Posts from July 5th, 2012

Thursday, 5 July 2012

“Of the Month” July 2012

Link of the Month:
Retronaut
You may know that I have a fascination with retro futurism, or paleofuturism as it is sometimes called. But I also love context for paleofuturism, and how contemporary popular culture shapes our worldviews. Retronaut is rapidly becoming my new favorite website with its archive of photos, advertisements, catalogs, and what-nots of the whole span of the 20th century (and a little bit on both ends of it). It is handily divided by decade, and offers some great insight into the mindsets of bygone eras. Retronaut’s slogan speaks volumes: “The Past is a foreign country. This is your passport.”

Album of the Month:
4NML HSPTL by Open Mike Eagle
Another smashing album by hip-hop stalwart Open Mike Eagle. How can you not love an album that references a couple They Might Be Giants songs and a Ben Folds song? The music was all produced by one producer, Awkward, and has an incredibly well-done spacey/electro/psychadelic fringe. This gives the album a very unified feel but at the cost of the wild, freewheeling diversity that marked Mike’s first two albums. My personal favorite is “4NML” (which references TMBG’s “Don’t Let’s Start”), a wonderfully literate and biting lament at the inadequacy of language to be able to accurately convey an artist’s message, which is a bold statement from someone who plies his trade with lyrics. In fact, the subtitle of “4NML” is “Korzybski’s Lament,” a reference to Alfred Korzybski, who basically invented the modern science of semantics back in the early 1930s. Other standouts are “Universe Man” (which references TMBG’s “Particle Man”), “Your Back Pack Past” (which reference’s Ben Folds’s “Your Redneck Past”), and the very funny “DanceBill,” which cautions against shaking your moneymaker because “that shit costs money, too.”

Game of the Month:
Tiny Tower
Sometimes I am a sucker for economic simulators. Tiny Tower is an adorable skyscraper simulator that in absolutely no way resembles what it would actually be like to build & run a skyscraper. You build floors, assign them residential or business purposes (like retail, recreation, food, service, and creative), give jobs to the people who live on the residential floors, stock shelves with products, and build more floors. I like it because you can either intently play it or play it as a poke-and-forget game that you only check for a few seconds every few hours. There are fun extras like missions, costumes, and dream jobs. You can see the progress of my Tiny Tower at any time here: http://towers.nimblebit.com/android/45565065. Available for iOS and Android.

Categories: Of the Month.