Saturday, October 12, 2019

National Album Day

This was prepared in response to a friend's request for personal top ten albums on Facebook and it seems like I can't paste it there.  I hate Facebook.  But I like the thing I made so here it is.

(all decisions are subject to change within one minute, except Bleed American because I think that'll always be my favourite album)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The world of tomorrow

I finished reading William Gibson's Virtual Light the other day.  Originally published in 1993, it successfully predicted:

  • augmented reality
  • drones (armed drones, no less)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's move into politics
  • a black President of the U.S. (admittedly that one was a popular take in '90s sci-fi, but still)
  • the rise of couriers and the gig economy, admittedly presented as more a messenger than a delivery service, but hey
Not bad for under three hundred pages.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

My Top 10 Albums of 2018

Listing things makes you appreciate them more, probably.

EDIT 7/1/19: Updated due to the fact that like an absolute berk I'd forgotten the Decemberists had an album out that I liked last year.  Well done me.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

My Top 10 Films of 2018

Movies!  That I saw!  That I liked!  In an order!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Further evidence

Seriously, look at her go!  Even if having a five-stringer is slightly cheating in my eyes.


Under recent evidence, I think Misa from Band-Maid may actually be the best bassist working in rock at the moment.  Observe.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sinny ma

I think this month might be the most I've ever been to the cinema.

Week 1: 2 movies (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Post)
Week 2: 1 movie (Mary and the Witch's Flower)
Week 3: 1 movie (Ready Player One)
Week 4: 2 movies (The Shape of Water and Rampage)

For the record, Three Billboards is the best.  Well, I'm actually seeing Rampage in an hour but I suspect it won't be as good.  Still, you never know...

Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Top Ten Games of 2017

And with this, I've run out of ideas for lists.

10. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Tried all the Uncharteds except 4, never got what the fuss was.  This, on the other hand, is a delight.

9.  Horizon Zero Dawn
Not actually got as far in this as I probably should have, because I keep getting distracted by making pretty pictures in the photo mode.  Still great when I remember to play the actual game though.

8.  Persona 5
Not got that far in this either (I think I'm getting giant-game-fatigue), but what I have played tells me this is special.

7.  Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
Discussed this already.  tl;dr - it's a welcome return to Resi of old, made fresh by the first-person perspective.

6.  Sonic Mania
Several levels are too long, about half the bosses are shite and more new designs would have been welcome.  But my goodness it's wonderful to have a properly, indisputably brilliant new Sonic game.

5.  Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
The fact that - gasp! - all the minigames are both comprehensible and enjoyable means that gameplay-wise this is the best Danganronpa yet.  Plotting's as excellent as ever, to the point that not even learning who the evil mastermind was before I started playing it didn't ruin it for me.

4.  Prey
Not quite as good as it should have been, but it has moments of brilliance, superlative world-building and is filled with more original ideas than it knows what to do with.

3.  What Remains of Edith Finch
Aptly described by some matey on Twitter as "WarioWare, but emotional", this game never stops pulling you up short.  The cannery sequence will linger in my mind for years to come.

2.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo give the open-world concept a whirl and of course they master it straight off.  The most innovative Zelda since the first one - maybe the best?

1.  Life is Strange: Before the Storm
A prequel to a game that didn't need one by a completely different development team with none of the original voice cast returning.  This should have been wretched.  But it's absolutely brilliant and brings out more subtleties in the original game.  The sequence where you act in a production of The Tempest is my gaming moment of the year.

My Top Ten Albums of 2017


10. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters

9. The Amazons - The Amazons

8. Whiteout Conditions - The New Pornographers

7. Still Hungry - DJ Format & Abdominal

6. Everything Now - Arcade Fire

5. Hug of Thunder - Broken Social Scene

4. Just Bring It - Band-Maid

3. Migration - Bonobo

2. Music from Before the Storm - Daughter

1. Something to Tell You - Haim

(I should point out that Daughter track's probably the weakest on the album but the only one I could find in full on the YouTubes.)