The 2012 Album Review Part 2

Here we are again. Lot of new music this year. I covered the first half of the year (or so) in the Half-Year Album Review 2012, so check that out again if you’d like. This will cover the other albums I listened to. At the end, I’ll compile both lists – just the artist names and album titles – into the system I use, so you can compare and undoubtedly complain and argue with me. Do so! I enjoy music conversations, and also showing other people that they are wrong.

Without further nonsense, the 2012 Album Review:

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Wordy Wednesday – Ishmael in Love by Robert Silverberg

If I see one more story – I mean it, just one more – that has anything to do with humans wanting to fuck dolphins, or dolphins wanting to fuck humans, I am seriously going to flip my lid.

Come on in, the water’s great.

I got a bunch of short story collections, and a handful of ‘World’s Best Science Fiction’ compilations were involved. I read the 1971 edition, and there’s a story in there called “Ishmael in Love” by Robert Silverberg. Guess what it’s about?

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Musical Monday – Hide and Seek (Cover) by Thomas O’Brien

Hide and Seek is one of my favorite Imogen Heap songs. It’s just got something going for it. This cover is amazing. It’s just a piano cover.

See, for me, that cover effortlessly hits every emotional highpoint that the original does, but without any of the words. Amazing.

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Musical Monday – So Many Days by Julie Doiron

I haven’t formed an opinion on this yet, but you can listen to the full album here.

I really loved ‘Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars’ even though it was terribly depressing. I’ve heard her other albums are similar, in the sense that she doesn’t make happy albums.

Wordy Wednesdays – Parasites, Paleoclimate, and the Peopling of the Americas by Montenegro et al

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Parasites, Paleoclimate, and the Peopling of the Americas

Thrilling. Characters could use some work.

I mean, uh … can these scientists discover if the Clovis people were able or capable of bringing the hookworm to the Americas when they crossed Beringia? Can they solve this ancient mystery of love and betrayal…before it’s too late?

 

 

Musical Monday – Canon by Justice

I was trying to branch out and found Justice.

Neat song. I listen to it on walks. Hard not to get a little strut going.

Anyway, buried under end-of-semester college stuff. Back to it.

Musical Monday – 10,000 Witnesses by Clutch

Jam out to some Clutch.

That isn’t a suggestion.

There’s plenty here for everyone…

Video Games – Eschalon Book 1 (Part 2)

Skills! There’s a bunch of them in Eschalon: Book 1. Some are classics like lock-picking or swords. Others are a bit strange, like Cartography or Skullduggery. I like that there’s a wide range of skills. I don’t like that not all of them are useful.

My biggest problem with skills is Cartography. If you don’t have any points in it, you don’t get a mini-map. At all. Your character is apparently too stupid to draw on paper. What’s worse is that you need a certain level with Cartography – I think it was 5 points – to know how to use blue to mark water.

Yes. A character in Eschalon: Book 1 with less than 5 points in Cartography is worse at drawing maps than my 4 year-old cousin.

A bunch of points in Cartography will indicate chests, enemies, and other stuff. I love the idea, but I hate the execution.

Lock-picking’s okay. You have a percent chance to unlock any door or chest you come across. Lockpicks can break, and I never had more than a 55% chance to open any lock, no matter my skills or ability points. I bought maybe 15 lockpicks through the entire game, and went through maybe 4 of those? It was an okay system.

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Wordy Wednesdays – Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (Part 2)

Okay, so I really didn’t like Bimbos of the Death Sun. Here’s an assortment of other issues I had with it, aside from last week’s post.

Here’s that fucking cover again.

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Musical Monday – The Haunted Man by Bat for Lashes

I have been looking forward to this album for months. Bat for Lashes is Natasha Khan. She has a pretty voice and is very skilled with lyrics and music.

Natasha Khan, leader of the fashion world.

 

Let’s dive in.

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