Watched: FREE SOLO

FREE SOLO is a documentary about Alex Honnold’s attempt to climb El Capitan without a rope. I loved the film but it made me very uncomfortable on many levels. I kept thinking about Ollivander in the HARRY POTTER films–it’s a great thing to attempt, terrible but great.

I think this opinion piece by Kevin Corrigan probably captures my feelings the best.

… Honnold spends the entire film expounding on his love of soloing, not a single other person interviewed wants him to go through with the climb. Tommy Caldwell does not want Honnold to do it. Peter Croft, one of Honnold’s Yosemite free-solo predecessors, reminds Honnold that he doesn’t have to go through with it. Honnold’s girlfriend, Sanni McCandless, tries her best to be encouraging, though she would much prefer Honnold not solo.

I’m not a climber. I’m terrified of heights. I noped out of several shots in the film like it was something out of the SAW franchise. Filming it seems like a very unenjoyable and stressful process at times. Still, it’s a must watch.

Played: RIME

RIME was the first video game my daughter learned to play (the second was Singstar, now Minecraft is a big thing). It’s a simple, 3D platform-ish/puzzle solver following the classic trope of a bit washed up on a mysterious coast.

We genuinely played the game together. My daughter had the controller most of the time (the scary bird thing was tricky) and we had great fun figuring out how to make a giant robot, how to swim to different far away areas, and how to navigate in the dark.

Polygon reports the PC version is free and the console versions are pretty cheap. If you’re looking for a family friendly game, RIME is a good choice.

Friday Music: Wilco Live from the Palace Theatre, St Paul, MN

Two hours of live Wilco covering the every album in the discography. It’s great.

Track listing
1. Cry All Day
2. I am Trying to Break Your Heart 9:13
3. Art of Almost 14:15
4. Pickled Ginger 21:44
5. Side With The Seeds 24:40
6. If I Ever Was a Child 29:50
7. Misunderstood 33:30
8. Someone To Lose 37:45
9. Handshake Drugs 41:40
10. Hotel Arizona 47:45
11. Via Chicago 52:00
12. Candy Floss 57:30
13. Bull Black Nova 1:00:48
14. Reservations 1:06:40
15. Impossible Germany 1:10:20
16. New Madrid 1:20:30
17. California Stars 1:27:30
18. Theologians 1:33:30
19. Box Full of Letters 1:37:30
20. Heavy Metal Drummer 1:40:40
21. I’m The Man Who Loves You 1:45:00
22. Hummingbird 1:49:00
23. Random Name Generator 1:55:00
24. Passenger Side 2:00:00
25. Locator 2:04:00 26. Spiders 2:10:00
27. Monday 2:21:00
28. Outta Site (Outta Mind) 2:25:00

1. Cry All Day
2. I am Trying to Break Your Heart 9:13
3. Art of Almost 14:15
4. Pickled Ginger 21:44
5. Side With The Seeds 24:40
6. If I Ever Was a Child 29:50
7. Misunderstood 33:30
8. Someone To Lose 37:45
9. Handshake Drugs 41:40
10. Hotel Arizona 47:45
11. Via Chicago 52:00
12. Candy Floss 57:30
13. Bull Black Nova 1:00:48
14. Reservations 1:06:40
15. Impossible Germany 1:10:20
16. New Madrid 1:20:30
17. California Stars 1:27:30
18. Theologians 1:33:30
19. Box Full of Letters 1:37:30
20. Heavy Metal Drummer 1:40:40
21. I’m The Man Who Loves You 1:45:00
22. Hummingbird 1:49:00
23. Random Name Generator 1:55:00
24. Passenger Side 2:00:00
25. Locator 2:04:00 26. Spiders 2:10:00
27. Monday 2:21:00
28. Outta Site (Outta Mind) 2:25:00

Instead of arguing about the ending of a telly programme you could be enjoying good comics

GAME OF THRONES is over. There’s ages till the next WEST WORLD. Put down that remote and get thee you your local comics shop, library, Comixology, or Amazon and get into some great comics. Here’s some I’ve been enjoying

Firefly - The Unification War Volume 1

Firefly
This ongoing picks up where the TV series left off. Greg Pak has the dialog dialled in. It’s funny and smarter than it looks

Gunning for hist music thriller. Issue One

Gunning For Hits
An A&R man with a shady past. A Bowie-esque star mining a talented up and comer for hits. Snappy dialog and fascinating endmatter. This is a great book.

West Coast Avengers
I wrote about this a while back and the book has since been cancelled. But there are two really good trade paperbacks you can keep and re-read forever.

The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine
Every 90 years 12 gods are reincarnated. They are loved and hated. Within two years they’re all be dead. It’s good, people.