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My Media Scrapbook: 2019

On 11/29/2020 at 09:08 PM by KnightDriver

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I was still working at the library and continuing to epic fail all other job prospects. I still watched/played/read some stuff though. Things weren't all bad. 

TV: What We Do in the Shadows:

This is the TV show of the concept laid out in the 2015 film by the same name. The players are mostly different but the idea is the same. Vampires together in a house and their day to day trials living in the modern world. The film was hilarious and this is going to be soon my favorite TV show of 2019, I have no doubt. 

Film: Nothing really stood out for me this year even though I saw films like Zombieland Double Tap, Midway ,and Rocketman in the theaters. I'm currently about to watch Ford Vs. Ferrari and 1917 to see if they impress me enough to make them a 2019 favorite. 

Game: Borderlands 3

Although I could take or leave the story in this game, and a lot of the characters are now all annoying, not just Claptrap, I still loved the gameplay and thought it was about time to pay homage to the Borderlands series. B3 was one of those few games I got the season pass for and played every last bit of DLC the day they dropped. I also got every achievement. So I put a lot of time into this in 2019. 

Music: Since I don't really have a favorite this year because I was mostly not following any bands, I'll just list the bands I followed the last decade or so: They Might Be Giants, Behemoth, Queens of the Stone Age, of Montreal and The Flaming Lips. From movie soundtracks, I've gotten interested in DJs such as Skrillex and Junkie XL. Games and podcasts have introduced me to chiptune rockers Anamanaguchi, and classical composer Gary Schyman. I just discovered the new wave band Sparks and who knows what will turn up in the future. There's always more out there. 

Book: How to Cocktail

Since I've been cooking so much and using Milk Street and America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, I thought I'd expand into drinks too. This is a perfect book to learn about making them. Instructions are precise and clearly written. They give you a little history of the drink and tell you how to make everything from scratch, even the various syrups. I like to do everything from scratch if I can. I originally had this book out from the library, but it was so good, I bought it. I'm going to make every drink in the book, one new one a week. I think I'll eventually expand into coffee drinks and nonalcoholic drinks when I'm done. 

What did you like in media in 2019?



Cary Woodham

11/29/2020 at 09:49 PM

Man, 2019 felt like it was just last year. :)  My GOTY was the Switch remake of Link's Awakening, my number one favorite Zelda game.  But there were a lot of other good games that year, too, like Kingdom Hearts 3 and Luigi's Mansion 3.


11/30/2020 at 04:08 PM

Oo, I forgot about Luigi's Mansion 3. I want to play that one. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

11/30/2020 at 03:15 PM

I disagree with Cary; my reaction to all of this was "that was just last year?!" lol 

I still need to watch that vampire flick.

That cocktail book sounds dangerous. 


11/30/2020 at 04:13 PM

So far every drink I've made (about 6 different ones) only uses about 2 oz of alcohol. I'd say the buzziest I've gotten was with the Gin and Tonic. The Black Rum one (Dark and Stormy) I just made is interesting though. I feel like every different spirit gives me a slightly different psychological effect, although, I could be just imagining it. Maybe it's just a different day, a different mood, but the same effect from all spirits, I don't know. I'm not a drinker really, I'm more in it to learn some bartending skills. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

11/30/2020 at 04:21 PM

There are a lot of claims to different psychological effects for different drinks, but I think there's more evidence it's probably just a trick of the mind. 

Who knows, though? Psychology is a hard thing to study, unless you've got someone's brain hooked up, cause otherwise you're just relying on self-report data. 


12/01/2020 at 03:35 PM

The only thing I know for sure is that whisky tends to upset my stomach and other spirits don't. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

12/01/2020 at 10:29 PM

For me, wine gives me really bad hangovers where most other drinks just have me feeling vaguely hazy the next morning if I go too hard. I usually don't. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

12/01/2020 at 10:25 AM

maybe you should go back to school for library science if you like working in libraries so much...


12/01/2020 at 03:36 PM

I'm considering it. I'm practically learning it on my own anyway. I'm reading the Reference Librarian's Bible for Christ's sake. 


12/01/2020 at 02:08 PM

1917 was very good to me. Maybe not something that warrants repeate viewings, but the best theater experience of 2019


12/01/2020 at 03:37 PM

I was really tempted to see it in the theaters but didn't. I have it now on rental, probably see it tonight. 


12/04/2020 at 05:22 PM

Moviewise, mostly Marvel flicks with the GF and her kids. We did watch A Quiet Place as well.

Gamingwise, 2019 was great, and September 2019 was more jam-packed than some whole YEARS. September 2019 brought Dragon Quest XI S, Link's Awakening, Ni no Kuni, and Astral Chain. It started out with FF8 finally getting released for current systems including the Switch, and with a graphical facelift (there were plenty of memes about Squall's originally pixellated face during the dance sequence.) A couple of months earlier was another amazing game, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and that one I managed to snatch up the last collector's edition at my local Best Buy.


12/04/2020 at 09:02 PM

I'm about to be able to play Dragon Quest XI S on the 10th through Game Pass on Xbox. 

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