The Boys

We’re not fans of super heroes, and I find it pretty depressing that Marvel is probably the direction that cinema is going to take in the next decade. But The Boys is the super heroes TV show we didn’t know we wanted.

And why do we love it so much? Because it goes all the way, and even beyond. It’s insane, in the best way possible. I don’t know how they’re going to top the couple moments of Stormfront and Homelander, but I’m pretty confident that they’ll succeed, and I can’t wait to see it!

Snow, Finally!

It’s finally been snowing over this god forsaken place, hiding its grey and depressive ugliness. It lasted an afternoon, then it melted. Forgive my negativity, but I don’t like Brussels. In fact, to say that I don’t like this place doesn’t traduce my resentment, because I fucking hate Brussels and, one day, I don’t know when and I don’t know where, we’ll move out of here… Preferably in a place where it snows in winter, with trees.

Deadwind

Both Sisqi and I have travelled through Scandinavia, sometimes together, sometimes on our own. While Denmark, Norway and Sweden have each a distinct identity, it’s Finland that feels the furthest from us, and not only geographically.

Murders, edgy cops and plots twists, all is there to make a great thriller, but it’s something else that makes the charm of Deadwind, a subtile feeling that it happens in a country that’s different, with people who are different.

The actors who portray Sofia Karppi and Sakari Nurmi are amazing and we almost instantly got attached to both of them. Sakari Nurmi drives a BMW 8-series coupe, which is a luxury GT car. When you walk in Helsinki, you often see cars of that genre, low, long and black, much more than I’ve ever seen anywhere else.

Finnish is also a fantastic language to listen to. You could think that the language is close to the ones spoken in the neighbouring countries, but both Swedish (one of the two official languages of Finland) and Russian belong to the Indo-European group of languages, while Finnish is a Finno-Ugric language. The latter group also includes Hungarian, Estonian, Sámi (spoken by the indigenous people of northern Finland, Sweden and Norway and northwestern Russia) and several lesser-known languages spoken in areas of Russia. Sorry for the involuntary lesson, I just find comparative linguistics fascinating.

Watching the second season was very cheering, as there’s a lot of snow, which changes from the usual grey landscape of a wintery Brussels. Who ever thought that a Nordic Noir would be the brightest thing we could see in January?

Yarrr!

We’ve completed the Lego pirate ship, it was a nice build with a lot of funny details, like the sailor forced to walk the plank.

We’re already looking forward the next one, which will probably be Hedwig from Harry Potter.

Moving Away From Water Cooling

When we first built our PCs, 2 years ago, AIOs were all the rage (as was RGB). Unfortunately, as time passes, water coolers degrade, their performances lower and the pumps become noisy. After checking my usual hardware forums (meaning: PCMR), it appears that more people are moving away from water cooling.

I decided to go for a Noctua NH-D15S. Since we had to change the PCU cooler, I also decided to change all the case fans because, let’s face it, Corsair’s PSUs may be the bests, their fans are horrible. One of mine was vibrating at a high speed and one of Sisqi’s RGB fans was flickering for no reason. We also got tired of having so many lights inside of our cases, it easily tires our eyes and induces headaches on longer gaming sessions. So, we went back to our all time favourite brand: Noctua.

It took me 4-5 hours to strip our two cases of all the bloat from our previous builds and install the new cooling equipment. It was the first time that I had to remove thermal paste from a CPU, it was super easy with alcohol wipes.

The result is excellent, the temperature levels are down as well as the noise of the fans, even at higher RPM. This concludes my once in a life time attempt at trying other brands for my PC hardware.

Little tip: when you use Google to search for technical specifications, always set the date of the results to “last year”. I wanted to know if I could use PWM fans with my motherboard and the answers I found were that only DC fans could be used for the chassis. It appears that these answers were outdated and that the latest ASUS motherboards automatically detect the fans and can perfectly handle PWM.

TLDR: Our PCs no longer look like Christmas trees trapped inside of an aquarium. Corsair cooling was bad, Noctua remains the best.

Supernatural: Season 15

Well, I guess that this is it, Sam and Dean Winchester are now officially done saving the world and hunting monsters.

While this TV-show kept us entertained during our dinner times for years, the very last episode nearly killed us with sadness. I know that this sounds dramatic, but they did everything possible to make even the toughest cookie shed a tear or two. SPOILER ALERT! Especially the entire scene with Dean’s death on “Brothers in Arms” of Dire Straits… They surely picked up the saddest song in the history of music. Seeing him afterwards with Bobby in heaven kind of lifted up the spirits though.

So many cool characters have joined and left each season, amongst our favourites were Castiel, Jack, Bobby, Crowley, Meg (our favourite bad mouthed demon), Rowina, Garth, and last but not least, Lucifer. Admit it, the man has class:

After the last episode both actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles made a little goodbye speech for their fans. I think that it must have been hard for them ending their 15 year long adventure as the Winchester brothers.

Anyway, here are some of my favourite episodes that I’ll never forget:

  • Scoobynatural was one of my absolute favourites. I’ve always been a fan of Scooby Doo and seeing a crossover with SPN was awesome. Also, we had a super delicious pizza while watching this particular episode so, it’s branded in my memory as a perfect evening;
  • We’ve literally rolled over the floor of laughing with Yellow Fever. Seeing the normally fearless Dean scream like a little girl was hilarious;
  • Another one that made us laugh was Bad Day at Black Rock. Dean ends up having incredible luck which meant that the most unlikely things could happen. Writing this makes me realise how much we liked the character of Dean, the dude could be dead serious (way too serious at times), but also be the biggest clown. To end up on that note, here’s one of our favourite videos that we’ve watched quite a few times:

Like the show’s musical anthem says; “Carry on Wayward Son. There’ll be peace when you are done.” – Kansas. Rest in peace guys. It was one hell of a ride!