Friday, 28 February 2014

Doctor Who rant

I was looking around a bit at different topics at the forum of Mugglarportalen, and found one called the Doctor Who Club. Checked it out and it got me disappointed and a bit angry. Why? Cause the club obviously stepped back from anything Classic Who. It was all New Who. Sure I can understand that it's easier to find New Who online (since it's not on TV in Sweden), but there's a big difference between not being able to see Classic Who and not wanting to see Classic Who. I can also understand that the majority of the members of the club were 13-15 years old, and probably not interested in anything coming from the last century. I know I've only been watching Doctor Who for about a year, but I started watching New Who with the intention of watching Classic Who when I was done with New Who. How can you say you're a fan when you're actively ignoring the larger part of the show/fandom? It's fine that you're usually recommended to watch New Who before Classic, since New is a format we're used to and there's a bigger risk you won't like Doctor Who at all if you start with Classic. All that's okay as long as you don't pretend that the whole thing started with Russell T. Davies back in 2005.

Something else that makes me angry are the feminists. The feminists who boycot Doctor Who as long as Moffat is writing it. The feminists who openly bash Matt Smith, Clara, Amy and Capaldi, and they try so hard to convince everyone else that they're right. Sure, Moffat is a self-serving, sexist bastard, but I don't think it shows through to his episodes. Besides there's a whole crew of people who can tell him off for going too far. They complain about Amy and Clara not being well-rounded characters, cause apparantly they can't do anything at all without the Doctor (say what?). They say that Rose, Martha and Donna were better characters cause they had other loved ones than the Doctor (i.e. their families), but Amy doesn't have a family at all in the beginning. Then she does when the Doctor resets the universe and she's ahppy with them, then she remembers everything. How is she supposed to go back to being in a loving family when, at the same time, she can remember not having anyone growing up? I don't find it strange that she doesn't have any connections to her family, even after she remembers them, cause she remembers two lives. Then there's Clara, we've seen the story of her parents and we met her family in the last Christmas special, what else are you asking for? She's only been with us for half a season!
The trouble she [Amy] had with commitment wasn't to do with them [Doctor & Rory] though, it was to do with abandonment issues as a child. She was a complex character who had a fear of commitment because before then she'd always been left in some way. That's a legitimate thing to go through, it isn't sexist. We then saw her develop out of that and mature into someone who wasn't afraid. And it's not like that's the only storyline she had; she was shown to be strong without the Doctor and Rory on many occasions. I do think people look too much in to stuff like that; you could say Rory's story arcs have very little to do with anything other than his relationship with Amy but that isn't seen as sexist, and yet when a female character has a story arc to do with her relationships it's called sexist.
Then there's the whole thing with Clara getting a boyfriend in the next season, the feminists hate that! They think it's because Moffat thinks that girls aren't anything without their men. But come on, getting a partner is a legtimiate and human thing to do! Long time fans complain that they don't want another Amy/Rory and they think that Barbara/Ian should be left well alone. So bringing back the Master was alright, but recreating a couple from Classic is a no-can-do? I don't understand the reasoning. And Amy/Rory was a huge hit in the UK, why is it so weird if they try to recreate a hit? The feminists complain that every girl that 11th has met (Moffat's Doctor) has fallen head over heels for him. Amy didn't, Clara didn't and River didn't. So what other girl has fallen head over heels for 11th?

It also makes me seriously angry when the feminists complain about the characters using sexist jokes. Example: "Is it an evil spirit?" "No, it's a woman." While I find that I think such things are completely okay as long as  they take place in the past. The example above takes place in the 12th century, I find that alright. The feminists complain about Moffat have a romantic view on stalking and uses Blink as an example when Sally's friend is transported back to the 20's and followed home by a boy. I still find that okay, cause it takes place in the past and things were different back then.

It's also common to complain about Moffat not being able to let characters die, and that 11th has made no hard choices. As if it wasn't hard for him to finally being forced to say goodbye to Amy and Rory. As if it wasn't hard for him to send away Clara for her own good. 11th has had his hardships and I'm sure 12th will too.

Then there are the younger fans who complain about Capaldi being too old. He's just as old as William Hartnell was (except Hartnell looked 10 years older than Capaldi). They complain that he's not good-looking enough to be the Doctor. The Doctor has never been about being good-looking, the only Doctor of Classic known to be good-looking was 5th, Peter Davison. And I must also add that perspective of what's good-looking is very individual. I, for one, don't think that Matt Smith is good-looking. He has no eye-brows ffs! And I, for one, do think that Peter Capaldi is good-looking, and I can't wait for a darker Doctor à la Classic.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Four years since Tokyo...

Today it's exactly four years since I arrived at Narita airport for the first time in my life, after the longest flight of my life, going on the greatest adventure of my life.

I can't even comprehend that it's four years ago, it still feels like I did all that last year.

So I'm going to do a little remembrance post, and if you've been following my blog for some time you'll see the same old pictures.

4 years later, what are my most vivid memories from Tokyo/Kyoto/Seoul?
My breakfast and the lovely duvet of my bed

The jam-packed trains

Purikura, karaoke and vending machines



The "I love you" note from Kyoto and Sanjuusangendo


Disney Store and Hello! Project Store

Sweets Paradise

Megurogawa's Hanami

Funny signs

The FOOD :3

For this post I also decided to pick up everything I've saved from Tokyo/Kyoto/Seoul in my Winnie the Pooh cookie jar from Disneyland.
From Tokyo
From Kyoto/Seoul

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Job interview and book sale

So today I was in Stockholm for a job interview. I think it went well, but I'm not at all convinced that I'll get the job. So after the interview I decided that I'd treat myself to a visit to the Sci-Fi bookstore, since it was the start of the annual book sale and all...

Today was my first time alone in the Stockholm underground, and it was totally unintimidating. I was alone in the morning rush in Tokyo's underground, and nothing since has even come close to that. But I do feel like I'm getting to know Stockholm a bit and that feels good :) When I got home from Amortentia I also said that I didn't want to see a train again for at least week, but that didn't work out very well.

So the Sci-Fi bookstore was somewhat crowded due to it being the first day of the annual book sale, but it wasn't even half as bad as during the Christmas shopping ;) I immediately found two books on sale that I wanted. The first one was Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. It's a book about present day London with magic in it and it's the first one in a series that I've had my eyes on for a while. The other book on sale was Tokyo Clash: Japanese Pop Culture by Ralf Bahren. It's mostly a picture book from contemporary Japan, and I love it. The other two books were Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker, which is a novelisation of the story with the same name in the first season of the First Doctor, and J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter by Marc Shapiro. I've had my eye on that biography for some time, but this time I actually bought it. The notebook was with a front and back of the Tardis :)

It's still not a week since Amortentia and I'm still all caught up in the Harry Potter spirit. For the past three, four hours I've had my Harry Potter playlist on Youtube on repeat. So I'll share it with you.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Amortentia 2014 - a Harry Potter con

Yesterday I was going to my first meet-up/con in 2 years. I had a lot of fun at the last one and I hoped that I would have an equal amount of fun this time. I was not disappointed!

For those of you who don't know Amortentia is the name of the strongest love potion in the Potterverse. In the second book, Chamber of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart throws a huge Valentine feast. He decorates the Great Hall in pink and encourages the other teachers to have a love theme to their classes during the day. He has also dressed up dwarves into cupids, which roam the halls and deliver anonymous poems written by students for other students. This whole spectacle is cut from the movie, but I would've loved to see it in the movie. This con was basically a Valentine feast. The whole premise was decorated with hearts, pink and love quotes from the books.

Anyway, the place where this thing happened was in a teeny tiny town called Storvreta. It's 112 km from where I currently live, which isn't that far actually. But due to horrendous public transport in this area of the country it was an adventure to actually get there. I got on the bus to the local train station. Got on the train to Stockholm C. Met up with Anna and then we got on the train to Uppsala. There we switched and got on the train to Storvreta. Due to Uppsala and Storvreta being in a different county than Stockholm and Södertälje we had to buy an extra ticket to be able to ride those last two trains -.-' The bus left home at 1.20pm. I arrived in Storvreta at around 3.30 pm. Over 2 hours? Really? -.-' From the train station in Storvreta we got picked up by Rebecca and her husband.

But when we arrived we had such a great time. All three of us got ticked off on the name list and then we spent most of the time talking to Björn and Kristina. From time to time we got to talk to Sarx and Malin as well. The party participants could arrive from 4pm and then the party started at 5pm. We had arrived a bit earlier than 4pm. When it was about half an hour to go 'til 5pm a lot more people had arrived. Most with some sort of Harry Potter related accessory (House ties, wands, Deathly Hallows necklaces etc). While we waited the last 30 minutes we did two rounds of a name game to sort of try and learn each others names. The first round you said your name and your favourite ship from the Harry Potter books (for the uninitiated a "ship" is two characters from the books/movies that you want to get together romantically). My favourite ship changes from time to time, but for about a year now my favourite ship has been Snamione (Snape+Hermione, don't hate). The second round was your name and your favourite character, which is a much harder question. But the character I've loved for the longest time (since I was 8 and read the first book) is Dumbledore.

Then the doors to the Great Hall opened. We were invited in and greeted by Gilderoy Lockhart himself. We were offered a welcome drink (I'm still not sure what it tasted like, it was pink and glittery and really sweet). The standing joke of the evening was that it was Amortentia - the love potion. All of us got an autograph on a pink heart-shaped post-it from Lockhart to place on our tops. I had my Polaroid with me and I managed a shot of Lockart, which he later signed so I got a signed photo of Lockhart (only wish it'd move). It got a lot och exclaims and "can I see it?". Everyone there got really into character and acted completely starstruck at the sight of Lockhart.
After some mingling we sat down at the tables. It was placed as the tables in the Great Hall in the books. The staff table horisontally and then the House tables vertically from the staff table. Though we were not seated as of Houses. Your name was written on a heart placed on the pink plate. In the application for the con you could state if there was someone special you wanted to sit next to. Anna and I had said each other. But we were seated with really nice people. I just find it hilarious that I was seated close to two girls from the south and I talked a lot to one of them. After I moved from there I get Potterhead friends there? xD The dinner was a three-course dinner. All vegetarian to suit as many as possible, but it was all delicious. The cooks acted as house elves, which was really adorable. During the dinner we had visits from several special secret guests. Lockhart who read his fan mail, Rita Skeeter who got us to do a sort of get-to-know-each-other-game with the person seated opposite you, Romilda Vane who got us to write our names on our cups so she wouldn't mistake them for Harrys in which she was going to pour Amortentia, Dumbledore who got us to sing the school song, a Dumbledore song and a House song.
Though during our first attempt to sing the House song the fire alarm went off and the admins couldn't find a way to turn it off so we all left the Great Hall to go outside and get away from the noise. Though when Anna and I got our jackets on someone, of course, managed to turn it off, so we had to take them off and go back in. When we got back in we finally got to sing the House song. Then Luna Lovegood appeared and made a speech about fandom and nerdiness that got a lot of applause and even some tears. Before dessert we did a song accompanied by gestures, which was a lot of fun. Finally Professor Trelawney arrived to tell the future.
After dinner the tables were moved and the chairs placed around the stage (who has a stage in a cafeteria anyway?) and then there were some performances. Peeves was the presenter, which was really funny. First out as performers were the Valentine dwarves/cupids who read love letters/poems between characters from the books. There were several musical performances. One girl even got half the audience crying to one of her songs. A song about Lilys last thoughts and words to Harry before she was killed by Voldemort. So touching. There were also performances by bands formed during the w-rock workshop they had had earlier that day. Some of the texts where absolutely hilarious. Like the one about Bellatrix trying to get Voldemort to love her back. But the song that I remember most vividly was a song about fandom in general.
This is fandom, this is awesome, this is great. It's our fandom, it is mighty, we are great. And all the memories that we share, we should write them down and post them everywhere. So that everyone can see how different life could be.
After that followed a reading by Peeves. It was a story created earlier in the day where someone had written something and then scrolled that part of the paper away for someone else to continue the story. It was hilarious and surprisingly coherent. The penultimate part of performances was a Potter play called Harry Potter och Dödsdatorerna (a word play on the Swedish title of Deathly Hallows - Dödsrelikerna, loosely translated it would be Deathly Computers in English). The play started with Dumbledore saying that this year Hogwarts would be modernised and that everyone would get a computer. Harry got an HP laptop (cause initials xD), Draco got an Apple laptop (cause Drapple xD), Neville got an iPad (called "padda" in Swedish, which also is the word for "toad"), Hermione got a smart phone (cause she's smart), and Ron got an old school fat screen computer (cause second hand) xD Draco faceraped Harry, Ron mentions trolls and Quirrell comes running screaming about trolls, Ginny checks in at the Chamber of Secrets, and Hermione mentions that Barty Crouch Jr apparantly has fled to the Muggle world in a blue phone box (Doctor Who reference got lots of applause and screams) and then comes the part where all the Death Eaters do the Pottermore House placement test and only Draco ends up in Slytherin while Snape ends up in Hufflepuff and tries really really hard to act all nice and Hufflepuff-y. Towards the end Hogwarts will have a ball and all the characters have to look up online who the fans think their character would be most suited with. Harry and Draco end up together of course, Hermione and Luna, and Ron and Aragog xD Then in the end Dumbledore is revealed to be Voldemort and he's defeated. Snape is really happy cause that means he can stop being Hufflepuff-y. 
But at the final part of the performances when Alexandra "I'm not a guy, it's just an illusion" dressed up as Cormac McLaggen and playing a song, I and Anna had to get up and leave to not miss our trains. That meant we missed the final part of the party, which was the actual party with dancing, snacks and W-rock, but I had an amazing time anyway. The way home was one hour longer than the way there, cause one train was delayed so I missed my connection and had to sit around and wait for an hour for the next one -.-' Got home a little before 2am. But it was all so worth it.
Now my bags are packed. Better what out cause I'm coing back to a place I know. And there's nowhere else I'd rather go. There are places out there where people get you, people will understand. That it's not just a book. It's you childhood and it's music, so join the band. I'm coming home. 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Expanding my family - The Sims 2

So for a little more than a week I've been constantly playing The Sims 2. Continuing on with the family that I've had for ages now. I looked it up on my blog and found out that I started this family back in 2011 xD Really didn't think that I'd had it for so long! O_o

Since last time I've managed to get my Evil Witch and a new Werewolf. The Evil Witch has also done her magic and brought me a Zombie :) So now I have one of everything :) Oh and one of my sims went on a mountain vacation and befriended Bigfoot. Then she asked Bigfoot to become part of her family so he's living with her family now. Although Bigfoot has no romantic options I'm planning on using some cheats to make him a father of a child with one of my female sims. Not just sure yet who'll be my victim :P

This is the current family tree:
My fifth generation is coming along nicely. Marissa and Maddox divorced cause Maddox was a cheating bastard (I had nothing to do with that, she flirted with guys on her own). Marissa remarried. My werewolf is married to the Wicked Witch and they have a daughter. I'm planning on having Tess marry Tetsuo, Mizuki will marry Yuuna and Nana will marry Susumu. The game doesn't count them as related anymore :) I'm also planning to let Anathema have a PlantBaby before she turns into an elder. If you're interested you can read the "Teague Family Chronicles" here:
The Beginnings - First and Second Generations
Second and Third Generations
Third and Fourth Generations
Fourth and Fifth Generations
 I keep these for myself to be able to know when and where I did things. Especially since sometimes I haven't played in a while and this helps me to remember where I was and what happened last :) Thanks to all my blogposts about this family I also have the ability to compare the family tree in different stages. That's a lot of fun, being able to see the past and dead family members as children and teens again :P
I'll also throw in some pictures of houses I've built and the current look of my neighbourhood. It has gotten quite large :) I try to have an image in mind every time I build a house, or all my houses would probably look the same - like the first one I built. But now I've built a huge cabin-house, a goth castle, a cute fairytale house, a house inspired by the sea and under the sea, a huge flat building made to look like a modern concrete and glass building, a house with weird angles and three floors inspired by Wonderland, and one house with a basement. The basement was the core feature and it's complicated building a basement in The Sims 2! I've also built a shopping centre, a cemetary, and a Japanese style house, but I have no pictures of these. You can see them a bit from above (in miniatures) on the neighbourhood pic.
But I think this is it for a while with The Sims 2. When I played it yesterday it just wasn't as fun as it was the other days. So I'll be taking another indefiniate break from the game. Now my fingers itch to play something else :3