Posts from November 2012

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

“Of the Month” November 2012

Link of the Month:
Broodhollow Broodhollow
The creator of the now-ended SciFi webcomic Starslip (aka Starslip Crisis, aka Starshift Crisis) and current purveyor of Chainsawsuit has just started up a Cthuhlu-style webcomic. It’s in its early stages; only a handful of strips have been published so far, so it’s easy to go back and read from the beginning. I’m curious as to what is gonna happen.

Game of the Month:
Pocket Planes Pocket Planes
From the makers of Tiny Tower come Pocket Planes, another bullshit economic simulator of the kind I can’t seem to resist. This one is more complicated and therefore more intellectually stimulating than Tiny Tower, but isn’t nearly as goofy or cute. A fair trade-off. My only complaint is an arbitrary Experience Point cap on the number of airports you can have open at any one time. It seems weird; if I have enough money, why do I have to wait to XP up before I can open another airport?

TV Show of the Month:
Eureka: Season Five Eureka: Season Five
The final season of a rather uneven but almost always entertaining show on the SyFy network was easily one of its best. The limited number of episodes forced the show to focus and distill its own essence. It still contains some of the worst bullshit science this side of the original Star Trek, but its goofy fun is infectious. Plus Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day both play prominent roles throughout the season and they’re just a hoot.

Categories: Of the Month.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Vote Goat

Categories: Videos.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Kicking My Musical Friends

I am friends with SO many musicians, so this was bound to happen eventually: Two of my friends’ bands are having Kickstarter campaigns at the same time!

First off is Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount, with their Kickstarter for their next album, Five Letters from Far Away. Also, they might be running for president in 2016 and Geoff needs a better hobby than making a heap of rocks. Here’s the explanatory video:

And second is Nathan Geyer the Orange Fool’s Band Locust Street Taxi with the Kickstarter for their next album, their final album before they become famous. This is kind of an all-or-nothing proposition for this band; they say that if this album doesn’t make them famous then they’re callin’ it quits. Here’s their video:

Two worthy Kickstarters at one time!? What is someone to do? The answer is simple. Give pledges to both by following these links here!

That’s what I did. So can you!

Categories: Links, Music, Videos.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Art @ Work Tacoma

Yesterday after din-dins we went down to the Tacoma Art Museum because it was the kick off of 2012’s Tacoma Arts Month (which meant you could get into the museum for free). There was some sort of awards thing, but we didn’t go to that. Instead we enjoyed some of the food & drink provided in the lobby, then wandered through some of the exhibits.

An Andy Warhol exhibit is opening this weekend, but it wasn’t open last night. Instead we wandered through Michael Kenna‘s exhibit. Michael Kenna is a black-and-white photographer. All of his prints are 8″ × 8″ in size. I really like his stuff. He tends to do scenes that have some haziness to them (and he really excels at scenes where you can’t tell where the sky ends and the land/water begins) with a shock of a pitch-black object (like a tree) in the foreground. Like this:

Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 7, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007

Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 7, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007

Anyhoo, you can see a lot more on Michael Kenna’s website. We’ll probably go back later this month to check out the Warhol exhibit.

But a really cool thing that happens during Tacoma Arts Month is the Art @ Work Studio Tours thing that’s happening this Saturday & Sunday.

Art At Work

Basically here’s how it works: A bunch of Tacoma artists who have studio space around the city open their doors to the public so you can go in and see their actual artistic processes. Some of the studios even have hands-on projects that you can do. It’s a pretty spiffy way to see what’s going on in with your local artists. We’re looking to do some re-decorating and would like to support local people as much as possible, so we’re hoping we’ll find some good arts for our walls this way.

But that’s tomorrow. Tonight I’m going to Dorky’s. Y’know, for culture.

Categories: Life, Links, Tacoma.