- Celebrated five years together with Belle, an achievement for which
few words would be sufficient. Thanks, babe!
- Mostly followed my
gaming resolutions from last year. Definitely played more indie
titles, skipped tedious grinding, and avoided console shooters when
possible. Did not get around to trying an MMO, which was probably for
- Bought a Kindle
2 and an Android
Dev Phone. Became a
developer for the latter, much to my dismay.
- Wrote about
a quarter of a game engine, then quit when I got to the parts that
aren't instantly gratifying (preloading, faux-threading, AI). Still
managed to learn way more than anyone should know about high-performance
- Survived a congressional session, a corporate purchase, and a
- Survived a mild case of extensor tendonitis, and resolved to take
better care of my hands.
- Rewrote my personal subset of Blosxom in PHP, increasing the speed
of this blog by an order of magnitude. Resisted the urge to convert to a
real publishing platform like Wordpress. Purged
a number of old entries, while I was at it.
- Read a fair
number of books, including a long,
miserable slog through Chris Anderson's Free.
- Began taking breakdancing classes, which (after six months)
qualifies me as something of a b-boy-in-training, I guess. Lost about 20
pounds in the process, but failed (so far) to conquer a general
deficiency of flavor.
Reviewer's notes: The special effects may be showing their age, and
portions seemed rushed or in need of additional polish. But overall,
2009 delivered a solid annual experience, not to mention a definite
improvement over previous franchise installments. Possible
candidate for Year of the Year. Score: 9/10