What a bloody hot week it has been down here in Western Victoria.  Looks like we will be nudging the 40 degree mark today, so after checking on the pets and watering the garden I’ve decided to spend the rest of the afternoon inside listening to some new tunes.

Paradolia – Alex Smoke

Paradolia - Alex Smoke

Trilogie De La Mort – Eliane Radigue

Trilogie De La Mort - Elaine Radigue

Caesura – Helios

Caesure - Helios

Plume – Loscil

Plume - Loscil

An Announcment to Answer – Quantic

An Announcement to Answer - Quantic

Saturday Morning Empires – Various Artists

Saturday Morning Empires - Vairous Artists

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Time to cut back.

I’ve set a new goal for 2009.  One I think is doable, however one which is probably going to push my power of control to breaking point.

For the remainder of 2009, I am only allowed to purchase 1 game for either my DS, PSP, XBox 360, PS3 or Wii each month.  So in total 12 games for the year accross all platforms.

I know this is going to be a tough call as I have struggled to get it down to 1 game a fortnight over the past few years.

My last 2 purchases for 2008 were Fallout 3 for the Playstation 3 and The Last Remnant for the Xbox 360.  I’m hoping my preference for Role Playing Games may help me out a little due to the length of most of the games in this genre.

I have no idea what my January purchase will be as yet, time to start thinking I suppose.

Let the games game begin.

Just a quick post today wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

It wasn’t a very exciting New Years for me having to work well into the early hours of the morning, however it gave me time to reflect and focus on what my goals are for 2009.

So this evening in order to keep these goals on track I’ll be posting my 2009 New Years Resolutions on this site.

Update:  So my New Years Resolution for this year is 3 part.

First is that I have always wanted to give weight training a decent go, so I have purchased a home gym set up.  I suppose my goal here is not to look like the fool of a guy who has purchased gym equipment but never uses it.

Second is that I want to move house in the next 6 months and so want to complete the majority of my ‘100 Books…‘ list and really cull down some more of my physical possessions.

Finally, I would like a Pug.  I already keep, raise, show Cavies (Guinea Pigs), but I feel something is missing in my life and I think that a small dog such as a Pug can help fill that void.

It’s that time of the year again when gaming sites the world over start releasing their year end ‘best of’ lists for 2008.  As I was reading through a few of them I thought to myself why not compile a list of these links in the one place…and so this post was born.

As I’m a big fan of handheld gaming I’ve started with a few lists from a couple of portable gaming sites I frequent.

Pocketgamer

touchArcade

PALGN

Eurogamer

Metacritic

VideoGamer

GamePro

Gamasutra

I’ll be adding more sites to the list as they are released.  Feel free to notify me of any you may come across yourself.

I took the plunge today and purchased a few titles from eReader.com to test out my iPod touch as an ebook reader.  I’m hoping that in a small way the touch might help me out in reducing the number of physical books I own.

As a sample I purchased the January and February issues of Asimov’s Science Fiction as well as the January – Febrauary 2009 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.  It’s been a while since I’ve picked up either of these titles at my local newsagent so I thought they would be good titles to test out the device.

Asimov's Science Fiction January 2009 Asimov's Science Fiction February 2009 Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January / February 2009

Also, in keeping with my 100 Books… project, I purchased a copy of the first book in the Christian Jacq ‘Ramses’ series, The Son of the Light.

Son of the Light

If your already an iPhone or iPod touch owner you may have noticed a plethora of ebook applications (including those only including stand alone titles) in the App Store.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be testing a few of these out.

In order to read these titles on the iPhone you need to download a copy of the free eReader application.  Once downloaded they can only be viewed with this reader – either on the iPhone itself or on your computer of choice.

Downloading the titles to your iPhone can be done directly through the application…or you can purchase titles while browsing on your computer and download them directly from your iPhone at a later time.

Continuing on from earlier today here are the second half of my recent purchases from emusic.

This part is a little longer than the first and I’ve endeavored to provide relevant links with each title.

God is an Astronaut – God is an Astronaut

God is an Austronaut - God is an Astronaut

Ill Gates – Autopirate

Ill Gates - Autopirate

Kode 9 – Bad / 2 Bad

Kode 9 - Bad / 2 Bad

  • Current rating at emusic.com is 4/5
  • Official Website
  • MySpace

Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke -Paris is Burning EP

Ladyhawke - Paris is Burning EP

  • Current rating at emusic is 4/5

Ladytron – Ghosts (Blestenation Mix)

London Elektricity – Syncopated City

Luomo – Convivial

Mark Farina – Best of Mushroom Jazz, Vol 1-5

Mark Farina – Mushroom Jazz 6

Quarta 330 – Homeless (by Sabacco) Quarta 330 rmx

Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins – Clutch of the Tiger

Starkey – Ephemeral Exhibits

Taylor Dupree – Landing

Tim Hecker – Radio Amor

Various Artists – Big Freeze Volume 3

Zomby – Where Were in ’92

Instead of my normal monthly up date for emusic purchases in December I’ve decided to list both this months and Novembers in a two-part posting.

I had a lot of fun yesterday burning up my credits (thankyou Xmas people and your presents) so this list is considerably longer than average even with the addition of my November buys.

Again, its a fairly eclectic mix of styles…all with an electronic feel.

Update:  The second part of this list has now been posted and can be found here.

A Setting Sun – Empty Sound

A Setting Sun - Empty Sound

Alex Metric – Deadly on a Mission EP

Alex Metric - Deadly on a Mission EP

Beats on Canvas – Beats on Canvas

Beats on Canvas - Beats on Canvas

Belleruche – The Express

Belleruche - The Express

Deadbeat – Roots and Wire

Deadbeat - Roots and Wire

Distance – Repercussions

Distance - Repercussions

Dorian Concept – A Trebleo Beat Tape

Dorian Concept - A Trebleop Beat Tape

Dorian Concept – Maximized Minimalization

Dorian Concept - Maximized Minimilization

Evil Nine – They Live!

Evil Nine - They Live!

Evil Nine – You Can Be Special Too

Evil Nine - You Can Be Special Too

Fennesz – Black Sea

Fennesz - Black Sea

Girl Talk – Feed the Animals

Girl Talk - Feed the Animals

Girl Talk – Night Ripper

Girl Talk - Night Ripper