A round-trip through 2006

Well, here it is. The inevitable round-up of this year’s ups and downs, of the things I wrote and thought about. Well, actually just wrote, because as you might have noticed, thought is rarely an ingredient in my little entries on this very blog. So, let’s get it started:

On the 19th of January I wrote about my first success in trying to fulfill the Starbucks Challenge. The project is still alive and kicking, and Starbucks is still an evil overlord.

In February I uncovered a scandal of gargantuan size, namely the waterless urinals at Vienna University’s main building. Why scandalous, you ask? Well, they smell, even though they’re not supposed to!

In March Stanislaw Lem died. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 40 years, or if you just don’t read science fiction, he was a great writer and namesake for my pseudonym in a then still pseudonym-friendly Internet. In 2006, I ditched my pseudonym and started using my real name on here and for all the services I use on the web, and surprisingly, I have not been stalked yet. I think.

In April Google finally released their Calendar application, and even though I’d been waiting for it, I still forget to write down my dates. The end of April gave unto the world 10,000 Days, and it ended up being the only CD I bought this year.

In May I decided to split this very blog in two, creating a separate blog for all the entries about tech stuff. It was mainly an attempt to save the readers who are only interested in my day-to-day shenanigans the boredom of entries about over-hyped Web 2.0 services. And vice versa. In retrospect I can say that it totally demolished my reader numbers, and all the credibility I had built up with my pal PageRank disappeared overnight. Oh, and I think I should have put that one up on the tech blog.

June saw a five-day trip to Carinthia with a group from university, in an attempt to visit just about every single church of this part of Austria in order to find every trace of the Middle Ages still remaining there. Even though it was hot and my secular mind sometimes wanted to explode, I loved it.

At the end of July my loverly girlfriend and I went on a trip to the Normandy, and even though it was just one week, it was the definite highlight of the summer. Check the Travel section of this blog for some coverage of the trip.

Most of August I spent translating gibberish.

In September I returned to Vienna to resume the old studying. And, well, I really didn’t write about much. Even though I’d love to present a memorable entry, I really can’t. Let’s just move on and forget about this garish chapter.

In November I witnessed the concert of the year, not only because it was the only one I went to this year. And I was angry.

And well, here we are, it’s the end of December. I’m still not sure about my thesis’ final topic, Austria has no elected government and the one the Iraqi people have just publicly killed their former dictator. Can’t wait for 2007!

Have a happy new year!