I can see from the Singles below that I was starting to – if not warm up to – at least make my peace with ’90s Alternative. It’s still pretty slim pickings for music I like from this year though.
And it’s telling that my favorite album of the year – perhaps spinning out of the previous year’s discovery of Smooth Jazz – isn’t an Alternative release, but by a Swing Revival band. I really got into that whole Swing Revival thing. Still would be probably if it had stuck around.
Over the past few days, following the fraudulent Iranian presidential “elections,” the entire world has been witnessing the uprising of the freedom-loving people of Iran against deception, injustice and tyranny of the rulers of the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian people have been demonstrating their outrage against their repressive rulers by the millions and in epic levels throughout Iran. After 30 years of oppressive and despotic rule by the clerics, the great and heroic people of Iran are now determined not to allow their intelligence to be insulted any longer and have decided that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and are unequivocally calling for an end to the tyrant rule of the clerics in Iran. –The writers of this petition asking for the United Nations and the rest of the free world to take a stand against the current, oppressive regime in Iran. I hope you’ll consider signing it.
…you could find empty patches of concrete everywhere. Wizard’s own booth was deserted all day Friday. Saturday it was empty except for a security guard posted in front of the oddly displayed WATCHMEN covers, and girls who found the mostly vacant booth a fine place to sit down, rest and read comics. It was a fitting metaphor for the fortunes of the Wizard empire — an audience they once actively excluded has now taken over squatter’s rights on their abandoned real estate. —Heidi MacDonald, reporting on the eerily vindicating atmosphere (my words, not hers) at WizardWorld Philadelphia. (I should probably acknowledge that Dirk Deppey liked the exact same quote enough to pick it for Journalista! the following day.)
I don’t play a lot of video games and I’ll tell you why. You may have noticed that my posting has been a little behind this week. Well, on Saturday I had to go to the Apple store to pick up some software for my newly fixed laptop and sitting right next to it on the shelf was the Mac version of Sid Meier’s Pirates: The only thing I miss from when I had my old PC. So I had to buy it.
Which means that Monday and Tuesday nights were spent cruising around the Caribbean; stealing from the Spanish and killing other pirates, while trying to rescue relatives from evil French noblemen. Wednesday night was spent catching up on sleep from Monday and Tuesday nights. Thursday I had to catch up on everything else that I’d been neglecting all week long. So that’s why I don’t generally play video games.
But if I did play them, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune would be exactly the kind I’d check out. I have no idea if it’s any good or not, but according to /Film, “The story features Nate Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Nate is being shadowed by journalist Elena Fisher as he searches for the coffin of his forefather. When found, the object contains a diary that seems to point to El Dorado, and Nate and Elena are soon involved in a run and gun tale featuring pirates, lost gold and mutant humans.” Mutant humans are boring (unless they’re the X-Men), but the rest of it sounds fantastic.
Fortunately, they’re making a movie out of it so that I can continue to have a life. Just as soon as I retire from pirating.