Jan 31, 2017

Kali Ma Will Rule The Arcade

Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom
Atari (1985)
My favorite arcade game of all time was reviewed by Pat the NES Punk as a part of The Video Game Years - 1985,

Jan 24, 2017

Still In Our Hearts

"I'm hiding in Honduras
I'm a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns, and money
The shit has hit the fan"

Warren Zevon
Lawyers, Guns and Money (1978)
Today would have been his 70th birthday.

Jan 23, 2017

The Gender Revolution

National Geographic
January 2017 issue
Like most highly politicized issues, I feel like both sides have gotten lost in the ideology and the truth is somewhere in the middle getting shouted over by the loudest and angriest voices.  However, I'm extremely happy that we're getting closer to a country where everyone can be happy and feel comfortable in their own skin.

Jan 22, 2017

I'm A Pukwudgie

House Pukwudgie
I took the quiz on Pottermore to see what house I would be sorted into in the American equivalent of Hogwarts.  Hmm... a grouchy porcupine.  That checks out.

Jan 21, 2017

Magical Creatures And Where They Live

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Cinema & Drafthouse - West Hazleton, PA
I haven't read the book yet, and I couldn't think of what it was called, so when my wife asked what movie was at the Cinema & Drafthouse this weekend, I said it was "Magical Creatures and Where They Live".  In other news, that is totally going to be the way that I refer to this book and film from now on.

I really enjoyed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  It's a spin-off / prequel to the Harry Potter books and films that expands its universe beyond the grounds of Hogwarts while still touching base with many of the things that are referenced in the series.  It reminded me of what Angel was to the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series - it took a teenage universe and turned it into a fantasy film noir that's geared toward an older audience.  I'm very interested in where they take the story from here.

Jan 18, 2017

Do The Math

Atari Jaguar demo kiosks
Atari Corporation (1994)
I worked at Wal-Mart in 1996-1997 when stores were selling off their stock of Jaguar merchandise at bargain basement prices.  I think I paid $20 for a brand new console, not including my employee discount.  I only had two games for it and neither were very good, but I was always intrigued by its potential (photo source: @ausretrogamer).

Jan 7, 2017

Marenghi Rhapsody

Bill Nunn
Bohemian Rhapsody
The entire Queen classic has been written onto punch cards and played on Mr. Nunn's Marenghi Organ from 1905.  It sounds pretty amazing.  I'd love to hear this on the carousel at Knoebels.