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What I’ve Been Doing 2 Oct 2012 [FB/IB/F/BT/GO]
Oct 2nd, 2012 by Dan

Sunny Isles Beach, FL.

Fun times. (Photo by kow626)

Summer’s gone and the regular baseball season ends this week, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over.

Movies

Almost, but no.

TV

Sherlock – The Hounds episode was terrible. I like Sherlock when his mysteries are solved with thorough detective work and deduction, not the kind of gobbledegook that we had with the hallucinogens and the weird hound. Very disappointing episode, way more so than the Chinese smuggler episode from the first series.

Trem̩ РReally happy to have this back on tv. Underrated, if you ask me. Fantastic music and fantastically real stories.

The Daily Show – The King Abdullah interview was spectacular. I loved seeing a regent talk about policy in a serious way. Kind of funny to go from that to Olivia Wilde the next day.

The Mindy Project – A lot of up and down on this in the critical scene, but I thought this show had an exceptionally strong comedic voice. Funny and I’m down for more.

New Girl – Not sure if I find Schmidt still hilarious or if they’re overdoing it or if it’s just that I know that he’s a breakout character. In any case, the season came back in strong form. Remember when Jess used to be scared of sex? That was not the Jess we saw in the second episode. I’m all for half-naked Zooey Deschanel.

Parks and Recreation – I’m not sure I buy Leslie’s crisis of conscious considering how strong a voice she normally is, but I still enjoyed the ep.

EDIT: Key & Peele – Forgot to mention this one. They had two brilliant sketches about post-win sports interviews and literally/metaphorically and an amazing one about Confederate reenactors. Good stuff.

Music

The Alabama Shakes are pretty cool, y’all.

Books

The Woman in the Dunes – Told you guys I’d read this weekend. The book was a very Kafkaesque look at a man trapped in an absurd situation who eventually loses the will to fight. Very Japanese, but also very interesting. I dug it.

After the Quake – A short story collection by Murakami containing vignettes following the Kobe earthquake in 1995. I bet a bunch of people came back to this at some point this year. Very Murakami so far (read two of the stories), which means it’s very interesting so far.

Video Games

Mark of the Ninja – S-Rank! Finishing off New Game + kind of sucked.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy – I’ve been slowly pushing through the main series while completing dark notes each night. Last one I did was FF IX.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Managed to beat it last night. Kind of too bad it’s so short. Haven’t played a six world Mario game in…ever? My favorite part was Tiffany watching over my shoulder and laughing every time I died in Bowser’s Castle.

FTL: Faster Than Light – Course I’ve still been doing these! Gotta get back in the groove of it tonight.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter – No matchstick puzzles yet. This is my first Layton and, chronologically, the first Layton. So far so good, but I wish the DS screen resolution was better. It makes solving some of these puzzles unnecessarily difficult.

What I’ve Been Doing 17 Sept 2012 [FB/IB/F/BT/GO]
Sep 17th, 2012 by Dan

Dead Redshirt

The kind of result your can expect if you join my crew (Photo by hyperion327)

It was a really video game-y week with (nearly) finishing Mark of the Ninja and the Friday launch of FTL: Faster Than Light and I don’t think it’ll get any less video game-y with Borderlands 2 coming out tomorrow. I’m actually glad FTL didn’t come out until Friday because I would have gotten nothing done otherwise…

Movies

The Words – The movie tries to be poignant and interesting as it examines the consequences of decisions that none of the characters suffer very much for making. In fact, the framing device is clumsy and not nearly explored enough so no one cares that Quaid was really Cooper. No one understands why Olivia Wilde is so obsessed with Quaid either. Additionally, it suffers from that problem where this book, The Words, is supposedly an excellent piece of fiction, but the narration which is presumably prose coming straight out of the book is stunted, weak, and unimpressive.

TV

Glee – Tiffany and I both agree that the new cast was just what this show needed to reinvigorate it. The new Puckerman is a really stupid conceit…I mean, I turned to Tiffany and said, “This guy is totally Puckerman” and then…SPOILER ALERT! He’s his half brother. They don’t reject any ideas in the Glee writer’s room, do they? Oh, the lunch lady stuff was dumb too.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians – I don’t want to talk about it…

Misc. HGTV Shows – Neat houses on display, but the renovations seem to cost way too much for any of them to be feasible.

Cupcake Wars – MLS Trophy thing. The green tea cupcake looked neat.

Music

Ben Prunty’s soundtrack for FTL is pretty good. Check it out if you like synth-y, sci-fi space music.

Books

Heathen yet again…

Video Games

Mark of the Ninja – Almost done S-Ranking this game. Just need to finish it on NG+, but FTL is so much fun and Borderlands 2 comes out Tuesday…Maybe I’ll finish it while a Dan Plays episode is rendering.

FTL: Faster Than Light – A game with the perfect structure for recording and playing. I’m really loving the whole LP thing and this game is solid. Go get it at their site for DRM-free versions on every platform.

7 Minutes in Heaven with Olivia Wilde [ER]
May 31st, 2012 by Dan

Is this stupid? Yes. Is it kind of funny? Yes. Will your life be complete if you don’t watch it? Yes.

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