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Dinner with friends

This month I’ve spent a lot more time eating dinner with friends than usual! (Besides the dinner we have on our bible studies every week.)

Monday 3 weeks ago I went with some friends* to eat at the Italian restaurant Brunello near Oslo City. I ordered a Tagliatelle al pollo, which tasted quite good! And I got surprisingly full from it, possibly because it had lots of olive oil in it.

Then on the Friday after that I went with some other friends* to New Anarkali, an Indian restaurant. The medium+ strong Lamb Vindaloo and Keema Nan (nan bread with minced lamb meat) that I had for the main course was good! But the lemon drink (forgot the name) and the Kulfa (homemade Indian ice cream) was not quite to my liking. I think I’ll go for something safer for drink and dessert the next time I go to an Indian restaurant.

Thursday after that I invited some friends* that I hadn’t seen in a while to my house for dinner, and tried to make a steak, although I ended up overcooking it. It went better last time I made a steak since it was in the weekend and I was at home all day, so I could time my cooking better… Well it was nice seeing them and talking with them a little bit.

Then last weekend I had hotpot at a friend’s birthday party at our house, then steak at another friend’s housewarming party, and sausages and sushi on Sunday before going to the movies with A.L.I.V.E.. We ended up watching Drive, which was quite a bit more violent than we expected. Next time I should research the movies more before picking them.

Oh and tomorrow I’m going to Chinese restaurant Dinner with some friends*. I think I’ve been there before with some relatives, but it’ll be the first time there with friends in any case.

* Names intentionally left out in case some of them don’t like having their schedule posted out in public.

I didn’t take any photos from the dinners, so I’ll just, hmm, post this photo of my Batman pumpkin! The first pumpkin I’ve ever carved. Batman’s logo seemed to be an easy shape to make for a “beginner”, and I also made it kind of as a celebration of Arkham City’s release. Unfortunately my copy of the game has been delayed in the snailmail, so I haven’t gotten to play it yet…

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Been playing a bit of Prince of Persia: Two Thrones instead, which I got of a Prince of Persia full pack sale on Steam some while ago. In this game I can also do silent takedowns and run on rooftops! So it’s almost like Arkham City! Except not as awesome. Still I guess the game isn’t as bad as I was afraid it might be, since most reviews I read before said that Warrior Within and Two Thrones aren’t as good as Sands of Time. I played the second game on the iPad BTW, which I regret slightly since it seems like the “true ending” was not possible to get in the iPad version. I just looked that ending up on YouTube in any case.

Got my second Sluggy Freelance Megatome in the mail today, yay! Got it used at Amazon, cheaper than the first one that I got at the actual Sluggy store. I did want to buy from the Sluggy store, to support the webcomic, but apparently they were all sold out of this book. Maybe I’ll consider buying some merchandise, but I try not to buy too much decorative stuff now since it just takes up space. I prefer things that I’m actually going to use for anything! Like reading.

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Anyways, I really hope I’ll get the Batman game soon… Have been looking forward to playing it. *sigh*

 

Posted by on 2011-10-31 in Uncategorized

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Sluggy Freelance Megatome 01, Humble Bundle

I got my Sluggy Freelance Megatome 01 book! You can read almost all of it for free online so there’s no real need to buy the book. I did it partly to support the comic artist, and partly because I liked the story and the jokes, so I wanted to reread the comic from the beginning. And doing it in book form is a bit better than doing it on the screen again, or so I figured.

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I also preordered a book from another webcomic that I recently started reading and liked, Edmund Finney’s Quest to Find the Meaning of Life, and I donated some money to Sandra and Woo. Yeah, I seem to keep throwing money around to support people/companies that I like. Other preorders I did include the Collector’s Edition of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the Collector’s Edition of Batman: Arkham City.

Now that I think about it, I also applied as a monthly donator for Røde Kors (Red Cross in Norway), but I haven’t gotten anything in the mail from them yet. I’m sure it’s been a few weeks since I applied. I guess they don’t have the manpower to go through requests quickly?

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Oh, and I also bought/donated to the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle, which at first only included Frozen Synapse, but now added two other games, Trauma and SpaceChem. (It also includes the previous Humble Bundle with Frozenbyte games if you give more than the average, currently 4.67USD. I already got that bundle when it was running though.) Both Frozen Synapse and SpaceChem are puzzle/strategy kind of games which seem simple enough through the tutorial, but which explodes with difficulty already in the first stages. (I might be exaggerating.) I did beat my brother twice in Frozen Synapse, though he hadn’t even played the tutorial yet so I’m not overly proud over that.

Trauma however is a simple point and click game a lot like many online flash games, although with a somewhat more serious story about a car accident victim. And life. I kind of like the mood in that game. The game is pretty short, but I haven’t found all the secrets yet. Might do that in the weekend. Anyways, the bundle is at the moment of writing still running for 7 more days, so you should get it while you have the chance!

Here’s a video of my solution in one of the stages in SpaceChem. Later I found out that I don’t really need to have the same shape on the molecules for them to be accepted, as long as the bonds were correct. Oh well.
 

Posted by on 2011-10-05 in Uncategorized

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Bergen, Sjöbo and MegaZone

Went to Sjöbo (near Malmö in Sweden) last weekend, and to Bergen the weekend before that, to visit friends.

Bergen was nice, even though two of the people I was hoping to see in Bergen were working so I didn’t even get to see them. But met Hanfeng and Ivy, it was cozy walking around town with them I guess. And it was actually sunny that day, even though it is almost always raining in Bergen! In the evening we went to Ivy’s place and ended up just watching videos and eating a late dinner.

My father was driving to Bergen on Friday, it took 8 hours or so to get to Norheimsund where we stayed with some friends of my parents. It was a quiet place, but very beautiful! We left for Bergen on Saturday and stayed there most of Saturday before going back to Norheimsund to stay the night before leaving for Oslo on Sunday. Because Norheimsund is slightly closer to Oslo than Bergen, this saves some time, but still I think I’d prefer taking a flight next time I want to visit anyone in Bergen!

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On my way to Sjöbo I stayed at Tizian’s place in Malmö. Don’t remember if I’ve stayed there once or twice before, but it’s been a while since last time! We left for Sjöbo on Saturday, to go to a party to say goodbye to Anna and Alexiz who were going to Japan to study. Even though I only met them once before, they were pretty fun to talk with, so I ended up going to their party to say goodbye! Unfortunately I left early because I had promised to go to MegaZone on Sunday, but it was fun while it lasted.

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After taking the night bus back to Oslo I went home and slept before going to church with my brothers. After church we went to MegaZone (a place where you can play laser tag, kind of like LaserDome. They also have some other games like paintball). We played one round of laser tag, then tried out "GladiatorZ", which is some kind of activity center with a mechanical bull, an obstacle course, sumo suit wrestling and "giant Q-Tips" battle (I tried to find out what it’s actually called in English, but couldn’t find it).

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My phone camera is so bad.

After MegaZone we ate at a Vietnamese restaurant. I had fried banana with ice cream for dessert. It was delicious!

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Also I finally managed to find all the Gold Skulltulas and heart pieces in Zelda Ocarina of Time Master’s Quest, using a FAQ to find the rest of them because I had gotten so tired of running around the map multiple times. It’s kinda annoying how obvious some of the locations I missed were! Oh well, after that I started playing the first Legend of Zelda (the NES one) on the 3DS. It was as difficult as I recalled it to be, but after playing it a while I seem to have somewhat gotten the hang of it. I think I’m on the level-6 dungeon now, the one with the Wizzrobes.

Looking forward to Kirby Mass Attack‘s release in Europe! Also Batman: Arkham City.

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Posted by on 2011-10-01 in Uncategorized

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