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5.31.2016

The City in the summer haze

Through one of our oldest garden trees downtown San Francisco is visible. Awesome.


5.30.2016

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day dear friends! We just finished our breakfast and are preparing for a relaxed holiday. Later this evening we are invited to Sarah's dad Richard for a dinner. It's actually catering but when my dear father in law invites us for dinner it's so sweet!!!


5.27.2016

Summer pattern

Memorial weekend coming up and so does the heat. Sarah comes back from Chicago on Sunday and she wants to go to Livermore to get some of her off season stuff, as she calls it. Livermore + heat = no fun...


5.26.2016

One of a kind... kinda

Everyone who can see our house from here please raise your hand!

From iPad


5.24.2016

Work coming up...

After the water leak in our neighbor's garage in early March we have assessed the condition of our own (they are built in a set of three) and found it in need of new pipes. Hmm... guess we'll have ourselves a chance to clean out our extremely cosy garage, honey.


5.18.2016

We all leave our hearts in San Francisco

We all know there are big plans for the man made Treasure Island, the biggest yet in San Francisco. But now also George Lucas is chiming in on it. His museum first "went" to Chicago after leaving the Presidio, but there's a law in nature that says what's once been to San Francisco always returns. Go Lucas, go!


5.14.2016

Love you honey

San Francisco is the greatest city on earth. We all know that. But it's also getting better and better for bees (!). Check out the video for yet another example of the sustainable and progressive insights nurtured by this great city.

5.10.2016

Blondie's down

Blondie's pizza, the pizza-by-the-slice joint everyone coming to San Francisco at least passes by on Powell has been shut down due to "severe cockroach infestation". Now let me see... what was their best topping...


5.07.2016

What has "an irresponsible amount of performance"?

The new Nvidia GTX 1080. It's faster than two 980 in SLI and a beast of a card. Maxwell is thus being outdated and Pascal is the new King. No third party benchmarks have been done yet so stay tuned. The GTX 1080 will be out on May 27th. And it will break the bank. Big time.


5.04.2016

How good is it? [update: It's really good!]

Today, May 5th at 12:01 am PT/03:01 ET the Uncharted 4 embargo is being lifted. So expect reviews to pop up out there.

[update] And here are a few of them:


4.28.2016

No way

Maxing out GTA V in 4K with 3 (!) Nvidia 980 cards sounds promising, right? Unfortunately the vram doesn't stack so you'll be sitting in front of your monitor with an average framerate of 6.2. Yep, so much for your expensive powerhorse. Check out some other framerate guzzlers HERE.


4.24.2016

The Heart of San Francisco

Sarah's friend Brooke works at The San Francisco SPCA. Check out this cute video.

4.21.2016

Never ending beauty

Sunset over San Francisco. One of the many great pics taken from Jake's drone.


4.13.2016

6 million reasons to live in the Bay Area - or not?

Guess how much moolah you need to be considered "wealthy" in the Bay Area? Put down you coffee cup first. $6 million. Yep. And $1 million to be considered "comfortable". You've got the figures right HERE if you want to know more. Craazee!


4.12.2016

Ash & Embers

The most brilliant game series of all time unveils it's 3rd installment today. Say goodbye to work, family and sleep. Or simply don't touch the game at all. Because you WILL be caught in its grip if you press that button: DARK SOULS III. Whatever your decision, do watch the beautiful launch trailer below:

4.08.2016

I agree...

I can't help it. I have to post this. It's hilarious. Period.

4.07.2016

Now get on with the tracks as well

The new BART railcars were showcased last Wednesday in Hayward. They're sleekier and have more doors and the system map will be shown on a monitor instead of a poster. The old cars have more or less looked the same since 1972 so it's about time the Bay Area commuters get to ride in a more future proof train set. Let's hope the agency will step up the cleaning as well. How many of us have been able to look out the windows without paying sad attention to the dirty dirty panes? Never have I seen clean windows on a BART car. Ever.


4.05.2016

Strong finish

With a metascore of 90 the last installment (as of now) of the highly praised Dark Souls series makes a strong finish. Check out some of the reviews below.

GameInformer
IGN
PCGamer
Eurogamer


4.01.2016

Attention well deserved

One of yesterday's best game related April Fools' jokes was The Witcher 3: Roach. Check out the video.

3.27.2016

You never grow up in San Francisco

An Easter Sunday tradition in San Francisco is the Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race. It started in 2001 on Lombard street ("the crookedest street in the world") but moved to Potrero Hill and Vermont street.

Only in San Francisco...

... where reality and fantasy come together can you see something like this. Enjoy!

3.25.2016

Happy Easter

A very Happy Easter to all our friends in the US, France, Sweden, Japan, Germany, China, UK, Holland, Hungary, Spain, Mexico, Canada, India, Egypt, Italy and... did I leave anyone out, Sarah?


3.22.2016

Pic of love

Jake keeps on chucking me awesome drone pics. This is my current favorite: Sunset over the Marin Headlands. Being struck by awe is an understatement.


3.16.2016

Let's have a look at the menu, shall we?

Sarah took this cool pic downtown SF today. This is sooo San Francisco!

From Sarah


3.07.2016

This is something new folks

OK guys. Ever wondered how a First Person Action Movie would look like? That is, a movie shot like an FPS video game. Well Hardcore Henry is exactly that. Take a look at the trailer below. You better brace yourself for this will probably be the ride of your life!

3.05.2016

A Robotic Rights Act, anyone?

In 2009 I saw a video from Boston Dynamics with BigDog, a robot walking through snow and slippery icy roads. This is their more humanesque version of it - Atlas. And yes, it's still just as hilarious when it almost falls over because of cyberbullying or obstacles!


3.04.2016

Feeling lost in The Sky?

So, what are you gonna be doing in No Man's Sky? There are 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in the game. How is it meant to be played? Gamespot has some answers.


2.26.2016

Les jours sont très chargés

Catching the afternoon flight to Paris again. A LOT of work lies awaiting with Primal released earlier this week.

From iPad


2.14.2016

Sweeeeet!

SFGate sports a hot property-article on "the highest living room in northern California" in today's issue. It's at One Rincon Hill in San Francisco of course. $3.995 million. Awesome.

Photos: Jacob Elliott Photography






2.13.2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

One of our friend Jake's drone pics from Battery Spencer may illustrate Valentine's Day 2016 wishes to you all.


2.06.2016

Congrats Todd!

I've listened to this very talented man in San Francisco a couple years ago and it's about time he receives it: The Game Developers Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Congrats Todd!


2.04.2016

All those meetings...

Been to Malmö for a quick meeting today.

From phone


2.01.2016

Is he gonna pop back for another 6 weeks?

Tomorrow's Groundhog Day.

"If Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again".

1.30.2016

Jordan's Journey

Hope for Paws is an organization that rescues dogs and other animals that are suffering. Watch this touching journey where little Jordan steps up from close to death to full health and vigor, ready to take on the world as all dogs should be able to. Please donate.

1.25.2016

Not just sand

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is being overall received with praise. You can read Gamespot's review HERE.


1.22.2016

Depart already!

Taking to the skies again. And as usual, the flight is delayed by over 30 minutes.

From iPad


1.18.2016

Bring it on!

As an avid rpg player I've been waiting for Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen to arrive on PC. And now it's here. Gamers love it, even more than the Dragon Age franchise. And the professional critics? Here's a link to a review that pretty much covers the whole point. and says it all.


1.10.2016

Sunday flight lullaby

Gotta say this was the busiest job weekend in years. I'm totally exhausted. And now I'm safely seated on the 7.45 pm flight back to Stockholm. 2 and a half hours of shut eye bliss. I'm in heaven.

From iPad


1.08.2016

A slight delay

My flight AF 1263 to Paris with departure time at 1.05pm is a bit delayed. Guess I have time to visit the restroom then. Take a dump even.

From iPad


We've got polar bears too

A store in Terminal 2 at Arlanda airport sells a lamb skin for 300 bucks. Perfect for the freezer-like temps in these parts of the world.

From iPad


1.06.2016

$600 to get dizzy

$600 for the Oculus? The price was announced yesterday. I have tested one of the earlier versions in Paris and I wasn't convinced at all. This is Peter and Justin's take on the latest version and if it's going to be a mainstream success or not. Straight from CES 2016 in Las Vegas.

1.05.2016

No more CPU overhead limitations?

So, with Windows 10 comes DirectX 12. As an avid PC gamer you're probably going to ponder - or at least wonder - whether low-level APIs are going to deliver better performance, consistent frame delivery and all that which makes life worth living. Check out the outlines of it by clicking HERE.


12.30.2015

Happy New Year!

One of those incredible photos taken from Jake's quadcopter may illustrate Happy New Year to all of you out there, both my own friends and Sarah's as well as our mutual friends all over the world. Unfortunately Sarah's stuck with the flu in Quebec, the first in almost 20 years (and no, I don't feel sorry for her. She needs this to wind down!). And I'm still in Europe (longer than i thought this time around). Take care, we love you all!


12.22.2015

Happy Hollowdays

Back in Stockholm I had a job related lunch downtown today. But what the heck is this? A reminder of how hollow and empty Christmas can feel nowadays?

From iPad


12.20.2015

The spirit of Christmas past

Contemplating the prepped X-mas tree in our office. Philippe and Ames think the real X-mas spirit is showing. Poor guys, you must have had a bad childhood - or developed too many video games.

From phone

12.19.2015

Sunset

Sun's setting over Avenue Faidherbe, Montreuil.

From iPad


12.18.2015

Last trip to Paris before X-mas

Boarding the (delayed) 7.35pm flight to Paris with my colleague Oscar of Ubi Massive.

From iPad


12.16.2015

12.12.2015

X-mas closing in

Looks like I'll be staying in Sweden/France over the Holidays. With my last trip to Paris before X-mas next weekend and Sarah busy in Quebec we won't be able to celebrate together (again!). But if the lucky star shines brightly over the both of us she'll be heading for a business trip to Marseille in January. Meeting up will then be a cakewalk.

Photo: Classic Cable Cars


12.08.2015

A Boston Commonwealth Synth AD 2287?

Today when I visited my friend Steven (EA/DICE) I saw this creepy artwork in the Stockholm subway system.

From iPad


12.06.2015

A cup for the trip

Caught the 4.15 pm flight Paris-Stockholm today and I have lost count on how many cups of coffee I have had at this joint throughout the years...

From phone


12.04.2015

DS3 release date

Dark Souls 3 gone Bloodborne? Who cares. Souls is my absolute favorite game series of all time and now we finally have a release date: April 12 2016.

11.28.2015

Top floor: top rent

One Rincon Hill has always been occupying a place in both Sarah's and my heart since the first tower opened its gates during the recession. In 2010 we went for a tour and it was even affordable back then. But now, the rent for the 2br/2ba unit on the 55th floor is $14,000/month! SfGate published an article about it this morning. You can read it HERE.


11.25.2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Happy Thanksgiving! Be grateful of what you have and love one another. There's no other rule in life, folks.


11.23.2015

Flight to Stockholm last night

Jeez, do I look tired. It's been a lot of traveling as of late.

From iPad


11.13.2015

The French tricolor is bleeding

The terror that struck France last night is horrible beyond measure. And it made me realize how deeply connected I am with the French after all these years of travelling back and forth to Paris. This is a sad day folks. A sad day indeed.


11.11.2015

Gray of grays

Flew to Malmö today for yet another job-related meeting. And yet again it struck me how boring this part of Sweden is. No pun intended. Kinda.

From phone


11.10.2015

Fallout 4 scores big time

With a metacritic score around 90 Fallout 4 makes for a great start now when it's out. Check out some of the reviews below:

PC Gamer
Gamespot
Eurogamer
Gameinformer


11.05.2015

I wonder how they land...

Wish you could fly like Iron man in the sky? Look at these jetpack fliers who soar with a jumbojet. The pilot in the end of the video looks like: "WTF! Was that a person just flying by?"

11.01.2015

Beauty from above

Got an aerial pic from Jake which he took of Nob Hill from his drone last week. Nob Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco. Sarah and I rented an apartment in 2011-2012 for almost 8 months on Pine street with a crazily awesome view of Financial district and upper Nob Hill.