Stuff I liked 2017

Conversations with Tyler podcast
Economist Tyler Cowen interviews people from many different fields. I started out listening To ones with people I had heard of and now I listen to every one which helps me learn about things I didn’t even know I cared anything about.

Hoopla audiobooks
My county library lets me check out as many as 10 audiobooks a month using the Hoopla app. The list of available titles is surprisingly large. I’ve been using this longer than just in 2017, but the developers really finished working out all the kinks in the app this year. They also offer video and text media if you are interested in those.

Stories of Your Life and Others short story collection
This collection by Ted Chiang includes the story that the film Arrival was based on. I liked “Stories of Your Life” (the one Arrival was based on) even better than Arrival because of a subtle difference.

The Three Body Problem novel
Quite unlike much run of the mill sci-fi. I really liked how new (to me) a lot of the ideas were in this book.

Streams of Living Water book
I re-read (actually listened to) this book and it remains one of the most formative theological works for me. I’ll probably read or listen to this again this year.

Schlock Mercenary webcomic
I started reading this from the beginning and have really enjoyed the story and humor. Many people recommend starting a little bit past the beginning because the art gets a lot better after a few years, but I enjoyed it straight off.

Accidental Courtesy documentary
The story of Daryl Davis a black jazz-pianist who befriends KKK members and puts up with their crap, but also challenges their beliefs. His way of loving and challenging difficult people is much needed in our time.

KÜHL Pants
I can’t remember which of these I got, but they are well made pants that stand up to nearly every day use. They are a little pricey, but well made.

There are definitely a few things I forgot. These are all pretty good though