Itty bitty octo, with tiny jelly for size reference
In Swedish moths, especially the wool eating kind, are called mal.
In the Romance languages mal is a word for things that are evil, bad.
I know nothing about portal but please do tell me about it 👀
Ah so you want to know about Valve's two absolute masterpieces known as Portal and Portal 2 and the myriad reasons you should play them. Allow me to serenade you with an absolute essay that I'm probably gonna hide in a read more because holy fucking
Do i have things to say about these games
So let's begin about how both these games gameplay is FLAWLESS. It's as simple as it can get, and it showcases not only how the Source Engine physics work, but also an incredible level design and a very intelligent use of space and the rules we've learned, even subverting them a couple of times, like with the "impossible test".
Then there's the story. "But Fifteen" I hear you ask, "is there really story in Portal 1? There's not much going on."
Well, Portal 1 tells you a story in a very subtle way. You have to piece out through GLaDOS lines and little secrets here and there what happened in the facility, and it's very gradual how this game makes you go from "okay maybe i just can get away from here after I complete the tests" to "oh fuck I'm going to die".
Portal 1 are the foundations you need to understand Aperture Science and its tragic backstory so in Portal 2 you get punched in nuts by an even more tragic story.
Plus, there's the theories. I don't want to spoil much stuff about the games in case you play them (please do they are so good I promise), but it's confirmed that Half-Life and Portal happen in the same universe, there is connection between the events of the games. Valve used to make games so so so good, man.
Then we come to my favorite part: the sound design and the music. "Music?" You ask, confused and surprised. "But most of the game is silent, right?"
Portal 1 can be really barren, but that's kinda the point of it. You are a lab rat trapped in a giant facility at the mercy of an omnipresent killer robot. Most of the music reflect on this fact and on the secrets you find on the game.
Portal 2 tho has a SUPERB soundtrack. The music goes from "Hell fucking yeah let's do science" to "Oh wow this is the saddest thing I've ever seen in my life". Plus both games have INCREDIBLE songs at the end. I'd tell you to go listen to them, but no, play the games and then listen to them in-game. The experience is incredible.
Now sound design. Valve has one very strong thing going on them when they made game more consistently: their sound design is INSUPERABLE. Period. I'm gonna stand on my high hill here and say that no other game is more iconic about their sounds. The entirety of Valve games feature sounds of guns, hits, health points, death, etc that are just SO GOOD you can remember all of them. Even the ones you don't really think about.
Think about a sound of a character regaining health. Or when you hit the ground to hard from a high place. Or a portal opening up.
(hell yeah that was such a good segway)
The portal gun is probably the coolest sounding gun in the history of gaming (except the Graviton Lance from Destiny 2. That thing fucks every time it's shot), and the fuckers at Valve had their brains so expanded they made a sound for each portal, so in the portions of Portal 1 when you have just one portal at your disposal, you understand clearly they are two different portals but they function as one, cohesive mechanic.
Then there's also all the little sounds and intricacies around Aperture Science. The doors sliding open and close, the lasers, the beams, the grids, objects colliding... Everything sounds SO GOOD and make an incredible experience.
I played Portal 1 when i was between 7 and 10 years old and the game nailed so much its atmosphere it felt like a horror game to me. I broke that game open to find all the little secrets. I tried strange strategies. I tried other ways of finishing the tests. I even used the cheat console to give me god mode and fly around the facility just to explore it, to find the little secrets hidden here and there.
When i played Portal 2, i felt shivers down my spine in certain events (that I'm not gonna spoil because it would be a crime) because they were just that good, stuff that will stay with me until the end of my fucking days, stuff that will always have Portal at the top of my fav games ever. Not even Outer Wilds, a game with an ending so beautiful and overwhelming it made me burst into tears just because of its sheer magnitude, managed to topple down Portal.
Because Portal was really the first game that made me stay up at night looking for fan art, songs and other ways to keep enjoying it. It was the game a friend and I completely beat in the co-op mode, really pushing our brains to get the right solution. It was the first game that when i put down, i immediately started playing a game
It was the first game that really made me go "wow, games are art."
yk what i fuck with people who are very particular about their scissors. hell yeah! delegate that shit!
Fancy suitor’s gifts saga continues! Today:
A scotching knife (skäktträ/skäktkniv in Swedish) is used when scutching flax. Scutching is one step in the process of turning flax (the plant) into linen (the fabric). A fancy painted one like these was an appropriate suitor’s gift for a young woman. The gifted ones were rarely used for work though and would often be kept in pristine condition through the owners life. For showing off, basically.
I dont think england is real actually i think it was made up for midsomer murders
When I did the event with Kierith I noticed the poor dude had like no money whatsoever. He’s also level 32 and hasn’t even been to the sylphs yet. So, worked on fixing both of those tonight. >.>
I stopped at the dungeon, he’ll hit that next time I play him. And his wallet is looking a lot nicer now. \o/
Tried crafting Kiett’s jerkin for his leatherworker quest again, and I finally got it! He’s finished with ARR leatherworker now, I just have a frick-ton of questing to do before I can unlock the Moogle dailies. So that’s his next goal. >.<
Borrowed an extremely cute book from the library yesterday 📖👀
I keep seeing these bags all over so I finally decided to make one.