May 2014 news

created: 22 May 2014; modified: 22 Dec 2018; status: finished; confidence: log;

This is the May edition of the gwern.net newsletter; the previous was March.

This is a summarized version of the revision-history RSS feed, overlapping with Changelog & including material from Google+ & LW media threads.

Media

Books

Fiction:

• The Quantum Thief, Hannu (Accelerando meets Lupin; uncompromising SF, stuffed full of interesting tidbits - the game-theoretic prison at the beginning is only the beginning; self-recommending)
• Catch-22, Heller (I reread it out of curiosity to see how it’d hold up after all these years. I still enjoyed it.)

Nonfiction:

Film/TV

Movies:

• The Thing

I enjoyed this a great deal. The special effects hold up well, I liked the suspense & paranoia especially since I had no idea how the plot goes and really was unsure who would be assimilated, and the characters don’t act too stupidly for most of the movie.
• Dr. Strangelove
• Her
• Nebraska 2013 (??? My relatives say this is a good depiction of the more Scandinavian parts of the Midwest but it left me deeply nonplussed)

Anime:

• Summer in Andalusia (Ghibli-esque movie about a professional cycling race in Spain; better than it sounds)
• Ghost Hound (attempt at psychological/supernatural horror that ultimately falls short of building up to anything interesting)
• Un-go (lame mysteries in the worst Sherlock tradition, offputting fan-service, not one but two major deus ex machinas; stick to something like Umineko)

Doujin:

Touhou:

Vocaloid: