Saturday, April 27, 2013
All of these are great and you should stop what you are doing and listen to all of them.
Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
Journey - I Was Born for This
Portal - Still Alive (spoilers)
Portal 2 - The National - Exile, Vilify*
Skyrim - Dragonborn
The 7th Guest - The Fat Man - Skeletons in my Closet
The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant to Be
* I didn't actually find this song in-game; apparently it's like an Easter Egg?
A Pirate I Was Meant to Be gets tons of bonus points for being a song that is actually part of the storyline, as one of the most awe-inspiringly awesome unexpected moments of a video game ever.
Friday, April 26, 2013
My first experience in recent years with a Flash-free world was with the iPad; that was a couple years ago, and I found a lot of things frustrating about the iPad but the lack of Flash support was a big one. I don't actually even completely remember what motivated me to try living without Flash again other than pure curiosity. Microsoft decided that for the Surface, Flash was still a necessity, and right now I feel like this "experiment" vindicates the people who made that politically awkward decision pretty well.
I'd love a world where Flash was not a requirement to browse the web, but as far as I'm concerned, that's still going to be a while. People like to talk about how everything's HTML5 now and Flash isn't necessary, but either those people visit a wildly different set of websites than I do and never click on random links from their friends, or they're just deluding themselves.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
|Wolfgang Gartner—Still My Baby||A♭ minor|
|Bear McCreary—All Along the Watchtower||D♭ minor|
|OneRepublic—Counting Stars||D♭ minor|
|The Weeknd—The Birds (part I)||G minor|
|Yann Tiersen—La Valse d'Amélie (Orchestral)||A minor|
|Icona Pop—I Love It||A♭|
|Kid Cudi—Pursuit of Happiness||A minor|
|Hooverphonic—You Love Me to Death||A|
|Coldplay—Viva la Vida||A♭|
|Russell Brower et al—Going Hozen||F|
|Matt Uelmen—Ancients||A minor|
|Alex Clare—Too Close||B minor|
|Gary Jules—Mad World||B♭|
I suppose the most interesting thing about all that is that there are actually more songs in a major key there than a minor key; I had always assumed that I preferred music in a minor key. And A♭ shows up more than other keys. And it's possible that the tool sucks and it's not actually accurate information, though the author has evidence to suggest it can play on the same field as other products with the same goal. But anyway, I don't think I can draw too many conclusions from the exercise.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Anyone have inside jokes with themselves? I definitely do. The hot tubs at my gym have signs in front of them that say
Soap shower required before entering whirlpool
but I decided that was basically just a nice way of saying something else, so every time I see those signs I'm slightly amused now because I translate them in my head to
Hey! Scrub yo butthole
So if you ever see me smirking near the hot tubs, that's why.