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Parlino is having a small design contest. You might not be interested in the contest, but you¨'ll probably find designing your own character interesting. Design your own. Beware though, it's in Swedish, and if you want to win stuff then you'll have to be in Sweden as well.

Forum Image Hosting

Need a place to host your images? Try this. It's fast and simple. No registration needed and no bandwidth limits. Images are hosted on my server, forever. You can link to them easily, just copy and paste the given code. Do not upload illegal images, they will be removed if their found. Happy Hosting!

UPD: My image hosting service was removed a while back! Images that were uploaded should still be there however, if you still have the links. ;) I might get this thing working again in the future too...

Such Is Life

There are two movies on TV today. Both starring Samuel Jackson, both thrillers, both from the 90's. Coincidence? Conspiracy? I don't know. What I do know is that both of them are movies that I want to see, and that they unfortunate run only one hour apart. Which means I can either :

a. ) Watch one hour of the first movie and then watch the other movie

b. ) Watch one hour of the first movie, then spend an hour constantly pending between the two movies as not to miss too much of the plot, and finally watch the end of movie 2 without disturbance.

c. ) Watch movie 1 and only movie 1

d. ) Watch movie 2 and no more than that.

Movie 1 is called Jackie Brown, Movie 2 is called the Negotiator. Since the second one starts an hour later, and I have to be up relatively early tomorrow morning, option c seems like the definite choice, even though it's unfortunate I miss one. For those of you who said "wth" after the very first sentence of this post and continued by saying or thinking "only 2 movies?", I'll have to inform you that the free bundle of channels that we in our house use consist of only 6 channels, none of them specifically movie channels, and we have no intentions of buying more, since, seriously, why? Name one reason anyone would actually need more other than to get unlimited bragging rights.

In other unrelated news I was walking by the under-construction golf course this afternoon and I saw a golf cart, with the key in it, fully functional, and noone within a kilometer radius . . . not that I could see at least. I stood by the car for maybe 5 minutes, pressed the gas pedal a little to see if it actually worked ( it did ), tried to gather courage to take a little test drive. No stealing or anything, just a little fun-riding. Unfortunately for me I didn't, and when I walked past the place three hours later it was gone. So that's that, I missed the chance, if it was one. Broke a mirror later today as well, while trying to remove the frame from around it. Now I hope I don't get 7 years of bad luck! Not that I'm superstitious, but I've never broken a mirror before, this will be interesting. Otherwise it's been a great day. Goodnight peoples!

A Noble Cause

The wikimedia foundation needs money, and they want YOU to change the world. Me? I already donated my share, 100KR of pure good. I quote, from their website :

If you and 99 other people donate…

* $200 – We can make Wikipedia available in developing countries through DVDs, books and pamphlets.
* $100 – We can pay for two Wikipedia Academy events in Africa.
* $60 – We can send three students to our annual Wikimania conference.
* $40 – We can deliver 100 million pageviews of free information!

The wikimedia foundations is, for those of you who don't know, the non-profit organisation behind the great resourceful websites wikipedia, wictionary, and plenty of other opencourse projects with great plans. Donate! Now! GoGoGo!

Funky Friday

Hello Again! It's Friday, the best day of the week. I watched Zatoichi and Offside today, great movies, both of them. Tomorrow I will be watching more movies than ever before, but there will be no blogpost tomorrow (since I'll then be watching more movies than ever before). So this post ends the weekly blogpost week at cyberDB and NG that I have been arranging today (and yesterday, and the day before that all the way down to Monday). And to be honest, daily writing really isn't anything for me, so now I know and can avoid any jobs as daily writer on the various newspapers I read, and I can avoid writing daily blogposts for a week as well. I prefer writing when I'm inspired, and only then. This means either when I'm in a great mood or when it's night and nice and quite. Anyhow...

Zatoichi (2004)

Was it 2004? If it wasn't, I apologize, and will not change the date above but will keep the right one in mind for the next Zatoichi-related post I make after you email me the correct year. Anyhow, this movie is fantastic. The main character is a blind massagist traveling around the country, but there are plenty of other main characters as well, including a fat guy in a Samurai suit, a gambling addict, a transvestite and his sister, a ronin and a gang boss. There's a lot of action, and though the blood may seem exaggerated at times, it's always realistic (at least it seems realistic) and stylish. The director puts the colors Red and Blue into focus, as he does in all his other movies, red standing for evil and blue standing for good. He also uses gray and brown.

The story about this clash of personalities taking place in olskool Edo, where early Yakuza, ronin and samurai roam the country is intense and fast-paced, with lots of variety. The scenery is varied, as are the swift sword moves, characters, events and different angles of filming. The story puts together both Drama, Action and Comedy. Great music as well. The whole thing is a work of art, a must see.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Offside (2001)

This movie is Swedish, so all of you non-Swedish people, I don't recommend you watch this, even though there is a lot of English in it. The movie is a dramatical comedy. Swedish movies tend to contain more everyday dilemmas/relationship issues/etc that are typically left out in other countries (other countries being England, France and USA, the three countries I've seen most movies from). Swedish movies differ a lot from all the relationship dramas you'll probably watch in America. Mainly because, well, Swedish people are different, they prioritize different things, they act differently in different situations, they react differently.

Overall Swedish relationship movies are much heavier than the American ones. I watch a lot more American content than I do Swedish, and I like the American content much more, maybe because I'm used to it, but this is still a good and watchworthy movie. For Swedish people that is. It's not all about relationship, it's about soccer as well, and that aspect of it is exiting (as always). The comical values in it outweigh the other issues as well, so it's all good.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Ok then, see you soon.

Thirsty Thursday

Hello Again! I'm really not thirsty, and neither is the day, but trivial was used two days ago and tricky or troubled doesn't fit in, so there was no other option. It was either that or something else. :P I've only watched one (1) movie today, and one more yesterday after the post, and there's a movie on TV today that I've unfortunately already seen, so I'll write a little commentary for that one as well. Here goes:

Waitress (2007)

Romance and Drama, with a little Comedy mixed in. The main character is a girl who constantly thinks of nothing but pies. Her boyfriend is an asshole, she's getting a baby, her doctor isn't the same as before and her friends are having troubles of their own. It really isn't my kind of movie. As I see it I could just get a life instead of watching this, and it would be just the same thing. We watch movies to experience things we can't (or that we really shouldn't) do in real life. There was nothing extreme or amazing about this movie at all, I don't recommend it.


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