Fortitude

What it is labeled as: a psychological thriller. Me thinks however they were aiming for a Scandi noir.

What I like to call it: Broadchurch on ice. Yes, I am aware how that sounds like, but it was my first association.

Reasons to watch: Stanley freaking Tucci! Michael Gambon. Sofie Gråbøl. Also? Fuzzy sweaters! So many fuzzy freaking sweaters!

The down side: I’ll be honest – I don’t have a clue what the what is going on at the moment (3 episodes in).

A dude was killed with a potato peeler (yes, a freaking potato peeler of all things! They peeled him to death. Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). Everyone is sleeping with everyone else. It seems to be a normal thing?

Also everyone walks around with riffles because polar bears? BUT if a polar bear attacks someone you kill the human rather than the bear? I thought that was odd, but what do I know, Bear Grylls I am not.

Why it shows promise: So did you know that in permafrost nothing can decay? As in corpses and stuff? So they still have people buried there with the plague. BUT plague aside there is this mammoth, yes? And they showed it a number of times already. So am thinking ancient virus/bacteria? Or wait – that would be more SyFy’s jam, right? I KNOW, I’m facepalming myself. See?

Where to watch: Sky in the UK. Pivot in the US.

A definitive list of things I learned watching Parks and Recreation

  • Calzones make no sense. They are pizzas that are harder to eat.
  • How do you know that the racoon problem is under control? They have their part of town. Also in Pawnee they are not nocturnal but 24/7 and they hunt kids for sport.
  • It’s not called crying, ok? It’s called being allergic to jerks.
  • The scale for being pissed off? One to Chris Brown.
  • Ideal man according to Leslie Knope? George Clooney’s brains in Joe Biden’s body.
  • Jerry will jump into a creek for a burrito. Also he has the biggest penis ever.
  • Crying – only allowed at funerals and the Grand Canyon.
  • Fishing – only for sport, not for meat. Because fish meat is practically a vegetable.
  • Also fishing? It’s like yoga but you still get to kill something.
  • Two things to know about white people – they like Matchbox Twenty. And they are terrified of curses.
  • How to burn your ex-wife’s effigy? Dip it in paraffin wax and then toss a flaming bottle of isopropyl alcohol at it. From a SAFE distance. That cannot be stressed enough.
  • Dictionary of food stuff according to Tom:

‘Zerts = desserts
Tray-trays = entrees
Sammies, sandoozles, or Adam Sandlers = sandwiches
Big ol’ cookies = cakes
Long ass rice = noodles
Fri-fri chicky-chick = fried chicken
Chicky chicky parm parm = chicken parm
Chicky catch = chicken cacciatore
Pre-birds/future birds = eggs
Super water = root beer
Bean blankies = tortillas
Food rakes = forks

  • It’s pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when you can just go outside and stand in it.
  • Snake Juice = rat’s poison
  • Jogging is the worst. It keeps you healthy, but at what cost?
  • Li’l Sebastian is a mini horse. Not a pony.
  • Acupuncture is great for your back and your rear – needles in your face, pleasure in yo’ base.
  • So Treat Yo’ Self, yes? It’s one day of the year you treat yourself to whatever you might fancy. So for some it means spa and massages and cashmere and whathaveyou. For others it means Batman costume.
  • Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.
  • Any dog under 50 pounds is a cat.
  • Skim milk is water lying about being milk.
  • Buckingham Palace is not Hogwarts.
  • When someone says they are going back to the office, it sometimes means they are going back to their tent in a pit.
  • Hardest thing about living in the pit? Keeping your suit pressed.
  • Also? The pit works in mysterious ways.
  • A thing? Ovaries before brovaries and hoes before bros.
  • You can ignore a hernia. And ignore it successfully. But you would do well to avoid sneezing.
  • Weed can be confused with tops of carrots.
  • If you are mum’s name is Tammy? And both of your ex-wives are called Tammy? Dude, you might have a problem.
  • The key to volunteering? Lots of pockets to put the food in.
  • Did you know you can hire a fake mum on craigslist?
  • Sewage gets the hottest interns.
  • For safety reasons it is not allowed to make puns about the meat temperatures anymore.
  • Shoeshine head? It’s a thing.
  • Pawnee’s cable access does not have hair and make up. They have a communal lipstick and a box of combs.
  • The expression is – the show must go wrong. And you just have to deal with it.
  • Public forum = crackpot convention.
  • WTF is a German muffin?
  • There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.
  • On that note and something I’ve learned in RL rather than from Parks and Rec – whipped cream, yes? Stuff that comes in a can? Blech! Don’t half-ass it, get the real thing!

Damn. I’m going to miss this show.

#FirstWorldProblems – Kindle

So.

A couple of months I got a Kindle as a gift. And even though I was a bit hesitant about it at first, now I love it. To explain why I was hesitant – I’m the type of person who used to buy books and lug them back home whenever I would travel somewhere. Also no trip is complete without P. G. Wodehouse. Don’t ask me why, it just isn’t.

Anyway.

Kindle is so (SO!) convenient! Like Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon that I was looking for for ages? (Went to three different book stores). It only took a couple of clicks and there it was – I could start reading.

So now I’m perusing Goodreads and any other place imaginable to get some good book recs and have been averaging 3 books per week. I mean I’ve read before. But the honest truth is I am super (SUPER!) excited about reading again. While before I would do a thorough research prior to buying a book (never could understand those people who bought books and didn’t read them, what the what up with that?), now even if the book sucks, I don’t feel so bad. It is just a matter of deleting it off Kindle.

But.

BUT.

And this is where the #FirstWorldProblem comes in… I love books. And I love the feel of a book. And what about all the book stores? And libraries? Will it all go to sh*t now that we are all so obsessed with technology?

I know.

So does anyone have any good book recommendations? It would be much obliged.

New Scandi show alert – Arvingerne (The Legacy)

Well new-ish?

Arvingerne was translated as the Legacy. The series premiered in January of 2014 in Denmark and the second season started airing earlier in the month (or so the Wikipedia tells me).

Arvingerne was created by Maya Ilsøe and it follows the story of the Grønnegaard family.

See, the mother of the family Veronica, was an artist and this kinda wild and eccentric bird who had four children. Due to her eccentric ways her children grew up with some baggage (obvs!). So after she dies, the children gather to divvy up her estate. BUT what noone knew was that Veronica had a daughter Signe who she gave up for adoption. And just before she died, she left all of the estate to her.

As you can imagine this complicates the story somewhat.

In the UK the series can be viewed on Sky.

I have tried to find some information where and when the Legacy will air in the United States, however I was unable to find anything. Arrow Films do ship the DVD worldwide in case anyone is interested, but after looking over their FAQ page a) shipping charges apply and b) their releases are in the European PAL format.

You can find the series elsewhere on the Internet *cough* and I think I have spotted that subtitles are available. In case anyone is interested that is.