The Deuce is Pretty, Pretty Good

HBO’s The Deuce caught my attention when I found out that David Simon would be one of the creative forces behind it. (D Simon, of course, is of The Wire fame, blessed be its name.) The finale just aired last Sunday and after seeing the whole season I gotta say it was pretty enjoyable. I think if… Read more »

The Mountain GOATs

The Mountain Goats is probably still my favorite band of all time. I absorbed a lot of the tape deck lore back in college. “02-75” is named after the drop box John and his wife would share letters in before they married. “Going to Georgia” might be about anyone. It might be about you. Or… Read more »

On Repetition

I’ve been obsessed with the concept of repetition lately. Broadly speaking. It comes in multiple forms: imitation, recreation, copying. Then there’s expansion-as-repetition: taking inspiration from and improving on an idea, building on something existing. Ranging from perfect copies to artists stealing from each other (cf TS Eliot’s “immature poets imitate; mature poets steal”), repetition is… Read more »

World Without Mind by Franklin Foer is Illuminating

I’m always a sucker for any non-fiction polemic that rails against modern miracles, and World Without Mind fills that role well. The book’s excellent–an in-depth dive into the roots of the libertarian ideals seeded in early Silicon Valley and how those ideas grew in tandem with the burgeoning tech world to create a paradoxical world without… Read more »

In Real Life – “Eyes Closed”

So I just found out that boy bands are back*. Really! I didn’t realize boy bands were gone, to be honest, but here we are in 2017 and if I scan the memory banks it occurs to me that One Direction disbanded a few years ago. Anyway. It turns out one of the boy bands… Read more »

Fortnite’s Kitchen Sink is not Without Hooks

Fortnite is a pay-to-play game with every imaginable sticky hook from mobile/casual/free-to-play games thrown in at it. There are XP bars upon XP bars. Once you fill out ten XP bars, you can evolve and get ten more. Sometimes you find new items with new XP bars, or new heroes with XP bars. Other times,… Read more »

The Stone Sky Concludes Satisfyingly

Somehow I never wrote about the conclusion of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy! It was good. It was good! I really enjoyed the series. Jemisin told a down-to-earth story (heh) about coming of age and motherhood that was totally fantastical featuring moving statues, a post-post-post climate change Earth and two types of magic. I think the first… Read more »

PUBG is a Marvel

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (irritatingly stylized PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS and henceforth PUBG) is the gaming phenomenon of the summer. The meteoric rise of the game has been fascinating to watch: from first hearing the rumblings about the game last spring, buying it in May and discovering the source of the hype, then watching the game explode into the… Read more »

Smidley – “Milkshake”

i listen so closely ~ Man, this track has got me good. I love every moment when I’m fucked up listening to “Milkshake.” It’s a simple track with little flute-y noises (synth?) and a guitar walking up and down a little tune. And lyrically it’s a few different variations of a basic idea. But to me this… Read more »

Gamifying Nature

Tier Zoo is a recently-started YouTube channel that humorously blends the “nature battles” genre of wildlife documentaries with over-analyzed gaming strategy tips videos. It is phenomenal. The details are on point–gaming concepts like skill trees, specs, and griefing are masterfully transplanted onto evolutionary traits. I love the videos already and I’m looking forward to the… Read more »