Westworld (TV)

Since this is a journal of sorts, adding this here for posterity, since Westworld was a show I enjoyed, particularly the first season, season 3 not so much.

As a visual maker and processor this show certainly goes under the visual spectacle tag, with a healthy sprinkling of good sci-fi and excellent storytelling (esp, season 1) for the last part.

p.s. there is almost no media I readily re-watch, re-read, re-do, but this is one show where it is a joy to give it a second viewing once all the spoilers have been revealed, to really marvel at the story unfold.

Josh Garber

The choice of material is what really drew me in.

And what can be achieved with this awesome texture.

Additionally had no idea who made this piece of art I drive by often, or have seen up close having taken the brown line to “the end of the line.”

more info https://joshgarber.com/



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)