Getting a home connection and visiting the movies.

April 26, 2015

Another week, another post. After a lot of issues, we’ve finally gotten our home internet installed, though I’m honestly a bit pissed, the apartment that we live in is newly renovated, and we’ve got two fiber connections and two ethernet connections, and when we ordered the service, we were promised to get fiber, I told them I was going to need the fiber to ethernet converter, but other than that, we were all set.

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Random picture of the day, a really weird looking building that doesn’t fit in to the neighborhood at all. I keep thinking about Harry Potter every time I see it.

A couple of weeks later, and a VDSL modem arrived, I called them and told them that there had to have been some kind of mistake, I had ordered fiber, not VDSL, but they insisted that VDSL is in fact fiber, I told them that they were going to have a hard time to send data with light through copper cables — but they failed to understand. They were going to send a technician to help me out, I told them that I didn’t need one, that they had mixed something up, or then that they don’t know what fiber is; again, the joke went over their heads. (I’m well aware that VDSL is usually fiber to the building, but I think they should advertise it as VDSL and not fiber, seeing as it’s not fiber to the apartment that they are selling).

Anyway, the connection was supposed to be setup during a certain day, that day came and went, and the VDSL was pretty much dead. I called them a couple of times again, and finally they were able to get the VDSL up and running. I had really wanted to get actual fiber (which we had in Stockholm) and not a VDSL connection, but I don’t feel like spending any more time on the phone with a company that doesn’t know the difference between fiber and copper, it’s just not worth it. The sad thing is that this company is one of the biggest telecoms here in Finland (or in fact, in the nordic countries).

Going to the Cinema

A movie that I’ve been waiting for, “Avengers 2 – The age of Ultron”, was finally released to the cinemas this week here in Finland. I had wanted to go earlier, but all of the cinemas here were completely booked, and I like going when there’s not a lot of other people in the movie theater, mostly because I enjoy the silence, but also because I enjoy sitting without people beside me, it just gives me more space.

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That’s one of the reasons why I really enjoy going to the theater during the day, there’s usually not that many people, and when the movie ends, you still have the evening to do other things. It’s almost surreal when you leave the cinema and the sun is shining, you should try it, it’s awesome.

I managed to get a ticket for the first show on Saturday at the Kinopalatsi in central Helsinki. The show started at 13:15, I was there at 13:00, sat myself down at 13:10, and then waited for half an hour before the movie started. The amount of commercials before the actual movie is getting way out of hand. It was the same thing in Sweden, they advertise that the movie is going to start at a specific time, and then they start showing commercials; and the dumb thing is that you’ve basically paid to watch commercials. And when attendance decreases they blame it all on piracy; what if they’d actually deliver the thing that they are selling, instead of ripping people off. Did I mention that the ticket price is 14.50€ for an adult? That’s an outrage!

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I tried getting a shot of the avengers poster, but the kid in the picture kept blocking it, and every time I moved around, so did he.

The movie was pretty good, one of the best in the Marvel series, except for the first Iron Man and The Guardians of the Galaxy. The only thing that I can complain about it is that it’s almost identical to the other movies; which isn’t bad in itself, it’s just more of the same. The Verge’s review is pretty accurate actually.

The biggest shame about Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t that it’s bad — it’s not. The biggest shame is that it’s just so ordinary.
Bryan Bishop on Avengers: Age of Ultron

It’s well worth the watch, absolutely, and the effects in the movie is top notch, but it kind of lacks originality, it’s basically like all other Marvel movies so far, but it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table.

Cooking

I know people that read my blog enjoy when I make food, and especially when I fail making food. I’m usually a disaster when it comes to being in the kitchen. But one thing that I’m actually pretty good at is making chocolate pudding, not that I do it that often, but every once in a while.

So let me present to you my chocolate pudding with whipped cream.

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I’ll sum it up with three words, “It is awesome”. And, it’s also really easy to make, but this isn’t a food blog, and so, I wont share any recipes.

Family visiting

My mom was attending a conference near Helsinki, so she decided to take the train in to the city and meet up with me. We had a fun time just walking around the city and talking. We have this thing that we walk around stores and talk about things, but never actually pay any interest to the store itself. It’s a fun thing to do, the scenery changes constantly, and it’s not as stale as just sitting somewhere. It was nice seeing her, it’s actually the first time I’ve seen her since Christmas, so we had a lot of catching up to do.

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