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Shore Leave #16: In the Year 20xx…

Shore Leave is the non-Trek culture arm of the Deep Space Spines website, posted every other Tuesday and made possible by donations to the site’s Patreon.


Image result for 20xx gameI originally had this one slotted lower, but it has taken up so much of my time and energy that I moved it into the top slot: 20XX, a game I bought on Steam last week (it was on sale and the price was right). Bascially, 20XX is Mega Man X, with everything Mega Man games tend to entail, and also with procedurally generated levels. You go in for a run, beat as many bosses as you can, and then buy upgrades with the Soul Chips you earn that from then on may then appear in future runs. I bought this last week and have already sunk 12 hours into it, which I always think of as time I could have spent writing. I haven’t had a game sink its hooks into me this deep in a hot minute—probably the last time was with Stardew Valley. If you like Mega Man-type action, I can’t recommend this enough.

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Shore Leave #15: Late!!

Shore Leave is the non-Trek culture arm of the Deep Space Spines website, posted every other Tuesday and made possible by donations to the site’s Patreon.

Well, it finally happened: an article is going up on this site in excess of 24 hours late. It was inevitable, perhaps more so on a week where three posts are supposed to be going up (and Wednesday’s Judgment Rites installment isn’t looking too timely either). But hey, at least I saw some stuff this time around!

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Shore Leave #14: (Not Quite) Back in the Habit

Shore Leave is the non-Trek culture arm of the Deep Space Spines website, posted every other Tuesday and made possible by donations to the site’s Patreon.


Despite being a month since the last installment, not much has happened that I feel I can put here. I’m still really excited about Magic: The Gathering, and I’ve also set a goal (not quite in stone, but the prospect excites me) to watch every Coen Brothers movie, since given the nature and personal success of this site I seem to be into body-of-work-spanning projects.

One thing I did pick up, however, was Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?, a biography of Larry Norman, the man generally considered to be the progenitor of “Christian rock” (though his approach was nothing like current trends in worship music and CCM). Larry Norman was a trailblazer who infuriated the religious establishment with his insistence on using rock ‘n’ roll to reach people and befuddled the secular world with his insistence on following God. The subject matter interests me greatly, because one thing I struggle with in my life is reconciling the (in my opinion) frequent blandness of worship music with the idea of musical talent being a God-given gift. However, I bought the book through a secondhand source and ended up receiving an uncorrected proof of the book rather than the final product, and for some reason this has put me off the book to the point where I find it almost impossible to pick up. It’s certainly no indictment of the book itself, which I very much recommend based on the 100 or so pages I’ve gotten through, but maybe there’s something about holding a finished product that either I’ve been taking for granted or never realized. Regardless, it’s evidently a very real and powerful feeling.

But really, outside of Star Trek, that’s it for me. We’ll see if I have anything else interesting enough to mention in two weeks.


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Shore Leave #13: The Butler Did It

Shore Leave is the non-Trek culture arm of the Deep Space Spines website, posted every other Tuesday and made possible by donations to the site’s Patreon.


Not much to report this week, except that I’m finally getting around to digging further into the work of an author I’ve been meaning to check out more of.

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Shore Leave #12: Year of the Oracle

Shore Leave is the non-Trek culture arm of the Deep Space Spines website, posted every other Tuesday and made possible by donations to the site’s Patreon.


This past week, I’ve been on vacation from work, and it’s given me the time to accrue plenty of material to make up for last fortnight’s no-show.

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