Notes from extinction (pickwick) wrote,
Notes from extinction

Year In Review 2009

(There are some questions missing, but I can't be bothered re-numbering...)

1.What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?:
Was a witness at a wedding. Was off work sick for more than a week or two. Um. Not much, really.
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?:
Can't remember if I made any, so I have no idea if I kept them, but probably not. (They're usually "go out more, smoke less, stop biting fingernails" - fail, fail, fail.) Not making any this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:
spiderpixie in July.
4. What countries did you visit?:
Cornwall ;)
5. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?:
Fewer anxiety/ panic attacks. More motivation. A Roomba. A whole series of Doctor Who!

6. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?:
I don't think any specific dates have managed to remain etched upon my memory now, and it's not even the end of the year. Neil Gaiman might have been the 19th and 20th of August...
7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:
Paying off my student loan, probably.
8. What was your biggest failure?:
Saving money, probably.
9. What was the best thing you bought?:(or was bought for you)
Oooh. I'm still very keen on my The Raven t-shirt. I got loads of great books. And my shiny HDTV. Oh! Oh! And my Atheist Bus Campaign panel!
10. Whose behaviour merited celebration?:
My parents', laerad's, Charlie Brooker's, the Lib Dems, the Guardian's. The "Twitterati". Terry Christian! Obama, mostly.
11. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?:
The Met Police. Most MPs. The CEO of my company. The Iranian government. Bankers. Tony Blair.
12. Where did most of your money go?:
Books and tech shinies, as usual.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?:
Various book festival things, especially Neil Gaiman. The people-power-potential of social networking. Future tech. spiderpixie and pooka_joe's wedding. Battlestar Galactica, and Glee, and Misfits. Dark Heresy, and recently I'm getting excited about Unhallowed Metropolis.
14. What songs will always remind you of 2009?:
Anything by Jonathan Coulton. Holy Fuck by Lord Cut-Glass. Defying Gravity from Wicked. The 69 Love Songs album by the Magnetic Fields. Inaugural Trams by Super Furry Animals. Killing In The Name by RATM!
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i) ...happier or sadder?:

Happier, mostly
ii) thinner or fatter?:
No idea - my weight's been fluctuating all year.
iii) richer or poorer?:
16. What do you wish you'd done more of?:
Seeing my friends. Making new friends. Keeping in touch with friends. (Do you see a pattern here?) Cleaning. Anything productive. really. Computer games.
17. What do you wish you'd done less of?:
Being ill, reading fanfic (well, I enjoy it, but I have lots of actual books to read), lying in bed hitting the snooze button for hours, smoking, procrastinating, dithering.
18. How will you be spending Christmas?:
With my parents, my brother and his new-ish girlfriend in the morning. Bro & GF head off at various points to her parents'. In the evening I shall be watching Doctor Who and talking about it online.
19. Did you fall in love in 2009?:
20. How many one night stands?:
21. What were your favourite TV programs?:
The Big Bang Theory, Being Human, QI, Misfits, Doctor Who (theoretically, and giving the next two the benefits of the doubt), Torchwood Children of Earth, Glee, Dollhouse, BBC4 documentaries, OOglies.
22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?:
23. What was the best book you read?:
I have absolutely no idea. I'll go look around blankly. Um... Small Favor by Jim Butcher. Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins, Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky, The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context by Sheenagh Pugh. Loads and loads of books of essays on pop culture, including Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Battlestar, Buffy, Narnia, His Dark Materials, Watchmen, and probably some I've forgotten. I must have read other good novels... I enjoyed all of John Scalzi's novels, and the first couple of Hidden Family ones by Charles Stross. One of the Torchwood novels was actually Really Good, though I can't remember its name offhand. The Phonogram comic. Just A Phrase I'm Going Through and By Hook Or By Crook by David Crystal.
24. What was your greatest musical discovery?:
Jonathan Coulton, with special runners-up mentions for Amanda Palmer, Lord Cut-Glass and the Magnetic Fields.
25. What did you want and get?:
I probably got most things I wanted - materially, anyway. Lots of good stuff.
26. What did you want and not get?
A social life?
27. What were your favorite films of this year?
I've probably seen, like, four films this year. So...Watchmen, which I saw twice. Um. The Gamers. And Coraline. They were all good...!
28. What did you do on your birthday?
I can't remember. Must have been exciting.
29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Geeky t-shirts, jeans, hoodies. Same as when I was 16, really. With some added cardigans.
30. What kept you sane?
The internet, and the people who live in it.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?:
My mind's gone totally blank, and I know there've been loads. Ben Miller & Rob Brydon. Mitchell from Being Human. Matthew Morrison in Glee. Gaius Baltar from Battlestar. Alan Rickman. Derren Brown.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?:
Loads, notably ID cards, the death of Ian Tomlinson, and the secularism/religion debate.
34. What was your favorite moment of the year?
At the Richard Dawkins talk at the Book Festival, I sat beside a genteel little old Edinburgh lady, who started chatting to me. She was 85, and she had always been an closeted atheist, because it just wasn't something nice people talked about. She was almost overwhelmed at how big and open and popular the "atheist movement" has got. (And she thought Dawkins was a bit too nice to religion in his talk, too.)
35. Who was the best new person you met this year?
sudge, cos he's awesome.
42. What was your least favourite moment of the year?
Ooh, probably the mega panic attack that started my weeks off work, when I spent a couple of hours flailing about whether to call an ambulance.
43. Where were you when 2009 began?
On the internet, I think. Well, I'd been working till 10.45, and it was raining...
44. Who were you with?
Nobody *sob* except all you little people in the box who talk to me.
45. Where will you be when 2009 ends?
In a soundproof booth in my office, with one other person also in a soundproof booth at the other end of the office, providing subtitles for STV's increasingly drunken Hogmanay Live! show. Plus, on the internet.
46. Who will you be with when 2009 ends?
See above.
47. What was your favourite month of 2009?
The start of March was good, with Cornwall and London. And then August was fab.
48. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2009?
Nope. Probably drank a couple of dozen times in total, and got drunk...twice, I think.
49. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2009?
Might have smoked occasionally, yes.
50. What are your plans for 2010?
Plans?! Well, I'm going to buy a Roomba, does that count? Get a pension. Maybe go and see my mate in Australia, depending on how long he stays there. Figure out some kind of exit strategy from my job, not that I plan to leave in the near future, but it'd be good to have options.
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