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Dakota & Aldwin

I’ve been working on these two for quite some time! A while back I had this thought of a human who had encountered a demon with the intention of possessing them, however due to lack of experience in that department, the demon ended up fusing with the human to form this 50 ft Giant!

Depending on who’s talking or controlling the body lies in their eyes, if the top eyes are open, it’s Dakota! If it’s the bottom, then it’s Aldwin! However, if both sets of eyes are open it means that they’re in sync with each other, which really helps in combat should they get into a fight with a monster or something! Sometimes however they get into fights on deciding who gets to control their body, so they wind up mentally wrestling each other out of frustration.

A quick note on Dakota’s bio: he’s a 24 year old who likes to be friendly and takes life a bit easy and often goes on travels, however Aldwin thinks his lazy days are a waste of potential when they could be doing something fun!
Now Aldwin is a pretty old and mischievous demon who used to cause a lot of mischief and plays pranks on humans and other demons! What caused the fusion incident was due to a failed plan to possess a human for the second time, leading to both them and Dakota combining into one being! And despite having to share a body now, Aldwin finds Dakota to be a pretty good, although lazy, friend!

On another note, while Dakota doesn’t agree with it, Aldwin tends to get pretty hungry, so watch out, they might make a grab for anything living to snack on!

Always glad to help! Finding new good music is a great thing. I don’t know how much doom you know so I’ll just list a bunch that I like. I will post the list (not in any order, all kinds of doom), so that perhaps, some others will add to it. Cheers! :)

  • Acid Bath
  • The Flight Of Sleipnir
  • Woods of Ypres
  • Dragged Into Sunlight
  • The Sword
  • Insomnium
  • Church Of Misery
  • The Morningside
  • Celtic Frost
  • Amenra
  • Be'Lakor
  • Ocean Chief
  • Samothrace
  • Hooded Menace
  • Shrinebuilder
  • XII Boar
  • Orthodox
  • Swallow the Sun
  • Lord Mantis
  • Arkham Witch
  • Black Sabbath
  • Grand Magus
  • Candlemass
  • Coffinworm
  • VYGR
  • Dopethrone
  • Cathedral
  • Horse Latitudes
  • Bädr Vogu
  • Judd Madden
  • Thorr’s Hammer
  • Om
  • Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
  • Crowbar
  • Womb
  • Ophis
  • Windhand
  • Horn Of The Rhino
  • Sleep
  • Cult Of Luna
  • Saint Vitus
  • Lair of the Minotaur
  • Thou
  • Tzun Tzu
  • An Autumn For Crippled Children
  • Apostate (Ukraine)
  • Disembowelment
  • Wormphlegm
  • Neurosis
  • Electric Wizard
  • Fleshpress
  • Ramesses
  • Swallowed
  • House Of Low Culture
  • Goat Horn
  • Pallbearer
  • Ataraxie
  • Cough
  • Old Man Gloom
  • Primitive Man
  • Bongripper
  • Serpentine Path
  • Floor
  • Dea Marica
  • Agrimonia
  • Slabdragger
  • Buzzov•en
  • Rwake
  • Atolah
  • Pentagram
  • October Tide
  • Earth
  • Pantheïst
  • Novembers Doom
  • Culted
  • Conan
  • Buried at Sea
  • Meth Drinker
  • Orange Goblin
  • Shadow Of The Torturer
  • Noothgrush
  • Jucifer
  • Abyssmal Sorrow
  • Winter
  • 40 Watt Sun
  • Derkéta
  • Gallhammer
  • Druid Lord
  • 13
  • Herder
  • Psychonaut 4
  • Nortt
  • Weedeater
  • Ahab
  • Corrupted
  • Haast’s Eagled
  • Teeth Of The Hydra
  • Seidr
  • My Dying Bride
  • Eibon (France)
  • Doom:VS
  • Goatsblood
  • EyeHateGod
  • Loss
  • The Arm and Sword of a Bastard God
  • Mournful Congregation
  • Grief
  • Khanate
  • Sunn O)))
  • Yob
  • Evoken
  • Ascend
  • Vallenfyre

One of the many plants growing in my garden that were already present by the time we bougt the house, is a small elderbush. This year, it’ll be in bloom for the first time, so I decided to dedicate one post to something my Mom used to make every late May or early June every since I could think:


It certainly cannot compared to the dull and way too sweet syrup you can buy at the grocery stores. There’s nothing like home-made, is there?

Ingredients for approximately 5-7 bottles:

  • 30 Elder-flower umbels
  • 3 l Water
  • 80 g Citric Acid
  • 3 Organic Lemons cut into slices
  • 3 kg Sugar

How it is made:

  • Make sure that your Elder-flower umbels are clean and bug-free. Wash and put them into a big bucket.
  • Add the citric acid, the water and lemon slices - stir well.
  • Cover the bucket with a dish cloth and let rest for 3 days. Stir once a day.
  • Strain the liquid though a linen tissue and add 1 kg sugar per 1 liter of juice.
  • Cook the mixture for 3-5 minutes and fill the (still hot) liquid into clean bottles. Seal the bottles right afterwards.
  • Store in a cool and dark place so you can enjoy them until … like forever. Unless you don’t drink it right away.
  • To enjoy the wonderful fresh an lemony flavor of Elder-flower juice like your everyday syrup. Water : Syrup = approximately 7 : 1

Now there’s something even better for the grown up wine drinkers among us. A delicious and refreshing thing that came all the way from Italy to find a huge fan-base among the Austrians, even though it got a crazy name:


It all started in late Summer 2010 in a former Austrian, now Italian region called Southern Tirol. Soon afterwards, the sparkling drink, that sort of is a daytime-type of Mojito, found its  place in every bar and Biergarten in Austria and Bavaria and step by step dethroned the former favorite wine-cocktail Aperol Spritz.

Of course, just like the reddish Aperol Liquor-White Wine mixture, a Hugo is easily made at home. This is what you’ll need:

Ingredients for a Hugo:

  • 150 ml Prosecco
  • 1 shot Elder-Flower Syrup
  • Limes
  • Mint or Lemon Balm
  • 100 ml Sparkling Water

It’s served with ice cubes and straw in a bulgy Wine glass and makes sure, that everyone who has once tried it, will fall in love with it. Believe me, everyone I know, did!

More Facts?
According to Swedish folklore one can see the Elf-King and his entourage when sitting under an elder bush during sunset on Midsummer’s day. Hmm, I wonder if the king ever travels all the way southwards to Austria. Oh and the plant also plays an important role as a household remedy since a tea brewed from elder-flowers is used to cure fever and the symptoms of the common cold. Its almost black berries contain even more Vitamin C than the flower umbels, but you’ll have to wait a few more months until August or September to be able to collect them. 


Preparation of an aryl Grignard reagent and it’s reaction with excess trimethyl borate, forming an aryl boronic acid. 

On the first picture the reddish/brown color of the solvent was caused by iodine what was added as an activator, since I used a few year old magnesium shaving for this reaction. The iodine reacts with the magnesium forming magnesium-bromide at its surface what is a bit soluble in the ether and helps the halide to react with the magnesium metal forming the Grignard reagent (ArMgX where Ar is aryl and X is a halogen, in this case bromide). 

On the second picture the Grignard reagent started to form and a part of it separated from the solution. On the third picture I added a high excess of trimethyl borate what caused a vigorous reaction and a lot magnesium-bromide/methoxide separated as a white participate as seed. After this I only need to add some water, some acid to help the hydrolysis and extract the produced boronic acid from this.

Small cooking tip

Easy ways to fix a food that is:

Too bitter, add acid (like lemon juice or vinegar)
Too acidic, add sugar
Too spicy, add dairy or sugar
Too salty, add starch

Working on a bit larger scale. 

In the flask there was a intermediate of a Sommelet reaction. The Sommelet reaction is an organic reaction in which a benzyl halide is converted to an aldehyde by action of hexamine and water. The salt what is formed from the halide and the hexamine, the urotropinium salt could be purified easily by crystallizing it from dichloromethane or other organic solvent.

Interesting fact: hexamine as the mandelic acid salt is used for the treatment of urinary tract infection. It decomposes at an acidic pH to form formaldehyde and ammonia, and the formaldehyde is bactericidal; the mandelic acid adds to this effect. This drug is particularly suitable for long-term prophylactic treatment of urinary tract infection, because bacteria do not develop resistance to formaldehyde.


And it worked! With the 95% pure compound what was distilled yesterday the reaction gave what I wanted. Sadly the yield dropped 20%, but at the end the molecule what was planned formed in the flask. 

This is one of those rare cases when I can see that the reaction is happening in the flask. It was a heterocyclic ring formation in a concentrated sodium methoxide solution (first pics) and the product has an intense yellow color what is seen on the third pics. Now I only have to add some water, acids and filter out the product.