It’s the last day of the year, and time to sum it up. 2014 was the year that…
- I wrote the least entries since I started writing. Only 46 entries were published, although I’ve got a few drafts what will probably never see the light of day. 46 entries are less than an entry a week, which is nothing short of a scandal! I can’t promise you any more next year, though, if anything there will probably be even less writing.
- I did writing an unhealthy amount of reviews. Consider it a public service from me, to you. You’re welcome. Most of them were computer game reviews, but I also saw a few movies.
- I read a few books, believe it or not. I wanted to sit down with a great space opera, and based on recommendations I started reading Leviathan Wakes, the first book in The Expanse series. It started out really well, but after about hundred pages, I really got the feeling I was watching an episode of Firefly. For most of you science fiction nerds, that is a good thing, and something that probably helps explain the series success. But personally, I really didn’t find much joy in neither Firefly nor Serenity. It’s a bombshell, I know, but I’m standing by it. And while I’m dropping bombshells, I think The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a massively overrated series.
- 18 years overdue, I got my driver’s license. It took 18 years because I didn’t really see why I needed it since public transportation is a completely sufficient way of getting around 99% percent of the time you have to get from point A to point B. But in the end, I caved: When you get a kid, it turns out it’s extremely convenient to have a car and actually be able to legally drive it.
- Version 3.0.0 and subsequent bug fixes of my WordPress plugin wp-days-ago was released. I hope you’re not waiting for me to answer a question in the support forum, because I haven’t visited that for ages.
- I think I managed to watch every single Formula 1 race. The 2014 season wasn’t the most exciting one I’ve witnessed, and my old nemesis Lewis Hamilton won the world championship, which was a huge disappointment.
- I used a Windows Phone 8 handset for three weeks to see if the mobile operating system had changed for the better since version 7.5, which I tested back in 2012. My three weeks with the phone were summarized in three blog posts and the conclusion was the same: There’s nothing wrong with Windows Phone, but there’s nothing spectacular about it either: There’s nothing there that will make an average iOS or Android user want to change to Windows Phone.
- Wearable tech got hot. I bought myself a Pebble, a gadget that I can easily live without. But it’s nice to be able to quickly figure out the time without having to fish out my mobile phone. Also, controlling Spotify from my wrist while traveling is pretty damn convenient.
- I pledged to a few more - 12 to be exact - Kickstarter projects. Here are a few highlights. Some of the projects I backed in 2013 also began actually delivering in 2014.
- A bookmarking feature was added to the site. Behind the scenes, I also moved all my domains - I own a few others in addition to this one - to a new registrar, which will cut my yearly domain costs down to about 1/3 of what it was previously.
- I revealed one of my deepest, darkest secrets: From 1995 to roughly 2000, I tried my luck as a “composer” of sorts. HYPERSPACE, Milo and Timid is in the building!
- The 2014 FIFA World Cup was hosted by Brazil. As with every big football tournament, either the European Cup or the World Cup, I tried my luck at some sports betting. I’m still having a day job, to put it that way.
- I realized just how much the Skullcandy Uprocks suck as a pair of headphones. Oh my god, they suck so unbelievably hard.
- The summer vacation scored very low on the exotic scale: We spent three nights in Sweden.
- I spent a lot of time looking for good camera and post-processing apps for Android.
- I listened to a lot of podcasts.
- At least, but certainly not last (and you knew this already from having read through the rest of this list): Vilde was born. As of the 14th of May this year, Anniken and I are no longer in control of our lives.
There you go. Even though I didn’t write much, 2014 has without doubt been the most eventful year so far. Here’s to a less eventful, but at least as interesting 2015. Happy new year!
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