Auld Lang Syne §

I’m insomniatic tonight. I’m off to Tahoe tomorrow for Christmas, and, naturally, my mind is racing with plans for the trip - “Don’t forget to pack [insert item] in the morning! Did I remember [this other thing]? Shit, check the oil too.” - etc. etc.

So here it is, my obligatory end of the year 2005 lists. And no, I don’t mean there are going to be 2,005 lists, so just shove that sarcastic remark right back up your ass. And if you weren’t thinking that, then forgive me, because I was, and if this was your blog I would have definitely commented about it just to be an ass.

Good Riddance

Following you will find the things I will not miss about 2005, and shall naively assume will dissapear after midnight on the 1st. This list is hardly complete, and presented in no particular order.

  1. “The latest iPod killer.” I don’t know about you, but I am just sick of seeing this phrase, come to think of it, I was sick of seeing it this time last year too. Get the hint already.

  2. Whining about hating Web 2.0. Look at it this way, it’s a short, widely used phrase, used to describe the growth of accessible, usable, web platforms. And like Joshua Porter said it’s a lot easier than saying “all the lessons we’ve learned so far about what works on the web that you should be paying attention to.”

  3. And stop saying your shiny new web app is in beta for marketing purposes.

  4. Corporations podcasting because they want to be a part of the hype. Sorry, I don’t want to hear a 5 minute teaser for tonight’s uber-popular because it’s stupid network television series. You missed the point.

  5. Charging for a podcast. Yeah there are no real business models yet, but this isn’t it.

  6. Supreme Court nominations. ‘Nough said.

  7. Condescending press conferences from the “President” of the United States. Come on Mr. Bush, just because people are finally questioning your policies, doesn’t mean you have to be a dick - isn’t that what Cheney’s for? Sorry, cheap shot.

  8. Marie Antoinette. Or in the case of the 21st century, Barbara Bush.

Things I Loved

Here are some things that I loved about 2005 - some reasons to remember this year.

I guess I’m a very negative individual, after some thought - aside from the standard “friends, family, job” - I really couldn’t think of anything that made me love this year. So onward we go…

2006

There’s more to come. I’ve never really made any New Year’s resolutions before, so I thought it might be interesting to try it out. Let’s check back in 3 months and see how I’m doing…

I resolve to…

  1. Actually pay off my credit card debt.

  2. Not give into temptation to buy the latest and greatest Macintosh, unless dire circumstances exist. (Dire, of course, is a completely objective form of measure.)

  3. I will strive to abandon the Grid on at least one design concept.

  4. After abandong the Grid, I will cry… for several reasons… but mostly because a) I really like designing with a grid, I believe in it; b) I actually made a resolution to not use a grid; c) I actually wrote a follow-up resolution in which I essentially defined the grid as some spiritual belief.

  5. I will exercise. (I’m an American, this resolution is practically a requirement to maintain my citizenship.)

All done. And I’m off. I hope you have a fantastic set of holidays! To those I’ll see, I can’t wait to see you! Those I won’t, well I’ll miss you!

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