2018 in review

2018 in review

These review posts have proven incredibly useful when looking up stuff, so I'll continue this tradition. (2017/2016/2015/2014/2013)

Non-Board Games I've played/bought

  • SW:TOR - Subscribed for the 2nd half of the year, played a lot
  • EVE Online - Not subscribed, but played a little
  • Diablo 3 - a little
  • Destiny 2 - a little

Books I've read

Worst year ever, I guess. Zero novels.

  • Effective C++ (Meyers) - Had to learn and improve my C++, I guess it's good.
  • Operating Systems (Tanenbaum) - Reread my 17 year old copy. Still good for basics.

The pile of shame - books I wanted to read

Movies I've (re-)watched

  • Wonder Woman (Stream) - pretty good
  • A Wrinkle In Time (Cinema) - wasn't bad, but not awesome either
  • Avengers: Infinity War (Cinema 2x) - ok, 2nd time was in Spanish
  • Black Panther (Cinema and Airplane) - pretty good
  • Tomb Raider (Airplane) - awesome, best movie this year
  • Ghost in the Shell (Airplane) - actually quite good, still would've preferred a Japanese main
  • Ready Player One (Airplane) - really good, but the book is better
  • The Fate of the Furious (Airplane) - not as bad as I thought
  • Deadpool (Airplane) - rewatch
  • Deadpool 2 (Airplane) - first one was better
  • Supercharged Otters (Airplane) - how can you make a documentary about otters that is not good? :(
  • Neat (Airplane) - bourbon documentary, interesting and kinda good
  • Ghostbusters (Stream) - wasn't terrible, but not so good either
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (Stream) - finally, and it's good
  • Suicide Squad (Stream) - not good
  • American Ultra (Stream) - not good
  • A-Team (Stream) - not bad
  • Jupiter Ascending (Stream) - finally, not so bad as I had feared. Not terribly good either
  • John Carter (Stream) - actually kinda fun
  • Baywatch (Stream) - not so bad as I had feared, pretty funny
  • RED (Stream) - moderately good
  • RED 2 (Stream) - moderately good
  • Fast Five (Stream) - ok
  • Fantastic Beasts 2 (Cinema) - pretty good, first one was better
  • Christmas movies:
    • Arthur Christmas (Stream) - second best christmas movie I know, funniest movie I've seen in a while
    • Die Hard (Stream) - well, this is the best christmas movie :P

I had two long international flights. And then I wanted to catch up on some stuff.

Movies I didn't manage to watch

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Baby Driver
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • The Lego Movie
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Veronica Mars
  • Chappie
  • Mara und der Feuerbringer
  • Jurassic World
  • Fantastic Four
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • actually bought those and still didn't watch:
    • Thor: Ragnarok
    • Logan
    • Star Wars: Solo
    • Big Trouble in Little China

TV Series I've tried to watch

  • Archie S1E1 (Netflix) - meh

TV Series I didn't watch

  • Wynonna Earp S2 (Netflix)
  • The Expanse S2 (Netflix)
  • The Shannara Chronicles S2 (Prime)
  • Jessica Jones & Luke Cage

CDs I bought

  • Arch Enemy - Will To Power

Concerts attended

  • Wintersun & Arch Enemy
  • The Prodigy (& Slaves)

Other stuff I bought

  • new LCD screen and battery for my x230
  • 8 GB RAM for the NAS
  • a new Bluethooth speaker (JBL Go2), because the MillSO stopped working
  • Tai Hao Triple Play keycaps from Massdrop

Comics I read

  • Web comics:
  • Paper:
    • Several Dork Tower, Sandman (Neil Gaiman), Miss Marvel, She-Hulk

Social network usage

  • Twitter - no change - regularly, not overly much, more reading and answering than writing
  • Facebook - not checking it regularly, no more active messaging now
  • Instagram - posting a photo from time to time, checking others' stuff once a week


  • IRC - daily use, default communication channel for many people I communicate with
  • Jabber - still practically dead this year
  • Email - same as usual
  • Slack - using three communities, sparingly
  • Matrix - started using it in Oct/Nov - it kinda works
  • WhatsApp - replaced FB messenger


  • Belgium (FOSDEM) in February
  • Croatia in May/June
  • Austria in June
  • Netherlands in August
  • Mexico in September/October
  • Berlin (Qt World Summit) in December

Online services

  • Still subscribed to Netflix
  • Still using Tarsnap, but less

Programming languages used, roughly in order of hours spent

  • C++ - work, I like it a lot more than I had thought
  • bash - still too much
  • Python - work and a few private things, deployment and packaging is still hell
  • Rust - still learning

Podcasts I listen to

Very irregular this year:

  • Battle Bards - "A musical journey through MMO soundscapes"
  • ATP - I'm not using any Apple products and still listen to these guys sometimes.
  • noclip - awesome documentaries/podcasts
  • some real gaming podcasts, but even less regularly

TLDR: This is even less quantifiable than last year, I'm kind of confused where all the time went. Didn't watch much in the first half of the year, didn't read, didn't play much. Played more in the second half of the year and watched a few more movies than in the last years. No shows that take a lot of time though.