Tetris Sculptures: Get Stacking!

Tetris is an amazing game. I have played that game for hours upon hours on the funky green screen of my old Game Boy. There have been many different versions of the game that have released over the years, but there’s something just so right about the original. The artist behind these sculptures must have felt the same way, with these clearly Tetris-inspired sculptures.

tetris sculptures real life

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The Killing Pilot & The Cage S01E01-02 (AMC)

The Killing title card

The Killing just premiered last night on AMC. It is based on the extremely popular Danish TV series Forbrydelsen. The US adaptation focuses on the murder of a young Seattle girl named Rosie Larsen and its effect on the community and the family. The original show had each episode based on a single day in the police investigation. It looks like the US version will follow the same format.

I hadn’t watched the Danish version, but I just started watching it after I had finished the two first episodes of the US version. I was initially impressed by the US version, but it’s almost a carbon copy of the Danish version. The characters and casting is better in the Danish version.

All in all, I liked the US version, but since I want to find out what’s going to happen next, I have 20 episodes of the Danish version to watch, plus 10 more for the second season which will air on BBC later this fall.

Mireille Enos plays a good detective. I like her way of going about things. I don’t really like Stephen Holder’s character. The way he hits on teens is a bit disturbing. The show reminds me of Twin Peaks, and that’s pretty good for something that is currently airing. Many British fans have commentated on how good the Danish version is and I’m also looking forward to seeing it.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire

I just finished watching the second movie of the Millennium trilogy.This movie, just like the book on which it is based on, centers on who exactly Lisbeth Salander is. The first movie didn’t really go that much into the sordid details of her past, but we know that they were there. Mikael Blomkvist barely touches them.

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La fille qui rêvait d’un bidon d’essence et d’une allumette

French translation of Stieg Larssons 2nd Millenium book
French translation of Stieg Larsson's 2nd Millenium book

At exactly 1AM last night, I finished Les hommes qui n’aimaient pas les femmes, the first part of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium triolgy. There are many things I like about this book and there are a few questions that I have. Mainly, I have a hard time understanding why this series of books is so popular. The books are good, I’ve just started La fille qui rêvait d’un bidon d’essence et d’une allumette and I’ve read about 100 pages. I like reading it in French. It’s hard to find French books abroad, especially in Asia. I found that I was a bit rusty and reading a 574-page French book took me about double what an English language book of the same length would have taken me, which was about 7 hours.

The English translation was just released in January ’09. The French translation first appeared in 2006. I got up this morning, checked my feeds and then got dressed, before making sure that the local library, Le Comptoir du Livre, had the book in stock and was open. It was about 10:45AM. I also bought La reine dans le palais des courants d’air, the 3rd tome of the Millenium trilogy, which will be available in English only in January ’10.

The books tell the story of Mikael Bloomkvist and Lisbeth Salander and their quest to right wrongs. In the first book, the intrigue was financial and economic before rapidly evolving into the hunt of a killer. I’m a fan of the Wallander series that Yellow Bird produced last year for the BBC. I was happy to find out that the first movie of the series was released early this year. It won’t be long before the DVDs come out and an English subtitled version comes out. I don’t think the Hollywood version will be any good.

The books are good. They aren’t superb, but they are entertaining and intriguing. The pacing is interesting and the way that Larsson tells the story is good. I can enumerate dozens of books that I liked more. There is something about them though. Something that made me read the first book in a day and buy the other volumes this morning. More on this later, when I write my review.

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