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January 2nd, 2005


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10:25 pm - Year End Summary Meme
Today was not a great day to do this, but I did it because I can't concentrate on the zillion other things I should be doing, and I planned to do this, and it gets later and later into the next year. I still intend to write up an Annual Report/Seasonal letter. Maybe I should have the Year End at my birthday. And start it now.


1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?

Competed in an Agility trial.

And almost having one-night relations. Actually, that's not unique. But being aware of the situation, and deliberately playing within and scuttling -- that is a new development. Maybe this year I'll learn not to get in such situations when they are inappropriate.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I live by resolutions, but they are made at the appropriate, not calendar time. "I'm going to get this under control, starting now". I have had great success from this practice and the involved resolutions, and intend to
continue in this way.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

Canada in March. Minnesota in June. Ireland in August. Panama in December.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?

An investor-ready business plan. A legally incorporated entity.

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I rarely remember things in a calendar fashion. Maybe November 10. Maybe not.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No. My immune system and physical resiliency continue to operate out of spec. The last time I recall being sick was as a single-day stress release shutdown the day Vanya flew out of Moscow (Kyiv, December 2003)

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Best Deal: USB Wireless adapter, ever so handy, "free" from eCost.

Spurts of work bought time.

I hope the hardware for the prototypes, in retrospect, becomes the best use of money in 2004.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Boneparth moved to Pittsburgh.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Self-inflicted, Tomayko in January.

14. Where did most of your money go?

The Internet. Corvis. Travel.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The Still-Unnamed Startup. Prospects with Tunison. Corvis at Agility

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2004?

Fiona Apple, "Extraordinary Machine". William Shatner, "Common People". White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army". Treat Her Right, "I Think She Likes Me".

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? thinner
iii. richer or poorer? yes. slightly fewer liquid assets, countered by investments in new acquisitions (art, etc) and private equity/debt (in my company) and retirement savings accounts.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Taking the dog to the park. Work on the startup.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Researching, meeting, and engaging in conversations with eligible (or non-intuitively ineligible) prospects. Less direction-less AIM.

Not working, and not !working, letting time fade not flash.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas was alone with the dog and 5 gallons of fine paints.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

I suspect if I wrote the cell phone log parser, it would yield a top 5 by call-volume of: Bucy, Vogel (Parents), Augustine, Tomayko, Boneparth.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?

No.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

I was favorably impressed by "Six Feet Under" and "Alias". Guilty pleasures included the backlist of "CSI" and "Desperate Housewives". I would be surprised if the total time I spent watching real-time TV (broadcast, cable), excluding the Olympics, the Debates, the Yankees-Red Sox series and Election Night, was over 20 hours this year.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I do not hate anyone at this time.

25. What was the best book you read?

Perhaps, "The Last Samurai". Was that last year? I read less than I expected to this year, of quality. I had to remove Neal Stephenson from that category.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

N/A

27. What did you want and get?

Girl N3, O1, ...

Improved sense of confidence and well-being.

28. What did you want and not get?

Girl P2, O2, ...

Improved sense of contentment and direction.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

I watch a lot of films, so subcategories:
  • Film for Film Sake -- "Coffee & Cigarettes"
  • Way of Life -- "Before Sunset"
  • Blockbuster -- "The Incredibles"
  • Geek Subculture -- "Innocence (Ghost in the Shell 2)"


  • 30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

    I had a party for my 24th birthday. Vanya came over, as did many good people.

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?

    Upgrade. Take advantage of an improved physique. Get things that fit (at least, try to).

    32. What kept you sane?

    Corvis. Dancing Goats.

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    34. What political issue stirred you the most?

    I was a proto-wonk for a bit, the election seemed important.

    35. Who did you miss?

    ommkarja departed. Linder left, eliminating visits by baddfaerie. fws uprooted.

    Most of all, I miss my concentration and focus. Have you seen it? Would you tell it I miss it, please call?

    36. Who was the best new person you met?

    That is a developing concern. And not a topic I wish to touch.

    Within the crowd that will likely read this, developing a better connection with susancalvin has been very satisfying.

    And Heller is a definate contender, Honorable Mention at least.

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004

    Ask if they are married.

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

    "The man with the empty mind is talking perfectly loud"

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