[Album Reviews] 2018 Albums as I Heard Them

For me, 2018 is the turning point where albums readjusted to the digital age. For materialistic listeners, we can easily afford and acquaint ourselves with CDs, records, and cassettes. For highlight listeners, it’s easier than ever to legally access just about any album we could think, at least in the top 100. Now we are the gatekeepers. If we like something, we can invest our time before we invest our money. The industry paywall guesswork is gone.

WANNA READ AN ESSAY ABOUT MY THOUGHTS ON ALBUMS AS A WHOLE IN 2018? THEN SEE MY LIST? UNLESS THE FEVER PITCH OF A DRAWING FEATURED HERE DOESN’T CLUE YOU IN TO MY TOP 15, OF COURSE! CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Sober Living] Day of Clutch-ening

The day before I sobered up is one I’ll always remember, not so much sequentially, but more cerebrally than that. I was working at the thrift store at the time, directionless, unmotivated, blaming others for the problems I wasn’t addressing, and just squandering my life. It was a difficult job. When I wasn’t jumping into moldy trailers or being lambasted for working “slowly,” I was trash-compacting high-quality goods. Then… maybe a glimpse into something greater…

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[Keyboard Kommander] PAX SIX 2018

Hello once again from the PAX Seattle Indies Expo 2018! When we six – led by game creator/lead programmer William, programmers Chris and Steven, marketer/writer Mike, sound/composer Dennis, and myself – weren’t talking to all you great folks out there from noon to 9 PM, we were out on the floors checking out some of the other cool new games from our peers! Click below to read about some hotly-anticipated new games and my first-time experiencing in booth management!

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[Series Review] Golden Kamuy (2018)

Let’s say you’ve got ten minutes to catch the bus and you’re nearly there. Why not enjoy a leisurely scenery-soaked stroll? Golden Kamuy is like that stroll, or, like an action-oriented Mushishi. We follow a motley cadre of characters searching for gold throughout 1900s Hokkaido. Our main character, “the Immortal” Sugimoto, leisurely learns about Ainu culture during his gold-oriented stroll and we, too, learn about the malignment and mystery of Ainu through this sundry stroll.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Spoilers?: Nothing significant (general commentary)
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[Series Review] MEGALOBOX (2018)

Let’s say you’ve got ten minutes to catch the bus, you’re nine minutes away, and the only thing preventing you from achieving that goal is fighting through your self-doubt. Megalobox embodies that spirit! We follow the efforts of underground boxer “Joe” as he becomes inspired to attain his goal of freedom through fighting in premiere boxing tournament Megalonia. Joe’s efforts mirror our own. We also fight self-doubt in attempting the impossible to attain our goals!

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
Spoilers?: Nothing significant (structural commentary)
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[Career/Confidence] Týr (2018)

Týr might never become as popular as Metallica or Slayer. Not even Amon Amarth – arguably the most popular band among any of the ‘underground metal scenes’ – is likely to sell generic merchandise at your local supermarket. Should that be their (and our) measure of success? Týr is the biggest band from the Faroese Islands. That’s something! What if you’re similarly successful in your career? That’s also something! Let’s not compare our careers to The Beatles.

Týr Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Openers Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Concert Review] Sabroso Taco Festival (2018)

A “taco festival” with only one vendor dedicated to tacos? Excelling in gluttony should be a priority for Sabroso Taco Festival, like noteworthy food festival Bite of Seattle, if they intend to overtake retiring punk rock festival Warped Tour. If music festivals are declining in ticket sales in the United States, new and remaining festivals need more diverse content enticing wider audiences that might otherwise only be moderately interested in music. Sabroso is nearly there.

Music Rating: ★★★☆☆ [“2.8″/5]
Non-Music Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Tacos/Food Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ [1/5]
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ [“2.2″/5]
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[Videogame Review] Minit (2018, Steam)

Minit celebrates your successes. In life, we often waste so much time tackling trivial things that we arrive at the end of the day without much to show for it. Maybe we’re scared to try and fail? In Minit, you’re given unlimited times to try and fail at overcoming obstacles, yet it forgives the negatives and only remembers the positives. Through stylish presentation and intuitive gameplay mechanics, Minit could possibly inspire lasting time management impressions.

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
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[Book Review] Discipline Equals Freedom (2017)

199 pages leaves no padding to hide behind. Eloquent sweet nothings are not present here. “Jocko” Willink doesn’t pull any punches with Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual. He is on a singular mission to teach us how to combat the lazy or unmotivated moments that unsuspectingly tempt us with “sugar-coated lies” found in fast food or unearned leisure. These are your enemy if you have any ambitions or if you want to keep what you’ve earned.

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]

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[Applied Self-Confidence] Up On Stage

While there’s something to be said for playing life safely, when the opportunity strikes, jump up on life’s stage! Get outside your comfort zone! Even for just a minute. The experience will probably be uncomfortable, you might need to push through fatigue, or embarrass yourself. You might step in spilled beer, get bumped into harmlessly, or get your picture taken. You also might not get the best shot. That’s still better than no shot whatsoever!

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