Concert Review: Аркона [Arkona] (2016)

Shouldn’t seeing the same band twice in two years at the same venue yield similar results? I was really impressed last year with the energy and composition that Аркона (Arkona) brought while touring with fellow folk metal band Heidevolk, so it was safe to assume that another year of development now supporting symphonic metal band Epica could be even better, right?

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C-C-Combo Breaker: First Media Plug

I’m breaking format. Martin Leung, the Video Game Pianist, posted a demo reel and seven seconds in I saw this:

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Series Review: Parks and Recreation (Season 1, 2009)

Parks and Recreation awkwardly follows government employee Leslie Knope as she suffocates this series with cringe comedy. Leslie is delusional in the face of adversity, which would be inspiring, if not for her accidentally manipulative tactics. The complete lack of situational awareness is so unbearable that even likeable characters like deadpan April Ludgate and snarky Ron Swanson cannot redeem this trainwreck. Halfway into episode three “The Reporter,” I had to stop watching, because I realized this show is the television equivalent of my least favorite movie, the intellectually offensive I Heart Huckabee. Parks and Recreation is painful to watch.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ [0/5]

The Story: Behind The Post

Writing last week about (working title) The Story helped me focus on brainstorming new ideas. Maybe I’ll turn this into a weekly feature? There is the problem that once you write an idea, it may be pinned down to that iteration rather than given a chance to fully develop, so there is the balance between spending years coming up with fully developed ideas like I have been doing and just saying “here are some rough drafts, and they’ll probably change once I’m ready.”

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Series Review: Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- (2016)

Re:Zero asks if a social recluse could become a hero. We’re dropped along with Subaru into a fantasy world that quickly rejects him. After being saved by a heroic dream girl, our budding hero learns to survive, while yielding a curse superpower that revives him after making grave mistakes.

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Day Map: #01 Behind the Scenes

As a fan of behind the scenes material included with most movies and the occasional album, I wanted to share the “day map” idea I made yesterday for a glimpse into some developing content. Starting at 9:30AM, I listed each intended project, marking each hour of the day with a different color, then digitally painted a big dot next to the title if I worked on it that hour. (Also had fun practicing oekaki techniques I’d learned years ago on a now defunct GroupBoard.)

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Concert Review: NOFX (2016)

NOFX haven’t been in town for years. Some bands are always on tour and will reliably be in town every year at around the same time. (Metal band Korpiklaani even performed on the same date for two consecutive years.) Not being able to see a band for years can lead to a certain sense of longing and inflating anticipation, especially after hearing their live material. Do they suck live?

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