I'm back!

Jul. 29th, 2011 02:15 pm
kribu: (mesilane)
Let's see if I can also post... I think I'll leave making a picspam post to whenever LJ is working properly again, especially as I haven't got any picspam prepared yet. So here's just a short(ish) overview of what I've been up to. (Erm, yes, depending on one's definition of short(ish).)

DiaCon Alley: great fun! Met up with [personal profile] ayerf at the Liverpool Street train station upon my arrival to London; we headed straight over to St Pancras from there and off to Canterbury.

Cut to spare the f-list from all the blabbering. )

The trip was absolutely wonderful, but now I'm exhausted. Didn't do anything yesterday, and now it seems I've picked up a cold somewhere - very sore throat today and slight fever - so I don't think I'll want to go out today, either.

At least I do have stuff to do at home - will have to start betaing [personal profile] ayerf's [community profile] sshg_exchange fic, the first chapter of which is already in my greedy paws. I'm so glad I got mine handed in before the trip - don't think I'd have the energy to deal with it now. (Also, that meant that I didn't have to be too scared of Shiv when meeting her. The Eye of Shiv is intimidating enough when turned at Other People.)

Right, glad I've saved this as the dozens of attempts at posting all day long haven't worked... *eyes LJ threateningly*

(Note: posting this to DW now instead, just so I wouldn't lose it. I doubt the crossposting to LJ will work either, but we'll see.)
kribu: (võilill)
Have been trying to spend less time at the computer the last few days - hands/wrists/arms not feeling well at all. I blame work, as it's where the problems are the most evident - yesterday was especially bad, having sudden flashes of pain reaching into the fingers several times an hour. At least it got better in the evening again, although it does remind me that I should once again take it easy for a while.

So having football to watch is probably a very good thing in that way, too. Although I rather think I need more and bigger cushions for the sofa if I spend much more time there - back's been killing me the last two days by bed time.

Anyway, more picspam from Sunday's walk. )

Read the 800 word new JKR pre-HBP snippet... nope, not making me any more impressed by James and Sirius. On the other hand, it did confirm my opinion about them (not that it needed confirming), so I suppose that's good.
kribu: (Hermione OOTP wand)
It was rather interesting to wake up today to a huge amount of comments about what JKR revealed last night, and then go and read the articles. So much so that it got a few reactions out of me, too.

Behind a cut just in case someone hasn't read DH yet or doesn't want to know what JKR is saying about the characters. )
kribu: (Snape PS)
Well. That was probably my longest absence from the computer in a long time... from last night until now.

In the meantime, I picked up a book from the store... got a lovely special Harry Potter orange paper bag with it, too. Oh, and I also read the book.

The Deathly Hallows: first reactions, with spoilers, behind the cut. )
kribu: (Snape PS)
So today Order of the Phoenix was finally released here. Just got back, so here are my first reactions.

Random thoughts behind the cut - long and contains movie spoilers )

I'll be getting the DVD of course, if only for getting a closer look at the Snape's worst memory scene, and I don't exactly regret seeing it on big screen - there was plenty of eye candy, and lots of good performances, etc... I wish it had been done a bit better though. Less checking off random points on the list of "this was in the book, we should include it" and more tones of grey would have been nice. I wonder if there are deleted scenes and if so, what they are... maybe some things would have been explained a bit better in a longer version, but I am not really sure.
kribu: (Kribu2)
I think I've made a potentially huge mistake in letting mum get more familiar with the DSLR.

If she continues "just practising" the way she has the last few days, I'm going to need another external hard drive for backup very soon.

And I fear that when we go out somewhere interesting the next time, where I could finally give the wide-angle lens a proper workout, she'll want to use it instead.

And I've just realised that there really isn't even a week left until Deathly Hallows. I think I'm a bit scared.
kribu: (kuldnokk)
Had a most interesting bus driver on my way home.

I think he'd probably never done line 5 before... because as soon as we got to Kose, he was... well, lost. Totally. As in asking every single time whenever the road split which direction he should take, not noticing the stops and so on. Nearly did take the wrong turn a few times. As I was sitting quite up front, I eventually ended up informing him where to turn... good thing I get off at the very last stop, I suppose. And then I still had to tell him where he'd have to turn next to get back to Kose... argh, drivers!

Should go out again now... need strawberries and stuff.

Oh... finally got around to pre-ordering Deathly Hallows. Children's edition, damn - no option to pre-order the adult one, and as pre-order's cheaper, I didn't feel like paying an extra 50 kr on the off chance that maybe they'll have the adult edition in stock on release date. Oh well, I expect I'll survive even with that cover.
kribu: (Snape PS)
Met mum after work today for a short walk... well, I thought it was going to be a short walk, as I was not wearing too comfortable shoes (not for hours outdoors anyway).

Got home more than four hours later. Heh. Should have known. :-D

At least I remembered to ask mum bring my camera along, so it wasn't too boring. Got a few rather nice pictures... would have got nicer ones, if I'd had a macro lens. I need a macro lens... preferably before summer's over and flowers and various pretty little critters are gone. Even so, I did get some pretty nice flower close-ups, and a lovely ladybug, and even a few grasshoppers (damn difficult to catch, as always).

I think I have my next wallpaper from today's patch... for now though, I decided to have something different, so I changed my wallpaper into a lovely Snapey one, from Order of the Phoenix. Mmm. Looking forward to that.
kribu: (rullukastis)
I've realised that kitties can be supremely silly. Kribu anyway... this morning, she decided to go to sleep on the coffee table, using an empty plate as a pillow.

Went by Apollo today and found (and bought) The End of Harry Potter? ("An unauthorised guide to the mysteries that remain") by David Langford today... not that I expect it to bring much light into the mysteries that only book 7 will actually be able to answer, but speculation can be fun in any case.

Busy day

May. 15th, 2007 07:11 pm
kribu: (musti)
Well... busy with everything but work, really. At least I had something to do at work, even if it was relatively little.

On the other hand, little work meant more time for other important things. Such as shopping. (Note to self: maybe it is not that good to work in an office situated within five minutes walking distance from a photography store, a computer store and a Kalev store.)

So now I have a new ID card reader (old one didn't seem to work... but after some hassling with the new one, and finding out that things work marvellously even though I get a "card error" icon, I'm beginning to think that maybe it was one of those problems situated between the chair and the keyboard, and not a reader problem... hmm, in any case, even if it does work, an extra one won't hurt, surely). And a very pretty external hard drive (Western Digital MyBook Pro, 500 GB), which I'm not going to install today. And a not very pretty (but that hardly matters) new 400W power supply, for the inevitable event of the current one in either mine or mum's computer failing at some point.

And then I had time to go to Priisle, where I got strawberries and picked up my recent Amazon order at the post-office... yes, I finally have Doctor Who: The Complete First Series now. A very pretty, relatively slim box, which has unfortunately got a little banged up in one corner, but oh well. And I also got State of Play which I know absolutely nothing about, except that it has a good cast, is directed by David Yates and is supposed to be good.

And when I finally got home, I found out I've become a Perfect Imagination accredited beta reader, yay! Took the test just for fun last night... didn't bother to think all that much (and knew I didn't get everything but decided to err on the side of caution) and got 85%, which is quite sufficient for accreditation. So if anyone has any Harry Potter fics and wants a beta reader, I have the certificate to show I'm capable and can be trusted with the grammar, spelling and canon knowledge. Apparently.

Woo!

May. 5th, 2007 06:41 pm
kribu: (Snape)
I seem to have acquired... a Lego set. A Harry Potter Lego set. Of the Potions classroom. With a little Lego Snape.

*is suitably ashamed*
*for about five seconds*
*lets out a squeee!!!*

Oh, and I also bought a new vacuum cleaner. And went to the beach for a walk. Was a productive day, yes.
kribu: (Default)
I got my new lens today, yippee! It's... so bloody cool. :-D

I have no idea really what I'll do with it, but a proper wide-angle lens should open up so many new possibilities... I mean, trying it out (had to do it immediately upon getting home, of course) I could practically stand with the camera pressed against the bookshelf and the picture still managed to have three full shelves on it.

It's certainly heavy though, chunkier and heavier than any other lens I've got - even though I expected that, it still feels all... like a brick. No matter though.

In other important news, I seem to have adorned my desktop with a Harry Potter countdown thingy... spurred on by the release of the Deathly Hallows cover art, no doubt. 112 days, 6 hours and 45 minutes left, apparently.

..

Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:29 pm
kribu: (Snape)
So. Holidays have come and gone. I did... nothing. Absolutely nothing. :-D

Random ramblings about holiday and work )

On the less positive front, Kribu seems to have caught some sort of kidney or urinary tract infection. We got pills for her to take, which is... not fun. For us. Have managed, with much effort and several hours spent, the first two doses now, but she's... not a good little person, when she doesn't want to be. She has a very stubborn streak, it seems - meaning that "yes, I love to eat pate whenever not offered, but when offered (with a nicely hidden dose of medicine in it), I'll struggle and run away and absolutely refuse to have anything to do with it" (and I don't think it should be that obvious that it contains the medicine, as Musti has been more than willing and eager to eat it instead... cats, honestly!!)

On the more positive front, I came across a rather nice article today thanks to the WIKTT list... Under his spell - discussing the Snape phenomenon together with a nice succinct list of why he just has to be good. Needless to say, I'm very much in agreement with more or less everything in the article (needless to say as it's been written by a Snape fan, yay!).

Pah!

Feb. 24th, 2007 01:31 pm
kribu: (musti)
I just noticed that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is set to premiere here on 20 July... yes, the day before the release of The Deathly Hallows! Which means I most likely won't get to see the first before reading the second... as I don't like the idea of fighting through crowds to attend premieres. And there is no question about trying to get the book on the release date (considering HBP was available here on the worldwide release date, I am counting on the same being true for DH) instead of leaving it for some later time.

I wonder if it will seem too weird to see the events of book 5 to be played out just after having read the end of the story... probably. On the other hand, as I really don't expect a happy ending for Snape, no matter which side he turns out to be on, perhaps it will be a consolation to immerse myself in the still relatively safe world of OotP afterwards.

Hmpf, in any case.
kribu: (Snape)
The Doctor Who: New Beginnings box is pretty. All those colours! :-D Bloody Castrovalva case has one of the push thingies broken though, so now the DVD is loose, oh joy. Oh well, at least it's only Castrovalva... but still. Damn BBC for using those lovely silver cases for which one cannot really find replacements.

On the other hand, a fairly brisk walk to the post office didn't leave me out of breath today (although I'm rather wiped out now), so that's good. A month ago even walking to the office from the bus stop was enough to leave me panting, and that was... not that good. So I've got a little better at least. And I got new socks! Warm ones!

Watched all the Harry Potter movies over the last week or so... mmm. Sevvie. Although I'm a little concerned that Rickman's really getting a bit too old for Snape, but oh well... one cannot have everything. And Goblet of Fire is definitely the best of the movies so far... I'm really looking forward to Order of the Phoenix though. Why does July have to be so far away? *scowls a bit* At least I'll hopefully have time to see it before The Deathly Hallows comes out (provided the movie is released here at the same time as in the rest of the civilised world, that is).
kribu: (rullukastis)
...that I'm not in the habit of attending fancy Christmas and/or year-end parties where people might be expected to turn up wearing pretty, revealing, relatively open dresses... as it's been a week since I had ECG done and I'm still left with rather noticeable circular bruises all around my upper body from that. *rolls eyes*

At least I'm back to being reasonably okay health-wise, stuffy nose notwithstanding. Woo!

And I actually relatively enjoyed The Runaway Bride. At last a companion that knew how this particular version of the Doctor should be handled. I so enjoy brutality when it's directed towards Ten, especially if it's not coming from enemies... :-D

And I'm done with re-reading Harry Potter... hmpf. Now the wait for book seven starts properly... in the meantime, I can try to come up with more wonderful theories as to why Snape just cannot be evil. It was really fascinating to try and pick up clues from all the earlier books now, reading them back to back.
kribu: (Snape)
I expected Christmas to... well, suck, as it has done for most of my adult life, but I was at least looking forward to a nice long weekend, with rest and such.

Heh.

I have no idea what it is with my immune system lately, but how can I go on the recommended walks if 15 minutes outside generally makes me come down with a cold? I think it took a whiff of wind on Saturday... and I was all dressed warmly and such, and not overdoing it... and yesterday had sore throat and an unpleasant headcold. And then my temperature dropped to barely over 36°C in the evening, which should have given me warning as to what would happen... pah.

So anyway, have hardly slept (difficult to do when I cannot breathe through my nose), sore throat, massive headache, so much need to blow my nose that it's all red and sore, and as if that's not enough, have been having fever over 38°C all day long and instead of going down, it's creeping up. So much for rest. Bloody headache. I have no idea how I am going to get to work on Wednesday, unless I make a miraculous recovery tomorrow. And I feel like whining, so this is what I'm doing here. ;-)

I haven't managed (or wanted) to spend much time at the computer today, and there's a limit to spending time in bed (especially when a certain kitty is trying to snuggle up with me), so the one positive thing about this Christmas is that I finished re-reading Order of the Phoenix today (hence my new lovely userpic, yay! figured it's about time to show my support for dear Severus). And now I've at least stopped shivering with cold and am sweating instead, which is a positive change, I suppose.

Mmm. Food.

Dec. 23rd, 2006 12:25 am
kribu: (Kuu)
Back from the office Christmas dinner... mmm. Food. Good food. Feeling awfully heavy now for some reason though. ;-)

And weekend now, yay! Long one, too. Plenty of time to recover from the food. And eat some more, possibly. Oh, and The Runaway Bride should be on some time during the holidays... after half a year's break from new Who, I think I can almost manage watching Ten again. Although I might regret that afterwards.

Long weekend should give me a chance to get through Order of the Phoenix though. Then it's just to read The Half-Blood Prince again, and then the - hopefully not overlong - wait for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows can start properly. I really want that book already... although on the other hand I don't, as it's all over then. Plus I have a nasty feeling that Snape might die. I really cannot see a living happily ever after scenario for him (in canon anyway), damn.

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