Opinions

0. Introduction

This post is a massive listing of my levels of like or dislike on a huge variety of items, reduced and approximated to this nine-point scale:

+4 Intense Positive Opinion
+3 Strong Positive Opinion
+2 Positive Opinion
+1 Slight Positive Opinion
0 Neutral Opinion
-1 Slight Negative Opinion
-2 Negative Opinion
-3 Strong Negative Opinion
-4 Intense Negative Opinion

. These opinions are listed without explanations or rationale because it would take way too long to explain all of them, although if you’re interested in discussing some of these, I may be willing to go into conversational detail there.

There are, of course, a lot of problems with trying to compactly present opinion information on a nine-point scale. For one thing, the most important contributing factors, of which there are usually many, to my opinion drastically varies from category to category of entities, thus at the very least making opinions across categories very incomparable. Even within categories, the variety of different factors that affect opinion are completely clouded away by rating in just a number, and thus, for instance, would fail to demonstrate my opinions of certain items under various contexts, for which when some often-irrelevant factors are taken away my opinion could massively change. The best simple explanation for what the numbers reflect is really a holistic reaction, positive numbers representing items for which I feel approval or enjoyment, the strength of which increases with the number, and the opposite for negative numbers.

The two main practical purposes of this post that I imagine:

1) as reference for potential group decision-making

As much as it is unlikely, if all people made a list like this for, say, their opinions on restaurants, a group of people could compare the listed ratings of members of the group and calculate a decision in much lesser time than is often taken by a large-enough group of people when deciding where to have dinner (or even better, to have a rotation of highly-rated places for a group of people, reflecting individually inputted value-weightings of variety versus solid ratings). I figure I’ll at least do my part to clearly list out my opinions.

2) for the exchange of suggestions among people of similar tastes

If you and I find that we have rather similar likes and dislikes in a category, we could relate and converse over these and our underlying feelings and make suggestions to each other for media we also like that the other might not have been aware of. (We could even do this rather effectively if we find our opinions are very close to exactly the opposite of each other.)

I. Opinions on Games

In this section, I list how much I enjoy various games, in terms of their gameplay, their ideas, and their design.

Opinions on Board and Card Games
+1 Backgammon
0 Battleship
-2 Betrayal at House on the Hill
+2 Bridge
+2 Bughouse
+1 Cards Against Humanity
-1 Checkers
-3 Chess
-2 Chinese Checkers
+2 Chinese Chess
+3 Codenames
-3 Connect Four
-3 Dominion
+2 Egyptian War/Rat Screw
+1 Hearts
-3 Mao
-1 Master Mind
0 Monopoly
+2 Napoleon
0 Pandemic
+2 Revolution
0 Ricochet Robots
-2 Robo Rally
+4 Rock Me Archimedes
+1 Scrabble
-4 Settlers of Catan
+1 Spades
+3 Taboo
-3 Trouble
+3 Weiqi (-2 for when it is called Go)

Opinions on .io Games
+4 agar.io
+3 generals.io
+2 minesweeper.io
-1 slither.io

II. Opinions on Other Media

Here, I list how much I enjoyed various movies as well as certain musical works.

Opinions on Movies
-2 2012
+3 Ant-Man
0 The Avengers
-1 The Avengers: Age of Ultron
-2 Big Hero 6
-2 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
-1 Brokeback Mountain
0 Captain America: The First Avenger
+2 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
+1 Captain America: Civil War
+1 Citizen Kane
+3 Deadpool
+3 Ender’s Game
+2 Fight Club
+1 Finding Nemo
+3 Frozen
+2 The Grand Budapest Hotel
-1 Guardians of the Galaxy
0 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
+4 How to Train Your Dragon
+3 How to Train Your Dragon 2
0 I Am Legend
+4 Imaginaerum
+2 Inception
+1 Inside Out
+3 Iron Man
-1 Iron Man 2
+1 Iron Man 3
+1 Kung Fu Panda
+2 The Lego Movie
-4 Life of Pi
+1 Lilo & Stitch
+2 The Lion King
+1 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
+3 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
+3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
+3 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
+4 The Martian
+3 Monsters University
+1 Mulan
+2 National Treasure
+3 Penguins of Madagascar
0 Peter Pan
+3 The Princess Bride
-2 Pulp Fiction
+3 Requiem for a Dream
-4 The Room
+2 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
+2 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
-1 Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
+1 Tangled
+4 V for Vendetta
+1 WALL-E
+2 Wreck-it Ralph
-1 Zootopia

Opinions on Amaranthe Albums
+2 Amaranthe
+1 The Nexus
-2 Massive Addictive
-3 Maximalism

Opinions on Dragonland Albums
+2 The Battle of the Ivory Plains
+2 Holy War
+4 Starfall
+1 Astronomy
+4 Under the Grey Banner

Opinions on Nightwish Albums
-1 Angels Fall First
+4 Oceanborn
+3 Wishmaster
+1 Century Child
+4 Once
+3 Dark Passion Play
+3 Imaginaerum
+2 Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Opinions on Singles that Have Been Billboard Top Singles
0 “Umbrella”
0 “Apologize”
0 “Don’t Stop the Music”
0 “Viva La Vida”
-2 “Disturbia”
+2 “So What”
-1 “Let it Rock”
-1 “Just Dance”
-2 “Don’t Stop Believin'”
-4 “I Gotta Feeling”
-2 “Down”
-1 “Party in the U.S.A.”
-4 “Whatcha Say”
-3 “Paparazzi”
0 “Fireflies”
+2 “Bad Romance”
0 “Russian Roulette”
-1 “Need You Now”
-1 “Tik Tok”
-3 “Sexy Chick”
-3 “Blah Blah Blah”
-2 “Hey, Soul Sister”
-4 “Baby”
-4 “Imma Be”
0 “Telephone”
-4 “OMG”
-3 “California Gurls”
-2 “Alejandro”
-1 “Love the Way You Lie”
-4 “Teenage Dream”
-3 “We R Who We R”
-3 “Firework”
-2 “Black and Yellow”
0 “Fuckin’ Perfect”
+1 “Born This Way”
+1 “S&M”
0 “Judas”
+1 “The Edge of Glory”
-3 “Party Rock Anthem”
-3 “Moves Like Jagger”
+1 “We Found Love”
-2 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
+2 “We Are Young”
+1 “Somebody that I Used to Know”
-1 “Payphone”
+1 “Titanium”
-3 “Whistle”
+3 “Some Nights”
-3 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
-1 “Gangnam Style”
-2 “I Knew You Were Trouble”
-3 “Harlem Shake”
-3 “Radioactive”
-3 “Gentleman”
-2 “Applause”
-2 “Royals”
+1 “Let It Go”
0 “Chandelier”
-3 “All About That Bass”
-4 “Shake It Off”
-4 “Anaconda”
-1 “Blank Space”
-4 “Uptown Funk”
-1 “Shut Up and Dance”
-3 “Bad Blood”
-2 “This is What You Came For”

III. MIT-related Opinions

This section contains a variety of listings of opinion levels on various things related to MIT.

Opinions on MIT Classes
+3 5.112
+3 5.12
+1 6.01
-4 6.02
-3 6.004
-3 6.005
-2 6.006
+2 6.033
+1 6.034
-4 6.042/18.062
+2 6.046/18.410
-4 6.UAT
-1 6.S090 (now 6.177)
0 6.S094 (now 6.057)
+3 6.813
+3 6.840/18.404 (now 6.840/18.4041)
0 6.841/18.405
+2 6.857
+1 7.012
+2 11.S941
0 14.01
+2 14.03
0 14.12
0 18.440 (now 18.600)
-3 18.443 (now 18.6501)
-1 18.701
+4 21G.611
+1 21H.007/21L.014
+2 21M.445
-2 21M.451
+4 21M.480
+2 21M.490
-3 24.09

Opinions on MIT Buildings
+2 Building 1
+3 Building 2
+2 Building 3
+3 Building 4
+2 Building 5
+2 Building 6
+4 Building 6C
+2 Building 7
+2 Building 7A
+2 Building 8
+1 Building 9
+2 Building 10
0 Building 11
-2 Former Building 12
+1 Building 13
0 Building 14
+1 Building 16
-1 Building 17
-1 Building 18
0 Building 24
+2 Building 26
-1 Building 31
+4 Building 32
-1 Building 33
+1 Building 34
0 Building 35
-1 Building 36
-1 Building 37
-1 Building 38
-2 Building 39
+2 Building 46
0 Building 48
-3 Building 50
-1 Building 51
0 Building 54
+2 Building 56
0 Building 57
+2 Building 66
-1 Building 68
-4 Building 76
+4 Building E14
+1 Building E15
0 Building E17
0 Building E18
0 Building E19
0 Building E25
0 Building E40
+1 Building E51
+1 Building E52
0 Building E53
+3 Building E62
+1 Building N52
0 Building NW13
+2 Building NW14
+2 Building W16
0 Building W20
-1 Building W31
0 Building W32
+1 Building W33
0 Building W34
0 Building W35
0 Building W59
+1 Building W79

Opinions on Restaurants Around MIT
-4 Beantown
+2 Bon Me
+1 Boston Burger Company
-1 Cafe Luna
-1 Cafe Spice
-3 Cambridge Grill
-4 Chipotle
0 Clover
-1 Darwin’s
+2 Dosa Factory
+1 Dumpling House
+1 Flour
0 Friendly Toast
-1 Go Go Curry
-1 Mary Chung’s
+2 Mass Ave Chicken
+1 Pepper Sky’s
+2 Rangzen
0 Shanghai Fresh
+1 Shawarma Shack
+4 Veggie Galaxy

IV. Political Opinions

I deliberately made this section rather smaller than it could be, since these opinions are of a rather different nature than what most this post encompasses. I may post more extensively on my political opinions in the future. The main aspects my opinions here reflect is how much I approve of these people’s actions, achievements, policies, worldview, and what they express that they believe makes a good world.

Opinions on Presidents of the USA
+2 Washington
0 Adams
0 Jefferson
-2 Madison
-4 Monroe
-4 Adams
-4 Jackson
-2 Van Buren
-4 Harrison
-4 Tyler
-1 Polk
-3 Taylor
-4 Fillmore
-3 Pierce
-3 Buchanan
0 Lincoln
-4 Johnson
-2 Grant
-3 Hayes
-1 Garfield
-3 Arthur
-2 Cleveland
-3 Harrison
-3 McKinley
0 Roosevelt
-3 Taft
-1 Wilson
-1 Harding
-3 Coolidge
-3 Hoover
+1 Roosevelt
-1 Truman
-3 Eisenhower
-3 Kennedy
-3 Johnson
-3 Nixon
-3 Ford
-3 Carter
-2 Reagan
-3 Bush
-2 Clinton
-4 Bush
-1 Obama

Opinions on Presidential Candidates for the 58th Election
-1 Clinton
+2 Sanders
-1 O’Malley
+1 Chafee
-2 Webb
+1 Lessig
-3 Trump
-4 Cruz
-3 Rubio
-4 Kasich
-3 Carson
-3 Bush
-2 Paul
-2 Christie
-4 Huckabee
-2 Fiorina
-2 Gilmore
-4 Santorum
-4 Perry
-3 Walker
-3 Jindal
-3 Graham
-1 Pataki
0 Johnson
+2 Stein

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