2019 :: In Review

I don’t have a best album list for the year. I only one EP from the year, which was released by Adam Evers. Though it would end up in my top for the year if I had more, I feel it would be in bad taste if I tried to do a “best of” for the year with such a small sample size.

I might do a “best of decade” list in the new year, but that is not my focus right now.

In the last year, I have produced a couple of my favourite pieces of writing. That includes “Martha.” as well as “Alone.“. It’s coincidence that I decided to put “.” in both names, but it’s fitting that my personal favourites were both accented by periods. “Martha.” has a sci-fi theme and explores memory, time, and trust. “Alone.” is a dystopia-style enigma that is a little more forward in it’s delivery, but has to do with trust again.

Over the last month, I have been dealing with Friessen Press again to repress You’re Not Dead and add in some additional content. I have not firmed a release date as of yet, but it will contain a revised version of You’re Not Dead (with a lot less stupid grammar errors) as well as several anewsin stories. This also includes a couple of new stories that will not be on this site, and the few people that I have had read it over have agreed that they are good.
Just for fun, I also punctuated each chapter with a Depressing Fact, things along the lines of “You will die.” and other… fun… things of that nature. I was asked by one person if there was a point to the piece, and I simply replied with something along the line of refreshingly true.

They did not find that as funny as I did.

I also forwent the idea of updating this blog once a week! So far, I have noticed a bump in stats (obviously) but also a bump in retaining readers for more than just the one update! Thank you all, so much, for staying interested in what I have on my mind.

For things I have watched, Bojack Horseman continues its voyage in being one of the most depressing, yet funniest, things I have ever watched. That, in combination with Archer 1999, it has been a great year for cartoons.

(To be clear: it was not my favourite season of Archer, but it was very good. Especially if you like the deviation they have been taking for the three seasons prior.)

For things that I have never heard anyone talk about, check out Final Space. It continues that rabbit hole of being hilarious shows that are dark. Think Battle Star Galactica mixed with Invader Zim. The second season came out this year, and it contains a few of my favourite lines ever put into a show, but also contains some of the most bleak ideas that you will ever find in sci-fi. Do yourself a favour and start this show from the start. Then thank me. Then watch it again.

For games, I have been a complete and total wallflower this year. My attention has been on watching Kojima releasing Death Stranding and people not knowing what to do. I have been watching an almost resurrection in the popularity of Minecraft and wondering why, and I have been laughing probably too hard at the remaster of every game from my past. Though gaming has taken a back seat for myself over the last year or two, I still look in to witness where the industry is going. I use it as kind of a meter for society as a whole. Not so much on a micro scale: I don’t see them as one-to-one. More as evidence to see where mindsets seem to be.

Anyway, this ramble is complete. I’m mostly happy with these recaps of what I noticed, but if I missed a category, let me know! Though a year is just a blip in the grand scheme of things, it feels long at the time. For instance, it has been three years since my book came out, two years married, and six years in a wheelchair! My leaping fuck time moves strangely!

…so this is the New Year…

I have not worked in the music industry, in any capacity, for over five years. That means that I have no idea what came out in the last year that I can bring your attention to in the music world.

This also means that, minus Netflix, I am at a loss for pretty much all media.

I can say what I have been binging for the last year! One of those has actually come out in the last year, and a few of them are continuing from years past with this being one of the most impactful seasons ever!

Bojack Horseman is firmly in a position of power, being as it is one of my favourite things ever made. The new season is much less funny than last, but far more poignant and important. It brings a much needed spotlight onto pharmaceutical addiction and trounced on taboos regarding storytelling. I will point out that it is, by far, my favourite show of all time. I find it unapologetically blunt and almost vindictive, but there is no direct target.

Archer had its eighth season, and it was in the same vein as Bojack: horribly nihilistic and not as in-your-face funny as it has been in the past. This does not change how it is still one of the most important comedies on TV. 
On a personal note: I enjoy how it can be equal parts incredibly offensive and the least offensive show ever. It attacks a situation, then mocks its own joke within moments. Does not make it less rude, but it does say “fuck you” when it comes to politically correctness.

Maniac I cannot say anything on, but I do have a duty to say something. I have not finished the series, but I find it incredibly intriguing so far. Maniac reminds me of something Michele Gondry would have directed. I am sure that I will have greater opinions on this as time moves forward, but it stands that I am more than willing to state this as the greatest creation ever.

My wife and I just marathoned Haunting of Hill House. It’s fucking fantastic. As much as it is a regular horror show, I could not ignore the commentary that was being made in response to mental illness. It puts a spotlight on the delicate way to talk about and deal with others who have a hard time with reality.

I must say: I am excited beyond belief at the future of visual cinema. This world that is being created is one of binge watching and experimentation.

With that said: we could see the experiments end abruptly if there is little to no support shown. Outside of Stranger Things, there has been little visible excitement over the trend-bucking shows and movies that have come out as of late. Will this spell doom for them? Or are we looking at a kind of renaissance that we have not seen since the 70’s.