I published a lot of posts to this website in 2018 and while gathering the data on 2018’s writing statistics I also jotted down which posts of mine I thought were the most notable. Below is a selection of posts from 2018 that stand out in my mind, along with links to each of them.
Welcome to Ricardopedia!
I’ve been publishing online since 2012 but last year I migrated everything over to WordPress and this post is the one announcing my new website to the world. See also the follow-up posts on where my website’s name comes from and where my tagline came from.
Late to the Party
My flagship gaming series on video games that I’m finally getting around to playing continued on in 2018 with 13 new entries. Below are links to each individual post.
Infamous: First Light
Knack (read this post first)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry
Tales from the Borderlands
Child of Light
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Where would I go?
If for some reason I was forced to leave America, which countries that I’ve visited in the past would I consider moving to? (Author’s note: I’ve never been to Canada so that obvious choice isn’t on the list)
The view from Roppongi
One of my most memorable experiences from my trip to Japan and Korea was on the night I took in the view of Tokyo from up in the observation deck of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.
Throwback Thursday and Wayback Wednesday
This year I started publishing some older travel photos on this website along with brief descriptions of them. At first they were published in a series called Throwback Thursday but when I adjusted my publishing schedule they got moved to a new series called Wayback Wednesday.
Improving Mass Effect 3
The ending of Mass Effect 3 is widely regarded as one of the biggest gaming letdowns from the year 2012. Even people like me who liked Mass Effect 3 have to admit that it could have been much better and last year I outlined three possible ways to improve the game: the Low Budget Option, the High Budget Option, and the No Budget Option.
When a friend of mine posted on his own blog about reaching the halfway point of a trip across Europe that got me thinking about where the halfway points of each of my three previous journeys had been.
Asia 2017 Travelogue Posts
As with my two longer journeys across Europe, I kept a notebook with me while traveling around Japan and Korea and the words I wrote in it became the basis for these long-form travelogue posts. Below are links to each individual entry in the order that they were written:
Tokyo: The Endless City
Nikko: Escaping the Crowds
Hakodate: Learning from Mistakes
Sapporo: Northern Limit
Kanazawa: Cycling the City
Kyoto: Cultural Capital
Osaka & Nara: The Running Man & The Deer
Hiroshima & Himeji: Destruction & Splendor
Miyajima: The Floating Torii
Nagasaki: Western Influences
Itoshima: The Boondocks of Japan
Seoul & The DMZ: Past & Present
Busan: East to West
Jeju Island: Life on the Road
Busan (Second Visit): View from the Roof
Tokyo (Second Visit): The Calm After The Storm
Every once in a long while I get an idea for a video game. This idea isn’t all that original or good but I wanted to write it out while I still remembered it.
The Road to Seattle
The story of my first post-college road trip, which took myself and two friends from Colorado to Seattle.
The Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Saga
My longest post from 2018 and likely my most controversial. Here I give my perspective on the nomination and confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
Every selfie from Asia 2017
I tried to take a selfie every day while I was in Japan and Korea and I published them in this post. The selfies are in chronological order, so you can follow the progression of the trip as you scroll down.
A Taste of Boulder: Curry N Kebob
After many years I finally created a new entry in my A Taste of Boulder series, in which I talk about local restaurants that I like to eat at.
Europe 2012: Changing the Journey
A thought experiment I did on how I might have changed my 2012 trip to Europe with the benefit of hindsight.
The first and last photos from Japan and Korea
I thought it’d be interesting to see what were the first and last photos I took in both Japan and Korea and I published four posts with the context of each photo. Below are links to each post.
The First Photo from Japan
The First Photo from Korea
The Last Photo from Korea
The Last Photo from Japan