Monthly Archives: December 2011

The 2011 Album Review

So what I wanted to do here was just talk about the albums that came out in 2011 – the ones I bothered to get or listen to, that is. Basically, this is just an excuse to talk about albums in 2011 I liked, and the ones I thought I’d like but didn’t.

Rather than make a list, I’ve just grouped the albums into three categories – Top Tier, Mid Range, and Bottom Rung. Top Tier albums are the ones I loved, the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the [miscellaneous cliché]. To be Top Tier, the album should be solid all the way through as an album. I may not love every song, but the album as a whole really left a great impression. Mid Range albums are albums I liked but aren’t amazing when taken as a whole. Bottom Rung albums are usually albums that I thought I’d like but didn’t, but they could be albums that just fell flat.

But on to the business at hand.

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Let’s Drink Beer! – Innis & Gunn’s Highland Cask

I picked this beer up at Kappy’s a few days ago. It was between this and the Original from Innis & Gunn, and the tipping point for me was that the Highland Cask has been “aged in malt whiskey casks” according to the label.

This is the Original, I couldn’t find a good picture of the Highland Cask. Pretty much looks the same, except the label is green. (Source)

So, the beer.7.1% alcohol by volume. It’s brewed in Edinburgh, Scotland. The back label says the beer is “matured in oak barrels which had previously been used to mature 18 year old single Scotch Whiskey.” Interesting method, I hope it pays off.

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The Witcher Was Terrible

Earlier in December, I bought The Witcher from Good Old Games at the behest of a friend. We’ll call him Tim because his name is Tim.

He enjoyed the game. I did not. Here is a needless and terribly late catalog of why.

I’ll start with the things I liked. Combat had a nice flow to it, though it was very simple. Click, then click again when the icon glows. That’s … it, really. You also get a handful of magic powers – shoot fire, knock down enemies, set a magical trap. Those were the Signs – I liked them. They made combat much more interesting – except they were of very limited use.

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Knocking people down was my favorite. There’s just nothing like blasting bandits or the undead with a gust of wind, then killing them while they lie helpless. It really speaks to the sadist in me.

But the story was weak. The character you play (Geralt) as has – gasp! – amnesia. As a storytelling element, I don’t think this is unworkable. But we are never given a really clear indication as to why Geralt has amnesia – or why we should really care.

I only played up into Chapter 2, I think – when you get farther into the city – Merchant District, or something like that?

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Musical Mondays!

I love music. Who doesn’t? Terrible people who are dead inside don’t like music, that’s who. Shame on them.

I also like talking about music, so what I aim to do on Musical Mondays (alliteration!) is pop up some music videos and hopefully talk about them with people who are also interested in that sort of thing.

Let’s start with a crazy song with a crazy video:

I really like this song from tUnE-yArDs, and the video is fairly excellent. I wanted to start with this song because I find it to be sort of a contentious topic – some people seem to really love their sound, and other people really really hate it. I’m not sure what the allure is for me, but it seems to be just this song – a friend of mine had the whole album, and when I listened to it I couldn’t get into it.

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think, and always feel free to recommend new stuff – I’m constantly looking!

Let’s Drink Beer! – Southern Tier’s Big Red

So tonight, I’m trying out Southern Tier’s Big Red. It’s an imperial red ale, 9% alcohol by volume (ABV). Again, a little more ABV that I’m used to. It’s brewed in New York.

The bottle has a little description of the beer. It says things like “spicy aroma,” “sweet malts,” and “bitterness of hops.” Twice they refer to the beer as “reliable” and compare it to a tractor. It also tells me to drink it chilled – 42 degrees Fahrenheit, it says.

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Let’s Drink Beer! – Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout

So I’m trying a new beer – Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout.

Here is what the bottle I have looks like.

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I like stouts. This particular brand comes from a brewery in England. (Samuel Smith’s brewery. Duh.) I’ve popped it in the fridge for a bit but I don’t want it too cold, because then I wouldn’t be able to taste all the amazing flavors.

Flavours, I mean. What’s up, England?

So, I’ve looked around the internet a bit and there are a few different ways to judge a beer. People look at things like color, head, and smell.

I think all of that is weird, but what the hell, right? I’m new to this.

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Intro

Hey, I’m Sean.

I’m just going to post about things I like, and hopefully people will want to talk about some of them. Anything, from books, film, video games, to technology, beer, and music, is open for discussion here. And hopefully it will be a discussion!

This is mostly a placeholder, so that there isn’t just a blank page. This could be worse, though, because now you’ve wasted time reading this and realizing that nothing interesting is going on here.

Well, what I’m thinking of doing is a variety of things. Topmost would be Musical Mondays and Techy Tuesdays because I am all about alliteration (Ha! Get it?). Maybe, Cinematic Saturdays? Short Story Sundays? Possibilities abound.

I’ll be holding myself to a three posts a week schedule. This is a minimum – with such a wide range of topics, I can easily see myself updating more frequently than thrice a week.

So we’ll see where it goes.