a roundup of successes and failures

Posted: 2021-12-31
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I feel satisfied.

Did I do everything I planned?

No. Far from it.

What do I feel satisfied?

Because. That’s why. Just, because.

2021 felt like the fastest year ever. It flew by. I gave myself different things to do. I didn’t fully complete them, but I had a good time learning about these things.

But first!

I am a music person. I like listening to new music whenever I have the chance. So, I will start off with my…

Music Recommendations

Off the top of my head, here are a few albums that I listened to a lot this year:

Most of these albums can be found on Bandcamp. Consider waiting until the next Bandcamp Friday, so you can support the artist.

Things I tried

The Fediverse

Not being the most social person in the world does not mean I don’t need some sort of social network.

Upon discovering Mastodon, and the different instances, I jumped on the Fosstodon instance. I will probably stay put there. I haven’t looked at other instances, but there might be one that makes more sense for me.

Furthermore, I made an account on Bookwyrm, but still haven’t left Goodreads. I like their recommendations feature, and knowing when new books by my favourite authors are released.

I haven’t bothered with Pixelfed yet, but I might next year.

Blogging, Hosting, etc.

I got out an old Raspberry Pi and, with much help, got Nginx serving a Hugo blog. Then I paid a couple Euros for a domain name.

That domain will expire in about a month, and I won’t renew. I don’t blog enough, and srht has a nice hosting solution.

I fiddled with the Gemini protocol. Awesome fun. Easy too. For now, since I have unplugged my Pi, the server is gone. Maybe I will bring it back to life in 2022.

Time Wasting

I read some books. Not as many as previous years. I could probably make a very short book list. Right now, I recommend Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary and Martha Wells’ Fugitive Telemetry.

I tried to watch all of King of the Hill. Mike Judge’s amazing animated series from the 90s. I laughed so hard. The jokes still work today. I haven’t finished it yet. It is 13 seasons and a few bonus episodes. Some of the subjects he touches on are still debated today.

I used a Raspberry Pi 400 as my main computer for the better part of a year. It lead me to find new ways to waste time, like recreating my dozens of PPT lessons as Beamer slides. Totally worth it, except now I need to figure out LaTeX. Pandoc is awesome, but there are some occasions when I need a little more flexibility.

Excellent time-wasting indeed!

What’s next?

It is time to learn something. After making a longlist, and a shortlist, I have decided that 2022 is the year for me to learn a little programming.

The “how to learn” part came to me in a discussion with some colleagues, when they asked me how I know about [something]. I responded that I had to learn it to be able to teach it, because that is my job. That was the lightbulb moment.

In order for me to learn, I am going to pretend that I have to teach the subject.

The subject is Python.

In order to keep things organized, I have started doing something over on framagit codeberg.

If you click on over to my “Learning Python” project you will get my full name, and a look at my personal learning path for Python. Once things really get rolling, I will probably come bother the Fediverse for some original challenges.

The goal of this is purely personal, but if I can also put something on my CV, why not, right?

Happy New Year to everyone who made it this far.

Be safe, and have fun.

You can or contact me if you wish to comment or propose a correction.