Are Rap Lyrics a Confession?

Rap lyrics as a confession isn’t a new topic or question. I remember hearing about this a few years ago with someone who had rap lyrics on their Facebook page that was arguing it should be inadmissible in court. Just Googling “rap lyric confession” gave me these examples: The Controversial Use of Rap Lyrics as …

Review: Rave Master Vol 11

Rave Master, Vol. 11 by Hiro MashimaMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Things continue along at a manga’s pace. The characters have a few fights in the same location and we learn more about how various characters and/or their ancestors/mentors are intertwined. I’m curious where Mashima takes things from here, especially given the infamous kiss. …

Review: Rave Master Vol 10

Rave Master, Vol. 10 by Hiro MashimaMy rating: 3 of 5 stars At the end of Volume 9 I had no idea where Mashima could take the story. It seemed he had painted himself into a corner, perhaps not knowing if he’d get to go past volume 9. He expands the story by making all …

Review: Harmony

Harmony by Project ItohMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is clearly a reaction to Japanese society, but it’s also prescient (given when it was written) about our current situation where no one wants to experience anything that could bother them. It’s incredible that he saw this coming 11 years ago. This is not …

Review: Ancillary Mercy

Ancillary Mercy by Ann LeckieMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was the perfect ending to the Imperial Radch trilogy. It continues in the same vein as the previous two books: deeply introspective within the context of Anander Miaanai’s war with herself. The final chapter (which, of course, would have been an epilogue in …

Review: Koreatown: A Cookbook

Koreatown: A Cookbook by Deuki HongMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Let me start with the good:– The photography in this book is beautiful– The interviews with various celebrities and chefs are great– The narrative style of the recipe intros work well– the section on the the Korean pantry is important and well-written The neutral:– …

Review: Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!

Learn You a Haskell for Great Good! by Miran Lipova?aMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Learn You a Haskell (or LYAH as it’s known on Stack Exchange and other parts of the internet) is the most often recommended resource for learning Haskell. I think it has a lot of things going for it. 1. It’s …

Review: Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is the story of the beginning of computers, written in the 1980s. I’d already read about many of the events portrayed in the book via other books or magazine articles. But this was nice and detailed. I like …

2021 in Music (Last.FM and Spotify Listening Trends)

This year I was able to attend the Paul and Storm / JoCo concert that COVID stole from me last year. While there I bought the entire Paul and Storm discography, but I think because I listened to it so much on Spotify in the past, I didn’t listen to it as much as I …