Friday, 15 November 2019

A big day

Remember the old Magic Eye pictures? They were a big thing when I was young, and they've been popping up here and there due to various 80s and 90s nostalgia. I never understood them, but had a go today.

And there it was, "I *heart* you" floating in mid-air!

I tried picture after picture, half of them were sharks, but also sightseeing views or exciting sports moments. Of course my mind started wandering and I had a try with animated gifs, then videos on youtube. One point on my bucket list done :D

Work-wise there's just too many things, but we'll have a group outing to Sinsheim tomorrow, so I should be in bed now...

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Knock knock

Joker is an excellent film, but I also understand the critique surrounding it. Probably not the best thing to watch if you're not sure what's going on with yourself. In this part of the world I'd say nearly everybody sees only the negative progression, which says more about the environment that the critics live in than the film itself, and that might even be one of the main points behind it? Taxi Driver is better overall, but the Joker might be the best prequel/origin-story film I've seen so far. Looking forward to seeing it again in a year or so when I can watch it at home.

It's a good thing the delivery time for a Nakaya is so long, that put me off for now. I already have a lovely 3776 that I should work harder with.

Getting close to beam time again! Let's see if people can figure out what we want to test and what goes where until very soon...

EDIT 2019-10-27: After the latest Spider Man film, people had another go at comparing the main three: Raimi, Sony, and, uhm, is is called the MCU? Anyway, as a kid I always thought the Raimi versions were cheesy, but I've heard some very solid arguments recently why Spider Man 2 is really good. And whaddaya know, after having grown up a bit, I agree that it's the best Spider Man ever was. I'm currently enjoying a nice post-watching state. The MCU versions are fun, but most MCU characters seem to me to feel their emotions way too fast or entirely dodge them with jokes. "2 seconds to gaze and contemplate, and then I gots to go and save the world! After that I'll have to go to the laundromat." I cannot get into that rhythm, it not only trivializes the super hero antics (Spider Man 2 had a lovely moment on the train), it gives me personally no time to understand what's going on with the characters. I mostly like Iron Man 1 and Captain America 1 because they take some time off a tight schedule. I also started my 4th or 5th viewing of The Wire some weeks ago, and, uh, yeah, king vs pawn.

On a similar note, after having seen the final Star Wars trailer, I decided I really won't watch it. Not just not pay for it, I just don't want to see it. And the recent Terminator film seems like a waste as well. Oh right, I haven't watched Terminator 1 and 2 in a good while, I'll have to look into that.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Foraging

Went out with co-workers to pick mushrooms yesterday. It's been many years since the last time I did that with my family. Funny how the parasol mushroom is regarded highly in Sweden, but down here it grows like weeds. Tried it today, was alright. The porcini is a lot nicer, found a few of those plus some of its bolete cousins. After the adventure in the woods we gathered at one couple's place and had dinner, drinks, and chatted for 11 hours straight until the first bus in the morning... It was a great day + evening, but the next day was tough. Cleaned the mushrooms today which is really boring, but boy is it worth it. I need to make sure I actually use the dried up mushrooms, I tend to keep things like that for too long.

BWV1001 Adagio is not as hard as I thought, and it's one of my favs. Next on my list!

EDIT: 2019-10-05: Made cinnamon rolls with co-workers this afternoon, they're really great straight out of the oven. Somehow we binged s1 of Silicon Valley too, I forgot how great that series is, and how wrong so many jokes are. Good stuff. Together with the IT crowd they are the only two nerdy series I really like.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Industry standard

I've picked up my violin a lot more often lately and finally got fed up with the dull G string, Corelli Crystal is famously dull and before I buy my next violin I should try to replace them. Finally bought the Ernie Balls of the violin string world, Dominant G-D-A + Pirastro Gold E, with a loop since I have the fancy fine tuner for that. Let's hope today is a good violining day so I'll make good use of them, although Dominants need a few days to break in. Went back to BWV1004 Gigue, coming back to a piece after a while really shows the progress, so I need to play more!

That origami project stalled... The paper is out on the table but I haven't found the energy for it. One day.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Another clean slate

It's that time again. New PoE league, i.e. a clean slate with characters and items together with friends who live far, far away. And what do you know, got a Tabula Rasa on the first day :D Good easy life. Oh right, it forced the integrated graphics so I had to go for 1024x768 the whole evening, I hope that's fixed today. Oh, the nvidia thingamajig didn't know anything about the 64-bit version of PoE and thought Intel will be sufficient.

Family members have had some surgeries in the last few years, feels a bit strange to be so far away when those things happen. Why is everything so far away for me? :p

Things were a bit passive at work and the collaboration meetings were rather pointless. Two of us started sending some e-mails and it seems like things are moving, although we had to keep asking and listening to know. Could be a coincidence, but in any case there's no point complaining and having wonderful ideas of a utopic work life like most people do if one does not poke and irritate the people who need to spring into action. Always offer a hand when you poke and people will be fine, don't tell them "do this and that and now it's off my table".

Well that's it, need to do Saturday chores now.

EDIT 2019-09-08: So, got another Tabula Rasa. Gave it to the guy in the group who plays a ranger and dies all the time :) Seriously though, 2 of them during the first 3 days of the new league? Nuts.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Craaaazy

Just back home after a dose of Meshuggah live in the beautifully named Schlachthof in Wiesbaden. They really are fantastic live and their light show is a spectacle. I seem to have some brain cells left, so yay.

Only took a year, but I finally bought a leather strap like I said I would, and two nato straps. Will take photos later.

BWV1006 really is improving, seeing that is the best motivator. I try some others now and then, but Bourrée and Gigue are good, short, and easy enough.

All the physical work at the concert today wore me out, and my neck will be stiff like a board tomorrow, gonna go to sleep...

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Aaand break over (also the moon!)

Another summer holiday done. Didn't figure out my future yet... But played quite a bit of violin and studied some, strange how one can pick up very fundamental ideas about subjects I've known for over a decade, that's why one has to keep reading. Went on a few road-trips with the family and spent some evenings with friends. After one evening of Secret Hitler where I managed to get elected chancellor as Hitler, close to midnight we ended up playing padel/paddle with a soft soccer ball and my brand new Portuguese leather shoes, not ideal. Weird sentence that.

What else is new... Signed up for Spotify at long last, a friend sent me a link to "Everybody" that I'll listen to one day. And today I decided I've delved sufficiently deep into the real invisible global network, so why not sign up for Netflix and start watching Stranger Things? Finally! This show is THREE years old and I've wanted to see it for most of that time. I'm so silly. Perfect for David Harbour, he always drew the short straw in the films I saw him in, but he's doing a good job here.

Oh yeah, there was a wedding for a friend of mine, shouldn't forget that. Started a bit slow since I knew very few people there, but it usually picks up after a while. Was dragged onto the dance floor twice and managed not to severely injure anybody while flailing around, so I feel like I did a good job.

The idea now for my evenings is to keep studying and play the violin, doing mainly Bourée and Gigue of BWV1006 nowadays. I'll figure it "all" out one day...

One more episode of Stranger Things and then I'll go to bed for my first working day after the vacation!

EDIT 2019-07-19: Stranger Things is amazing! I really have to stop watching and get to bed...

EDIT 2019-07-20: Poor Will, he has to endure so much. Also, big moon landing anniversary! I'll have a lot of cheese, that's the most moon-like thing I can think of. And lastly, a newspaper asked in a quiz when the original Lion King came out. Oooooh-hoo, a lot of us know about the original, don't we Disney? Tactics is the real justice in this world.

EDIT 2019-07-23: So, three seasons of steady decline. Each season ends very well, but the main plot of each gets dumber and dumber. I don't have as many complaints as most other critics, but it's really getting too goofy. Also, way too many sound effects. Still not as bad a tumble as the new Star Warses, so I'll keep watching.