Keep calm and kill a dragon


It’s a Skyrim themed take on a fairly old meme and it’s my office desktop wallpaper.

I originally got it here because I’m always on the lookout for vaguely nerdy, pop culture reference themes that still make it possible to find my programs in a sea of icons. It probably helped that I have been slightly obsessed with Skyrim, but it sort of resonated with me at the time.

But anyway. This is my wallpaper, and I see it every day, working in a high stress environment. It didn’t occur to me how good the damn thing is until today, when quite a bit of extra stress was piled on my plate. I’m talking bureaucracy, deeds of ownership, painfully large sums of money and autographs that need to be collected from longtime absent boyfriends and sent to exotic foreign embassies . It’s a mess, and by all accounts I should be very upset.

And despite all my best efforts to either blow up or collapse in a soggy heap on the floor, I’m fine. Possibly a ‘calm before the storm’ type fine, but still, fine. Not in the least because I have an improved piece of wartime propaganda on my desktop. The ‘keep calm and carry on’ posters were supposedly an intended way to keep up British morale in the Second World War.  People find them kind of silly, because, let’s face it, you don’t just keep your stiff upper lip when bombs are falling all around you. But they forget what an incredibly powerful message it is. There’s nothing you can do about it, the posters say, so you might as well keep going and take things one at a time.

The dragon just makes it better, because dragons make everything better.

Is there such a thing as self induced propaganda? If it is, it’s working.

Keep calm. Kill the dragon. Take on the world.


A date that’s burned in my mind.

The day that the next part of the story will be unfurled…

The day the dragons are released…

The day that dawns in fire!

Good thing I got a chance to play it at this year’s Eurogamer Expo then.  Here we go again! (more…)

And so it was, fair fellow Simmers, that I did depart my domicile and head out on a quest, to the fair city of far-off London. For many days and nights I did travel, in order to seek out the answers to questions asked. What is the Sims Medieval, what may be found within, and does this chamberpot match my draping? All these I didst find, for at the end of my journey was what I seek! Through dangers great and treacheries viles, I hath found what I did searcheth for. Three and a half hours of the Sims Medieval were mine for the taking!

…Okay, a trip to ye olde tavern may have been involved as well. (more…)

You know your obsession with Cute has become problematic when you start putting smiley faces on a bowl of mashed potatoes.

Yes, I do that… They are very happy potatoes.

To get the rest of it out of my system, I figured I’d make some things that are actually meant to be cute: cupcakes.


In which I go completely overboard.
So I’m not a very valentinesey person. It might be the angst filled teenhood talking, but commercially timed displays of affection are a bit iffy in my book. But this year the sappy side of me has kicked in and I ended up celebrating the Cute with various foods on what I have dubbed Heart Shaped Everything Day.
You have been warned.

The other day I told a friend that I didn’t really have an opinion on Dutch culture, since it’s not hugely different from what I’m used to. That’s absolutely true.

Since I assume most of you don’t know this, I have had the weekend from hell. The combination of lots of hard work, three dead hard drives in one day, and a harsh wanker course co-ordinator has resulted in my spending roughly 24 hours straight panicking. I’m now on a train, having reconstructed the most urgent lost work, and I’m attempting to get to Amsterdam to meet with some friends. It’s Sinterklaas day in Amsterdam, it’s a Sunday so every other route is down (more…)

When life gives you cherries. Make pie!