Well it’s that time of year again. Time to say goodbye to a crazy year. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like time keeps speeding up.
On the global front, I’m not going to repeat what about a billion people have already said, say one point: 2005 was a pretty hard year in general for the world, what with the tsunami, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Pakistan. The Year of the Natural Disaster? Perhaps. But there’s more to it than that. President George W. Bush had the worst year yet of his presidential career, Canadians are dealing with an oncoming federal election that no one really wants, Pope John Paul II passed away, the London bombings scared the living s*** out of me when I first heard it, fears over a potential flu pandemic… ok, it was a rough year for the world. So let’s raise glasses tonight on the hope 2006 will be a happier, less chaotic year for the world. The CBC has an excellent site on the events of the past year here.
Technologically, 2005 was a really exciting year! Google’s constant launches of new products, podcasts came of age, the Xbox 360 came out, Wi-Fi really hit the big time, and it looks like Sony’s Digital Rights Management fiasco over embedded XCP spyware in CDs may spell the end of DRM in 2006 (hooray!). The next-gen DVD format war seems to be cooling off, Flickr really hit the big time (the best photo-sharing service around), Skype and the general VoIP motif started going mainstream. It was an exciting year for tech writers like myself. Check out Bill Thompson’s BBC journal entries on the year of tech change.
Media-wise, I think the story that was hardest on all folks like myself with more than a passing interest in the health of the media was the CBC lockout. It still feels surreal, even months later, that the CBC was offline for two months. Thankfully, blogs kept the dialogue going, especially the great Tod Maffin‘s CBCUnplugged.com site. Blogs in general are doing a remarkable job at keeping the MSM on its toes (see Technorati for why this is, Daily Kos is continuing to impact the media in ways never seen before), and I have to say that I found a renewed sense of purpose with this blog in 2005.
For me personally, 2005 was a really good year. It was a year of massive change. It started out pretty well, with the winter term at King’s. I ended up doing things I never expected to do again and got some nice little trips out of it, heading to Seattle, Newfoundland, Quebec and Cape Breton. I won awards at King’s for service and graduated with an excellent academic average. The summer featured a lot of change, coming back home and expanding my freelance writing once again. By the fall, I had found a fantastic job that I’m thrilled to have. On top of this, I got some great new freelance jobs with Beer.com, Business Edge, Marketing Magazine and continued working away with game reviews with Globe Technology. I’m doing quite well now, and I have to say that this past year has been a really good one.
For 2006, I have a couple of goals to meet. For one, I’m going to start a concerted effort to really get in excellent shape. I know, I know. That’s a pretty standard New Year’s Resolution-type thing. But I’m serious, I really want this to happen. Right now, I have a three-times-a-week exercise routine but I need to do more. Further, I’m going to significantly cut out alcohol from my life. I don’t drink a tonne as is, but I’m looking to maybe drink much less than I am. The red wine is nice and it has excellent health properties, but it contains sugar and just doesn’t seem worth it as much as getting sugar out of my diet. I’m declaring a war on sugar and alcohol in 2006 for my body.
Second, my brother has become a virtual expert on vitamins and medicinal drugs in the past few years. He’s leaving for a post-grad program out west in August 2006, so before he goes, I want to get into a routine of supplements that really help me overcome some potential health issues in the future. Nothing really serious, just that prevention is far, far superior to treatment.
All of this is about discipline, nothing more or less. I’ve been disciplined enough to accomplish everything I have up to this point – multiple university degrees, journalism career, awards, volunteerism. I’ve done a lot for myself in this area of my life – 2006 will be about my body.
So what’s up for 2006? Well, the first few months will feature a lot going on; my b-day, a few trips, the Winter Olympics and just working away. I’m going to be getting into CBC Radio content in 2006, as I’ve wanted to do this for sometime and now that my life is settling down I can focus on doing some fun audio freelancing material.
So a toast to the past year and the coming year folks. Say goodbye to 2005!