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General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:21:04 PM »
Newfoundland (where Dildo is located) has some great town names... Killbride, Hate Bay, Grosswater Beach, Blackhead, Placentia, Blow-Me-Down, Come-by-Chance, etc.

Gaming General / Re: NeoGaf
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:20:19 PM »
I've been linked to NeoGaf a few times. Never joined because it just seemed overwhelming.

I suspect we're going to see a lot more of this moving forward and that's a good thing - I'm not a woman, but I've seen enough #MeToo posts from my female friends to be seriously horrified.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:16:18 PM »
Finished both Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Rogue. Of the two, I thought Rogue was infinitely better. Much more variety, story line was more compelling. Was fun to see the background to other AC games (especially AC3 which remains my favourite).

I was interested to play an AC game set in the French Revolution, but I thought they wasted a lot of the potential for the setting. The whole Assassin's Council thing was interesting, but ultimately wasted. And some of the gameplay mechanics were weird - Arno was basically Spiderman, scrambling up walls he shouldn't have been able to (even for an AC game!).

Now to go through my backlog and pick something new to play!

Music / RIP Gord Downie
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:23:03 PM »

Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer

For those of you who aren't Canadian (or from Buffalo), Gord Downie was the lead singer of the Tragically Hip, affectionately known as Canada's House Band. Their last concert was broadcast nationally, with an estimate one third of the population of Canada watching. He was the cultural equivalent of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Michael Stipe rolled into a single person.

I've been listening to the Hip all week. Glad I got to see them on their final tour.

Movies & TV / Re: bladerunner 2049
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:13:56 PM »
Finally saw it this week. I've seen the original (twice, theatrical release only both times, and it was about 15 years ago, so I'm a bit fuzzy on the original).

I was spell-bound for the entire three hours. Visually stunning, the soundtrack is amazing and intense, and the performances were absolutely fantastic. Possible consideration for inclusion in my top 10 favorite movies (although the fact that it fails the Bechdel test is my one niggling issue).

Music / Re: new Queens of the Stone Age
« on: August 29, 2017, 09:51:44 PM »
Quite liking it too. They had advertised that this album was the one which would get your feet moving, and damn, they sure didn't oversell, I was dancing on my way to the train this morning.

QotSA is tight in execution, but usually much looser on the form, that may be what I am missing a bit in this album, but still a good one :) TBF, the only QotSA album I don't like 100% is Era Vulgaris, and Song for the Deaf is literally my favorite record ever.

Totally agree - one of the things that appealed to me immediately with QotSA was how tight they were as a group. They're just as tight on this album as they've always been, but I feel like there's less space in the songs. It's still ridiculously self-indulgent though - only 'Head Like a Haunted House' approaches a length suitable for radio, pretty much everything else is a 5-6 minute jam. It's absolutely danceable, and I'm loving the guitars over the whole record. I feel like 'Un-reborn Again' and 'Hideaway' are the only two weak songs on the album, and they're not even bad songs. But I cannot get 'Domesticated Animals' and 'The Evil has Landed' out of my head.

My only gripe so far is while the guitar hooks are as catchy as always, there's not as much variation in how they're played. It's a small disappointment, and hardly worth noting.

If anyone else is interested, you can listen to the entire album on YouTube, to decide if you want to buy it.

Music / Re: new Queens of the Stone Age
« on: August 26, 2017, 12:35:12 AM »
The album is good.

Really good.

Books / Re: "Classics"
« on: August 03, 2017, 11:17:41 PM »
Also Steppenwolf, which I liked better than Siddhartha.


Books / Re: "Classics"
« on: August 01, 2017, 11:35:35 PM »
Godji has good taste!

Ditto to TM's suggestion of Paradise Lost, if you can suffer through it - the first time through is a brutal slog.

More suggestions:
Illiad and Odyssey if you haven't already read them.
Aeneid by Virgil.
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles.
The Divine Comedy by Dante
Faust by Goethe
Sappho's poetic fragments
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Books / Re: "Classics"
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:19:02 AM »
Twain seems appropriate:

A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but no one wants to read.

On your list I'd apply that definition to Tolstoy, Dickens and Joyce. Read the first paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities, and think about whether you really want to subject yourself to that shit. Ulysses doesn't have a plot. Tolstoy is the Russian version of Dickens (read Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, and Turgenev instead if you want Russians).

In terms of changes/additions (from a quick scan through my shelves - note that I'm assuming you mean fiction, given that you've solely listed fiction titles. I'm also assuming you've put 'Science Fiction' in with 'Fantasy' as your previous reading

I'd swap out The Brothers Karamazov for Crime and Punishment (but it is a more difficult read), or The Idiot if you want something not quite as dark. Nobody gets the human condition like Dostoevsky, and the Brothers K is his definitive masterpiece.

Moby Dick changed my life. I still vividly remember reading it for the first time. It was one of the first 'classic' stories I'd read where I couldn't put it down - although I raced through the chapters on biology to get to the story.

Short stories of Edgar Allen Poe should be on the list. Not sure this needs an explanation.

'Everything that Rises Must Converge' and 'Wise Blood' by Flannery O'Connor (anything by Flannery O'Connor really) must be on it. A darkly funny writer, who has a habit of turning the very things she mocks back on the characters and readers of her stories. She wrote as an outsider (an unmarried Catholic women in the deep south in the 50s), and her writing is like nothing else.

Also Evelyn Waugh for American authors. A lovely writer, with impeccable prose.

Absolutely something by Kafka.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, which is perhaps one of the funniest books ever written.

Night by Elie Wiesel, which everyone should read - a first hand accounting of surviving a concentration camp. Haunting.

The Plague by Albert Camus.

I might add some more later.

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: July 25, 2017, 10:29:50 PM »
Just watched all 6 Resident Evil movies over two nights.  Yes, they get worse as they go on.  No, I didn't care.

I love those movies in all their terribleness. I still have to see the last one, though.

As for me, I recently bought and am working my way through all 5 Underworld movies. Because Kate Beckinsale. <3

Yesssssssssss. Resident Evil and Underworld are both so much fun.

Books / Re: 2017 reading list
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:47:29 PM »
Two more books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being which I hadn't read since high school. It was... not as good as I remembered. Also, God, Medicine, and Suffering by theologian Stanley Hauerwas, which was a decidedly nontraditional take on the whole theodicy thing.

I'm finding that I'm drawn to doing a lot of rereading of books that I haven't read in ages. I've been eyeing Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, which I haven't read in ages. Also Sickness unto Death by Kierkegaard. But I do need to knock some more titles off my unread shelves. Ugh. TOO MANY CHOICES.


1. Clapp's Rock by William Rowe
2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3. A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
4. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
6. God, Medicine, and Suffering by Stanley Hauerwas

Books / Re: 2017 reading list
« on: July 11, 2017, 01:01:01 PM »
As a family, we decided to greatly restrict our technology use for the summer, which has been absolutely fantastic for the kids. As a result, I've been reading a lot more than usual. In the past ten days I've read:

Clapp's Rock - an older, Canadian political satire about a politician from Newfoundland. It was meh.

American Gods - this was a re-read. Fantastic book, really made me want to watch the show.

A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel - a lovely, meandering romp through the history of reading. The book has a near complete lack of structure, which is entirely in line with one of the key themes in which the reader ultimately contextualizes books and their information. Chapters are loosely organized around different metaphors and perspectives on books and reading, and Manguel is more concerned with the journey than the destination. Which makes it excellent summer reading.

The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot - Lemony Snicket might say that (tongue-in-cheek) that Eliot is "too opaque" for many to understand, but we both know that's part of the charm of his poetry.

Uh he's a "Please update your account to enable 3rd party hosting"?  :P

I haven't read the article, but, the subtitle...

Video game consumers often deride industry changes as ‘money-grubbing’ actions – but is that fair? We spoke to developers and publishers to find out

This kind of seems like asking the banks whether subprime mortgages were predatory, doesn't it?

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