Happy 2008

This is actually my 300th post, according to blogger (that has in the past [sorry for all the broken things on my old blog] not been able to count number of posts). So it's a celebration! A celebration of a new year looking back a year to see what has changed:

Actually, 2007 was an odd year for me. There were a lot of subtle changes that compounded in making my thinking different, but everything not as much. Let me try to enumerate things:

  1. I was promoted at work: with great power comes greater responsibility, right? Well, I don't have great power, but I can somehow feel a greater responsibility. I'm not going to get to details, as this is not the forum for these kinds of details, but there were quite a few psychological changes in the work environment last year. And there is a Piñata at the center of them all.

  2. Video games and video game communities: I've bough my Wii and a DS (two, actually) and have been going to friends' places to play video-game. I've never been away from playing things on video-games and computers, but I haven't bought a video-game console in a long time. What have I felt as different: I have new things to talk about, like I've finished Super Mario Galaxy yesterday (more on this on some other post, perhaps). It hasn't yet affected my blog, but I think it should sometime soon.

  3. Less emails: this is probably one of the worst things of the year for me. I have been sending less and less emails to friends and this has been quite psychologically painful. You might be thinking: if it's painful, why don't you just write? The sad thing is that I don't think I have an answer for this question. Every time I sit at my computer to write an email, I end up wasting a lot of time and not actually finishing it. Writer's block, or I don't know.

  4. Less of everything else: thinking of less emails, I've realized that not only I've been writing less emails, I've been working less on side projects, I've been reading less research articles, I've been continuously posting less and less on this blog (probably also related to the "writer's block" mentioned above), I've been doing less productive things on my idle time. And I can't really put the blame on video games, as except for a few games here and there*, I haven't been playing that much. But I'll try not to point fingers at things.

  5. Pets: well, a pet lizard is a pet too, huh? Needs food and cleaning up. Also needs me to coordinate with friends every time I take a vacation of more than a couple of days. When I go to Brazil I'll need to take her to a friend's place for whole 3 weeks!
So, it's been a year with some changes. What to expect from this year? I'm not really sure yet. I only know that I have two trips to Brazil ahead of me and one to Hawaii. The rest will be trying to do some catch-up with all that didn't happen last year! Maybe...

*games that used a lot of my time this year (not in any specific order):

  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Bioshock
  • Mario Strikers Charged
  • Fifa Soccer 2008 for Wii
  • Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Brain Age DS
  • Tetris for DS (not because I've played it, because I've spent a lot of time looking for it before I concluded that I had lost it somewhere)