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Bandcamp - the best place to buy music

I love Bandcamp. They do almost exactly what I want from a music store. (I just think their search is a bit sucky - I often can't find what I'm looking for.) You can see my faves in the picture above. I would have never known about most of them, were it not for Bandcamp. Some things to love about it: They let you actually listen to the music, first. Every album is available in its entirety. You can listen to it a few times and then decide whether you want to buy it. NO DRM. For me, DRM is...

Books of 2016 - Fiction

I'd decided to write up a summary of the books I've read in 2016, so I can revisit them later. I'd already written one about non-fiction, here. The structure is largely the same: the best or the most interesting books are listed, sometimes with short notes or quotes of my reviews from Goodreads. I'll try to keep it short(ish), since there seems to be a lot of them here. I've listed the most most interesting books first, and divvied the rest into categories - but don't take them too seriously. (For example, I'm putting "The Long Earth"...

Best games of 2016

Looking at this list now, I think if you only had to play one game from this list, make it: The Swapper It's a puzzle platformer with a self-cloning mechanic. There have been a few like it, but The Swapper really shines. The dark and brooding world you find yourself in will haunt and oppress and choke you the entire time. If you care to read all the clues you find, the game tells an unusual, philosophical story that will keep you going forward, with an ending that will leave you pondering your choices in silence. Heroes of the Storm,...

Diving into The Legend of Zelda

I had never played any of the Legend of Zelda games. Of course, I knew a lot about them from hearsay, as probably any gamer on the web does, but that's not the same. Since they also are a pretty important part of gaming history, I'd planned on trying them out for a long time. Now that I have a Nintendo 3DS, I decided to give them a go. After some googling around, I'd found two good candidates: A Link Between Worlds and The Majora's Mask (a remake of the one originally published on Nintendo 64) and bought them second-hand....

Vatta's War, by Elizabeth Moon

I've picked Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon more or less at random. It's the first instalment in the Vatta's War pentalogy. It's what I'd describe as a space adventure - it's set mostly in spaceships and stations. Definitely no hard sci-fi here. And don't think too hard about the "science". (Feel free to read on - no spoilers here.) One minor qualm I had was that the plot took a while to get going, but then it told an engaging story about Kylara 'Ky' Vatta, a young daughter in a merchant family. She didn't want to join...