OT: What you're doing now that the season's over

We've had some off-topic FanPosts dealing with TV/movies and books during the season, and now that the Indians are done for year, I'd expect that everyone is turning their attentions to other entertainment options.

I suppose I'm affected more than most here because during the season my entire evenings have been spent either watching or writing or tweeting about Indians baseball, so when the season ends, I go from having virtually no free time whatsoever to lots of it. So here's what I've been doing/watching/reading:


The Wreck of the River of Stars (Michael Flynn) - I loved Eifelheim, which was a First Contact story with a major twist (being that the events happen during the Middle Ages), so I was intrigued to read other things by him. This book takes place in the age of inter-Solar System travel, though it has the feel of the sail/steam transition that took place in the mid-1800s. In the book's universe, the first method of space travel was solar sails, which were replaced by self-propelled space ships. The book (at least so far) has been a character study of the crew of a damaged ship that is trying to limp in to Jupiter orbit. It is definitely not your typical space opera's more Henry James than modern sci-fi, which I think is a good thing.

TV Shows

Person of Interest


Ok, I admit these aren't exactly well-written TV shows, but heck, they're enjoyable. Readers here have said that what the lawyers do in Suits have little to do with what happens in real life, and I would tend to agree. But I have little doubt that the internal politics that has been the focus of the show happens in any medium or large organization, and that's what has me staying with the show.

As for Person of Interest, it's a guilty pleasure as well. The show doesn't take itself too seriously, which is probably the right call. The main actors are great, from Michael Emerson to Amy Acker (who plays the main villain).

Eventually I'll start watching Breaking Bad again. I've watched Season 1, so I have a lot of catching up to do.


Europa Universalis 34/Crusader Kings 2

Final Fantasy 14 Online (A Realm Reborn)

My two big loves in gaming are strategy games and Japanese RPGs. I didn't buy any of this generation's consoles (PS3, XBOX 360), so I'm stuck with PC for gaming. And these two series have hit the spot. EU3 came out in September, and with the news that saves from CK2 could be used in EU34, I've been playing my old CK2 save with that in mind (originally a small Welsh province).

I'm just getting started on FF14 (still on the initial free 30 days), but I think I'll be subscribing. The initial FF14 launch was a huge bust, but I think this time they got it right. There's a lot of FF stuff in the game, including Biggs and Wedge(!) as characters, chocobos, etc.

Anyway, what are you doing to pass the time until Spring Training?

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