I’m a big fan of books but I’m a painfully slow reader. I think what I lack in speed I make up for in torque when it comes to retention. I also go through long jags where I don’t read books. I think that has something to do with depression in that it feels like an unwelcome chore to absorb stories sometimes. Yesterday I started reading again after a lull. Picked up a “Doc Savage” book. Written in the 30’s by Kenneth Robeson (just like the Hardy Boys were written by Franklin W. Dixon…), they are two-fisted tales of daring do. I think the nerdy equivalent is Buckaroo Banzai. I stopped actively buying books a couple years ago because I just can’t keep up and it is madness to try but have fallen off the book buying abstinence wagon so I best get at it again.
Been spending my video game time on “No Man’s Sky”. It’s a space exploration game. One of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. I don’t so much make progress as spend time dinking around. Dinking around in open world video games is one of my favorite past times, along with inventory management. No, that isn’t a joke.
Pointing my ship, the Radiant Pillar, toward the heavens as I leave my base, this is what I see. Damn this is a beautiful game.
The other video game that I might start on is “Vampire Hunter D” for the original PlayStation. Kiddo likes to go to a shop near us that carries used games and Pokemon cards. While he was picking out a couple cards (rewards for a system we have devised to encourage the eating of fruits and veggies as a lifestyle choice) I found this game in the stacks. I’m totally aware that retro gaming is a fool’s errand. It relies on nostalgia and old games don’t hold up for a myriad of reasons. This, however, is a new game to me so I’m willing to give it a swing. I’m a fan of the character Vampire Hunter D, owning the movie and having read a few of the books. I’ll update you on how it goes.
Yes I have a working original PlayStation and yes I am going to give this game a whirl.
I know exactly where this week’s mix started. This lyric in the first song: “Their dresses and their shoes are new, but their hearts are weary through and through. It’s a long way to the light of day.”. For whatever reason the album Hold Out has sort of vanished and I like to put lost things back in the world. What I seem to have accidentally built here is a playlist of existential dread centered on the current politics of the US. Still, it’s full of catchy riffs and good songs, so I hope you enjoy it on whatever level you can.
NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10-5-18..
Song – Artist – Album
Disco Apocalypse – Jackson Browne – Hold Out.
A Face In The Crowd – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Full Moon Fever.
Low Expectations – Edwyn Collins – Gorgeous George.
Restless – New Order – Music Complete.
King Of Pain – The Police – Synchronicity.
Pop Goes The World – Men Without Hats – Modern Rock: Late ’80s [Disc 1].
Sold Me Down The River (Radio Edit) – The Alarm – Modern Rock: Late 80s [Disc 2].
Privilege – The Fixx – Reach The Beach.
Suffragette City – David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler – Footloose.
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Forrest Gump [Disc 1].
A Little Bitter – Alice In Chains – Last Action Hero.
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Modern Rock 1980-1984 [Disc 1].
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore – The Smiths – Singles.
Election Day – Arcadia – Modern Rock: 1984-1985 [Disc 2].