Spring is almost here and with that comes a lot more outdoor activities (FINALLY). The poor weather in February lead to a lot of indoor time. I used that time consume various types of media. It’s kind of weird but ever since I “cut the cord” I find myself watching more TV & Movies than I think I did before. I’m really into binge watching newly discovered TV Series.
My favorites for the month were:
- Suburbicon – A dark crime/mystery/Drama/Thriller starring Matt Damon and directed by George Clooney
Favorite TV Show:
- Black Mirror Season 4 – Netflix
The warmer weather today has me wanting to get back on the bike and ride. It also reminded me of this video I found on YouTube the other day.
It’s really amazing how something as simple as a bicycle can have such a profound impact on someone’s life. Take my money already! – https://worldbicyclerelief.org/en/
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and started 2018 off in a positive way. Things have been busy around IndyScan HQ and the Blog has suffered a bit by lack of activity. This post is sort of a catch up post summarizing some of the events in 2017 and, hopefully, setting the stage for 2018 entries.
I’m going to challenge myself to post a minimum of 1 entry a week detailing the things going on around me and the new things I’m discovering and/or enjoying. I’m going to harness the power of ToDoist to keep me from slipping. It’s one of my favorite task managers and when combined with Evernote helps keep my life organized and commitments met.
I had a lot of fun posting images on Instagram this year and viewed some amazing photography. Most of it was from cell phones that have evolved to a point where they could replace the SLR for all but the serious photographers. I still love my SLR but you just can’t beat the convenience of a good cell phone camera.
I really enjoyed the new road bike I purchased in early 2017. It took me a while to get back into the groove and I still have a way to go to get back to the distances I used to ride when I was younger. I have a few trips planned for 2018 that should prove to be challenging as well as rewarding. One of my favorite rides of 2017 was the Monon Trail from Westfield to Indy and back. It was a little longer of a ride than I was expecting but it was a great accomplishment that sets a base for my 2018 riding goals.
I found the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to be an awesome resource for identifying places to ride around the US. I’ve already found some rides I want to do in Ohio as well as a great looking 2-day loop in Iowa. Stay tuned for trip reports and photos from the trail. It has to be above freezing though before I even think about the bikes…
We’re trying our hand at making wine this year too. We purchased a kit at Great Fermentations as a joint Christmas gift and have been brewing up 6-gallons of Pinot Grigio (30-bottles) the past month. Hoping to start the bottling process by the end of January and, after a little more aging, start sampling in April or May.
2017 was a great year full of its share of challenges but overall we had a lot of fun and tried some new things. I’m already expecting 2018 to top last year and I hope to share some experiences with all of you on the blog.
Until next time…
I’ve used TVShow Time! (now called TV Time) for over a year and it’s been a great resource to keep track of show’s I’m watching and shows I want to watch. I always wished there was a similar tool out there for Movies. When I reached out to the developers at TV Time I was told it had been “discussed”.
Without a useful app I resorted to keeping a list in Evernote that I would try to keep updated and accurate. The problem with this list was the lack of social integration and reviews/ratings by others. Then I found Letterboxd.
Letterboxd is about as close to TV Time for movies as it gets. It has a huge database of movies you can add to your “Watch” or “Watched” lists as well as thousands of users form around the world sharing reviews and opinions.
And like TV Time it will tell you WHERE to find your movies online through integration with a service called GoWatchIt. All you need to do is create an account and tell it which streaming services you have access to.
Let’s say I want to watch the 1963 classic “The Great Escape”. All I need to do it look it up and check the Watch area in the movie description. I see that I can rent it from iTunes for $3.99 or Amazon for $2.99. There are also options to purchase it through the various streaming services as well.
After adding my movie list into Letterboxd and clicking around to discover all the options I was happy to drop $19 for a year of their Pro subscription which adds filtering and complicated query functions to get the best out of the site. It has an iOS companion app as well as an app for the
If you love movies and want a great way to keep track of the ones you see, own, or rent, you should give Letterboxd a try. Let me know in the comments if you use Letterboxd or if you prefer another service. I’m curious to see what else is out there I might have missed!