Yearly Meme #8

First year that I’m doing this meme thing on WordPress! Last year’s answers.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Got hit by a car, broke a bone, got fired, had metal put into my body, hired an attorney!

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I guess not! I intended to lose weight and keep my job, but I’m the same weight and I got fired! Next year: same weight goal, and probably try to move out of the Tenderloin. We’ll see.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don’t think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one close to me.

5. What countries did you visit?
England, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A living room! That would be cool.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Definitely when I got hit by the car in March.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a new job two weeks after getting fired from Linden Lab. Probably also successfully orchestrating a Europe trip.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Getting hit by a car (my bad), and getting fired (also my bad).

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I still have dry, flaky fingers from last year. I think those are there for the long haul. Besides that… uh… how about the broken arm I had to nurse for the majority of the year? Still healing from the most recent surgery.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought a MacBook Pro, making me a full-fledged Mac-head.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Anna’s. That is why we threw a nice birthday party.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
News media on the left and right. Thanks for all the fear, guys!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, then electronics (I bought two computers and a couple iPhones this year).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Europe trip – we started planning it in July and spent loads of time just putting the locations and times together. Also, the iPhone 4. I took a half day just to get in line for it. Sigh. :[

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
That awful Bed Intruder song probably

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
ii. thinner or fatter? Same
iii. richer or poorer? Richer!!!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
DDR. I tried to get back into it and failed. Of course, the whole broken arm thing threw a wrench into a lot of physical activity plans

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating at restaurants. I barely used my kitchen at all this year. Maybe when I move in with other people that use their kitchen, that will change.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We did the usual Christmas thing – hanging at Dad’s and opening presents on a green wooden table (close enough) – but my stepbrother Jason wasn’t around this year since he was feeling ill. The day after, I headed up to Anna’s parents’ place, and here I am!

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
All over again!

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Favorite new show was Veronica Mars, but I thought the ending to Lost was pretty strong.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Working for a Nuclear Free City, Javelin.

27. What did you want and get?
A well-paying job.

28. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to regain my range of motion by the end of the year… further surgery hasn’t really fixed that.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Toy Story 3

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 25 – Woke up at Dad’s, he drove me up to Sebastopol, and opened a lot of awesome presents from Anna and family. Spent the rest of the day playing with presents (Rock Band 3, Donkey Kong Country Returns).

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
An unaltered skeletal system.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I wore a lot more button-downs this year. Baby steps.

33. What kept you sane?

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Patrick Stewart, Mila Kunis.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
WikiLeaks (when they released the Collateral Murder files back in the summer)

36. Who did you miss?
My New York family. I think I will plan on heading there next year

37. Who was the best new person you met?
My Lab Zero coworkers are a bunch of cool dudes. They make lunches fun.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Pay attention while making a left turn across a busy intersection on your bike, numpnuts!

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Oh man there is this song from a classmate of mine about riding his bike around and crashing and stuff but there are no lyrics

WordPress ahoy

I have moved my blog to WordPress! It’s been a long time coming.

I’ve been holding out on leaving LiveJournal, mostly because I didn’t see TOO many shortfalls over other blogging software. It still allowed me to do whatever a blogger needed to do. But upon realizing that the future of LiveJournal is a bit sketchy, and that they’ve been placing JavaScripts all over my page that don’t do anything, and the only reason there aren’t ads all over my page is because I paid them a bunch of money a few years ago to become a “Permanent Member,” I decided it was time to pack up.

In other news, I’ve been hanging out today recovering from arm surgery, in which a big metal plate was removed from my arm, which was originally installed after I was in a car/bike accident earlier this year. I’m sure once my incision closes up and my bone heals (needs to fill in the holes that were left by the plate being screwed in), I’ll be able to regain the majority of the range of motion I lost.

I seem to be recovering pretty well, in fact – not a lot of pain, no more bleeding, and my diet was back to normal just hours after I woke up from the operation. And I spent all day moving from LiveJournal to my WordPress installation, so I haven’t gotten totally bored from lazing around at home just yet.

Social media

A few nights ago, I went to Ümloud, a charity event at DNA Lounge. They had a raffle, and I bought a few tickets. The lady selling the tickets happened to have a Square device on the phone she was using to accept payment, and I thought it was so cool that I decided to pay by card instead of cash. Shortly afterwards, I received my fancy email receipt and tweeted about it.

Since then, that tweet’s been retweeted by Keith Rabois, an investor recently hired by Square, and I’ve been followed/mentioned by Sangeeta Narayan, a recruiter also working for Square. This is part of a social media strategy, that’s for sure, but I really wonder if scouring the Internet for nobodies like me and boasting about it on your Twitter stream is really an effective use of time.

I’m assuming I’m being used as yet another example of a satisfied customer, thereby enforcing the strength of their brand. That’s fine – they can use something I’ve publicly posted on the Internet – but I’m sure there are other, more influential Twitterers (companies that use the product, for instance) who can be courted and formally quoted. I guess more press doesn’t hurt… but for someone like me who has seen social media make its place on the Internet, the simple act of being retweeted by an investor gives me an uneasy feeling. If you’re going to subjugate me as a consumer, I’d prefer you do it in private, like it used to be in the good ol’ days.

The weirdest part, though, is the fact that the recruiter wants to talk to me. What more could they possibly want from me? I called the thing “fancy” and that I’m “fond” of the payment method. Do they want to mail me release forms so they can put my quote on their website? Or, since this person’s a recruiter, does the mere fact that I put “web developer” “I develop webs really good” on my Twitter profile bio mean that they want to hire me for their web software engineer position? Why would simply using and talking about their product make me cut out for that position? That’s like hiring someone who likes eating McDonald’s to work as their VP of marketing (shudder).

Cool quote bro

“Neither the full-body scanners or the enhanced pat-downs are making anyone safer. They’re more a result of politicians and government appointees capitulating to a public that demands that “something must be done,” even when nothing should be done; and a government bureaucracy that is more concerned about the security of their careers if they fail to secure against the last attack than what happens if they fail [to] anticipate the next one.”

The most concise and accurate analysis about the whole TSA debacle that’s currently making waves in the media. Bruce Schneier has been writing a few (very similar) essays about this, and they are all required reading. You must be prepared to discuss them in tomorrow’s class, or you get an F. >:[