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Old 31st December 2020, 18:31     #1
A mariachi ogre snorkel

Well, we've almost made it. Ihave about 6hrs of the most fucked-up year I can remember to go, and those of you in Aotearoa have even less than that.

I saw the year in on Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf while Australia was on fire. I thought it would all be up from there.

Global pandemic, lockdown, job losses, millions of deaths that don't touch me and a bunch that did - Kobe Bryant, Edward Van Halen, Little Richard, Chadwick Boseman, Peter Green, Ben Bova jump to mind for me.

Games I played this year: thanks to lockdown, a lot of Overwatch (PC), Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros (Switch).

One silver lining to the cloud: got a lot of time to read this year. Books that really stood out:
  • Shoshanna Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
  • Thomas Piketty, Capital
    paired with
  • Daniel Markovits, The Meritocracy Trap
  • Robert Putnam, Our Kids
  • Mike Duncan, The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now
  • Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth
    paired with
  • Michael Shellenberger,Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All

NZGames relocated hosting after Where's My Server shut down, and a lot - hell, maybe all - of you chipped in some money to cover expenses and time. That money also helped me to pay some important household bills at a moment when Kelly (Princess) and I were both jobless. Love you guys.

It's almost time to step AFK and start preparing for tonight's socialising, which will end the year in an entirely unfitting way - overeating and overdrinking. For all the stress 2020 was a good mental reset; I did a lot of exercise, ate better, didn't drink as much, lost a lot of weight, and when I gave blood this week my blood pressure was 110/62, which blows my mind. I don't think I've ever had a BP that healthy ever.

So yeah, 2020 was a kick in the nuts in a lot of ways but not all. Priorities feel a bit different at this end of the year.

Have a great one guys and girls.
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Old 31st December 2020, 19:56     #2
Thumbs up

bring on 2021
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Old 1st January 2021, 22:44     #3
I guess I have been quite lucky over the last 9 months.
But its just another day. Nothing magical about the change in year.

Covid hasn't suddenly decided that it's 2021 so it will go away.
Australia and California fires wont magically disappear.

The only reset is having a couple weeks break from a busy few months.
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Old 2nd January 2021, 09:28     #4
I have detailed files
I'd like to think that Prof. Brian won't go back on this with an analysis of the current paradigm ala Monty Python.
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Old 2nd January 2021, 13:26     #5
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Aw, thank you.

I'll be impressed if 2021 is worse
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Old 5th January 2021, 15:23     #6
2020 was probably the least stressful year of my life. After too many years carrying too much useless stress, it's been great. Uncertainty and isolation is my home turf. I've been able to sit back and watch the world turn. I had to fall on backup plans, but they were good plans, everything worked out as expected. Now 2021 is full of opportunity. Maybe I make something of it, maybe I don't. But there's only the future to look forward to.

Thanks for keeping the site running, Ab. That this small community is holding together means a lot to me. ❤️
Stay shook. No sook.
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