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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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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In which FFVIII ruins my life

Even though my attempt at analyzing Final Fantasy VIII didn’t go anywhere, my game continued all the way to the end….and into its immediate successor, IX. It feels as if all the hangups regarding JRPGs which I’ve voiced elsewhere on … Continue reading

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