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TV Shows, Video Games And Baking Bread

I recently started watching the new Hunter X Hunter anime, it’s quite an enjoyable show. Even though I already know the story from the manga, it was still nice to see it again. I like hearing the characters thoughts and reasons for the things they’re doing, and how the characters change throughout the series. Not just the main characters, even the enemies are (sometimes) shown as more than just “people to defeat”, but as people with various goals and doubts.

Hunter X Hunter

On Netflix I’ve been watching Suits, Breaking Bad and House of Cards. My brother was saying how House of Cards is basically the same type of show as Breaking Bad, and I guess it is not a bad comparison. I found both of these shows enjoyable, but rather depressing to watch. But then again, some of my other favorite non-sitcom shows, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are really quite depressing too, and Dexter isn’t exactly a happy show either.

I guess watching sitcoms once in a while is at the very least good for giving a bit more positiveness than those other shows do. I do enjoy watching How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family once in a while, and Sket Dance on Crunchyroll is also more of a feel-good show, though it does have some sad episodes, in particular the ones about the main characters’ background stories.

 

I’ve been experimenting with baking bread using the “no-knead” method, where you basically just mix together the ingredients and then let it sit in the bowl for a long time (12-18 hours) before folding it together with some flour with a spatula, proofing for another hour or so and then baking it in the oven. Some of it turned out well, like the following photos. I think they’re from the first time I tried it, if I’m not mistaken!

Mixing the bread ingredients

Mixing the bread ingredients

Folding the dough together

Folding the dough together

After baking the bread

After baking the bread

Finished bread

Finished bread

Other times the bread didn’t really rise properly, and I’m not 100% sure why. It could be either because the temperature in my apartment is too low, or I mess up some of the ingredient proportions (in particular the amount of water compared to flour), or it could be because the dry yeast I have is actually expired. I still use it because in general dry food should be okay even after expiration. Though the other problem with the dry yeast is that the box states that each sachet is supposed to be used within three days after opening, but this recipe uses so little that it takes many weeks or even months before I can use up even one sachet. Still, the last bread turned out OK after I added a bit more yeast and also put it on a lukewarm stove so it would rise more properly… Will have to experiment a bit more!

 

I’ve played quite a few games since last blog update:

  • The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 – Still no closer to finding out who the killer is, though the end of the episode featured a rather shocking relevation! Looking forward to the next episode. Reminds me that I haven’t bought the latest issues of the comic.
  • The Room Two (Android version) – A puzzle game of the “escape the room” variety, with quite high production value for a mobile game! Just as good as, if not better than the first game in the series. Also available on iOS.
  • Lightning Returns – I enjoyed this game, possibly more than the previous two in the Final Fantasy XIII series! The combat/equipment/skill system felt more customizable and action-oriented than the first two games. It felt slightly ridiculous how many “garbs” (armor) are paid DLC though.
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – A visual novel type of game which really feels like a mix between 999/Virtue’s Last Reward and Phoenix Wright. You play as one of many students who are being held captive in a locked down school building. To be allowed to escape, a student has to kill another student without being found out by the rest of the students. So when a student is killed, the rest of them has to investigate the murder, and then have a “class trial” to try and find out who the real killer is. The thrilling part is that you don’t know who is the next to die or who the killer is, and also finding out the reason why the students are being held captive. Don’t want to spoil too much, though if you don’t like playing visual novels, they have also made an anime based on this game.
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 2 – Still a great adventure game. I feel like I regret some of the choices I ended up making in this episode, but I’ll stick with them till the next episode.
  • Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2 – In this one you play as Elizabeth, but without her rift-opening powers. So you’ll (she’ll) have to sneak around most of the time, and climb through air ducts. Kind of felt like the sneaking parts of the Batman: Arkham series.
  • Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright – Two of my favorite game series in the same game! It’s awesome! I’ve only gotten to the second chapter so far.

 

As for socialization I guess the last few months I haven’t really spent as much time as I could have on socializing, though I still go to church twice a week. I invited Vilhelm over to play Mario 3D World last Sunday, trying to get all the stars and other collectibles, that was quite fun! We also had a “boys’ night” with the boys from church. Made a big burger. (That we cut up and shared.)

Boys' night

Boys’ night

Unfortunately had to skip out on the swimming trip and the ski trip because my operation wound hasn’t fully healed yet. But it feels like it’s almost there! Hopefully this time it’ll stay fixed so I don’t need another operation and no longer need to clean the wound twice every day.

 

Posted by on 2014-03-29 in Rambling

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My Brother Got Married!

My brother got married!

My brother got married!

Congratulations little brother and wife!

On the wedding day it was raining rather heavily, even though the rest of the week (or summer) had been very sunny. Though some people say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day! A lot of relatives came for the wedding, and we went travelling around Norway with my two cousins from Hong Kong. Went to Sognefjorden and also to Preikestolen.

And we had a trip to Tusenfryd, haven’t been there in years! It was actually quite fun. Ate at the BBQ buffet again at their cowboy street, it was decently delicious. Finally got around to try out the rides. The Thor’s Hammer ride was just a simple rail ride with 3D cutscenes at certain points in the ride (you get 3D glasses), and the new ghost house/ride Nightmare is also a 3D movie ride with 3D glasses, but you get a gun and can shoot things, though I had a hard time knowing if I had hit anything or not. Still haven’t tried the waterpark part of Tusenfryd though.

My cousins and me at Tusenfryd

My cousins and me at Tusenfryd

So I’ve been busy most of the days after summer camp, didn’t get enough time to finish Persona 4 until last week, and Tomb Raider this week.

I bought Last Window: The Secret of Cape West, an old DS game that I never got around to play. And I also bought Persona 3 and 2 in a bundle because I was looking them up after playing Persona 4, and they were on the last day of a sale. Will probably wait a bit before playing Persona again after 4, since it takes such a long time! But some people say 3 is the best one.

 

The summer in Oslo has been quite good this year, even now it’s still quite hot outside when it’s not clouded. I eventually decided to buy a small inflatable pool and just leave it on the balcony to cool down after work. (Covered with a tarp when not in use.)

Pool

Pool

Been watching quite a bit of shows on Netflix and Crunchyroll too whenever I’m doing laundry or dishes or so. Finished season 3 of Fringe, season 2 of Modern Family, and all 12 episodes of Another.

I started watching RWBY, an America-produced web-anime made by Monty Oum. When I first saw the trailer I couldn’t remember where I had heard the name, but once the girl started fighting monsters remembered seeing his old Haloid and Dead Fantasy videos. He makes some great fight scenes, with people using all kinds of cool moves! Unfortunately the first few episodes of the show feels mostly like a generic warrior school anime, and it feels somewhat strange to watch an English voiced anime. But then again after Persona 4 I’ve gotten kind of used to it. Anyways I look forward to when the show will actually have some more battles.

Also I started watching Lost again because I never got around to watch the last few seasons after I lost interest. Figured that I may as well watch the rest of it.

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Posted by on 2013-08-24 in Rambling

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