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🎧 Listened to: Under the Radar #141: Implementing Search – Relay FM

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🎞 Watched: The Avengers

Now this was a movie that absolutely benefited from me watching a bunch of other MCU movies prior to it. I originally watched The Avengers a few years ago, having only watched the first Iron Man beforehand. I was mildly entertained by The Avengers then, but nothing more. At times it seemed really silly and I didn’t feel engaged.

Fast-forward to yesterday when I was supposed to watch this for a few minutes during my lunch break. Since I had watched most of the preceding MCU movies, I suddenly felt myself caring about the characters and even understanding them. I cared about Captain America, a character that I’d never given a damn about before. I cared about Coulson because I’d seen him in multiple movies. I even understood where Thor came from. And I really cared about Erik Selveig, for more reasons that simply him being played by Stellan Skarsgård.

The result of this was that I blew off work for more than two hours and actually watched the entire movie in one sitting and I had a blast. Two and a half hours of solid entertainment!

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Since the election in Sweden a couple of weeks ago there are a lot of local, regional and even the state government where there’s uncertainty about who’s going to rule. A lot of coalition attempts are tried and fails.

This week however, at least one of the local governments in my region is putting that aside to prioritise more urgent matters. The yearly moose hunt.

It actually think that is a sign of good health for the Swedish democracy.

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