2009 Is Over?!
Wow, I was not prepared for the end of this year. I've got a bunch of drafts that just never happened, mostly involving things that I did this year. Here we go, let's see what I remember...
Started in April of 2006 I now have 221 posts (counting this itâ€™s 222) and 26 comments (9 by me, 17 by others). I restructured the whole shebang a little while back and reduced down to 3 categories, and 88 tags.
On the music front, I've now played 27,534 tracks into Last.fm since April 2006. This year my top 5 artists were: The Weakerthans, Every Time I Die, The Fall of Troy, Ludo, and Death Cab for Cutie.
I found or was directed to several great new artists this year, my top favorites were: I Fight Dragons, Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Dudes, and Dragonette.
Darcy and I watched a lot of TV shows and movies via Netflix. Notable TV favorites were Battlestar Galactica, and the first four seasons of 30 Rock.
Some of the good movies we saw were; The Darjeeling Limited, Lars and the Real Girl, Slumdog Millionaire, The Machinist, Fanboys, Helvetica, Primer, Super Size Me.
I feel like I did a lot of projects this year, and I trimmed the fat on old projects as well. I made the transition to git this year, and I got my account at github. Some highlights this year were my heavy usage of Python, trying out Ruby on Rails and a developing love of jQuery.
ThirtyDayList.com - Website
This is my first Ruby on Rails project, and I loved doing it. It's still in progress and no one really uses it yet, but I am determined that the utility is there. This one is closed source, but only because I don't want anyone to see the mess.
OpenPhotoBooth - github, Website
TakeMeSomewhere.org - Website
I re-wrote this one, really cleaned it up and added some fun add on features. It still has some cross browser issues, but I got to work on nice clean jQuery and slick CSS techniques.
TagNest - github
TagNest is a semantic searching tool I wrote with Python and Qt4. It's not super-robust or anything, but it tracks, indexes and tags all the files you point it at, then lets you search them. The point of this one is so that eventually I can switch to paperless document storage (i.e. throw away my filing cabinet) and still be able to find things fast.
pyUSB7 - github, Demo Video
I rediscovered my USB7 and patched together a number of scripts using pySerial. Short and sweet, I probably only worked on these for a few hours total.
I worked for REBEL Interactive at the beginning of the year. It's a great design/web shop and I really enjoyed it, learned a lot. However, I got the opportunity to start working on a start up based off of the old Omaha wiki. So I changed jobs to TownCommons.com, Inc. around mid-year and I've been hacking away ever since. It's really fun to work on a blank slate, to build value from scratch essentially.
Outside of TownCommons I have been freelancing a bit, and I'm hoping to do more of that in the next year. I've been trying to put up a organization of freelancer's called Little Filament, but I'm still lacking some skill sets. Maybe this year I can get that the rest of the way together.
A lot happened this year, and I don't have lots of time to flesh it all out, so I'll hit the highlights.
- Darcy and I went to Niagara Falls (awesome) - Photos
- Donnie & Leigh got married. - Photos
- Ryan & Nan got engaged. - Website
- Darcy graduated - Photos
- Darcy and I bought a house - Photos
- Nikolai disbanded :-(
- Stephanie & Brandon moved to Colorado :-(