May Medialogging
By Dwip May 31, 2015, 4:28 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This was a lighter month than I expected it to be, given the aftereffects of the pneumonia, never mind the great deal of personal tragedy I may or may not end up talking about in detail. I also listened to a whole bunch of music after watching It Might Get Loud, but of course I don’t ever do album reviews. Suffice it to say I’m a bit of a Jack White fan now.

YTD stats:

January: : 5 books; 5 fiction (2,398 p.) / 2 videos; 2 movies (4.8 h.)
February: : 11 books; 7 graphic (1,411 p.); 3 fiction (1,079 p.); 1 non-fiction (12.7 h.) / 2 videos; 1 anime series (5.4 h.); 1 movies (2.0 h.)
March:: 1 books; 1 fiction (108 p.) / 6 videos; 2 documentaries (3.3 h.); 1 movies (2.0 h.); 3 TV seasons (45.5 h.)
April:: 3 books; 3 non-fiction (1,336 p.) / 3 videos; 1 documentaries (11.7 h.); 1 movies (1.9 h.); 1 TV seasons (16.2 h.)
May:: 1 books; 1 fiction (296 p.) / 3 videos; 1 documentaries (1.6 h.); 2 TV seasons (32.4 h.)

Year to Date: 21 books; 7 graphic (1,411 p.); 10 fiction (3,881 p.); 4 non-fiction (1,336 p., 12.7166666666667 h.) / 16 videos; 1 anime series (5.4 h.); 4 documentaries (16.6 h.); 5 movies (10.7 h.); 6 TV seasons (94.1 h.)

Details for May after the jump.

05/05/2015 Bernard Cornwell, The Empty Throne (2015 Harper hardcover, 296 pages – Personal collection, 2015)

This year’s Uhtred of Bebbanburg book pretty much deals with the succession of Mercia, having dealt with the succession of Wessex a book or two ago. And I gotta confess, by this point in the series I can pretty much tell you what happens. Shocking betrayal! A quest! A stunning turnaround after a cunning strategem! Random floozy of the book! A battle where they’re outnumbered but kick ass anyway!

All of that’s here, and it’s a pretty rousing read, but I haven’t got a lot to say about it other than we seem to be closing in on the end of this thing in the not so distant future – our hero’s getting up there in years.

05/18/2015 Brad Wright, Jonathan Glassner, et al., Stargate SG-1: Season Five (2007 MGM DVD, 973 minutes, 22 episodes – Personal collection, 2009)

Once again, this gets its own post.

05/30/2015 Brad Wright, Jonathan Glassner, et al., Stargate SG-1: Season Six (2006 MGM DVD, 968 minutes, 22 episodes – Personal collection, 2009)

As usual, this one gets its own.

05/31/2015 Davis Guggenheim, It Might Get Loud (2009 Sony Picture Classics DVD, 97 minutes – Corvallis Public Library)

There is a moment in this movie where Jimmy Page starts playing Whole Lotta Love, and you can The Edge and Jack White – themselves no small fry – get a look on their face that says “Holy fucking shit I am watching Jimmy Page playing Whole Lotta Love!”

This should be pretty familiar to the audience, because that’s about the face I wore for all 97 minutes of the running time. I love music and I love rock and roll and I love watching talented professionals talk about what they do, and if you like those things, this film is absolutely for you.

There’s a bit of nostalgia here, and a bunch of talking about influences, lots of talking guitars, and better still, lots of playing guitars. It’s electrifying stuff, it’s introduced me to all sorts of music I am now YouTubeing at desperate pace, and if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go right back to doing just that.


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