December 2007


With the close of 2007 marking the end of the first full month of the ‘cultnation’,  I thought it would be a good exercise to review the 5 most viewed entries during the period.

#1  100 Books…

While a page more than a blog entry, the ‘100 Books…‘ list drew by far the largest number of page views during the month.  I have big plans for this entry (and it’s associated project) so I’m glad fellow bloggers and general surfers have found it interesting to date.

#2  New Music, 12th December 2007

Maybe I didn’t realise just how popular searching for ‘new music’ was on the net, as this entry also drew a large number of page views.  It was pointed out to me by one of my readers that a little more information regarding each of the releases (and maybe the album covers) would be a good inclusion…I’ve taken note and my next entry which I should be posting this evening will be a little more detailed.

#3  The ‘Baroque Cycle’, Neal Stephenson (100 Books…)

Of all the title specific entries made in December regarding books, it was Neal Stephenson’s epic ‘Baroque Cycle that proved the most popular.  Hopefully, I interested a few readers enough that they will pick up this series.

#4  New Album…Burial – Untrue

A brief entry, but a popular one.  In short, if you like electronic music I don’t think you can go wrong with either of Burial’s albums.

#5  cultnation’s – Top 5 Portable Games for 2007

I couldn’t resist this one.  Every gaming site in the world releases at least one (usually more) top games lists each year, so I thought why not me on my little blog.  By getting in early – releasing the list mid-december (just on my b’day) – I was thinking I might get a little more interest from fellow bloggers.  What do you know, it worked!!!

I hope you enjoyed my first month.

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What a bloody hot day. From what sources I can gather it hit 38 degrees today.

I spent most of the day trying my best to keep my pets cool, by moving them around the backyard, keeping them in the shade and running a continuous supply of frozen water bottles up to them. The poor things, I don’t know how they’re going to cope tomorrow when it’s forcast to at least hit 40 degrees. I might have to bring them inside for some relief in front of the aircon…though I don’t know how I will manage that with 15 cavies.

Trying my best to stay out of the heat today I decided to do a little music shopping online using emusic. I think I’ve mentioned before that it’s now my favourite online music retailer and I’ve had some fun this month picking out an eclectic mix of albums to add to my collection. I’ll let you know how I went tomorrow as I’m still downloading the last album.

Did I mention it is hot down here today. Still around 30 degrees and it’s 2340hrs / nearly midnight!!!

Good, the download has finished. Time to crash with some new tunes as I fall asleep playing Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.

A few weeks before Christmas I was lucky enough to win an auction on eBay for 400 second-hand Science-Fiction and Fantasy paperbacks…all for the magic price of AU$50.

At the time I thought it was a bargain, however on getting the books home I soon realised that the collection had previously shared a residence with a smoker, with the second hand smoke of many a cigarette strongly evident as I unpacked my winnings from their boxes.

I’m fairly particular with how I keep my books and I absolutely hate getting them soiled or damaged in any way. Many people who see my shelves ask me if I’ve even read half the titles as they still look new, with no dog ears, no cracked spines, no pen / pencil marks and definitely no greasy fingerprints on the covers. So you can probably imagine my disappointment being confronted with the strong smell of spent tobacco on each and every book.

Despite the fact that they are aflicted with a condition that will prevent them from ever joining my library as part of the permanent collection, they should certainly give me a good year or two of disposable reading with the auction containing a majority of titles I have never read before.

All in all, at 13 cents a book I suppose I shouldn’t really worry or complain about it too much.

I must have been busy yesterday, because I plain forgot to list the 3rd title I was lucky to score Christmas morning…Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow.

Logan’s Shadow

While I’m not so much a fan of FPS or Tactical Shooters I was glad to see this title appear in my hands as I was ripping away the wrapping paper. My collection was starting to get a little RPG heavy and playing in another genre for a while should bring a little more variety to my gaming day.

Trouble is with so many games sitting on my desk it may be a while before the plastic wrap comes off this title. At least I’m guaranteed some decent gaming over the coming weeks.

The second of the titles that I picked up Christmas morning was Lunar Knights.

Lunar Knights

I suspect that Lunar Nights will be one of those DS games that will be talked about well after the DS’s successor has hit the scene, as a good but overlooked title in a year of standout releases for portable gamers in 2007.

I’ve only just started playing this game, so I’ve not much to report other than to say that so far it feels like I’m playing a warped game of Castlevania from a top down perspective. Having said that, I know that most of the original aspects of the games story haven’t as yet come into play and I’m looking forward to seeing how the mix of night and day and their 2 respective heroes evolve as the game progresses.

It’s a good thing I let my family know what I wanted for Christmas this year as I was fortunate to pick up a few new games…and titles I probably would not have purchased myself until they were on sale some time in the future.

The Complete Saga

The first of these games was ‘Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.

When the first Lego Star Wars game on the DS was released I held off purchasing the title due the massive number of bad reviews the game had received. Instead opting to pick the title up on the cheap as a Playstation 2 game when it hit Platinum status.

With the release of the ‘The Complete Saga’ involving a major overhaul of the original game and receiving far better reviews, I added this game to my list as a must buy. However, with the number of decent titles released on the DS of late it was probably going to be some time before I ever picked up a copy on my own.

Way to go my strategically distributed Christmas wish list!

Well it’s time for me to sign off for the Christmas break. I’ll be back again on Boxing Day, so that’s not too long a wait for my next posting.

In the mean time, why not take the opportunity to catch up on some of my older posts and the progress I’ve been making on my 100 Books…, 50 Non-Fiction or Portable Gaming… pages.

All my best wishes for the the holiday…

Merry Christmas

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