Monthly Archives: April 2012

Musical Monday – Cybele’s Reverie by Stereolab

Peaceful song! Also, I am approaching the end of the semester and finals are coming up, so this place might be more desolate than usual for a bit.

Enjoy! Or else.

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Wordy Wednesday – Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur C Clarke considered this novel to be one of the finest science fiction novels ever written. I consider Mr. Clarke to be one of the best sci-fi writers ever, so his opinion holds a lot of weight for me. I was not led astray.

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Google Glasses: a Terrible Look for Our Terrifying Future

Sweet Specs!Not only are Google Glasses aesthetically terrible, functionally the interface looks to be the worst thing to happen to the modern world since the bluetooth headset and people who try to sincerely use Siri in public. Google Glasses still, unfortunately, are the future.

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Musical Monday – “Jig of Life” by Kate Bush

Kate Bush is talented. Very, very talented. This song is from her 1985 album Hounds of Love, which I think is her best album.

Her voice is so powerful, and the lyrics are excellent as well. “This moment in time, it doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to me.”

Let’s Drink Beer! – Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss

I picked this up a while back and, uh, sort of forgot about it in the fridge.

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Musical Monday – “Nautical Disaster” by The Tragically Hip

I’m feeling 90s today!

I don’t know much about the Tragically Hip. I only found this song a few weeks ago, but it’s so 90s that the first time I heard it I felt like I’d heard it a thousand times before. I plan on checking out some of their other stuff.

Wordy Wednesday – “Don’t Worry, Spiders” by Kobayashi Issa

I love this poem because it’s so minimalist while still packing a lot into the meaning.

Here it is:

Don’t worry, spiders,
I keep house
casually.

Issa’s haiku’s are very easy to get into – I suggest you check them out. He wrote thousands of them, and I like to browse them using this random Issa haiku page. There are sometimes helpful clarifications at the bottom.

Musical Monday – “Hi Too Loo Rye” by Hop Along, Queen Ansleis

This song has a lot of get up and go.

Sorry, that’s the only way I know to describe it. Hop Along, Queen Ansleis has a great sound, and the album I have sounds like it was put together in a living room with a bunch of friends. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the music is top-tapping folk (I suppose).

My dumb words don’t do the band justice. Sirens is another quality song. Both of these songs are from the album Freshman Year.

Michael Bay sucks, but not for the reason everyone (some people) are complaining about.

Michael Bay

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Michael Bay has caught a lot of flack, most recently for his announcement that he will be producing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The hatred for Bay’s decision to remake TMNT comes not only from his last attempt at such a move with the thrice terrible Transformer franchise (I was going to call it a tragedy for the quadruple alliteration, but it felt a little too harsh), but also his recent decision to announce that he was changing the Turtles origin making them space aliens, thus not making them mutants anymore. Not to mention they would just be turtle-like aliens and not actual turtles; and where did these space aliens go to learn to be ninjas? He is taking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles name and making his own thing. Why take the name of a previously successful franchise and do whatever the hell you want with it instead of just making his own movie about ninja space aliens? He took the name knowing that the people that loved what it once was will go hoping that it will stimulate a part of their brain that made them happy as a child and possibly convince their girlfriends that the “sick” tattoo of the 80’s pop culture wasn’t a bad decision; “She just doesn’t understand because she never watched it as a child. This updated version will get her on board.” (It won’t she’ll hate it and forget about it the next day and you’ll hate it and rant about it for years.) So the movie will get your money and free advertising with all the buzz you and your fellow nerds create on the internet. After he knows he’ll have your money all he has to do is make a fast paced low thought action movie so that he can get everyone else making sure that’s not too funny or violent to keep it PG-13 so all of the kids can get in.

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Musical Monday – “New Soul” by Yael Naim

I’ve been listening to this song for months, and every time it’s still as good as new.

I’m not sure how I feel about the video. I do like the lake part, about 2 minutes in.