Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy 2011 -> 2012!

2011 turned out to be a pretty good year — despite all the natural and financial disasters in the world. The revolutions were pretty cool. Also Fidel Castro survived another year.

 * A year ago we were five months pregnant and camping in Hawaii with two kids (10 and 2). It was a lot of fun, in retrospect.

* At the SF Erlang Factory I convinced Joe Armstrong to try Rdio (

* Then we got about a third of the first floor of our house finished, in order to start a co-op preschool there.

* Then I fulfilled a major dream: installed an oval pot rack.

* Then Dmitri Gorchev died. (Correction: he died in 2010)

* Toured the new Bay Bridge with Manish.

* Then we had a baby! Daria:

 * We got most of the living room painted.

* Then I turned 30.

* With all the baby-having we forgot to change the oil in our Subaru Outback and the turbo went out of business.

* So we had a month of public transportation. We visited museums and chased the F on Embarcadero. With two strollers!

* I discovered Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

* Arkadii the Cat (16) went on to the next life.

* Then we got a turbo put in at Brannan Auto Experts.

* Redevelopment finally entered full swing on 7th street near West Oakland BART.

* We went to Yosemite in December. I'll never go to Yosemite during summer again.

* I quit my job of over three years at Rdio.

* Started a new job at Connect.Me.

* Our son Boris turned three.

* Macbook Pro -> Thinkpad X1 with Ubuntu 11.10.

* Started work on the remaining 2/3 of the downstairs.

* Harmony read 26 books this year.  This is important, since, apparently, not all children grow up reading.

I don't really read anymore. Somehow I finished these:
- Monday begins on Saturday by Strugatsky brothers (I read this book every year, in January)
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- Жизнь без Карло Дмитрия Горчева (Correction: I read this last year)
- Matsushita Leadership by John Kotter
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy

* My wife presented me with a Kindle Fire for Christmas, so I'll be reading more. I already read a few of the free Sherlock Holmes stories (better in English, it turns out).

* 2012 will be the year of Connect.Me, which is super exciting.

* Happy 2012!