Too much text; not enough images.February 8, 2014
Paulina’s gone to Helsinki for the weekend, which leaves me home alone. There’s lots of things I could do, but seeing as I haven’t been gaming for a long time, I decided to pick up Battlefield 4.
Battlefield 4 was released last year, in other words, it’s not a new game, so I was kind of hoping to find it at a discounted price. The first shop I went to was Game (in Skrapan), they were selling it for 700 SEK. Normally, if the game had just been released, I could actually consider paying that amount of money, but again, I was looking for a lower price, so I left empty handed.
I decided that I might as well just check in at my local Gamestop, which had the “deluxe edition”, which includes the extra DLC for 499 SEK, still on the expensive side, but considering that the DLC is included, and I didn’t want to visit any more stores, I decided to buy the game.
As I was about to pay, the cashier asked me if I was interested in a “Game insurance”. I’ve never even heard about such a thing, so I asked him what it was about. Basically, if you pay a sum of money (I can’t remember the figure), they’ll exchange the your copy for a new copy if the disc brakes within a year. This isn’t a new thing, brick and mortar shops usually have theses kind of insurances for appliances and electronics, but I can’t believe they’re actually trying out this scheme on games as well. Anyway, I respectfully declined, he looked at me like I was an idiot, and continued my check out.
He printed out my receipt, handed it over to me and said, “We’ve got this campaign going”, pointing at the receipt which had a QR-code, he kept on saying something, but I stopped listening because I hate it when sale-people try to push something on me. When he stopped talking, I just nodded and smiled. He then took out a paper-bag, which had a large, red, “20%” written on it, and said, if you bring in old games in this bag, you’ll get an added 20% value for all the games. At this point I really just wanted to leave, I told him that I wasn’t interested (and I don’t generally sell my used games since I want to keep them for the future), the look on his face was phenomenal, a mixture of shock, disgustingness and disbelief.
I just turned around and left. Oh how I wish sales people could just shut up and not try to add lots of stuff that I don’t want nor need. Put up a sign about your campaigns, I’ll ask if I’m truly interested.
Fotosöndag (Photo sunday)
Last week I decided to join a group on flickr which is called Fotosöndag. The point of the group is that every Tuesday they give out a word, it can be anything. Once they’ve released the word you have until Sunday to take a photo that somehow illustrates the word, you’re free to interpret the word in anyway you want.
Last week the word was “Riktning” (Direction). I had loads of ideas for the photo, but not enough people to actually pull any of my ideas off. Last Saturday I was without hope, didn’t know what to do. So I decided to just go into central Stockholm and find something in the subway that could be perceived as “direction”. After standing still for a few minutes, a family of people ran past me, I just knew that this was going to be my shot. I waited for the male in the family to center up, and I shot off maybe two or three images.
While it doesn’t really tell a story about the keyword, I still feel the photo came out quite good. I’ve done some post processing (not in photoshop, but when I developed the RAW file). I’ve removed sharpness and clarity from all the people around the main subject. But don’t get me wrong, the image worked without “blurring” out this people, I did it mostly because I don’t like to publish pictures of people that can be easily recognized.
This week’s word is “Meddelande” (Message), again, I’ve had some ideas, but these ideas have been too literal (like taking a photo of a message in a bottle, or just doing something with mail), I wanted something more subtle. So I decided to do the same thing I did last week, just go out and wait for an opportunity to present itself, which it did, of course. You’ll be able to see that image tomorrow on flickr (that is, if you’re interested).
Helped out, got pizza
I helpt out a few colleagues with one of their personal projects (added some responsive design) and was awarded with pizza. The interesting part was how we decided to work, instead of them telling me what they wanted and then send me off to work, we all sat down in a conference room and made the whole thing to a small hackathon. What could’ve taken a few hours and a lot of mails back and forth, took one hour, and everybody was pleased with the result.
Sometimes the fastest way to get something done is by just doing it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a war to fight.