24 minutes ago

4 investigations followed — two into government #mishandling - one by #Vancouver lawyer Amanda Rogers & 2nd by Office of the #Yukon #Child & #Youth #Advocate . Also a #review by #Yukon #ombudsman & the #YukonRCMP investigation was reviewed by an RCMP division in #BritishColumbia .
King’s report, Responding to Sexualized Abuse in #YukonSchools : Review of Policies and Governmental Response, identified #failure to act following an incident in 2015 with the same aide.

IoT Botnet
4 hours ago

First sip reminds me that I have definitely had some style of IPA from Wicked Weed before. There is a slight dankness to it that I didn't expect, but I probably should have.
#Beer #Review #Wicked #DIPA

5 hours ago

Arcane Cache: Review to "Ben Was Assimilated", a 2D rpg/hack'n slay that is much more unorthodox than one might assume at the first look.

#indiegame #review #underground #indiedev #rpg #adventure #retro #opensource #linuxgaming #gaming #retrogaming #experimental

Screenshot of a game featuring a grid based 2D landscape; in the middle is a small humanoid figure, at the left side a graveyard, at the right side a lake and a house.

Well that's me done with the Scream movies. A change of location and a likeable cast can do nothing to save this from slasher mediocrity.

The scariest thing on show is Courtney Cox's face.


#Horror #Movie #Movies #MovieMastodon #Film #Films #FilmMastodon #Review #Critic #HorrorMovie #Scream #ScreamVI

7 hours ago

Review: J.D.S. – Nine Ways (Original Mix) (Breakbeat)

This review covers the breakbeat track J.D.S. - Nine Ways (Original Mix).

This track was released in 1997 as part of a single.

The track starts with a breakbeat drum kit along with an orchestral hit. An effect is added. A voice sample then comes in. The section ends with some

#Reviews(Music) #breakbeat #Drumnbass #House #J.D.S. #music #review

Daniel Solis
8 hours ago

"I'm Glad My Mom Died" by Jennette McCurdy

This memoir hits different because I never watched McCurdy's show and I probably wouldn't recognize any of the cast. (I was just a few years too old for it.) So instead of the celebrity aspect, what hit me most was deep gravity that poverty and mental illness can have across generations. Fame and new wealth can't hide or heal those deep scars.
#Book #Review

Cover of "I'm Glad My Mom Died" by Jennette McCurdy
8 hours ago

For the third time since 2010, a review of the #CardiacSurgery division at the #QueenElizabethIIHealthSciencesCentre in #Halifax acknowledges that some people are not being held accountable for their behaviour at work.

The #review happened as #complaints about #harassment , #racism , #intimidation & other forms of #abuse by some #cardiac #surgeons directed at other members of the division, including #nurses , #perfusionists , #SupportStaff & #medical #learners emerged.

Noel J. Penaflor
10 hours ago

LEAVE #Review

A draggy Norwegian "horror" movie that should really change its title or else you get people taking easy shots at like "Leave this alone" or something like that.
Will scare you if you're terrified of scenes where people ask questions. Otherwise you'll just be bored.

Full Review #Link below-- This Leave (2022) Review Has Kenneth Branagh Talking To You About This New Podcast He Listens To! Not Interested Kenneth Branagh!

#horror #write #writers #writing #writingcommunity #article #reviews #horrorFam #HorrorCommunity #cinema #cinemastodon #writer #Read #life #mutantfam #shudder #Film #films #filmmastodon #Moviemastodon #horrorMovie #horrormastodon

🟡 I've written a NEW REVIEW!
🟢 Ray Tracers (1997, PlayStation)

"Ray Tracers is very Taito. The hallmarks are unmistakable, even in a genre so far removed from their familiar mid-nineties haunts. Whilst the popular and prolific Japanese developer made scrolling shoot ‘em ups and puzzlers their forte throughout the period, a combat racer isn’t as alien to their heritage as you might imagine." #gaming #retrogaming #playstation #sony #review


Patrick Stewart
10 hours ago

You know what's fun on a cloudy day lunch break, bad #horror #movies. Today's movie is called "Along Came the Devil." And oh boy, this movie... I like Sydney Sweeney as an actress, but this movie is not her best work. Props to the makeup and practical effects department.

#film #movie #review #demons

Helen Savore
12 hours ago

This week Tony and I talk with John Holmes about his newest Pathfinder Infinite release, Golarion Unseen: Relics of Wrath where ten new relic themes are revealed.
What are they?
You'll have to tune in to find out ;)

Find us at our new dedicated channel Thursday at 9pm EDT
#pathfinder2e #thirdparty #review #ttrpg

13 hours ago

📣 New post: Fairphone: The Fairphone 4 Review by Jess
The Fairphone 4, whilst not necessarily being the best phone out there, is well worth it, in my opinion. I decided to put that to the test:
#smartphone #review #sustainability

Exposé Online
13 hours ago

New #review today: "Hair of #ElPerro is a tribute to the enduring appeal of The Riff in rock music. As old-time rock ‘n’ roll developed into #PsychedelicRrock and the other flavors that appeared in the late 60s, many bands found that certain kinds of repeating patterns could really groove and hold interest for listeners. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and others built up what came to be called hard rock..." #ExposeOnline

Snerk Rabbledauber
13 hours ago

µReview: Pale Rider (1985) 40%

Eastwood phoned in this whole thing. Writing is totally derivative. The climactic action is Rambo-level nonsense. Clint's acting is, of course, mostly squinting, but he seems even less into it than usual.

#clinteastwood #movies #review #western

13 hours ago

#Linux #audio: #PreSonus Studio24C -vs- #Steinberg UR22C #review !

Studio24C has 5-state level indicators for both input and output channels. UR22C has only 2 state indicators (peak or not) for ins, and nothing for outs. You won't know if you get any audio until it's clipped. Without a software meter, gain is a mystery. That's crippling. Why didn't they use RGB LEDs?

UR22C's selling point is onboard DSP that can only be set on Windows or Mac. Also can run on a powerbank.

More details in pics!

PreSonus Studio 24C USB-C 2.0 audio interface running on Linux.

Fantastic front panel with 5-state level indicators for both input and output channels. Combo sockets on the left, big display in the middle, all controls on the right. Balanced TRS outputs, a stereo headphone output plus MIDI in/out ports on the back - less desk clutter!
Phantom switch with an LED indicator on the front as well - could be on the back, but if you have lots of mics in your home studio to swap between this can't hurt.

No High-Z input option though, but it takes guitar input fine.

Overall a joy to use. Works flawlessly on Linux without issues.

One downside I noticed was distorted stereo balance on the headphone output pot on low levels. At the absolute low end all signal pans to the right before going mute completely, but that's rarely an issue in normal use. It did appeared after a couple months of use and I had the same problem on Behringer UMC202HD, though that one lasted a year or two before developing the unbalanced headphone knob syndrome.

Interestingly the monitoring Mixer (Inputs/Outputs) is clearly done in software and has a delayed reaction to knob inputs. More a curiosity than a problem really.

You might think that it using USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.1 like Steinberg UR22C is a downside - actually it's an upside, because it doesn't reduce it's functionality or audio quality at all. I think it's just because of DSP power cost on the UR22C.

This unit comes with 2 USB leads as well!
Steinberg UR22C USB-C 3.1 interface running on Linux.

Only 2-state input level indicators means your only feedback from the device about your gain levels is when they're too hot already. No indicators for output, though that's standard fare.

Gain knobs are placed close to their respective combo sockets, LEDs on the top, knobs on the center and right.

A large main output knob with a white LED ring around it that only tells you if the device has power. Could be RGB to show output levels.

The audio input indicators could also have been RGB LEDs showing way more feedback about input signal.
I guess this might be better if you're colorblind because all lights are either on of off. But Pre-Sonus still beats that hands-down with 4 LEDs for each input and output channel which are distinguished both by position and color, with a dB scale present as well.

UR22C's main unique feature is onboard DSP that can only be accessed via proprietary software that's Window and Mac exclusive.

I guess the device was designed to be used with a Windows laptop or a MacBook and then the lack of hardware level indicators is probably not an issue. I am sure one could get used to it, but after months of using PreSonus Studio 24C that lack of level indicators felt absolutely perplexing to me.

Another unique feature is a secondary micro-USB port on the back that can make the device take power fro ma power bank, separate from the USB-C socket connected to a computer.

Not a good choice for your desk.
Steinberg's UR22C is clearly compenstating for something with that box size.

How much packaging and shipping overhead does that add in comparison to PreSonus Studio 24C?

Steinberg's box has:
- the device
- a USB C-A lead
- a thick manual or two
- extra cardboard and plastic
- lots of expansive air that's shipped across the world

PreSonus' box has:
- the device
- a USB A-C lead
- a USB C-C lead (yes! an extra cable!)
- a set of optional 4 rubber feet (everyone else has them pre-applied)
- a slim booklet
- a little bit of packaging foam to protect the device
- no space left

To be fair Steinberg's device is a tiny bit larger itself, as it has to contain extra DSP hardware you'll never use on Linux anyway.

My opinion: UR22C is a complete waste and an inferior experience if you don't specifically need it's unique features (onboard DSP and independent power source port).
Mads Grymer Ejstrup
14 hours ago

Half way through #TheLastofUs. Good show, good performances. I have been hesitant to watch it, because I’m tired of zombies. So far the show it’s good enough to keep me watching, but it’s not really bringing anything new to the zombie genre. Can still surprise me. I have not played the game, so it doesn’t matter to me if it’s faithful to the game. #review #hbo #zombies #SpoilerFree #series #HBOMax

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My review of the Strike II Gaming Backpack: It’s a must-have for any gamer on-the-go! 🎒🎮 #gamer #gaming #backpack #targus #strikeii #review #article #technews #tech #gadgets
Check it out here:

Targus 17.3" Strike II Gaming Backpack
Yahia Lababidi
15 hours ago

@Magpieboy Gracious of you to say. If interested, I’m happy to share with you an ecopy of my latest #book, a love letter to the #desert : Perhaps, to consider for #review ?

15 hours ago

#TheWomanKing erzählt eine Geschichte, die durch die Figuren spürbar an Tiefe gewinnt. Toll gespielt, vor allem von @violadavis, sind die Verstrickungen komplexer, als erwartet. Klasse und gelungen! Zur #Review: @lashana_lynch @JohnBoyega

Noel J Penaflor
18 hours ago


The least of Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance trilogy, and it's still not that bad even when the violence gets gruesomely numbing.
The first half of Sympathy is well set up, only to deflate your expectations with visually striking stomach churning.
Other movies planned but never filmed in the Vengeance sage were Rhinoplasty for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy 2: Back For Seconds.

#letterboxd #movies #film #films #cinema #cinemastodon #Movie

18 hours ago

FiiO FW5 Review

We start the working week with Cheryl's review of FiiO's flagship TWS, the triple-driver, aptX Adaptive-capable FW5 TWS!

Now published on Headfonics!

#review #fiio #wireless #earphones #iem #bluetooth #audiophile

19 hours ago

New UK Cinema release - OUT THIS FRIDAY - The Cow Who Sang A Song Into the Future - review here -

#WorldCinema #film #films #FilmReviews #movie #movies #MovieReviews #review #cinema #cinemastadon #UK

Poster for Chilean drama The Cow Who Sang A Song Into the Future
19 hours ago

New #UK WWE DVD/Blu-ray release OUT TODAY - Royal Rumble 2023 - review here -

#wrestling #WWE #RoyalRumble #UK #Bluray #DVD #review

Cover art for the UK Blu-ray release of WWE Royal Rumble 2023
23 hours ago

My review for "Star Wars: Hunters - Battle for the Arena" by Mark Oshiro.

#books #review #starwars

Cover for "Hunters: Battle for the Arena" showing the main character Rieve surrounded by other game characters such as Imara Vex, Grozz and Utooni, behind them, the arena is displayed.
Julia S.
1 day ago

A LAND STEEPED IN MAGIC and religion is devastated by a schism among its powerful leaders. Strong epic fantasy with compelling worldbuilding and a deeply nuanced understanding of struggles with no villains or heroes. B PLUS


#novel #novels #Books #book #review #reviews #fiction #fantasy #SelfPublishedSunday

Yahia Lababidi
1 day ago

Faith, Hope & Carnage by Nick Cave
& Sean O’Hagan

— a lament, a celebration, a howl —

The #musician & #journalist discuss #love , death, drugs & #religion in these heart-rending conversations :

@bookstodon #bookstodon #faith #hope #music #review #Sunday #nickcave #SilentSunday #death #loss #drugs

#Rosaline on #DisneyPlus and #Hulu is a fun and fresh take on #Romeo and #Juliet. Yes, the #movie’s audience is not necessarily myself, but I seriously enjoyed it.

#movies #review #reviews #comedy #romcom #romantic #romanticcomedy

Looking for a small portable projector? My Nebula Capsule 3 Laser review looks at a small, portable, laser projector with Android TV, a built-in battery, and speakers for movie watching in non-traditional places.

#Anker #Nebula #Capsule3Laser #Projector #PortableProjector #Review

Close up photo showing the laser lens on the front of the Nebula Capsule 3 Laser portable 1080p projector.
Metin Seven
1 day ago

Started watching M3gan without high expectations, and I actually loved it!

#film #films #movie #movies #cinema #cinemamastodon #review #opinion #m3gan #megan

💫 Moons of Ardan 💫
1 day ago
Wulf Krueger
1 day ago

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie MackesyMy rating: 1 of 5 stars“My author owned lo

#BookReview #Book #GraphicNovel #Likely-to-cause-brain-damage #Meh #Review #ShortStory #bücherliebe #booklove #buchblog #bookblog #lesen #reading #literatur #literature #BooksOfMastodon #Bookstadon @bookstodon #bookstodon #BookReview

1 day ago
Star Trek: Picard - Review - Imposters: Appearances Are Deceiving
Viktor Addams
2 days ago

Wendell & Wild was a good movie, but not as good as it could have been.

#YouTube #review

Exposé Online
2 days ago

This #review looks at A Beginner's Guide to Sublime Frequencies. "It’s essentially a massive Various Artist compilation spanning two CDs focusing on some of the releases on the Seattle-based #SublimeFrequencies label, owned and operated by Alan Bishop (of Sun City Girls) and Hisham Mayet. The label’s focus is essentially traditional, folk, and popular recordings from around the planet." #ExposeOnline #WorldMusic #WorldOfMusic

Adam S. Smith
2 days ago

New on the Dinosaur Toy Blog, the Jurassic World Dryptosaurus by Mattel:

I think Mattel might just be picking dinosaur names out of a hat now.

#DinoToyBlog #dinosaurs #Mattel #JurassicWorld #toys #review #Jurassic

Profile view of the head and neck of a dinosaur with sharp teeth and spines on its neck.
Christina Dongowski
2 days ago

This #review #essay of a new very detailed #biography of Malcom MacLaren really helped me to see why a lot of self styled left &/or punk rock musicians or activists turn out to be so easily absorbed into right wing rhetorics (and politics). This reads in great part as if Reynolds was writing about Boris Johnson & his communications strategies. Highly recommended.
#punk #popmusic #Eighties #SexPistols #VivienneWestwood #popculture

Tech news from Canada
2 days ago

Wired: Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Review: An Adorable Instant Camera for Anyone #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #Gear/Products/Cameras #ProductReview #Gear/Reviews #Photography #Shopping #cameras #review #Gear

James Davis Nicoll
2 days ago

The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich

"Babies, Mr. Rico! Zillions of them!"
#booktodon #review

Cover, The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich: title, author, and alarming text. Ironically, while the book laments that children are starving, one of the author's policies was to allow certain nations, children included, to starve for the greater good.
2 days ago

#review : to revise, as a manuscript before printing it, or a book for a new edition

- French: réviser

- Italian: review

- Portuguese: resenha

- Spanish: reseña


Join our new subreddit for language learners @

Lydia Conwell
2 days ago

#PsychicDrool | The Mechanics of the Rocky Ending

New blog post. This one's about the ending of the #movie Rocky. I just wanted to write something about it because it's one of the best endings ever

#Story #Film #Review

Terry Bowman
2 days ago


Just watched THE WOMAN KING. What a gorgeous film. I can't believe it received ZERO nominations from the Academy. Angela Bassett was 100% corect to be displeased. She and Thuso Mbedo both deserved consideration, as did costumes, cinemetography and music. #Lovely #Powerful #OscarsSoWhite

Kam Reads and Recs
2 days ago
The cover for The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig. Features a painting of a white woman with red hair, wearing an off-shoulder white dress, looking down towards the lower-right side of the cover.
Noel J. Penaflor
2 days ago


Generically entertaining 3rd entry of the Mama's Boy of #horror gets more laughs than previous entries because it was shot for 3D (the credits...COME AT YOU!!!)
Has an interminable start filled with characters you don't care about. They have names but you don't bother remembering them because they're going to die soon.
You finally get what you paid for after the midpoint...more or less. You want teens getting killed, you get teens getting killed in the most by-the-numbers way but at least you're diverted.
None of the characters hold a candle to Amy Steele's Ginny from the previous #episode and it's the movie's biggest weakness. The #ending provides a couple of surprises, but that might have been because you were bored for most of the running time.
The D in 3D(ull) stands for Does it get any Better? Eventually. Kind of.

#letterboxd #movies #horrorMovie #film #films #reviews #Filmmastodon #horrorFam #horrorFamily #HorrorCommunity #mutantfam #Cinema #Cinemastodon #Horrormastodon #link

Tim Richards
3 days ago

I'm always in two minds about seeing a movie starring Bill Nighy, because a) he's a great actor, but b) he chooses such awful films to appear in.

However, took a punt on 'Living' today and it was good. Simple drama about a man gone grey shuffling papers around in the public service, who decides to get something useful done for a change after he's diagnosed with a terminal disease.

Based on an Kurosawa movie from the 1950s, and given a very '50s British look right down to the 3:2 aspect ratio and vaguely technicolor tone.

Not perhaps as deep as it could be, partly because Nighy's character starts off as such a grey caricature. But it's a gently moving story, worth watching.

#Film #Movie #Movies #Review #British

Poster for 'Living', with Bill Nighy doffing a broad-brimmed hat.
Scott Campbell
3 days ago

Review of "Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children" by Diane Ehrensaft

I definitely learned a lot from this book. It is heartfelt and empathic, written by a psychologist dedicated to the well-being of children and to defending gender creative, non-conforming, questioning, genderfluid and trans children and youth.

It covers a lot of ground in its eight chapters, but the main takeaway is that the children know best, that we (adults) must listen, hear, trust, believe, and support them as they create their own selves and identities that fit them best, regardless of what society/parents/experts think.

Written from a psychoanalytical lens, Ehrensaft examines what gender is, how gender emerges and manifests in young children, how the family can best support gender non-conforming children, how parents can best support the transition of their child, the different options available for gender-affirming treatment, how to deal with other family members and society at large, and finally, how therapists can best provide care and support to gender creative children. Parts of the text, such as how to handle siblings or how to be a good therapist, weren't so relevant to me, but surely would meet the needs of some readers.

Throughout, Ehrensaft really brings her points home by providing numerous compelling case studies of both the right and wrong ways to do things, of how to handle different life situations as they arise, and in general of how to be the best possible parent to a gender creative child, regardless of how that child's gender manifests on the gender "web" or "spectrum." She also importantly pushes back strongly against therapists and treatments that only believe in the gender binary and seek to label non-conforming children as having a "disorder" who must be "corrected."

Overall, an important, insightful, professional, compassionate text all too necessary in our current moment. Highly recommended.

@bookstodon #bookstodon #books #review #reading #trans

Julia S.
3 days ago

TWENTY-ONE YEARS IN PRISON aren’t enough to dim the spirit of Carlotta Mercedes as she returns to a 2015 Brooklyn very different from the one she left in 1993. Funny, heartbreaking urban picaresque with a unique voice. B PLUS


#Books #book #review #reviews #novels #fiction

Sharing good Moments
5 days ago

🇸🇳 #senegal #review
41days ~1200km

- country is flat
- inland it gets very hot 40-50°C
- easy wildcamping
- accomodation ridicilous expensive
- people are friendly and keep reminding you all the time that you are white (toubab) and that they want money, gifts and your bicycle
- many kids will surround you as soon as you stop, you will never feel lonely
- everyone is lethargic easy going


Julia S.
5 days ago

A MEMOIR IN COLLAGE tells the complex, kaleidoscopic story of a marriage and its ending. Layered, nuanced prose adds up to a distinctive yet relatable tale. B PLUS

#Books #book #memoir #memoirs #review #reviews

Molly Cantrell-Kraig ✅
5 days ago

"Molly is such a steady force online, I just knew her writing would have words of wisdom. …What I didn’t expect was how relevant Molly’s advice would be to my new reality of being a long covid patient.” — Wendy T.

#LongCovidAwarenessDay #LongCovid #SelfHelp #BookReview #Books #SelfCare #Bookstodon #Mindset #review #breathe

Book review quote: "Written with compassion, wit, and understanding, consider this little gem of a book to be a life guide when you most need it." — Wendy T.
Jim Bowering
5 days ago

Stranger Things Happen
Review - Stranger Things Happen - Kelly Link

Quirky short stories - 82,000 words

Available at Feedbooks

Author's website

Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link is a collection of eleven short stories. It's available in various formats, including
#CreativeCommons #KellyLink #review #shortstories

6 days ago

I've never really written reviews. I've tried a few times but they've always just ended up being way too detailed explanations of everything and very little review.

Now I wanted to practice writing something different and wrote three short reviews for two #boardgames and a #videogame

#gaming #review

Catching Shadows
6 days ago

Book Review!! @bookstodon #books #review #fantasy Did you read this book? Let me know what you thought about it! 📚

Ewen Bell
6 days ago

Wrote a review for the Benro GX35 Ball-Head. Good value.

#Photography #BallHead #Review

Benro GX35 Ball-Head Review
Quality yet affordable option for full-frame cameras if you're looking to swap out your old ball-head for an Arca-Swiss alternative.
6 days ago

»Menschen mit ADHS hören immer wieder, dass sie „zu sensibel“ sind oder dass sie aufhören sollten, so „empfindlich“ zu sein. Ebenso könnte man auch ein Kind mit Heuschnupfen dazu auffordern, nicht mehr „so allergisch“ zu sein.«
Aus »Unruhe Im Kopf« von Gabor Maté
via #ADHS #Gelesen #Review

Texas Observer
6 days ago

Kicking off our coverage of #SXSW, @gusbova reviews Deadland, a story of the #border that's far more than it first appears. What begins as an action film about racist patrolmen quickly deepens into something more disturbing:

#Culture #racism #film #Movies #review #immigration #Texas

From Deadland: A man ("The Stranger") walks away from the screen, beside cactus, high above the Rio Grande.
James Davis Nicoll
1 week ago

Danger International by Douglas L. Garrett, George MacDonald & Steve Peterson

Hero Games' table-top roleplaying game of global adventure, spanning the post-war era from the recent past of 1945 to the distant future of TWO THOUSAND AD.

#ttrpg #review

Cover, Danger International by Douglas L. Garrett, George MacDonald & Steve Peterson: A man and woman pose, guns in hand. In the background, the pyramids and a bevy of sinister figures.
1 week ago

»ADHD is: being told your experience is wrong so often as a child that you can't trust anything you feel as an adult.«
von @GeraintWorks auf Twitter
#Gelesen #Review #ADHS #ADHD

Julia S.
1 week ago

TWO STRANGERS IN CRISIS build an unlikely alliance in this tiny gem of a book by Maylis de Kerangal, thoughtfully translated by Jessica Moore. Atmospheric, poetic, insightful. A MINUS

#Books #review #reviews #fiction #novels #novel #SmallPressSunday

Kam Reads and Recs
1 week ago

@bookstodon My #review of #TheTemptationoftheNightJasmine (#PinkCarnation 5) by #LaurenWillig has just gone live, and I think I actually like it better NOW than when I first read it! Definitely a first for my reread of this series.

#bookreview #adventure #historical #romance #regencyromance

Full review here:

The cover of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig. Features a painterly image of a young white woman with blue eyes and curly blonde hair, her face to the front but her head tipped downwards so her eyes are lowered away from the viewer. She is wearing a light blue dress and light blue ribbon in her hair, and a necklace of small coral-colored beads around her neck.
Yahia Lababidi
1 week ago

'It is a great privilege to make one’s living from #writing sentences.

The sentence is the greatest invention of civilization.

To sit all day long assembling these extraordinary strings of words is a marvelous thing...

It’s as near to godliness as I can get.'

— John Banville

#literature #books #review #quote #language #WritingCommunity @bookstodon #bookstodon #reading #SilentSunday #Sunday #monday #art #writer

1 week ago

🙋‍♀️»Mach die Sache einfach nicht noch schlimmer.«

Aus »Der Tägliche Stoiker« von Ryan Holiday und Stephen Hanselman #Review #Quote #Zitat #Gelesen

2 weeks ago

Drinking a Starry (the lemon-line soda Pepsi is replacing Sierra Mist with). It's fine, tastes like every other lemon-lime piece of crap on the market, I do not care about this product category generally, have a nice day everyone #beverage #review

Scott Campbell
2 weeks ago

Review of "The Terraformers" by Annalee Newitz - @annaleen

A most exciting, unique, quirky, and creative read. Newitz magnificently builds a world tens of thousands of years in the future that both transgresses ours and resembles it in many ways. I didn’t expect a novel oriented around terraforming a planet for a private corporation to contain the multitudes that this book does. It raises compelling questions of personhood, interspecies relations, love, sex, property, capitalism, colonialism, labor, autonomy, posthumanism and more, all while being hilarious and endearing. There are poop jokes and moose romances; rebellions and mutual aid. It’s hard to say more without including any spoilers. As my partner told me, “The more you explain this book, the more I feel like I’m on drugs.” I’d strongly suggest you read it yourself.

@bookstodon #bookstodon #books #review #reading #scifi #sff

Yahia Lababidi
2 weeks ago

Before watching #ChrisRock special on #Netflix I was led to believe it was bitter & unfunny…

Having just seen it & had a good laugh, I actually think he did a good job of analyzing the culture-at-large, while taking the high road (he admitted to being a #WillSmith fan) & showed restraint then & now 👏🏼

#movies #films #comedy #funny #BlackMastadon #BlackFedi #Monday #woke #culture #media #review #recommendation

Scott Campbell
2 weeks ago

Review of "Becoming an Ally to the Gender-Expansive Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers" by Anna Bianchi

As a new father, I picked up this book looking for information on how gender assignation impacts a child’s development and well-being. It quickly became clear this book wasn’t going to answer that question, but being stubborn, I read it anyway.

Basically, it’s a liberal self-help book written by a white, cisgender, middle-class British woman whose grandchild is transgender. It’s got all the clichés of a self-help book: “The Four Keys” of listening, imagination, empathy, and courage, alongside “The Four Ss” of self-knowledge, self-awareness, self-forgiveness, and self-esteem. These help us navigate the treacherous waters of the “Gender Matrix” – to understand its construction, see how it functions, grasp its purpose, and, in the longest chapter, “dismantle” it. But all in a manner that will leave oppressive structures and hierarchies intact.

Now, I don’t want to entirely disregard the book. It is meant as a mild, gentle guide for those who have or care for trans or genderfluid kids and are confused (um, er, bigoted) and don’t understand a thing about gender. This may be helpful to some folks and as a result may improve the lives of some trans kids. That’s not nothing. At the same time, in my view, we’re past the point of mild and gentle in the struggle against anti-trans hate and transphobia. We’re also past liberal ally politics, of which this book is definitely a part and advocates for ( We’re past the point that one’s individual behavior is the key to making a difference in the world, which is the crux of the argument here. The only manner in which I’d endorse this book is as a stepping stone to further radicalization, but if it stops here, then it won’t be enough.

@bookstodon #bookstodon #books #review #reading #gender #trans

Some thoughts and a review after finishing Jeanne D'arc, a tactics #JRPG I started like 4 years ago on my trusty #psp.

This is day 43 of #100DaysToOffload'arc-review/

#blog #review #gaming #FireEmblem #retrogaming

3 weeks ago

Index for Retro Scifi’s of the Week

Dec 2021

Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Jan 2022

Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Silent Running (1972)

Feb 2022

Andromeda Strain (1971)

Soylent Green (1973)

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

A Taste of Armageddon (1967)

Mar 2022

The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

The Bicentennial Man (1999)

War of the Satellites (1958)

I, Robot (2004)

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe: Doom of the Dictator (1940)

Apr 2022

Tron (1982)

Starship Troopers (1997)

Godzilla (1954)

12 to the Moon (1960)

May 2022

The Time Machine (1960)

Contact (1997)

The Atomic Submarine (1954)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

June 2022

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Metropolis (1927)

Supercar (1965)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

AI: Artificial Intelligence (2000)

July 2022

Virtuosity (1995)

Battlefield Earth (2000)

Brainstorm (1983)

Timebomb (1991)

August 2022

Radar Men from the Moon (1952)

Electric Dreams (1984)

September 2022

American Warships (2012)

Epoch (2001)

Splash (1984)

Loss of Sensation (1935)

Waterworld (1995)

October 2022

The Island (2005)

In Time (2011)

Justin Time (2010)

November 2022

WarGames (1983)

Mission to Mars (2000)

Stepford Wives (1975)

Avatar (2009)

December 2022

The China Syndrome (1979)

Inception (2010)

Altered States (1980)

Things To Come (1936)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

January 2023

Dancing on the Moon (1935)

Woman in the Moon (1929)

Abre Los Ojos (1997)

Short Circuit (1986)

February 2023

Snowpiercer (2013)

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

The Village (2004)

March 2023

After Earth (2013)

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Bryce Wray
3 weeks ago

“Publish or perish” in 2023

Where the deployment of one’s static website is concerned, there’s a lot more to consider than in 2019.

#WebDev #StaticSiteGenerators #StaticWebsites #Review #Netlify #Vercel #Render #DigitalOcean #AppPlatform #Cloudflare #CloudflarePages

Ellie, Who Slows the Sunset
3 weeks ago

New review! 220 - Cave Story

This week we dive into one of the all-time classics, the great ur-example of the indie scene, and one of the most undeniably influential games of the last 20 years with Cave Story

#blog #blogging #review #RetroGaming #RetroGames #Indie #IndieGame

Scott Campbell
4 weeks ago

Review of "The Idea of the World: A Multi-Disciplinary Argument for the Mental Nature of Reality" by Bernardo Kastrup - @BernardoKastrup

tl;dr: Kastrup argues for idealism as the ontology of reality.

In ten academic essays written with their publication as this book in mind, plus additional materials, Kastrup puts forth a systematic defense/advocacy for his case that the ontological primitive of reality is universal phenomenal consciousness. In five parts, he levels his critiques against physicalism – the currently predominant ontology of reality, builds out his idealist ontology, supports his ontology against common rebuttals, lays out the neuroscientific evidence in support of idealism, and finally takes a parting shot at physicalism while contemplating the potential significance of idealism to our lives.

While to grasp the full range of his argument, one should read the book, in short, Kastrup claims that “that which experiences” is universal conscious. Humans and all other forms of metabolic life are dissociations of that universal conscious who exist in our own worlds which are impinged upon by one another and universal consciousness. Most controversially, the result of this argument is that objective matter does not exist, phenomenal sense perception founded in consciousness is all that is, and what appears to be objective matter – including our own bodies and the device you are reading this on, are the extrinsic manifestational boundaries of the mind/consciousness.

Now, I am not widely read on the ontology of reality, I find the ontology of being to be a more fruitful endeavor, but my sympathies do tend to reside more with idealism than with physicalism. This is both as a result of personal experiences and scientific developments in cosmology and quantum mechanics. If I were forced at this moment to state what I thought the ontology of reality is, I would say cosmopsychism, which is closely related to idealism. Indeed, in reading Kastrup, I found echoes of thinkers whose work resonates with me, such as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Brian Thomas Swimme, in addition to folks that Kastrup himself quotes, such as Carl Jung and Richard Tarnas.

As such, I enjoyed Kastrup’s text. Overall, I found his arguments compelling. The format of relying on academic essays was also helpful in that it led to the repetition of his arguments, making his line of thought easier to trace. My main reservation is the jump from universal consciousness to personal consciousness via dissociation. That seems like quite a leap to make. As well, I do wish there was more space dedicated to the significance of this ontology to us meaning-making beings. He does argue that idealism provides for a hermeneutics of the world, which is true, but expanding on that would have been beneficial, or at least of interest to me, when it comes to the question of, "OK, so now what?"

Ultimately, debates over the ontology of reality seem moot from a certain perspective. Regardless of if we’re in a computer simulation or a part of universal consciousness, I still have to get up every day, take care of the kid, figure out a way to make money, deal with life in general, etc. Knowing the nature of reality isn’t going to change one’s material circumstances. (I do concede that it may, however, enrich one’s inner life, which could lead to societal change as we reflect on ourselves as the consciousness of the universe folded onto itself and reflecting on itself. However, I am also skeptical of teleological claims.) Additionally, it strikes me as a combination of quaint hubris and curiosity to even attempt, as beings with the limited intellect which we have, to claim to know what the nature of reality is, especially as we are a simple product of that reality.

Having said all that, if discussion of the ontology of reality is of interest to you, especially if you have a sense that we’re more than just objective matter, this is a book – though challenging at times – that I’d recommend picking up.

@bookstodon #bookstodon #books #review #reading #ontology #physics #idealism

Odie Henderson
4 weeks ago

Cue up the rap classic, WHITE LINES and read my Boston Globe review of the absolutely insane (and hilarious) COCAINE BEAR. The grungy ol' Universal logo gets some love, even if it didn't appear on this movie. Make sure you read my explanation as to why it's rated R in the box with the stars.

And yes, the headline (which I wrote) is indeed a play on both the old Coca-Cola slogan AND the line from Super Fly that uses it.

#review #film #CocaineBear #BostonGlobe

4 weeks ago
4 weeks ago

#映画 #ガンズアキンボ #感想 #レビュー #movie #review #GunsAkimbo

Chris Lagasse
1 month ago

My first post in years… Trying to make a habit of it this year, moving forward.

A sort-of review of Larry Niven's Ringworld.

#review #books #sciencefiction

I'll get an RSS feed up in the coming weeks, I think.

Chris Pirillo
1 month ago

Three things I #love about my new #Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra #smartphone ~ #tech #review #video

(1) Zippy with routine tasks; (2) Higher dynamic range in photos; (3) no learning curve moving from earlier Galaxy device.
Chris Pirillo
1 month ago

#Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra First Impressions (vs S22 Ultra):

* Backup / Restore nightmares
* Doesn't feel much different
* Doesn't run much differently
* Expected lag still there
* Feels a hair faster at times
* #Camera output mostly better
* Battery's been a superhero
* Richer audio / speakers
* Edges still way too curved
* This screen definitely cool(er)

#tech #review #smartphone #SamsungGalaxy

Terence Eden
1 month ago

🆕 blog! “Review Mello MP3 Player”

This review was orginally written for a now-defunct website. Terence Eden - 2016 The Spec Mello Branded Cyprus CompactFlash MP3 player (v11) + 128MB Compact Flash card (a 128MB CF card gives you 124MB (130658304bytes) which is just about enough for 2 hours of 128Kb music. If you go down to FM quality (64kb) you'll […]

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#hardware #mp3 #necropost #review

1 month ago

this review of #HogwartsLegacy reads like a personal rant against JKR & only peripherally, does it function as a #review of the game itself

what do all of you think? should i buy it myself? beg someone for a review copy?

via @WIRED


Ether Diver
1 month ago

If you want a copy of my #NewAlbum #PsychedelicGhostStories but can't pay (or just don't want to LOL), I am offering free DL codes to anyone who will listen to it and make a post here about your opinion with a link to the album (gotta tag me in too, so I see it).

#Review #FreeMusic #Bandcamp

James Davis Nicoll
1 month ago

Are you 30 or younger and want to review old science fiction and fantasy? Do you know someone who is under 30 who wants to review old SFF? Aurora-finalist Young People Read Old SFF is looking for more reviewers! If you'd like to become one of my (strike) victims (/strike) volunteers, please contact me here or at jdnicoll at panix dot com!

#youngpeoplereadoldsff #booktodon #review

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Terence Eden
1 month ago

🆕 blog! “Gadget Review - X-Sense Wireless Interlinked Heat Alarm XH02-W”

Last year, I reviewed the X-Sense wireless interlinked smoke alarms. They were a multipack of smoke alarms - set one off in the kitchen and the one in your bedroom will start chirping. As I noted at the time, they were only smoke alarms. Without an interlinked heat alarm, the…

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#gadget #home #review

Wayne Dixon
1 month ago

As posted yesterday,

A Review of the 14-inch M2 Max MacBook Pro

After using a 2015 MacBook Pro as my laptop for well over 7 1/2 years, it was time for an upgrade. I ordered a 14-inch M2 Max MacBook in Space Gray. After having it for about 10 days, here are my thoughts about the laptop.

#MacBookPro #Review #M2Max #14inchMacBookPro

Terence Eden
1 month ago

🆕 blog! “Gadget Review: Topdon TC004 Infrared Camera”

A few years ago, I tried out that Seek Thermal Compact Infrared Camera which is a USB addon for phones. It was a good gadget, but had a number of compromises to get it into such a small form-factor. I've just been sent the TopDon TC004 handheld thermal camera to review. It's a chunky beast […]

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#gadget #infrared #review #thermal

Jan Beta
1 month ago

New video! I'm taking an in-depth look at the new #EVO64 #Commodore64 replica board and test its capabilities. #C64 #Commodore #Replica #SID #NuTube #Review #RetroComputing #VintageComputing #DemoScene

Julia S.
1 month ago

TONI MORRISON AS FRIEND and mentor, marvelously depicted in this elegant, passionate, elegiac book that entwines a younger writer’s memoir with a biography of her extraordinary connection with one of the most celebrated authors in history. A MINUS
#review #reviews #memoir #biography #BlackHistory #blackhistorymonth #tonimorrison

Kev Quirk
1 month ago

My first #review on CasioGuy. It's a new watch in the #Casio line-up - the MWD-110H.


2 months ago
Pratik Patel
2 months ago

Four months later – I was wrong about the Apple Watch Ultra

#Review #Tech #Apple

2 months ago