This is a bit later than we like to be finishing up our week of blogging. I had the idea for this all the other day… but have been busy. Happily, I got it together! As I’ve said before, I really like Rush, and listening to the 40th Anniversary Tour (R40) album on Apple Music, I thought of these.
So here are some things from our life lately, in pictures and with lyrics by Rush.
Yep, back at work… I’m the “Working Man.”
Posted in Catching Up, IRL, Lists, TV Shows, Video Games
Tagged 2112, Doctor Who, Fallout 4, Immortality, Rush, Weekend Coffee Share, work, Working Man, Xanadu
I recently finished reading Clockwork Angels, written by Kevin J. Anderson, based on lyrics by Neil Peart of Rush. I first saw this book sitting on the shelf about a year and a half ago, and was excited to find both that Rush had a new album out, and that someone had finally written a book based on some of the excellent mythologies and stories Rush has produced.
So I listened to the album for quite a while before reading the book finally, which is maybe how it should work with this. With a solid backing in the music – which is, as I understand it, the first total-album concept album by Rush – I then turned to the book. I had some preconceptions, based on the album, based on Rush and their Libertarian leanings, and maybe based a bit on what I was expecting to write about it in the blog once we reached the point where that was a thing.
I see there’s a concert album coming out next month – going to have to get that! They released one of the songs, so let me share that with you:
There will be spoilers to come about this book, but then, it’s based on an album, so in some ways, spoilers were the name of the game. However, if you never planned on reading this anyway, definitely read on to see what they created by combining these two artforms! Especially if you like what you hear in the concert video!
Posted in Books, Good and Evil, Music, Science Fiction and Religion
Tagged 2112, Alternate Realities, Anarchist, Anthem, Atheism, Ayn Rand, Clockwork Angels, Coming-of-Age, Deism, Dune, Dystopia, Guitar Hero, J.B., Kevin J. Anderson, Libertarian, Neil Peart, Rush, Seven Cities of Gold, Steampunk, Storytelling, The Best of All Possible Worlds, The Book of Job, Utopia, Watchmaker, Young Adult
I had been trying to figure out how to talk about a question that had been bugging me lately. The question: Is geek culture just a culture of consumerism?
Then I saw this video, as Felicia Day introduces Geek and Sundry season 2. And she helped frame it a bit.
We are more than what we consume, more than what is advertised to us, more than physical things made. But we do still consume culture… so I suppose a couple of things.
- What does geek culture consume?
- What might this consumption look like in the future?
- What are some pitfalls that this future has?
So, let’s take this idea, and take it into the future: Geek Culture and Consumerism!
Posted in Books, IRL, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Today, Tech, TV Shows
Tagged 1984, 2112, Definitions, Dystopia, Fahrenheit 451, Felicia Day, Geek, Geek and Sundry, Hulu, iTunes, Kindle, Library, NetFlix, Ready Player One, Rush, ThinkGeek, Utopia, X-Box