A Day of Fun

In a couple of hours, I’m off to Gothenburg for the day with my parents, brother, niece and a friend of mine. Hopefully, it’ll be great! The plan is to find a restaurant and have a nice meal before we get to what we’re going there for, namely, Chess (the musical).

I haven’t seen the show live before, but have a DVD of the previous run here in Sweden. I’m slightly scared that will be a problem… That I’m too stuck with how I want the songs to be sung. But I’m sure it’ll be just fine. I’m usually sucked right in. :P

I also hope that there’s a soundtrack, and maybe even a DVD, of this performance so that I can listen/watch it again when I’m home again. And I need to get a program as well, I guess.

Lots of people don’t like and/or understand musicals, but I really do adore them. I love how it’s possible to tell a story through great music.

Here’s the trailer for the show;

Super Heroes

In recent days I’ve been watching V for Vendetta (which I’d seen before), Captain America and The Avengers.

I loved V for Vendetta the first time I saw it, and the feelings didn’t change the second time. Besides a great story and amazing acting it’s just so pretty. I love the esthetics of the film!

Captain America was way better than I was expecting. To tell you the truth I’ve never been interesting to find out anything about him. The name has kinda put me off, since I thought it was going to be about way too cheesy patriotism. But I was pleasantly surprised and will most definitely watch the next one!

And so, The Avengers… The movie I’ve been wanting to watch for several months now. It was really good, just as I expected. I look forward to watch it again to see the details I might have missed. It’s always nice to see Bruce Banner (I think Mark Ruffalo worked great in the role) and Tony Stark is always fun. And even though Loki seems like a lost cause, I can’t help but like him a bit.

I’ve always liked super hero movies, even though I wasn’t raised with the comics as many others. One of my very first movie memories is actually of Batman, and I’ve kept on watching.

I’m not a huge fan. I haven’t seen them at the theatre, but mostly at home on the telly, but I still really enjoy watching them.

So, yesterday I ordered a bunch of comic books. I haven’t paid yet, so technically I haven’t bought them… They’re nothing fancy, but I’m really looking forward to reading them. I found part one of a new Avengers series and the same with Batman. I didn’t feel it was a good idea to jump in on issue 500, so I settled for new stories instead.

I got a few other ones as well, but they weren’t about super heroes. A few Doctor Who (though I suppose he is pretty super), The Guild #1 (love that show), a reissue of Eerie and the first part of Suicide Forest, which I’m really, really looking forward to. Japanese lore/gore is always interesting, and I really enjoyed the art style in the preview.

I’m seriously thinking about getting some good plastic bags and backing boards for my pathetically small collection. Not that they’ll be worth anything, but I still want them to be safe. And hopefully the collection will slowly grow.

My most loved comic book is an old Star Trek one I got at a convention years ago. It’s from 1970 I think, and a bit roughed up, but it looks so retro that I can’t help but to love it. :)

Sci-fi galore!

I watched Asylum of the Daleks a couple of hour ago, and I must voice my approval. It was a great episode even though it was rather predictable. The basic plot was very easy to figure out, but the little bit at the end was a surprise. I thought it looked great as well, with a nice steampunky style to it. Obviously it’s always better when you watch it in high definition as I did, but I think the art department has done a tremendous job!
I’m embarrassingly excited about the new season, and can’t wait for the next episode. I mean… Dinosaurs! On a spaceship!

In other news.

A little over a week ago I ordered season one of Stargate SG-1. I’ve watched the show twice on tv already, but I got it really cheap, so I couldn’t resist. We’ve seen roughly two thirds already and today I won season two on a swedish auction site. Just need to send the payment and it should start its way home to me.

I also bid on season two and three of Star Trek: TOS. I already have season one, but that particular box release haven’t been made in a long time. So, now I’ll finally get the entire set, and they’ll look good together.

And, just to top it off, as I’m writing this, I’m watching Terra Nova.

Love Science Fiction!

A Twitter Mystery

People keep following me on twitter, and I ask myself; Why…? It started, really, when I got back from Germany and had started following some people on my own.

At first I thought it was bots that wanted to spam me. But no, it’s actually real living people. Sci-fi and fantasy authors, to be specific.

I’m not complaining though. It’s nice to know someone cares to know where I check in using Foursquare, which is basically the only thing I post on there. ;)

I haven’t counted, but I think about 7 or 8 different authors now follow me. It’s probably a PR thing, trying to get me to read their books… What they don’t know is that I already have books to last me a lifetime, and I’m way to skilled in finding new ones for the list to need any help.

Oh well! They’ll just have to deal with check-ins and the occasional update, which will, most probably, be in swedish.

Future plans for fun!

Being the nerd I am, I’ve basically been dying to be in San Diego this weekend. So much fun going on over there and so many people I admire is there.

My twitter feed is overflowing with photos and stories from Comic Con and I just grow even more envious watching and reading them.

So, my parents and I actually had a serious conversation about going. Probably not next year, but 2014 or 2015, who knows. It’s an expensive trip to take, so I’ll need to save up…
I don’t know, maybe it’s just too much work and too much money.

Otherwise, nothing really happens here besides reading and tv watching.. I’ve started with A Storm of Swords, the third book in A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s much more exciting now, since I have no idea what’s going to happen. I read the two first ones after watching the HBO show, so I knew the basic story then. Now, it’s all fresh to me!

I’m also considering a new coverphoto and colour scheme for this blog. I haven’t decided on anything yet, but a have an idea. Let’s just say it’s more nerdy and less girly. ;)

My Kindle Touch

On Tuesday evening I ordered a Kindle Touch and it’s already arrived. It went much, much faster than I expected but ,of course, it only makes me happy. The interface is very easy to understand, but I still spent about an hour reading the beginner’s guide… *snore*

For those who do not know, Kindle is Amazon’s ebook reader tablet. I believe that it is the most popular ebook reader in the world, and you can buy books directly from Amazon to your device.

I decided quite a while ago that I would buy myself one this summer, since I have a hard time holding the big, heavy books that I often read. The Kindle is perfect in that sense, it’s small, portable and has a touch screen. It was instant love! Obviously, I haven’t used it all that much yet, but I’ve started on A Game of Thrones, and read about three chapters. I’m currently in season two of the TV show, so I know the story, but I can’t wait to keep reading and find out more about this world.

I survived Fedcon XXI…

I got back home on Wednesday, after an awsome time in Germany. Unfortunately, I was way too tired in the evenings to blog about what I’d done during the days (only managed the first day of the convention).

My general feeling about the entire event is; “Can I come back next year, please?” I seriously doubt that I’ll attend next year (It’s not exactly free…), but I certainly want to come back some time.

It was a bit different than expected. I ended up attending a lot more panels and did a lot less shopping than I thought I would. I bought a Fedcon shirt and a plushie this year’s mascot, a book by Greg Broadmore (who had the most amazing exhibition of his steam punk-y art) and a few trinkets. I also got three autohraphs (Felicia Day, Kai Owen and William Shatner) and one photo oppurtunity (Felicia Day). :D

The feeling of talkig to these people, even though it was very bried, is weird. Though, Felicia Day was pretty much exactly as I expected; Happy, bubbly and nice. <3 The photo op was a strange experiance as well… You stand in line, walk up to her, stand beside her, they take the picture and you walk off. Just as I left, she shouted to me that she'd seen my tweet that I'd sent out after the autograph session. I know it's silly, but it made me pretty happy.

The panels were a lot funnier than I thought as well. I've went to quite a few, but the best ones must have been Kai Owen's (I went to both). He was absolutely bonkers… He sang, screamed at his fans, talked about John Barrowman's butt and Pokémon (don't ask…). He said he wouldn't sing unless he was drunk, so people went and bought him beers. He settled on one beer per song, so after two beers he sang a welch love song and a football chant. :P

It was pretty great to see William Shatner and Walter Koenig in person, being the Trekkie I am. I saw two panels each with them. They have aged, obviously, but they still feel quite fresh and had some very interesting stories to tell.

Of course, I did and saw loads more, but my mind's still a bit too numb to remember. It'll probably come back to me as I go through and sort the photos. I'll also try to take some pics of what I've bought and upload here.

Tomorrow, though, I need to take a nice picture of one of my nendoroids. I was planning on entering a contest on DeviantArt, but I haven't really had the time to play around with my dollies lately. ;)

Well, I'll end here for tonight, but the future updates will probably have a to do with Fedcon. Just so you know. ;)

Fedcon: Day 1

First day of the convention today, and you can’t imagine how tired I am. So many impressions at the same time, and the sound level alone is enough to give you the headache from hell after a couple of hours.

I have actually shared an elevator with Garrett Wang (Harry Kim in ST:VOY) today. The problem was, I was stuck in the back, and was the first one that was supposed to be getting out. So, we had to tell him to watch his feet so I wouldn’t run them over. While I was backing out of the elevator, he stood in front of me and said, “She’s reversing! Beep, beep, beep…”. Bit of a funny story to be able to tell.

Afterwards we saw the end of Virginia Hay’s panel while waiting for the ST:TNG 25th anniversary lecture by Richard Arnold. He told us some great ‘behind the scenes’ stories, and he managed to be funny at the same time.

Then Gates McFadden was supposed to come on, but there had been a change of schedule so Kai Owen came on stage instead. And let me tell you, that man is bonkers. In a good way though, don’t get me wrong. He can sing as well, by the way and has promised to sing some Welch rugby songs before the weekend is over.

We didn’t do much between then and the opening ceremony, just got a quick bite to eat. The ceremony was a lot of fun though, even though large parts were in German.

I smiled at, and got smiled back at by Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris in Buffy) in the lobby right before we left for the day.

Mostly just excited to be here, but right now the tiredness and headache is too much, and I need to get to bed.

Good night, and hope to write more tomorrow.

First days in Germany

This will be short, ‘cos I’m writing on a rather crappy phone.

Yesterday we arrived in Lubeck, after a long, long day of car and boat. We didn’t get to see much, but we took a quick walk in the old town and ate at a rather cosy restaurant. There they had the cutest glasses I’ve ever seen. Tiny little coca cola glasses in the usual, slightly old fashioned, design.  Me wants!

Today was spent in the car as well, so nothing major’s happened. We stopped at a KFC and ate. A bit boring, but at least it’s food. Since we arrived in Düsseldorf we’ve only taken a quick stroll in search of somewhere to eat, but to no avail. We gave up and went back to the hotel. So, now I’ve had a hot chocolate, and will soon go to bed. Firstly tough, a quick look at Diablo III.

Hope to write soon, but I make no promises. :)

Germany, here I come!

So, in about 6 hours we should be on our way…

If you don’t already know, I’m going to Fedcon, the biggest sci-fi convention in Europe. It’s the first real convention I’ll attend, so I’m a bit nervous, but mostly excited. :D

Not much to tell right now, but I hope to tell you all about it once we get home. And, of course, I’ll try to upload some pictures of it as well. I have to, at least, show off what I’ve bought. ;)

Wish me luck!