Posts in music

  • Media Diet, February and March 2018

    Music

    I’ll Be Your Girl (iTunes): The Decemberists’ latest album is fantastic. They’ve clearly made a shift with their previous album, and this one continues that with a bit more synth. It’s been on heavy rotation since it came out two days ago.

    Video Games

    Horizon: Zero Dawn: a very interesting combination of gameplay. You are generally underpowered, making you think more, but it isn’t an extreme stealth game. Very enjoyable.

    Dandara (iOS): Metroidvania, clever mechanics, not too long. Perfect for my commutes. Engaging, and just hard enough.

    Movies

    Thor: Ragnorak: great visuals, best of the Thor films, and really funny.

    Coco: 😭😭😭. Wow, Pixar did an amazing job on this film.

    TV

    The Good Place, season 2: continues to be fun, and clever with their shift in formula.

    Books

    Serenity Rose: a reread of an old series I have on the shelf. A fun world, and good characters.

    The Secret History of Mac Gaming: I supported this on Unbound, and just received it. A wonderful trip down memory lane, with many details I had no idea about. Bolo forever!

    Upcoming

    I need to get back to my reading list (as always). Destiny 2’s next expansion will hit soon and I’ll likely shift back to that.

  • HomePod

    Convenience is where the HomePod shines for music. I don’t want to fuss with menus, or having to look at my phone (especially trying to keep a one year old from seeing too many screens). Siri is good enough at music.

    For the price (and size) the HomePod sounds excellent. I’ve listened to much more expensive setups, and Apple did a stellar job. I’ve heard a few people say it is too quiet, but I haven’t even bothered to push it past 50% volume. My only critique is that the mids sometimes sound a bit weak. Oddly, it does seem to matter what type of music is being played. Might be a software EQ thing.

    Can the HomePod do all the other cool things that the competition does? Not really, but I don’t care. It plays music, sounds very nice, and doesn’t feel as creepy. We’ve been very happy with it.

    Well, except when I tried to get Siri to play music by Airplane Mode. That confused it a lot.