1. Achievement Unlocked: we have a surround-sound system in our living room. We don’t have to worry about annoying our downstairs neighbors, because the downstairs is still our house. I’ve been wanting some sort of surround-sound thing for maybe 20 years, and now I have one. Have I actually watched anything with it turned on? No, not yet – we just got everything hooked up yesterday. But it does work with Bluetooth and so I’ve been able to listen to rough drafts of my album with it via my phone, and that’s awesome, so, there’s that. (As for what we got, we got this, which was in an Amazon Gold Box deal a little while ago for around $180.)
2. Books: the best part about not posting frequently is that when I do, I can suddenly recap a whole bunch of stuff instead of just one thing at a time. I have finished Cixin Liu’s “The Dark Forest”, which moved the trilogy along in some very interesting and intriguing ways, and this morning I finished Samantha Hunt’s “Mr. Splitfoot”, which is a rather eerie and unsettling ghost story (and whose biggest reveal sent literally chills all over my body, on the train, which would’ve been even more awkward had I not been bundled up). I’m about to start Christopher Buckley’s “The Relic Master”, which I’d heard good things about; I’m really mostly just treading water until John Wray’s “The Lost Time Accidents” comes out next week. I don’t know why I’m so excited for that one, but I’ve been looking forward to it for many months now.
3. Games: I think I’m done with the Lego games. I may have already said this. I had to take a sick day yesterday and I ended up finishing the campaign for the newest one, Lego Marvel Avengers, and I’m fully OD’d on both Lego and Marvel, which is not a great feeling at all. This game feels particularly uninspired in nearly every respect; if you’d never seen the movies, you’d have no idea what’s going on – but if you’d never seen the movies, why would you even be playing this? The voice acting is mostly taken from the movies, except each line reading feels strangely sleepy and deadened in its delivery; the action is relentlessly tedious, endless waves of enemies descending out of nowhere, for no particular reason except to pad everything out. Plenty of bugs. A whole bunch of puzzles that do not explain themselves at all, which is all the more frustrating because the game does go out of its way to explain the dumbest shit in agonizing unskippable camera swoops. I know, I know – I’m 40 years old, I’m at least 25 years past the target demographic, etc. This doesn’t stop a shitty game from being a shitty game. Remind me that I said all of this when Lego: Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out in a few months.
That’s it and that’s all.