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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

In film on January 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I have no idea when I first heard a Tribe Called Quest (official site) – but it was the early 2000s before I really ‘found’ them and started listening. I would not call myself a devotee – casual fan is probably the best description – but even as a casual fan I was excited when I came across a documentary about the group produced by Michael Rapaport. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest combines early footage, interviews with the Tribe and a huge number of artists to give a brief history of the group, a glimpse into the time/scene/place that they occupied and some insight into their personal challenges and the struggles within the group.

There were times when the film seemed a little slow to me – but overall there was so much great material that was new and interesting (for me anyway) that it really didn’t matter…

Rating: 4 of 5
First Watch Date: December 2011

Official Website – Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

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Hull Zero Three, Greg Bear

In books on January 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

I am sad to say that the first time I saw Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear (official site) on Amazon I skipped over it because of the rating – in retrospect a somewhat sad reminder to myself about the value of ratings… Thankfully on the Potpourri of Science Fiction Literature blog I came across a review of Hull Zero Three that immediately made me add it to my reading list!

To describe the setting – a star ship hundreds of years into a colonization mission – or the plot – awakening without memory in the depths of a mysterious ship – might be a good teaser for the book, but the real reason to read the book is the main character’s dilemma/puzzle/problem of who he is. Awakening without a complete memory is really the least of his problems – who are you if you were thrust out into space hundreds of years ago, engineered/created many times over by a star ship and given incomplete memories that you never lived? Quite an interesting question I think…

Part of me wanted the book to be longer to allow for the characters to develop and adventure more – but I appreciate that the length allows for quite a few ideas without endless rumination, perhaps the better choice.

Rating: 4 of 5
First Read Date: November 2011

Hull Zero Three

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Happy New Year! End of 2011 Notes…

In about on January 1, 2012 at 11:37 am

This blog made it thru 2011! A few notes about my media/reading that I thought might be fun if this blogs lasts a few years…

-Reading: I am mostly reading on my Sprint Evo 4G Android Phone via the Kindle app. While the reading experience on such a small screen is unexciting the compelling feature is that it is always around and ready to use – beating out my (actual) Kindle, laptop and older windows convertible tablet. Almost all of the books I have been reading are ‘eBooks’ – mostly Kindle format. I still have a few paper books around – mostly hiking guides and reference/text books – but have no desire to acquire any more.

-Listening: Most listening is done on my laptop and headphones via iTunes – almost all of the music I have added lately has been from Amazon. I listen some to music via my Sprint Evo 4G Android Phone via Google Music and mSpot (streaming my own library – I don’t have any desire to deal with ‘local’ music on my phone).

-Watching: Watching is done via a Playstation 3 and a large flatscreen TV (no fancy stereo) – most movies are rented at Casa Video (dropped Netflix earlier in the year).

So far this blog has been a fun way to track, recall and share my media consumption – just what I wanted when I started it – and I am glad I went with WordPress.com so that the time I have to spend on this project is used mostly for writing (rather than tinkering with platform, versions…). Will it work out long term? I know enough to admit I have no idea, but I do already have some posts scheduled for 2012 so maybe it will…

Have a great 2012!!
CM

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