November in Review

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Books Acquired:
None.

Books Read:
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
Heat by Bill Buford
Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov
Ballistics: Poems by Billy Collins
French Milk by Lucy Knisley

With the move at the end of last month finished, November in comparison was very low-key. It was actually quite nice. December is beginning to sound pretty full, so this was a good way to lead up to it.

We stumbled across a few used turntables in a strange little out-of-town cafe and ended up buying one on the spot, Lee-Ann’s early Christmas gift to me. It’s a Technics SL-23 from the 70s, and it’s in great shape. These old turntables have more functionality than current turntables selling for over $500, at a fraction of the price, so we’re quite happy with this. It was more of a fun experiment than anything, something to play some random records we’ve picked up in the last year, so it’s nice to find a cheap option.

Limited edition #Psychonauts soundtrack, signed with love by @timoflegend ! #nowspinning

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An ominous soundtrack for cleaning the house this afternoon. #transistorgame #nowspinning

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I picked up quite a few game soundtracks while at PAX at the end of the summer, which are great to throw on while writing, and we’ve picked up a couple of our favourite albums as well. It’s good fun. I attached a Chromecast Audio to the system, so we have access to Spotify and the modern, non-hipster, world as well.

Movies watched:
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015) – I love Indiana Jones – have I mentioned that lately? – and will typically watch anything even remotely related, but I still wasn’t that excited about this going in. I really didn’t think I’d care, but it turned out to be a great little story about creating something for yourself, for the sake of doing it, and I ended up really liking it.

TV watched:
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016) – Both Lee-Ann and I liked the Gilmore Girls television show, and revisiting the town and characters was a lot of fun. The dialogue and set were both great, but all of the plot decisions were just awful.

Games played:
Titanfall 2 (2016) (PC) – Great single player campaign. The multiplayer is fun, but it’s not hooking me in like I expected. When I do play it, the abysmally unbalanced matchmaking can be frustrating.

What have you been reading/watching/playing this month?

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