About twelve months ago, I wrote an incomplete blog post about my goals for 2011. This isn’t it, but digging that up inspired some points in this quick year-end recap.
Spent the first four or so months of the year working on Census data: launched the Spokesman-Review Census Center right after the first data dumps came around. I got invited by the awesome NICAR folks to help hack on census.ire.org. (Took the original NationBrowse down in mid-November since the Spokesman project functionally supersedes it.)
Coming off of that Census high, we started putting together more “data browse” tools at the Spokesman-Review.
Notable Personal Developments
- An illness in the family at the turn of the year. Hustled to visit for a week in January. (Everything’s fine now and I’m thankful for that.)
- Came close to leaving Spokane for good, for the shine and glamor of Silicon Valley. Couldn’t bring myself to leave loose ends and burn bridges that way.
- Ran the 12k Lilac Bloomsday Run with nearly no training, more or less out of shape. (And fared better than I thought I would.)
- Started going to the gym a couple times a week.
- Took a day trip to a missile silo.
- Took a weekend trip to northeast Washington and Nelson, British Columbia
- Witnessed the final Space Shuttle launch in person.
- Some absurdly awesome baseball happened this year, too. (Outside of the Cardinals: who could forget the last day of the season?   )
- Oh, and I moved in with a girl. That’s something that people do, right?
No projections for 2012. This year was ridiculous and I couldn’t have predicted it, so I don’t want to bother.
No concrete goals or resolutions, either. (The calendar is such an arbitrary measuring device and who keeps resolutions anyway?) Just this: do good, and do more awesome than last year.*
*Subject to change.