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Modaka Figure

Written by nickchanger 2012-02-29 20:41 - Viewed 911 times - Culture

Next figure...

This time it is the cute Kaname Madoka from the anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, in an 1/8 version created by Good Smile Company. This is the third figure I have from them.

A magic girl anime filled with serious themes, such as death.

Two smaller figures to go... if they will ever get through the Danish customs :/ .

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The Panty and Stocking Figures

Written by nickchanger 2012-02-20 22:20 - Viewed 3222 times - Culture

About three weeks ago I received two new figures. All of my other figures are more less "cute" but it might be hard to put these two new ones in the same category.

They are Panty and Stocking (metamorphose edition) from the anime series Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt:

The last of the three images show the two figures on the same foot, which is how I have them displayed. It takes up less space :P .

I actually wanted figures of those two in the way they are normally portrayed but it looks really weird in 3D. The anime Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (PSG) is drawn in a simple, quirky and really weird way. Kind of reminds me of the animation The Fairly OddParents, which is hilarious btw. Even though PSG is almost as funny, it is in no way suited for children. It is very violent, dirty and has lots of foul language - all the good stuff, you know ;) . Because of the overall drawing style of the anime these elements are all just kind-of funny though.

PSG is about the two angels Panty and Stocking which is supervised by the large afro-man Garterbelt. They are supposed to fight ghosts and other evil stuff, but Panty only thinks about sex while Stocking only thinks about sweets (cakes and the like). When they do fight evil, Panty transforms her panties into a gun and Stocking transforms her stockings into swords. They are helped by a geek called Brief and a dog-like creature called Chuck. Chuck is constantly crushed or mutilated which adds to the violence. Two of their archnemesis are the devil-girls called Scanty and Kneesocks. So basically a bunch of lame puns.

When they prepare for a fight they do a transformation (where their panties and stockings play an important role), and the figures portray one of these scenes.

One of the episodes feature a music video with Panty and Stocking singing about them self. It is called Anarchy or D-City Rock and can be seen on youtube. Contrary to most anime music it is actually not that bad.

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Meaning of Names

Written by nickchanger 2012-02-12 19:11 - Viewed 539 times - Me!, Hmmm

It should not come as a surprise to most people that Japanese names all mean something literally. They consist of a family name and a call name. Each of these usually consist of two kanji's and all kanji characters have at least one literal meaning.

A good example of this is the name of one of my favourite actresses, Ueno Juri. Her name means the following:

  • 上 (ue) - Above, high
  • 野 (no) - Field
  • 樹 (ju) - Trees, Wood
  • 里 (ri) - Village

So a literal meaning of her name would be something like "highland forest village". That is actually quite an impressive name!

Western names usually do not have any literal meaning. But most of them descend in some way from a literal word, often Latin, Greek, Aramaic or Germanic. I can use my own name as an example.

My name, Peter, is deriving all the way from the Syrian or Aramaic word "cephas" which means "rock". In Greek that became "Πέτρος" or "petros", which turned in to "Petrus" in Latin. The Latin version have then been used for several names including "Peter" in English, Dutch and Danish.

Jesus said "On this rock I will build my church", referring to his stable disciple, Peter - or something like that. The real name of Peter were actually Simon which is why he is often referred to as Simon Peter. Simon is coincidently also the name of my little brother, but I highly doubt that was something our parents thought about though :P . Btw, "Simon" is hebrew and means "He (God) has heard". Some very religious names for two very atheistic people :) .

In Scandinavian countries the last name would actually just tell who you were the son or daughter of. The most common last name in Denmark is "Jensen" which derives from "Jens' søn", or son of Jens. Women would take their husbands last name when they got married which is why we do not see many, if any, last names on the form "Jensesdatter", daughter of Jens. Iceland seems to be the last of the Scandinavian countries to still use this practice.

Not only have the practice of having your last name come from your fathers first name stopped in Denmark, we are also more often using some very different names. Some good example of this are cities or professions. The most common last name in Denmark not having the "sen" is Møller which is the Danish word for the person working in a wind- or watermill grinding the wheat to flour etc.

My last name, Bøg, is, however, even more weird. It is literally the Danish word for the tree family beech. It is a very common tree in Denmark and is even featured prominently in our national anthem:

Danish: Vort gamle Danmark skal bestå, så længe bøgen spejler sin top i bølgen blå
English: Our old Denmark shall endure, as long as the beech reflects its top in the blue wave

Of course you could put some other meaning into this name as the beech is a type of tree known as "deciduous" or "falling off at maturity" referring to its leaves and fruit falling of at fall. So when it reaches its prime of maturity it falls and it is all downhill from there... well, that would sound better if we continue the story until spring were it blooms again :P .

I also have a middle name, Heino. It is actually a Dutch version of a Germanic name "Haimric" which consist if two words: "haim" meaning home, and "ric" meaning ruler - so home ruler. The English form of this name is Henry - which several English kings have been named - and Harry. So anyone knows for sure if Harry Potter have this name for a reason? :)

Finally, a literal meaning of my name would be something like "stone home ruler beech". Sounds a bit off... More like "The home ruling stone tree" - yeah that sounds more like me.

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Adventure Games

Written by nickchanger 2012-02-05 12:23 - Viewed 504 times - Gaming

Waaaay too long since my last blog entry. I will now try to write one every weekend, no matter if I have anything special to tell or not. That way there is a higher chance of me actually saying something clever. Expect the categories of these entries to quite random ;) .

In this entry I will write about the adventure games. Some of my favourite games include the LucasArt point-n-click adventure games such as Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle. They have a great humour, a good story, awesome characters and quality puzzles. Another game in this genre which I love is Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacret, Blood of the Damned. It had a different approach to the genre because of its 3D and free-roaming camera. Gabrial Knight 3 has one of the best stories I have ever tried in a computer game. The whole atmosphere enchanted me and my brother, so it was a huge experience for us to actually visit the real-life town of Rennes-le-Château and its church, where the story takes place, during this summer. We both got goosebumps when entering the church and seeing the exact same thing as we did in the game! I almost complained about the graphics :P .

The last couple of years I have increased my collection of games with several adventure games from both GOG.com and Steam, but have not had the time to actually finish any of them. I hope this will change during this spring - one every weekend as well maybe?

Here is a list of the games in question:

  • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
  • Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
  • The Longest Journey
  • Still Life
  • Syberia
  • Syberia II
  • Simon The Sorcerer
  • Simon The Sorcerer II
  • Runaway 3: A Twist of Fate - completed
  • The Next BIG Thing
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 3 - Lair of the Leviathan
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4 - The Trail and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 - Rise of the Pirate God
  • Monkey Island 2: Special Edition

I have tried to play the first Gabriel Knight game several times now, but have never gotten more than about a quarter in to it :( . Therefore it would not be wise to start this massive quest with that one. So instead I have now started on Runaway 3. I have completed the two prequels years ago, so it is not easy getting into that world again - as far as I remember the girl went missing right? wtf?

There are other games I need to complete as well though. E.g. Amnesia: The Dark Descent - where I have only completed a side-story that were included. And of course Skyrim where I have reached 70+ hours and I am still not even level 40 :o .

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Skyrim

Written by nickchanger 2011-12-04 19:59 - Viewed 679 times - Gaming

So I said I wanted to write more often, but of course I did not fulfil that promise - that is just who I am :P . But there is a good reason...

On the 10th of November I receive a package, possibly send from Sweden the day before so it got here rather quickly. Actually one day before it should.

I anxiously returned home and opened the package. Inside was a DVD, which I quickly inserted in to the DVD drive of my computer. An installation menu popped up and I clicked next several times, looking forward to the sweet piece of software that would soon be inside my computer. Then suddenly it gave me a weird alert box: "The game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim cannot be installed yet, because it has not been released yet." ... MothaF*

Finally the day 11-11-11 had arrived and I could start playing Skyrim! At first glance the world ... blows you away, and it continues to do so even after 50 hours of play time. I still have not finished the main story or even visited all of the areas or the largest cities. It is massive!

I have been in love with TES ever since I first played Morrowind almost ten years ago. Oblivion was maybe even better, and now Skyrim have turned TES to 11. Several of the annoying stuff from Morrowind and Oblivion have been removed or changed, such as the stupid Acrobatics and Athletics skills or the cursed "everything-around-you-follows-your-level". Man I hated running into roadside bandits wearing the insanely expensive glass armor.

Skyrim starts out, like every other TES game, with your character being imprisoned. This time you are heading for the block when suddenly dragons attack and you manage to find a way to escape. Skyrim is bloody as hell with decapitations, mutilated bodies and the like - definitely not for kids or the weak. Love it! :)

Other Stuff

I am using quite a lot of time on Skyrim and will continue to do so, but I do manage to sneak other stuff in to my daily life. One such activity were to join the forum at Anime Kita, an anime-community based in Aalborg, Denmark. They have a large meeting two times a year, spanning a whole weekend, which I just missed. They usually also meet IRL once a month, but I have yet to attend any of these. Maybe in January. This is basically my attempt to actually meet people in my area with some of the same interests as me - damn social stuff.

Other stuff this past month:

  • Christmas dinner with my colleagues. I got an annoying headache, even though I barely touched the alcohol, and went home before the party got kind-of crazy (or so I have heard).
  • My mom turned, uhm, well lets just say 35 and ignore the fact that my sister is then apparently half a year older than her mother.

Rest of this month:

  • A Christmas dinner with my friends.
  • Christmas Eve with my family in my apartment.
  • New Years Eve with my friends.

Next month:

  • Incoming packages from Japan containing a total of five figures! That means I will almost double my collection.

Hopefully I can soon write a blog entry about my trip around Europe ...

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