Happy New Year!

image from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4571816.stm Well, as I write this post a very nice man is having a look at the insides of our front-door lock for the second time in as many months. Fortunately this time around I managed to get into the flat before it died, but still… here’s hoping I won’t have to see the nice man a third time.

Traditionally, this time of year is given over to taking stock of life, noting what happened in the previous year, and planning what you would like to happen in the next. It seems that, on the Internet, life is no different. Seeing as how my sheep-genes seem to be taking control, I feel that I should do the same.

2005 – the good, the bad, and the slightly unpleasant bits.
Well, 2005 has been a bit of a mixed year for me. Mainly good, but with a few things I could have done without. Known forever more as ‘the Year of the Thesis’, 2005 was, not surprisingly, heavily dominated by my completing an MSc in Archaeological Computing. Much fun was had, a fair amount was learnt, inordinate amounts of tea (and beer) were drunk, and a complete nervous breakdown was headed off at the pass. Just.

If anyone would now like to hold long conversations with me about the democratization of information, multivocality, hypertext authoring, social computing, wikis, archaeology, GIS, and a whole host of other scary things, then I am now fully qualified to talk about them. As much as the next person, anyway, so long as the next person isn’t Jerry Huggett.

Elsewhere in the land known as “the Past”, 2005 was also the year that I started Bright Meadow. Though you can trace the origins of the blog back through several geocities sites (which now exist only in the cobweb laden blog archives), April 5th 2005 marked the very first post at the new brightmeadow.blogspot domain, and at the close of the year, December 14th 2005 marked the appearance on the scene of brightmeadow.co.uk, a self-hosted, WordPress powered version of the blog.

2005 will also be remembered as the year in which:

  • Moose and myself moved into Meadow Towers.
  • I had fun seducing Canadians 😉
  • I raised nearly £200 for the Race For Life.
  • Curly Durly was forced to wonder if the universe hates her.
  • I wrote of my beloved car back in February 🙁
  • I watched far too many movies and purchased more DVDs than really I should have.
  • I met some wonderful new people through the blog
  • And I learnt that, whilst it is technically possible to fit six people in the back of a Nissan Micra, it is not advisable. Especially when you are attempting this in someone else’s car.

2006 – a space odyssey.
So what does 2006 have in store for Cas? That really is the 60 carat diamond question.

Off the top of my head:

  • I’d like to put a few plans I have into action regarding the future of brightmeadow.co.uk
  • I need to find a job, though I’d like to find a career.
  • It would be nice to think about starting a Ph.D, but I don’t think I am silly enough to do that to myself.
  • There’s a few guest articles I’ve been asked to write. I really should get on with writing them!
  • More in the way of fiction writing should be coming your way. Maybe. Perhaps. If you’re nice to me.
  • I really want to get my teeth into some proper coding. I have this bug in my brain for some application mods/new apps that I think might be quite groovy, but, well, I need to learn proper programming first! If anyone has tips on good places to start (i.e. a good beginners/intermediate book, or a fluffy language that won’t scare me too much), comment or drop me a line

According to the dude on Jools Holland last night, because this is a New Year without a new moon (rare, apparently), resolutions made this year will actually come true. In that case, mine are:

  1. Get fit – yes, I know, unoriginal, but I’ve got the past three months of slacking to make up for. Loosing weight isn’t my main goal. Rather, I need to tone up what I’ve got. The loss of a few pounds would be nice though 🙂
  2. Get some direction in my life. I need to find that… thing… to get me out of bed in the morning. I’m drifting right now, and I’m not a fan of drifting.
  3. Lastly, just be happy. Easy to say. Not, in reality, that straightforward. Here’s hoping!

Anyway, that’s me. What are your resolutions?
Hope you all had a wonderful New Years, and here’s hoping 2006 has even more fun bits than 2005 did!

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I’m planning on drinking a lot less for the next few weeks at least. And hopefully, I’ll be able to cut out my drunken net surfing by the end of the year. 😀

  2. But… but… no drunken net surfing = no drunken blog posting = much less fun for us! 😉

    Ok, now I sound like a pimp for the alcohol industry or something, so I am going to shut up and go hide in my pit now.

    Happy 2006 :bye_tb:

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