Ever since I bought an iPad, my film watching game has increased dramatically. Especially during cooking. Granted, cooking takes very, very long now. And the working conditions have become quite hazardous. No-look cutting hasn't been my strong suit..
I was happy to finally being able to visit a concert again after all the covid lockdowns. I went on to see Balthazar, twice actually! And I also saw Moss and Spinvis for the first time. Weird at first, but I did miss the sensation of standing in the middle of a concert hall and hear and feel the music again.
Didn't miss the smells though!
The foundation got laid back when I was little. My dad used to have some Dutch comics. I grew up with a lot of Guust Flater drawn by André Franquin, which is still my favorite comic book artist. But he also had a few US comics. He had a 6 book run of Venom. Antihero and Spider-man archnemesis (which I didn't know anything about at the time). I don't know how he got them, but the run released in 1993, my year of birth. And the covers, especially the #1, #2 and #3 always fascinated me. Probably scared me a bit if I'm completely honest 🙈. As long as I can remember, Venom has been my favorite Marvel character. I now know where that originated.
Besides the Venom comics, I remembered he had some X-Men comics. But the one that stuck with me was X-Men #266 which is the first appearance of Gambit. I'm not sure why but I think it has something to do with the poses, colors and composition. And what do you know? The character's real name is Remy!
So when I wandered into a comic book store in 2017. I asked for Venom, and instantly recognized the covers of the first three books! And that's where it all started. I completed that run and started collecting the storylines that interested me the most (mostly Venom). But the Watchmen storyline was on the top of my list. Getting Watchmen flown over from Australia was ehhh.. costly. And this opened the floodgates to more and bigger purchases. X-Men #266 was the first more expensive book I couldn't resist buying. Like Venom, I instantly recognized the cover. And what can I say, I'm a nostalgic guy! My first books are still some of my favorite books of my collection which has now grown to over a 1000 books…
I also have an Instagram page where I occasionally post a comic book cover with a look at the inside of the book as well. I'm trying to go through my collection this way and showcase some of the cooler books I own.
Neither can I, nor would I want to, casually snipe someone in real life from 600+ meters. 👀
And while I've been in plenty of backyards, I've never battled a Wolf spider with a glowing sword before..
This was actually the first time I decided to engage a Wolf spider head-on. During my run towards him I stopped and took a deep breath 😂
I'm pretty lucky to have quite a few friends who also play videogames on a regular basis. So when covid hit, I didn't really feel that disconnected from my friends. We've been pirating a lot.. A LOT.
These days, most of my time is spend in Grounded. You shrunk down to ant size and you need to survive in a backyard. Building bases and fighting off dangerous insects. While the spiders freak me out, the game itself is quite soothing. The music is calm, the gameplay is super smooth, and the atmosphere is so nice. A perfect game after a busy workday.
Even Sea of Thieves has those moments, because well yea.. you still need to sail your boat to places and that takes time of course. While you're heading to your destination, you spend your time adjusting the sails to pick up as much wind as you can. Or you try and catch some fish to fry up onboard. This all is nice and calm if the megalodons, krakens, storms and other pirates leave you be for a while :)