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2014-10-29
Blog: More functions returning
My admin interface is back, so I'll have an easier time posting new stuff. Also fixed the banner rotation with all the quotes from v.3, and now the real quote with attribution is shown in the footer. I also added some random stats in the footer, like number of opinions and tags and such, with links to the relevant page.

As noted in the last post edit, the tags and tag cloud are back up as well.

Still left to do now: Blog Archive by date, comments and a boatload of opinions.

Here's a short sneak peak opinion for now: Just read the new Robin Hobb book, Fool's Assassin and it's awesome! Unfortunately it ends in a big cliffhanger (first book in a new trilogy).
2014-10-18
Blog: Skallen.net v4.0!
Tags: web, upgrade
- Comment!
Yay, the new look is here! Only took about a year from start to finish. The tag system, archive and comment functionality is not online yet tough.

I also have a huge backlog in opinions... It's going to take a while to get back in sync.

Edit:
Tags fixed!
2013-07-29
Blog: Still here...
Tags: web, upgrade
- Comment!
Yeah, still here, just slacking with updates. The opinion backlog is getting really long.

I'm currently working on a redesign of skallen.net. A little wider and cleaner, more suited for todays high-res screens smiley. Will be ready for next month.
2013-03-31
Blog: A new one again
New wallpaper:

Yes, it's purple bricks...
2013-02-13
Blog: Music Chart 2012
1 YUI 1509 9 (+8) +1038 plays
2 牧野由依 (Yui Makino) 1329 1 (-1) -337 plays
3 梶浦由記 (Yuki Kajiura) 982 2 (-1) -188 plays
4 志方あきこ (Akiko Shikata) 759 NEW
5 Machinae Supremacy 737 20 (+15) +433 plays
6 Ayreon 680 7 (+1) +124 plays
7 Lunatica 637 3 (-4) -19 plays
8 Symphony X 565 8 (-) +43 plays
9 Therion 533 11 (+2) +118 plays
10 Iron Maiden 528 5 (-5) -94 plays
11 Haken 506 10 (-1) +89 plays
12 Metallica 469 12 (-) +66 plays
13 大塚愛 (Ai Otsuka) 461 14 (+1) +85 plays
14 the brilliant green 451 4 (-10) -194 plays
15 Kalafina 444 6 (-9) -158 plays
16 植松伸夫 (Nobuo Uematsu) 437 19 (+3) +113 plays
17 KOTOKO 422 13 (-4) +24 plays
18 Blind Guardian 375 16 (-2) +12 plays
19 Arjen Anthony Lucassen 339 NEW
20 岩崎琢 (Taku Iwasaki) 289 22 (+2) +11 plays
21 May 287 NEW
22 m.o.v.e 276 21 (-1) -10 plays
23 Krypteria 269 NEW
24 Iced Earth 262 23 (-1) -15 plays
25 Allen-Lande 256 30 (+5) +44 plays
26 savage genius 248 24 (-2) -17 plays
27 Motörhead 244 NEW
28 Delain 242 18 (-10) -92 plays
29 Dido 241 32 (+3) +39 plays
30 Demians 232 25 (-5) -25 plays
31 Avantasia 227 15 (-16) -140 plays
32 In Flames 225 27 (-5) -5 plays
33 Tommy heavenly6 223 34 (+1) +27 plays
34 Samael 218 35 (+1) +24 plays
35 Genesis 206 26 (-9) -28 plays
36 妖精帝國 (Yousei Teikoku) 194 37 (+1) +10 plays
37 After Forever 188 40 (+3) +13 plays
38 Dark Tranquillity 185 47 (+9) +30 plays
39 Riverside 183 17 (-22) -161 plays
40 大島ミチル (Michiru Oshima) 177 36 (-4) -13 plays
41 Frank Zappa 176 NEW
42 Opeth 175 NEW
43 Unitopia 173 31 (-12) -35 plays
44 崎元仁 (Hitoshi Sakimoto) 167 NEW
45 Virgin Steele 165 29 (-16) -35 plays
46 Edenbridge 163 NEW
47 Choro Club Feat. Senoo 163 28 (-19) -80 plays
48 Tommy february6 163 41 (-7) -7 plays
49 Diablo Swing Orchestra 158 NEW
50 Demons & Wizards 156 39 (-11) -25 plays

Highest Chart Debut: 志方あきこ (Akiko Shikata), at position 4.
Highest Chart Climber: Machinae Supremacy, moving 15 spots up.

Biggest Chart Fall: Riverside, falling 22 spots down.
Biggest Chart Dropout: Star One, was on pos 33.

Yui Makino dethroned! A new YUI claims the number one spot!
2012-12-31
Blog: Happy New Year
2013 is the first year since 1987 where all digits are unique smiley
2012-11-30
Blog: Light Trails
Been experimenting a bit with night photography and light trails. Still learning, and most images are crap, but I managed to take at least some decent images, uploaded in the gallery. Here's one for the front page:

Blog Image
Opinion: Beyond the Shadows
2012-11-25
Category: books
Beyond the Shadows
9.0/10
Third and last book in 'The Night Angel'-trilogy. Everything comes together neatly in the end. Biggest problem for me was that everything was just a little bit too perfect. Kind of diminished the previous books a bit.
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Opinion: Katanagatari
2012-11-15
Category: anime
Katanagatari
8.5/10
Nice story, even if the ending was a bit weird. Unusual animation style.
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Opinion: John Carter
2012-11-13
Category: movies
John Carter
7.5/10
Okay sf/fantasy action movie.
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Opinion: Shadow's Edge
2012-11-10
Category: books
Shadow's Edge
9.0/10
Second book in 'The Night Angel'-trilogy. High pace, lots of action and a good story.
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Opinion: The Raid: Redemption
2012-11-03
Category: movies
The Raid: Redemption
6.5/10
Well, it got a lot of action, and action, and some more action. Not much of a story though, and no real characters either.
2012-10-31
Blog: 2012 Retrospection
Tags: nonsense
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Well, the year is not quite over yet... but not that much remaining and I've got nothing else to write about.

It started out great with expanding the opinion system with new features and even a new category. Also a new wallpaper. Then I got sidetracked by to much gaming and haven't really done anything more for the site since then. Still have a few wallpapers I'm working on but they aren't good enough yet. Maybe one more in 2012 as a Christmas present smiley

Russian IS-3, from World of Tanks

To liven up things a little I added a new 'World of Tanks'-gallery, and the screenshot above is one of the new images. Plan to add more as I play and get some cool scenes. Just played my 8000'th match, so you could say I'm pretty addicted smiley.

Also currently replaying Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2, one of the best computer RPGs ever. And it's still an awesome game!
Opinion: Rich man, Poor Woman
2012-10-23
Category: asiandrama
Rich man, Poor Woman
8.5/10
Pretty standard "class difference" plot, but well executed. Good pacing all throughout the series. Sometimes the tech stuff is a bit silly, but it's believable enough.
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Opinion: Mioka
2012-10-22
Category: asiandrama
Mioka
8.0/10
Good story but a little slower in the last part. Could probably have been cut down an episode or two in length.
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Opinion: Rise of a Digital Nation
2012-10-20
Category: music
Rise of a Digital Nation
8.5/10
This album feels a little bit faster than the previous (A View From the End of The World). At least half the songs are really good, and the rest are okay, but... the biggest problem is the albums is way to short, only 10 songs/43 minutes.
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Opinion: The way of shadows
2012-10-15
Category: books
The way of shadows
8.5/10
First book in 'The Night Angel'-trilogy. Really interesting assassin fantasy, and sets up the story really good for the next books in the series.
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Opinion: Guild Wars 2
2012-10-12
Category: games
Guild Wars 2
8.0/10
Another MMO, a few new ideas but eventually its just the same old mmo-recipe. I like their take on it, and since its not subscription-based, you can always come back to it later. A big part of the game seems to be PvP and thats not my thing...
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Opinion: Baldur's Gate
2012-10-11
Category: games
Baldur's Gate
9.0/10
The original and best? Even though its over 10 years old it still holds up well, with the help of the modding community. Awesome game, but BG2 is even better.
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Opinion: Space: Above and Beyond
2012-10-02
Category: tv
Space: Above and Beyond
7.5/10
An "older" sci-fi series, but still works okay. The CGI is outdated but not horrible. Ended way early with only one season though, so most plots are left unresolved...
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Opinion: Yuri Yuri
2012-09-30
Category: anime
Yuri Yuri
6.0/10
Kinda stupid plot, but fun at times.
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Opinion: Shiroi Haru
2012-09-27
Category: asiandrama
Shiroi Haru
9.5/10
Really good, but a bit random in the end, although it worked very well with the story.
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Opinion: Nichijou
2012-09-20
Category: anime
Nichijou
8.0/10
Really funny at times, but at other times, just plain weird or almost boring. No real plot just loose events. Unique art style, works well.
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Opinion: Hungry!
2012-09-15
Category: asiandrama
Hungry!
7.5/10
Okay, really tasty-looking food. The "evil" guy was overacting and was mostly looking silly.
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Opinion: Magerarenai Onna
2012-09-05
Category: asiandrama
Magerarenai Onna
7.5/10
Okay story, maybe a little slow in the beginning. Also a bit repetitive, the same few things happens every episode.
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2012-08-31
Blog: Frogger
Tags: game, photo
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Well, not much new since last time, but here's a picture of a frog at least:

Yes, this is a frog!

I've somewhat started working on a new game, this time work android. Not much to say about it yet... stay tuned.
Opinion: The Dark Knight Rises
2012-08-20
Category: movies
The Dark Knight Rises
8.5/10
Got some good parts and some less good parts. I really liked the ending though.
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Opinion: Ai no Uta
2012-08-19
Category: asiandrama
Ai no Uta
8.5/10
Pretty good but lost some momentum towards the end.
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Opinion: Hanayome to Papa
2012-08-16
Category: asiandrama
Hanayome to Papa
8.0/10
Fun story but it didn't really liked the ending. It wasn't bad, I just didn't like it.
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Opinion: Paradise Kiss
2012-08-15
Category: movies
Paradise Kiss
8.5/10
Pretty good. I've seen the anime adaptation before, and from what I remember, this version was better.
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Opinion: Renegade's Magic
2012-08-15
Category: books
Renegade's Magic
7.0/10
Third and final book in the 'Soldier Son' trilogy. 500 more pages of flipped out fat man magic (Yeah, really!). Spoiler ahead: And then suddenly the last 100 pages everything is back to normal and magically fixes itself...
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Opinion: Second Virgin
2012-08-10
Category: asiandrama
 Second Virgin
5.0/10
Started out okay but dragged on and was generally boring. The whole economy subplot felt stupid.
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Opinion: Koi ga Shitai x3
2012-08-06
Category: asiandrama
Koi ga Shitai x3
8.5/10
A bit of a slow-starter, but once the stories gets going is pretty good.
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Opinion: Prometheus
2012-08-02
Category: movies
Prometheus
7.0/10
A nice looking movie, but if you start looking at the actual plot... not so great.
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2012-07-30
Blog: Fail
Well, one month missing and nothing much to show, so just a short note to add all the new opinions in place.