The two things that stand out in my viewings for 2017 are Game of Thrones and the Great British Baking Show. I finally caved in and joined the rest of the world and watched through GoT. And that probably would have been my highlight of the year if it wasn’t for the Great British Baking Show. What a lovely departure from the race to the bottom, zero-sum aesthetic of every other “reality” show on the air. What a cheery and uplifting change from what’s usually on the television. Coco was also embraced this even making the world of the dead more lively, cheerful, colorful, and hopeful than the world we see usually portrayed on the silver screen.
I didn’t watch as much as last year, even though I did watch 31 horror movies in October again. Click-through for the list.
Because this is now an annual thing that I do. Because I can’t help myself from keeping stupid lists. Because my backlog never seems to shrink. Here is the list of video games I completed in 2017.
Unlike 2016 not much stands out. The new Mario is a highlight, Bloodborne was fantastic. For new releases that is about all that I can really recall. I finally finished Star Control II after having it in the ‘to play’ pile for literally decades. Other games that have been sitting in the pile for far too long, like Pharoah and the Star Wars Dark Forces series, also got scratched off the list. Last year was also different in that it bucked the trend of less and less that has been the norm.
Regardless, you’ll find below the fold my list of completed games for last year. I wish I remembered more of them. Actually, I wish I’d find some sort of useful pastime… =P
I don’t know any other way to put this than that I failed in 2017 when it came to reading. In the ten years, I’ve been keeping this list I’ve always got into the twenties. I used to get more than double that! I don’t know of any one thing I can point to in 2017 that kept me away from reading. I do know that no longer taking the train back and forth from work has had an impact. That 30 to 40 minutes every day, not including time spent at the stations was almost always dedicated to reading. And, I don’t have that time anymore. Another contributing factor might have been the size of some of the books I decided to read last year. I’m still only halfway through a dense 600+ page tome that I started in early 2017.
This year I’m going to try and set aside some time every day to read. Hopefully, that will translate into better numbers when this year comes to an end.
Click through to see the little that I did manage to read in 2017.