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4.26.2015

Silent Hills has gone down the hills

Silent Hills is canceled. Should we be surprised? Konami kicked Kojima and without Kojima why would del Toro still be lurking about in the studio? Anyways, it's a bummer. Silent Hill really needed a fresh new start and P.T. was incredible. Well, Konami hasn't made an official statement yet but both Norman Reedus and del Toro gave went to their disappointment yesterday. [Update] The game is now officially canceled.


4.16.2015

The Witcher 3 has gone gold

Finally, The Witcher 3 has gone gold. And we're excited. The anticipation is sky high, the work that's been done by CD Projekt Red has been... well crunchy, to put it as accurate as possible. But I believe they are just as excited as we are. Bring it on, Geralt!


4.02.2015

Happy Easter

The Easter bunny is around the corner, so Happy Easter folks!

Btw, what did the Easter egg say to the boiling water?


3.21.2015

A hectic summer is around the corner

Daryl just sent me a picture of how bad things actually are with our south-looking roof. The rain season is gone so it's no grave danger but I already know too well what I need to do already in May. And guess if it's gonna occupy me for at least a month...

- Sarah, why do we own a house!

3.19.2015

Kojima-san to leave Konami

MGS mastermind Hideo Kojima along with some of his core staff won't be associated with Konami anymore, at least not as employees. What you say? If it's a rumor or plain gossip or even true is up to be revealed. But Kojima Productions is no more.

Read and watch more HERE.


3.05.2015

An open road wasteland

Whether we will see a new Fallout installment greeting the light of day any time soon or not is an open question. But Avalanche studios in Stockholm, Sweden have something in store for all of us with a sweet tooth for wasteland gameplay: Mad Max. Gameinformer has a nice coverage in their latest issue. There's also a video where the game director Frank Rooke speaks about how they have designed the intense gameplay of their upcoming multiplatform IP.


2.28.2015

Feel at Home

One of my absolute RTS favorites and an overall PC game favorite of all time is the Homeworld franchise. 16 years after its original release Gearbox has put together an HD version of the first and third installment of the franchise (HW1 & HW2). The UI is overhauled and they have made a few other tweaks as well. The HW1 is now running on the HW2 engine and next to everything looks better, shinier and more at "home" than back in the day for a modern gamer with demands on graphics and physics. If you never picked this one up you really should give it a go. It's fun and has a lot of atmosphere, and it's totally 3D. You can manoeuvre from up, down and not just in an isometric kind of way. You'll find it on Steam.

2.20.2015

Springtime

GGB and the Presidio is gorgeous this time of the year, green and lush. Sarah's friend Kathy took this pic the other day.


2.13.2015

All Hearts' Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

In Sweden it's actually called "All Hearts' Day" which I find more appropriate and sweeter.

This is also the very day we sped up our wedding plans after Sarah's accident in Denver 3 years ago.

2.10.2015

We're ready for a next-gen wasteland

For the first time ever Bethesda is going to hold a press conference at the E3 in Los Angeles in June. The first thought that surfaces in our heads is: Are they going to announce a new Fallout? It's certainly about time and we can at least hope for it...


2.03.2015

The only place to be

A lot of famous people have said a lot of good things about our City. HERE are a few of them.

1.30.2015

Run baby, run (?)

OK, so Dying Light is out. But because of the 24-hour window for the reviewers there aren't any real bulk of reviews out there as of yet. The metacritic is 79 for PC and 74 for PS4 as of January last. And for all gamers in Europe who like to get a physical copy there's still a few weeks wait. But I'll get back to you with my take on this one, which has a community taste range from poor to absolutely great. The PC version has had reports of poor optimization and the PS4 version has run smoothly, at least that is the impression one gets by tapping into the community forums.

1.10.2015

Our icon's on a weekend hiatus

For the first time in 77 years the Golden Gate Bridge was closed off at midnight Friday for an entire weekend. They are going to install a meridian barrier, which Sarah has been anxious to see for years.

Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle


12.30.2014

Happy New Year 2015!

Yet another year has been filed and a brand new is beckoning. How exciting! I wish all my friends all over the world a Happy New Year. Take care of each other and make this world a better place.

Photo: A shaky cellphone pic of last year's SF fireworks by my brother in arms Trevor.


12.23.2014

Merry Xmas!

A very Merry Xmas everyone! Funny, Sarah and I have never celebrated Christmas together. Pity? Of course, but neither of us is especially fond of traditions in a celebrating sense. And we met up in Amsterdam last weekend so we have already exchanged presents (yes, presents is a nice tradition) :-) Anyways, she is now in Mexico - job related of course - and I'm in dark and cold Sweden. To be honest, if there's a time of the year I would like to be in Sweden it's around Christmas. Sweden is special in December.

Photo of Union Square, San Francisco: my Ubisoft ex-coworker and best friend Jason


12.21.2014

A fat rain calls for a fat wallet

The roofer knows how to charge you beyond any wallet. When Daryl, who rents our house in Sausalito with his family let the guy climb up on the shingles it took only 10 minutes to determine the leak and take a pic. The cost? $2100. Kidding? No.



12.04.2014

Water undermines - and relieves

The annual precipitation in San Francisco is low. And with the ongoing drought in mind it's even less than low. But the last couple days' storms have been the biggest in years. Sarah told me our house in Sausalito is leaking (!) and even sink holes (!) are showing up in Richmond. Well what do you know, sink holes in SF. World's upside-down.

Photo: The Chronicle

11.28.2014

O crap!

San Francisco is a beautiful city. Actually one of the most beautiful cities in the world. No shit. But everyone who lives here or comes here to visit can't avoid the smelly downside of The City: the presence of human poop on the sidewalks. At HotPads you can check on a map where you will most likely encounter human feces while strolling down the street. Enjoy! ;-/


11.26.2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm working in Sweden, Sarah is working in Seattle and I'm going to relax with some video game exercise. Keep your eyes open btw. The Black Friday deals on Steam are going to be awesome! :-)


11.24.2014

Wait! That's not a tree, it's a construction!

All over the world the commercial powers are gearing up for Xmas already in late October or early November. The Xmas tree in San Francisco's Union Square was erected already shortly after Halloween in sunshine and 70 degrees. My friend and former co-worker Steve took a pic.


10.30.2014

Happy Halloweenie

Happy Halloween ya'll! Take care and behave out there. I'm going to meet up with Sarah in Amsterdam this weekend. She's been attending an international symposium on entrepreneurship and will have a few days off before she flies back home.


10.24.2014

Is that Yennefer?

You´re a fan of The Witcher series, aren´t you? And you´re eagerly awaiting that magical month of February 2015 which is so packed with good releases, including the new installment of Geralt of Rivia´s adventures. Here´s the opening cinematic. Brutal, beautiful and... * fill in blank *


9.30.2014

Democracy now

Sarah is in Hongkong on her annual month-long visit. She likes it there and has a huge friend base among the locals as well as her clients. This year she is a bit scared. The pro-democracy protests that's been taking place shove a reminder in her face that this hyper tech city is actually part of a communist state.

From an email from Sarah



9.21.2014

Colors

After almost a week in Hongkong Sarah re-recognizes what she noticed last year: the Chinese city is bustling with people and human activity but for some reason it's not as colorful (and she means literally) as our own Chinatown in San Francisco. The signs and ads are duller and kinda bland. I personally don't really see any difference but this is what my wife does for a living...

From an email from Sarah



9.06.2014

Bye for a while

Our sweet Sausalito, take care of our house when we're away. Sarah is flying with me to Copenhagen today where she careens to Budapest and I to Stockholm. She will after a week or so fly on her annual month long visit to Hong Kong. Me? I'm going to Sweden to work.

From iPad


9.05.2014

Yellow, green and blue: California colors

The typical California biotope with the gorgeous Valley Oak and the bone dry brush under an ever blue sky along our favorite hiking trail.

From iPad


9.01.2014

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day ya'll!


8.30.2014

For the love of a State

Where our heart is? Silly question!

From laptop


8.28.2014

For the love of a city

San Francisco looks exceptionally beautiful in the late August sunshine.

From iPad


Roadtrip

A trailer home on the sidewalk at Pillar Point in El Granada, Half Moon Bay, CA.

From iPad


Roadtrip on a Thursday

Jason and Jill is right behind us...

From iPad


8.27.2014

Deserving due attention

Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. The Bay Bridge is almost as beautiful but doesn't get any attention at all. Hence this pic of it, taken from Telegraph Hill.

From iPad


8.24.2014

A big reminder

Shortly before 3.30 am last night Sarah and I woke up when the whole bedroom shooke. "Crap! Is this the One?" said Sarah and grabbed my arm. After like 10 seconds the shaking stopped. We managed to get back to sleep but in the morning we realized that a 6.0 had hit Napa, the strongest to hit the Bay Area since Loma Prieta in 1989. Scary.

Photo: The Chronicle


8.18.2014

Remembering the Day

On the bedside table this our 2nd Anniversary Morning. Sweet :-)

From iPad


8.17.2014

Afternoon sport in the backyard

Sarah has a lot of white socks. And a lot of those white socks have holes in them...

From iPad


8.11.2014

The beauty of a tree

The beauty of two different trees in the Bay Area. One in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco and the other in downtown Oakland.

From laptop




8.06.2014

Desperate or smart?

The Mission or the Tenderloin, it's all the same. Pic taken this morning on Jones street.

From iPad


7.25.2014

101

On our way back to SF from Sausalito.

From iPad


A lazy day on the Bay

The Bay and the most beautiful city in the world in the distance. Photo taken from Sausalito.

From iPad


Our own Golden Gate Bridge

Got a nice photo of the GGB through the roof of Sarah's convertible today...

From iPad


7.17.2014

Geary street

Well, we're in San Francisco after all...

From iPad


7.16.2014

Source

Went to Source today with my friend David. I can't remember I have ever left this place without a large chunk of the burger still on my plate. They are huge.

From iPad


7.10.2014

Close to the edge...

Sarah is not as fond of the sun as I am but she occasionly goes out there when she feels the urge. This is on the roof of her friend Kathy's place, just a block from our rental in SF. She has the nerve to lie down close to the roof edge seven stories above the street. Jeez I got scared and mad at the same time when I saw her.

From iPad


7.07.2014

Rincy got a little sister

The North Tower or Tower Two at One Rincon Hill (to the left) was more or less completed earlier this year. Sarah and I had a crush on this place a few years ago and we actually will register for a priority notification :-)

More on this new SF epicenter: One Rincon Hill

From laptop

7.04.2014

4th of July brunch

4th of July brunch. Richard (my father in law) dropped by and Sarah cooked us a little treat ;-)

From iPad

7.03.2014

Shade House Cat

Cherry likes our backyard. But when the hose comes out she's nowhere to be seen :-)

From iPad

7.01.2014

Lakeshore Avenue

This is where Yimmie and Jessie lived before they moved to Potrero Hill.

From iPad



Under the ever blue California sky

Soaking up some sun at Lake Merritt.

From iPad

6.29.2014

Nothing beats North Beach

We left the bustling Financial district for out beloved North Beach. This is the perfect place to hang out hot days and grab some food, some drink and just enjoy life.

From iPad


Parade day

One million people is estimated moving about downtown SF today for the Pride Parade. It's hot, it's humid and it's party in every corner.

From iPad


6.25.2014

Nonstop?

Everytime I enter Powell street station I see this sign. It's Norwegian airlines that set up a new line between Oakland and Stockholm this April. It says nonstop but it's only partly true. Some of the departures make a stop in Oslo for a few hours. So be advised. Some of the stops can be up to 6 hours long!

From iPad