2010 in review

2010! All in all, I think it was a good year. Personally, I mean. I have some issues with it geopolitically, but I don’t think we need to go into that. And, for a change, it went by without any significant job turmoil. That’s something!

  • Back in January, I got myself dragged into the long-running Northdale neighbourhood debate in the city of Waterloo. Not something I enjoyed greatly, but I felt I had to dip my oar in. I even presented to city council about it.
  • I was interviewed by the (now sadly podfaded) The 100 Podcast about transportation issues and the LRT. That’s kind of cool.
  • I made a failed attempt at live coding for Kwartzlab’s latest 5+5 event. Fun, though. And I’m glad I did it.
  • Kwartzlab continues to be a great thing in our community, that I’m happy to be a part of.
  • I ran an Ubuntu Global Jam, two release parties and helped host a LAN party with Eric. I started holding Ubuntu Hours in Kitchener-Waterloo and IRC meetings for Ubuntu Canada online. In the end, txwikinger and I became the new “contacts” for the Ubuntu Canada Local Community organization.
  • I joined the office dodgeball team, leading to a number of minor injuries.
  • I went to Bill and Tara’s wedding. Eric and Alex get married tonight.
  • I co-presented on unit testing with Alexei at the local agile software development group. More live coding!
  • Speaking of the Agile P2P, a number of us got together to start a technical book club, starting with Uncle Bob‘s Clean Code. A number of agile development luminaries, including Uncle Bob, have joined our conversations.
  • My blogging output flagged a bit, with everything else going on. I took out some of my local politics frustrations on the Waterloo-Wellington Bloggers Association, but that site is now defunct, merging with Wonderful Waterloo. That site has asked me to contribute as a blogger, but I haven’t pulled together a post yet.
  • The new season of Doctor Who was awesome! I thought so, anyway. Also, I now have a ridiculous amount of Doctor Who toys.
  • Ellen is still awesome.
  • I became an uncle. My sister Erin’s son Grady was born in October.

3 thoughts on “2010 in review”

  1. Hey D’arcy…nice summary! So you’re also an Ubuntu expert! We just began running one of our services on an Ubuntu server..looking at a big learning curve! groan

  2. Awesome year!

    Mine was a little more subdued, but still… can’t complain.

    Looking forward to hearing about 2011!

  3. Matt, I can’t say I have personal experience in these areas, but I don’t think any year in which you had a kid can honestly summed up as “subdued.”

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