2018 in review

A quick summary of 2018

Another year down. It wasn't a bad year -- no notable successes, but no big failures.

Little happened between January and May. I went to work. I started using a trackball. I stood at my desk for 12 hours at a time playing Subnautica. I played Suikoden II with less fervor. I went to some hockey games. In March I went to a conference and presented a talk that was the product of much research; the audience was small. In April I started the first of three classes remaining in a professional development certificate I've been working on since 2016.

Summer meant lots of time off. I tried to stay busy. I walked a lot, though the window for that compressed on both ends by persistent snow early and hellish mosquito swarms later. Indoors, I worked on a few things: the second aforementioned professional development course; digitizing and proofreading some texts (and creating a script to help); finally switching from irssi to weechat; and getting into a recycling groove. I also hacked away at my games backlog, playing Ultimate General: Civil War, Firewatch, Dino Crisis, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Dino Crisis, Kathy Rain, and the Darkside Detective.

Fall came and back to work I went. Though I found some time for photography and exploring the outdoors, mostly I worked. As work robbed me of my own opportunity to do and create, but gave me money, I compensated by buying the products of other's labor. I became a consumer. I bought a fancy flashlight, an expensive tripod, and a heavy duty backpack (now backpacks are an interest). All things I could use, but I spent too much energy selecting them, and thought too wishfully about how they would change my life. With less consideration, but to good effect, I finally bought a cheap replacement for the ancient 2011-bought Atom D525 that was in my server. Ironically (given just-mentioned consumerism), my other big project of the fall was to start researching the tiny and obscure groups to the left of Cannon's "orthodox" Trotskyists in the 1930s. Hopefully I stick with this.

Resolutions for 2019

My favorite things I encountered this year


These are some games I enjoyed in 2018.


While I didn't read as much as last year, there were some books I particularly enjoyed.

Movies and TV

Here are some movies and shows I liked in 2018.



Some albums I really liked in 2018. I either got these in 2018, or first really listened to them a lot in 2018.

Spotify's "Your Top Songs of 2018"

Take Spotify's automatically generated playlist "Your top songs of 2018" with a grain of salt. I chiefly use Spotify for things that I don't like enough to buy or illegally download. Anyhow, here's the playlist (truncated after 25 songs):