Archive for March, 2009


Odds & Ends

Hello, my pretties! Here are some miscellaneousness things on  on a Friday night:

-There’s been some confusion regarding the last book of the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Kinda short story even shorter: Nobody knows exactly how many volumes Tor Books have split the final volume into, and nobody knows how they’ll be published. Read all about it here.

- I’m the leader of the student counsel of my high school, and today I managed to make all the students and school employees work together to collect money for a kindergarten in Swaziland (via SOS-barnebyer). It all went reasonably well, without any majorish hiccups, and I’m happy to report that we raised some 25 000 – 30 000 kr with just 4 hours effort. This has been in the works for quite some time now, so it’s a bit of a relief that it all went so smoothly.

- And while we’re talking about things that have been in the works for a while: I got a 6 (the best grade you can get) on my Big Norwegian Paper (aka “særemnet”) about Neil Gaiman, which I’ve been more or less working on since November. Well, that isn’t quite true; I’ve been reading nearly solely things written by Gaiman since November, but the actual work-part (namely the writing) only took about a week. Actually, fifty percent was more or less done in the last two days before I had to get it done… which wasn’t optimal, but there you have it… I’m naturally more than quite pleased with the result, and if anyone’s interested in reading me going on about Gaiman for some 7000+ words, give me a shout out and I’ll make sure the document is made available to you after i get back from…

- … Switzerland! Me and my classmates have been planning a trip to Switzerland for quite some time, and now it’s finally happening. Tomorrow morning (i.e. about six hours from now. *gulp*.) I’ll leave Norway and not return until Wednesday evening. I suppose we’ll be spending a lot of that time wandering Geneva, eating Swiss chocolate and marvelling at the precise clockwork, but the main event is a two day tour of CERN and their world famous Large Hadron Collider (i.e. The Doomsday Device!). I think this is going to be tons of fun and I can’t wait finally get down there.

That’s all folks. Have a nice time without me until Wednesday, eh?

Watchmen

By now you’ve probably read countless reviews of Watchmen, and if you’re anything approaching a fan, you’ve either seen it already, or firmly tried to ignore it out of existence. Whichever Path of the Crazed Fanboy you’ve chosen,  I bet you’re wondering what this particular review will do for you. Will it be so full of impenetrable nerd-lingo that you wish you could’ve reached across the interwebs and given me the wedgie I so rightly deserve? Will it suck so hard that Uwe Boll will option it as his next movie? Or, will it be so damned good that you’ll print it out and draw unicorns making sweet, sweet love on every little inch of it?

If you’ll just calm down for a second and, you know, start making some fucking sense you raving luntatic, you, I’ll be happy to tell you which way it’ll probably go down. This review will be…  thoroughly unoriginal. Hey, hey, hey now. Hold your pretty horses, good sir. Hell, I didn’t mean that it’s unoriginal in that boring way I know you’re thinking. Stopping being such a negative pain the bum, and start paying attention, okay? What I’m saying is this: This review – the one that’s gone on for two paragraphs before it’s even started on the movie – will do what everyone else has been doing. I’m going to talk all normal-like about the movie – and I’m not shying away from spoilers (dude, it’s been twenty years; if you haven’t read the book yet you’ve got no business here).

So… without any further ado, I hereby welcome you all to jump behind the cut, where I sincerely promise to talk about the movie. Well, eventually at least.

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