The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley. 2019, Saga Press.
Hardcover, 356 pages. ISBN 9-781481-447966.
Military science fiction of the anti-war "war is hell" variety.
Dietz enlists with Tene-Silvia corporate infantry to fight human
colonists on Mars after their family goes missing in an attack
on São Paulo. The military transports people over long distances
by breaking them down into light; Dietz's combat drops do not
go as expected.
There are clear references to Starship Troopers (both the book
and I think Verhoeven's movie) and Haldeman's Forever War
here. I didn't mind that, the references and any borrowed structure
helped to ground the book while other aspects went completely sideways.
Dietz and the reader experience the war out of order and have to
puzzle out what's really going on. It's confusing, but purposefully
so, and never for too long. It's a pretty gnarly book, gory and
mean. I found it to be a propulsive, blunt, and pretty direct read.
Liked it quite a bit. Particularly liked the ending. I look forward
to reading it again to see how it works with prior knowledge of the
cpm.1 FastCaps[.df] at youtube.com. The latest (and sadly
probably final) Quake 3 Defrag compilation video from
power_of_heavy_metal. 15 minutes of fastcaps performed with
cpm movement and fastcap 1 rules (so no weapons, teleports, or jumppads).
Content warning for flashing lights and first-person gameplay that
might cause motion sickness. Same for all Quake videos.
power_of_heavy_metal has great taste in music and the
selections for this video are no exception. I particularly like the
second track, Io by Concealed Identity from their
Nightingale Floor EP on Repertoire.
Linking this today because I found it recently and it's rad. I'll
probably link the other power_of_heavy_metal compilation videos
when I get around to rewatching them.
Edge Habitat mixed by dequalsrxt (AKA DRXT, AKA
DJ Megaphysics). Released August 2021. Duration 61:09, 320 kbps 44.1khz
mp3. Brilliant mix of Drum & Bass, IDM (?), and Jungle. Tracklist (with
links to where you can purchase the music) is available at the
dequalsrxt / DJ Megaphysics is my friend and partner in crime from way
back. Together we hosted the Logical Aggression night at
Ground Kontrol for nearly ten years. We have similar but slightly
different tastes - we tend to go for the same records but where I might
play the A side he might play the B.
Megaphysics puts a lot of time and effort into crafting his released mixes.
He uploads one every year or two to his mixcloud and
soundcloud pages and they're always sweet. Edge Habitat
is no exception. An hour of Drum & Bass and Jungle, ranging from ambient
and smooth to hype and noisy, all mixed pretty quickly (21 tracks in an
This is all a long way of saying: I think this mix is great, and if you
like my taste in music I think you'll like his too. So I suggest you
give it a listen.
Electrokid's Robot Within. Released in 2002 (I think,
that's the date on the file I have anyway). 62:52 in the truncated 256kbps
version, 77:27 in the full-length 128kbps version. Nonstop propulsive
breaks, electro, and IDM. 21 tracks all perfectly arranged.
This mix is a big part of why I'm here, why I'm a DJ. I found it in the
early 2000s through a review Ishkur wrote on his old website.
The mix completely floored me then; it still does now. Looking back I think
I must have internalized a lot of the selection and decisions in Robot
Within because I have - consciously or not - been trying to sound like it
for a long time. I know it's the first place I heard
Movement Through Thought, for one.
Robot Within holds up very well today and is still one of my favorite DJ
mixes. I strongly recommend giving it a listen over at
Electrokid's website. (And Ishkur's review has the
Discord & Rhyme Episode 50 covering two albums by Steely Dan.
Taking a moment today to link to the Discord & Rhyme album review
podcast's two-and-a-half hour episode 50 which covers
Countdown To Ecstasy and Aja by Steely Dan. Discord
& Rhyme is always good, but this episode on Steely Dan in particular helped
me understand a difficult band. (And it's been cheering me up a lot over
the last year). Warning for profanity; maybe don't listen to this at work
or around kids.
Important questions are answered during this podcast. Questions like:
Is Steely Dan for dads? Is Aja "slick" or "smooth"? Did Steely Dan enjoy
2006 in film? And many more.
How to be PRO? Tutorial by Fatal1ty at youtube.com.
(Previously uploaded with the title "Practice Time by Mr. Positivity").
The clip linked above is from Fatal1ty's segment of the
I'm A Gamer episode of MTV's True Life.
You gotta practice. Practice. Practice practice practice practice. Practice. And if you're not practicing you should be practicing. So keep practicing. It's the only way you're gonna get better. It's the only way you're gonna be number 1. Number 1 in anything. You need practice practice practice.
I keep a copy of this on my hard drive and watch it whenever I need
motivation. I like the part where he tells me to practice.
Final torture [Quake3 DeFRaG movie] at youtube.com.
Quake 3 Defrag map gnj-finaltorture
performed by Shio. VQ3 physics. Video by xajjA,
map of course by gnj. Run and video both from 2013. Content
warning for flashing lights and first-person gameplay that may
cause motion sickness.
Incredible run of a punishing Q3 defrag map. Fall at any
point and you start over from the beginning. One of the great Quake
videos of the last decade. Even ESReality likes it.
Posting because this is where I first heard Running Away by
DJ Infiniti. (It's the second music track, starts at 01:52.)
That's the same Infiniti whose mix of Move Over was just played
in MTT 228. Every time I hear Running Away I think of Shio
I've made a significant change which will hopefully make it easier for
me to update this site more often. I've re-implemented traditional blog
categories and grouped most existing posts into long-form "articles" and
short-form "notes". This gives me a category where I can publish short
pieces like photos, recommendations, links to albums, links to videos,
and so on without feeling like I need to write a thousand words or
whatever. (That's a pretty low bar for "long-form" writing, I know, but
writing scares me.)
This matters because there are new browsing and RSS feed options
available. Articles (RSS) and notes (RSS)
both have their own chronological pages and feeds. The main page
and main RSS feed will continue to display all posts as normal.
If you're currently subscribed to the main RSS feed of this blog and
still want to receive all posts then you don't have to change anything.
There's also a unique (and hopefully podcatcher compatible)
RSS feed of just the Movement Through Thought mixes. These
different feeds and views are available so you can choose how much of my
nonsense you want to read.
Think of the short-form "notes" as something like a microblog
in the style of tumblr, a place where I can link videos and do other