So speaking of Anamanaguchi, the new albums are part of a "game" you can get on their site, and it is fantastic. Easily the best game since E.T., the PDF in the app download (Windows & Mac in one zip file! Cats & frogs living together!) has a "17 stages of Joseph Cambell's MONOMYTH" slide which must be placed in all future slide decks, and Larold's story is so compelling it would make Hemingway cry. I found all the tapes for the rack + 3 extra, which shows the attention to detail in this game.
- Humble Bundle Adventures in Science Fiction Books: Runs until Oct18, and everything in this that I've read (Anderson, Bear, Brunner, Ellison, Foster, Silverberg, Steele, Sterling, Swanwick) is excellent, and I'm enjoying Sergei Lukyanenko's1 The Genome enormously. They've picked what looks like an all-good-stuff collection.
Saturday Music is a little spacey.
- Welcome to Earth, by Apoptygma Berzerk
- Harmonizer, by Apoptygma Berzerk
- You and Me Against the World, by Apoptygma Berzerk
- I adore the Night Watch books; but because of what they say, or because they're bound up in memories of rainy nights in Seattle reading at all-night cafés and public transit, very like the Moskva of the books? The first movie is great, but only about half the first book; the sequel movies are dire, some of the worst hatchet-jobs of adaptations I've ever seen. ↩
- Alone, by Pretenders
- The Salentino Cuts, by UFO - UFO doing covers, but they're way above a bar band doing it.
- Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre, by The Rolling Stones
- A New Career in a New Town, by David Bowie - details on davidbowie.com
- Infinite, by Deep Purple
There's several other new albums I've liked this month, just weirds me out to have more than a few new albums per year that I gave a shit about. Not to be that cranky old guy #getoffmylawn, but seriously, Kids Today™ don't listen to real music, so did all us olds just start listening again? Of course, one of those above is dead, and some others are so close you may as well put them in their coffins and start kicking in clods. But Chrissy Hynde's still kicking ass and breaking hearts.
Currently I won't upgrade, I have a Fusion Drive which isn't supported by APFS yet. I'm not desperate to upgrade for that, HPFS+ has never hurt me yet, I keep a reasonable backup schedule, my source control is backed up.
I waited until last month to upgrade to Sierra, I was working just fine on Mavericks, and only upgraded because Xcode (UGH!) required it. So my advice is usually very conservative: Wait until you absolutely have to.
That said, there's new stuff that is interesting in High Sierra: VR and new image file formats. So I'll likely upgrade sooner, once I see fusion drives supported and hear no more horror stories.
On a side & musical note, I'm already super tired of the California theme. The other 49 states and hundreds of other countries don't like you that much, Cali.