Another year in the books. And boy, if 2016 was the year the entire world came unglued, 2017 was the year we forgot we were supposed to glue it all back together.
On a personal level, though, this was quite the year. I got transferred to a new office where I get paid more… But have to spend all that extra money on transportation. So basically, I’m making the exact same amount I was before. Kind of defeats the purpose, up until I realized just how much better the new hub is. The technology is top of the line, the hub is cleaner, and I’ve officially reached the point where I don’t even need a guide to get around most of it! More than I can say for the other hub. Seriously, I worked there five years, and I still couldn’t find shit.
2017 was also the year I ended The Gael Saga. The Gael Saga, while probably not my most ambitious concept ever, was still a lot of fun to write. Most of the time. In any case, it’s the first series I’ve actually managed to see to completion, and it left me with a lot of feelings as those who’ve read the blog and listened to my podcast are aware. I felt pride for completing it. I felt that weird sort of hollow feeling that comes with finishing a long-ass project, and having no idea where to go from there. I felt happiness that the few people who’ve read it and reviewed it seem to like it.
Speaking of podcasts, 2017 was the year I got WAY into podcasts. I subscribed to several, I recorded several… I even did a guest spot on one. The Thrifty Niggle was, oddly enough, the podcast that kind of got me back into podcasts four or five years after getting bored with all the ones I used to subscribe to either discontinued, or got boring. It was a fun time for one and all.
My own podcast, Red Flannel Radio, the podcast I keep SAYING I’m going to either put on hiatus, or that I’ll be updating more frequently, has taken off rather nicely. At the time I’m writing this, the subscriber count seems to have dropped from twenty to fourteen. I guess either the lack of consistent updates, or spoiling The Last Jedi had something to do with that. In any case, I’ve been in and out of podcasting, and this right here has been my favorite podcast to do. I look forward to exercising more stream of consciousness in 2018.
2017 was also the year I tried streaming on YouTube… But I don’t really plan on that becoming anything bigger than a hobby, based on the lackluster views.
2017 was the year the most controversial Star Wars movie was released. The Last Jedi has got to be the first Star Wars movie in history to polarize a crowd, and I was glad to have seen it while it was still in theaters.
There were plenty of celebrity deaths this year, as there are every year… But man, Chester Bennington probably hit me the hardest.
I’ve made my case for nu-metal in general back in the day, and I stand by it. Linkin Park, love ’em or hate ’em, was a pretty big part of my childhood. I actually enjoyed their music… Right up until about “A Thousand Suns”, but that’s a rant for another day. Chester Bennington… I wouldn’t say he was a hero, necessarily, but I definitely liked what the guy had to offer. And it was even looking like he was going to be the new vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots of all things.
Then I found out he’d committed suicide on the way to work. Man, you want to talk about an announcement that punches you in the gut. It left me in a funk for the better part of a week. I actually took Linkin Park off my phone for most of the second half of this year. Yeah, I still have Linkin Park albums on my phone. Or at least I used to. I’ve only just recently put them back on, and began listening to them again, but even now, it’s kind of weird.
I always joked that “In the End” was like someone’s suicide note set to a rap. seventeen years later, that joke isn’t funny anymore. And only PARTLY because I ran it into the ground.
On a lighter note, 2017 was also the year South Park bounced back from the disaster of season 20. I didn’t catch every single episode, but the ones I DID catch were brilliant.
And speaking of South Park, 2017 was also the year their second video game came out for PS4. I went in expecting to get stuck hopelessly on one puzzle like I did in Stick of Truth, but as it turns out, I actually managed to beat it! And I enjoyed every single moment I was playing it.
Then Phone Destroyer came out. I gave it a try, and… I’m sure a lot of people will like it, but honestly, for me, playing CCGs on a phone is agony. It’s one of the reasons I eventually gave up on Eternal Mobile.
In politics, 2017 was the year that proved that maybe Alabama doesn’t love republicans as much as I thought. My friend, frequent cover artist, and goer of churches Korean, insists up and down Roy Moore was going to lose that race no matter what happened. I honestly have to take his word for it on the grounds I was barely paying attention, and I was barely paying attention because I operated under the assumption Alabama loved its republicans. I even made the joke: “Yeah, Roy Moore may be a pedophile, but it could be worse. He could be a democrat.” But I guess that ended up not being the case. If a democrat can win in Alabama, who knows? Maybe that bastard Kris Kobach will lose the governor’s election coming up here in Kansas! Yeah, that might actually be wishful thinking. Whatever, I’m still voting Orman if and when he runs.
2017 was full of Trump tweets, and my previously mentioned friend suddenly deciding he LIKED Trump now. Largely because he gives Kim Jong Un the business every time North korea comes up, and my friend has been to South Korea. Honestly, I won’t be surprised if this is the sort of egging on that results in our country getting nuked. Maybe not by North Korea, but I’m pretty sure somebody with nukes is going to take those tweets personally, and decide “Fuck America!”, and blow us up.
Donald Trump as president… This is a topic I generally avoid talking about, because honestly, this blog will turn into a monumental buzzkill if I did. However, I just don’t have the same inthusiasm for his presidency as my friends suddenly do. Admittedly, I’ve ALWAYS hated the republicans, where as my dislike for the democrats is fairly recent, but even if Trump were a democrat, I have a hard time saying I approve of him or anything he stands for. Outside of repealing NAFTA, which I notice hasn’t happened yet… Come to think of it, he hasn’t really accomplished anything besides emplament a tax plan that has trickledown written all over it, and may very well effect my disability pay if what I’ve heard is correct. His attempts at repealing Obamacare have been shot down, his attempts to get the wall built in 2017 have gone nowhere… Really, if it weren’t for the tax plan, I’d say Trump has been a paperweight president at absolute best. Which is probably why I like him a little better than George W. Bush… Although if I’m being honest, that statement is akin to saying I like eating sand better than I like eating broken glass. Not to mention, this was only year one. We’ve got anywhere between three and seven more years of this asshole, and it’s not going to be easy. Especially if my previously mentioned friend is correct, and the democrats shit the bed again.
I’d personally like to think that, between Alabama, Virginia, and New Jersey, the dems may slowly but surely be learning their lesson. Or the republicans are getting cocky, and putting anemic candidates up for election on the grounds they think they can get away with it. I know a lot of long-time fossils are leaving deciding not to seek reelection in 2018, and we’ll see what happens there. Maybe they’ll make good on that promise, or maybe they’ll pull a Marco Rubio, say they won’t be seeking reelection, then suddenly change their mind in July and run for reelection. And people wonder why I lost respect for Rubio.
2017 was the year that net neutrality was finally repealed. This, for those who don’t follow my Facebook, is a passionate topic for me. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if you genuinely believe the big three (Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon) are going to play fair, and give the little guy a break now that there aren’t any rules saying they have to, you’re a fucking idiot. If you think YouTube isn’t going to get labeled a “premium service” in the age of the tiered internet that Ajit Pie and his cronies have been masterbating to since 2006, you’re a fucking idiot. Prove me wrong, but when you suddenly find vid.me inaccessible, but Go90 runs like a dream, and YouTube suddenly costs an extra twenty bucks a month just to access, try not to hate me TOO much.
There was a lot of internet drama, and a lot of SJW bullshit in 2017, but honestly, I tend to distance myself from that shit. I don’t care about PewdiePie fucking with fiver, I don’t care about Anita whatsherface, I don’t care about ANYTHING relating to Kekistan… I was surprised to hear that Catherine, a game I loved when it first came out and still holds a special place in my heart, went from being an amazing experience to an exercise in misogyny and transphobia. I don’t see it. Unless you’re talking about the possibility where in you can find a path that reveals Erica, the waitress, used to be Eric, and the only person oblivious to it is the guy she’s dating, but even then… I don’t know. Just let me have my game, man! Stop turning everything into a fucking race war! Or a transgender politics issue! I don’t want to debate with you on transphobia in American culture, I just want to climb some nightmare towers! Is that really too much to ask?
I guess in short, 2017 was… Interesting. I wouldn’t say bad, but I wouldn’t say good, either. Just interesting.
I’m definitely interested in 2018. Politics have been interesting these last couple of years, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. The rerelease of Catherine (Catherine: Full Body), Mega Man 11, and a couple other releases are definitely on my list of things to get a hold of. More podcasts, more novels from yours truly… And hell, maybe some more streams for the two people who like those. Maybe even other projects, if I should choose to share them with you. Till then, I hope everybody has a happy new year. Be safe, and in the case of us Kansas folk, stay warm. Seriously, the temperature is going to hit negative numbers tonight