2012 comes to an end, might as well think about what happened last year.
Non-Board Games I’ve played/bought
- WoW: Cataclysm (PC) - first few months of the year
- WoW: Mists of Pandaria (PC) - came out in September, fourth expansion (Am I playing this game for 7 years now? Seriously?)
- SW:TOR (PC) - Launched in late 2011, was subscribed until March.
- Runes of Magic (PC) - more meh than yay
- Rock Band/Guitar Hero (various titles) (Xbox360) - I think I like LEGO Rock Band the most.
- Skylanders (Xbox360) - Awesome
- Diablo III (PC) - I liked Diablo 2 better, but was a nice experience in the summer
- Ingress (Android) - I seem to live and walk in the most remote parts of Munich… not so much fun
- Mirror’s Edge (Steam) - Refreshingly different. Nerve-wrecking in a way.
- Portal 2 (Steam)
- WH40k: Dawn of War II (Steam)
- Audiosurf (Steam)
- Borderlands GOTYE (Steam)
- WildStar Online - Signed up for the Beta, haven’t heard back. Can’t wait though.
- MechWarrior Online Beta (PC) - Did not like it.
Books I’ve read
- The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson - I loved it, reminded me so much of Neuromancer and all the better Shadowrun novels.
- The Joy of Clojure by Michael Fogus and Chris Houser - I learned so much from this book.
- Steampunk - kurz & geek by Alex Jahnke and Marcus Rauchfuß - A nice introduction to Steampunk and one of the few O’Reilly titles in my shelf
- Dubliners by James Joyce - My first Joyce book, and I really liked it.
- A Short History of Nearly Everything (German version) by Bill Bryson - Birthday present by my employer, loved every page of it.
- Expert C Programming by Peter Van Der Linden - Reread it, not done much C coding, so probably didn’t stick.
- Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - Awesome fun, picked it up in an airport bookstore after my boss had recommended it a lot earlier.
- Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter - There was a new subreddit to have a guided readthrough, but not very far into the book I kind of lost interest :(
- Fray, Vol.1 by Joss Whedeon - Buffy comic
Books I didn’t read (but bought anyway)
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- SuperFreakonomics by by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
- The Sandman Vol.1 by Neil Gaiman
- Burning Chrome by William Gibson
- Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
- Creatures of Light and Darkness by Roger Zelazny
- The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
- Wolfbane by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth
Hardware I’ve bought
- Buffalo AirStation WZR-HP-G450H-EU - Blame Amazon Cyber Monday
- Raspberry Pi - didn’t do too much yet, but it looks really nice
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16EG-K - cheap digicam for the big Asia trip, quite happy with it
- Noppoo Choc Mini Cherry Mx-Black - I wanted to have a “real” mechanical keyboard. I actually have two of those now, but that’s a different tale to tell…
- Sennheiser PC 320 Gaming Headset - Finally replaced my old SpeedLink headset. I love this thing.
- Soehnle 63750 electronic bathroom scales - Didn’t help, still overweight :|
- Roccat Kone - Replaced my dying Razer mouse after they discontinued the model I loved. Very happy with it.
- A new main machine
Music I’ve bought
- The Hives - Lex Hives - Awesome.
- Wintersun - Time I - OK.
- Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Very good.
- Deichkind - Befehl Von Ganz Unten - Good.
- Amanda Palmer - Theatre is Evil - My third Kickstarter, and very happy to have done it.
- Necrocomiccon - Mjölnir for Nothing - Awesome.
- iGame Music Bundle - Very good.
Social network usage
- Twitter - often, i.e. several times per day - responding to mentions and DMs asap
- Facebook - once or twice daily, unless extremely bored or involved in a discussion, which doesn’t happen often
- soup.io - reading /friends maybe once or twice per month, for a few hours each - posting music videos every few days/weeks
- App.net - see below
- Tumblr - at times posting to special interest blogs (that no one reads), completely ignoring the community aspect
- StudiVZ - did I cancel my account? Does that thing still work?
- StayFriends - Oliver Thiel tries to get me back with his monthly? messages in vain.
- IRC - nearly always connected, not much active usage, but very much passive, i.e. skimming logs or PMing people
- Jabber - very often
- Email - very often, but apparently much less than some other people - I don’t know this “drowning in mails”
- Twitter - often, see above
- Facebook Messages - I usually respond to these 12-24h late :)
- WhatsApp - got it installed and actually using it to communicate with about 3 people, yay
- Switzerland (Zurich in January and Basel in April)
- Singapore (August)
- Indonesia (August)
- Hong Kong (August)
- Had to cancel my only talk in 2012 due to illness (Grazer Linuxtage in April)
Other misc. stuff
- Joined the muCCC
- Travelled a lot more by train than in any other year (if I’m not mistaken)
- Started with Wing Chun
- Tried using Mac OS X for the first time since 2001 - got a half-finished blog post prepared
- Using TweetDeck (Chrome) as my main Twitter client nowadays
- The Stack turned 1 year old in November
- I only wrote 7 blog posts in 2012, and converted my old blog codeschmie.de to use telegr.am
Online services and software
- Paid just shy of 10$ for pinboard.in - Absolutely happy
- Joined app.net - I have no clue why. Let’s pretend I was drunk?
- Started using booking.com - excellent experience
- Cancelled VPS at 2host.com - horrible service and performance
- Cancelled VPS at prgmr.com - good experience, but didn’t need it anymore
- Got a VPS at de-punkt.de - excellent experience
- Still got a low end box at proplay.biz - much better experience than 2011
- For the first time in many years had problems with my primary hoster, Strato AG
- Started using Evernote and Dropbox a lot more - Nothing important or secret there, but oh so handy sometimes
- Light Table (Kickstarter) - Haven’t had time to look at the previews :(
Online services I’ve signed up for but never used after the first week
- Readmill - hmm?
- Streetspotr - I was terribly bored. Maybe this + Ingress = epic?
- Adminium - some Heroku addon maybe?
- New Relic - thanks for the shirt, but the product wasn’t my cup of tea
- Quote.FM - I got referred there but I don’t see the point. Still using it a bit for The Stack
- grove.io - looked nice, but I want a real application irc client
- Wunderkit - it could have been useful, but not for me it seems
- Spotify - annoying ads, wonky Facebook login, horrible UX, only when I really want to try a spotify link given by someone
Programming languages used, roughly in order of hours
- PHP - mostly at work, hardly at home
- Clojure - more learning, more using
- Python - trying not to get too rusty
- Lua - Took over maintenance for a WoW Addon
- Ruby - Started to dig a little deeper, mostly due to puppet, after a long aversion of several years
- Java - Hardly used at all this year
- Haskell - tried to give it another chance, the syntax is still irking me
Programming languages not used
- Scala - not worth the effort right now after my failed experiments in 2011
- Perl - trying to use more one liner stuff, but not really getting better :(
- C - no time and ideas for real projects
- Go - not more than a few hours