Every once in a while I feel the need… the need for speed! And to blather on about something that’s either caught my eye or entertained me outside of MMOs and movies. So for that, I’m booting up a semi-recurring feature called Five Good Things. There are these things, see? Five of them. And they are, indeed, good.
Seeing as how Scott Pilgrim is a console title, I haven’t played it, but I am fond of the movie and comic book. This soundtrack came recommended from a few different sources, but I’ve delayed picking it up until recently. Wish I got it sooner, because it’s right up my alley — pure retro 8/16-bit music with a modern kick. This makes absolutely great travel music or something to listen to during a marathon of anything.
I guess it’s by the group Anamanaguchi, but I’ve never heard of them before. I’ll definitely be checking out their stuff now. Give it a listen! I’m serious, this is incredible stuff.
2. Website: The Nicest Place on the Internet
ArenaNet’s Rubi Bayer passed this along, and while it’s not new, it did make me smile a lot. Basically, it’s just people recording themselves giving you (the camera) a hug with sincere emotion. Or I think it’s sincere.
3. TV Show: Black Books
A while back I put out a call on Twitter for offbeat sitcoms, and this was one of the ones tossed back. It’s a BBC programme (I spelt it all Englishy like!) from the early 2000s, just 18 episodes total, about a surly book shop owner, his recent hire, and best friend next door. There’s a lot of hilarious beats, facial gestures, and wonderfully quotable lines. Great stuff.
4. Book: The Wind Through the Keyhole
I finally, finally got around to reading Stephen King’s latest entry in my beloved Dark Tower series. It’s a shorter novel that he’s sandwiching between the fourth and fifth books in the series, and while it’s not necessary to read for the larger story, it’s great to get another glimpse into this world.
Basically, Wind Through the Keyhole is a story nestled inside a story nestled inside a story. It takes place when the ka-tet is holed up during a storm, and Roland tells them a tale that centers around a fairy tale he once heard. In a way, his story is a sequel to the events of Roland’s story in Wizard and Glass, and it helps show a little more of his transition from youth to gunslinger.
5. Hygiene: Bubble baths
Have you taken one recently? You totally should. It’s not just for little kids!