What I’m into for Aug/Sep.

Gaming, gaming and more gaming! I’ve been on a great roll.

  1. Finished Ghost of Tsushima and loved it! It’s the best time I’ve had in so long. Definitely in my top 10 of all time now. The one thing this game did right was costume upgrades. What a pleasure to find new dyes, masks and style my Jin like a Barbie doll.
  2. Fall Guys! I was so lucky to get this free on PS Plus. Too bad I already bought it on Steam first. So I rock two accounts. I must say PS4 is much more enjoyable to play on than a keyboard.
  3. On my Switch I bough Luigi’s Mansion 3 on sale. I don’t play as much as other games but great none the less.
  4. After GoT I bought Final Fantasy X/X-2 redux on PS4. This is one game I never played when it first came out though I wanted to so bad. I remember getting my Playstation magazine and it had a spread of all the outfits and stats for FFX-2. I was blown away by the creativity of the designs. Finally I can play it. I love it! Lulu, Waka, Auron etc all such great looking characters. I’m almost done X and can start X-2 soon.
  5. As I write this post I’m downloading World of Warcraft again. Time to get ready for Shadowlands! I’m also downloading PUBG from PS Plus. I do love PUBG and played a lot when it came out.
  6. I’m reading Ooku manga. It’s adult themed and set in an alternative reality feudal Japan where the Shogun is female (men are in short supply) and the harem is filled with men! This isn’t a “harem” trope though its quite serious intrigue in a gender bend environment. It’s really good so far. Apparently there is a live action so I will have to dig around to see if I can find a version with subtitles online.

What I’m into and not into for July

  1. I’m not into the new WordPress editor. I trialed it and lasted 2 min and went back. Who has time to search for features that were easier to find before.
  2. Stopped playing LotR game. No reason really but just seemed to lose interest.
  3. Civilization VI again. I am so bad at this game but i never get bored world building in it.
  4. Watching My Hero Academia. I didn’t think I would like it so I never bothered before until this month with the scant interesting new releases. Boy, was I wrong. I LOVE it. This is what super heroes should be like. Japan always does it better even with action heroes.
  5. The Ghost of Tsushima video clips look amazing. I have vacation in August so I’ll be buying this to play. $80 is getting pricey for a game so I pray it’s as fun as it looks.
  6. I love the Tim Pool cast on YouTube. It comes on at the perfect time to listen to in the back ground while I’m doing stuff around the house.
  7. I’m reading a book about the history of the Druids. It’s alright. I’ve learned a few things like how Oak groves were sacred…whoop dee doo.

What I’ve been doing lately.

  1. Finished the manga “Kingdom” by Yasuhisa Hara.  A solid 9.5/10. Amazing battle scenes with characters you love to cheer for and love to hate.
  2. Finished Final Fantasy VII the remake. Loved it too.  I would give it a 8.5/10.
  3. Currently playing on PC – Middle Earth Shadow of War.  The orc nemesis system is so much fun and a great feature. Can’t believe I missed this game when it first came out.  Anything Tolkien related is alright in my books.
  4. Discovered Internet Archive website and loving the huge selection of manga without ads on it.  Manga recently finished on there: Monster, 21st Century Boys, Worst and currently reading Urameshiya about “One cold winter, a young woman appeared near the bridge, and tempted a man. The man accepted her offer, and was found dead the next morning. There has been an unusual number of freezing deaths this year… With unusual ghostly powers, this necromancing fairy goes on to solve the mysteries of Edo and take on challenge after challenge in the 1st issue of this popular series!! “
  5. Read the first four books of The Wheel of Time series. I want to finish before the Amazon Prime live action is released.
  6. Started a Pimsleur account to learn Japanese. So far so good.
  7. Re-watching Avatar the Last Airbender on Netflix. I’m on Book of Earth. I’m loving it as much as I did the first time. It’s even more fun with the active Reddit that is very active atm to geek out on.
  8. I finished reading and watching all of Initial D. So naturally I’m neck deep on Youtube with drifting videos by Noriyaro, AdamC3046 and JDM Masters.

Mechanical Engineering – M.E. – Stuff I like

Recently when commuting home I asked my adult kid to put on Gary Numan’s Cars on Spotify. We jammed out and then the auto play put on another song by Mr. Numan called M.E.  Well it left us gobsmacked.  We knew right away that this was a special song.

Why?  Where’s Your Head At by Basement Jaxx was using this as the track! My kids used to love playing Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure and this was a song on that soundtrack. I hope he got royalties!skate

So I it got me real curious about this song. I can feel so many bands were inspired by his vibe like MGMT. I have no proof but just a hunch.  So I went off to GENIUS and found the info on the song.

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It’s really brilliant. M.E. stands for mechanical engineering.

The song M.E. is sung from the point of view of the last living machine on Earth. The people have all died, the planet is laid waste and its own power source is running down, I used to have a picture in my mind of this sad and desperately alone machine standing in a desert-like wasteland, just waiting to die.

Gary Numan

With all the talk of A.I. recently I feel like Mr. Numan was a real visionary way back in 1979.  This search lead me to the discovery of a book “Gary Numan Tracks Song By Song Album By Album: Volume 1 by Paul Goodwin” that is about every song he wrote and the meaning behind them.  I think I will check it out once I catch up with my reading list.