That’s my jam: February 2017

Hey all,

We’re nearly halfway through February, and I have been a bit busy and sick for hardcore processing/thinking (though I will say I just got a new job, yay! Thanks Jesus!), but I have also been enjoying a lot of other things, so why don’t we talk about them, because they’re great!

  1. The Expanse: This epic sci-fi series comes both in book form and the TV variety. I just started the first book a bit ago, and have really been enjoying it (warning, neither is for kiddies). I’ve also seen the first season three times, twice in London and once back home. It’s about the political turmoil between Earth, Mars and “Belters” (from the Asteroid belt), a missing girl, and a mysterious war-threatening scheme involving something called a protomolecule, and it is really, really good. Also, the character design, world-building and production quality are all pretty high too, so all in all it’s one of my new favorite series (likely one of my favorites of all time if they keep it up). The second season just started on SyFy, which I don’t currently have access too, but hopes are high. Also, for the record, Miller is the best.

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    Miller, also known as “the best.” Not shown, his awesome noir-ish detective hat. Shown, his awesome cheekbones, which I’m pretty sure could cut glass.
  2. Critical Hit: I’ve mentioned this one before, but I just want to say it again, this podcast is hilarious. It comes from the Major Spoilers podcast family, and follows several guys and a lady as they play D&D. The characters are laugh out loud funny (actually, I’ve had to stifle myself several times at work), and the adventures creative and engaging. Rodrigo Lopez, the GM (he also wrote a book called The Tale of Tallest Rabbit. It’s cute.), does a great job leading, and also does super great voice work for NPCs, some of my favorites of which are Malfrond the crocodile, Stagsy the Tiefling, and Poke the hedgehog. Rob, DnD Brian, Steven (Stephen?), Matthew and Adrianna voice the characters of Ket (and Smith), Randus (crowd favorite, also my favorite), Orem, Torq and Trelle. There are other characters I have yet to meet, being a over halfway through the series myself, and several others I haven’t mentioned, but it’s good. Also probably not for kiddies in general, but also a lot less explicit than several other real play podcasts I’ve tried, and with the longest ongoing story I’ve seen from them.
  3. Death by Living: Life is Meant to be Spent: N.D. Wilson is the author of the 100 Cupboards series and several other books for middle grade readers, but he’s also written a couple of books about Christian living (as well as The River Thief, which is a movie on Netflix, I believe), and this is one of them. Part Memoir, part theological essay, the writing is poetic and visual, and I’ve really been enjoying it so far. If anyone else has read it, I’d love to hear their thoughts.
  4. Artemis Fowl: A middle grade book about a twelve year old kid who kidnaps a fairy, though the humor can be a little crude and there’s more cursing than I’d expect for a middle grade, the writing is smart and the main character fascinating. I’ve been eyeing this series for about a decade, and I’m pleased to say I’ve finally been able to start it.
  5. Amos Lee: One of my favorite singer/songwriters out there, Amos Lee just released his album Spirit last year, and it’s gorgeous. My favorites are “New Love” Running out of Time” and “Spirit.” Check it out (and his other music of course) on Spotify.
  6. John Williams: I know we know him from his film scores, but he’s also been featured on Spotify’s Composer Weekly playlist for some of his non-film scores, and not surprisingly, they’re just as awesome. Check them out on Spotify.
  7. Sawbones: A marital tour of misguided medicine, this podcast is all about how we’ve tried to cure various medical conditions through history, and besides being interesting, it’s also pretty funny. Hosted by Justin and Dr. Sydnee McElroy, they cover everything from chapped lips to tea, hysteria to cranberries and more.

Anyway, that’s some of what I’ve been listening to, reading, watching, etc., lately. So check it out, and if you have any suggestions for things for me to check out, or whatnot, lemme know!

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