Sitting In On A Sleepy Summer’s Eve: Bibio’s Green EP

After a lamentably long absence, I’m hoping to return to some wild semblance of a schedule. A couple posts today, and a bunch in the pipeline. Now, Bibio.

Bibio is the stage name of UK-born electronic artist Steven Wilkinson. I’ve come very late to the Bibio club, only having really heard of him along with his most recent album (as of March 2014), Silver Wilkinson. An album, incidentally, I’m enamoured with. He released a follow-up EP to Silver Wilkinson back in late January, and I’m unfortunately just getting around to it. It’s named The Green EP, which is both fitting for the feel of the mother album, so to speak, and for the track the whole EP was stemmed from: “Dye the Water Green”. Admittedly Bibio’s favouite track from Silver Wilkinson, he paired the song up with five other unheard tracks with a similar feel for a really lovely, well-balanced little EP. Continue reading

Nintendo’s Beliefs Versus Steam-Style Economics

This varies a bit from my normal stories about travel, but I found this subject to have extremely interesting implications, and a very, very complex series of problems. Nintendo, which originally saved the videogame industry, is now finding itself in a position of being financially crippled by their recent business decisions.

Recently, there have been multiple stories levelled at Nintendo’s current financial performance, and it has been far from optimistic. Due to some manner of over-sight or over-zealousness in sales predictions, sales targets for WiiU’s had to be chopped around 70%, from the posh neighborhood of 9 million units sold to the “slums” of 2.8 million, with an expected loss of around 25 billion Yen ($240 million, €177 million), as said in this 18 Jan. Bloomberg.com article. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s CEO, has also come out to say that Nintendo is “thinking about a new business structure,” likely in light of multiple years of losses, and combined with their currently underwhelming 3DS and WiiU sales.
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The Sounds of an Imagined Paris: The Music of Amélie

There is often a mythical attachment to France, and doubly so for it’s capital, Paris. Who, past the age of existence, hasn’t heard of the City of Love? Oft there are romantic scenes within films or novels of walking cobblestone streets under the vigilant and benevolent gaze of the Eiffel Tower, and millions of love-struck travelers flock there each year. The reality, however, is always a little more dirty than our dreams and expectations would ever allow, and Parisians are notorious for their unfriendliness towards tourists; Paris itself being known to be rather dirty, partially due to the immense level of pedestrian foot traffic, and the tourism industry doesn’t do the city many favours, either.

Enter Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain” (More simply known as “Amélie” in the United States), a film that defies normal explanation, yet is of immeasurable cinematic worth. Most people I know, when asked to explain the movie, fail to do so in a simple soundbite’s worth of words, as it spans so much in it’s content that a mere synopsis does it no justice. Continue reading