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Miegakure is Coming!

What’s so special about miegakure? It’s the first 4D game. No really, mathematically sound, 4 dimensional game.

Have a look yourself to wrap your head around it:

or read more on their website, I cant wait.

Present Standard
— Chicago Cultural Center

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Perhaps its because I haven’t seen art in a while, or perhaps it’s my ever present love of minimalism but I thought this show at the Chicago Cultural Center was pretty good.  There were definitely a few pieces in there that I enjoyed, made me think or were just plain intriguing.

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For example there was a thought-provoking piece with just a microphone repeatedly hitting the wall, that recalled the best of 60’s and 70’s minimalists, that I really liked.

Although one of my favorite pieces I saw wasn’t even part of the show, it’s part of the recently closed Chicago Architecture Biennial, called Chicago: How Do You See?  Norman Kelley covered each of the windows of the CCC mimicking a different style of window treatment.  It’s very simple but I really appreciated the site-specific nature of the piece. (If you think I am a sucker for minimalism, you should see my love of site-specific work, and I go wild for work that combines both!)

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The Cultural Center is a hidden gem.  Whenever I am in the area I always make it a point to check out whatever shows happen to be there and I always pleasantly surprised, their curatorial decisions are above average for sure.

Present Standard features work by Alberto Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Luis Miguel Bendaña, Paola Cabal, Juan Angel Chavez, Mariano Chavez, Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera, Dianna Frid, Diana Gabriel, Maria Gaspar, Melissa Leandro, José Lerma, Ivan LOZANO, Jorge Lucero, Victoria Martinez, Harold Mendez, Sofia Moreno, Nora Nieves, Josué Pellot, Maddie Reyna, Luis Romero, Luis Sahagun, Chris Silva, Edra Soto and Rafael E. Vera.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Top 10 (well 15) Video Games of All Time [2015 EOY Edition]

  • Half life 2
    (Best Storytelling in a FPS)
  • Just cause 2
    (Best No Strings Attached Fun / Best Blow Sh!t Up)
  • Assassins Creed 2
    (Best Twist / Historical and Architectural Accuracy)
  • Mario Kart 8
    (Best Just Plain FUN and Family/Group Fun)
  • Limbo
    (Best Atmosphere / Dread / ios)
  • Simpsons Hit and Run
    (Best Universe Adaptation)
  • TMNT Arcade
    (Best Nostalgia / Arcade)
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    (Best Feels / Best Fantastic World and Explore)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
    (Best Combat / Best Psychological Hallucination)
  • Civilization V
    (Best Addictive Personality)
  • GoldenEye 007
     (Best Movie Adaptation / Nostalgia)
  • X-com Enemy Unknown
    (Best Tactics / Hard )
  • BioShock
    (Best Twist / Best Atmosphere)
  • SystemShock 2
    ( Atmosphere /  Horror)
  • Kingdom Rush
    ( Cute Art / Addiction / ios get your $ worth)

John Franzen (not the Author)

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John Franzen has really created something unique here. In this collection from the EACH LINE ONE BREATH each piece creates a beautiful reflection of the complexities of nature through pursuit of pure minimalism. Really great idea and really great execution.

The above images are just the reflection in one medium, blackened copper, but he also has versions of this series in other mediums, the rest of his work, the other series, are equally arresting. See his full portfolio at John Franzen

Top 5 TV Shows
(2015 EOY Edition)

These may or may not have come out this year, but I saw them this year, so this post is a wrap up of my favorite shows I watched in 2015.

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  1. Fargo (Season 1)
  2. Game of Thrones (Season 5)
  3. hinterland [y gwyll] (Season 1)
  4. True Detective (Season 1)
  5. Master of None (Season 1)

Mumbai-New York-Scranton — Tamara Shopsin

mumbai_newyork_scranton_tamara_shopsin From the cover to the inside back cover photo, to the weight of the paper, to the choice of font to the margins on the pages to the color of the cover ALL transported me back to the 70’s or perhaps the late 80’s when I was reading tattered library books from the decade before.

Only the occasional mention of blogging on the inside made me realize I was in fact reading a modern book. It didn’t help that traveling through India, at least according to this account is a bit like being in the past, so the subject matter throughout the first half of the book just kept the confusion going. But what a wonderful incongruous journal and journey it is!

Short snippets and snapshots, observations and glimpses, each mirrored by the style of the included square format photos. You are thrust into a travel journal encompassing the wondrously incomprehensible india. This is a rich and wonderful tapestry of sights and sounds but slowly you realize what you are really experiencing is a beautiful private shared moments glimpse into an amazing relationship.

Before you know it we are (back) in New York – just as crazy in it’s own right, and just as accurately relayed in tiny glimpses, from there we even make down to Scranton. But with each page turn, unbeknownst to you an alternate tension slowly builds, just under the surface the water is shifting, slowly building into a roaring waterfall. You don’t realize it but all of a sudden you are in a different book. Still told in observational snippets accompanied by the witty and funny photos, but all of sudden you are watching and rooting for someone who is fighting for their life.

Overall a wonderful wonderful journey I would heartily recommend for any adventurous souls who appreciates the details (probably an introvert).