Category Archives: Music

Series #02 | [Black Mirror]

I’ll start by presenting a collection of the songs played in the ingenious TV show Black Mirror. The first few seconds is the opening sequence accompanying every episode. No fancy titles or catchy music. Just the somewhat uneasy feeling of realizing you’re seeing your own reflection on whatever screen you’re watching it on.

This exact type of uneasy feeling followed me all through the series, sometimes with such an intensity that I was left feeling completely fucked-up after the end of the episode. There is a couple of episodes that don’t really aim at tackling your gut in this way; they’re more like a breath of fresh air amidst the thick, choking overall atmoshpere.

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Each episode is a stand-alone story, so you can watch them how you please, but I’d advise watching them in order. But any episode you start with, you’ll get a taste of the twisted (or ahead of their time?) minds of the creators. Alas, be warned: I read somewhere, “One episode at a time is a challenge, so six in a row seems impossible.”, which reflects my own experience quite nicely.

Black Mirror ventures in a wide range of territories. Politics, social media, television, hate, video games, relationships. Most of the episodes are set in the (near) future, featuring advanced devices which make the whole point of the show seem like technology is the ultimate bad guy. All stories stayed with me for a few days at a time – the question always lingering in my mind; isn’t one or multiple of these fictional stories the inevitable future?

I wouldn’t exaggerate if I said that if I had to (re)watch only one show for the rest of life, it would definitely be Black Mirror. Are you ready to dive into the deep, dark abyss of humanity’s mind?

On a side note, here you can find faux comic book-style covers for each of the show’s episodes, accompanied by a short description.

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2016 through sound

This year brought me everything that every other year brings.
Pain-first emotion that came to mind; too many farewells these days, too many walls being raised simultaneously. Love-finding it, as always, in the strangest of moments.
States of bliss, of sorrow, beauty, desire.


Epic screenings, followed by epic music.

Gaming as a form of meditation.

Visualising love through cooking.

And as I am spending the last day with loved ones, I would like to close it with this piece of art. I started this year with watching Episode VII of Star Wars and I end it with Rogue One. Rebellions are built on hope, no matter how grim things may look.

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The closer you get to light, the greater your shadow becomes.
– Kingdom Hearts

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Francis Bacon

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
-Edith Wharton

What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.
Ray Charles

There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.
― Leonard Cohen

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.

-Dwight L. Moody

It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.
― Arthur Conan Doyle

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Η Δάφνη παίζει γκέημς #04 | Celebrating 100+ Hours of Civilization V

December 2, 2013. It was a fateful day. The day I started my very own first game of Civ.
I had been wanting to try it since forever but a shitload of other games occupied my free time. Since I never really immersed myself in a strategy game, I felt it was too daring to venture forth alone in this unexplored genre… Which is why some cold late November afternoon Cubilone proposed we play a hot seat Civ game as a trial.

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Oh the joy of the first settler!

(I remember reading about the debate on whether to move your settler on the first turn or not-I most certainly do move them almost always.)

Needless to say I was instantly hooked.
Very soon I started my very own first game as Japan, and won a (not so well-earned) cultural victory if I remember correctly. Since then, I’ve played varying Civs with mostly deadly results, especially after I intsalled the Brave New World expansion. At some point I just ceased winning the game, having taken the decision to play on the Warlord setting… Seems I have a lot to learn.

But even though my last 3 games were flukes, I always enjoy a good game where Casimir is being a gigantic turd, Elizabeth denounces me from 3000 BC because of reasons, Ghandi is promoting peace, Kamehameha has a hilarious awesome war theme and Attila is screaming more nonsense than the rest of the leaders.

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Look at this delightful bastard. Isn’t he adorable?

My all-time favourite has to be the Aztecs. Jaguars and gaining culture from killing enemies? Fuck yes.

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Montezuma the Terrible.

Now that I think of it, I’ve never played as Greece… Alexander was pretty lame though, declaring war on me, taking a look at my ginormous army and immediately running to save his ass.

No game has ever had the power to keep me glued to the screen repeatedly for hours on end, checking every little detail and parameter, never leaving things to luck. Or at least trying to.

Automation.

I’m curious about the rest of the Civ games- once we attempted a Civ IV multiplayer game with Rena and QB, but something kept going wrong the whole time and I never got the chance to enjoy it after we gave it up. Talking about multi, I remember an awesome game I played with my brother and one of his friends. Even though it was just us three, it took so much time to process everything that I read a big part of American Gods while glancing at PLEASE WAIT.

(have some moar great music)

Civ V has excellent expansions. Brave New World’s enticing new way of winning a cultural victory drew me in even more. Not to mention the overly clever name. I’d like to be able to win a domination or score victory just once though, but I’m still struggling with the game’s mechanics needed for a such a thing.

Now that I think about it, I generally play peacefully, but if other civs get angry at me because I’m stealing the bananas they wanted, they’re in for a treat. Get off my lawn!

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Indeed.

While everything’s great, I discovered that things like global warming have no place in Civ V, apparently. They did, however, in the previous games. Why not this one? Real-life parameters make the game truly challenging and, well, likeable. Thank Steam users for mods, anyway. I just started one as the Galactic Empire.

On a side note: hilarious comic. (artist)

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One more turn?

Music Crush #02 | Yianneis

Επειδή κομματάρα και συγκροτηματάρα. Also.

It’s podcast time! #01

After Cubes started his own little podcast, I finally got down to start listening to a couple of podcasts he had suggested. So I rolled up my sleeves and began searching for podcasts through Clementine. (incredibly useful tool, Clementine is) I ended up with around 30 different podcasts, including some for language learning. I had to restrict myself not to add more… Always hungry for more!

So today I finished A Life Well Wasted, which focuses on various aspects of gaming. There’s only a handful of episodes. Quite unfortunately, as the content of most of them is astoundingly enticing.
I highly recommend listening to this podcast, still having hig hopes that Robert Ashley will return to his forgotten child one day.

BONUS! for this podcast: It features excellent posters for each of the episodes.