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Things are happening, and I want to write them down for remembering in the future. Then I remembered I had this thing going pretty well once. Guess I let it die. Oh well! I always do that.

Anyway, 2012 was weird. I started wearing glasses. Got astigmatism, so not that bad, but I feel better wearing them all the time. I look kinda hipsterish now I guess, which I couldn’t care less about (does that make me a hipster?)

I got a girlfriend. She’s awesome.

I got a new job. I am now responsible for books in the bookstore I work in. Yep.

And I want to write something about the brilliant use of music in Battlestar Galactica, but I need to go to bed soon, so I’ll just write this about wanting to write that. Maybe I remember to do so later. The use of music is brilliant at least.

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Just busy with my new kitty (Loke), new games, books, movies, tv-shows and all kinds of real life stuff. Will see if I can take some time out of my rather busy yet lonely life this weekend to write something up. PEACE!

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Yeah, not good at it. But I got so much else to do these days! Let me make a small list:

Work

Been doing a lot more at work, as the man who handles all the books has been on vacation. He is back tomorrow though, so now it will be days with “here is what you did wrong, this is how you should do it”. Friendly and all that, but I am still kinda nervous about it. But I think I did fine actually.

Books

Been reading “The Name of the Wind" recently, which is fucking awesome! Almost done, then I am going to start on the next one. Then I have a shitload of other books I need to read.

Games

Been playing a lot of Diablo 3, bought and beat Warhammer 40k: Space Marine, got McPixel to entertain me for small half-hour chunks. Hell, I got too many games.
Just look at my Backloggery: My Games!

Life

I am also trying to work out now, to get into better shape and all that. Also to help my back, which is fucking killing me after work these days. I got longer hours, but fewer days, so I got time to get better. But still, I really feel it.
Gotten to know someone over the intertubes which is really awesome. I’ll get to meet her in a few weeks, which I am looking forward to a lot!
I might be getting addicted on energy drinks. Not good.
Money is finally starting to normalize a bit, making me not balance on the edge of a cliff anymore. Which is awesome! But I am far from being able to not work and just coast on the interests… which I found out was about 40 million kroner, according to a calculator this finance-site made. I don’t think I earn enough for that…

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Yummy! (Taken with Instagram)

Yummy! (Taken with Instagram)

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So, this will be filled with spoilers, so don’t read if you haven’t watched Doctor Who. It will probably contain spoilers right up to the last series, but mostly around series 1-5 I think. Not sure why I am writing this down, seeing how anyone who have watched all of this will know all of this already, and know why the show is so damned good. While those who haven’t seen it yet really shouldn’t read it… Oh well. Here we go!

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A few years ago I had only vaguely heard about Doctor Who. Never seen anything from the show, never learned what it was about. I might have believed it was some kind of medical show, but a good one as a lot of people online kept raving on about it.

It was not until a friend of mine said that I really had to check it out that I actually felt like I needed to do so. I then downloaded (yeah, I know) the first episode of the new series. I spent some time figuring out if I should watch the old series first, but was told that I didn’t need to. And that it would in fact be rather difficult to watch the old show, as much of it has been lost. Yes, Doctor Who did in fact start in 1963, and stopped in 1989. But then the new series came in 2005, and it was the first episode from this series I got a hold of and watched.

As soon as the episode was finished, I got online and ordered the Series 1 box-set. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive though, so over the course of the next few days I downloaded and watched all the episodes from Series 1. But let me tell you a bit about what Doctor Who actually is, in case you haven’t actually watched it.

The show is quite simple really. You follow a man who calls himself “The Doctor”. Well, he is in fact an alien, of the humanoid race who called themselves the Time Lords. He flies around in his spaceship, called the TARDIS. This stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Meaning, this ship can move through space and time. So the Doctor moves throughout history, always getting into some kind of trouble which he have to fix. And since he has this fascination and love for our Earth, he usually ends up here. And that also means he often has a companion with him, from Earth.

So, why is this show so good? Sounds like some decent sci-fi, but what makes it so much better than almost every other tv-series? Heart, that is what. TV-series usually don’t do a good job with emotions I think. Sad things tend to seem flat and silly, dramatic things turn into soap opera and don’t get me started on love. But somehow Doctor Who manages to be genuinely funny, sad, scary and whatever else that fits. In order to achieve this you need great writing and great actors, both of which you can find (usually) in any of the episodes. Sure, some episodes aren’t as good as others, but mostly they deliver. And this is after all a show that is actually for young adults. How they managed to make it this good is almost beyond me. And I can’t really tell you how good it is in this portion of this post, because I will have to delve quite heavily into spoilers. And I don’t want to spoil this gem of a show for anyone who haven’t seen it yet. So let me instead list a few things, that aren’t spoilers, that made me fall in love with this show. Then I am going to move into Spoiler Street, 4242 Spoiler City.

The sense of adventure and freedom, the charisma and mystery of a 900+ year old alien protagonist, the morally grey depiction of the universe, the jumping around in time, showing the scale of the universe and of course, the Doctors smile.

I guess it is impossible to understand why I love this show so much without actually watching an episode, so watch the first episode of the 2005 series please. Right now. Then watch all of it, and come back here for some spoilerific things about why this is the best sci-fi tv-show. Oh, and don’t read the spoiler-filled thingy before watching the show. It is really best to actually see it all for the first time in the show, not have my badly worded sentences ruin plot-points and other awesome things. Which is why I am going to add the spoiler-thingy as a separate post. Allons-y!

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Earlier this year I was listening to a podcast by the Giant Bomb crew. I think it was a podcast anyway, might have been a video…
In it they talked about a book by someone I hadn’t heard of before. China Miéville. The book was “The City and the City”, and when I looked it up it seemed very interesting. I was also testing out an ebook-reader for work at the time, so figured I could just as well purchase the book and read it on that. I am glad I did.

The City and the City turned out to be a weird crime story, taking place within two cities that share the same physical space. There is nothing supernatural splitting the cities apart, you just need to know what buildings, people and vehicles are in each city. I know, it sounds like pure gibberish, and that is kinda what I thought at first. “This doesn’t make sense, what the fuck?” Then as I got further along everything kinda… clicked into place. It made sense to me, this absurd and strange idea of two cities at one place. At that point the book turned from something I couldn’t really grasp to a great crime story set in a weird and improbable setting. I loved it.

So I decided to try out another book. This time in physical form. The only one I could order from the bookstore where I work (in Norway, which is why it is not as easy to get some English books) was “Embassytown”. I finished it yesterday. Wow.

I don’t even want to say much about the plot in that one, but it is more of a sci-fi story with a lot of strange and unexplained things. Like “the immer”, which seems to be some sort of subspace they use for fast travelling. Anyway, the center of the story is Embassytown itself, placed on a planet where the indigenous species “The Hosts” literally cannot lie. They also cannot understand any other language but their own, for very good reasons. It is all the same as The City and the City at first, in the way that nothing really makes sense. You are thrown into this fantastical world of Terres, immer, doppels and bio-rigged everything. Yeah, the Hosts somehow manipulate biological matter into making everything from houses to household equipment. If you need a screwdriver it can most likely be crapped out by some of their bio-rigged equipment after feeding it dirt.

So at first nothing makes sense, then slowly the ideas, concepts and way of thinking syncs with yours. At the first chapter I understood little, by the last it all made sense to me. Or, nearly all of it. It seems this might be his way of writing, and I love it. The act of writing something so strange and fantastic, then instead of explaining things right away he doles it out slowly, a little at a time, making your brain adjust to the alien way things work in whatever story you are reading.

Just after two books I have decided that I shall read everything this author has made. And I urge you to pick up one of his books as well. If you like sci-fi, try Embassytown. If you like more down to earth, solving crime stuff, go for The City and the City. Then you have a bunch of other books I haven’t read yet, like Kraken and Un Lun Dun. Just read something by China Miéville. I know I will.

(I have two other authors I strive to read everything by, and those are Neil Gaiman and recently John Ajvide Lindqvist. Go check them out as well!)

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readyplayerone:

Hey Tumblr, we’re giving away 24 signed copies of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and all you need to do to enter is reblog this post. 
We’re going to randomly pick a new winner every weekday until we run out of copies so start reblogging. The first winner gets pulled on Monday morning. Good luck and May the Force be with you. 

Loved the book, would be cool to have a signed copy!

readyplayerone:

Hey Tumblr, we’re giving away 24 signed copies of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and all you need to do to enter is reblog this post. 

We’re going to randomly pick a new winner every weekday until we run out of copies so start reblogging. The first winner gets pulled on Monday morning. Good luck and May the Force be with you. 

Loved the book, would be cool to have a signed copy!

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Wow. Just… wow. I saw Last Tango in Paris last time. I knew little about this movie, other than a couple of things. Like, it is a drama. It is highly regarded. And it is old. I did not know it was so full of sex. And crazy shit. It was good, but man. I am so glad I saw this on my own, not with anyone else.
Simply put this is about an older guy who meet up with a young girl by accident, while both of them look at an apartment. And then they have sex. She is already in a relationship of course. So they meet up there just to have sex. Oh, she is French and he is American. 
Yeah. Cheating, sex, strange perverted dialog and stuff like that. Hey, it was good, but also weird.
  • Seven Samurai (1954)
  • The Rules of the Game (1939)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Dersu Uzala (1975)
  • Blowup (1966)
  • The Seventh Seal (1957)
  • The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  • 8½ (1963)
  • Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) (1928)
  • Kes (1969)
  • Breathless (1960)
  • Mon Oncle (1958)
  • Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
  • Modern Times (1936)
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
  • Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
  • Solaris (1972)
  • City of God (2002)
  • Breaking the Waves (1996)
  • Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  • Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror (1922)
  • Umberto D. (1952)
  • Three Colours: Blue (1993)
  • The Battle of Algiers (1965)
  • Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)

Movies seen: 13 out of 25

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neil-gaiman:

I just got out of bed, and snuck over to the computer, and supported Amanda’s Kickstarter.

(Happy Birthday, darling.)

Watch the video. It will tell you everything about Amanda, that you could ever want to know. Also, it’s really sweet and funny.

Going there now myself. Would support this just for my love of Neil Gaiman’s writing, but through his blog posts and such I have also learned that Amanda Fucking Palmer is quite the awesome artist. We love you to Amanda!

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