The results are in

The first month of my project is over. It seems that for the month of August I’ve read 2 books and 61 comic books while watching 8 movies and 6 episodes of different TV shows.

I’d say it’s been a light month for books since I remember at least one week in recent memory where I started and finished three in between Sunday and Saturday. Believe it or not, August has also been below average for me in terms of comic books read. They’re quick and easy to read so you can easily get through a bunch in just an hour, plus they’re bite-sized so you can finish one while boiling an egg or something. I’m not watching as much TV since dramas tend to be my main genre and there aren’t as many of them during the summer. As for movies, I think it’s been pretty normal for me.

Anyway, only time will reveal any larger trends in my habits. Still, I rather like this business of keeping track and may continue past the end of my experiment.

See below if you really want to know exactly what media I consumed.

Books Movies Comic Books TV Shows
2 8 61 6
Red Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson) Warrior Gokuko no Brynhildr 21 Suits s2 e8
Detective (Arthur Hailey) Cabin in the Woods Sket Dance 204 True Blood s5 e10
The Avengers (rewatch) Otogi no Machi no Rena 49 Futurama s8 e9
The Lion in Winter The World God Only Knows 197 Doctor Who s3 e6
Cleanskin Nickelodeon Red (reread) Doctor Who s3 e7
Bedevilled Legion of Super-Villains 1 Futurama s8 e10
A History of Violence (rewatch) X-Factor 241
Premium Rush Avenging Spider-Man 10
Fallen Angel: Return of the Son 3
Fallen Angel: Return of the Son 4
Dark Avengers 178
Seigi no Mikata v2 c6
Seigi no Mikata v2 c7
Seigi no Mikata v2 c8
Seigi no Mikata v2 c9
Seigi no Mikata v2 c10
Godland 32
Godland 33
Godland 34
Godland 35
Godland 36
Courtney Crumrin 3
Courtney Crumrin 4
The Unwritten 38
The Unwritten 39
Btooom! V8 c47
Btooom! V8 c48
Btooom! V8 c49
Gokuko no Brynhildr 22
Sankarea 31
Fairest 6
Saucer Country 6
Scarlet Spider 7
Scarlet Spider 8
Fables 120
I, Vampire 1
I, Vampire 2
I, Vampire 3
I, Vampire 4
I, Vampire 5
I, Vampire 6
I, Vampire 7
I, Vampire 8
I, Vampire 9
I, Vampire 10
I, Vampire 11
Justice League Dark 1
Justice League Dark 2
Justice League Dark 3
Justice League Dark 4
Justice League Dark 5
Justice League Dark 6
Justice League Dark 7
Justice League Dark 8
Justice League Dark 9
Justice League Dark 10
Justice League Dark 11
World’s Finest 3
World’s Finest 4
Demon Knights 12
I, Vampire 12

Where have you been, Billy boy, Billy boy?

Where have you been, darling Billy?

Dear god, I practiced that tune more times than I can remember on the piano. With the span of years separating me from those times, however, I’ve come to reconsider my grudging resignation to playing the piano and wouldn’t mind messing around on one again. However, now I don’t have a piano to practice on.  Isn’t that just how it goes?

Oh, and in answer to the question, I’ve been playing Red Dead Redemption. Yes, I know it’s two years old. I don’t care. It’s new to me and it was a lot cheaper than when it was new to everyone else, plus it’s way more fun because a lot of the bugs have been fixed by now. The breadth of actions you can do in this game are astonishing. For example, you can tie a woman to some train tracks, but there won’t be any snivelling heroes to interfere and you can pretend to twirl your moustache while you watch a train run her over. You can also do that to anyone who tries to steal your horse, though it’s not as satisfying, but if you punish the no-good horse rustler more appropriately by lassoing them and dragging them to their death as you gallop over the plains you end up losing honour points. I think my favourite thing right now is to hogtie everyone in a saloon and stand around listening to them shout impotent threats at you, then calmly walking away to hunt some deer or something.

Also, when I’m not playing that I’m playing the beta for Dust 514. Also fun, but in a different, kill-other-players-who-are-trying-to-kill-you way. I’m not sure how much leeway the beta’s Non-Disclosure Agreement allows me to say so I’ll just leave it at that.

So yeah, video games. Yeehaw.

The answer is blowing in the wind

On The Onion AV Club there is a discussion about the first film that participants have seen. I couldn’t contribute anything in my case because I honestly have no idea what my first movie is. I have seen hundreds upon hundreds of movies in my life and would be hard-pressed to tell you which specific movie was my first ever. I’m not even sure if it’s something I saw on video or at the movie theatre.

However, this realization also brought to light the fact that I have no idea how much media I consume beyond the vague estimate of “hundreds” in the case of movies. Therefore, I have a new project for myself: between now and the end of August of next year, I will count what and how many novels, movies, tv shows, and comic books I consume. I’ll even list what I’ve consumed in a given month.

Luckily August has only started so I still remember what I’ve consumed so far. Anyway, this project should be very instructive.

Books: Started reading Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Comic Books: Gokuko no Brynhildr #21, Sket Dance #204, Otogi no Machi no Rena #49, The World God Only Knows #197