Periscope Depth

if this doesn't make you see, it doesn't mean you're blind

Two things!

(1) I have another post up on Overthinking It, regarding Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There are two significant plot holes regarding Ceti Alpha V – the planet that Chekov and Terrell find Khan stranded on – and I (over)think they cast an entirely different light on the real villains of the movie.

I’m particularly proud of this one; please check it out.

(2) I got tagged to write about 25 albums that are important to me on Facebook. But I’m doing it here, so I can give a short blurb as to why each entry is important.

1. Get Ready – New Order (lost my virginity to this album)

2. Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 (my first exposure to indie hip-hop, care of Hawver)

3. Blazing Arrow – Blackalicious (my first exposure to “conscious styles” hip-hop; played it on the drive from Baltimore to Ocean City, MD between my junior and senior years of college)

4. Revolver – Beatles (one of the first CDs my parents owned. I remember playing chess with my dad in our living room and listening to “Taxman”)

5. River of Dreams – Billy Joel (one of the first CDs I owned – a Christmas present, along with a stereo for my room)

6. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac (not the first CD I bought with my own money, but the first one that I played until I had it memorized)

7. Superunknown – Soundgarden (probably one of the first CDs I bought with my own money. Defined – and probably extended – my bitter teenager phase)

8. IV, or Z0S0 – Led Zeppelin (bought this my senior year in high school. Spent lots of free periods in the library, looking up Led Zeppelin biographies and trivia on the Internet. And this was the 1998 Internet, mind you – meaning whatever Geocities pages Yahoo! had listed in its directory this week)

9. Greatest Hits – Echo and the Bunnymen (my car got stolen the summer I graduated college. I recovered it, but every CD I owned was gone. The first week after I moved into the Brain Trust, I hit up Newbury Comics’ annual sale. I bought this, plus a few others that time has erased from memory, and the first volume of Sandman. “The Killing Moon” and Neil Gaiman will forever be linked in my mind)

10. Medusa – Annie Lennox (no reason; it’s just good. I think my mom played this on a lot of road trips in high school. I borrowed it from my parents’ collection when I went to college)

11. Greatest Hits – The Band (one of the few common music tastes shared by my brother, my father and I. If I had the vocal range to pull off “Unfaithful Servant” I’d learn the guitar just to play it)

12. Quality Control – Jurassic 5 (I played this album until my friends in college were sick of it, or me. I cut my last class at BC to see these guys play a free show in the parking lot behind Robsham … which I then left early to get to a stupid rehearsal for a stupid student director project. My dearest friend in the world, MT, stayed for the whole thing, rushed the stage and got the autographs of everyone in Jurassic 5. Even NuMark. Chali 2Na noted after his signature: “Your friend hooked you up! Give her money!”)

13. Perfecto Presents Another World – Paul Oakenfold (in college, Dan Upham was the kid who was cool in all the ways that I wanted to be cool. When he introduced trance to the CCE parties – more or less by strong-arm force – I immediately picked up the first album he recommended. I’ve only dabbled in electronica in fits and starts since then. This was my gateway drug, though

14. Lucy Ford – Atmosphere (my first Atmosphere album)

15. Illmatic – Nas (I already thought Biggie was the shit when I picked up Ready To Die, and I already knew that Wu-Tang was the greatest before I got my own copy of 36 Chambers. But Nas just caught me completely off guard. I expected something good – I didn’t expect something poetic)

16. Live in Paris – AC/DC (a staple of suburban youth in northern Baltimore County. I remember my spine quietly shaking with excitement the first time the opening riff of “Thunderstruck” came on)

17. Somebody Told Me (Singles) – The Killers (the B-sides released with certain editions of Hot Fuss included two songs, “The Ballad of Michael Valentine” and “Under the Gun.” The latter has particular personal significance to my first years at The Complex in Allston)

18. With Love and Squalor – We Are Scientists (the first band that I can say “I saw them when.” They were an opening act for Ambulance LTD)

19. Enter the 36 Chambers – Wu-Tang Clan (my junior year of high school, Brian Roman hands me this CD on a long van ride home from a debate tournament. “You’ve got to check this shit out.” I didn’t dive full into hip-hop at that point, but this undoubtedly planted later seeds)

20. Greatest Hits – Don Henley (the summer after my freshman year, I helped Andrew Torres coach the Catonsville High debate team at nationals in Rochester, NY. On the long drive back, he put in Don Henley and we sang along to every ridiculous song. I don’t care what you haters think – “Boys of Summer” is excellent)

21. Crash – Dave Matthews Band (the last DMB album I liked, and the second I bought. I got this in the summer of my sophomore year, and I remember listening to it for the first time during a sudden summer thunderstorm. The sky became a thick gray quilt, and I had my window open to catch the smell of wet wind)

22. Shake the Sheets – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (yeah, I’m putting an album on this list less than a month after I’ve heard it. I have a suspicion Ted Leo’s going to be important)

23. Shine – Bond (I got back into GMing roleplaying games in a big way my first year out of school, living in the Brain Trust. Pirates of the Caribbean inspired me, so I hosted a game of 7th Sea. This was where I really started to grow into the GM I am now. This was also where I introduced Melissa and Fraley, whom I’ll be marrying in 99 days. Electro-classical quartet Bond contributed a great deal to the soundtrack of this game – I remember “Space,” which I used as Villanova’s entrance music, being particularly chilling)

24. Disney’s Robin Hood – Walt Disney Pictures (I grew up with this dinky Fisher-Price record player. One of the earliest records I had – from so long ago I can’t even remember when I got it – was a narration and voice-recording of Disney’s Robin Hood. The one with John Gielgud as Prince John. I didn’t realize how often I listened to this until fifteen years later, at college, when I found myself quoting the movie back at the screen. Word for word, pause for pause, accent for accent. So apparently I remember a lot of it)

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