Books 3 and 4 – Confessions of an Economic Hitman and Cat’s Cradle

It’s the start of Diablo 3 Season 5 so this will be short.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman suggests that the actions detailed in Joseph Stiglitz’s Globalisation and its Discontents (a better book IMO) might be deliberate. It’s a bit too egocentric for me to buy into completely. There are no sources except the author. I wouldn’t be surprised if the events detailed actually happened but who knows? John Perkins.

Cat’s Cradle was great. Everything by Vonnegut is great. Read it immediately.

Bye. Paragon 300 awaits.

Review – Mushroom 11

Developer – Untame
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You have to love Humble Monthly. For a meagre $12 per month, you get a curated selection of games. If you don’t subscribe before the first Friday of the month, you don’t get the games. It sounds like it shouldn’t work – I mean, what if the games are shit – but I’ve received some absolute belters. More than a few I already own. Spelunky, Grim Fandango and Besiege are two I can think of off the top of my head – but they’re all some of the best games ever made. Saints Row 4, which I’ve received four copies of spread over a few bundles has proven really valuable with the 30+ hours of co-op play I got from gifting it to a friend. All in, with Company of Heroes 2, Talos Principle and Legend of Grimrock 2 being wiped off my wishlist, I’ve got my money’s worth and best of all, I’ve discovered a load of new games.

Mushroom 11 is a game that I’d never even heard of and what a gem it is.

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Book 2 of 52 – Frank by Jon Ronson

Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie: The True Story that Inspired the Movie

This might be considered a bit of a cheat because it’s only about 80 pages but, whatever, a book is a book.

It would be disingenuous to describe it as a complete biography of Frank Sidebottom. It really just touches on the time Ronson spent as Frank Sidebottom’s keyboard player. It’s typical Jon Ronson. Always curious about his subject and never judgmental; like a literary Louis Theroux.

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Book 1 of 52 – Going to Sea in a Sieve by Danny Baker

Going to Sea in a Sieve: The Autobiography

I like Danny Baker. He seems like a really nice bloke. He’s lead an extraordinary life, met amazing people and has managed to come out of the other side a charming and self-effacing guy. His stories of his father are warm and funny. The story of losing his virginity in his nan’s bed had me actually gut laughing. As a fellow music nerd, I really enjoyed his time working in a record store and, of course, his time writing for the NME.

Unfortunately I read this entire book with Alan Partridge’s voice. Buckaroo! It’s a shame because as biographies go, it’s a lovely piece of work. My brain just happens to be a dick. It will now spend the rest of the evening playing the Super Mario Bros theme tune as sung by cats.

Meow meow meow, meow-meow-meow, meow meow, meow-meow, meow meow meow meow-meow-meow.

Review – Broken Age

Publisher – Double Fine
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When Tim Schafer was in his Lucasarts pomp, I was smoking pot, playing guitar and failing to get girls to fuck me. Computer games weren’t even in the periphery of my life, so when the Broken Age Kickstarter promised the return of the point and click story-driven adventure game, I didn’t really give a shit.

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Review – Medal of Honor (2010)

Publisher – EA

I’m told that Medal of Honor games were good once upon a time. I started Allied Assault about twenty times but to this day, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. In fact, this is the first Medal of Honor game I have played all the way through. It’s hopefully the last.

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Fuck off 2015. Hello 2016!

Last year was a dick. I lost a friend in unfair circumstances. All of my hair fell out. I had more jobs in 9 months than I did in the first ten years of my working life. It was a stressful load of shit that I’m glad to see the back of. Fuck off 2015. You were a right cunt of a solar cycle.

Thankfully the end of 2015 set 2016 up as a much better year. I’ve got a decent job with a decent wage in the town that I live in. To help make sure I dominate 2016, I’ve prepared a list of guidelines to live by over the coming 12 months.

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