But I'll be heading off on my 4/4th part of this year's summer vacation tomorrow anyway! Let's hope the snow waits till October, as it usually does, and maybe a wave of warm days come again. See y'all in a couple weeks and then some! Thanks for your attention on this mention. If not earlier: at winter's intervention.
Nope, no Austin Powers reference here, just a direct translation of the gold tier I now hold here! At SF theaters. It comes with some cool features. I keep learning too: movies are my teachers. See ten movies in 365 days and this is what you face. What's your taste? They probably have some: have some faith. Get out and see some greats! I mean films. Go on. Begin.
And I see you!
Summer's been great. It's been so great it's been almost superfluously so. We've had sun in abundance, and thrown ourselves into the refreshing blue waves of the lake at least 3-5 times a day when it's been at its most (which has been pretty much the entire time). Though the days (and nights) have been warm the water's remained appreciatively cool and cooperative, as if an alien life force has been continually siphoning the heat to fuel its underwater base of operations... (keep up the good work green people).
All of this has led to an incredibly rapid rate of veggies and berries ripening, and a lot of watering requirements. Without the lake all plants would probably have withered and died. After about a month of no rain we stopped washing clothes, fearing the well may well dry out. It's happened before. Thanks to a water pump in the lake (which we've been digging deeper and deeper into the dirt as the shoreline's receded - with a canal leading up to it), the crops and dots of lawn stayed green, but the fields slowly turned to gold, and it's been over a full month with no grass mowed.
All that's usually ready at the end of August is ready already, and we've been picking and harvesting at an ever-increasing pace... so it might be good time for a pause. I also have the best tan I've had in maybe ever. Been catching some sun today too amidst working hours. Can't let it fade.
Both my big brother and family and sister came up for almost two weeks each, at somewhat overlapping times. We gardened, fished, started jogging (nights), biked and walked and I managed to paint four walls - making the sauna the first building there in maybe ever but at the very least in a very long time that's had its entire facade entirely, uniformly coated with paint within the span of two years! Except the doors. Hope to finish those later this month, when I leave on part three of my summer trips, or the second of the two short ones, after which the second of the two longer ones will commence in early September.
But I'm sure you're not all that interested in travel times right? You want photos. I'll probably not get to putting up more until summer's truly over, but hopefully that's enough for now! I'm stopping by in Bro for a few weeks, for work and concerts and other dues imbued in the monster that is my tool and food. My schedule, I mean. Or work? Something like that.
Hope to get some more reviews up in a bit, at least; hope y'all are having a great session of sunshine so far! The heatwave rages on here, though I hear it's not nearly as bad as it is in the rest of Europe - or California. Just a hundred or so forest fires so far, tens of thousands of hectares turned to ash, weeks without rain... we had smoke clouds billowing on the other side of the lake for a while too - spanning the width of the horizon, and the night smelled of smoke. Fortunately it was one of the short-lived fires, and it never came alarmingly close.
Come early August we finally had a few showers, and a so intense bout on the way from the airport we had to stop completely - could barely see the hood of the car. So, it's been an adventurous time! And hopefully more adventures await later this month, and all of September. The good kinds of adventures. Close calls at most. Or... calls?
Just no more stalling. Whatever's appealing and far from appalling. Whatever has meaning and calling. I'm rife with inspiration, on a strife to bind creation, to a light that primes the nation, and excites and smites degradation, ripe with life for derivation, for the patient no more waiting, celebration and vacation, recreation and performing! On Sunday morning: I'll be out snoring.
Spy movie romance done right? Here you go! It's not the light-hearted Bond type of romance, mind you, but one with deceit, and compromise, and manipulation... and yet in the end it's surprisingly pure even through the veil of perversion.
It's Russia versus America again, told from an obviously American side, based on a book written by a CIA agent, with few actors who really pass as Russians. Still I'm impressed. They go all out. They get naked. They get serious. They get psychologically tortured and seduced and turn things to their advantage.
It's a sad but often also 'aha' or 'woah'-inducing movie, and I'm impressed with Jennifer Lawrence's performance in particular! She might've sounded more Russian than all the other Russian-American actors and actresses she competed against (apparently it took four months of preparation), and she really goes all out in her role. I'm not as happy with Jeremy Irons, but most of the cast are great. Joel Edgerton and Matthias Schoenaerts in particular fit their roles perfectly.
It's really not a happy movie but: very well-filmed. Beautiful work. It's long. It takes its time to set things up and break them down. It takes a couple IMHO clever turns - though some critics apparently saw those right away.
Obvious plot twists or no I'm surprised with how low a rating this has on IMDB. It felt genuine, to me, and captivating from start to finish. A bit cold and coated yes, just like Atomic Blonde, but in difference from the former it's more thriller than action, and the filming's thorough. What's there to complain about? The propaganda, maybe, though there are way higher-rated movies with way more of that too. Give credit where it's due.
This was crude, brash and casual, yet smooth - chasse all masterful. No matter if it's all factual or not it's class is actual and Jennifer sure can act the role. As it's a movie I don't wish to bash at all I will unlike a Neanderthal rate it highly, and act sophisticated sipping my tea. Red Sparrow... small but strong-willed, winged and mighty, like the country, I like thee.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle
It's like a door post but with more bounce, you know?
Seriously though: it's spring, and I really feel like writing a bit about what I've been up to the past few months. It's been too long.
Apart from a series of short chronicles written on the commuter train, dreams, music (almost like 420 but backwards lol idk y datsun funny), quotes, rants, and other really short or irrelevant posts (that's just the tip of the iceberg on the irrelevant), I basically have nothing to show for my life from the last... two months!? What a way to chauffeur my life huh.
Last time I wrote something I was kinda depressed, but now... better, right? The sun's shining, the warmth is spreading, and it feels like good things are on the way - even if time still flies like a seagull and sometimes it just seems hopeless to keep up. And I don't like sea gulls.
I haven't relapsed any more into Trackmania since I wrote that aforementioned post, but I have been going steady with those other two sites (I won't link to them this time, as a step to recovery) - even if they rarely have anything of interest these days. Other sites on my weekly reading list are TF and the Backblaze Blog, the latter of which I've been plotting to post a post about for... a few months now? Time. Damnit.
The Lost in Vegas impressions were just a phase at least, and since Montreality started pumping out new interviews at a steady pace again I've been seeing/hearing less of the NoJumper ones. I wish they'd ask their questions in audio form though so I could have them in the background like podcasts - as I can with NoJumper. Sometimes the artists repeat the questions before they answer them, which helps, but usually they don't, and often the question isn't entirely obvious from their answer.
I've also moved from King Los to Merkules - backtracking through both music videos and albums, and pondered taking a train trip to Borlänge when I discovered he was actually doing a concert in Sweden this month! But I thought about it some more and... skipped that. My fascination's fading a bit, though he's definitely a great artist. If you feel like watching a hundred of his music videos I just posted a dose! And yes I have watched them all. Might be why I feel like it's enough. For now.
My ambition still doesn't feel quite up at the surface right now, but it goes in waves. I haven't checked back on my resolutions since I wrote that last life-chronicling post either. Maybe if I posted more often the posts I posted wouldn't be so gargantuan ones and take so long to type up that it often feels like I don't have the time to do so... it's a recurring theme that one. Lack of time. Always on my mind. Clock it ticks. Stop up think. Wonder where I'll be... in another thirty years. Will y'all remember me, or just sleep deep and dream free? Will I put out work to show all that I'm way more than this lil peep; that I'm the dream steal. Beats me.
It's spring though. Finally. Last week I caught the traditional cold (I checked my calender - last year it was May, and the year before that March), and it lingered for just about a week. On Wednesday I was back to work, and Thursday it was (I decided) officially gone. I caught it the Thursday previous, and had to work on Friday since my boss was on vacation and we were expecting a delivery - which I don't think really shortened the recovery time. I wrote about that I think. One of the commuter posts.
I was feeling alright though - proud that I didn't let a puny virus bog me down, strong in mind though weak in body. Come the next day I took a bike ride to the premiere of Plantagen in Bro too - against my better judgment, and that night my nephew stopped by for a night, after attending the Stockholm Film Festival where we hope he'll win a prize.
We played games and tried some Fanta Mezzo (it tasted just like Coke - disappointing) and I think that's when my immune system finally gave up and the cold got caught. Followed him to the train on Sunday, but after that it was time for a couple of days at home; taking it easy; catching up by the computer when possible, and soaking in the occasional sunshine on the front porch at suitable intervals.
I was plotting to post about the first ice cream I ate this summer/year too, which was... the 22nd of March. I remember since it was the same day I went to my early-year health check-up (which is much better now - but more on that later), and had to break a 500 SEK bill, and so decided to buy an ice cream cone for change. That was how it all begun.
This Friday I had seven - though not all cones! A cousin and I took a hundred year old boat on a trip out of Waxholm (the archipelago's proud inofficial capital), and strolled around the island seeing the sights and taking advantage off Pressbyrån's early spring ice cream rebates (half price on everything). Suddenly I'm almost all caught up with this year's new flavors. With the main brand, at least. A few more do await this summer.
It was a nice trip too, albeit with pretty long travel time there and back. Over an hour each. Cruising the waves though... in moderate doses it really is pretty nice! We managed to time in the warmest day of the month - at most 24C in the shade, so it was just perfect.
The weekend's been equally warm, albeit with the sun drifting behind slow clouds, and the coming week's claimed to become cooler again. I'm happy I really took advantage of the warmth that was. Hopefully I didn't get burnt. Most of that island day was spent walking on the shadowy side of the road; hiding my reddening face under a badly shielding cap and expired sun scream. My tan just takes way too long to tone in properly. I get red too easy. Or more like: bright pink and flush.
So this weekend's been great, and the two months leading up to it... mostly. I've been spending a lot of time on NG, and maybe that shows in my (lack of) activity here.
I've been getting stuck more and more on revising reviews too, where I write them fast, and post them, and then check back the next day in search of errors, and find a few, and edit those, and find some more, and find some things I could have formulated better, and leave them for a while, and move on to the next, and then check back the next day and start skimming from the top again... and find more!
It's annoying! I write a review best right after I've watched a movie, and I'm most impervious to post-writing perfectionism when I'm on a roll with my writing too, so I know that the best time to write a post is right after the movie - and the best time to revise is right after I post it.
For some reason both posts and revisions end up getting delayed though, and everything's pushed back further and further. The pressure amounts, the cycle commences, and here we go again. That inane rollercoaster of... I don't know what. Self-improvement? Loathing? Doubt? And then I get distracted and open up my Gmail or NG and all begins anew.
No more, I say! Though I've said that before. I know. Sometimes you just need to affirm your goals though, and resolutions, and get a grip again.
I've been looking at way too many music videos too, and posting collective posts with them when I do. Somehow the occasional clips I wanted to share turned into an obsession of posting everything I watch - or at least everything music-related.
I've had some plans on turning that around. I've had thoughts of abandoning those posts too. I still haven't really decided, but in musical news: Gröna Lund is opening early next month, and with it concerts! For the third year in a row I hope to be going to as many as I can, and there are some awesome artists on the line-up this year, most notably The Offspring. OH HELL YEAH.
There's a bunch more, but I think I'll do like I usually do and post about them when I see them. No concert is guaranteed, but there are a few I really don't want to miss (like Timbuktu, Thåström, Marilyn Manson, Hollywood Vampires, Queens of the Stone Age, Europe... and did I mention
The Offspring?!). OH HELL YEAH.
Actually there's a few more I'm hyped about, but when I start considering who I'm most hyped about they start to blend together.
Both the first and last concert of the season are on my list too. Hopefully the crowd's not too dense then. Hopefully it's cold or rainy... or just cold. Or better yet just not so huge a crowd that I can't get in, but huge enough that you really get into your zone and vibe out with the music! And so the bands enjoy the audience as much as we them, and catch some of their warmth.
However it turns out though it's going to be awesome.
Speaking of awesome: we also had our Vernal Equinox AKA Spring Equinox... a month ago. March 20. This is the day when each side of the Earth receives an equal share of sun, and after that comes the time when this side starts getting all the more - until Midsummer comes and the sunshine shares get flipped around again. Which is just a couple months off, so best enjoy these short-lived days of life and light to the fullest!
In other life news I've been on four hella expensive Osteopath visits in an attempt to fix my back, neck, and all that is related (like the lack of dopamine in my brain). It definitely feels better now, but all the advice I received on how to best maintain a correct posture and keep my back alright after the visits felt incredibly vague, always along the lines of:
however feels good for you and
it's highly personal!
I know the therapy worked, because I do feel better, the dopamine levels on the health check-up mentioned earlier checked out, and I've had less headaches than I've had in years, but I want to keep it this way too. For a moment I thought the headaches might be gone entirely, but alas, one particularly stressful week they came back with a vengeance.
If it didn't cost so much I could definitely use some osteopathy more often - only in close conjunction do the visits really do the most good - as muscle memory easily kicks in and brings you back to your bad habits, but as it is this is it. My back's alright now, and I'll get back alright - to life and all nice things that crack my smiles.
A good lifestyle is more important than any number of appointments though, so I'ma try to keep my back straight and polish up my habits, one at a time. Better diet? Check. More exercise? Check (I took a run yesterday to make up for all that ice cream for starters). Better posture? Working on it. Irregular blogging? Check.
Excellence is a habit, as they say.
There's also been a... few deals/restaurant visits? I honestly don't remember if there's been any since the last post, but I know I've eaten at a couple places this year at least, and the latest one was awesome.
Fusion Sthlm. Highly recommended. The food wasn't just great, but the portion generous, and the service too. The prices weren't unreasonable either considering the meal.
Searching the blog I see I haven't mentioned Espressobaren, Cyclo Deli, Noodle Mama or Akoya Sushi either! They're not recent, but they were great too.
It hasn't been quite as culinary a new start to the year as I'd planned (with an exception for that recently rich ice cream tasting session), but I think I'll appreciate getting back to it more come autumn, when that winter hunger sets in again...
Otherwise there's been some more taste testing sessions, a lot of movies (at the movies), my first jogging attempt for the year just before I caught that cold, a few more walks, my first voice acting role - if it turned out alright (it's for a short animation TBA), one art contest entry... and that's about all I have to show for my artistic endeavors since last.
You can see the art via NG (sidebar - to your right - a little lower down - or higher up if you're reading this on a page where this post is at the bottom), and that other one might be coming soon! Small contributions, yet exciting times nevertheless. An old collab that was abandoned three years ago was brought back to life too, so there's that too.
I've taken a break from writing a hundred words each day the past couple of months in an attempt to get more time for things like the above, but now it's a daily haiku instead, and the 750 one runs on automatic (so automatic I even received a notice I'd renewed my optional subscription though I was planning to just have it on for a month - it's turned off now)... and work. But as long as you can take half a Friday off for a long cruise through the dazzling blue Stockholm archipelago, and have a Sunday hour to spare writing a gigantic seasonal catch-up post like this it can't be all that bad, can it? I won't revise this one so roughly either, just write my mind. So pardon the block of text.
Hopefully more creative updates will be on route soon. Until then: I'll keep posting music, dreams, and probably plenty of irrelevant stuff. Good day.
The pendel stopped again. Second time now. Waiting on a train I guess.
An electrical fault between Södra Station and Årstaberg (where I work) is at fault, so we're locked in our vault, with walls made of quartz, in the hall of the war. And then we go again! Through tunnels dark as if scorched by the bark of a force far greater than our creator... I'm sure.
I make it two stations, and take the subway another two to visit a shop looking for cheap Coconut water. They're sold out.
I get back to the station. Delays prevail. I wait to know avail, by gates where folks look cold and frail although here blows no throes of gale. When trains roll on the rail I'll know the role I play. Get on that metal boat with nose-coat paint and flow away, and so the day... like an endless loaf of prose in droves of gray. Like you know my name. Toast! Here we go again.