Media consumption

Ben Board, my ex-colleague, good friend and co-conspirator in the realm of cryptic crosswords, has a gamasutra column/interview piece talking about his current media consumption.

By comparison, my media consumption (what a prejudiced phrase, but let’s go with it) is a bit more skewed towards books.

Sounds: Daft Punk‘s Discovery, Blur’s Modern Life is Rubbish and Weird Al‘s Straight Outta Lynwood have been on my playlist recently. I haven’t bought a CD in hmmm… over a year? Two years, perhaps? My morning commute music is KCRW‘s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, which lately has been featuring Suzanne Vega and missFlag – their Hidden Thieves is quite good (and freely downloadable from their site).

Moving pictures: Almost none. Since I gave up on Heroes it’s been just the few times a week of watching Jeopardy during dinner. Moviewise, Mrs Elbeno and I are averaging a Blockbuster DVD about every two months; the last one we saw was Little Miss Sunshine. The company did treat me to a showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix recently, but I haven’t visited the movies out of my own pocket in over two years, I think. When I first moved to the LA area I thought I should try to go to the movies more often, but then I thought that I don’t particularly like the moviegoing experience, and I don’t want to line the pockets of MPAA lawyers, so there you have it.

Words: I read a lot of technical material related tangentially to my job. I’m always a sucker for some geeky tome – at the moment I’m seriously into The Haskell School of Expression and also reading continually about Lisp and such topics as lock-free data structures. And of course I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the day it came out.

Games: Since June, I’ve been rocking out to Guitar Hero I and II, and last weekend I returned to Twilight Princess on the Wii. I’m going to have to devote some more time to DS soon – I’m partway through Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and I haven’t started on Hotel Dusk: Room 215, Puzzle Quest, or Contact. However, I have completed every Castlevania game on GBA and DS.

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