The Great Order of the Universe

February 1st, 2023

My game Touch Love is in the opening show of a new studio/exhibition space in New York. I was probably a bit demanding for small DIY space, but they’re kindly going to the effort of setting it up with two Wii nunchuck controllers instead of a keyboard :)

Also in the show is:

Meant to be a small thing. You have to RSVP on Eventbrite to get the address.

2022

January 16th, 2023

I do rough drafts of these kinda posts every year, but this year I’m publishing one! Here’re some things I liked in 2022.

I was given a book for my birthday, which started me reading again after a long break. The one that’s really stuck with me is Border Districts, by Gerald Murnane. I saw a doco on him in 2019, and have been meaning to read one of his books ever since. I’m reading Tamarisk Row now.

None of the films I saw really-really-really stand out, but:—
The The Cleaning Company doco I saw on SBS about a trauma cleaning company and the life of it’s owner Sandra Pankhurst. Really heartbreaking in a life-affirming, encouraging way.
My favourite thing from MIFF was Demon Pond. The main actor, Tamasaburo Bando, has a background in Kabuki theatre and is mesmerising. There are also some really cool monster costumes in one part.
(I thought I’d seen August In The Water in 2022, but turns out it was right at the end of 2021.)

Seems like I didn’t listen to much i really liked, but I found a video for a great Nana Love song I hadn’t heard before called Dancing in the Rain, I think this was the year I listened to a bunch of Yasuha songs for the first time, and I keep getting this Doug Parkinson version of I’ll Be Around stuck in my head. Also finally went through the Talking Heads discography, but my faves are all obvious ones I’d heard before (Lady Don’t Mind, Girlfriend Is Better).

I mostly just played boring fancy game shit like Monster Hunter. One interesting one that stands out is Deity Driving. I like to be a car. I liked Domestic Dreams and Robots, too.

Five Small Pages From My Wiki

May 25th, 2022

Actually, my favourite part of having a wiki is all the small pages that barely have anything on them, but slowly grow over time. So here’re some of those:

Five Pages From My Wiki

May 24th, 2022

I’m a little secretive about my wiki, but it’s probably the thing I work on the most. I guess it’s mostly videogame, Linux, and J-pop stuff, so doesn’t seem worth sharing most of the time. Trying to find five pages that had enough stuff and weren’t about these things was tough, but I’ve spared you Linux ones at least.

I’d like to incorporate it more across my other web projects, using it to tie them together, so I’m going to be using a different colour on wiki links to make them clearer, and I’ll be using the nice green colour (#008800) DokuWiki uses.

J-POP LANDSCAPES

September 15th, 2021

I’ve started a new blog to collect together photos from J-pop videos.

🖙 jpoplandscapes.ryliejamesthomas.net

Here are some examples from posts I haven’t made yet:

African Disco, Funk, Etc. – XMas 2020

August 28th, 2021
Front and back cover images. Front is just the compilation title, back is the track list and a spikey rendition of Africa

Been meaning to share this for ages, but anyway, here’s a little compilation I made for Christmas pressies.

I wanted it to be more diverse, but turns out most of the stuff I like comes from Ghana and Nigeria.

SVGs for printing the cover are included. Tags might be fucked should be fixed. I’ve been moving from Foobar2000 to Quod Libet, so the music library’s a bit of a mess at the moment.

Track list:

  1. Only You, Steve Monite
  2. Enjoy Your Life, Oby Onyioha
  3. You’re My Solution, Eric Kol
  4. Living Everyday, Tee Mac
  5. Sweeper Soul, Super Mambo 69
  6. Talking About Music, Nana Love
  7. Groove I Like, Veno
  8. We Can Move, Free Youth
  9. Disco Dancer, Kiki Gyan

Cunt

June 23rd, 2021

Been sitting on this song for a year and a half, but just finished the video.

Sorry if you didn’t make the list!

Girls on Film

April 5th, 2021

Girls on Film, by Julie Buck and Karin Segal.

China Girls, Leader Ladies, test parts of films not meant to be seen by an audience.

(I prefer it without the audio) (also posted on Lost Discarded Abandoned)

Information Landscapes

January 10th, 2021

Wind

December 23rd, 2020
No Home Movie (exerpt), Chantal Akerman
Parallel Ⅰ (exerpt), Harun Farocki
Windy Lady, Tatsuro Yamashita
She’s Like The Wind Beneath My Wings
https://blueberrysoft.ryliejamesthomas.net/games/Wind/