Last update: 2017-12-29

Year in review 2017

This year has been interesting for me on a number of fronts, from moving into a new home to rediscovering some old childhood games and having some medical issues. The new condo is obviously the highlight of the year. It did require quite a bit of work beforehand, along with saving funds for many months, but it was totally worth it over the previous low-cost apartments I had before. I finally have the proper space to display my growing collection of figures and statues, and it's far more pleasant than anything I could have imagined.

On the gaming side, 2017 was a fairly uneventful year for new releases. I spent most of the year playing World of Warcraft: Legion and SWTOR, and very few new games got my attention. A few noteworthy names would be Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind and Guardians of the Galaxy. I also spent more time tracking down old DOS games for my DOSBox setup and spent time with a dozen titles I remembered from back in the day. So many of them still hold up, and they feel a lot more pure when compared with the micro-transaction filled stuff we get these days.

I saw Volta and The Phantom of the Opera this year which were both good. I've also been to more events than before like Comiccon and Otakuthon. On the movies front I started going back to the cinema, although I have to admit IMAX is the only way I'll buy tickets anymore, it's so much more comfortable than traditional theaters. I saw The Last Jedi which was better than TFA but I still find worse than any of the prequels or sequels. War of the Planet of the Apes was a disappointment, so was Cloud Atlas, but Logan was surprisingly good. For series, I still watch The Walking Dead and it's still good, but it's losing some of its appeal since the earlier seasons. House of Cards was also surprisingly good.

I've reinstalled my rendering software and created a few more 3D renders, something I hadn't done in a few years, but I don't know if this will become a regular thing yet. I also still write code on a regular basis, but less than before. It just doesn't have the same appeal it once had, and I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. Most of my personal code goes to improve this site, which I'm very satisfied with. I'm still an Apple ecosystem person, but I hate being locked down to a company's services if I can help it, so my personal data gets handled by my own software if I can help it.

Looking at my Health statistics, unfortunately this year I've hiked far less than previous ones, partly because of the sub-par weather we've had, partly because of my medical issues. I really hope to redouble the effort in 2018. I traveled less this year than in 2016 which again was due partly to paying for the condo and also the health issue, but I already have some plans for the coming months. Having a fully featured kitchen did actually entice me to learn how to cook some things with more than a microwave, so that was interesting.

As for the new year, two resolutions:

  • Exercise more
  • Fulfill my work goal

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