2021 in review

2021 in review

These review posts have proven useful when looking up stuff, so I'll continue this tradition.


Non-Board Games I've played/bought

  • World of Warcraft - subscribed for the whole year, played a lot in the first half of the year
  • EVE Online - subscribed for the whole year, played a lot
  • Final Fantasy XIV - resubscribed for the winter
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn - it's good!

Books I've read

Finished "A Guide To The Good Life" by William B. Irvine. That's not a lot. But I've read four technical books on Erlang and OTP basically from cover to cover.

Movies I've (re-)watched

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle - the first one was a lot better
  • The Old Guard - I liked it
  • Falling Inn Love - wanted to watch a movie with NZ accents, no idea how I came to this one, was ok
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - desperately needed a rewatch
  • I Kill Giants - it was ok
  • The Claus Family - stopped after 30 minutes, I don't like it
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey - not bad for a Christmas movie, but not my favourite

TV Series I've (re-)watched

  • Arcane - only started, but it looks really good

CDs I bought

Two bands I've actually rediscovered this year and decided to support. I saw Mono Inc. live a few years ago and only had a shirt, I remembered Metric after rewatching Scott Pilgrim, and I discovered Unleash the Archers last year.

  • Metric - Art of Doubt
  • Metric - Pagans in Vegas
  • Metric - Synthetica
  • Unleash the Archers - Abyss
  • Unleash the Archers - Apex
  • Mono Inc. - The Book of Fire
  • Mono Inc. - Welcome To Hell
  • Mono Inc. - Together Till The End
  • Mono Inc. - Terlingua
  • Mono Inc. - After The War
  • Mono Inc. - Viva Hades
  • Mono Inc. - Voices Of Doom

Other stuff I bought

  • a new 27" monitor (Dell S2721DGFA) because my 2nd one was old and wonky, it's good, 380 EUR
  • a new headset (Corsair HS35) to replace my aging one for work - I don't like it, 30 EUR
  • a new unmanaged 8-port switch for below my desk, 11 EUR

Surprisingly little for another year stuck at home, not that I'm complaining.

Social network usage

  • Twitter - no change - regularly, not overly much
  • Facebook - I actually logged in this year
  • Instagram - need to delete that account
  • Fediverse - nope


  • IRC - daily use, default communication channel for many people I communicate with
  • Matrix - daily use
  • Email - same as usual
  • Slack - *work and 2 other communities
  • WhatsApp - still kinda unavoidable


  • other countries: half a day in Austria
  • other German states: zero

(Online) services

  • Still subscribed to Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime, but I don't personally use them a lot
  • Mostly MMO subscriptions this year

Programming languages used, roughly in order of hours spent

  • C++ - work
  • Java - work
  • Erlang - work, surprisingly fun to use
  • Python - for some small stuff
  • Go - for Advent of Code, I don't like it

Podcasts I listen to

Hardly anything this year

Stuff that kinda worked out

I like my new job, that's about the only upside of this second pandemic year.

Stuff I planned to do this year but didn't

  • do more Rust
  • do more Clojure
  • read at least 3 novels this year
  • more cycling, more mountain biking

"New Year's Resolutions" aka stuff that would be nice if it would work out

  • (more) mountain biking in the summer