The year of productivity: software development, traveling, photography. 2015 was the busiest year so far. In this post, I list my favorite movies, TV shows, podcasts and articles of the year.
I watched 70 movies in 2015. Too bad, because that's 30 movies less than in 2014.
My personal favorites of 2015 are:
The favorite ones of 2015:
2015 was the busiest year I have ever had. At the beginning of the year, I set a goal on Goodreads to read 50 books in 2015; only managed to reach the half of the goal though. I mostly read classics this year and a lot of programming-related books. In 2016, however, I plan to add some variety: business, science fiction, fantasy, etc. The Martian by Andy Weir is the favorite book of 2015. Read it first if you plan to watch the movie.
This year I visited the Netherlands; I realized that this is probably the place where I want to live and work.
I decided to learn photography before my trip the Netherlands. I got an old DSLR the day before the flight and I didn't even know how to use one. I had little time to read the manuals during the flight. I struggled with the camera a lot: it was a real challenge to get the right focus or to set a proper focal length.
In the second half of the trip I switched to iPhone. The built-in camera was much smarter than my old DSLR. I took some great pictures with an iPhone camera, but it's much worse in low light conditions. The other reason to switch was the weight: DSLR weighs 1.3kg whereas my iPhone is just 100g—a couple of hours of walking and the neck starts to hurt.
Once I got home I realized how terrible my pictures were: I shot most of the pictures at the widest focal length with the terrible barrel distortion. I didn't set up my autofocus properly: it focused using the center AF-point and it took the camera a few seconds to focus which was very annoying. And the most terrible mistake—I didn't shoot RAW. I was constrained when I was post-processing images—lesson learned.
I also picked up a ukulele this year—heavily inspired by twenty one pilots. So maybe I'll record a few covers the next year.