Non-Board Games I’ve played/bought
- WildStar - not so much as last year, but I played it
- WoW - I think I didn’t do more than log in to a sub-20 character more than twice this year
- EVE Online - if I played, it was early in the year, not so sure
- Marvel Heroes - has completely destroyed Diablo as my go-to ARPG - spent a lot of hours here
- Guild Wars 2 - my other go-to MMO in 2015
- Age of Wonders 3 - couldn’t resist a good deal, it’s quite ok, but HoMM 3 is still better. Maybe HoMM 5 as well
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood/Revelations/III/IV - oh the Steam Sales. Started with Brotherhood, not completed. Ongoing procrastination project.
- Talisman: Digital Edition - just not the same as playing the board game with friends, but it’s ok I guess
- Realm of the Mad God - nice for a quick run from time to time
- Mass Effect 1+2 - Finally started with #1 after I got told it’s really something everyone should’ve played. It’s quite ok so far.
- Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director’s Cut - just as good, if not better, as Shadowrun Returns
- Shadowrun: Hong Kong - still need to play this, high hopes it’s just as good as its predecessors
- The Witcher 1+2 - too cheap to pass on, same as with ME - but haven’t started
- Borderlands 2 - again on some recommendations - I liked it but haven’t made it very far
- Lost Lands - free to play hidden object game. First time I tried the genre, was quite nice to kill some time
Books I’ve read
Oh, that’s a short one this year I guess. After my kindle was stolen in February and I was commuting by bike all spring/summer/fall and also didn’t really go on vacation at the beach… I kinda didn’t read a lot.
- Vier Fäuste für ein blaues Auge: Wie der Wilde Westen nach Deutschland kam (Tommy Krappweis, Heinz J. Bründl) - German book about a western-themed amusement park near Munich. Very funny if you knew it.
- Burning Chrome (William Gibson) - short stories, including “Johnny Mnemonic” - awesome
- Larklight (Philip Reeve) - I think it’s a childrens’ book, but it has steampunk and it was enjoyable enough
- Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks - just as good as the first one
- will amend if I stumble over more, but LibraryThing tells me that was everything
The pile of shame - books I wanted to read
- Starcross (Philip Reeve) - aka Larklight, part 2
- Neil Gaiman - Coraline; The Graveyard Book; Fortunately, the Milk
- Seven Concurrency Models in Seven Weeks
- the two Foundation ones from last year’s list
- I bet I’ll find some more
Movies I’ve watched
- The Hunger Games - meh. Was pressured into watching it, not a fan
- The Hunger Games - Catching Fire - see above
- Avengers - Age of Ultron - not movie of the year, but quite good.
- Mad Max: Fury Road - was looking forward a lot and wasn’t disappointed
- Tomorrowland - actually better than I would thought. I liked it.
- Kung Fury - AWESOME
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith - had some funny scenes, not keen on rewatching though
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier - still good the second time
- Captain America: The First Avenger - good
- Guardians of the Galaxy - very good
- X-Men: Days of Future Past - quite ok
- X-Men: First Class - ok
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine - not so good
- The Wolverine - also not so good
- Ant-Man - a bit overhyped, but fun
- Pacific Rim - not as bad as I had imagined. Entertaining, but not good.
- Haywire - I’m not saying it was awful…
- Daredevil - I’m also not saying it was awful..
- Star Wars - The Phantom Menace - Even worse than when I first watched it.
- Star Wars - Attack of the Clones - This one was actually better when rewatching it.
- Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith - Let’s just leave it at ‘meh’.
- Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Apart from the plot, finally a good Star Wars movie again. Very happy with it.
Movies I didn’t manage to watch
- Jupiter Ascending
- Mara und der Feuerbringer
- Jurassic World
- Fantastic Four
- Straight Outta Compton
- Aeon Flux
- Plus everything from last year’s list, but the Edge of Tomorrow BD is at least sitting on the shelf already :P
TV Series I’ve (re)watched
- The Prisoner - still very cool
- Heroes S1 - made my way through Season 1, and I think I fully enjoyed one episode - the last one. Then S02E01 was horrible and I stopped.
CDs I bought
- Mike Patton - Mondo Cane
- Moloko - Things to Make and Do
- Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror
- In Flames - Siren Charms
- Deichkind - Niveau Weshalb Warum
- Deathmøle - Permanence
Other stuff I bought
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50x - SO GOOD
- New PSU for a laptop - apparently I’m lucky to only need one every few years per notebook
- Kingzone N5 mobile phone - extremely happy with this, after my Desire Z just got too slow for daily use
- Xiami Piston 3 In-Ears - very good for the price
- Kickstarter/Indiegogo - nothing
Comics I read
For the first time in many years I bought some comics. Usually the bigger books, not the thin magazines.
- Ms Marvel (Wilson/Alphone) 1-2 - very good, ordered Vol 3 already
- Punisher (Edmondson/Gerads) 1-2 - very good, Vol 3 is sitting next to me
- She-Hulk (Soule/Pulido/Wemberly) 1 - very good start, but I didn’t like the change of the art style at all, so I stopped
- Web comics:
Social network usage
- Twitter - no change - regularly, not overly much, more reading and answering than writing
- Facebook - no change - maybe a few more posts, regularly messaging with a few people
- IRC - definitely more, although some channels went mostly dead
- Jabber - very seldom, everyone seems to have moved on and I can’t blame them
- Email - same as usual
- Slack - using it for work via their IRC bridge, but still have the browser open for the bonus things besides chat
- Austria in September
- CfgMgmtCamp and FOSDEM in Ghent/Brussels, Belgium, end of January
- most of Germany in August including M’era Luna and CCCamp 2015
- Literally zero change compared to last year.
Programming languages used, roughly in order of hours spent
- Java - work, not so bad
- Python - work and a few private things, deployment and packaging is still hell
- Clojure - fun projects like multiplex and a recruitment web app prototype I coded on a weekend
- PHP - work, I’m quite indifferent right now
- Lua - work, could’ve been more
- bash - ugh, one day I’ll write a sane-language-to-bash-converter tool ;)
- Rust - so much to learn. toy project: irc bot
- OCaml - brief stint with the book at the start of the year, sadly too impractical for me right now - but I enjoyed it, unlike 2004 in university
Podcasts I listen to
So apparently the only tech podcasts I listen to are focused on stuff I have never used, am not using, and don’t plan to use. Still I enjoy listening to them talking about things. Whereas when I tried some podcasts for stuff I am using and also interested in - I didn’t like the hosts’ style. Only exception were most Rust podcasts I sampled, but it’s too soon for a real review, I guess.
- ATP - I’m not using any Apple products and still listen to these guys.
- Core Intuition - Same thing applies, but at least more developer stuff.
- Under the Radar - And number three of the odd podcasts.
- Battle Bards - “A musical journey through MMO soundscapes”
- some real gaming podcasts, mostly talking about games I don’t play