Movies Watched – Wrapping up 2015

Movies watched

2014 was the first year I started tracing all the movies I watched and television shows I had seen. This will be my first year blogging about it. I almost doubled my movie viewing last year. This might have something to do with why my book reading was down (to be honest that’s probably the fault of television shows. You’ll see in the next post…)

In preparation for the new Star Wars movie I also rewatched the first six. Instead of doing this as a solitary pursuit though, I invited friends over to view the films with me every Sunday leading up to the release of Force Awakens. This turned out to be a great idea and it seems everyone had a lot of fun at these viewings. I might make this a regular event at my house.

Out of this list the movies that stand out the most are The Babadook, Inside Out, and the Force Awakens all for entirely different reasons. The first is a fantastic commentary on being a parent presented as a smart horror film, the second is a beautiful reminder of the wonder of childhood and how much of that is lost as we age, and the last was just a really fun, space romp with characters I care about.

With that here is the list of movies I watched in 2015: Continue reading “Movies Watched – Wrapping up 2015”

Video Games Played in 2013

I own too many video games. I need to stop buying them. Then I should stop playing them. And read more…

January (4):
Shadow of the Colossus

February (4):
Knights of the Old Republic II
Aquanox 2: Revelations
Police Quest 1
Frog Fractions

March (5):
System Shock 2
Syndicate (2012)
Donkey Kong Country 3
Dracula X

April (7):
And Yet it Moves
Cthulhu Saves the World
Rayman Origins
Donkey Kong
Super Mario Bros
New Super Mario Bros Wii
The Walking Dead Episode I

May (2):
Bioshock Infinite

June (1):
Tomb Raider

July (5):
Candy Box
The Walking Dead Episode 1
The Walking Dead Episode 2
The Walking Dead Episode 3
The Walking Dead Episode 4

August (4):
The Walking Dead Episode 5
Noitu Love 2 Devolution

September (5):
Breath of Death VII
Persona 3 Portable
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Cookie Clicker

October (0):

November (3):
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templar
Hotline Miami
Diablo 3

December (10):
Shadowrun Returns
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance
Puzzle Agent
Puzzle Agent 2
Organ Trail
Back to the Future: It’s about Time
Back to the Future: Get Tannen!
Back to the Future: Citizen Brown
Back to the Future: Double Visions
Back to the Future: Outatime

Total: 52

For 2014, I’m just going to play the games I already own as opposed to buying any new ones. *fingers crossed*

2012 Completed Books

Kinda looks like my library…

Here’s my list of books read for the year! Not bad, but not my best either.

January (3)
Swanzues by Gronk
Tuk Tuk by Will Kirkby
Necropolis by Michael Demprey

February (4)
The Information by James Gleick
Dance of the Damned by Alan Bligh
Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey
The Information Diet by Clay A. Johnson

March (3)
Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World
Nine Algorithms that Changed the Future by John MacCormick
Sixth Column by Robert Heinlein

April (3)
The People’s History of the United States of America by Howard Zinn
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

May (5)
Reap the East Wind by Glen Cook
Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht
Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft drawn by Jason Bradley Thompson
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity by John W. Loftus

June (6)
Not the Impossible Faith by Richard Carrier
Where’s my Cow by Terry Prachett
Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey
Reinventing Life by Jeffrey Scott Coker
Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
The Witch Cult in Western Europe by Margaret Alice Murray

July (3)
Threshold by Caitlin Kiernan
The Color of Magic by Terry Prachett
The Light Fantastic by Terry Prachett

August (5)
God and the Folly of Faith by Victor J. Stenger
1493 by Charles Mann
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Johnny Mnemonic by William Gibson

September (4)
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Wyrd Sisters By Terry Pratchett
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

October (1)
Several Short Sentences about Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg

November (2)
Meaning and Value in a Secular Age by Paul Kurtz
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

December (9)
The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
1493 by Charles Mann
Guards, Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Complete Works of Flavius Josephus
Bhavagad Gita trans. by Sir Edwin Arnold
New Atlantis by Francis Bacon
The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
All my Friends are Still Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

2012 total: 48

2011 total: 50
2010 total: 69

False’s 4our – Android Apps I Can’t Live Without

Everyone likes lists! They’re the most popular things on the internet (and the laziest!) I got sick of feeling left out of all this list making so I decided to come up with my own! But, unlike all the other lists out there mine are only going to have only four (4our) items on them! Yup, I am the one, true, special snowflake on the ‘net. My other gimmick is that three of the items on the list will be good and one will be “bad”… You get to decide!

  1. K-9 Mail – The best muli-mail client I’ve found. K-9 l lets me check gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc. All in a clean interface and easy to use search options!
  2. Instapaper – With Instapaper I can read article wherever and whenever I want to! Just click a bookmarklet in a browser or on my phone and the article gets sent to Instapaper where I can read it at my leisure.
  3. Shortyz – Crossword puzzles from all the best newspapers (even the NYT if you have a subscription) delivered to your phone every day. For those of you who aren’t ready for the full crossword experience Shortyz offers hints for letters, words, and the entire puzzle. I find myself doing crosswords whenever I have even a few spare minutes
  4. Smart Tools – Looks like a good idea but I’ve never managed to actually use it or get it to work. It let’s you use the accelerometer, speakers, light, and camera in your phone to find out things like length, angle, distance, etc.
If you have any recommendations for future 4ours let me know either below in the comments or through email.



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