Checkpoint: My Eclectic Music Taste Edition

This week I realized that the music I listened to varied wildly depending where I was.

  • At work, it was whatever was playing on Rdio’s “Chill Instrumental”.
  • On the bus, it was instrumentals, synth and other video game related tracks found on my iPod Nano.
  • At home, it was whatever was playing on Spotify’s 80’s hits playlist.

On Music With Lyrics

There was a very brief period in my life where I was in tune with pop music but I let it pass me by rather quickly. I was never able to keep up and stay engaged with 90’s music with lyrics unless it was incredibly catchy. I often found 80’s music were easier to listen to and because of that I gravitated towards a lot of the old hits regardless how cheesy or bad they were. The lines were often accompanied with a beat that I enjoyed.

Lately, I’ve been digging into some of the more iconic 80’s hits like Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A album. The catchier of the tracks were dissected with attentive listens and I would look up interpretations to see if they matched my own. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to view “I’m on fire” as an older man lusting after an underage girl. Discovering “Born in the U.S.A” wasn’t a very patriotic song was also a mini-revelation.

Why Instrumentals?

Because it’s easy to just hook into the beat and let it take me on little journey or set me in an atmosphere. Since some of it is from video games, it’s also shorthand for “Remember when this happened in the game?”. I rarely get tired of repeated listens of an instrumental unless it contained grating bass beats.

Other genres?

I’ve revisited classic hip hop hits for exploratory purposes. I dabbled with whatever worldly music makes its way onto FIFA titles as well. On whims, I’ve tackled specific artists’ works in more depth but those were more concerted efforts and not what I would deem “part” of the regular rotation.

I’ve never taken music seriously as others and usually listen to whatever sounds good to me.

With The Witcher 3 in limbo, I thought it was a good idea to try out the Street Fighter V Beta in between bouts of Rocket League and Contradiction. How’s it going? I’ve yet to throw a punch in Street Fighter V but I’m enjoying Rocket League and Contradiction immensely.

FYI: iPhone 5 & Wii U Announcements


iPhone 5 coming September 21st (via Apple)

  • 4″ screen
  • Thinner & lighter
  • New “Lightning” connector
  • Includes revised “EarBuds”
  • Starts at $699.99 CAD ($50 more than iPhone 4S)  for the 16GB model

New iPod Touch w/ taller screen announced

New iPod Nano w/ touch screen announced

Wii U announced for November 18th (via Nintendo)

  • Two bundles which include gamepad, HDMI cable, AC adapters
  • Basic bundle costs $299.99
    • White console w/ 8GB flash memory
  • Deluxe bundle costs $349.99
    • Black console w/ 32GB flash memory
    • NintendoLand
    • Console & gamepad stands
Nintendo’s “Second Screen Experience” dubbed Nintendo TVii announced
  • Controlling TV and movie experience with the Wii U’s gamepad

Bayonetta 2 announced exclusively for Wii U

  • Published by Nintendo
  • Developed by Platinum Games

Call of Duty: Black Ops II announced for Wii U


New Super Mario Bros. U Trailer

Nintendo TVii

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My History With Apple

I don’t know Steve Jobs personally. I’ve never conversed with him via e-mail nor did I ever steal one of his prototype iPhones. I bought the products that he spearheaded and that’s it.

With his passing, I thought I’d take a look back at the Apple products I purchased and owned through the years.

iPod Nano – First Generation (4 GB)


The first generation iPod Nano replaced the mistake of a purchase that was the Creative Zen Micro MP3 player.

With the first generation iPod Nano, I finally realized why people liked Apple products. It was — and still is — a pretty piece of hardware with its simple design and thin profile.

It was not only pretty, but also cutting edge with Flash memory as storage which meant song skips was a thing of the past.

I eventually gave this to my brother who traded it in years later for the fourth generation iPod Touch.

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Checkpoint: Not According To Plan Edition


Things haven’t gone according plan in my world. Some of it personal, but most of it gaming and gadget related.

Despite my pleas for some opinions on why I SHOULDN’T get a Zune HD, I’ve decided not to pick one up. Why? Because the day after I posted that plea on QSF5 and NeoGAF, I decided to pay closer attention to my iPod Nano and how I use it. And based on my observations, no touch centric device will ever beat the ease of “in pocket” use of an iPod Nano.

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