The Soapy Pleasures of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Trilogy

I recently finished reading through three of the soapiest books I think I’ve ever read: Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Each book I read in maybe three or four days, and they kept me engaged in a way few books can. It’s probably safe to say I devoured… Read more »

Incomplete Metroidvania Survey, Jan 2018

I’ve been getting a lot of usage out of my Steam controller lately (is C in that controller capitalized? or a ™?) and I find one of its best uses is in playing so-called “Metroidvania” games–basically, games that rely almost entirely on one direction stick and a 4-button A-B-X-Y layout. And I’m having a lot of… Read more »

7 games, 2017

Foreword: Of all my hobbies that I react to in this lil’ blog, gaming is the one I spent the most time on in 2017. I haven’t owned a console in years and didn’t get much mobile gaming done, so it’s mostly a focus on my PC experiences. Below are the games I most enjoyed… Read more »

Taxonomy of a Twitter Meme’s Intent

Today, one of my favorite twitter follows, @cher, posted a meme that only a 71-year old pop super star would tweet out: Nuf said pic.twitter.com/LByOrc0Xob — Cher (@cher) December 18, 2017 with this picture: I was immediately captivated. There’s just so many things slightly off here: the artifacted-to-shit image, the neutral quotation mark at the… Read more »

17 songs, 2017

Foreword: One of my favorite parts of every year are the year-end lists that media commentators come out with in December of every year. It’s kind of a stupid system especially with these mid-year lists that are happening with ever-more-frequency. But I like it! I like lists. I love lists. I’ve done music lists in previous… Read more »

Project Highrise: Simulators and Difficulty

This past Thanksgiving weekend I finally broke down during the Steam sale and bought a game I’ve had on my eye for a while: SomaSim’s Project Highrise. As a huge 90s sim game fan, the aesthetics were immediately familiar to me. Highrise is an homage to an old favorite, Maxis’ SimTower. Project Highrise lives up to its successor–or at least… Read more »

Destiny 2 Sucks.

I only own a PC, so by default I am a PC gamer. I’m avid, though–I’m into it. So I watched the original Destiny release from afar with a kind of detached curiosity. The game was popular, well-reviewed (I think?), and some friends liked it–even a few friends who rarely played shooters. It kinda looked like… Read more »

Quick Thoughts: Search Party

With the start of TBS dramedy Search Party beginning season two, I thought I’d record a quick thoughts on the show’s first season. I had it on my list forever and finally got around to it last week and I really liked it! I now regret not watching it when it came out last year–but then… Read more »

Quick Thoughts: The Good Place

As a fan of all things Mike Schur, I approached The Good Place eagerly when I heard about it. And I liked it! Season 1 was great, and I’ve since caught up to the ‘fall finale’ of season 2. (Damn what’s with these months-long breaks network shows do in the middle of seasons–lookin’ at you, Brooklyn Nine-Nine!!!) It’s… Read more »

R&B of the Aughts comes to 2017

Rina Sawayama, London musician, has released RINA, her first EP. It’s a short little thing if you’re not counting interludes, just six tracks. But it’s a whopper! It’s a fun EP of R&B that would have sounded at home (if a bit experimental) in the late 90s/early 00s. I can’t get enough of it. I think… Read more »