Thursday, April 15, 2004

A year ago today…

by Suw on April 15, 2004

I had a business. I rented a two bed maisonette on the banks of the Kennet. I had strawberries and cream, a glass of Pimms and a new copy of the Pleasantville DVD.
I also had a premonition:

this coming year will be one of huge opportunities, including the chance to tip my life upside down, shake it a bit, and see what interesting things fall out.

At the time, I had no idea that I was at once very, very right and yet also horrendously wrong.
If you have been reading my blog a while, you?ll know that the last year has been? interesting, shall we say. But I don?t feel in the mood for introspection. Things are happening for me at the moment, things which I never could have predicted a year ago. Good things. And I?d rather look forward to that than look back on all the crap that?s gone down.
Instead, I thought I?d take a shufti at what some of the friends I?ve made and bloggers that I read were doing a year ago today.
– Matt blogged about stuff that makes no sense to me. (No change there then.)
– Kevin took notes in a talk by Stephen Wolfram, author of Mathematic and A New Kind Of Science and commented on a conversation about academic alienation.
– Stu was taking the advice to ?eat five pieces of fruit a day? a little bit too literally.
– Maciej took the completion of the human genome with a pinch of salt and a slice of tomato.
– Gary had a bit of a prolific day, talking variously about men trying to feed babies, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Friendster, twice.
– Joi mentions the US occupation of Japan and starts a public to-do list, which I bet hasn?t got any shorter over the last 12 months.
– Horst covers nakedness and libraries, although not nakedness in libraries, sadly.
– Neil Gaiman writes an uncharacteristically short entry which, as usual, defies synopsis.
So thank you, friends and bloggers, for providing me with the most amazing form of displacement activity currently known to (wo)man. May your blogs continue to thrive and may you give me the linkylove you know I deserve. (Else there?s a slap with a wet haddock in the offing.)

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