Hump Day Roundup

It’s one of those days where the music just isn’t getting past my ears to be appreciated. The Actionsuit Philosophy tells me in order for one to appreciate music, one must first be able to appreciate silence. Actionsuit Philosophy also tells me in order for one to appreciate silence, one must release the bee’s buzzing in your head. So, while I promise to drink less caffeine tomorrow and post some more music, here’s all the bee’s buzzing in my head today:

  • Food Stuff: Easy and healthy lunches at work and spiral cut your hot dogs.
  • Atari is 40 years old: 10 greatest Atari games at Shortlist; 40 years of Atari at Kotaku.
  • Louis CK is fighting the man, choosing to sell his comedy routines and now tickets through his own website.
  • Speaking of the man: another disastrous policy foisted upon ISP’s and the public by the MPAA/RIAA. As someone who works in the IT field I can tell you there are already multiple ways around this, some easier than others, not to mention the false positives that are likely to result in the banning innocent bystanders.
  • Sports: Goon screenwriter talks with GeekDad over the state of fighting in hockey at Wired. I am a big believer the theory that removing the ‘enforcer’ role in hockey has greatly contributed in more injuries. Players think twice about hitting opponents carelessly or with too much force when they knew someone on the other bench will make them pay.
  • More sports: It’s time to get excited for the 2012 Chicago Bears (great review and preview of the last season and upcoming season with draft pick highlights – turn it up!):

Actionsuit Extra: See the First Episode of HBO’s The Newsroom

Preview the first episode for free on Youtube (or below). I have not heard any reviews of The Newsroom yet, but it’ll be worth checking out to see what Aaron Sorkin can do in the less constricting environment of HBO.

/Rant…I give HBO credit for releasing a whole episode online to spur interest but without an option to purchase HBO Go online without first purchasing cable or satellite TV, then this type of advertising seems like it only invites more illegal downloading or sharing.

How to Play Chess

This week, thanks to an early Father’s Day gift, I’ve finally surrendered to the addiction that is HBO’s The Wire. I caught most of seasons 4 and 5 when they were new, but that’s it. Now I’m starting at the beginning, and yes, this is indeed in the running for best TV show of all time (Al just shot me a look all the way from Deadwood).

One surprise so far has been a concise explanation of the game of chess. I think this would make a useful tutorial for children if not for, you know, the profanity and the fact that these are drug dealers and gangbangers in the squalor of a low-rise inner city housing project for whose lives chess is a perfect, tragic metaphor. But other than that this is great for kids!

Wednesday Roundup

Here are a few things I’ve been meaning to post but haven’t fit them in anywhere:

  • Great resource for finding free movies online.
  • Game of Thrones playlist on Grooveshark. If you like it you can grab the soundtrack to the first season here.
  • And last but not least, we have a playlist of piano virtuoso Michael Kuhlmann playing Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. Here he is playing Genesis:

The Rains of Castamere

The Game of Thrones epsisode, Blackwater, from this Sunday was nothing short of a spectacular imaging of the Battle of Blackwater. That and outstanding performances from both Lena Headey (Cersei) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) mark this episode as the best of the season so far, not to mention bookending the episode with the Lannister song, ‘The Rains of Castamere,’ from the Game of Thrones Season 2 Soundtrack by The National.