Reading: Working Through the Marvel Comic Universe(s)

Cristina and I both have been buying and reading comic books lately.  I think one of the reasons why we both like comic books is that we are both just finished grad school.  Reading intense historical works or detailed educational research just makes us want to read for escapism.  Of course, you can keep up with Cristina’s reading with her Goodreads widget.

While I will keep going to comic book stores, there is no way you can read everything.  There is no way you can afford to read everything.

That is why I signed up for Marvel Unlimited.

At $9.99 a month, I will save my money by reading three comics.  In addition, it lets me fill in the gaps of stories I have already read.  For example, I’ve already read the Marvel Civil War series which consists of seven comics.  By subscribing to Marvel Unlimited, I now have access to all 87 comics in the series event.

Earlier, I wrote about how Spotify has increased the amount of music that I own in physical formats.  A few people that I have talked to say they actually have bought more trade paperback versions of their favorite comic events.  It will be interesting to see if Marvel Unlimited has the same effect on my pocketbook.

So right now, I’m going to read all those comics in the Civil War series. I then want to read more about Hawkeye.  Any suggestions on what I should read next?

Teaching: Using Spotify in the Classroom

One of my favorite things to do is to soundtrack my reading.  For example, when reading a biography of Truman, I would listen to popular music from whatever time the chapter was set.  If it is a fiction book, I try to figure out what music matches the mood.  I know this is a nerdy thing to do, but check out the subtitle of this blog.

This led me to thinking of how use Spotify in the classroom.  I teach Computer Science so that practically limits me to Kraftwerk and one Flight of the Concords song.  However, I have certifications in English and Social Studies and this is where Spotify can truly enhance a classroom.

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Listening: Why I Spend More Money on Music Because of Spotify

There are tons of things wrong with Spotify.  It does not pay the artists enough money, especially new bands and artists that do not and will not move tons of records.  David Byrne, who I admire greatly, feels that “the internet will suck all creative content out of the world.”

I could not agree with them more.  Except, I completely disagree with them as well.

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