It’s ten to midnight and I have nothing to write. I’ve been frantically finishing off my entry to Skyrim Real Estate’s modding competition, which I submitted after six weeks’ work with just three hours to spare.
So, to meet my daily post quota, I’d better just link you to something by the Bastards of Fate, whose album I bought yesterday. It’s bat*** crazy music – I’ll write at length about it later, but it’s not math rock or prog or whatever, it’s just common-or-garden shrieking-at-strangers-while-flinging-poo-like-a-monkey high-on-bath-salts bat**** crazy music. Continue reading →
Forget Cheryl bloody Cole or any of the other dollies with the Oompa Loompa tans – Nicola Roberts was always as interesting as she was pale. The pretty one from Girls Aloud, she also turns out to have the best songs – and frankly a fairly impressive voice. Let’s get this straight before we start: this is not what you’re expecting. Continue reading →
I didn’t have time to play through the game ending three times to sit through the extra 10 minutes of cutscenes that comprise the Extended Cut, so I watched Mass Effect 3‘s new endings on Youtube. While an improvement on the game as shipped, only one of the endings is truly satisfying. Continue reading →
The night before the Extended Cut DLC was released for free (today), I finally finished Mass Effect 3 to see what all the fuss was about. My Effective Military Strength was well over 5,000, so I had nothing to worry about, except a sense of dread not wholly related to the predicament of the galaxy.
In Mass Effect, Bioware created a universe easily the equal of Star Trek or Star Wars: a compelling, fully-realised history, geography and political landscape. It has characters you care about, worlds you want to save, and Mass Effect 2 enjoys a well-deserved 96% rating on Metacritic: it’s almost perfect. So why was ME3 so roundly criticised by its fans? Why isn’t it as good as ME2? And is the ending really that bad? Continue reading →
I’ve mentioned Future of the Left a couple of times before, but this is the first time I’ve sat down and listened to The Plot Against Common Sense. It’s stupendous! A little-used word for a woefully neglected band, though they do appear to have a certain measure of popularity. They just need more. Continue reading →
I’ve not been around much lately because I’m frantically playing my way up to to a point where I can eagerly begin the new DLCs for Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim, both of which ship Tuesday. Continue reading →
There’s something incredibly draining about calling people out on their bulls***. It’s probably why people don’t do it very often. It’s probably why I find it very draining when I hear other people do it, and end up unfollowing left-wing ranters on Twitter. Listening to other people’s anger just makes me want to curl up and go to sleep, and not in a happy way. That said, I was energised and refreshed when Ad-ver-sary + Antigen Shift donated part of their set at Festival Kinetik 5.0 to call out fellow performers Nachtmahr and Combichrist on their particularly evil, offensive brand of bulls***. Continue reading →
Once we finally got our internet connection stable, I started catching up on all the television I missed. Luckily, 4 On Demand still had the season 4 finale of 90210 available, and I’m now going to officially upgrade it from “guilty pleasure” to just “pleasure”. Continue reading →
Crap! Is that the time? Noise Unit would NOT go to sleep! After over an hour of reading to her, singing to her, cuddling her and muttering “FFS! Go to sleep!” she fiiiiinally drifted off after yet another bottle of warm milk.
So I didn’t get much of an evening. I was either going to mod Skyrim or play Mass Effect 3 and ended up doing neither. Barely had time to get in my fix of cute baby animals on Buzzfeed before I noticed the hour. Time for me to Go The F*** To Sleep. But before I do, I’ll leave you with this amazing clip that I just found on JG Thirlwell’s blog. It’s inspired by the homicide trial of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who pioneered the technology to capture horses in motion, and was the last admitted murderer in California to be unpunished on grounds of “justifiable homicide” in a crime of passion after he shot his wife’s lover. It’s one of those pieces that gets better the further in you get, and is an absolutely incredible piece of music. It builds up and up and up and up and just keeps going until it sets off little explosions of sound like aural fireworks. It’s that dazzling and beautiful. This is what reinspired is all about. Continue reading →