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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Sanderson

Each Saturday, Jason spotlights one person, product, service, or work of art he finds particularly amazing; the kinds of things that make you wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone have this?” (Read more at www. jasonrpeters.com.)

If you read epic fantasy, chances are you’ve heard of Brandon Sanderson. If you’re one of the few that hasn’t, sit up and pay attention.

Sanderson gained instant notoriety with Robert Jordan’s fandom when he was chosen by Harriet Rigney (the late Robert Jordan’s wife) to write the final volumes of the Wheel of Time series.

Like many others, it was this news which brought Sanderson to my attention. And as crucial a step as this was in Sanderson’s developing career, true Sanderson fans might consider it a mere footnote.

The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time was an incredible read for about four books, after which it waded into perennial sequilitis. Jordan, having unraveled the Pattern at the rate of one or two Forsaken (The Wheel of Time’s major villains) per book, was unwilling to dive into the final chapters which would release all thirteen AND the dark lord they served, not to mention all the other forces of good and evil rattling around in Jordan’s brain.

The result was a long series of long books with phenomenal moments, but no end in sight. It was disappointing but not surprising when Robert Jordan passed away before the epic tale could be completed.

I give you this backdrop because though Sanderson was also a fan of Robert Jordan, in my estimation his work exceeds Jordan’s on many counts. Read More →

SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: You Can Call Me Al

Each Saturday, Jason spotlights one person, product, service, or work of art he finds particularly amazing; the kinds of things that make you wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone have this?” (Read more atwww. jasonrpeters.com.)

Today’s spotlight falls on one of my favorite songs of all time; it was featured at my wedding, and is guaranteed to force my wife and I to dance in whatever confined space is available to us at the moment; most recently, the front seats of our sedan.

More amazingly, I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.

The song proves Simon’s pure artistry just in the layering of the opening lines:

The brass hook leaping forward promptly at 0:00 prepares you for music that moves. The bass line introduced at ~0:03 immediately delivers on that promise, quickly followed with snazzy percussion. Each layer is catchy on its own; together they synergize deliciously. Read More →

SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: The best YouTube video I’ve ever seen.

Each Saturday, Jason spotlights one product or service or work of art he finds particularly amazing; the kinds of things that make you wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone have this?” (Read more at www. jasonrpeters.com.)

For the most part, I can’t stand YouTube. It’s like the worst aspects of television and the internet mixed into one, only without the benefit of real content like full-length television shows or movies.

That said, I do delve into the content wasteland for a few reasons. It’s a great place to learn intricate bossfights for World of Warcraft, for instance, so you don’t look an idiot when you first arrive. (#1 rule: Don’t stand in the fire.)

Beyond that, if a friend or relative recommends a video, I will grudgingly have a look. But only once have I ever been thrilled instead of annoyed by the time I actually watched the video.

This video by Sam Tsui was recommended to me by my wife, and I loved it.

Sam is a music student at Yale, and this is a video of him accompanying himself in a six-part a capella arrangement of a Michael Jackson medley. Read More →