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A Collision at Sea Can Ruin Your Day

posted to writings on aug 24th, 2011 with tags birthday and me

Another year, another dollar. This past year felt long but rather uneventful. While I was 28:

  • I sold my R32. I've been without a car now for almost an entire year. I walk, ride my bike, or take the train/bus everywhere. A few times I've rented a zipcar for treks out to the burbs. I don't miss having a daily driver and all the crap that goes along with it (car payment, insurance, fuel, oil changes, other maintenance, permits, parking, tickets, having to find parking spaces, and sitting in traffic) but I do miss my Exige and going to the track.
  • I bought a Fitbit in December initially to track my sleeping habits, but I've since worn it every day as a pedometer. Since December 24, 2010, I've walked (or at least tracked) 1,366,277 steps, which is 606.32 miles.
  • I met my girlfriend Lauren through Benn (who lived in the apartment below me), and we all did stuff together. Benn moved out in November and now my apartment building is filled with noisy idiots.
  • I made a website for Hacker News users to trade books, domain names, and other stuff.
  • I bought an 11" MacBook Air which I really liked. Then as I always do, I got the itch to run OpenBSD again which I couldn't do on the Air (due to its wireless and graphics chip) so I bought a ThinkPad X220. As (bad) luck would have it, the graphics chip on the X220 wasn't supported either, so I spent months working on adding support for it with oga@, eventually sending it along with dhill@ to the OpenBSD hackathon in Canada to get finished. Some time in there I bought a ThinkPad X120e, which sucked, and then an 11" Samsung Series 9, which worked fairly well but ran kind of hot. I bought a first-gen 13" MacBook Air which also worked fine with OpenBSD, but I didn't really like it. I sold the X220 and my 11" Air and got the new 11" Air which has the same graphics chip as the X220. But alas, I still got screwed.
  • I went to the borg and they gave me a free CR-48 laptop, and it's sat in my closet ever since.
  • I wrote some software.
  • I met up with some Chicago Hacker Newsers.
  • Lauren and I went to Washington D.C. for New Year's.
  • I came back and got snowed in.
  • I went to Florida with Lauren and my family.
  • I got yet another phone, but I actually like this one.
  • I made an Android ROM called Blandroid, to run on my new phone, because Cyanogen was (still is?) very buggy. Blandroid has been downloaded over 15,000 times since I started releasing it.
  • I made a Fitbit low battery notification system to send text messages to Fitbit users when the battery on their tracker gets low. It's currently being used by 314 Fitbit users and has sent out 781 text messages and e-mails.
  • I dressed fancily and went with Lauren to see a production of Hamlet. It was much better than I was expecting.
  • While standing at my desk one day, I watched 4 guys drive up to the apartment building across the street, break into the garden unit, and walk out with a big-screen TV. I took pictures of them breaking in and walking out with the TV and called 911, which resulted in a car chase with the police and the burglars getting away. I gave printouts of the pictures to the police, and they eventually caught two of them. I had to go to the police station twice and pick them out of lineups.
  • I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor in concert, twice, as well as This Will Destroy You, Jaga Jazzist, and God is an Astronaut.
  • I finally got a new bike, after more trouble trying to track down the bike I actually wanted. I like this one, though.
  • I looked for a new apartment to get away from the noisy idiots upstairs. My search left me frustrated and I ended up renewing my lease until after the new year so I can start looking again later.
  • Lauren and I went to the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum.
  • Lauren and I watched every X-Files episode and movie, in order. I'm now making her watch every episode of Breaking Bad and I'm also watching every episode of Frasier in my (much) spare time. Plex is great.
  • I completed my fifth year of self-employment as Superblock.
  • I went to Road America to watch DHH and others race in the ALMS.
  • I made a website for tracking domain name expiration dates.
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