2019

It’s the last day of the year, and thus time for the annual bullet point recap.

In summary, MMXIX was the year that…

  • I published 99 posts, 19 more than last year. To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t make it to One Hundred. But it’s still the most posts I’ve published in a year since 2012. Everything I’ve ever posted is available in the archive.
  • I managed to take A Picture A Day for the 7th year in a row. I’ve summarized the year of photos in a separate post.
  • The photos I posted got more personal, something I could do because I decided to limit access to the most personal A Picture A Day photos.
  • My plan to read A Book A Month failed. I only finished 11 books in 2019, but some of those books were more than 3 times the size of the ones I usually read. So in terms of number of pages read, 2019 was a raging success. I’ve summarized the year in books in a separate post.
  • I had my gallbladder removed, and had an interesting recovery.
  • The site got a visual overhaul, and I used the default WordPress theme for the first time. It looked awesome at first, but now I’m not that sure anymore.
  • I purchased a pair of Sony WH1000XM3 wireless Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones. They were freakishly expensive, but, man, I’m working in an open plan office, and now I have no idea how I managed to get anything done before I got them.
  • According to Endomondo, I spent too much time on my ass. I only ran 151 kilometer (~94 miles) on the treadmill, which is well under half the distance I covered in 2018. The main reason for this massive decline is that I sold the treadmill in August, and replaced it with a rowing machine. Unfortunately, I only managed around 66 kilometers (~41 miles) of rowing before that thing with the gallbladder surfaced.
  • I got to test drive a Test Model 3. It’s a very nice car, but it’s too small for us. Our next car will be an electric vehicle, though.
  • We had solar panels installed on the roof of our house. The production level was great during the summer, but it’s been absolutely terrible for the last couple of months. No big surprise, really, since there’s been virtually no direct sunlight on the panels because of clouds and snow.
  • I bought my first piece of art, which I haven’t manage to frame yet.
  • After a lot of discussion with local authorities and the private road association, we finally managed to get speed bumps installed on the road outside our house. The road is actually defined as a bicycle path, but drivers don’t give a crap about that. The speed bumps helped a lot, though. Hurray!
  • Our new lawn finally started to grow after last year’s drought.
  • New one-liners were added to the collection on the first of every month. It now holds well over two thousand curated, high-quality one-liners.
  • Was supposed to be The Year of The Concerts. I did go to two concerts, which is many times more than the previous years (0). But both concerts were with the same band, The Midnight, so I’m not sure if I’m ready to proclaim The Year of The Concerts wildly successful. Both The Wife and I (first concert) and Hans Olav and I (second concert) enjoyed ourselves, though.
  • The family spent the summer at the lovely Daftö resort.
  • I became pro-nuclear, tried to figure out exactly how carbon offsetting works, and wrote a long post about how Norway should use its dirty oil money.
  • After deleting my Facebook account (for the second time) in 2018, I deleted my Instagram account this year. You should, too, because Facebook is a threat to everyone in so many ways that you can’t even imagine.
  • I also deleted my Blizzard account because of the way they “handled” pro-Hong Kong activism. You should delete your Blizzard account, too.
  • I wrote two more posts in my narrative Let’s Play Cities: Skylines series about Springwood. Personally, I find the posts rather entertaining, but I fear most of you don’t share that sentiment. You can make up your own mind by reading The Rise of Springwood and The Fall of Springwood.
  • I also wrote a narrative Let’s Play RimWorld post, The Second Tale of a Doomed Colony. It’s totally ha-ha-funny. Seriously.
  • The decentralized web, FLOSS, and freedom of speech were topics I spent a lot of time pondering. Welcome to the Fediverse, Technology Won’t Save Us, and Free Speech & FLOSS vs the Alt-Right are just a few of the posts I wrote about the subjects.
  • I put quite a bit of time and effort into figuring out what my ultimate gaming rig is. In the end, I didn’t buy one, though.
  • Password managers were finally something I dived into. You should, too.
  • Many people, including me, started to get aware of how unethical our mobile phones are. So I decided my next one will be a Fairphone 3.

Looking back, 2019 was a surprisingly political year for me. I voted the Green Party in the Municipal and County Council Elections, we had the solar panels installed on the roof, I raved about freedom of speech, embraced the decentralized web, and even deleted some online accounts because of politics. If I was a little less shy of confrontations, I might have written even more about these topics. But there’s always a risk that people actually end up reading my incoherent ramblings, and start to talk back to me. Like that pilot did once.

All in all, 2019 wasn’t too bad. Here’s to an even better 2020.

Here are summaries from previous years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

Support Your Favorite Creators Today

There’s a good chance you frequently use free software and consume free content. Some of it is created by companies who support themselves by selling you private information to the highest bidder and by displaying intrusive ads. Facebook, Google, and Twitter are among the most prominent companies that do this.

But some of the free software and content you use, are created by organizations and individuals who don’t earn any money from doing it. Instead, they rely on user donations. Ever since I got a steady income, I’ve made donations to creators of free software and content I use regularly.

Here’s a list of my current, monthly donations:

A Picture A Day 2019

As you’ve probably realized, ’tis the season not only to be jolly, but to sum up the year. How did my A Picture A Day project do in 2019?

2019 was another good year for the A Picture A Day project. I managed to post a picture every day, and that was my one and only goal.

This year, I’ve also added a new feature to the A Picture A Day project. Every now and then I post personal stuff, like a picture of the kids. Since I started the project in 2013, I’ve become a lot more privacy conscious. Facebook, Google, and all the other technical behemoths whose business is based solely on selling your most private secrets to the highest bidder, have thought me the value of tightening the control of what I share. Posting pictures of people online without their consent is also a major no-no. I could of course the my kids’ consent, but they don’t really understand what it means yet.

Because of all this, I’ve locked down the personal photos I post so that they are only available to those of you who have been granted access. The technical details if outlined in the post A More Private A Picture A Day. It’s quite simple, though. If you want access, just click on one of the pictures with a padlock on them, enter your e-mail address, and you’ll go through a not-so-thorough manual vetting process that might end up in you getting access.

A Book A Month 2019

Which books did I manage to plow through this year?

This is the fourth year of the A Book A Month Project, and this year I’ve almost exclusively read books that are part of a series. The only exception was Airport by Arthur Hailey, a book I abandoned after 5 hours of reading simply because I felt it was going slowly nowhere in particular.

2019 has been dominated by two authors; Marko Kloos and George R. R. Martin. I read the last three books of Kloos’ excellent Frontlines military science fiction series. I even managed to post a review of it. Like most series, Frontlines has its ups and downs, but my informal individual score of the books never dipped below 3.5 out of 5. As military science fiction series come, Frontlines is top notch.

Neo Cab

I’m a sucker for neon lights, cyberpunk, and a good story. Here’s my Neo Cab review.

California based Change Agency‘s Neo Cab is a game that delivers on all three of those points. So when I loaded up the game for the first time I was pretty sure I was going to have a good time. And I wasn’t left disappointed.

Neo Cab tells the story of Lina, one of the last human driver-for-hire on the streets of Los Ojos. Lina’s friend and only lifeline has gone missing; with no money and nowhere to stay, the only thing she can do is keep driving. As the player, you choose what passengers to pick up and how you engage with them to learn their stories. Balance Lina’s own emotional wellbeing with the needs of her passengers as she strives to keep her perfect rating, and her job. Maybe someone in this city can help Lina with her own story?