Sunday, 24 March 2013

Doing some geeking

Before you judge me - I've always said that The Sims 2 is what you make of it, if you have the imagination and know the cheats the game can become very funny.

These last few days my interest for The Sims 2 has re-awakened and I've started playing again. I'm working on that same old family again. Remember?

I'm gonna be geeking from this point on. Just a warning.

So, originally I created one girl and one guy. My story (I always start with a story) was that Sayumi met Bradley as a teenager. Bradley was an adult. Sayumi's parents did not approve of her relationship with Bradley and when they found out she was pregnant, they shunned her. She ran away with Bradley. They got married and built a great big house from scratch. Shortly thereafter Sayumi gave birth to twin girls. This was easy to fix. I made two adults and then cheated some with the aspiration points so that Bradley would have access to the Life Elixir. Using the boolprop-cheat I changed Bradley's age to one day before getting old and then got him to drinking the Life Elixir until he was only halfway through his adult stage. This made for him being much older than Sayumi. Using the boolprop-cheat again I made Sayumi pregnant with Bradley and then sped up her pregnancy, making for her to have been pregnant in her teens :)

And now the story starts. 

Sayumi and Bradley had seven children in total: Erina, Reina, Ai, Samuel, Momoko, Risako, and Jonathan, and then they became teenagers I got to have a lot of fun. I made Erina and Jonathan gay, Reina snuck out every night with her friends and almost always came back home in a police car, Ai feels misunderstood and runs away from home, and Samuel stops going to school in protest. Momoko gets pregnant (but miscarries) and Risako only love men twice her own age. They all grew up and moved out and started their own families (which meant I got to have fun and build houses). Most of them were having regular lives, however Risako married an old guy and started a family with him, and Ai and Samuel, who lived together, lived lives of passion and indulgence. Ai had Pleasure ambition and Samuel had Romance ambition. They both lived like tomorrow didn't matter and each had multiple lovers - Samuel being the worst since his lifetime want was to have 20 simultaneous lovers xD However Ai accidentally (not kidding, I didn't press Try for Baby) got pregnant, and started to slow things down. She later turned herself into a vampire. Samuel decided to get married in his old days.

Ai's story is actually kind of funny.

She got pregnant and her daughter kept nagging her about her father (not kidding she thought and talked about family all the time), and when Ginevra was grown up and had her own family Ai gave in and called her father. They met for the first time since Ginevra was concieved and they literally couldn't keep their hands off of each other. Once again they woohoo'd (didn't press Try for Baby) and Ai got pregnant again. Seriously wtf?! So I decided to marry them anyway and I made Brandon old just so it wouldn't be weird that he was younger than his daughter...

The houses I've built:

From left to right: The very first house, Erina & Reina's house, Ai & Samuel's house, Momoko & Risako's house, Adam & Bellatrix' house, apartment complex

Most of the strange families are in the third generation. Erina's and Willow's son Fenrir built a robot, which he fell in love with. Then he got abducted by aliens and gave birth to an alien baby at the same time he and the robot got married and adopted a child. Reina's and Erik's daughter Bellatrix' husband Clarence spent too much time in the garden and turned into a PlantSim. Risako's and Joe's son Charlie met a good witch and made himself a warlock. Jonathan's and Todd's daughter Evelyn made friends with the Leader of the Pack, got nibbled, and turned into a werewolf. Her husband was fascinated and on his request she made him into a werewolf too.

So I have a vampire, a robot, an alien, a plantsim, a good warlock, and two werewolves. All I need now is a zombie and an evil witch and I'll have it all. I've already chosen Roxie to be the evil witch when she grows up. The she'll have green skin (like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz), and she'll use her magic powers to resurrect her uncle Samuel and make him a zombie :)

This is the current family tree:
It's getting a little crowded in the fourth generation, but that's alright. They're no longer considered related by the game, so I'm gonna start connecting the branches again. Marissa will marry Maddox, Andromeda will marry Aidan, Roxie will marry Jimmy, and Joshua and Anthony will get to bring in "new blood" :P

And the fact that Imelda even exists is another accident. Jenna brought a guy home from work, she liked him and went on a date with him, which ended in her getting pregnant. They have sucky contraception methods obviously :P

I'm in control, I've got a bulletproof soul, and I'm full of self-esteem. I invented myself with no one's help, like a prototype supreme. I sit on my private throne and run my lifestyle all alone. Me, myself and I agree, we don't need nobody else. I never learned to bow, bend or crawl to any known authority. I really wanna build my statue tall. That's all. I'm just trying to be God. I only wanna be God. I just wanna be God. Why can't I be God? I got no time to take advice. I want to gamble with my eternity with a loaded dice. I don't need a preacher in my face when I'm the omnipresent ruler of the human race. Ain't gonna spend my life being no one's fool. I was born to rock and I was born to rule. But if I'm wrong on judgement day I'm royally screwed with hell to pay. I never learned to bow, bend or crawl to any known authority. I really wanna build my statue tall. That's all. I'm just trying to be God. I only wanna be God. I just wanna be God. Why can't I be God?

Thursday, 21 March 2013

In the night

The reason I sometimes have sleep problems is that my brain can't stop spinning. Sometimes it's all about stuff I have to remember to do the next day, but usually it keeps making up stories. The source for all my writings is sleep-deprivation. I'm more inspired in night time than in day time. It's not even unusual for me to take inspiration for stories from dreams I've had.

Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defences
Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night

Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
And you'll live as you've never lived before
Softly, deftly, music shall surround you
Hear it, feel it, closing in around you
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness, which you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night

Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to be
Only then can you belong to me
Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savour each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night
- Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1986

Yes, I love lyrics. These just speak to me.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

It's been so long

Spring flowers on the 6th
Wow, it's been so long since my last post, but for good reason. On the 7th I went back to Toni's since I had 10 days off from school. The 7th was a really nice spring day and I had the best experience on the train! In Lund (one station after Malmö) a large group of Japanese people get on the train. Turns out they are a bunch of students travelling with their teacher. Anyway, they all have very large suitcases and they have no idea where to put them. I notice so I explain to their teacher, in Japanese, where big suitcases go on our high-speed trains. They all thank me for my help. Then the teacher and I talk for a bit. They are all students at the university and he asks where I learn Japanese. I tell him that I'm a second year at the university. He says that I talk Japanese very naturally (that comment made my day) and that I should study abroad, which brought me to speaking about my time in Tokyo. After our conversation he went back to his seat and I watched PewDiePie-videos on YouTube on my phone all the rest of the way :)

Friday - Tuesday Toni was working and I spent those days working as well! I got started on my dissertation and I have about 3000 words right now. About a third of what I need by May but I have time yet. Those days I made dinner for myself and always made sure to make enough for two so he'd have lunch box for the next day :) Friday - stroganoff with rice, Saturday - chicken stew with rice, Sunday - meatballs with potatoes and sauce, Monday & Tuesday ready-made lunches.

Wednesday we went downtown so Toni could get his passport done so we could get going to London this year. And had sushi for dinner. Then we spent most of the evening watching The Walking Dead. I'm really getting into that series. Thursday was spent pretty much the same way. Except that Toni helped me dye my hair. He also got really into playing Prototype and it's way too exciting to watch xD I also made more stroganoff for dinner. (Who still says I can't cook?!)

Friday was the party day. We went out to buy food and then Toni cleaned the flat while I did some studying. When he was done I made some delicious taco gratin :) Somehow we ended up with a lot of Swedish Disney music. Going out we missed the bus, which turned out to be great cause otherwise we'd never get to see Timo fall on his ass on the ice xD Anyway, when we finally get to the bar we bump into some more friends and make some new ones on the way. The evening turned out to become a sing-along for Swedish Disney songs, Astrid Lindgren songs, Swedish folk songs and some really well-known Swedish pop songs. Some of them are here:

I have no idea how it happened, but it was completely random and totally awesome. The evening turned out great and it's not far from being as amazingly fun as the War of Throwing Whipped Cream.

We spent Saturday ordering pizza and watching The Walking Dead, finishing the second season. Sunday was a bit of buzzkill since I tried to fix our flight tickets and accommodation in London this day but Toni's connection to the Internet kept bugging. After 8 hours of fighting we did come out victorious with cheap plane tickets and cheap accommodation :) After I finished fighting we watched 10,000 BC. I had heard about it, but never watched it. It exceeded my expectations at least :) I liked the feeling of it. On Monday I went back home. I was nervous about the train ride since it had started snowing there and I heard rumours of a storm back home. I was dead set on the train being severely delayed - and ofc it was right on time. 

The night between Monday and Tuesday it started snowing and it has pretty much been snowing ever since. I went north from a city of Spring and come back to a city of snow :( I thought winter was over. I couldn't sleep very well that first night back at home so yesterday was a very slow and sleepy day. Today however was a lot of fun. We're doing a video project for one of our teachers and decided to do a bit of filming before classes today so we met up at 11am and started out. The project is to do one serious video presenting the city or the university (or just our university building and the Japanese department) and one video that can be anything we want. The videos are supposed to be in Japanese (with English subs) and 3-5 minutes long. Our "serious" video isn't that serious. We decided to go with an Alice in Wonderland theme, so our first shootings were of one of us being dressed up as a cute bunny hopping from one important building all the way to our uni building. That rabbit is leading us (young people undecided of what to study) to our building and then we keep seeing it all over the place and running after it, that way presenting much of the place and ending the video with us at the Japanese floor. Our second video is going to be a mini-dorama. The three girls in our group are the Daigaku Rangers (University rangers) protecting the university against evil. The guy is the villain who steals the results of our exams and without the results we won't be able to get our student grants. So we need to defeat him! We even have intro and outro songs along with a pre-planned but maybe not doable commercial break in the middle :P The deadline is April 12th and after that they're going up on YouTube. I'll show our videos then :)

Coming home today I got a surprise. On the floor was a long-awaited letter from India. The first one from a girl that contacted me on this website. I've previously found two Korean pen pals there (but due to life we've had to stop writing and I missed getting letters). It always feels like Christmas opening a letter or a package from abroad :) The letter was really interesting and enclosed with it was a piece from that day's newspaper, some Indian stamps and a really cute pink envelope. Can't wait to write back to her! Picture of today's letter along with some pictures of letters from my Korean pen pals:

Now I'll probably return to watching Friends. I'm at season 9 now. The end is drawing near. Again. T_T Or I might just play something. I can't really decide between The Sims 2, The Sims Medieval, Skyrim and Ys Origin...

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Confession: I'm a concert junkie

Toni just saw The 69 Eyes live in Stockholm and I'm starting to feel withdrawal symptoms. It's been too long since I've been to a concert. Way too long. I miss them so bad. I'm a concert junkie. In an attempt to cure this let's take a trip back in time.

I've been to concerts pretty much every year since I was about 10 years old. The annual local summer festival brought interesting bands even for a little girl. At Sommar Rock I saw some bands that I really liked and some bands that just happened to be on the stage at the same time I was hanging out there. Those I remember that I've gone there to see are Antique, Mendez, Bubbles, Style, The Ark (three times), Crashdiet, E-Type, Europe, Hammerfall, Joddla med Siv, Magnus Uggla, Markoolio, The Poodles, Perikles, Takida, Thin Lizzy, and Erik Grönwall. I also distinctily remember the time when Tomas Ledin played there and I got invited to the party afterwards but declined (I didn't feel like going to a party of a middle aged women's idol). Until last year I used to work there with my dad. Official website. Blog post. Blog post.

Then there's also the annual festival in Malmö, which isn't has cosy as the one of my hometown, since it's all over the city. And most of the years I haven't really gone there to see the bands. But I remember seeing Jay Smith and The Sounds there. And The Ark (fourth time). I usually just go there for the market, the food and the festival events, and forget all about the music :P Official website. Blog post. Blog post.

My first real concert was Lordi. Autumn 2006. I was 15 years old and they had just won ESC. I went with Kajsa. Mum wouldn't let us stand in the crowd so we had to get seats. Spent the entire concert sitting on the edge of my seat, waving my arms and singing/screaming my throat and lungs out. This is when I fell in love with concerts for real. Sabaton was the support and I hated their sound.

Second concert was Nightwish. Winter 2007. Went with then-boyfriend Henrik. It was Nightwish with Anette promoting Dark Passion Play. I really liked Anette at this concert. She was very friendly and interacted a lot with the audience. Indica was support and since then I never really could get them out of my head. It was just too bad that all their music was in Finnish until a couple of years ago when they released their first English album.

Third was Stephen Lynch. Spring 2008. Went with Kajsa. He was hilarious. At first it was sold-out, but by chance Kajsa managed to get a hold of two tickets next to each other really close to the stage. Happy!!!
 2009 was a big year for me. Edguy, Lordi and Metaltown. Back then Edguy was the best concert I'd ever been to, which was surprising for me cause I've never been that big a fan of them. But I remember I almost cried when they played King of Fools during the encore. All of those I went to with then-boyfriend Sebastian. For Lordi I also brought Zoy.
In 2010 all I saw was Disturbed in December. I went with Love and he's been their fanboy ever since. But despite it being a joint concert with Papa Roach and Disturbed being the last act (hence it took forever for them to get out on stage) the concert was epic. Blog post.

2011 was a big year. Stephen Lynch, Alice Cooper, Edguy and Within Temptation. To date I've never been as excited about a concert as I was for Cooper. I love him. Gimme more! I was so sad when I wasn't able to see him again in Gothenburg last year. But when it comes to concert feeling Edguy from 2011 still takes the price. Blog post. Blog post. Blog post. Blog post.
2012 wasn't that special in comparison to 2011. At least not concert-wise. Magnus Betnér (twice), Nightwish and Metaltown. Metaltown was easily that year's favourite. Blog post. Blog post. Blog post.
Mostly concerts are about feeling. Being able to scream-sing the songs you love back at the bands you love. Jumping up and down, waving your arms around in the air and headbanging, makes for an aching body but a greater feeling than any exercising could ever give me. The feeling when a song gives you goosebumps or bring you to the verge of tears. The feeling when all the lights go out and the arena is lit up by lighters and mobiles being waved back and forth in the air to a slow, beautiful song. The feeling of buying that perfect T-shirt as proof and memory of having been there. The feeling of buying a large soda and a random hamburger at the closest McDonald's open at night and eat the hamburger while walking back home. The feeling of going to sleep with the songs still ringing in your ears. The feeling of not wanting to wake up the next day cause it'll be soooo terribly long 'til the next time you'll get to feel that way.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

8 days past

26th and 27th were ordinary school days. On Wednesday the 27th we were to present our subjects for our upcoming dissertations. Mine was a huge success! I'd been worried that they'd (teacher and examinator) think it was too broad, too much, and that I should narrow it down, but instead they loved it! Originally my subject was supposed to be about kogal slang (kogals are Japanese girls in the upper teenage years), but when I was searching for sources to base my dissertation on, I came across a very interesting article about the schoolgirls in the Meiji period (late 1800's). It described how after the Meiji restoration Japanese girls were entitled to better education and the schoolgirls in their late teens developed a kind of slang that was considered vulgar, and not a way for a proper young lady to talk. That slang became what we call Japanese female speech today. After the 1930's that way of talking became how a proper young lady was supposed to talk. That way I became very interested in finding out if the same assimilation of kogal slang could be noticed today. The kogals have been around, roughly, since 1990, and I've already noticed that some female exchange students use words that were originally kogal slang. I want to compare these two types of teenage girls with 100 years between them, find out if they have something in common, if today's youth are aware that some of the words they use in everyday speech originally were kogal slang, and also if the older adult generation are aware of the possible assimilation (since students talk more properly and politely to teachers). So that's basically what I'll be doing the next few months.

On the evening of the 27th I got on the train north to visit Toni, and after a kind of relaxing day on the 28th, we had a gaming night with some friends. We played Zombie Dice, Spank the Monkey, and I have never. On the 2nd we had planned on going out, but instead of having the same old type of pre-drinks we made it another small gaming night and played Zombie Dice, Munchkin Zombies, and I have never, before hitting the bar. Both nights were awesome and I had a lot of fun.
The result of the first evening

On the 3rd we had a stay-in day+night and finished watching the second season of Sherlock. The last episode being just as heartbreaking as last time although I knew how it would end. With Sherlock we had tacos and crisps with dip :) When Sherlock was over we started watching season 6 of BBT. Just as hilarious as ever.

Yesterday (4th) I got on the train home. The train was perfectly on time and the journey went smooth until only 30 minutes remained and they told us over the speakers that there had been an accident between Malmö and Lund and the train would only go to Lund. The time distance by train between Malmö and Lund is 10 minutes. With only 10 minutes to go the entire journey turned to crap. Because of the accident all the tracks were taken at Lund centralstation so the train stood still in the middle of nowhere for about 15 minutes. Luckily, the substitute buses had already arrived so I didn't have to wait. But I still arrived home about an hour later than I would've if some idiot hadn't jumped in front of the train (I assume that's what happened. That's usually what happens when they call it "an accident"). And I still had to do my homework when I got home, which didn't go too well since I was more tired than anticipated when I made that plan.

Despite being terribly tired I still couldn't fall asleep before midnight (as if I ever can), and the alarm went off at 6 am. The day went smooth and I enjoyed talking to the exchange student who visited our last class today. After school I went home before going out again to meet three friends from college. One of them, Tiffany, lives in London and she happened to be in Malmö so ofc we had to meet up :) While having dinner at Mando (great food! O_o) we talked about everything, including memories of our old teachers from college. Can't believe it'll be four years since we graduated... Already!!! Feels like it just happened - and like it was ages ago. At the same time! xD
One of my favourite pictures. 
The day before graduation, which is a day of games and drinking.
Our theme was 'pirates' - can you tell? ;)