December 1, 2005

In lieu of actual blogging [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at December 1, 2005 2:22 PM

I haven't played Stubbs the Zombie, but I may have to buy the soundtrack, since it consists of indie bands covering classic 50's songs.

Meanwhile, the qubits are keeping me busy and I got my March Meeting abstract in. The submitted abstract implies a substantial to-do list between now and March. Funny, that wasn't in the original draft...

I should review a CD or something, but there are circuits demanding to be fixed at them moment and it's been a bit of a dry spell in terms of music releases lately anyway. Anyone else find any good music lately? Books, movies? When I next carve out some free time I should look into some of these things. (I did start the Kovacs novel!)

Tags: Music, Open Thread


The March Meeting is looking to be a Caltech party. Jing and I (which doesn't star Yul Brynner) will also be there, and I'm sure several others will be as well.

Do you know your roommate situation in your lab yet? I won't be dealing with this too much for another month or so (or a little more), but I need to find a roommate for the conference at some point.

Posted by: Mason | December 1, 2005 6:48 PM

Books: I did pick up the new one: Feast for Crows. Haven't read it yet. Also saw another book I need to get, which isn't coming to mind right now, let me check.

Oh yes, _At All Costs_, by David Weber. Prolly only interesting if you've read most of the Honor Harrington series. :)

Also, my current "playlist": World of Warcraft (Kilrogg server). City of Villains (Justice server). Both MMORPGs, very fun in different ways. I'd provide a longer review, but I think most of the readers here are either playing one of the above on one of those servers, or aren't interested in mmo's as a rule. :)

F.E.A.R (First Encounter Assault Recon): FPS, extremely good, best one i've played since Halflife 2. IMHO, better than halflife 2 in some ways, worse in very few.)

Civ 4: It's Civilization. Sid Meier. Should I say anything more? Very fun and the multiplayer actually works.

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. See the Penny Arcade review here. Or try the demo (which is what i've been playing) from this link.
Very fun, short games. Reminds me of nethack in the ease in which I die in the demo.

Posted by: Zifnab | December 1, 2005 6:50 PM

Mason: I will probably be staying with the other graduate student on this project, but if that changes I'll let you know.

Zifnab: That David Weber series is one I've been thinking about starting. And Weird Worlds sounded interesting based on the PA review.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | December 1, 2005 7:52 PM

I forgot to mention: Echo and the Bunnymen's new album is really solid. I don't think it has any one song that stands above the crowd (although I like a couple songs better than others), but it's a good effort and it's nice to hear from them again. I need to listen more to see if any of the songs really grow on me and to be able to discuss it more fully. (I added it to my playlist but haven't listened to the album all the way through that often. I mostly just enjoy the songs when they come up.)

Posted by: Mason | December 1, 2005 8:15 PM

The Honor Harrington series is worth a read. The general story/focus idea tends to change with successive books, which I think is a good idea or it'd get boring due to length. This does mean some books are more interesting than others, depending on the reader's interests. I didn't like one of the late books due to the intensely political nature, but it was nothing about the writing quality, just the content (ie, nothing that would make me stop reading the series).

Weird Worlds has the free demo, so i'd recommend anyone interested to try that out. Very fun, short game time but pretty replayable (I played like 20 games of the demo last night).

Posted by: Zifnab | December 1, 2005 11:26 PM
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