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    Default 2017 Media Log

    We are already a month into 2017! What media have you guys been consuming? Use this thread to log your items and it is a good place to look at at the end of the year to reflect on what you have consumed as well as to see what your fellow EoFFers are into.

    The idea is to have one post in the thread that you update throughout the year. Feel free to assign ratings to your items and set goals for yourself.

    My 2017 Goals
    Books to read: 25 (21/25)
    Games to play: 25 (22/25)
    Movies to watch: 20 (16/20)
    TV shows watched: No goal (25)
    Podcasts listened to: No goal (18)

    My ratings:
    * Blech
    ** Meh
    *** OK
    **** Pretty good!
    ***** Awesome!!!!

    Favorites of the Month (TV Show / Podcast)
    January: The Flash / Reply All
    February: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD / Hardcore History
    March: The Flash / Radiolab
    April: Survivor / S-Town
    May: The Handmaid's Tale / This American Life
    June: Designated Survivor / You Are Not So Smart
    July: The People vs OJ Simpson / Freakonomics Radio
    August: Game of Thrones / Reply All
    September: Rick and Morty / 30 for 30
    October: Stranger Things / 30 for 30
    November: Brooklyn Nine-Nine / More Perfect

    January

    Books
    • Super Forecasting **** - Very interesting yet depressing since the Trump world is basically anti to this very idea of applying rational judgement.
    • Ready Player One (in progress)

    Games
    • Persona 4 Golden (Vita) ***** - Great characters, maybe the best of any RPG. The dungeons did not get annoying like P3 either. The ending did drag on a bit but not enough to detract from the experience.
    • Pokemon Sun (3DS) (in progress)

    Movies
    • none

    TV
    • The Flash Season 3 **** - I like the direction with Kid Flash and Cisco is always entertaining. Favorite of the month.
    • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 4 *** - Sick of these body snatching storylines.
    • The Bachelor Season 21 *** - Good to mindlessly watch.

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio ****
    • Reply All **** - Great episode on Brinkley and the parallels (though unsaid) to Trump. Favorite of the month.
    • 99% Invisible ***
    • Radiolab ***
    • BrainStuff **
    • On the Media ***
    • This American Life ***
    • Imaginary Worlds **
    • Science Vs **


    February

    Books
    • Ready Player One * - Could not get through it. Terrible writing and I just don't care about the 1980s.
    • Caliban's War (in progress)
    • Ultimate Spider-Man Book 16: Deadpool *** - Not a big fan of the Ultimate X-Men who were the main focus here.
    • Ultimate Spider-Man Book 17: Clone Saga ***** - Possibly my favorite USM storyline to date, with cool guest stars and nice take on the clone nonsense.
    • Ultimate Spider-Man Book 18: Ultimate Knights ***

    Games
    • Pokemon Sun (3DS) ***** - More addicting Pokemon fun.
    • Danganronpa 2 (Vita) (in progress)

    Movies
    • Spectre *** - High on action, low on plot value.
    • Hidden Figures **** - Good story about overlooked people and math!
    • Moonlight ** - Well acted but no real plot and my favorite character died after the first act.
    • Moana *** - Good songs and story, probably would have liked it better if I wasn't in an uncomfortable theater with antsy kids

    TV
    • The Flash Season 3 ***
    • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 4 **** - Robot doubles and virtual realities are not new plot lines but they are making it work. Favorite of the month.
    • The Bachelor Season 21 ****
    • The OA Season 1 ***
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 5 ****

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio ****
    • Reply All ***
    • 99% Invisible ***
    • Radiolab ***
    • BrainStuff **
    • On the Media **** - Relistening to the poverty series.
    • This American Life ***
    • Imaginary Worlds ***
    • Hardcore History **** - Good episode on the power of nuclear weapons. Favorite of the month.
    • Common Sense with Dan Carlin ****


    March

    Books
    • Caliban's War (in progress)
    • The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country (in progress)

    Games
    • Danganronpa 2 (Vita) **** - Mysteries were not as a good as the first game but still very fun.
    • The Room 3 (Android) (in progress)
    • Dragon Quest VII (3DS) (in progress)

    Movies
    • Hell or High Water ****

    TV
    • The Flash Season 3 ***** - Musical episode was great! Favorite of the month.
    • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 4 ****
    • The Bachelor Season 21 **** - TV junk food.
    • The OA Season 1 ** - Hit and miss. Overall I was not too into it.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 5 ***
    • The Magicians Season 1 ** - It's no Harry Potter, pass.
    • The Expanse Season 1 *** - The books are better and it follows it closely enough that I'll pass.
    • Into the Badlands Season 1 ***
    • Survivor Season 34 ****
    • Galavant Season 1 ***

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio **** - Chuck E. Cheese
    • Reply All *** - Russian Passenger part 1 (Uber hack)
    • 99% Invisible ***
    • Radiolab **** - Shots Fired (Florida cop violence), great eye opener. Favorite of the month.
    • BrainStuff **
    • On the Media ***
    • This American Life *** - Ask a Grown Up
    • Imaginary Worlds **
    • Science Vs *** - Acne, Climate Change


    April

    Books
    • Caliban's War ***** - Picked up the suspense right after the first book, great stuff.
    • The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country *** - An in between of two more epic tales.
    • Thinking, Fast and Slow - in progress
    • The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists - in progress
    • Red Rising - in progress

    Games
    • The Room 3 (Android) (in progress)
    • Dragon Quest VII (3DS) (in progress)

    Movies
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them *** - Good start of a new prequel franchise though it was slow to get going.

    TV
    • The Flash Season 3 ****
    • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 4 ****
    • Survivor Season 34 ***** - Shaping up to be one of my favorite seasons ever. Queen Sandra finally voted out. Favorite of the month.
    • The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 *****
    • New Girl Season 6 ****

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio ***
    • Reply All **** - Russian Passenger part 2 (Uber hack)
    • 99% Invisible **** - Containers, oddly fascinating
    • Radiolab ***** - Nukes, a fantastic look at the very thin line that separates us from oblivion
    • BrainStuff **
    • On the Media ***
    • This American Life *** - Testosterone
    • Imaginary Worlds ***
    • Science Vs **** - Ghosts (lol)
    • Common Sense with Dan Carlin **** - Almost exactly gave my thoughts on AHCA.
    • S-Town ***** - Binged this one quickly. Great story about a fascinating man and the town he was stuck in. Favorite of the month.


    May

    Books
    • Thinking, Fast and Slow - in progress
    • The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists **** - Cool story about the fate of Hell.
    • Red Rising - in progress

    Games
    • The Room 3 (Android) (in progress)
    • Dragon Quest VII (3DS) **** - Great classic JRPG feel.
    • Zero Time Dilemma (3DS) ***** - The fragment system took getting used to but it all came together fantastically.
    • Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (3DS) (in progress)

    Movies
    • Get Out ****

    TV
    • The Flash Season 3 *** - I knew it was Barry but still a cool reveal. Disappointed that the girlfriend didn't actually die though.
    • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 4 **** - Re-used some plot of Age of Ultron but still engaging to the finish.
    • Survivor Season 34 **** - Great season overall but wasn't a fan of Sara personally.
    • The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 ***** - Riveting every time. Favorite of the month.
    • New Girl Season 6 *** - Cute and easy watch.

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio ***
    • Reply All **** - Alex's phone getting hacked was great.
    • 99% Invisible ***
    • Radiolab ***
    • BrainStuff **
    • On the Media - *** War on Drugs
    • This American Life **** - The Other Mr. President (window into Putin), I Am Not A Pirate (Somali pirates), great stuff this month. Favorite of the month.
    • Imaginary Worlds *** - Listened to the very first episode on origin stories and it was interesting.
    • Science Vs **** - Good one on Abortion.
    • Common Sense with Dan Carlin ***


    June

    Books
    • Thinking, Fast and Slow (in progress)
    • Red Rising **** - A lot of borrowing from Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc. but still an interesting world and story.
    • The Sandman Volume 5: A Game of You *** - Not as great as the other tales but still quality writing.

    Games
    • The Room 3 (Android) (in progress)
    • Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (3DS) (in progress)
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) (in progress)
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) (in progress)
    • Death of a Fansite (PC) ***** - Fantastic story, great characters, and a nice balanced battle system allowing for several options while also keeping a high challenge.

    Movies
    • Wonder Woman **** - Great origin for her and nice to see a bunch of women kicking ass.

    TV
    • The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 **** - Strong finish to a strong show.
    • Designated Survivor Season 1 **** - It's basically 24 with Jack as the president. I binged 20 episodes like they were nothing. Favorite of the month.
    • The Bachelorette Season 13 **
    • Orange Is the New Black Season 5 *** - Started off interesting but a whole season on the 3-day riot got grating.

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio **** - Steve Ballmer interview
    • Reply All **** - Phishing, Fog of Covfefe
    • 99% Invisible ***
    • Radiolab ***
    • BrainStuff **
    • On the Media ***
    • This American Life *** - Fermi's Paradox
    • Imaginary Worlds **
    • Science Vs *** - Nuclear Power
    • Common Sense with Dan Carlin ***
    • Invisibilia ***
    • The Bernie Sanders Show ***
    • You Are Not So Smart **** - Desirability Bias, The Half Life of Facts, great series I just started. Favorite of the month.


    July

    Books
    • Thinking, Fast and Slow **** - Learned a lot about how people think and make decisions.
    • The Sandman Volume 6: Fables & Reflections **** - Loved the historical context of each of the short stories.
    • The Girl on the Train **** - Not quite Gone Girl but still a great page turner.
    • The Sandman Volume 7: Brief Lives **** - Always great when it involves the family.
    • Gods of Risk ** - Didn't get much out of this.
    • Abaddon's Gate (in progress)

    Games
    • The Room 3 (Android) (in progress)
    • Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (3DS) **** - Storyline is a joke but fantastic maps and battle conditions.
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) (in progress)
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) (in progress)
    • Salt and Sanctuary (Vita) ** - I liked the Metroidvania concept and all the weapon classes but the Dark Souls-like difficulty, lack of pausing, and requirements to redo several challenges after each respawn made me lose interest.
    • Guacamelee (Vita) **** - Fun Metroidvania game with a sense of humor. Only complaint is that it was too short!
    • Super Mario Run (Android) (in progress)
    • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Vita)

    Movies
    • Spider-Man Homecoming **** - Definitely among the best Spidey movies. A little formulaic without a ton of development but I still had fun.

    TV
    • The Bachelorette Season 13 ***
    • Orange Is the New Black Season 5 ***
    • GLOW Season 1 ****
    • The People vs OJ Simpson ***** - Surprised how great this was. Favorite of the month.
    • Game of Thrones Season 7 ***** - Great start to the new season.

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio **** - Steve Hilton interview, Charles Koch interview. Very interesting to see how these people with power think or at least want you to believe you think. Favorite of the month.
    • Reply All **** - Fate of LiveJournal, Black Hole NJ (stolen goods shipper)
    • 99% Invisible *** - Orioles ballpark
    • Radiolab *** - The Gondolier, love the content, hate the editing
    • BrainStuff *** - How crowds can kill you
    • On the Media ***
    • This American Life *** - Magic Show
    • Imaginary Worlds *** - EVE Online, Dune
    • Invisibilia *** - Future Self, True You
    • The Bernie Sanders Show ***
    • You Are Not So Smart **** - Scams
    • Revisionist History ***
    • What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law ***


    August

    Books
    • Abaddon's Gate **** - Another great entry in this series. Stalled a bit at the end there but very entertaining and I love Jim Holden.
    • American Gods (in progress)

    Games
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) ***** - Definite GotY for me, even in August. A true evolution of Zelda and best game I've played in years.
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4) (in progress)
    • Yooka-Laylee (PS4) (in progress)
    • Super Mario Run (Android) (in progress)
    • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Vita)

    Movies
    • John Wick ****

    TV
    • The Bachelorette Season 13 **
    • Game of Thrones Season 7 **** - Overall a good season with tons of action and plot movement, but at the expense of the characterization and writing of prior years. Favorite of the month.
    • Rick and Morty Season 1 **** - Randomly got into this and it is very funny.

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio *** - Fracking boom (birth rates)
    • Reply All ***** - Tech support scam, one of their bests. Favorite of the month.
    • 99% Invisible ***
    • Radiolab **** - Sound editing software (very scary)
    • BrainStuff ***
    • On the Media **** - The Slants, gerrymandering, Newton Minow interview
    • This American Life *** - Small town Alaska & immigration
    • Imaginary Worlds **
    • The Bernie Sanders Show **
    • You Are Not So Smart ***
    • Revisionist History *** - Churchill's best friend
    • What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law
    • Hardcore History *** - Caeser's conquest of Gaul

    September

    Books
    • American Gods *** - Kept my interest but wasn't gripping.
    • A Column of Fire **** - Page turner, focuses on very interesting time in European monarchies, but lacks the character depth of the first two in this series.

    Games
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4) (in progress)
    • Yooka-Laylee (PS4) (in progress)
    • Super Mario Run (Android) (in progress)
    • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Vita) (in progress)

    Movies
    • Logan ***

    TV
    • Rick and Morty Seasons 1 & 2 ***** - Continues to be hilarious. Favorite of the month (only one really, but still worthy of the title)

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio
    • Reply All **** - The Phantom Caller
    • 99% Invisible ***
    • Radiolab ***
    • BrainStuff ***
    • On the Media *** - Bob's Docs
    • This American Life ***
    • Imaginary Worlds *** - Technobabble
    • The Bernie Sanders Show **** - Canadian health care
    • You Are Not So Smart ***
    • Revisionist History **** - Civil rights lawyers, McDonald's fries
    • What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law **** - Recess appointments, Takings clause
    • Science Vs **** - Detoxing, vaccines
    • 30 for 30 ***** - Dan and Dave, North Pole expedition, a new one and quickly one of my favorites. Terrific production value and compelling stories that transcend sports. Favorite of the month.

    October

    Books
    • Golden Son ***** - Better than the first book and page turning.
    • Angelfall (in progress)

    Games
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4) *** - A good game, but no where close to the original ME trilogy.
    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4) (in progress)
    • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) (in progress)
    • Super Mario Run (Android) (in progress)
    • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Vita) **** - Great story, characters, and action. A little repetitive with the locations and bosses though.
    • Undertale (Vita) ***** - A mark of genius, especially the music.
    • Wild Arms (PS1) (in progress)

    Movies
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 **** - Not as good as the first movie but the plot was better than the usual Marvel tropes and the humor was on point.
    • Tinkerbell *** - Pretty good movie for kids that teaches a good lesson about being your true self.

    TV
    • Survivor Season 35 ** - Just not into this one.
    • The Gifted Season 1 *** - It's OK, I like the mutant underground but I don't care that much for the family.
    • Brooklyn Nine Nine Season 4 **** - Still making me laugh out loud.
    • Stranger Things Season 2 ***** - Only worse than the first in that it isn't new, otherwise a great follow up. Favorite of the month.

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio ***
    • Reply All ***
    • 99% Invisible **** - Stethoscope
    • Radiolab ** - The editing continues to bug me, they try to be too cute with it.
    • BrainStuff *** - Mosquitoes
    • On the Media ***
    • This American Life ***** - Proud boys
    • Imaginary Worlds **
    • The Bernie Sanders Show **
    • You Are Not So Smart **
    • What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law ***
    • Science Vs **** - Vaccines, Anti-vaxxers
    • 30 for 30 ***** - Phil Ivy, inmate boxer, continues to be among the best produced podcasts. Favorite of the month.
    • More Perfect ***

    November

    Books
    • Angelfall ** - Not my thing but not a bad YA series from a new author.
    • Cibola Burn (in progress)

    Games
    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4) (in progress)
    • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) (in progress)
    • Wild Arms (PS1) (in progress)
    • Super Mario Run (Android) (in progress)
    • Pokemon Ultra Moon (3DS) (in progress)
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) **** - A pretty complete Mario Kart game. My daughter likes playing this one but tends to just sit there and let the karts drive by themselves. She likes picking the characters/karts more.
    • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) *** - Tried to play this with my son but he just wants to play the AT-ST part on the Endor prologue over and over again.

    Movies
    • Thor: Ragnarok **** - Different vibe from the earlier Thors but I dug the space adventure and humor.
    • Doctor Strange *** - Cool effects but otherwise fairly typical origin movie.

    TV
    • The Gifted Season 1 ** - Just not into a show about superpowered people that focuses on some dopey family.
    • Brooklyn Nine Nine Season 4 **** - Still very funny and one of the few current shows that has aged well. Favorite of the month.
    • The Flash Season 4 ***
    • Godless Season 1 ***

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio **** - Larry Summers interview, German economy
    • Reply All ***** - Bounty hunters, Facebook spying
    • 99% Invisible *** - Creating emojis
    • Radiolab *** - Driverless Dilemma
    • BrainStuff **** - Dry cleaning, mosquito bites
    • On the Media ***
    • This American Life
    • Imaginary Worlds *** - Fan Fiction, Haunted Mansion
    • The Bernie Sanders Show **
    • You Are Not So Smart *** - Change My View
    • Revisionist History **
    • What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law **** - Impeachment
    • Science Vs ***
    • 30 for 30 *** - Mike and the Mad Dog
    • More Perfect ***** - Gerrymandering, 2nd Amendment. Some great and very relevant stories. Favorite of the month.


    December

    Books
    • Cibola Burn **** - Another solid adventure though not my favorite.
    • Everything I Never Told You (in progress)

    Games
    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4) (in progress)
    • Super Mario Run (Android) (in progress)
    • Pokemon Ultra Moon (3DS) (in progress)
    • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) (in progress)

    Movies
    • Coco **** - Emotional and funny, took my kids to it!

    TV
    • Brooklyn Nine Nine Season 4
    • The Flash Season 4
    • Godless Season 1
    • Designated Survivor Season 2
    • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 5

    Podcasts
    • Freakonomics Radio
    • Reply All
    • 99% Invisible
    • Radiolab - Marrow Christian magician
    • BrainStuff
    • On the Media
    • This American Life - Things I Mean to Know
    • Imaginary Worlds
    • The Bernie Sanders Show
    • You Are Not So Smart
    • What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law
    • Science Vs
    • 30 for 30 - Lebron hoodie photo
    • More Perfect - The Heist
    Last edited by Del Murder; 12-11-2017 at 08:15 PM.

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