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Super Collider
Super Collider
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Price: £22.50

4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Megadeth album for 2013, 6 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Super Collider (Audio CD)
After hearing Th1rt3en and not being impressed with it other than "Public Enemy No.1" and "Who's Life (Is It Anyways?)", and even those songs had something about them that wasn't to be taken to seriously, I didn't know what to expect when I heard that they were working on another album that was slated to come out in June.

Even during the earliest stages of recording they had a release date for June and they actually released it in June, now that's some old school work ethic.
I regress. So while the album was being recorded we got these cleverly cryptic audio/video snapshots of the album, where you could only hear a mish mash of sounds with only a faint sense of the riffs and music to come. This added to the mystique of album and Megadeth have always had a little bit of mystique to their music, ever since their debut album in 1985 their style was so innovative and technically proficient that while listening to the music's mind blowing melody, speed and intrictate rhythms, you couldn't help but to feel the music also.

But still there wasn't much to gleam song wise from the clips, but they were exciting nonetheless. So interviews about the album might provide more information about the direction of the album. And the interviews defintely hinted at a more direct approach to the song writing. Dave Mustaine said in interviews that he was focusing more on melody this time around and David Ellefson compared some the heavier moments on the new album to "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!". Hmmm, that defintely is a interesting and new direction and it sounds like a pretty difficult thing to accomplish actually. But this album really does just that and it's done in a not quite evident way and it's very clevery crafted.

The thing that stands most true about this album is the overall consistency, top to bottom, every single song stands on it's own as a quality piece of metal/hard rock songwriting and performance. There are 10 original penned tunes and a cover of a classic Thin Lizzy song in the main track listing and as a bonus there are 2 more original tunes and a outstanding live version of the title track from their 1992 masterpiece "Countdown To Extinction".

In summary this is the most perfect album Megadeth could have made in 2013. Megadeth are not young pups anymore, and I'm not saying they are getting too old, it's quite the opposite actually. Megadeth are a group of seasoned veterans that know how to get the job done and they are playing to their strengths while focusing on many of the essential elements of Megadeth's style. So how exactly are they accomplishing that? Well they are smoothing out their sound a bit, but this has been done without sacrificing any of the attitude or heaviness. By tuning their guitars 1 whole step down to a D-Tuning they add a depth to their sound that is unprecedented and by slowing down the tempo the melodies have more room to move around in. And also lyrically this album delivers, with some lyrics that are very timely. (Check out Dave Mustaine discussing all songs and lyrics on Spotify's album commentary version of Super Collider).

In closing this album neither tries to replicate Megadeth's thrashier albums nor does it emulate their radio friendly albums. It's just what it is. It's a collection of strong songs with more than a few excellent musical efforts and some truly exhilarating moments, it's Super Collider!

Invent Your Own Computer Games With Python
Invent Your Own Computer Games With Python
by Al Sweigart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Going & Fun Approach To Learn How To Program, 1 May 2013
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I have bought and read books on C, C++ and JavaScript prior to buying this book and this book is my clear favourite of the bunch.

I like this book best because:

1. It shows how to make fun little games.
2. It shows you the whole program at the start of each chapter and let's you type it in (but can also be downloaded) and then walks you through every single line and explains very clearly what each line does in the context of the program.
3. The author never uses any code or techniques that are beyond the scope of the book or the target audience.
4. The author also shows you how to use a debugger. He explains breakpoints and stepping through, over and out of functions and how to find out what your variables are at any point while your program is running.

Al Sweigart does a fantastic job at teaching the Python language and good, sound programming practices all the while giving you a fun engaging experience of making games. Game programs you can understand eaisly and even tinker with. The games are fun and but only text based, it's not until the end of the book that graphics are talked about. I this was wise thing to do becuase it's good to have a solid foundation in basic programming before you move on to the game oriented libraries.

The author has a friendly way of teaching that is not hand holding, but neither does it go above you understanding. Most of all it covers the topics it teaches thoroughly. All in all a very good book. Plus the book's website is very useful and includes all the source code and a very handy diff tool that you can enter in your code and find all the differences between your code and the original code from the book, which helps you to find any spelling errors you might have made if you entered the code yourself.

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