my favourite things linkup

My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!
I think it’s a nice idea so I’m going to try and do this every month from now on. 🙂

Music: Oslo Ess

Sometimes when I’m bored I browse the “related artists” lists on Spotify, and during one of those session I stumbled upon the Norwegian rock band Oslo Ess.

They have some quite catchy songs, and I like that they sing in Norwegian.
The song in the video, Midnatt, has been stuck in my head for weeks now! I can’t speak Norwegian but I sing along anyway B)

Tv: Being Human (UK)

I’ve blogged about this show before, but I recently re-watched the first 2 seasons and decided I still like it very much and can still recommend it to people. It’s funny and awkward and kinda weird, with adorkable and interesting characters.

Also, it’s British, which means everyone looks like normal people instead of flawless Hollywood starlets.

My new dishwasher

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Our new dishwasher!

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Thanks to work, I recently got to spend a few days in Stockholm. It was great fun! I got to see some previously unseen areas of our capital, got to eat some really good food (T.G.I. Friday’s has been added to my list of favourite restaurants), and visit some really fun shops.

The best destination by far was The Science Fiction Bookstore. They are a real “geek haven” with a wide selection of books, comics, movies, board games, and merchandise from all corners of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror.

Imaginary Karin - Sci-fi bookstore in Stockholm

I could easily spend a whole day in there. Partly because of their wares, partly because you can sort of actually get lost in the 1½-story labyrinth of shelves.

Those types of messy and cramped shops are actually my favourites. I understand that it looks better to have a small selection of neatly displayed wares, like at those designer stores with very expensive clothes, but imo it’s much more fun to raid a store that looks like someone’s attic. 😉

Fortunately for me, the messy stores usually are the ones selling my favourite types of items as well: the geeky and the odd and the old.

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Imaginary Karin - snowstorm January 2015

It started snowing yesterday afternoon, and shortly after the wind picked up. By evening we had a real snowstorm raging outside.

At around 18:00 yesterday I shovelled the driveway and went to the grocery store – when I got back 45 min later the driveway had already filled up again. That’s how much it snowed. I was lucky my car didn’t get stuck.

Today the storm continues.
The main roads are cleared, but the smaller ones are pretty bad. Our little street has been reduced to a pair of wheel tracks through the snow.
The dog does NOT want to go outside, and for once I agree with him. I normally don’t mind harsh weather, but this is a bit much even for me.

Imaginary Karin - snowstorm January 2015

You know what’s funny though?
Nothing’s closed. The stores are open, and the buses run as usual.

As a child I would hear about the “snow days” they had in the south. How they would close shops and schools and everyone would stay home. I was so envious! I never got to stay home from school just because it was snowing!

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Imaginary Karin - photo sorting

I took on a monstrous task today: sorting through my camera folder.
*clash of thunder* *ominous music*

I don’t own a camera, but I own a phone – a phone I’ve had for almost exactly a year now – and the camera folder has (had) almost 1000 photos in it! And I’m not even that much of a photographer! D:

It took the better part of today going through them all, deleting and downloading and sorting into folders. But I did it, and for this brief moment in time my phone is empty!

I’ve realised I’m a real photo-hoarder, I don’t like deleting any of them! So I save every photo and my folders just keep growing and I keep adding more folders.

Right now I have like 6 years worth of photos stored on an external hard drive
+ a Flickr account where I upload everything I want online
+ a Dropbox account for stuff I need to access from multiple computers.

All of those have downsides though.

External hard drive can easily break.
Cloud storing like Flickr and Dropbox are convenient since they allow me to access my stuff from anywhere,

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Of course I’ve watched the last Hobbit movie, and of course I have opinions. 😉

WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS AND NERDINESS AHEAD!

The actual battle

If it’s one thing Peter Jackson does well it’s when the camera sweeps over the battlefield and manages to capture the massive scale of the destruction. It’s thrilling to watch.

What’s not so thrilling though is the one-on-one duels.
Just like in the previous Hobbit movies we have these looong drawn out scenes that could’ve easily been cut in half.
The final clash of Thorin and Azog is about 10 minutes too long, by the end I was like “ugh, just kill each other already”. Same with Bolg vs. Kili, Tauriel, AND Legolas. (That’s one epic orc by the way.)

One thing I especially appreciated was seeing the contrast between the different races.
The orcs being dark and gritty and mean-looking vs. men as a disorganized rabble of dirty brown rags and mismatched armour, the dwarves looking tough in heavy plate while wielding big hammers and axes, and the elves disciplined and graceful with golden armour and elegant sleek weapons.
It was very well done!

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