tuesday I had work in the evening so for this day I just watched some X-Files and played Dragon Age Inquisition.

On Wednesday I had work in the morning. After work I went for lunch and then went home. When I got home all I did was to play Dragon Age Inquisition, and later in the evening when Toni went to the night shift I watched some X-Files.

On Thursday I woke up with a light migraine (meaning I had all the pain, but not the sensitivity to light), but since this was going to be a very short day at work anyway I decided to ignore it and go to work anyway. When I got home I spent the rest of the day playing Dragon Age Inquisition. In the evening we also watched the new episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Agents of Shield and Westworld.

On Friday my migraine was still there and so I called in sick and spent most of the day playing ESO.

On Saturday I woke up migraine free, and played ESO the whole day. Ended up in quite the nice group and we spent most of the evening farming bosses in the world in the chance of getting loot containers containing special items for the Halloween event.

On Sunday I also only played ESO, but I completed the new DLC so there'll be a blog post about that, and after wrapping things up in ESO I'll move on to something else until I return.

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 :)