Game of Thrones Review

Please be aware of spoilers ahead. If you haven’t watched episode 5 of season 8 of Game of Thrones, you should probably stop reading right here.

I recently got into Game of Thrones. Haven’t watched all episodes (just the first season and now also the last, 8th season), I can still kind of feel the general vibe. Most fans of the show, however, seem to have lost their big picture.

To everyone who is disappointed by the ending.. Guys, the plot, the story and the whole thing do not exist solely to adhere to your preferences. And it’s good that they don’t. Otherwise y’all would probably get psychotic. Yes, the plot and character development are meant to be discussed, but no, the ending is not a matter of whatever you, in your current state of mind, have envisioned. Looking at people’s little reviews I’m starting to think that they are really zoomed in on certain time spans within Game of Thrones. Like, what will become of Daenerys, and who will rule the whole thing in the end? Who will live happily ever after, after most have been killed? I sense that most people have become oblivious to what the show actually does.

See, Game of Thrones has been full of violence all along. People have been tortured, raped and killed aaaaall the frigging way. The way I see it, the only possible option to end this kind of mess is to just “burn them all”, as the Mad King supposedly said (again, I haven’t watched all of the show). Life is not fair, get over it. All parties, all sides, have committed horrible things. This kind of process that we see in Game of Thrones is not to be compared to Lord of the Rings, or How I Met Your Mother, and not even Breaking Bad has this kind of injustice to it. So why is everyone expecting a happy ending?

The whole point of what I’m saying: All specific expectations on a certain plot development are in most cases pointless. Otherwise your grandma could write such a thing. But she won’t, and neither will you.

On Self-Forgiveness

I hereby encourage you to forgive yourself more. Whatever it is you have done, it’s alright. Look at it, and then look at yourself, and say “it’s okay”. Tell your own heart “I love you”. Breathe. 

JFYI

Cause Easter is coming up, I thought I’d mention this. My own relationship with Easter is rather bleak, or has been, but time does change things.

We all should talk more about parallels between religions. There are actually a lot of correlations among all of the holy books.


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Social Riddles

I’ve been having a few thoughts recently on things like attachment to things or people. And currently I’m not so sure where I stand, because I have some objections towards this attitude of letting go of everything that doesn’t do what you want it to do. An example: Everyone (around me) seems to be singing the same song, and it goes like “If XYZ makes you unhappy / is toxic / drags you down / doesn’t inspire you, then let XYZ go”. So far so good.

Let (almost) everything go.

I used to be 100% pro this thing. Whenever I’d see someone complain about their environment, I’d recommend them to leave it (but not before suggesting to deal with it somehow). Sure, if someone is just constantly dragging you down, none of you will be having any fun or anything good out of your interaction. That other person might be externalizing their own struggle outwards, but your own struggle is there as well. It kind of makes sense to focus on your own life, or to try to be happy, so you can make your environment happy.*

However: Since everyone has something to struggle with, and you had already built that certain relationship with that person, dumping them because they don’t adhere to your standard of cheerfulness (or whatever) can be wrong. There is something like a social responsibility or commitment that you install whenever you make friends with someone or start a relationship. That’s what we all have to rely on.

Bottom line: With all that “let go of what’s dragging you down” it’s very easy to step into a self-centered zone. That’s when it’s not just innocent care about your own wellbeing, but rather putting yourself first as in not caring about others. That’s when other people don’t count, and that’s when other people become objects. And then suddenly you are the problem.

Maybe there is no clear statement to be made here and we need to decide individually what to do. There is a big gap between, say, violence within a family and a friend who is at a negative or pessimistic point in their life. I will be happy to discuss this topic, so let me know what you think. If comments are deactivated at the time you’re reading this, head to my Instagram and DM me.

* What’s the point of being “in shape” to make your environment happy, if you can’t deal with an unhappy person? There’s a growing hole in this logic.

Gudetama: Cute Depressed Egg That’s Hyping All Over The World

Have you heard of this cute egg mascot that’s become popular within the Japanese culture and then got adopted in the Western world by everyone who was a fan of “kawaii” stuff? Well, I got onto that train, for a brief moment of my graphic design career.

Eggs… Such a mundane subject. Who would have thought that an EGG can be such a beautiful thing?

And then look at all that emotional depth: Gudetama never seems motivated to step out into the world. No wonder the yolk wants to crawl back into the shell — it doesn’t feel safe in the world, where it could be eaten by a hungover truck driver. Who would want that. I bet you wouldn’t.

The Gudetama egg is portrayed in all kinds of situations, the pictures I made are just a small selection. I think it would make a great comic book. The name could be something along the lines of “Adventures Outside The Shell”.

The above pictures link to my designs. If you fancy purchasing any of them (on shirts, mugs, stickers, or whatever else you’re shopping) — I will be happy about sales. Just saying.

My Current Thing

Let’s talk monetizable hobbies! So I’ve been drawing a lot recently. Since I got the iPad (and the Apple pencil), I’m pretty happy with the overall feeling, but more importantly: with the quality of the outcomes. Those also have to do with skills, and I think I have improved mine a little bit.

Links: Lionel Richie / Cell / Miss Understanding

Looking back on my progress, I’d say a lot has happened since I started (a few months ago). Not only has my “portfolio” grown to become several folders with probably hundreds of drawings (all of them transparent .pngs with a super high resolution). It’s also actually paying off in terms of money.

The Moneys: I’ve earned a 3-figure sum so far, and I think it’s increasing.

I’m basically dumping my iPad drawings into the internet, and they sell. I must admit, it’s a weird feeling. Weird in a positive way, obviously. I had already sold some photos and illustrations in the past, but what’s happening now is blowing my mind.

Example: One fine evening I felt silly and just wrote “I Love My Bed” onto my iPad surface. Like in my handwriting and all. I uploaded it, just for the hell of it, and then sometime few days back I saw that someone had bought it. Needless to say, it felt nice like magic.

Another example: I found out that for some reason, cricket (the sport, not the insect) seems to be a popular topic. So I made a few silly cricket designs, and they are selling. Never thought I would end up in my kitchen drawing cricket player silhouettes for $.

POD (Print-On-Demand) is quite an adventure. It all starts with the upload: I’m uploading everything on RedBubble, and the upload process here reminds me of the Amazon form for self-published books. It’s kind of laborious.

In case of POD it’s not just the pictures, but also title, description and tags. But I don’t want to bore you with the details, so then: Before the upload, you have to have a picture, of course. Make sure it looks good. Also make pretty damn sure that it “sits” well on the tshirt. Many people out there just leave the print on the belly area, which is too low.

Leaving you with a motivational spark: Try getting some of the stuff you make out there! A capitalist person would say: Turn it into a product. I think it’s a good idea to try.

PS: This new version of WordPress backend is truly, truly horrible. WordPress, this is not intuitive… Like where do I change the color of the text? :/

My Book “How To Be Yourself On Instagram”: Update

My Versace Medusa design

I’ve been writing this book about Instagram for ages now. It all started when I noticed people who were eager to have a lot of followers. I’m not sure about the year.

There is a hollowness in this hunt for digital fame, I thought, and decided to write a book about it. It’s somewhere between non-fiction and fiction, I’m mentioning Paris Hilton and quoting some people. The book also has a Kierkegaard quote.

It’s not just Instagram. The main idea of the book indirectly reflects patterns of social media usage in general. It’s about how we deal with such a medium. Now back to Instagram as a prime example: My point is that Instagram culture has become superficial and attention-grabbing. In our age of collective worldwide ADD, it comes as no surprise that a huge amount of people will try to scream loudest by wearing thongs, showing off their cars or posting memes.

Anyhow: The book is still in progress. I’m currently re-writing the chapter about Versace, because I’m struggling with the idea of fashion. If you think about it: A design company makes clothing, and people buy these clothes and associate themselves with the brand, incorporate its features. People who buy Louis Vuitton want to make a certain statement.

Why would I deal with fashion companies in a book called How to Be Yourself on Instagram? Well, in the end it boils down to the brand. Be your own brand, is roughly what I’m saying in the book.
Launch is coming soon.