Post from December 29, 2019 (↻ July 3, 2020), filed under Everything Else.
Time for the next personal retrospective. I’m going to play with the format.
2019 was a rather quiet and uneventful year.
It’s not a priority anymore but I traveled internationally.
- The (breathtaking) Faroe Islands
- The United States (2×)
- the Funta in Crailsheim,
- the RT Sweden AGM in Linköping,
- the RTI World Meeting in Brasov (Romania),
- the x33 Euro Meeting around Valenciennes (France), as well as
- several local and regional gatherings like district meetings and charity events.
Some of the journeys I made with my girlfriend, Beatriz, with whom I moved in together in August, right into the heart of Hamburg. That was an important step for us, I look forward to the next one, and I love you, Bea.
I made trainings and activities a bigger priority again. (If you just get to know me, I love trying things, and I try everything.)
- I went through bloodborne pathogens training,
- I acquired an Internet surf certificate 😂,
- I made my sea/ocean boating license (Sportbootführerschein See),
- I made my lake/river boating license (Sportbootführerschein Binnen),
- I made a license to operate and own emergency signals (Fachkundenachweis/FKN or “Pyroschein”),
- I went through a semi-professional beer tasting run by a colleague (cheers Franzi),
for the first timeI joined public protests (Fridays for Future and, spontaneously, a march against the LPT animal testing labs),
- I became a certified Professional Scrum Master, and
- I made my forklift license (Flurfördermittelschein or “Staplerschein”).
I do love trying things and have a few plans for 2020.
- 3 books: 199 Love Haiku, Das kleine Buch der HTML-/CSS-Frameworks, and Upgrade Your HTML,
- 37 posts for meiert.com (29 in English, 8 in German),
- 4 articles for heise.de,
- 12 drafts that I discarded.
I did other things:
- I wrote 1,688 emails (3,900 if I count notes-to-self, which are an important tool for me).
- I read 109 books. (I log them and rate the best on Goodreads.)
- I watched 144 films. (Too many. Star Wars IX was one of the worst.)
- Of the photos I took, I kept 2,867. Of videos, 36.
- I made 947 contributions on public and private GitHub, and (exactly) 1,000 commits to private Bitbucket.
This may do.
❧ It was a good year. I extend cordial wishes to you and your loved ones for the brief remainder of 2019, and wish you all the best for 2020. Be in touch.
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- An HTML Optimizer’s Config for html-minifier
- How Running Your Own Website Is Much Better for You Than You Think
Perhaps my most comprehensive book: The Web Development Glossary (2020). With explanations and definitions for literally thousands of terms from Web Development and related fields, building on Wikipedia as well as the MDN Web Docs.
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