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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Best of 2013 Rando Musings

This year I really got into Roman History, first courtesy Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast, and then Mike Duncan's History of Rome podcast. Both podcasts were recommended to me by good buddy and fellow traveler Mike R. Thanks duder! I whole-heartedly recommend both Hardcore History and History of Rome. Dan Carlin also does a political commentary podcast called Common Sense, and I'm continually blown away by how right on Carlin is. Neither Right nor Left, Carlin continuously hits the head on the nail of current political and social issues. I just love it.

Mike Duncan is now doing a podcast called Revolutions, in which he's going to cover various revolutions throughout world history. I'm going to finish History of Rome before I start Revolutions in earnest (I've listened to the first few episodes of Revolutions and enjoyed it); the Huns have made their first appearance on History of Rome so I'm nearing the end, I'm somewhere after the 150th episode, with each episode hovering under 30 minutes, I think.

I have also been trying to read Tom Holland's Rubicon for several months but I'm a bad reader. It's a cool book though.

Anyway, I read 1984, re-discovered Rodney Dangerfield, read some comic book trades, got into play by email Dungeons and Dragons with my buddies. Early this year I discovered memes but my fascination faded. I loved but they blew that and the site shut down. I met a lot of cool music fans thanks to that site. I got on Google Play instead of Spotify (Google Play is cheaper). Played a lot of Magic the Gathering Online and a lot of GOG games.

For me, 2013 was def the year of Flipboard. Fun to use on my phone.

My fave musical discoveries of 2013 were White Lung, Death Grips, Killer Mike and Big Freedia. I would provide links but, in the words of Big Freedia hisself, "YOU ALREADY KNOW!!!"