Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Fringe (premiere)

I saw the 2 hour (1u 20 min) premiere of The Fringe yesterday (it got leaked) and my hopes were high. JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias) was working on it, Lance Reddick would run around, and he rocked in The Wire.

But to be completely honest, I was a bit disappointed. Sure, it began scary enough with almost supernatural stuff happening in a plain throwing up a big pile of questions. But the most part of the acting wasn't all that good. Next to that there are some things that just started to ..annoy me. The main character, Olivia is a female fbi agent and sure she looks good, but everywhere she goes there's someone who calls her honey/sweetheart or whatever and then she's of course proving herself to be tough enough for the job. It's a bit overdone. Next to that there are some things in the story itself which swith around too fast or are a bit too farfetched, but you'll have to check that out for yourself or I'll spoil it.

That said, I can't nót like Reddick so if only for him, I'll give Fringe a season to convince me; Kirk Avacedo (Alvarez in Oz) is also cool. Next to that I jumped in my seat when I heard a piece of the Lost score - Hollywood and Vines (around min 32), the music department sounds like Giacchino was put at work, and that's certainly a good thing. So I'll be waiting for more episodes before a final judgement call.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Study avoiding behavior (SAB)

In Dutch it's called SOG, and that's exactly what I'm doing now while writing this post. I've been working on a report that's got to be finished tomorrow before say 12 AM and I figured out half-way through this evening what I did wrong..and got around to hopefully correcting it. But I can't put myself to just typing our after our..or at least thinking of what I need to type..without SAB'ing to a forum or a webcomic or my mail now and then. Thankfully I've got a big headphone on which keeps me from wandering through the house and doing other stuff.

Even though I shóuld be typing more sensible stuff right now, I'm hopefull that I'll finish the report on time and will even more hopefully drag at least a 5.5 out of it. If that happens..I'm going to get wasted next weekend, if not..guess what..same ending. In both circumstances I'll try and be a better student next year..just got to be.

A nice pic I found while googling for SOG:

*end of whining*

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lowlands Festival

I've been to the Lowlands Festival (site can be set to English) this weekend and saw some bands I already knew and some great 'new' bands!

A short selection: (all vids are from videogoogle because youtube didn't work overhere today somehow).
Korpiklaani (Finland) - Wooden Pints

Steven Lynch - Tiny little moustache

Haydamaky - Sumnyj Svatyj Vechir (from Ukrain)

Akasuka Jinta (from Japan) (the sound quality sucks a bit..but it's do-able)

Roisin Murphy (singer from the band Moloko)

Next to the music there were tons of other things to selfdestruction by lack of sleep and excess of food and booze, but that's obligatory of course.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Book addiction of the moment

Somehow I remembered that originally this was a warhammer 40K to be a bit on topic..I'm enormously addicted to the Gaunt's ghost books at the moment. But keep reading, even if you don't know anything about warhammer.

I already read the 3 books of The Founding and now I'm almost finished with the 4 books of The Saint omnibus after which I'll try to get my hands on the last three books.

The thing with the books from Dan Abnett is, they are real pageturners. It's so bad, that in the ombibus after finishing one book, I thought..oh well let's just read the first page of the following book..and snapped out of it 30 minutes later.

The stories are set in the 41st millenium where mankind is continually fighting wars across the galaxy against aliens that fight to either conquer or just destroy worlds. The main enemy are the forces of Chaos (men, aliens and whatever, who obey evil gods) which is the archenemy of the humans.

Gaunt is a commissar (to keep it easy, commissars are normally hardline armyleaders who direct the common footsoldiers on the ground ánd keep them in check) who leads the men of Tanith on battlefields across the galaxy. The men of Tanith are the first and ónly regiment saved from Tanith when this world was lost to the forces of Chaos and it was decided to blow up the entire world.

Abnett describes the setting of the 41st millenium in the best way possible: a grim and dark time where there can be only war. Mankind is led by the holy emperor on earth (Terra) and has spread out unto untold numbers of planets. The fights are detailed and bloody and you learn to know many men and women during the stories and you feel like you're fighting right beside them. Either in a great open battlefield or in the trenches of some distant planet, there are many deaths that are just names, but there are also those where you catch yourself saying NO!!! out loud and you almost mourn them as much as the characters in the book are doing.

The books are amazingly cheap (the 4 book omnibus of The Saint is only 12US #!) and very much worth your time. I think even people who know nothing about the whole warhammer 40K universe would be able to enjoy these books and might get a small understanding why thousands of people are so hooked to this 'hobby' and overcome the 40K jargon that sometimes pops up.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Blog meme: Age That I Wish To Go Back To.

Debbie tagged me with this meme.

Title: Age That I Wish To Go Back To.

Requirement: Write about the age that you wish to go back to, and why.
Tag Mode: 5 bloggers. ... i'm just gonna tag 4.

1st - You link 5 bloggers you want to tag and link their blogs. make that 4.
2nd - Let the blogger you want to tag know they been tagged by comment in their blog or etc. okay... will do.

The age I want to go back too would probably be 5. I was in the first class of primary school and had no worries. As a very young kid you have no idea about the big bad world outside, you have no work-, income-, great social- or other problems at least that you're aware of. Nowadays you can't watch tv or read a newspaper without thinking about the big bad world outside. You have to struggle with studying, finding and keeping a job, keeping your friends and partner (finding one too) happy, cleaning your house, doing your laundry. is like a real-life Sims...oh was the other way around.

People I tag:
R2k, Erwin, Deepak and a Dutch one..Maarten.
Hope at least some will tag along :P
Go check out their blogs!