I went into this book expecting the standard dystopian future stuff, or maybe a tale of evolutionary weirdness, but it was so much more. This book is legit science fiction mainly concerned with astrophysics but also the search for aliens, and the state of humanity. It’s about a galaxy with three suns and the gravitational chaos that it wrecks on a planet within. I can’t say that it is my genre, but definitely got me thinking.
October 14, 2018
October 13, 2018
Stabbing Westward killed it. Christopher Hall’s vocals were insane—some leads lose it as they age, that was certainly not the case here. He hit every high note, and screamed every line perfectly. I might even say better than the album for which they were touring.
Darkest Days was released 20 years ago. While that fact is instantly recognizable, it still holds up. The band made light of its age, cracking jokes about how goth they were and just being generally un-serious despite the content of their songs. They played the whole album from top to bottom, took a quick break, played a few songs from 1994, and finished with Save Yourself. It’s definitely worth getting out to see them at least once.
October 10, 2018
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September 25, 2018
September 24, 2018
September 23, 2018
The Underground Railroad is a brutal and illuminating tale of the Underground Railroad reinvisioned as an actual underground railroad. It follows Cora as she escapes from the plantation where she has been enslaved, through her journey to freedom. Whitehead is exceptional in his account of the foundations of bigotry and hatred in America and masterfully conveys the horrors of its genesis from colonization into slavery. As Cora was enlightened by the books she read, I too felt the power of books in this wonderful story.
September 22, 2018
This was the second time I have seen The Spill Canvas. They were just as exuberant and polished as the last time. Nick Thomas (the lead singer) was forthcoming about mental health struggles, the death of his mom, and love of his wife (who was present offstage), which made the show unique in its vulnerability. It’s hard to discuss topics like that in public openly without making everything a downer, but he managed it well. Nick’s charisma and amazing voice made the more than two hours of hits fly by.
The venue itself is a really nice spot. It is large and open with food available, and beer and wine. We grabbed a giant can of Golden Road Wolf Pup and sat in the corner on some stury leather couches for the duration of the show. We had a perfect view of the stage and the sound quality was decent.
One of my favorite parts about Millard Canyon Falls is the drive to get there, with the road curving up the San Gabriel Mountains, then making a hard left to bend and slope back down into the canyon where it ends at a plentiful parking lot and the Chaney Trailhead. The hike up is short and easy. Both of the boys had no trouble going up and back down with plenty of energy to spare. The trail is fun and shady, heading through a small campground (with bathrooms), scaling a wall, skipping over a stream several times, dodging overhead trees, and ascending natural staircases. The waterfall itself, while meager, is pretty, and fellow hikers were kind and chatty. This is the second time I’ve been on this hike, and it has now become a family favorite.