26 June 2015

Heart rate

I played a bit of Age of Empires 2 HD last night. I was very relaxed. That game has that effect. My heart rate was down to 56 last night. That wasn't too bad.

I don't think I can attain the heart rate of 40s at rest again unless I start running like I did in 2001 or 2002.

24 June 2015

Of music and bands

My current favourites are:

Kiethevez
Ladytron
Marnie
Marsheaux
Hooverphonic
John Foxx
Namnambulu
Frozen Plasma
Voice Industrie
VNV Nation

Just a few years ago, they were:

In Strict Confidence
Imperative Reaction
Front Line Assembly
Covenant
Assemblage 23
Clan of Xymox
Elegant Machinery
Neuroactive
Negative Format
Rational Youth

I seldom listen to eighties music, at least not for the last decade or two.

Of bands from the eighties

This new Duran Duran single 'Pressure Off' is a major disappointment, I hope the rest of the album will not have this sound. Oh well.

The last Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and Depeche Mode albums were major disappointments too.

The new New Order album does sound promising.


23 June 2015

Concord Publications

The books from Concord Publications stopped coming to our shores some years ago when a local distributor disappeared.

Then, the website vanished. Now, the website is back up. I wonder if new publications will continue. I certainly hope so.

Power outage

The neighbourhood was hit by a power fault last night. Two phases of the three-phase power had disappeared. The Singapore Power Grid guys came. Hours later, everything was restored.

Age of Empires II HD

I played Age of Empires 2 HD on Sunday evening. It has brought back memories of 1999 when Age of Empires 2 was a favourite. I played three games and that was enough, great fun but well, I had other things to do.


Apparently, there is a new expansion now, the first in over ten years, The Forgotten. I may consider it if the price were to drop.