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2008 In Review

Life

This year has been pretty big. Naturally following up with lots of events from last year, these are some quick memories. My nephew, Rayden, was born on Feb 12th, six weeks early! This caused the father (my brother) to be indisposed for my dad’s (2nd) marriage on Feb 14th. I got bumped up to best man (but didn’t have to do much) and had a rather empty hotel room to myself in Vegas. I attended the Open Web Vancouver conference. I went to Whistler mountain for the first time in years and plan on going again soon. I went on a fantastic road trip down the west coast of the United States, something I will never forget. I slacked off most of the summer but managed to do quite a bit of rollerblading and outdoor activity hanging out with Kurt (visiting from Brazil). My brother, now a father, married the mother of his child on August 3rd. I was best man at this wedding, as well – with more responsibilities, but they were well received and totally worth it. Our beloved cat, Sky, met an early and terribly unfortunate end. We had our first encounter with bed bugs who are now the sworn enemy of our household. Vancouver, a city that sometimes doesn’t get snow all year, had its whitest Christmas ever with 60cm (2 ft) of snow! Perhaps we should have seen snow in April as a sign….?

That reminds me: Happy Holidays for 2008! Guess I was a little late on that… Here are some pictures of our insane weather in Vancouver.

Geekery

With my free time, I think I was able to really exercise my geekiness in 2008. I released a couple updates to the Rhythmbox Jump-to-Playing plugin, which led me to submit my first patch to an upstream project! Said patch was accepted and will be in the next version of Rhythmbox! Yay. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was just for some XML UI description, but it feels nice to have helped improve (even a tiny bit) a project that will be installed on thousands of computers in the next cycle. I also released a usable proof-of-concept GNOME Panel File List Applet which has stayed on my panel and I find quite useful. And I’ve done a couple little scripts and how-to’s that fall under the “nerd” category quite nicely. Oh yeah, and significant website updates. Next website todo item is to customize the attachment page for my theme, I think…. Also, I joined Twitter. And Identi.ca. And LinkedIn….

Art

Not many artsy things done this year. But with the significant improvements of tablet handling in Linux, I did some random doodles and a birthday card. I may not do it very often, but I still enjoy drawing, thank goodness.

Blog Stats for 2008

My Blog is by no means high traffic, but stats are fun! (These stats were obtained using the wordpress.com Stats plugin, and exclude the Feed stats, because I use Feedburner for that… although, I’m thinking I should revert that, now that I mostly use wordpress.com Stats.)

Top 3 Referrers:

  1. http://live.gnome.org/RhythmboxPlugins/ThirdParty (402)
  2. live.gnome.org/Boston2008/GUIHackfest (209)
  3. siuyee.com (126)

Top 3 Posts and Pages:

  1. Pidgin 2.1 UI Ideas (1,053)
  2. 2D Game Art and the Virtual Console (580)
  3. Rhythmbox Plugin: Jump to Playing 0.2 (455)

Top 3 Search Engine Terms:

  1. rhythmbox (327)
  2. bug (174)
  3. pidgin (165)

Top 3 Clicks:

  1. Pidgin UI screenshot attached to a bug (57)
  2. Pidgin UI mockup (50) by Hylke Bons
  3. SF2 HD Ken (42)
  4. The fourth was launchpad.net/desktopdrawers with 38 clicks, so it’s kinda cool I helped advertise a small project a little. (A project I’ve submitted patches to, no less. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Thanks

Thank you, everyone, for a wonderful 2008. It’s been interesting, and despite a failing economy, I’m looking positively toward 2009.

Happy New Year! (????????????????) ๐Ÿ™‚

Crazy Spring Weather

A couple nights ago, on April 18 (!!!!), it started snowing in Deep Cove. This is NOT normal Spring weather! It’s even more strange because Deep Cove was the only place to get dumped on so bad, even compared to places right next to (and higher than) us! Anyway, it started as hail, then became snow, then became a mixture of rain and snow – which became really heavy. This new and sudden weight caused lots of trees and branches around us to fall. One of them fell onto our deck.

With all these trees falling down, the natural progression would be power outages. Along with the thunder and lightning, there were also a couple loud hums followed by the sky glowing an electric blue (an overloaded power transformer?). I couldn’t find any news items on this, yet – maybe on Monday. By this time, I was already soaking wet from using a handsaw to cut the branch fallen branch and shovelling the snow off our driveway, so I grabbed a flashlight and went for a walk. I frequently heard cracking as trees or branches were falling. The loud humming noise was coming from what I assume is a substation on the other side of Myrtle Park. Eventually, the power came back on, so I went home, had a hot shower, and went to sleep (was planning on heading to Whistler, bright and early).

It was a pretty random night. Blogged about it with Twitter a little.

Snow!

This year is supposedly going to be the coldest we’ve had in 15 years! I guess that’s good news for the mountains!

Yesterday we had a bit of snow.

view from our living room window

I took my sister’s dog for a walk while trying to take evening pictures.

our house

Looking down our street

my friend Kurtisโ€™ house, complete with lights!

Today, I woke up bright and early at 7am, and we had received more!

Our living room window

Our house, the next morning

Not only is this early for Vancouver to get snow, but we often don’t get any all year! Driving in the snow doesn’t concern me since I don’t drive, so I can just enjoy looking at it. It’s very pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚