Thursday, June 02, 2011

Review Day

There are no spoilers in these reviews.

Overtones by Just Jack:
This CD is an earlier release than All Night Cinema, and is just as good in a different way. The music has less going on melodically and harmonically, veering more towards laid back British rap over catchy beats. It has the first song of his I heard, Starz in Their Eyes, along with a handful of songs that are catchy enough to get stuck in your brain, like Glory Days, which is a perfect ambient background song for tooling down the Fairfax County Parkway in my 2001 Honda Accord with the windows down.

Final Grade: A-

Terminator Salvation:
Even though this is billed as a Terminator movie, it has the barest of connection to the feel and flavor of the original movies. Sure, there are terminators and a familiar musical score but it could have taken place in any given post-apocalyptic universe without many changes. Ultimately the movie is a just a series of slightly-connected action sequences, all of which are good, but most of which aren't necessary for the plot. Decent, mindless entertainment.

Final Grade: B-

A Microsoft Life by Stephen Toulouse:
I tend to enjoy the books of "guys who blog while working for famous companies", and picked this one up for $7 on the Kindle. It was a light, enjoyable read, although I really can't remember much of what I read two weeks later. It's a little less technical than Joel on Software, but still targeted towards someone in the computer industry who can relate to the computer history presented.

Final Grade: B

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