April 7th, 2005

FF Sparks (Casual)

[Geek] STEAM!

So, tonight was daddy/daughter night, and my father and I went to see the subtitled version of Steamboy. I enjoyed it a lot, which I'm certain is a /big/ shock to people who know my Jules Verne fanaticism and steampunk fetish. Now, I'm dead tired and about to sleep, but here are a few observations.

1) Subtitles? Good. Plus, a nice chance to practice my Japanese.

2) Close the valves, Ray!

3) Philosophy? No. Deep plotline? No. Pulp adventure? Most definitely. Think Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow level of plot depth, but done as animated steampunk. Me? Happy. :)

4) No male member of the Steam family should be allowed near a laboratory. This is for the good of humanity.

5) The pressure's too high! Close valve 18 in Unit 7!

6) Scarlett reminds me of a character someone played in a roleplaying game about two years ago, who my character interacted quite a bit with.

7) Sunrise and Production I.G., how we love your use of rotoscoping.

8) Was it just me, or was there an entire sequel story told through those montage boards at the ending credits?


10) Never invite American arms dealers to London, unless you want high levels of property damage.

11) It's going to explode! Release the pressure! OPEN THE VALVES!

...ahem. Me sleep now. :)
  • Current Mood
    tired tired
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[Random] Music Recommendation

I tend to be very into my music. Inasmuch as I make playlists for various projects, things I'm writing, stuff I do (walking playlists, etc.) and so on. My creativity tends to be very auditory in nature; when I listen to music, I can envision things more clearly, and my writing (and code/problem-solving, for that matter) flows much better. So my library tends to have quite a variety of music (from J-pop to classical to musical to folk to...) in my playlists.

This week, I just picked up 'Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon,' the latest album by the Silk Road Ensemble. For those who aren't aware, the Silk Road Ensemble is the group that Yo Yo Ma put together a couple of years ago to experiment with music influenced by the traditions of the cultures along the Silk Road. The sort of music he composed and performed for the soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. (In fact, the backup musicians there were Silk Road Ensemble, I believe.)

Anyway, I've liked Silk Road Ensemble's earlier stuff, but Beyond the Horizon blows it out of the water. It's definitely music I'm going to listen to for a writing project I want to do later. If you liked the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack at all, I /really/ cannot stress enough how good this album is. I particularly love 'Distant Green Valley' and 'The Mountains are Far Away.'

The album, for iTunes-using friends, is available from the iTunes Music Store, along with bonus tracks. For Rhapsody-using friends, it's in Rhapsody (minus bonus tracks).
  • Current Music
    The Silk Road Ensemble - Distant Green Valley
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[Geeky] The PC Game I Want Most

If you haven't read about Spore, go do so. It's the latest game concept by revolutionary designer Will Wright. (For those who aren't aware, my two favorite game designers are Will Wright and Peter Molyneux, both of whom focus on making more 'open ended' games.)

Will Wright is the man who, years ago, created a little game called 'Sim City' -- from there, he expanded on with a great many other Sim games, until he finally created (more recently) 'The Sims' and 'The Sims 2.' His games have always focused on allowing the player to be creative and build their own stories. And Spore... Spore takes it to a level I've never before seen.

This game, I want. Oh, my, do I want.