Monday, 8 May 2017

April favourites 2017

After a busy first week of May I can now finally do this post!

Books: I read three and a half books in April, and by far the best one is the one I haven't finished yet; A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

• Andrew Lloyd Webber - "Little Lotte/Angel of Music" & Bon Jovi - "Livin On A Prayer"

• Di-Rect - "Hey Boy" & Rob Zombie - "The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God"

• Within Temptation - "Final Destination" & Abney Park - "Breathe"

• Alanis Morissette - "Hands Clean" & Alice Cooper - "Hello Hooray"

Games: Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy VII and Mass Effect: Andromeda. By far the best one has been Mass Effect.

TV shows: Twin Peaks, Big Bang Theory, Agents of S.h.i.e.l.d. and Doctor Who. Not a hard choice.

Other: April started out horribly with the terror attack in Stockholm, but ended beautifully in our engagement.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My last 5 books: Horror, YA, and a classic

1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I had heard a lot about this book, mostly about how horrible all the events in it were. I didn't really like it, though. Could be that my Swedish translation messed it up for me, but this book didn't speak to me. I'm not protesting that the events in it were horrible, because they were, but to me there was nothing revolutionary about this book. Maybe when it was released in the 60s it was revolutionary, but for me in 2017 this is a theme I have seen over and over and over so many times in so many different contexts. I didn't really like any of the characters; all of them, even the "good" ones were too stubborn for their own good. I don't hate this book, but it felt bland.

2. The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux. Oh, how I've wanted to read this book since I first saw the musical. Especially since I kept reading online that all the girls who kept romanticising the Phantom should read the book to find out how truly horrible he was and stop doing it. Well, yes he was horrible, but I knew that from the musical. But the book didn't change the fact that I simply felt sorry for him. Circumstance made him a psychopath, if he hadn't been born with a misshapen face he would've simply been a genius. Probably renowned for his work. Instead he was shunned all his life. The way people treated him because of his looks made him into a psychopath. Idiotic, short-sighted people were to blame for how he turned out. That's what I got from the musical, and that's also what I got from the book. In the book it was revealed that all the Phantom wanted was a normal house on a normal street with a normal wife and a normal life, just like everybody else. He was sick of being the Ghost, sick of hiding under the streets of Paris, he just wanted to be normal. And he wanted it so much that when Christine touched his face and kissed him on his forehead without being afraid he was so happy that he felt he could die happy, even if he never saw her again. I can't do anything but feel sorry for the Phantom.

3. Every Day, by David Levithan. This book was recommended me by a friend, and I loved it (most of the time). I couldn't stop reading it and it wasn't until I was finished and put it down that I realised how repetitive it really was. The story was unique, and I loved the whole idea, but the setting became repetitive. Today I woke up as... I'm this far away from Rhiannon... Let's screw this person's life up and go see her... I loved how the author showed life from every different aspect. Boy, girl, rich, poor, gay, straight, knowing someone for only a day vs. knowing someone for most of your life... Exploring the different aspects of life was amazing to read. I wanted more, though. I wanted to find out more about these others that are like A. I can only hope that there'll be proper sequel where A deals with these others more, even if he decided that he wants nothing to do with them I still want to find out more about them. And I want to read more about A and his life, despite how repetitive it becomes.

4. Kaninhjärta, by Christin Ljungqvist. Young adult fiction set in Sweden. I liked the language of this book, how it was written, but I didn't like any of the characters. While reading it, I thought the story was quite likeable, but a few days after finishing it I could hardly remember what it was about. Most of what I remember are angsty teenagers and adults with questionable judgement. Could be that the angsty teenager part hit a bit too close to home (Mary isn't too far from how I was ten years ago). But honestly, I liked this book much more while reading it, than I did reflecting over it afterwards.

5. Necroscope, by Brian Lumley. A few years ago I found a BuzzFeed list called Top 20 Vampires in Books, and I decided it was time to get through that list. The Necroscope series is mentioned on that list, so picking it up I naturally expected a vampire experience. While there are vampires in this book, it's not the main element. The story takes place during the 1970s (the book was written in the 80s) and feature a super secret Soviet spy organization that houses the necromancer Boris Dragosani. Circumstances lead him to Britain where we have the necroscope himself; Harry Keogh. Harry can talk to the dead and they like him, while they fear Dragosani and his forceful necromantic methods of getting what he wants. For years Dragosani nurtures an old, trapped vampire and after Dragosani becomes a vampire himself, the final battle between the necromancer and the necroscope are at hand. I love the twist at the end. And I love how this isn't a vampire story in the romantic, sexy sense, but in the sense that vampires are actual monsters that should be exterminated. This is the first book in a literay universe of sixteen, and I'm really curious to see what comes next.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Elder Scrolls Online: Jester's Festival and Second Anniversary event

This post was originally meant to be only about the Jester's Festival, but as time passed it also became about the Second Anniversary event, which ends today.

The Jester's Festival was the first event that I didn't fully participate in or for which I didn't complete all the achievements. Partly because work got in the way, and partly because I didn't feel it was as much fun as the other two events (Witches Festival & New Life Festival).

For the Jester's Festival you could purchase the free quest starter scroll from the crown store and then follow the directions to the starting point, which is always the first zone of your home alliance. I started outside Vulkhel Guard in Auridon of the Summerset Isles. The other two places were outside Daggerfall in High Rock and outside Ebonheart in Stonefalls, Morrowind. At these places you talk to NPCs dressed as jesters who pretend to be one of the three alliance leaders (Queen Ayrenn, High King Emeric or Jorunn Skald-King). They give you quests to liven up the people in the cities and cause some mayhem.

In Auridon it was all about throwing flower petals on people so they got flower crowns above their heads. In Daggerfall you had to go through two delves to collect a couple of ingredients needed to make fireworks and then fire off fireworks at certain places in the city. In Ebonheart you had to steal some apples to feed to a pig and then steal the pig from under the butcher's nose and bring the pig safely to the Jester without being spotted by the butcher.

After every completed quest you got a container reward in which you could find collectables, new recipes, and some new housing items. To get some extra achievements you could throw flower petals on other players to give them flower crowns, use a total of 50 fireworks, and also fire off some fireworks at each of the Undaunted Enclaves. There was also a pie of misrule memento that you could use during the festival for an XP boost.

The Second Anniversary event started on the same day the Jester's Festival concluded on April 4th. It's an odd name for the event. It's ESO's third anniversary, but since it's only the second event to celebrate it's anniversary, then that's what you get ;) It was basically the same as the last event, which means buy the free scroll from the crown store - go talk to the chef - get the ingredients - get the cake. The cake became a memento just like last year and using it gave you a 100% XP boost for 2 hours, at which point you could eat some more cake and get some more boost. A new thing for this year was that the daily and weekly quests gave you one extra reward in the shape of a container. In this container you could find most anything; crafting items, household items, recipes and crafting motifs. I had a lot more fun combining my daily crafting writs with these reward boxes and finding out what was in them than I had with the Jester's Festival.

The fact that the anniversary event was almost exactly the same this year as it was last year is a little bit of a hint that the old festivals from last year are going to come back in mostly the same form later this year, which I'm actually looking forward to!

Monday, 17 April 2017

What I did for Easter holidays

On Thursday I got up at 6am to get to the train station and get on the train south to Malmö. During the 4+ hours on the train I read Necroscope by Brian Lumley and also slept a bit. My mum picked me up at the train station in Malmö where I greeted her with tulips and a gift (it was her birthday). Picked up the dog from my dad's office to bring her home with us and then spent most of the afternoon and evening watching TV and reading my book. Fell asleep around 10pm completely exhausted.

Got up early on Friday to tag along on one of my parents' traditions. Well, not really theirs, but around Easter it's tradition for artists in the county to show off their works and hopefully get some buyers. The tradition originated on the eastern side and I'm told that over there it's so packed with people that you can hardly get anywhere. So we stayed on the less crowded western side. I'm not all that interested in art and I hardly know anything about anything on art, so I just looked around and went with my instinct in what I liked. Some places didn't have many interesting things, but it was a great opportunity to look at some really old places (don't care about art but old things are great, lol!), and also to make me realise that the one thing I miss from home living up here in Stockholm is the wide open spaces. Being on the road up here means your view will be mostly obscured by thick evergreen forests or rock walls, while back home it's acres upon acres of fields and farmland, or airy leafy forests.
When we got back home we played a round of Ticket to Ride (my parents favourite board game, they've hardly even put it away since I gave it to them about 6 years ago). In the evening we celebrated my mum's birthday a bit more, by going to a somewhat fancy Italian restaurant. Started off with escargots, which was followed by amazing steak, and I had some pannacotta for dessert while my dad had ice cream and mum just a cappuccino. After that we went to a bar close by and had a drink before going back home.

On Saturday I slept for as long as possible (11am) and then got up to get ready for when the grandparents and my sister with bf arrived at 1pm. There was a lot of talking and a homemade three-course lunch. When al the people left around 6pm, none of us really felt like eating, but we had some sandwiches, and then sat ourselves in front of the TV. I read Necroscope while watching the second Jurassic Park movie.

Sunday was a relaxing day. Spent most of the day reading my book, which I finished, played some more Ticket to Ride, and then in the evening we watched the third Jurassic Park movie on TV.

Today my dad drove me to the train and during the 4+ hours of travelling home I started reading my next book; A Game of Thrones. I arrived home around 4.30pm and collapsed in front of the computer.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Thoughts and feelings after the first day back at work

Today was my first day back. Back at the tourist information desk at the department store. I couldn't sleep last night; I was so nervous and worried about how it would feel to be back.

I was there 30 minutes earlier than usual because we had to clean a bit, get information and go to the meeting set up by the department store managers. The atmosphere was subdued and heavy throughout the day, but mixed with a fierce determination to try our best to pretend it was just any other Monday. At the meeting the managers spoke and introduced us to a crisis group that would be available for us at the store throughout the day if we needed to talk, they also encouraged us to talk to each other, and everyone in the staff were very keen to provide hugs and support to each other. During the meeting and during the day I saw several employees burst into tears, probably they shouldn't have been there so soon after, but we all knew that the longer you wait to get back to it, the harder it will get. So we were there, doing our best to move on.

The building still smelled of smoke, sort of acrid, but the hole in the wall had been covered up. Apart from the smell and the heavy atmosphere there was nothing on the second floor (where we are) to remind us of what had happened.

At noon there was a national silent minute. They announced it on the speakers just before it happened, and it felt unreal to watch everyone just stop and be silent. The whole shop came to a standstill. Just for a minute. When it was over they announced it again on the speakers, and everyone continued about their day; for a little while afterwards everyone was quieter than usual.

My shift ended at 2pm and that's when I went outside to have a proper look around. There were crowds all around the flower places and I noticed that people were still putting up flowers. Three days later. So I decided to do the same and bought a small bouquet of yellow roses. There was no condemnation anywhere, just notes of love, courage, encouragement, sorrow, and condoleances. Most of the wall of the department store, next to the covered up hole, had been covered with coloured notes written in many different languages. Two police cars were covered in flowers, the stone lions put up to hinder traffic on the pedestrain street were also covered in flowers, the street in front of the hole in the wall were covered, and the steps to the square across the street even more so. Swedish flags were everywhere along with candles and outdoor torches, gone out in the wind and rain.

 The street in front of the hole, and the covered up hole
 Two police cars covered in flowers
 Post-it wall, and the steps to the square across the street

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The day after it happened

I feel surreal. Still.

When I woke up today it was the same old Sweden, but yet something is different. Maybe it's because I was so close. Maybe something hasn't changed and it's just the way I feel.

Fact remains that the hijacked lorry crashed right into the building, the department store, where I work, where we have our tourist information desk. Less than an hour before it happened my shift had ended and afterwards I bought a big coffee and sat on the square nearby looking at the people. Around 2.30pm I left and walked the 5-10 minutes to the central station to get on my train home. Got on the train at 2.45, the crash happened at 2.50-ish. The train was late leaving the station. I didn't think nothing of it, they gave us the ordinary reasons of train queue and people running on the tracks. It's only afterwards that I started thinking that maybe we were late leaving because of what happened. Possibly I was on the last train allowed to leave the central station.

I didn't check my phone until after I got off the train and was waiting for the bus. My phone had exploded with notifications as well as texts from my parents and my sister and a missed call from my boss. It didn't feel real. What had actually happened didn't hit me until after I had gotten home. All my thoughts and feelings whirled around inside without me being able to get a grip of anything. I went from being terrified of the thought that if I had decided to take a walk before going home I would've been in the middle of it, to worrying about my co-workers who were there, to irrationally thinking about the people whose bags were in our luggage storage and how they would get them out of there. I tried to call my boss to know if the girl who'd taken over after my shift was alright, but the phone lines were overladen and I couldn't get through. When she finally got through to me and could tell me that they were all ok I felt like a huge weight had been lifted. Everyone I knew was ok.

After that I started following the news. Read about our government and parliament and royal family being brought to a safe place and the parliament building being closed down. Read about terrified people trying to get on trains out from Stockholm only to have the trains be locked down. Read about the metro being completely closed down and about police telling people to stay out of the city. Saw tasteless pictures of run-over people being spread on the internet and a picture of the burning lorry lodged in the department store's wall.
(Picture from Aftonbladet)

And through all of this horror I saw and read about people's solidarity. Shops and restaurants stayed open to become refuges for people who couldn't get home. Schools, campuses and churches opened up to accommodate stranded people. People who opened their homes to strangers. Preschools that stayed open to care for the children until their parents could get there. Even a Facebook post from a supermarket telling parents to encourage their children to call them or go there to get food if their parents couldn't get home. And the fact that the French shut off the lights of the Eiffel Tower in support. It made me feel warm and happy despite everything horrible that had to happen for people to show solidarity. Check out the tag #openstockholm on Twitter.

The lorry drove full speed at the largest pedestrian shopping street in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. It could've been so much worse. The death toll has stayed at four even over the night. It's horrible, but it could've been so much worse and that's what I'm holding on to.

Today is the day after and I was supposed to be at work today. At that same department store. But because of what happened the place is closed today. Probably tomorrow too, but the only thought in my head today is how it'll feel to go back there to work on Monday.

Today I woke up to seeing condoleances from practically every leader in the Western world. I also woke up to seeing hundreds of tweets, blog entries, Facebook posts, and articles about how they won't break us, how we are united against them and we are not afraid.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

March favourites 2017

Books: Four books + one manga (in Japanese) in March. Really good work tbh. Favourite has to be Barnbruden (The Child Bride), because even now, weeks later, the plot still sticks in my mind and I find myself thinking about it at the most random times.

• Dark Sarah - "Dance With the Dragon" & Abney Park - "The Derelict"

• Aerosmith - "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" & Black Veil Brides - "Die For You"

• Bowling For Soup - "Don't Be A Dick" & brentalfloss - "Donkey Kong Country"

• Buono! - "Early Bird" & CNBLUE - "Diamond Girl"

• Cold - "A Different Kind of Pain" & Cradle of Filth - "The Death of Love"

Games: ESO, Civ 6, Mystic Messenger and Pokémon Go. Favourite spot goes to Mystic Messenger this time :)

TV shows: So many. But favourite spot goes to The Vampire Diaries. The show finalised this month and I loved how they brought back everything from the earliest seasons for the series finale.

Other: Well... it's been a pretty quiet month. Not much out of the ordinary.

Friday, 31 March 2017

My last 5 books: A mish-mash of languages and genres

1. Gods & Tulips, by Neil Gaiman. Similar to Free Speeches this is a compilation of speeches and essays by various writers in defence of comics. Same as with Free Speeches I mostly skimmed through it, found some good parts, smiled a bit, and continued skimming. I got this book as part of Gaiman's Humble Bundle. It was somewhat interesting, but I would probably have enjoyed it more if I had a larger interest in the world of comics and actually knew more of what they were talking about. So it's probably more my fault that the book's that I didn't like it more.

2. The Stand, by Stephen King. The last book in my King marathon! And I really liked it, although it felt too long at times, and the way it all ended felt a bit anti-climactic. I was very excited to read this after I read an interview where Corey Taylor said this was his favourite book ever. For me, I wouldn't call this a favourite but it's still really good. I liked most of the characters and for the ones I didn't like  I was still interested enough in them to want to know where their stories would lead them. I felt like King spent too much time on certain characters' back story (e.g. Trashcan Man) and not enough on others' (e.g. Randall Flagg). I'm not a scientist in any way, but I still got the gut feeling that some of the science in the book wouldn't really work. While I mostly enjoyed the book it's getting on a bit in years (and it's still supposed to take place in the future, which is now 27 years in the past, but it's the future from the book's time of writing), and I would actually love to see a remake of this book but in our close future. I would like to see how this post-apocalyptic world would work with the prospect of trying to get the Internet back online or cell phones, and maybe finding survivors even in other countries. I want to find out what happened in the rest of the world. Did the flu hit there too or was it isolated to the US? Did the rest of the world founder or just move on and forget about the States? Food for thought... But the main question on my mind after finishing this book is: What happened to Kojak?

3. Kuroshitsuji 1, by Yana Toboso. Black Butler in English. I have heard so much about this manga and several years back it was very popular. I haven't gotten around to reading it until now, and I was actually really surprised. I expected some fanciful slice-of-life manga from some rich boy's life. What I got was plots and demons. I expected silly and got exciting. And now I'm really looking forward to continuing this story.

4. The House of the Four Winds, by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory. First part in what looks to be a series, each book detailing the adventures of each of the twelve daughtes of Swansgaarde. This book is so up my alley it's not even funny (which is why I bought it to begin with); badass ladies in cross-dress, swashbuckling their way through pirates, all the while learning about seafaring and falling in love with the young and handsome crew member. Yes, please! What I liked even more about this book was that it wasn't the silly rose-coloured sort of girly love that's usually the case when romance finds its way into books. This was a mature kind of love. Something that evolved from simple companionship into friendship into something more. And also, it's not just pirates - it's also magic! Only thing I didn't like about this book was the dialogue - it felt a little stilted. The text was good. The dialogue not so much.

5. Barnbruden, by Anna Laestadius Larsson. When I was about 10 years old I had a pretty obsessive interest in the royal lineage of Sweden. I don't remember what got me into it. But my interest sort of lingers in the back of my head, and when I saw this book which details the courtly intrigues of the reign of Gustav III, I pretty much immediately decided to get it. That was sometime last year. I only got around to reading it now and I absolutely loved it. Partly fiction and partly reality, which made me really interested in reading the actual journal of Princess Hedvig Eleonora Charlotta, which of course is what this book bases it's reality upon. Every time a character was introduced in the book I did a run-through of everything I already knew about them inside my head, fitting what I knew into the story of the book. The author must've done the same, because everything actually fits. Thus far one of my absolute favourites of this year. Really excited to read the next two in the trilogy!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Game completed: Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Ok, so you never really complete a game like this. But I decided that, for now, I'd do one campaign and then move on to the next game.

So when I started I decided my first playthrough of this game would be on the easiest difficulty. I always do that with a new game. And then I decided to have a random leader since I didn't have a preference. I ended up with Russia, and the relationships and religions that followed through the game made me laugh a lot.

My first city started on a tundra landscape, which fits Russia. But then Kongo was my closest neighbour in the desert :P And a bit further from them were the Aztecs. The other countries were Brazil, Spain, Japan, Rome and Greece. When organised religion came about everything was hilarious. I made Russia buddhistic, Rome was Jewish, Greece was Muslim, Spain was Catholic. Japan was extremely devoted to Confucianism, and at one point scared the shit out of me. At one point I was vying for a religious victory, sending out apostles and missionaries all over the world, and then suddenly Japan shows up with a whole fleet of them right around my capital. I had no choice but to declare war against Japan and send out my military to massacre all the priests.

I don't do wars in Civ. I like to build and explore in Civ. If I want to conquer the world I play Total War. So as soon as I got rid of all the priests on my land, I simply let it become a ceasefire until Japan offered to make peace. And then I continued to sit back and grow in peace while my neighbours kept fighting each other :P

About round 300 I decided to focus on a science victory. That was closest to where I was going anyway. Building the spaceport and landing a man on the moon felt incredible, and finally, finally I founded a Mars colony and won the game, with less than 50 rounds left until the campaign would've ended automatically.

I know a lot of people compare Civ VI with Civ V, but I didn't play Civ V enough to be able to compare them fairly. All I know is that I thoroughly enjoyed Civ VI and I really want to play again.

Maybe not a theocratic, buddhistic Russia the next time?

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Dealing with backlog: Until Dawn

Finally finished with this game! I got it for Christmas 2015, shortly after this game was all the hype, and started playing it a couple days after. Then I forgot about it. I rediscovered it when I was playing Michonne and picked it up again a few days after I completed Michonne. I didn't restart the game, but continued on my exisiting playthrough - eternally grateful for all the "Previously on..." this game has.

Before I asked my parents for this game I had seen PewDiePie play it and I knew how his playthrough turned out. So I remembered a bunch of things. Still I managed to go in a different direction. Don't know how. It's the tiny things that matter.

Jessica was the first to die for me. She died in chapter four after she was dragged through the window by the wendigo. Mike chased after her; I missed one single button, which made him too slow to save her in time and she lost her jaw. Lovely. One single button.

I continued on and managed to keep literally everyone else alive until the end. The first time I got ready to blow up the lodge I got too trigger-happy and blew the whole thing up while three of them were still in there xD So I replayed the last chapter, in which I missed a button again. I went slow through the scenes in the lodge. Everyone got out, and then Sam died. It was during one of those don't move things, and I swear I didn't move, but I did miss a button when Sam was running towards the lodge, which may have resulted in that don't move check being harder to pass? I don't know, but it seems likely. In any case I got through the game with only Jessica and Sam dead, and Josh being cannibalistic.

I really enjoyed this game, because it was so full of choice & consequence, everything I did would get some sort of consequence later on. Whether I missed a button or chose whether to run or hide, the action would come back and bite me at some point. Butterfly effect, all throughout the game. I also really liked the early therapy sessions with Peter Stormare :P Wonder if the game had been different if I hadn't been so persistent with the gore? Wonder if the psycho had worn a different mask if I hadn't said that clowns were creepy af? (They are.) Every single thing you do is a choice in this game and it makes all the difference, and it's amazing.

(What follows here is me ranting about consoles and the characters. You may skip it.)

I rarely play games on console because I'm so bad with the controls. I usually play games like this or other story-heavy things which aren't all that fast paced, because I keep messing up the buttons. For Until Dawn, those times I missed a button it was always because I can never remember which button is circle and which is square. I always have to translate the symbols in my head before pressing and sometimes I was just a bit slow. Triangle is easy. It points up and the button is up. X is always down. Then we have square and circle, with basically the same colour when in a dimly lit room and several times I just forget which button is on which side. Generally I know that square is left and circle is right, but in the heat of the moment I tend to forget. The mishaps I've had in Until Dawn have been me pressing circle when it should be square and vice-versa.

My favourite character was Sam. She was the only one who could keep calm in the midst of everything, and she was the only one who wasn't a spoiled brat complaining about everything. Every time I played as Emily or Jess (thankfully the latter wasn't for long) I just wanted to punch them. Funny thing? Going through Tumblr it seems like Emily is the fan favourite. I don't get it, but fine. Apparantly it's because she's intelligent and resourceful and ok, yes, she is. She's both of those things, but she's also an annoying bitch, a spoiled brat who complains like a baby when things aren't to her liking and uses her boyfriend as a servant. Like ffs, it's not until Matt and she are separated that she actually starts to do things properly instead of just asking Matt to do them for her. I wanted to punch Matt too but for completely different reasons. He was so leashed and he didn't even see it. I liked both Ashley and Chris, but they kept frustrating me with not revealing their feelings for each other and a lot of the time I just yelled "Just kiss!" at the TV screen. Mike, was the one character that grew on me. I didn't like him initially, but he grew up in the face of danger and became someone really level-headed and useful.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

February favourites 2017

Books: 1 comic, 2 speech collections and 1 novel. I didn't even manage to finish the novel this month but it's still the best I've read in February.

• Tsuji Nozomi - "Koko ni Iruzee!" & "Maru Maru Mori Mori"

• Yellowcard - "Always Summer" & Sparzanza - "Follow Me"

• Roadrunner United - "The End" & Pollapönk - "No Prejudice"

• Hayden Panettiere - "Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet" & C-ute - "Kacchoi Uta"

• Breaking Benjamin "Unknown Soldier" & Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"

Games: ESO, The Walking Dead: Michonne, and Until Dawn. Michonne was the best, even if I put a lot more hours into ESO.

TV shows: So many... But the best show is probably gonna be Call the Midwife S06. Because knowing I have an episode of that show waiting for me when I get home from work always makes me so happy :P

Other: Game night and party night were the highlights of this month.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Week 8 of 2017

Reading: Still only The Stand by Stephen King. I'm more than halfway through now and feel like I could finish it this week if I put my back into it.
Gaming: ESO and Until Dawn. There was also one game of Worms W.M.D and I watched Toni play some Dark Souls 3 and some Uncharted 4.
Working: Four days last week. Only morning shifts. I'm really bad at going to sleep on time so it's been a week of perpetual sleep-deprivation.
Watching: Call the Midwife S06, Grey's Anatomy S13, The Vampire Diaries S08, The Big Bang Theory S10, The Walking Dead S07, The X Files S08, and Masterchef US S01.
Fun stuff: Had a party on Saturday that ended in more drunkenness than is usual, but it was a lot of fun :D
Annoying stuff: Due to the activities of Saturday I had to cede my spot in Sunday's Trials night with the guild in ESO. Kept dying on trash mobs because my reactions were too slow, when I was playing solo, and figured that I wouldn't be any good in a trial, not even with 11 other people backing me up.
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Week 7 of 2017

Reading: Only The Stand by Stephen King. 1300+ pages takes a while. Especially since I've gotten into the habit of not rading every day but only when I'm on the train to and from work.
Gaming: Mostly ESO, but I also completed The Walking Dead: Michonne. Both great games.
Working: Five dys last week, and most of them morning shifts, which I'm not used to after working middle and evening shifts for so long, so I've spent the entire week being constantly tired.
Watching: I've watched Call the Midwife S06, Grey's Anatomy S13, and I finally caught up with The Vampire Diaries S08. And we also watched the new episode of The Walking Dead S07. I also watched Rosemary's Baby from 1968.
Fun stuff: Nothing special tbh. Since I've been mostly tired I haven't felt up to anything.
Annoying stuff: A colleague who ended up being extremely late and I still don't know why. He aways sends a text if he's gonna be 5 minutes late. But this time there was nothing. 10 minutes after he was supposed to be there I asked if he was on his way. He said yes, but 10 minutes later he still hadn't arrived. Luckily a new guy who we've been teaching to do the job was there too that night (although almost 15 minutes late himself), and he said I could leave. Which I did. Still don't know when that colleague actually showed up.
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Watching old, old movies part 7

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19. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
This is the oldest movie on the whole list I think. Fun part is that I've heard of it before (and this movie was 70 years old by the time I was born!), who hasn't heard of Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist? This movie starts out as a young man tells a story of something very odd that happened to him and his fiancée. He tells the story of a carnival coming to the city where they lived and how Dr. Caligari set up a stage there to show off Cesare, a young somnambulist, who would awake at Caligari's command. Soon after the duo arrived in the city people start dying, and after some investigations it becomes clear that Cesare is the culprit, but whether he does it on Caligari's orders or chooses to do it himself is never really explained. There's a chase (which looks extremely funny in a 20's film - all rickety and speeded up), and then there's a huge twist. When the movie finishes you have no idea if all if that really happened and was later covered up, or if it's just the ramblings of a madman. I love it. It's the oldest movie on the list, but thus far one of the most cleverly executed ones. Also Cesare was oddly attractive, and the weird angles of all the sets in the movie were amazing.

20. The Old Dark House (1932)
This one was odd. It's supposed to be a horror comedy, and I guess that may be part of it. Humour very rarely ages well. And wth was up with the disclaimer in the beginning? Like "this is indeed the same Boris Karloff made famous for portraying Frankenstein's monster, but we're not trying to impose on that and this only serves to prove his versatility". And then his role in this movie is a mute, imposing and crazy butler. So basically, not at all different from the monster. "Versatility" lol. And not a speaking role at all. And ofc there's the same "I met her three seconds ago and now I love her and want to spend my life with her bs". Wat. Like ok, I can see that it's supposed to be humourous, with all the banter and the jumpy master of the house and his crazy sister, but it's not comedy that I find funny. Maybe it's too old and I'm too young. I don't know. But the humour of it felt forced and cliché. I mean the running joke of the last 20 minutes was "Saul has no soul"! Heh. Heh. Heh. If this movie had been released today it would've become an instant meme. And the most famous line from the whole movie is: "Have a potato."I'm not even kidding.

21. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
For the first time going through this list I can say that I have seen this movie before. Last time was in my very early teens and my mum told me it was scary. It was interesting to see it all again as an adult. I remember thinking it was very boring as a 13-something-year-old, but as an adult I spent most of those 2 hours completely exasperated with Rosemary and absolutely pissed off with her husband. What right does he have to tell her what to do? What right does he have to throw out her books because he doesn't want her to read them? What right does he have to dictate which doctor she sees during her pregnancy? And why tf is she letting him?! And when she figures out that her neighbours and their friends are in a coven and have recruited her husband, she decides to go to get help from the doctor her neighbours recommended. What part of that makes sense, woman?! In what world isn't it obvious that he's in on it too, if your neighbours insist that you see him? Come on. Some logical thinking would be appreciated. And in what world do you live in that you actually expect to be believed when you tell someone you're being targeted by a group of witches? Honestly. I was looking forward to seeing this movie again, because I was hoping that what I percieved as boring at 13, would have become interesting and maybe even exciting at 26. This movie ended up as a huge disappointment. Don't get me wrong. The story is good, if a little thin in places, the acting is nice, and Mia Farrow is amazing eye-candy, and except for her hair-cut the fashion is beautiful, but the characters are so exasperating. I just can't like any of them, and the characters create the story.