Books: BOY'S LIFE, by Robert McCammon. Some books should be re-read and re-read. This is one of them. Absolutely love this book!
Music: Fresh Aire V, by Mannheim Steamroller. No particular reason why, but this one crept up on me, asking to be listened to again. Chip Davis, you beguile me.
Film: Date Night. There are laugh out loud funny parts in this film. The scene where he does the robot, pretending to spank his wife ... priceless.
TV: NBA finals. I wasn't partifularly sad to see the king go home early. And the Magic's coach was another I was glad to see hit the showers. Now ... anybody by Kobe.
Games: Chess. Yeah, goin' old school. Playing some AI, and mostly losing. But, with this game, I DO feel good about HOW I play, regardless the outcome.
Theater: My company division announced a collaboration with Cirque with respect to project natal. Working with a few of the Cirque folks on some concepts for that event ... very cool!
Books: DEVICES AND DESIRES. I’m new to K. J. Parker’s work, but I’m loving it.
Music: John Coltrane, Giant Steps. There are just times when you have to listen to Coltrane, like several times a week, really. Try it, you’ll see.
Film: Iron Man 2. Sorry, gang, while there’s eye candy here, it fails for me because the film inverts my sympathies—I wound up rooting for the villain. Downey Jr. is funny, but extremely unlikeable. I couldn’t wait for him to fail or die. On the other hand, Rourke’s character gave me a reason to see his revenge actualized. I’d have been okay with a bragadocious Downey Jr., if I’d believed there was something beneath it. Sorry, not this time.
TV: Lost. Coming to an end, but better that than shark jumping. I’ve been impressed with the levels of intricacy all along the way. Sometimes a big uneven, but mostly real good stuff.
Games: Bubble Pop, when I’m extremely bored. I don’t really like the game, but my cell phone is antiquated.
Theater: The Taming of the Shrew with Marc Singer. You know him as the Beast Master—which I loved, by the way. But before that he played Petruchio, and knocked it out of the park. I went back and watched this again, and loved it better than the first time!
Books: CONVERGENCE CULTURE. I’m working a bit in this area at Microsoft right now: transmedia. Fascinating stuff, especially for a storyteller.
Music: Animosity by Sevendust. Not a new album, but one I go back to a lot. These guys rock, and the singer has soul and grit.
Film: Sherlock Holmes. Okay, so there’s a trend to re-imagine characters and worlds, e.g. Star Trek. It’s kind of like giving an old IP a reboot. And with Sherlock Holmes, they’ve kind of made him an action hero. There are some fine moments, but give me Basil Rathbone instead.
TV: Watching lots of UFC these days. I’d have been tempted to do this as a younger man.
Games: Taking some liberty on this one this month, and gonna say … mind games. Meaning, I’ve got a book deadline looming, E3 coming, and the weather is going to start getting nice …
Theater: I’m nominating my own theater (of a sort), which was my trip to Germany to sing for the rock festival, Keep It True. I had a blast. Singing for thousands of fans who knew every word I was going to sing … doesn’t get much better than that.
Books: HEART SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill. A friend recommended this to me. I somehow forgot the writer’s lineage until I’d finished reading. Uh … it’s awesome. Thumb pointed up on this one.
Music: Chiaroscuro’s Brilliant Pools of Darkness. Okay, you’ve likely not heard of this band. And they’re now defunct. But if you can find their CD online, get it. Amazing vocalist! But it’s not for the faint of heart.
Film: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Well, I slept through significant portions of this. My friends applauded it for daring to be different, which is mostly short hand for: Dare to say it ain’t great if you want to be labeled one of the unenlightened. Actually, just pass on this film.
TV: Sports Center. I know this seems like a cop out. But my time lately has been going into the writing, so I like to get caught up on the world of sports. Yeah, sorry gang, I am, indeed, a writer who digs sports—there are a few of us.
Games: Mass Effect 2. Ah, Bioware, how I love thee.
Theater: Bon Jovi. Okay, so while not “legitimate” theater, it was quite the event (technically in February) and very “theatrical”—that’s a lot of quotes, sheesh! But really, I had to mention it. Jovi was one of those that, back in the day, got me interested in any music other than New Wave. I have to say that I wasn’t as star struck as I thought I’d be, but it was still a good time.
Books: A GAME OF THRONES. I’m going back to reread this brilliant series—A Song of Fire and Ice—by George R.R. Martin. It’s that good. If you haven’t yet been introduced to it … now you have. Buy it post haste!
Music: Relapse by Eminem. I love that Eminem has a sense of humor. I love even more his ability with rhyme and rhythm. Some folks get offended. Me, not so much.
Film: Sutter Island. Okay, I will say it: This was a disappointment. Not only because it’s a bit predictable—we all know who patient 67 is going to turn out to be—but because I think it does the unreliable narrator thing badly. It’s not a waste of time, but go in with low expectations.
TV: Winter Olympics. I love the Olympics. I didn’t see as much of them as would have liked, but I love to cheer for good ole USA!
Games: Charlie Brown Christmas Dominoes. You know, dominoes is still fun; and made more fun by the Peanuts Gang.
Theater: Theater Sports (Valentines Edition). So, near Pike Place Market lives Unexpected Productions. They do something akin to Drew Carey’s show, “Whose Live Is it Anyway.” And they did a Valentines version that was hysterical!
Books: UNDER THE DOME
, Stephen King. The first King book I read was Night Shift. Picked it up in the airport bookshop on my way home from my Senior Trip to Hawaii. It was a revelation. I’ve read King ever since, and this one, while long, is something of a return to early King, who is a far better writer than most folks realize. Thumbs up on this one!
—the entire catalog. Sometimes you just need to listen to something with an edge. The very cool thing with this band is that they’re able to blend crushing rhythms with melody. Not for the weak of heart.
Film: Princess and the Frog
. You expected me to say, Avatar, right? Maybe next month. No, I had special plans with my daughter for this one. I would have enjoyed just about anything, just spending time with her. But this film had some fun stuff—a Cajun witch woman and Dr. Facilier, with more voodoo magic!
NFL Playoffs. I’m a Colts fan. Have been since 1987, when Eric Dickerson moved over to them from the Rams. So, I’ve suffered some bad seasons before the Peyton Manning era. But, as of this writing, they’re still in the hunt. Can’t wait for Sunday.
. A fun little game from Cranium. I especially like the clues you have to act out. It’s liberating to look foolish.
Theater: Jekyll & Hyde
. The truth is, I didn’t actually see this performed live. Never have. But I love the music, which was composed by Frank Wildhorn, and the lyrics were written by Leslie Bricusse (she also wrote for Scrooge, with Albert Finney, which is an all time fav). There’s a DVD of this, but it features David Hasselhoff, so I just can’t bring myself to buy it. Notably, Sebastian Bach played the part for a while on Broadway. I don’t know if that worked well, but Bach has one of the best rock voices ever.