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High points include thousands or hours on American Quake 2 and Quake III Arena servers, fifteen years of linux related headaches and close-to-ruptured eardrums listening to electronic music.

New gaming rig

So I finally got my new computer and I thought I’d show you the specs and some photos!

First off, the specs:

  • Corsair Gaming K55 RGB keyboard
  • Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Tower Black/Grey
  • Cooler Master B500 V2
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor
  • MSI A320M Grenade, Socket-AM4
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 3000MHz 16GB
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Mini
  • Seagate Firecuda 1TB 3.5” SSHD
  • ASUS DVD Writer, SDRW-08D2S-U LITE (external)
  • Razer Goliathus mousepad

Overview photo:

The rig:

I have installed Quake 2 (for shits and giggles), Quake III Arena (to review/refresh my level creating skills), Doom, Quake Champions. And the weekend is suddenly almost over.

Electronic Pioneers: KRAFTWERK

It is no secret that Kraftwerk are house gods for me. I won’t bore y’all by citing their whole career, there are plenty of info on the web, but I will tell you why I think they are important and still highly relevant.

Ever since their inception as a band, in 1969, they have experimented with sounds, new and innovative ways to create sounds. They have also inspired other musicians through the years. Few bands have inspired others as much as Kraftwerk has, and still do.

I personally enjoy their “late” remixes a lot. They are taking something that already exists and turn it into something fresh and new. They constantly reinvent themselves and that is why I love their work so much. I especially recommend the 3D Catalogue to those of you who are new to Kraftwerk. This set is also an excellent exercise music, works great for running. The base and the beat is awesome. Headphones strongly recommended!

Photo: By Andriy V. Makukha (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Star Trek: Discovery – I’m back paddling..

If you read my blog post from yesterday I suspect it’s quite obvious that I did not have any high hopes for Star Trek: Discovery. I admit it, I thought it was going to suck big time.

I have now watched the first two episodes (that is all that is available as of writing this post).

It did not suck. It was awesome.

We have been treated with all sorts of Star Trek goodies already: Vulcan nerve pinch, mind meld, deaths, drama, humor, action. And they did it WELL. Very well! I laughed, got tears in my eyes, couldn’t breathe out of excitement. The whole nine yards of emotions. Excellent first two episodes!

I am going to be honest, neither The Next Generation nor Voyager got such strong starts as Discovery! This is my opinion though but I stand by it!

I don’t want to spoil too much if you haven’t seen it yet but a lot happened and I can’t wait to see what the future holds! The new look of the Klingons did not bother me at all actually, as I thought it would. It actually worked out very nicely! They look bad-ass and the plot so far is quite Klingon heavy.

The two crew members that I find I connected the most with are Michael Burnham (who I sadly made fun of yesterday) and Saru. Michael is a complex mix of humanity and vulcan cool. Very interesting and it works out very well for the character. She (yes, she) is extremely fierce, a bit hot headed but also has tons of vulcan cool. Saru is in my opinion a very likeable character, he has a bit of Neelix over him (but more competent) and I truly hope they don’t kill him off.

There were a few really precious moments that I want to share:

  • When I realised they are using the old school boing bleeps on the bridge, from the original series.
  • When Sarek appeared. Truly a fantastic moment.

If you love Star Trek I can almost promise you that you will NOT be disappointed.

I hereby apologise for my negative post yesterday. I was wrong and I should have had faith that it would rock!

Star Trek: Discovery

We are extremely close now to the point when the brand new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, will premier.

As a Trekkie you’d expect me to be all up in flames here, bouncing around like the Duracell bunny. I am not. I am a bit more cautious and won’t cement myself into one corner before actually watching the first episode.

I am, however, a bit worried about the fact that this new series is taking place a decade before the original series with Kirk and Spock.. So, it is yet another prequel series.. Enterprise, which aired between 2001 and 2005, “only” got four seasons (both TNG and Voy got seven seasons) and I don’t know a whole lot of people enjoying Enterprise at all. I have fears that Discovery will go down the same route.

Oh and what’s up with the “new and improved” Klingons? And Spock has a half-sister (who is never referred to anywhere in the past) and who’s name is Michael??

I hope this will be good anyway, in it’s own way. But I really wanted an actual continuation of the timeline, i e post Voyager. Oh and I wouldn’t mind a Voyager crew movie either, to be honest.

One thing is certain though. I will be the most gorgeous looking Trek so far, that’s for sure, trailer and photos are looking fantastic, technically.

Read more: Star Trek Discovery

Wikipedia: Star Trek: Discovery

Black Line: when great minds collide

I am going to be quite honest, there are few things that excites me regarding new music these days. I feel as if all the good stuff already has been done. But, every once in a while something pops up.

BLACK LINE is a project consisting of members from for example Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy, Depeche  Mode. Got your attention now? Thought so. These bands and musicians are amongst my house gods so Black Line is truly having quite an effect on me! This is epic!

What I find most exciting here is not “only” the new music they are making, it’s the fact that you have people, who already has a solid music career, are willing to experiment and try something new and different.

Black Line is opening for Depeche Mode during their winter tour, so I suspect we will be hearing a lot more from them in the future!

Black Line website: Black line 

Depeche Mode website: Depeche Mode

Skinny Puppy website: Skinny Puppy