SDTOTD #11: W-Elements quickref [subset]

This is not the post you are looking for nor ever will be. I do obviously really want that shirt in the accompanying pic. I do also have a lot of inchoate thoughts on “elements” and the power/value/occurrence of incomplete sets generally in games. Instead: necessarily incomplete list of EleMonsters ahoy! Type Wizards Whales Fire…

WIBIL? The sky! 

I love the sky. The sun, the moon, the stars, the clouds. Sunrise, sunset. Aeroplane trails across a fathomless blue.  The fact that your average camera can’t capture its beauty just bolsters my fascination of it. Here’s tonight’s sunset in low resolution.    

Misplaced Nostalgia

New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle came on the other day. It stirred up what felt like nostalgic pleasure inside of me, except I can’t place where that feeling would come from. It was originally released as a single in 1986 (where I was surprised to read that it didn’t even make the UK Top 40)…

VGR Games Roundup Oct 2017 [updated]

Acidbearboy: Journey (PS3)  finished Desert Golfing (Android) ongoing Super Castlevania IV (SNES) finished with save states F-Zero (SNES) finished on beginner Super Ghouls and Ghost (SNES) stage 5 with save states Wipeout 2097 (PS1) quick blast Castlevania Chronicles (PS1) quick play on original mode Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) world 1 clear Zelda: Breath of…

In Praise of Michael Stern Hart et al

I don’t know all the ins and outs down the years and maybe it’s more complicated than I describe it, but there was a man who lived and his name was Michael Stern Hart. He was the first person to advocate, agitate and advance the gradual digitisation of the entirety of human knowledge as expressed…

Wild China

Just wanted to recommend this BBC documentary that is currently being shown on BBC Four and also available iPlayer. It’s fairly old (originally aired in 2008) but the scenery and the wildlife on display are captivating, helped by a wonderful musical score and good narration by Bernard Hill. China is such a vast and beautiful…

Die Toten Hosen – Hier Kommt Alex

So there I was playing the excellent Euro Truck Simulator 2 which I’d picked up cheap recently. Had some country-specific internet streaming radio playing, because that was a strong part of the appeal to me right from when I first heard about the game. This song came on and I was proper digging it, but…

Well I Never Knew That #6

  Get yourself ready, regular readers ‘cos you’ll love this one. I have a “complicated” (read: trivially explicable as “old man shouting at cloud”) relationship with Nu™-Metal. The “Nu™” stands for heavier emphasis on production (esp. vox), promotion (esp. to The Kids) and Pepsi-cola™ (esp. uncaffeinated 11-year olds), fwiw. See what I mean, clouds? Most…

Well I Never Knew That #5

Caveat lector, as this one’s coming uncited straight from Wikipedia in the form of an edit introduced only in February of this year, but it fits my prejudices so I’m going to run with it. As you may already know Wipeout 2097 was released under another name in America: In the United States, it went…

Murray Walker Is 94 And Still Going!

The incomparable motorsports broadcaster and WW2 tank commander [Graeme] Murray Walker was 94 years old earlier this week. As the literal voice of Formula One on British TV for decades he’s tied utterly and rightfully to the many greats of the sport, since its inception in the middle of last century. If a Fangio, Moss,…

WIBIL #23: Toast Of London S1E7

Narrowly avoided starting a Best Episodes Ever/Watch Only One blog series for this. I went back and rewatched the Toast Of London series one finale “Bonus Ball” on a whim, mostly because I remembered it as “the Michael Ball episode”. It’s easy to take Matt Berry (staple of The I.T. Crowd, House Of Fools and…