Jan. 26th, 2009

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Oh, what an exciting life I lead. I spent the weekend alternately reading, watching passive entertainment, or playing games.

Reading: I'm starting on Stephen King's magnum opus, his Dark Tower series. I've heard so much about this story over the years but wanted to wait till he finished it before I started reading. Then while I was at Half Price Books the other day I found the first five books in the series all ready and waiting for me, so I grabbed them up. I'll pick up the final two when I find them elsewhere.

(Am I the only one who does this? If I'm buying a series of books, I look for the mass-market paperbacks that are from the same "versions" of the books -- with the same cover artist, same typefaces, same "look" and "feel" to the books. I hate having, say, five books in a series with one look and feel and then the sixth book with different cover art, cover design, interior font design, look and feel. I don't why it annoys me so much, it just does. I like to have things just so.)

Passive entertainment: [livejournal.com profile] datalopez and I have now watched the first four episodes of Battlestar Galactica and are really enjoying the series so far. I damn near laughed myself into a hemorrhage when Richard Hatch showed up as a special guest star in the third episode. The plotting is still tight and intricate and the characters are well enough realized that you really do give a damn about them. I hear rumblings about the series being released on Blu-Ray not too long from now; any word on that? Obviously I'd rather have them in high-def. Regardless, I'm glad we've got three whole seasons ahead of us.

We're also watching my Planet Earth series, also on Blu-Ray. She already owns it on DVD but it's like seeing it all over again in high-def. This is an amazing series and I can see why it won so many awards. It looks utterly gorgeous on my new set; really shows off its capabilities.

Games: I finished Heavenly Sword and found it very enjoyable but too short (the complaints about that are, regrettably, valid). The music is excellent and the gameplay is lots of fun. Worth replaying (in fact, I started Hell Mode the same day I finished the game in Normal Mode, then finished it in Hell Mode later that evening). I'm also working my way through Prince of Persia, which is very enjoyable, but progress on that is slow since I only play it when [livejournal.com profile] datalopez is here. I also picked up MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, which is a hell of a lot of fun although the rubberband AI on the computer opponents is MADDENING. My brother challenged me to a couple games online and I discovered two things: 1) it's fun to play against your brother and 2) I really suck at the game overall. At least playing against human opponents gives you a chance, because they do make mistakes once in a while.

Today's file is...well, okay. If you're at all familiar with the "anime music videos" phenomenon that tends to play late at night at anime cons / sci-fi conventions, then you know what this one's about. This is a compilation called "AMV Hell", which is a bunch of strange, bizarre and downright WRONG anime music videos, all compiled into one set. The series was so popular that there were several more sequels. File is 64 MB in size and will play with Windows Media Player or DivX Player. Right-click and use "Save As" if you want your own copy.

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[[The Oracle would like to know what "classic" or enormously popular musician you just don't "get".]]

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