Friday, January 10, 2014

Dated Friday Random Ten

I had a heavy headache this morning.  Which is strange, because I rarely get headaches on days when I have to go into work.  Actually it wasn't that heavy, but it felt like it wouldn't go away on its own.  Luckily a lady I work with helped me out.  She's good people.

Tonight I went calendar shopping.  You can get a little bit of a deal, of course, if you wait until after New Year.  You might get an even better deal if you wait until March but it would seem to be slim pickings at that point.

Anyway I got a steampunk wall calendar.  Do I read much steampunk?  Well, I'm selective about it.  A lot of it falls into the same trap as a lot of science fiction and fantasy works, especially those published as part of a series, which is that the story's world can't exist without convoluted explanations.  But I like the look of it, and this is a nice looking calendar.

1. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Be Easy
2. They Might Be Giants - You Don't Like Me
3. Nellie McKay - Pink Chandelier
4. Rasputina - Crosswalk
5. The Bird and the Bee - Meteor
6. Dinah Washington & Brook Benton - Baby, You've Got What It Takes
7. Joni Mitchell - Refuge of the Road
8. Gogol Bordello - Avenue B
9. Imperial Teen - No Matter What You Say
10. Taj Mahal - Take a Giant Step


numb said...

i'm fond of the japanese approach to steampunk (miyazaki's movies, the final fantasy game series). no elaborate explanations: 'this's just the way it is - pretty neat, eh?' :) ...

book-wise, 'diamond age' (neal stephenson) is a nice, if somewhat round-about, take on the genre. my dark horse pick'd be 'the glass books of the dream eaters' (gordon dahlquist), tho the sequel was abominable (&, as is so often the case, completely unnecessary)...

Ben said...

Howl's Moving Castle is thrilling. Definitely the kind of thing I like. I loved Porco Rosso too, but it probably counts as something else.

Neal Stephenson is an author I've had trouble getting into, although I'll try again one of these days. My curiosity as to Dahlquist and "The Glass Books..." is piqued. Awful sequels don't necessarily count against the author, as their frequently the publisher's idea.