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.

Friday, 28 June 2019

At long last a break

Finally back in Sweden for a bit, really need that after not having had a proper break since the preparations for the experiments started early this year, and the weather is a lot better than the German furnace that I escaped. My co-workers keep saying I can't handle the heat, but none of them biked 8 km to work in that temperature like I did, plus another 10+ km for chores on the way home. I like punishing myself, what can I say :p It's also nice to be back in a recognizable setting after the rather strange learning experiences I had this spring, gotta nerd myself back in shape. About half of what I brought back was food-related, but I managed to fit in some clothes too...

So, the plan is to figure out what I want to do with myself, play more violin, continue on the origami dragon puzzle, have a go at fixing a dishwasher, and possibly play around with some simple coding ideas. I should pretend to be a sack of potatoes every now and then too.

Enough of this, time for my first vacation sleep, the sky is still bright up here in the North :)

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Slap some cyberpunk on it

I always liked CD Projekt Red, good old GOG. I could never get into The Witcher (didn't play it for long, tried for a few minutes, uninstalled :p ), and although I looove sci-fi I cannot quite enjoy the Cyberpunk 2077 trailers. Looks like the standard gameplay shine fest which means it won't need the theme for the plot. GTA with new wallpaper and lots of piercing? Maybe it'll be great, I'll try to be optimistic. As for positive things, the tech and fan service is on point! Also, Deus Ex (the first one), good stuff.

Mauler and his gang are great, with a pinch of salt as always. Supposedly controversial content, but I learn more from them than other reviewers I've watched so far. It's great to see people who put a lot of thought and time (looking forward to the full 10+ hrs series on TFA) into figuring things out. Plus even though they go straight to the point about what's done which some take the wrong way, they wish for things to improve.

So I did it, I found an inexpensive way to get the SKX009J1. The SARB035 looks amazing in photos and in real life, but the SKX looks much better in real life than it does in photos or videos. If you're on the fence, get one.

And another thing I did, I started the huge origami project! Doing small parts with printer paper to figure out some important parts before I ravage the real paper, tricky stuff...

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Cannot edit too much

Been back for a day. It was intense 1.5 weeks of work, but we managed a few evenings out. Didn't leave Wako which was sad, but there's excellent food everywhere in Japan, if one has an open mind. But we did it, we got the whole thing running! Let's see how many e-mails we get about it the next few weeks... Mayhaps we have to go back :D Mm, fermented seaweed otoushi, no matter how strange people think it is, it has a cleaner flavour and is in every way better than dairy, but I understand... More for me.

Watched three films on the way back; Grindelwald, Replicas, and Bohemian Rhapsody. Nothing too surprising, the first was boring as I expected and I stopped it at some point realizing it was about to kind of end, the next was a little bit better than I thought although I wish they had fleshed things out a bit (like the family radio silence and the last robot), and the last was very nice, but seriously how far can you take something like that? I really liked how The Show Must Go On started playing as we approached the airport. Leaving Japan is always a little sad, so was a strangely poignant moment.

Big meeting the coming week and I have a presentation rather early. Means I gotta work a bit tomorrow, bah :p But also means I can relax throughout most of it, yay :)

Scratched my snxs75, that will be a memory for life...

EDIT 2019-05-24: I don't remember what kind of clicking frenzy lead me to this point, but I've been absolutely swept away by Seiko Grand Quartz 48*/99* and King Seiko 5626 vintage watches. And they can be found for not a whole lot of money. I also had a look at the (in?)famous 45* series with its 10 Hz, but it stutters too much and requires way too much service. Besides, as long as Spring Drive exists, I would never buy a >8 Hz watch (ahh, Spring Drive, one day...). Any device in my possession that can have a wallpaper has now been updated ;) The pros for the quartz is that Seiko lead the way and it's simply the superior way to make a watch, the only con is that even though they are incredibly pretty the 5626 looks much better. The pro for the King is its near perfect looks, the con is that it is a much more fragile and frankly stupid watch. I suppose I'll have yet another period of agonizing back-and-forthing while reading every thread and article I can find 10 times over, and one day I'll have both... I've already been eyeing a 4843-8041 in absolute mint condition which was sold rather quickly (hurt a bit), but although gold plating looks nice at first it will eventually flake and then it's over. A solid case with dings and scratches will always be prettier. Same with humans! Sorry, too banal.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Just one more time...

We're back! Just had a lovely dinner in the RIKEN canteen, and afterwards I bought a mochi cake, some classic Amanoya rice crackers, a bottle of Calpis, and a Cup Noodles for breakfast tomorrow. That's of course not the reason we're here, we'll set up the readout for a neutron detector here with GSI equipment, in only 10 days. But we can't only do that...

This also means I saw some newish films on the plane, in order: The Mule, Aquaman, and Mortal Engines. Nothing great, but better than trying to fall asleep. The first was rather simple, the second was pretty much a normal superhero film, and the last was weird but I got through it. The description of predator cities devouring settlements was a lot more interesting than the film itself, but oh well.

I had a déja vu when I saw the black hole photo that was in the news all over the world. A week or so later I found out about the student who created the picture and she had a TED talk that I watched two years ago about exactly that project. So many things to remember these days. Went on a physics updating spree after that.

Ah yes, the D.R. Harris shaving soap is amazing, everything else I tried so far don't stand a chance. The scent is still as lovely as when I took my first whiff.

Better go to sleep after several horribly unsuccessful attempts on the plane...

EDIT 2019-05-09: While on the subject of Japan, in a round-about way, look up Curvature Blindness illusion. This is on par with the Checker Shadow illusion.

EDIT 2019-05-11: Oh wait what, Aquaman is considered amazing and all critics are slammed? It was a modern romp, and that's all it was. Isn't it funny how so many people like to seriously and vigorously (impulsively attack other opinions...) ponder and discuss warfare and politics (no scratch that, it's a superhero film, come on) between creatures from Atlantis and surface dwellers? I would have liked to have seen it at home to hear the soundtrack better, but I probably won't watch it again :p And now I better hide. Time for Japanese breakfast!

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

ENDGAME

So, how do I do this without spoilers... Well, it was pretty good, a great end to it all. Some annoying habits here and there, and of course since it's the last one the ending was drawn out forever and gave me a near fatal Hollywood sugary overdose. Sometimes they just don't understand what the audience already feel and keep hammering. But I had fun. Still cannot believe the midnight preview is two days earlier in Europe than the US. I was about to write something about Captain Marvel's role in the film, but that would have been spoily. That whole topic is odd though, good intentions taken too far in all camps.

Now that this is over, it seems like our movie nights will continue with Star Wars first. Some say that Marvel is the Star Wars for the current generation, and I can kind of see that, however there are many more cinematic highlights in Star Wars. I cannot think of a really good one in the Marvel films right now. Hulk smashing Loki in the ground vs Luke in the final duel against his father? Myeeeeah... Maybe, maybe something in Endgame that I cannot describe, but it was so simple and obvious. No, Star Wars is still at the top.

Well that was it, time to sleep (4 in the morning now, ugh) so I can work a little tomorrow.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Campaign finished

Three experiments done! There are a few big question at work nobody wants to tackle head-on before the upcoming experiments can run, let's see how that works out. Although I might not see any of it, that's another thing we'll have to see how it works out...

As per my post-experiment tradition, I ordered a few small things that I'm enjoying quite a lot: DR Harris Arlington shaving soap and after-shave milk. I had a hard time deciding between Arlington and Windsor before placing the order (and I'm way too cheap to get both), I couldn't conjure up the smells in my head only from review descriptions. Well, now that I have the Arlington, supposedly smelling mainly of citrus and fern, I'd say it smells like someone sprayed citrus onto a flower bouquet, while still feeling very much like a perfume. Yeah, I'm not a pro when it comes to understanding scents... I was a bit surprised when I took my first whiff of it, but it didn't take long until I realized this is really great stuff. The soap lather sure lived up to its glowing reviews, the few soaps and creams I've tried before do not stand a chance (Edwin Jagger and The Art Of Shaving soaps, plus Taylor Of Old Bond Street cream). I have even less experience with after-shave, but the milk feels great, doesn't stick around for way long, and gives that lingering flower bouquet scent. Honestly, I find this type of topic to be rather silly when I read about it, but man were these things nice to try out.

My smartphone battery is about to blow up, I should get rid of it. I dug out my old non-smartphone, turns out that has died too. I realized it's pretty nice not having a phone, as long as I don't step on the soap in the shower. I never played games on mine, and I was irritated at myself for looking things up online that I really didn't need. I'll get a cheap one for calling and messaging, just so people can pester me since it's so difficult nowadays to plan or just decide to do something at a specific time and place. Says me who cannot organize anything...

Started picking up the violin a bit more after the experiments. It feels so great when it all just clicks. With practice it'll click more often :)

Let's see if I can finish The Night Of The Rabbit before tomorrow, fun with adventure and puzzle solving on the holiday! First day of it...
EDIT some hours later: Beginning to middle was really cute and cozy, middle was serious and great, the ending acts were odd, the last sequence was nice, maybe a wee bit too much talking. And now I feel the void of having finished a story with lovely characters. "It was nice visiting you!" I also did the 1,000 clicks. One day I'll play the title melody on the violin :) Alright, time for bed, and another day.

EDIT 2019-04-20: Completely forgot I saw the last Star Wars trailer a little while back. Was just reminded of it. And now I've forgotten again.