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Wonders Of Time

How much can you do in a day?! I don't know, but I've been doing some unintentional experimentation within the realm of productivity lately, as a precursor to the great trip I'm now just about to head out on.

The other day I posted 66 new (though I've been watching and writing up drafts for them sporadically throughout the year so far) movie reviews, and additional ones on 21 Jump street, 22 Jump Street, Black Panther, Return To House On Haunted Hill, Machete, Tiger Cage 1 and 2 and In the Line Of Duty 3 and 4. More ITLOD reviews later. Realized I'd reviewed them all before after preparing new posts for them, and those take some extra time to combine.

I'll go through the new ones I posted after summer too. Public reminder. I'm pretty impressed with myself though. Was thinking I'd go for a hundred but as it turns out I didn't actually have a full hundred lined up so...

Hey have I mentioned I've been back at the cinema again?

Watched this great thing the other week at Westfield's Mall of Scandinavia. Throwing the company name out here too in case it's international.

It's a pretty luxurious establishment compared to the standard mall around here, with a gigantic mirror entrance, fountains and icicle chandeliers and bathrooms like I wish we had at home and wouldn't mind the traveling time just to visit... but the construction's sub-par. Apparently it's a fire hazard. The roof was on the verge of caving in the winter after it was built... anyway it's a nice place - and the nearest place - and a large place so there's room to socially distance - so that's where I went.

The seating was sparse, they had a pretty creative typographical hand-sanitizer and social distancing promo before the film, and all new commercials (all enjoyable too - didn't realize I've actually been missing the commercials), and trailers for a brand new Guy Richie movie I have to see (last time I was at a cinema it was for an early screening of this) and a Furious 9 (will also see) trailer with a little covid message built-in that felt suitably personal even though the movie franchise as a whole just seems to be getting way overblown and unrelatable lately but this movie was a blast. And we were less than ten people in the room.

Also got my old contest-entry artwork An Isle A Minit converted to pixel recently thanks to @IdiotOnTheInternet! Finally got some ISRC codes registered with IFPI for last year's mixtape! Finally finished a batch of background art for @Mabelma that I should've been done with months ago! I'm about to voice a few lines for an upcoming game project right after I post this and here is an an article on the complex issue of Flash, of its life and death, and moving on, and the NG community, with an appreciable amount of recognizable usernames in quotes - among them one epic scripture a la the master @FUNKbrs. Yours truly though not included. Should've posted in more relevant threads.

The article's a little long but good. Good read.

@ChibiWilli's doing comissions too. I should've mentioned this months ago.

Check it out anyhow. You could get a spot in his book too.

In more real news I think I saw a short-tailed weasel or mink the other day, attended a two day midsummer party (saw said animal briefly on the way home from the first half of said party), and went road tripping with my nephew in the middle of a heatwave recently with 32°C outside and no air-conditioning in the car. We blasted EUROPE's Wings of Change on the highway with windows rolled down entirely, stopped for a swim in Gävle and finally arrived for a short weekend in Östersund at 2:35 AM Saturday morning. It rained all Saturday. Drove back on Sunday.

At the point of arrival it was just 5°C up there btw. Soo cool. Wish I could've stayed longer.

Short but memorable trip. We drank incredible amounts of H2O along the way, I'm impressed I didn't pass out or get heatstroke during the drive, the way back was better considering we were heading from the coldest point to the warmest one at a pace where the warmest one had also substantially cooled down before our arrival, and a new trip's coming up soon now! A longer one this time. So I'll see you in a bit.

Time to finally jump offline and wander... in time.

Social Space

Social Space - READ FOR FREE!

I helped proofread/give feedback on this thing a while back, and just got a mention there so of course I gotta return the favor. :) Go read it! It's great.

Friday Night Funkin' Kickstarterrr

Two days in and already ten times past the goal! And at the time of actually posting this two weeks later... 30x. O_O

This is craaaaaaazy. They keep surprising. Surpassing any and all expectations I might have of this game. And just the other day it crashed NG. Feels like maybe I oughta actually give it a play soon...

Check out the Kickstarter here.

And if you like me have a hard time truly wrapping your head around how massive attention this game is really getting, check this.

For a while they were almost more popular than YT.

Knockout At Chutney Island Beach

Knockout At Chutney Island Beach

You see that guy in the background there, to the right? Right?

I may not be the main focus but I am flattered! It's a monumental scene to be in. Cheers @Syrupmasterz! Source here.

Happy Pico Day!

Happy Pico Day!

It's Pico Day at NG y'all! Well it was. Recently. Saturday. The first.

Usually I'd hang around online and celebrate.

This year I took a train trip to Arboga instead.

Voted via my phone. Started voting via computer as usual and almost missed the train; had to catch up with the rest during transit.

Well not really. Probably had ten minutes to go. Stressed though.

Didn't turn out as big a Pico Day celebration as it usually is for me but I had a good time away anyway. First real vacation in a long time. Relaxed like it was a full weekend, walked around mostly suitably desolate streets (twas the day after Walpurgis Night) by the canal, soaked in the sun, smote some ice cream, had a pizza (five pizzerias and one sushi restaurant defied the holiday - pretty much everything else was closed) and sipped some sights.

Lots of old architecture. Felt high on life. Came home and stayed up all night and drew the above but didn't post onsite.

Then I woke up on Sunday feeling unusually drained and apathetic, but that's another matter for another post and banter.

I've caught up a bit on these celebrations since though! Alternative version of the artwork above (which is btw also a partial work in progress for another collaboration that unfortunately didn't make the Pico Day deadline) here, and check out this little thing! Backstory here. Cheers and thanks and much obliged @Garnet-Frost for that homage.

Hope y'all had a good weekend.

Easter Posting Toasting

Hello peeps! Like RJ used to say.

I've been having a thoroughly fun weekend for a change.

Two free days for Easter, of which one has passed and one's about to, but it's amazing how as long as you change your location a little it can seem like even the shortest additional sessions of spare days last longer than they really do/are more than they really are... even if this is in fact a 200% increase in terms of usual weekend off time.

About the length-enhancing session sensations though: Yesterday I was out at buddy Bear's mom's place in the countryside, getting my first almost serious sunburn of the year, eating good, doing some woodwork, sipping sunshine and chillin' for real in an early morning still... peace like a painting.

And today I went on a quest to find an air compressor to pump up my car tires with, which I swapped yesterday afternoon (winter's officially over - even though we'll apparently be getting a little temporary snowfall this coming week too - studs away though).

I drove by the local gas station yesterday after the switch, but their compressor was broken, and apparently the one at the nearest gas station after was broken too, and that's all we have as far as 'nearest' goes.

Road trip time today! All the way out to Bålsta - which isn't all that far away really, but enough that it's like a different world.

It's beyond suburb. It's outside the city entirely. With woods and fields and grids of villas (that's what we call regular houses here - independence style - with their own square allotment of garden space and fence and all) that spread out endlessly... and the first gas station I stopped by also had a broken air compressor! In what ways can people possibly abuse these tools to the point of their breaking with such frequency?!

The next place did have one that worked though, plus a bucket and brush (also missing at the local place these days) so I could clean my somewhat muddled and severely-in-need-of-cleaning car windows and mirrors.

I grabbed a double macchiato and a Danish pastry for free while I was there, courtesy of having voted in the OKQ8 representative elections in Stockholm a month back, and drove around a bit for a suitable spot to stop and have a blissful bite before driving back... and it really felt like a way bigger outing that it was.

Now regarding the car I just need to get it washed entirely. Been at least eight months. Water and a brush is not enough for the rest of it. But the tires did need air, so good to have at least that bit taken care of.

I wish I had a lawn btw. So simple a thing to wash if on one.

So pricey if relations, you build with these here stations.

In other news NG had a nice surprise for the first of April this year too - quite unlike previous Easters too. And that's all I got in regard to this year's foolery. Spent the day at work; didn't have time for as much other Internetal exploration as I sometimes do. If anyone's stumbled upon a particularly good one feel free to leave a comment on it!

In other news World Backup Day was the last of March, and I actually did do a proper home computer backup the day after. If you need a good cloud-based backup provider check these guys out. Been with them over a year now, and so far it's been great. And yes that is a referral link. Much obliged if you do sign up. :)

If you need a good host you might want to check these guys out too. Just signed up there and have no real experience of their services yet but good first impressions...

Also Timor Tempus is back! And I've been reviewing a bunch - and watching a lot of martial art movies you'll be seeing a surge of reviews for soon later. Plus re-views on these two a while back. Been updating the anime list a bit as well. Some day I'll really catch up there.

And finally, something I planned on writing about just a while after this post: We saw two wild boars in the woods one day. They ran by just 20-30 meters away. Was pretty cool.

In regards to the price on this thing: it's not bad after all. Ten bucks. Looks super useful. The buy-an-iPhone-to-buy-flipsampler thoughts are currently shelved - I just don't need this enough - but if I ever do start requiring this kind of functionality on the go I know what I'll be getting.

Did I mention I voiced the narration in this thing earlier btw? Won this thing earlier too? Bought this thing a while ago?

Was also going to post about the Escobar Fold - a foldable smartphone developed by Pablo Escobar's brother.

They had a pretty cool site for it. Playboy poster girls posing with said hardware, making the phone look even sleeker and sexier than it really was... but apparently: it was a scam. :/ A Samsung with stickers, basically, and they didn't ship like they were supposed to.

Not that I was ever close to buying one but... would've been cool.

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