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Actually, I've just bought a new motherboard and processor and for the first time assembled them myself, and it was a little nerve-racking, to be honest! But I seem to have done it correctly, everything works fine now. I just have to go through the work of installing everything I need, and to sort my files which are in a disarray after having been moved around so much because of the hard drives dying on me this past year.

I've been passively reading about Hannibal meanwhile, interviews and some fannish meta, and want to do some myself, but my mind is as much in a disarray as my files at the moment, heh.

As I was interested in Bryan Fuller's other work, I started watching Pushing Daisies, and while I really like the style and the fact that it's really well put together, I'm not really interested in the Piemaker/Chuck romance. Maybe because they are a little too perfect? The aesthetics are interesting, though; people have compared it to Burton, and yeah, it's got that fairy-taleish unreal style with a bit of the morbid to it. I like it! It's Burton-ish in a mirror, sort of.

Also, it's funny to see some of the same actors in Hannibal. Dr. Chilton and that lady at the opera have turned up in very different roles, and I hear Fuller wants to cast Lee Pace as Mason Verger. It's hard to imagine!

Really liking the humour, too, and I think it shows in the writing for Hannibal that it's the same creator. Morbid and matter of fact. It's also interesting to see how in Pushing Daisies there's that same ambiguity of the characters, that blurry line between "good" and "bad", even though it's partly masked by the comedy aspect.
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My computer broke down. Wouldn't boot, and bluescreens galore when it did, and I was starting to despair. I've finally managed to fix it though! ...I hope. Also bought a new (quiet) videocard, and while I don't know if that was the problem, the silence is very welcome indeed.

In the meantime, I've been to the cinema! Saw Django Unchained, and it was pretty awesome, yeah. The violence was kind of hard to take, but that just made it better, in a way. It's often unrealistic (at least the shooting parts) but the realism in how the rest of it worked, how it showed how dehumanised the slaves were, created quite an impact. It was beautiful and horrible, funny and awful.

I loved it. I loved the story, the actors, the direction, the scenography...

Spoilers of an iconic modern western, I suppose? )

As per usual I don't make much sense, maybe because I always update when I'm bone tired. Well. Maybe I should go to bed. I totally recommend everyone who haven's seen Django Unchained yet to go do so, in any case.
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So the holidays are finally over, and I have time for fandom again! Well, not that I could stay away completely, but it's mostly been constrained to checking the meme and Fandom Secrets.

Not that I can complain, though, since I've been able to drag friends to the cinema to see Skyfall a couple of times, in between working and celebrating (and managing to forget how affected I am by champagne).

I've also read A Memory of Light, and I loved it. I mean, not that it didn't have its problems (though Sanderson has improved the female characters a lot), but I actually thought it was really good. Including the ending. Also, despite hearing that Sanderson is supposed to be homophobic (I haven't read anything else by him, so I wouldn't know), he managed to do better than most fantasy writers by having an offhand mentioned about two different (sympathetic, respected, and in trusted positions) male characters preferring men.

Considering that Jordan only managed the slightly iffy "pillow friends" (which to me left the impression that it was more an effect of lack of men than actually falling in love with another woman) with the female Aes Sedai, I was pleased. Sure, it's only a minor thing, but a clear improvement from the fantasy worlds where homo- and bisexuality seems completely non-existent.

Spoilers for A Memory of Light )

Well, it's nice when an ending really works.

I've also watched the Doctor Who Christmas special, which was awesome (and not just because a same-sex AU canon Holmes/Watson pairing), and a bunch of old Bond films (which I've all seen before, but it was a long time ago, so I've forgotten much of what happens in them), which has been... an experience. Thinking about trying my hand at a Craig era Bond/Q ship manifesto, but... it's just so much work. *is lazy*
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I've had a very relaxing day today, and decided it's the perfect day to start watching American Horror Story: Asylum. I think I'm going to make some tea and have a mini-marathon!

The snow and strong wind today was a stark contrast to the crisp, clear skies of yesterday, but that's how it is in Sweden. I hope it stays below zero, though. There's nothing more depressing than wet winters. Ugh.

A couple of snapshots of the weather today and yesterday )

At least there's no blackouts like two days ago (yet).
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Missed Alla Helgons dag/Allhelgona (All Saints Eve) because of work, but it was fun work! Doctor Who event at the bookshop, and so many people came that there really wasn't room for them, heh. May go to the cemetery tomorrow instead (was too beat today). Enjoyed some pics of the lights (though I suspect they're not from this year) for the moment.

We don't really celebrate Halloween in Sweden, despite commercial powers trying really hard to make it a thing. But even if it's not a big thing for kids, there are lots of "Halloween parties" being held. On All Saints Eve... (Which was November 3rd.) I suspect it will all be merged in some way (even more than it already is) in the future. All Saints Eve isn't exactly an old tradition either, I've heard. We just go a bit crazy with the light worship at this time of year. We don't actually worship any saints (we're not even Christian, most of us), we just latch on to any opportunity to light candles (and drink alcohol, of course).

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