Inspired by the year-end reviews done by Jofish and Batman, I’m doing one myself, except, y’know, a month late. Rather than a best of, mine is going to be more a snapshot of my life with some best of mixed in. Organized vaguely into categories:
Biggest professional moment:
Having the instrument I worked on for four years at two companies actually be released.
Where I went in 2005:
- Three weeks in New York in March
- Memorial Day weekend in Boston for a wedding
- A weekend in July in Portland
- A week in Paris in August
- A weekend in October in Los Angeles for the 4S conference
- Two days in DC for work in December
- Visiting my parents near Seattle for Christmas
Non-local person with whom I hung out the most:
Jofish, who I hung out with four times in four cities in seven months (Ithaca in March, Oakland in June, Portland in July, LA in October). It doesn’t quite match the streak I had in 2000-2001, where I hung out with Batman five times in five cities in seven months, but it’s not bad.
Sport I enjoy watching:
Pro football. Especially when Da Bears are playing well.
Best new (to me) group of people:
Fiction books that I liked this year:
Um, none that I can think of. I don’t read much fiction, and most of what I do read is forgettable fluff.
Magazines I read:
- The Economist. Every week. It’s a lot of reading.
- Science News. I generally fall several weeks behind on this, and then take a bunch of issues on vacation or on BART or something and catch up.
- Cooks Illustrated. For inspiration.
- Ambidextrous. Yay design.
TV shows I make sure to see:
Gilmore Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Battlestar Galactica, The Shield
TV shows I watch when I have time:
Bones, Veronica Mars, Alias
Movie I liked most this year:
Serenity. Unsurprising. I saw it twice in the theater, and have watched it a couple more times on DVD. I actually find it more rewatchable than the Firefly series. Not sure why that is.
Other movies I watched this year:
When I was debating whether Serenity was my favorite movie of 2005, I realized I was unable to actually remember what other movies I’d seen. So I went back and looked at every movie released in 2005, just to see what I’d seen in the theaters. The list, in approximate order of my enjoyment quotient:
Serenity, Kung Fu Hustle, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sin City, Batman Begins, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Star Wars Episode III, The Island, Harry Potter 4, Wedding Crashers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sky High
Best new (to me) blog:
Creating Passionate Users
Best new (to me) software:
WordPress. It was not nearly as painful as expected to transfer my blog into WordPress, and it gave me tons more options in my blogging, from comments, to updating over the web, to backing up more reliably.
Favorite sports columnist:
Okay, I’ll shut up now. Whee! More serious content coming, y’know, when I get around to it.