Thursday, 31 December 2015

Entertainment goals for 2016


After writing my Gaming Goals list, I got inspired to look at other areas in my life and set "goals" for those aswell. I'm not a very big media consumer. I hardly watch TV... And if I do I prefer to watch a documentary of sorts or a football match while staying away from most shows and a lot of the brainless crap they seem to be enjoying on the telly nowadays. Every now and then though I get into a show and I feel like I should watch it untill the end... And seeing as there have been some seriously good shows the past year I feel like I can play catch up in 2016. And look forward to more series to come!

Lets start off with...

TV Shows
I've been an avid follower of some TV shows in the past. I think I've watched most of the Star Trek seasons of every generation except the original one. I'm pretty sure I've actually seen Voyager from start to end. I've watched all of Charmed, Buffy and Angel... Alias, Desperate Housewives and some Dutch series I was into. I also followed Grey's Anatomy religiously, untill they decided to kick the character Christina Yang and Derek Sheperd. In 2015 I've watched very little shows except for Hannibal season one and two and Les Revenants season one. I've also watched some Orange is the New Black and House of Cards and Daredevil on Netflix.
Looking at what I've seen, and what I haven't seen yet... I want to atleast watch the following shows in 2016:

  • Hannibal Season 3. This could be the last season? I'm kind of cheating here since I'm already a big way through this season, but haven't quite finished it yet. I really want to know how it ends though so this is top priority right now.
  • Les Revenants Season 2. I bought Season 1 on Blu-Ray and am watching it in preperation of the second one coming out on Blu-Ray in January so I'm caught up again. I think this is one of the better shows I've watched the past five years and can't wait to see how it unfolds.
  • Daredevil. I have the show on my computer somewhere and watched the first episode and loved it, but for some reason never got around to watch the rest of it. High on my list aswell!
  • House of Cards Season 2 and onwards. I watched the first season and got hooked but stopped watching some episodes into the second season. Now there are four and I feel like I need to catch up and watch. Kevin Spacey is brilliant in this show and the way it's filmed is completely my style.
  • Orange is the New Black Season 3. Watched Season 1 and 2 and then somehow couldn't get into the third. Am planning to watch it before number four comes out though. I hope.
Books
In the past I have been more of an avid reader and my favourite books were always of the fantasy kind. Lately though I've invested a lot in books about Psychology and Neurology which are two of my biggest passions. I didn't get a degree in Psychology for nothing and the human brain fascinates me to no end. So I'm planning to read atleast the books I bought about those. Next to that there's a fantasy series I wish to finish... Here's the list!
  • Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks. A beautiful book about music in relation to the brain. Oliver Sacks has been one of my favourite authors and is a very well known Neurologist and Neuro Psychologist. He writes pretty damn good books and I'm very sad that he passed away this year.
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I actually know very little about this author but his book somehow ended up in my  hands and I can't wait to read it. I have the Dutch version though and it's quite a big book... But I'm really looking forward to reading this!
  • We are our Brain by Dick Swaab. Sorry for only the picture here but it's a Dutch book. It basically discusses brain functions in a very funny and readable way. I ordered this recently and won't be reading it untill I've finished a few of my other books, but it looks very interesting!
  • Laat Je Hersenen Niet Zitten by Erik Scherder. Another Dutch book by an author that is called the Dutch Oliver Sacks. He is a Neuropsychology teacher and sort of a TV celebrity here. This book is mostly about how being active is good for the brain and how to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • The Tamuli by David Eddings. A fantasy trilogy set as a sequel to another trilogy of his. I read the first one and started in this one. I'm a really big fan of Eddings and I hope these books are just as good as all the other ones I've read from him.
Anime
There's a few anime shows I have laying around but never gotten around to watch. Firstly there is Elfen Lied that is usually a bit too violent for my tastes but nevertheless I still really got hooked on the first episode. I want to watch the rest because I want to know how it ends... However it's been so long since I started that I'll probably start watching it from scratch. The same goes for Ayashi no Ceres which has been sitting around on my PC for years now. Never got around to watching it and I really want to so.

Anyway, I consider this to be my "entertainment" list for 2016. It's mostly catching up on shows, in the hopes that I can start watching the new seasons for atleast House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. I also still have the hope that there will be a fourth season of Hannibal... But let's not get too excited untill it is actually announced.

This will also be my last post of this year. There will be one more "goals" post to follow tomorrow which will focus more on my personal and real life goals. It looks like I'll be heading into a busy year next year... But I can't wait!

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Gaming Goals in 2016

Most people tend to set goals whenever the New Year approaches, and although I have plenty of IRL goals to work towards, I also have quite an impressive list of gaming goals for 2016.
Are you guys ready? Here it comes. Remember. These are goals for the entirety of 2016 so it looks like a really big list.

FFXIV
Moogle
Get all my battle classes to 60. The list currently looks as followed:
  • Paladin 50
  • Warrior 35
  • Dark Knight 30
  • White Mage 50
  • Scholar/Summoner 50
  • Astrologian 31
  • Dragoon 60
  • Monk 31
  • Ninja 57
  • Bard 53
  • Black mage 50
  • Machinist 31

Get all 2.0 relics
  • Paladin
  • Warrior
  • White Mage
  • Scholar
  • Summoner
  • Black Mage
  • Dragoon
  • Monk
  • Ninja
  • Bard
If I get to finish these goals I'll probably add goals for my Crafting and Gathering classes, but Battle classes take priority for now.
Onto the next category...

Playstation 4
  • Finish "Inside Out" playset on Disney Infinity.
  • Finish "Twiligh of the Republic" Star Wars Playset on Disney Infinity
  • Finish Tales of Zestiria
  • Finish FF Type-0 HD
  • Finish Witcher 3

Nintendo 3DS
  • Finish "Majora's Mask"
  • Finish "Bravely Default"
  • Finish "Donkey Kong Country Returns"
  • Finish "New Super Mario Bros. 2"

Other PC games
  • Battle to rank 1 in Heroes of the Storm
  • Obtain all card backs for every month in Hearhtstone
  • Unlock and play through all adventures in Hearthstone
  • Finish Trine 1 and 2 on steam
  • Finish "Ori and the Blind Forest"
  • Finish "Ducktales Remastered"
As you all can see it's quite a big list. It's also something for me to refer to when I don't know what to write about on my blog throughout the year... So expect some update posts on it!
For now I'm going to return to fiddling around on my tablet playing some Candy Crush type games since I'm simply too tired to do something else right now. I'll try to push out a blogpost on the 31st looking back at my year in gaming... But no promises :)

Friday, 25 December 2015

Holiday Goals

Typing this blog post on my tablet I realise how busy I have been over the past month and a half.
I started a new job in November and I have been making crazy days, leaving me to come home absolutely shattered and not wanting to do anything but relax and sleep. Even now during Christmas time I can't really get properly rested seeing as I have a very full schedule and have to work a few days in between Christmas and new year's eve.

However since I do have a bit more free time than usual I wanted to draw up a small post of things I want to get done within the next week. So here we go:

In FFXIV
● Finish off dragoon zeta.
● Level Ninja to 60
● Do starlight celebration on both Moogle and Cactuar character.

Other games
● Play through as much of the "Inside Out" plays et on Disney infinity as possible. Currently 3 levels done.
● Advance in Pokemon X as much as possible.

My FF goals have priorities over the other two, but I think only playing FF will drive me nuts. Plus I am not home all the time and I can take my 3DS with me on the road.

Hopefully a new year will bring a bit more peace to my life so I can start living more regularly and plan stuff better.  For now I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.