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Happy Holidays!

I wish a most happy holiday season upon you all.   I am having a great night trying out a slightly new look. Which can totally look festive and jolly for the occasion too.

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Life Update

Right, following up on the last entry, I guess I figured out the gender identity thing to some degree. Which means that I will now identify as female.   Again, I spoke about it in detail on my Tumblr, but ultimately I am now ready to be myself and this is the first step towards that. So that's nice, I guess.

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Life Update?

It's been a long time since I used the blog, eh? Might as well do a little life update thingy, as it's been a strange month or two for me.   Right now I am approaching two months of having worked in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, which is pretty far from home. It's a job for an Austrian company, which looks like it will last around half a year. I'll occasionally fly back home to London for holidays and stuff, but for the most part I'll be living here, which has been pretty interesting. It's nice to

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Ghost in the Shell

Time for an updated Ghost in the Shell collection post, now that I have all the new Arise stuff.     We have the DVDs:   Ghost in the Shell / Innocence / Ghost in the Shell 2.0 boxset Stand Alone Complex 1st GIG boxset Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG boxset Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Borders 1 & 2 Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Borders 3 & 4 Ghost in the Shell: The New Movi

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Dronevil

Finally managed to get my hands on a physical copy of my second favourite Boris album, and it is beautiful.         Boris CDs are always really neat. Makes me feel a lot better about the prices of these Japanese-only ones.

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Vinyl

I have now begun my quest to get around 10-15 of my favourite albums on vinyl, to go alongside the CDs.   The first such acquisition is either my second or third favourite album - Das Seelenbrechen by Ihsahn, in lovely limited edition coloured vinyl. Here it is next to the digibook CD version:       Bloody gorgeous.

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Ihsahn

Time for an updated Ihsahn collection post I guess, given the new album:   ^Click for a bigger picture   Starting on the left:   Thou Shalt Suffer, which is essentially the earliest incarnation of Emperor. They originally released one death metal/black metal EP in 1991 - Into the Woods of Belial - before the band split up, with Ihsahn and Samoth forming Emperor immediately afterwards. However, Ihsahn used the name again in 2000 to release his solo album Somnium, this time it being a neoclassica

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Arktis.

Finally received my copy of the new Ihsahn album the other day, after there being some delays with the limited editions.     An excellent album which was well worth the wait. Not quite as good as his previous three, but I'd still be surprised if it isn't my album of the year.   Perhaps I'll do an updated post of my entire Ihsahn collection later, when I'm not busy listening to Arktis.

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My Top 15 Albums of 2015

15 - Asia, Urban Dance and Warpath by Boris     I'm going to treat these three albums as one for the purposes of this list, just to make it easier. Which should be fine, since they were released at the same time, and are obviously meant to be part of the same trilogy. They released a pretty big album last year, so for the most part this is just Boris relaxing a bit and doing some noise and drone rather than writing songs, and as usual, doing it very well. Usually one probably wouldn't describe

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My Top 10 Video Games of 2015

10 - Party Hard     A fun little stealth game which plays a bit like a top-down Hitman. It's 3 AM and you're simply trying to sleep, but the house next door is having an obnoxiously loud party. The most rational course of action is of course to put on a hockey mask and murder everyone at the party, so that's exactly what you do.     9 - The Consuming Shadow     A procedurally generated, Lovecraftian-themed survival horror game by Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, of Zero Punctuation fame. It's quirky, an

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Computer Troubles

Well, my laptop might be screwed, which would be rather unfortunate. And just as I started to get a bit more back into gaming too.   For those curious, basically I restarted it last night, and then it simply failed to boot up. It would get to the welcome screen, flash blue and restart again. If I try doing start up repair, it gets stuck on a black screen with a movable cursor and nothing else. After lots of Googling, didn't really find all that much. As you might be able to guess, start up repai

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Symphony for the Lost

Been a while since one of these music collection updates. Received the new Paradise Lost live album on vinyl + DVD today, and it's quite nice:       Really looking forward to giving it a listen/watch later. The first half of it is done with an orchestra and seems fantastic from the teasers.

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My Fallout 4 Experience Thus Far

Classic Bethesda.     Tried all the fixes and whatnot, so I'm just stuck here waiting for them to hopefully fix it, and by the looks of various forums I'm not alone. Thankfully Steam refunds now exist, so I'll be getting one of those if this isn't addressed soon.   Disappointing, but not unexpected. I'm not one to purchase games at release, precisely because of things like this, but Fallout is one of the few exceptions I'm willing to make.   Granted, the game is not looking great, especially for

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Happy Halloween

Oh look, an excuse to use my blog.   I do hope everyone's having a nice and appropriately themed Halloween though. It's always a fun time.   I'm enjoying a Halloween playlist, but I've been busy lately so it's a bit more hastily put together than usual. Still, it'll do the job. Might follow it up with some appropriate gaming and/or movie watching later tonight.

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Refused

After two weeks of delays, I finally received my limited edition copy of the new Refused album. Protip: don't buy stuff from Kings Road Merch. I wouldn't have, since this isn't the first time I had problems with them, but it was the only place you could get the limited edition from.   Anyway, the new Refused album. Freedom. 17 years after releasing what I consider to be the greatest album of all time, The Shape of Punk to Come, Refused have finally returned, and I couldn't be happier. I'm still

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The Plague Within

After some delays with the official Century Media store, my copy of the new Paradise Lost album finally arrived yesterday:     A thing of beauty, and probably my album of the year. Of the announced albums I'm aware of this year, only Refused or Ihsahn have a chance of dethroning it.     This also means that it's a good time for a Paradise Lost collection post:   ^Click for a bigger picture   So, the two on the left are:   Drown in Darkness - The Early Demos Symbol of Life (Limited edition digi

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Exams Done

Well, I had my last exam on Friday, which went about as poorly as expected. I guess that at least means I haven't had any expectations crushed =P Either way, it's a relief to finally have it out of the way and not have to think about it anymore. I was approaching breaking point with stress and anxiety, and it's good to at least have that source of it removed.   And so that's it. My three years of university have passed, and hopefully so have I. Quite the three years, these were. It's interestin

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Emilie Autumn

It's time for an updated Emilie Autumn collection post, since I recently made a few acquisitions:     On the left we have the albums:   Enchant Opheliac (The Deluxe Edition) Laced/Unlaced (Limited edition digibook, limited to 2000 copies) Fight Like a Girl   And on the right we have the compilation and EPs:   A Bit o' This & That (Limited edition digibook, limited to 3000 copies) Liar/Dead Is the New Alive EP (Limited edition digipak, limited to 3000 copies) 4 o'Clock EP (Limited edition di

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Ihsahn

It's time for my biggest music collection post thus far: Ihsahn.   ^Click for a bigger picture   Terrible quality picture, but I don't even know how I would get all those in a single picture and keep it good.   Anyway, yes Ihsahn. This collection includes basically everything he's ever been on, and it's a collection that is particularly close to my heart, as Ihsahn is currently my favourite musician. At least as far as individual people are concerned. Refused are still my favourite band, but as

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Say Hello to My Little Friend

Note that the friend in question is the guitar, not the cat. Cat's been here for a few years already. She does love the guitar bag though.   But yes, I have this guitar now. Which is exciting. I've still got a couple pieces of equipment to arrive in the post in the next couple of days, but then I'll be all good to go and start failing at playing it.   Here's a slightly better picture as well. As it turns out, black guitars are not great for taking pictures of in the night with a phone.  

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Deus Ex

I simply can't wait for this.   I usually try really hard not to buy into hype or get too excited when there's very little information available, but sometimes even I can't help it. This is probably the most excited I've ever been for a video game.   It's been known for a while that Eidos have been working on the next Deus Ex game, but now we finally have actual information and it's all getting me psyched.   This is the first time in the series that we'll have a returning protagonist, but I am

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Björk

Well, here is my recently completed Björk collection:   ^Click for a bigger picture   Debut Post Homogenic Selmasongs: Music from Dancer in the Dark Vespertine Medúlla The Music from Drawing Restraint 9 Volta Biophilia Vulnicura   Got to say I'm not overly fond her newest album, but I love pretty much all of the other main albums, especially Post and Debut.

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Rage Against The Machine

It's been a while since my last music collection post, so here's my recently completed collection of Rage Against the Machine related stuff:   ^Click for a slightly bigger picture   So, here's what we have, going left to right:   The special edition 20th anniversary reissue of the self-titled album.   Rage Against the Machine stuff consisting of: Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire The Battle of Los Angeles Renegades Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium Bulls on Parade single Guerrilla Radio s

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Emilie Autumn

Received my copy of Emilie Autumn's first album today, which means that I've completed my collection of her stuff:     Here we have:   Enchant Opheliac (The Deluxe Edition) Laced/Unlaced Fight Like a Girl   All sitting on top of a signed copy of her book.   There's a few EPs that I don't have which I may one day want to hunt down, but these are all four of the actual albums. Well, technically I suppose she had an album before Enchant, called On a Day, which contained her performances of several

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Tim Skold

Recently finished my collection of albums by one of my favourite musicians - Tim Skold. While there are a couple of things I'm missing, I have everything that I actually want.   So let's go through it:     Terrible picture I know, but it's hard to fit everything in at a good resolution without the file size being too big.   Anyway, at the top left we have his solo project - Skold: Skold Anomie Suck EP Tonight EP   Top middle, we have the KMFDM albums with him as a member of the band: Symbols A

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