Category: Mindless Diversions

Mindless Diversions is a place to discuss movies, books, films/TV, games, or any other entertainment/lifestyle stuff, without the constant internet bickering over personal political and religious preferences. There are plenty of places on the internet for that.

Occasionally, politics and religion will come up anyway – human art and entertainment often address them – and that’s fine, too, as long as your primary intent is to talk about the art – not to give your political opponents a stealth poke in the eye.

Comment threads that stray into politics or religion will be monitored closely, and, if you get a mod telling you “No politics,” or “No religion,” that’s what it means.

Mindless Diversions strives to be a place for people to come together, not be split apart.

Treat each other kindly.

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Sunday Morning! “Stoner” by John Williams

The “rediscovered classic” of academic life does what great art is supposed to do: immerse us in the inner life of an individual without romanticizing him, It is ennobling.

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Saturday Morning Gaming: Game Balance

I am always looking for games that create situations where you’re constantly feeling like Buridan’s Donkey, unable to pick between two or three really good options.

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Saturday Spins: Warren Zevon

Have you ever put on an album and it absolutely blew your mind? That is a basically what happened to me when I first heard this week’s Saturday Spin. Last week, I discussed Ryan...

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Saturday Spins: Ryan Adams

Let’s talk a little bit about Ryan Adams’s Gold and why it is a landmark record.

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Saturday Spins: Operation Ivy

Operation Ivy was only a band for 2 years, 1987-1989, and as I have often said before, burned bright, but flared out quickly.

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Saturday Spins: The Clash

I am going to, and this will be somewhat controversial, proclaim that Combat Rock is second only to London Calling in the definitive ranking of albums by the Clash.