Thursday, August 06, 2015

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Physics of the Future Michio Kaku:
I enjoyed this nonfiction book about the current state of science and technology, having recently been on a future kick from all the science fiction movies I've watched while Rebecca was out in nature. Kaku lays out the expected progression of technology over the next 100 years in fields such as biology, nanotechnology, computers, and genetics based on interviews with scientists. The technical detail is greatly simplified for laymen, and I was most impressed by how near-term some breakthroughs actually are.

Final Grade: A-

The Bright Side by Lenka:
Lenka's fourth album is pure sugar pop, with happy beats, descending minor thirds everywhere, and simple, catchy lyrics. It's probably too saccharine for any but the most devoted fans, but I generally enjoyed it. However, I probably won't listen to it on loop for years to come.

Final Grade: B-

Suits, Season One:
This network show about the bromance between a partner and his associate who doesn't actually have a law degree is fun, with witty banter and humor trumping the generally cookie cutter storylines. I enjoyed the first season, but not so much that I would watch the second. However, if you're looking for a show that's breezy fun without much depth or drama, this could be it. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: C+

Portal Stories: Mel:
This free expansion pack to Portal 2 got good enough reviews that I downloaded it, but I then spent the next fifteen minutes trapped in an unskippable on-rails introduction (like Half Life 1, a game that bored me) with humorous narration that didn't quite work. I lost most interest by the time of the first Portal puzzle, which lacked the gentle guidance and "aha!" moments that made the real franchise so addicting -- it felt like an expert pack that I wouldn't really enjoy.

Final Grade: Not Graded

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