Essays, Not Rants! 539: Vacation (Again?) ‘sup. Yep, I’m on a vacation again, somehow spending the past couple of months making up for nearly three years of pandemic sedentariness. I’m trying to spend this time doing the exploring and adventuring thing, something about being present in the vagarities of life and all that. And maybe… Continue reading Vacation (Again)
I’ve been using PlayStation Plus’ new game-subscription-thing service to play a bunch of games I missed when they first came out, games like Celeste (a truly excellent platformer) and John Wick Hex. There are also a bunch of older PS2 games and, because I’m Star Wars trash, I’ve been playing some older Star Wars games.… Continue reading Changing Schema
Hey, remember how I got published not too long ago? Now you can listen to the short story, for free, right here! You can also read it, if that’s your speed, but the audio version is truly wonderful. And yes, this is a post of shameless self-promotion, because it’s my blog and I’ll do what… Continue reading Audiobook!
I watched Top Gun: Maverick again this week, and it still rules the second time (it’s fundamentally a movie about people who are really good at their specific jobs doing their jobs really well which is something I love [see also: The West Wing, Star Trek]). This time, I got to see it in IMAX… Continue reading Wide Open Sky
That long-awaited/feared Amazon-made show based on Tolkien’s stories is finally out and I have watched the first two episodes and let me tell you that I am surprised by how much I dig it. Understand, I absolutely love The Lord of The Rings —in both book and movie form—, I tackled The Silmarillion shortly after… Continue reading What The Hell Is Canon, Anyway?
I don’t like watching movies on tv. I know, I know, this sounds like it’s the start of some elitist rant about how movies are better in their original form and have to be enjoyed at 23.976fps with a precise refresh rate and color profile. And that, well, that’s more-or-less true, but I’m also a… Continue reading Ad Breaks
As I alluded to next week, Prey is an excellent movie. Set in the early 1700s, it follows a group of Comanche warriors as they fight back against the alien Predator. It very much keeps with the spirit of the original Predator, in that it’s more of a thriller movie than an action movie wherein… Continue reading Predator/Prey
Yeah, this is another out-of-office blogpost. Because in this third calendar year of the pandemic you start making up for missed family visits and other such trips. So some responsibilities fall by the wayside and there won’t be a proper essay today. But there’ll be one next week, and it’ll probably be on Prey. Because… Continue reading Another Vacation
I know I said I was gonna dive back into (and finish!) Breath of The Wild, but I still haven’t finished Link’s Awakening, on account of the fact that I don’t play on the Switch too often (I never thought I’d say this, but I miss community by the New York subway). All said it’s… Continue reading Return to Koholint
Stray is a game with a very simple conceit: You play as a cat. The game’s delightful; I’ve only scratched the surface and can’t wait to really dive into it and see what awaits me. In the meantime, the surface is lovely. As a cat you explore the ruins of a city, solving puzzles by… Continue reading Play As A Cat