2005

It’s that time of the year again, here’s The Annual What-Happened-This-Year-Wrap-Up!

2005 was the year I…

  • Tried to convert the site to WordPress a couple of times, but realized that what I’ve got now works for me.
  • Dated a friend of a friend for a month or so, but it didn’t work out too well.
  • Worked even more than in 2004.
  • Bought more The Simpsons and South Park DVDs. Eeexcellent…
  • Had a few other dates that didn’t really lead to anything interesting.
  • Didn’t run as much as I probably should.
  • Completed four more tasks on The List. I also completed four last year, which means I’ll be done in another twenty three years if I continue at this speed.
  • Didn’t post as many entries as I should have.
  • Became an uncle. Yay for that.
  • Accidentally turned my computer into a SPAM zombie.
  • Saw Kent in concert for the second time.
  • Hated my work on several occasions.
  • Pulled the plug and decided to stop having any contact with Stine because it totally ruined my day every time I heard from her.
  • Got a text message from Stine the Monday after Christmas Eve where she wished me a merry Christmas and a happy new year – in spite of the fact that I’d told her “no contact, please”. Thankfully, the text message didn’t ruin my day, I just though of it as a nice thing to do and replied with another best wishes message. There is no particular reason why this unexpected event didn’t spawn a separate entry, as you would expect from me.
  • Moved to a much nicer room in the shared apartment.
  • Played a little bit of Xbox games, but really wish I had time for more.
  • Had my annual Writer’s Hiatus, which lasted for about two months this year.
  • Struggled with comment SPAM and ended up blocking an entire ISP.
  • Dated the most complicated girl I’ve ever met, TC. You probably remember that. I hope she’s still alive and breathing.
  • Had my bike stolen.
  • Bought a new bike, about one third of the price of the old one. You live, you learn.
  • Created the 10 000 days calculator.
  • Played basketball a single time.
  • Sold the company me and two other guys started in February 2003. I have yet to see any money, though…
  • Got burned outside Parkteateret in Oslo. Just hilarious.
  • Went to Rome for a week. Boooriiiing.
  • Had to go to the emergency ward in the middle of the night with one of the girls I live with. Everything went A-OK.
  • Finally bought some dark curtains for my bedroom windows.
  • Played through Half-Life 2 – Game of the year, no doubt.
  • Had my head scanned in one of them CT machines.
  • Went to Trondheim and saw Seigmen in concert for the third time – a concert that was supposed to be their last, but it wasn’t.
  • Didn’t buy an Xbox 360, like both Ola and Hallvard did. Today.
  • Bought my first real gadget – the SleepTracker. It works.
  • Was accused of being a domain thief. Moron.
  • Was offered money to pretend I liked something.
  • Started dating The Girl, who after a while became The Girlfriend – the best I’ve ever had.

If you look at the big picture, this year was OK – I had my ups and downs, as expected. It’s about as good or bad as 2004 was, but it sure ends well and the outlook for 2006 is much better than it was for 2005 when I wrote the 2004 summary last year.

But enough said. Happy new year to everyone, 2006 will be even better than 2005 ever was.

Walk With Me

It looks like the internet has labelled me as “anti-mac”, a couple of weeks ago I got this e-mail:

Hi,
I just found your anti-mac blog entry, https://www.vegard.net/archives/650/, and I think you may be of some help to us. I’m reaching out to you on behalf of [names removed]. We’ve been hired to help spread the word about the new hilarious Mitch Ferrence site. Have you seen it yet? If not, feel free to check out Mitch’s website for more info: www.dittyo.com/maximize. Based on your blog entry, I think you might like it.
Please let us know if you’d be interested in posting a press release or blog entry.
Thanks!
Lauren
[address and contact information of renowned marketing agency removed]

Well, Lauren, I’m a whore – so show me the money! Actually, Lauren did show me the money, but I decided it wasn’t worth it. Mitch Ferrence swag? Nah…

The entry in question actually got brief mentioning on a couple of Mac-links sites and even inspired a columnist over at PowerBookCentral.com to write a long piece about why Mac laptops should be more expensive than brand-named PC laptops. Go ahead and read “Why I Don’t Think Apple Should Cut iBook And PowerBook Prices“.

In other news; I’ve posted some pictures from China and Hong Kong and the Webcam is once again active after about two years of hiatus! Have a look at the interesting intersection outside my bedroom window.

Alternatives

All right. I was supposed to spend this evening with The Girlfriend, but she’s not feeling well tonight, so I’m not sure if that’s going to happen. It’s too bad, really, because I’ve only spent three or four days with her the last three weeks and I was really looking forward to it, but I guess it’s very little I can do about it.

Today I only staid seven or so hours at work, but I was surprisingly effective, doing about two days (twenty to twenty four hours) worth of coding compared to a normal work day. The reason for that is probably that most other people in my business take the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve off, meaning that I don’t have to answer e-mails and telephone calls – the two main reasons I lose the pace in my programming. If you’re a coder, like me, you know how annoying it is to get interrupted all the time by e-mails, phone calls and IM messages. It can really take a while to get your mind back on track.

It looks like I’m hooked on San Andreas (again). I played for an hour or so after work today, and since it looks like I won’t see The Girlfriend tonight, I guess it’s back to the good old Xbox.

I can live with that.

Slow Motion

Since I’ve been away most of December, it’s been a little slow in here, I’ll try to make up for it this week.

Today I left work “early”, went home, had dinner, talked to Karine, which I haven’t really talked to in weeks and then did something I haven’t done since July: I played Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. Still an excellent game. Me and Hans Olav were supposed to go out for a few beers today, but he came home a bit late and I think I feel a headache coming in, so we’re postponing it. That’s about what happened today.

I said I’d post. I didn’t say that I’d post anything interesting!

Yuletide

Ah, the joy of Christmas. A couple of days off was good, even though I didn’t really get any time off. I was back at work today, cleaning our old office to get it ready for the next renter, who will move in on the first of January. I’m not sure if I’m going to miss our old office. Probably not. It was nice, bright and modern, but it was hard to get any real work done there with people talking on the phone and having meetings in the same office space as I was trying to code.

Christmas day came and went, no surprise there. I spent the weekend at my parents place with one of my sisters. The other one – the one with a son – stayed with her boyfriend’s family this year, they’ll stay with the other family every other year. Maybe the best thing is to bring both families together for Christmas eve. A huge, jolly crowd.

The size of the pile of presents drastically decrease as you get older, and this year was no exception. I got a couple of practical things, but the best present was without doubt one of the two I got from The Girlfriend. Being a rather talented singer/songwriter – yeah, really – she’d actually written a song to me. Come to think about it, it’s probably the best present I ever got. Can it be more personal than that? I think not. Truly excellent.

If you’re a regular reader you might have started to wonder why there has been no mentioning of The Girlfriend lately. Have no fear, things are going swell, but I’m not sure how comfortable she is with being a part of this site, even if she is well hidden behind “The Girlfriend”. This creates somewhat of a challenge for me, since my life consists of only two tings on a day-to-day basis – her and work. And I’m pretty sure you’re not that interested in reading about all the shit I’m going through at work.

And now I’m off to fine-tune our monitoring system. Yippee-cay-ay!