18Jan

Game Soundtracks

Kotaku has a list of the best game soundtracks from last year. I think it’s always worth highlighting some of these, as they make for excellent writing music (especially the Destiny game, which they highlighted). I’ve written a couple of lists myself over the years, largely film-based, but I’ve recently been enjoying a mix of old and new computer game soundtracks.

The Elder Scrolls IV and V (Oblivion and Skyrim) are absolutely superb for writing fantasy fiction, as is the Dead Space franchise and Dragon Age. Assassins Creed knock out tons of soundtracks, but can feel a bit same-y after a while. Some of the old World of Warcraft soundtracks can be fun as well.

Anything good I’m missing out on?

14Jan

“ Post-democracy refers to our neutron-bomb politics, in which the old structures, such as elections and parliaments, remain standing, but are uninhabited by political power. Power has shifted to other forums, unamenable to public challenge ”

- George Monbiot in the Guardian -
12Jan

Latest Whisky Reviews

Aultmore
You know the score by now. One of the reasons I’m blogging less here is to build up my whisky site, which is going pretty well now. Well over 20,000 page views last month, so there’s plenty of interest. Plus I’m getting samples as well as invites to stuff. I’m also spending a lot of my Twitter time there too, which is a bit more liberating.

Anyway, some recent reviews.

Before Christmas I enjoyed a 43 Year Old whisky from Glenglassaugh. I didn’t enjoy a whisky that had been distilled behind the Iron Curtain. I did enjoy a very nice Bruichladdich, which is the whisky equivalent of a limited edition signed by the author. I enjoyed this single grain whisky from Japan, and reviewed three new Aultmore single malt whiskies (highly recommended). Bonus whisky book review.

For those of you concerned about my drinking habits, when I’m tasting a lot of the time I don’t actually ‘drink’ the whisky – just swirl it around the mouth and then use a spittoon as if sampling wines.

9Jan

Tokyo Ghostbusters

Ever wondered what if Ghostbusters was a 1980’s Anime? Well here’s an animated short cartoon that answers your question.

30Dec

Russian Roulette

A woman meets a cosmonaut on chat roulette… Quite a charming little film, directed by Ben Aston.

23Dec

Just Go

Age is just a number, as proven by 62 year-old Milos Kmetko from Slovakia.

20Dec

Recent Whisky Reviews

Bruichladdich
You know the score by now – here are a few links of what I’ve been writing about on my other site. First up, the blends: Johnnie Walker Black Label (it’s very good) and Teacher’s Highland Cream (okay, for what it costs).

Then the single malts: a old Bruichladdich bottle that I bought on an online auction site (there are loads for whisky); and a treat to myself, the Dalmore King Alexander III. And finally, a single grain whisky from a closed distillery.