MxPx – Plans within Plans

After spending the last year and change filling in the holes in the MxPx discography from when I last was an active fan with 2000’s The Ever Passing Moment, I have arrived at the final full album I was missing, Plans within Plans. I still have a couple EPs to buy, but this will probably …

Diversity Panels at Conventions in the 2020s

Earlier this morning I came across this tweet by Mary Fan, an author I met at the Farpoint convention and whose books I quite enjoy: I gave a short reply, but I felt Twitter was inadequate to truly express myself. Of course, Diversity Panels have been around long enough that by 1997’s Chasing Amy (source …

Dealing with the Illusion of Change

This week Our Opinions Are Correct aired an episode about the Illusion of Change. They do an excellent job explaining what it is – when long-running fiction (comics, Soap Operas, etc) has to eventually return to the status quo. They cover infamous examples like that time that Satan dissolved the marriage of Peter Parker and …

Review: Terms of Enlistment

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I mentioned in one of my updates, this book follows in an esteemed lineage. We have Starship Troopers, written from the perspective of a Korean War vet. It’s the epitome of society to join the military. The Forever War, written by a …

Review: Interesting Times

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is my second time reading this book. I didn’t record a prior rating I remember liking this book the first time I read it. I definitely enjoyed the parodies of the Confucian system and the mistakes at translating from one language to another. …

Review: The Empress of Salt and Fortune

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo My rating: 5 of 5 stars I received a free copy of the novella as a voting member of WorldCon 2021 That. Was. Awesome! It’s no wonder that it won the Hugo for best novella. I wasn’t able to get to it in time to vote, …

Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer My rating: 5 of 5 stars This collection had all kinds of stories, from dramas to silly stories. I loved it! Here are my reviews per story: Raymus (Gary Whitta) – a story from the point of view of the captain side so is …

Review: Soul Music

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett My rating: 2 of 5 stars This is my second time reading the book. Original rating was 4/5 stars I’m surprised that I had previously rated this book as 4/5 because I don’t remember liking it that much. That was confirmed on this re-read. Yes, the book continues Death’s story …

2021 Video Games and 2021 Game of the Year

This year I played a LOT less; partly because I wasn’t home as much as I was in 2020 due to the COVID mitigations. Also, it was partly because I focused on programming with older Advent of Code challenges. Last year I wanted to make a list of games and go in order, but that …

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: 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 …