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Upcoming Feature: 2010s Retrospectives

Here we are folks, just two and a half months from the end of an entire decade. It feels like only nine years and ten months ago that I was a teenager going around to dozens of internet forums trying to figure out, scientifically, what the best game of the 00s was. (Here is the answer, direct from my teenage self.)

So to celebrate the fact that we made it another ten years in the history of humanity, starting in the next few weeks, I am going to be writing various articles about the decade, waxing poetic about all the good and bad and stupid and way more stupid things that happened. It’ll be about pop culture, the news, and my life wrapped up in those things. No topic is safe, as long as I’m willing to spend a few hundred words writing about them. I will be calling these articles, creatively, the 2010s Retrospectives series.

There’ll be a few more non-retrospective articles mixed in the next couple months, but the bulk of everything I post for the rest of 2019 will be about looking back on the past ten years. How many will there be? I’m not sure yet; I’ve developed concepts for a large number of them so far, but it depends on how much time I have for the rest of the year to actually write blog posts. Expect more than a handful, at the very least.

…I don’t know why I’m announcing this when this blog doesn’t have a single subscriber, but, hey, maybe that’ll change once ATL hits it big suddenly in the next week and gets a front page story on The Daily Dot or something.

Dude, Steely Dan is Great

I’ve listened to Steely Dan for a while now, mostly their excellent album Aja, but I never actually knew why I liked them so much, since they’re basically that same kind of Chicago-kind of jazzy Dad Rock. Then I watched this video analyzing “Deacon Blues” and found out why; they’re pretty incredible is the reason! I had no idea how complex their music is.

Everyone probably already knew this, but I just wanted to promote my love for Steely Dan in case you don’t love them yet. Here’s “Deacon Blues” itself, so you can jam to it after watching the video analysis.

The Star Wars EU’s Old White Guy Jedi Problem

If you know me at all, you know that the Star Wars world is by far my favorite fictional universe and favorite media franchise of all-time. Nine of the eleven theatrical Star Wars movies are in my Top 50 favorite movies list, I have shelves upon shelves full of Star Wars books and comics (I have about 75% of all Star Wars Legends novels that were released in hardcover, and over 50% of the Dark Horse comics in omnibus or trade paperback form).

I’m not sharing the full collection because it took me like nine photos to get it all. Just look at this one and be in awe.

But most of all, what I love about the Star Wars universe is its ability to tell all sorts of stories, large epics or small-scale romps, and just get so weird and idiosyncratic that it can tell the kinds of stories you just can’t get anywhere else.

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NC Backblog at Ten Years

So, today marks the tenth anniversary of my first post on what became “The Backblog,” a blog that started as a way for me to post articles to show other users of the old Nintendo City Forums about some of the dumb games I was playing; I had a keen and strange interest in canceled, pirated, or otherwise obscure retro games, and finally had the guts to download all the ROMs for them and take screenshots.

Here’s the first post:

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Kogarashi Shrine (Shizuoka, Japan)

I forgot to post this, whoops. This happened a few months ago, and I took a lot of pictures, but then I never actually posted the article:

It was early May when my friend and I traveled across much of Japan during the unprecedented, extremely rare ten-day Golden Week holidays this year. We went to several cities for a day or two each, without much of a plan or much research ahead of time. Probably not the kind of travel people should normally do, but hey.

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On Posting My Story on Other Websites

It’s been a long, hard deliberation on whether to post ATL on another website besides http://atl.quinlancircle.com/.

But I’m finally going to do it.

Marge furiously taking notes before she writes a hit piece on how I sold out
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Revenge of the Sith Audiobook Prologue

I’ve been listening to the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith audiobook lately, and by golly is it well-written. I read it when I was like fourteen or something, and remembered that there was a Count Dooku POV chapter that was good, but otherwise I didn’t recall anything about it.

Which meant that when I listened to the opening minute-long prologue, I got to experience this for the first time all over again. What a way to start a space opera tragedy. I friggin’ love it.

While I absolutely adore the film–probably my #1 favorite movie ever–there is something to be said by a novelization that takes the same plot, the same material, and imbues it with such freshness that it becomes even MORE of an epic.

If you get a chance, read (or listen to) this book. Read this excellent Tor.com review too.

[S] Rex Duodecim Angelus turns five years old!

One of the coolest fan projects ever made is now five years old. Yep, the [S] Rex Duodecim Angelus flash is almost ready to go to kindergarten.

It’s astonishing to me, even to this day, that this flash even exists. Worked on by, what, a hundred artists? A project whose original creator and organizers basically vanished? A more complex animation than anything in the actual series it’s based on? That it exists is phenomenal. That it’s actually well-made is nothing short of a miracle.

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