2013 End Of The Year Roundup

Happy Hogmanay!
It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to round off the year with a post reminding myself of some of the good things in the year. Having a toddler makes life mega busy and we’ve some had some great days and holidays this year, including our roadtrip to France, a holiday with friends and various other little weekends away. The year has involved a birth, a wedding and lots of birthday parties – all very exciting in different ways. Blogging-wise I listened to every album on Kurt Cobain’s top 50 – an achievement of endurance I feel. I completed my 30 challenges before my 30th birthday – great fun. We’ve started a little Tuesday film club and we’ve watched some great films so far. I’ve also done quite a bit of brewing, learning loads in the process – I just need to drink them more quickly!

Music – My Favourite Music From 2013

My top 3 last year were Trent Reznor, Chvrches and Frightened Rabbit… and Last FM tells me that nothing has changed this year.

  • Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks: Awesome album #1 (I’ve also continued to listen to Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Ghosts I-IV and Year Zero… and am seeing NIN live again next year)
  • Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse: Awesome album #2 (I’ve intentionally not listened to it too much so I don’t spoil it!)
  • Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe: Awesome album #3 (everything I’d hoped for and more)
  • Dum Dum Girls – End Of Daze: I don’t know why I love this EP so much but I really really really do!
  • SONOIO – RED: old music recently discovered
  • Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City: a really good album that easily blasts their older stuff out of the water… instant classic!
  • The “Oh, Pioneer!” mixtapes – well worthy of a listen

Films – My Favourite Films From 2013

  • Trollhunter
  • Skyfall
  • Cockneys Vs Zombies
  • 30 Minutes Or Less
  • Perks Of Being A Wallflower
  • Source Code
  • Iron Man 3
  • Searching For Sugar Man
  • Taken 2
  • Robot & Frank

Films – My Least Favourite Films From 2013

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Shock Treatment
  • My Sassy Girl (Korean)
  • Idiocracy (Overall winner)
  • Skyline
  • Twilight Eclipse

Books – My Favourite Reads Of 2013

I’ve done so little reading this year but here are some highlights:

  • Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The Long Earth
  • Warren Ellis – Iron Man: Extremis
  • Len Deighton – Berlin Game
  • Neal Stephenson – Anathem (part of the reason I’ve not read as much… it’s epic!)
  • Joe Sacco – Safe Area Gorazde
  • Rob Gifford – China Road
  • Neil Gaiman – The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

2014 Resolutions

  • Get away on more family holidays
  • Go camping more often
  • Get fitter
  • Make the house feel more organised

Sci-fi Shorts

I’ve found a few cool short films over the past few months, especially from Short Of The Week – check some of the best ones out below:

From the future with love from Precinct 114 on Vimeo.

The suits in this are brilliant, a great story and some nice characters… a worthy watch.

AMP from Triton Films on Vimeo.

Wow – this robot is so awesome! πŸ™‚

Dark times!

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR ROBOT from Platige Image on Vimeo.

My favourite type of robot.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

TRUE SKIN from H1 on Vimeo.

Mobius from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

Really simple but with a good theme.

It’s Time To Eat Bugs!

Recently I’ve been meaning to write a post about eating insects and how it’s likely to feature in our lives in the future… but I’ve not really had the time to put down some constructive thoughts. It’s appeared in quite a few tv shows and blog posts recently and I definitely am fine with the idea – mostly I just found the idea of protein-rich cereal bars exciting (and surprisingly tasty sounding). I’m not really up for farming my own, not initially at least, but if I could buy frozen or dried bug powder/mince/chips then I’d totally be up for cooking with them. What do you think?