Monthly Archives: May 2015

Josh watches Mad Max movies

There’s a scene in David Lean’s war epic, Lawrence of Arabia, where the titular character explosively derails a moving train. That moment has a sort of exciting realism to it – because the crew actually blew up a moving train. … Continue reading

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Not so final thoughts on IX

In spite of having blabbed for two lengthy posts about Final Fantasy IX, I still can’t get it out of my head. It definitely deserves to knock Mega Man 2 off of its pedestal on my personal top five list. … Continue reading

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blah blah anti-gay anti-intellectual something blah blah

In an article in the Federalist, Robert Oscar Lopez takes journalists to task for dropping the ball on one aspect of all the same-sex marriage shenanigans: Journalists with a shred of integrity would feel some curiosity about children who come … Continue reading

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The Man Who Was Zidane (Part 2/2)

(Part One) Places  One of the things I’ve been paying attention to in my recent games of VIII and IX is their use of pre-rendered backgrounds – a stylistic choice which seems to largely be abandoned these days. As the … Continue reading

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The Man Who Was Zidane (Part 1/2)

(Note: I am going to spoil a fifteen year old game) Final Fantasy IX is the most Chestertonian RPG game. That, I think, puts its finger on why I find this game to be so compelling as an adult. I … Continue reading

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The best Verdi post ever

This post is here by request from a friend, who asked for the, “best Verdi post ever.” Unfortunately, when it comes to 19th century opera, I am not entirely knowledgeable about Verdi. But I do know something you probably don’t … Continue reading

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The loyalty of a dragon?

It was only until recently that I became aware of a, “Dragon’s Loyalty Award,” for bloggers by being offered said award by  Jubilare. In her nomination, she describes me as, “Profoundly Geeky, and Geekily Profound,” a testimonial which may replace … Continue reading

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A fiery performance

Here’s something I found floating around in my Facebook feed.

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Just pretend I made a joke about closets here

In Britain, the new breed of closeted, self-loathing people is…..the college aged Tory: She’s not the only 20-something to admit this. A number of people come forward to ‘confess’ their right-wing leanings on the basis that I won’t reveal their … Continue reading

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10 Classical recordings of note

I suppose this could be seen as a followup to my pop music post, although a draft of this has been sitting around for quite some time. For the aficionado of classical music, there is an added layer involved in … Continue reading

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