I ding 45 next month. This is just a reminder that if you’re feeling overburdened by money (thanks, Marcus) you can send a trinket or something my direction…
45 is a good number, right? That’s the RPM of a music single on a turntable! Right.
Recently, Kyla and I started entering our libraries of books into Goodreads. After a few days of that, I started wondering if there was something along those lines but for music.
And this right here is where that train of thought led me.
What you see there, as of this writing, is the result of plugging three or so shelves’ worth of information into the RateYourMusic system. Most of the editions were already there, I just had to pick and rate and tag. No problem! On the other hand… most of my Depeche Mode singles from before the Violator album are the 1988 German pressings, not the later 1991 “silver ring” motif versions. Very few of the 1988s were in the system, so guess who got to enter those all in?
Yeah, and I’d do it again, too. I’m weird that way.
At some point my whole CD shelf will be in there, probably by the time I’m done with my impending staycations this month…
Kyla loves the Guild Wars 2 MMO game. I mean, I like it too, but she likes and plays the game far, far more than I do. Which is fine, it’s good to have something fun to do.
In the game, one of the fantastical races are called Quaggans. They’re sort of little aquatic blobs with funny voices. Kyla bought herself a purple plush one to add to the stuffed-critter menagerie in the apartment.
Guess who received a grey quaggan for Christmas?
So, last weekend she took the Amtrak Cascades northward to visit folks for a post-Christmas kind of thing, leaving me alone. Well, alone if you don’t count the new grey quaggan, along with all the other stuffed what-have-yous.
I took this as an opportunity to post a silly little photo series on Instagram, which I’ve replicated for posterity in this gallery. Enjoy, won’t you?
Kylanath and I went to see that new War In The Stars movie thing. In a theater, no less.
My spoiler-free reaction?
I liked “The Force Awakens”, mainly due to how incredibly fun and engaging the new characters are. Also, it’s occasionally an incredibly pretty film, what with the panoramic backgrounds full of crashed Imperial Star Destroyers and what-not. (Be cynical on your own turf. I’m not immune to well-done nostalgia.)
On an almost unrelated note, one of the things I realized that I can do with this site is to tell you, dear reader, about things I like. Sure, this was always supposed to be a journal. (Was I ever good at journal-ing? Probably not.) But back while it was a more active web location, this site served the same function for me that Twitter does now: Quick thoughts, and links to stuff elsewhere on the Internets that I find amusing/informative/etc.
So. Let’s do more of that latter thing, the linky-ness. And to tie this back into today’s theme, I’m going to link to the Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome podcast’s website. This past Thursday they put up an episode all about the aforementioned new movie, and I agree with pretty much all of their reactions, so listening to them for an hour will give you a good idea how I feel. (I’m 100% less tipsy than they were when they recorded, mind you.) And if that’s not enough, I wrote a blog post’s worth of comment on their post. Ahem.
Be aware, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, do that first and then follow this link to the “KlaxOn! KlaxOff!” episode of the Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome. Enjoy, won’t you?
Since the Menalto Gallery project seems to have shut down some time back in 2014, I have switched to… Piwigo. The bulk import went well enough, though this does mean that links in old posts here are going to be horribly broken.
Link rot. It happens to the best of us, and also me.
Check out the new gallery (full of the same old pictures), won’t you?
I’m changing it up a bit this year. Mind you, I’m not actually asking people to shop for me for holiday-type presents. There’s nothing I need all that badly, and almost everything on the lists linked below could best be described as “frivolous.” And yet, since people have asked, here we go:
- Elfster wishlist – This was suggested to me as an alternative to trying to stuff everything into an Amazon wishlist. It’s good for things not actually available on Amazon. Now all I need to do is… come up with things to put on the list. But there it is.
- Amazon wishlist – This is what most of you are probably going to actually use. There are no bad options on this list, so hey, go wild if that’s your thing.
Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Again: I’m providing this by way of a reply to various folks who’ve inquired along these lines, but I’m not expecting, insisting, or suggesting that anyone do any holiday shopping in my general direction.
Thank you, and happy holidays to you all.