At midnight I hope to be no where close to a computer, so I’ll post this now because I’m sure it’s 2005 someplace already. Thank you, everyone, for such a wonderful year and I wish you all the very best for the coming one.
Here are my resolutions for 2005:
- Build up my piano chops — On some level I always wondered how things would be different if I stuck with piano instead of switching to sax. I’d like to learn a lot more piano.
- Read more — I got some great books for Christmas and I think more offline reading would be good for me.
- Release more — I let releases build up too long, I think most things I’m doing would benefit from a shorter development cycle. I also still have a lot of code I still need to clean up and GPL, more for the *Press family perhaps.
- Write more — I’ve been happy with my code output lately, but my regular writing has suffered and I haven’t composed or arranged any significant music in about two years now.
- No more mental roadblocks — For any of the above it would be easy to say “it would be easy to do X if I had Z” but this year I’ve learned that Z is just holding me back. Physical or habitual crutches may be more comfortable, but comfort is a terrible thing when you’re trying to push the envelope.
The PHP homepage has a phpBB smackdown, but unfortunately no permalinks. Apparently the phpBB asserted that the problem was due to a bug in PHP (which I had heard as well) when in fact it was a input validation error in phpBB. More snark!
Cleaning up a bit more from the party and I’m finding little Channel 9 people all over the house in strange places. It’s funny, and a little scary.
As the year draws to a close, and it has been a wonderful year, I find myself drawn to a few tasks that always seem to catch me around this time:
- Updating copyright years on sites that don’t use the PHP trick.
- Archiving old mail and logs to local server.
- Checking none of the low-traffic stuff broke without me noticing.
- Backing up.
- Cleaning out old/dead accounts, consolidating where possible.
- Putting everything remotely versionable into Subversion (new for me this year).
- Writing notes to old friends.
- Organizing music.
- Making lists (much like this one).
What catches up with you at the end of the year?
Thanks to everyone who came out. The dinner was excellent and the after-party was packed. Judging from the number of cups and such I think about 40-50 people came out, but I really don’t have any idea. Much to my surprise, pictures are already online! You can browse Nicole’s afterparty and geekdinner tags, Jasmeet’s geek dinner tag, and Jonas’ photos. Some other people (Om and Russell) were taking photos but I don’t know where they went. There might be something to this Flickr thing. Scoble looks like he had a good time here.
After every good party, there’s an afterparty, and Robert’s geek dinner Thursday night is no different. When it turned out the venue was just a stone’s throw from my place in SF it just made sense to allow the festivities to continue after the restaurant kicks us out. So after the dinner we’ll walk down to my place (about two blocks) where the fun can continue with food, refreshments, and of course wifi. Everyone is invited, as long as you’re XFN Friendly. (Though I’m willing to make an exception for Marc.) If you haven’t already let me know you’re coming via email or IM please leave a comment so I can stock up accordingly.