On Turning 0x1E and looking back at 2003
I'm turning 30 on Thursday, which is a nice round number, until I turn 0x30 "again" in 18 years. It's got me very nostalgic. When I was in my early 20s I always expected to look at 30 as a big deal, and this may seem fairly geek of me, but once you grok number bases, it's hard to get as excited about numbers that are round in one base. :)
I'm pretty happy with the way things in general are going, looking back on 2003, here's some highlights:
- We brought my sister-in-law, her husband and two kids over from Zimbabwe to live permanently in the states
- Went to Malaysia along with my wife and spoke at TechEd Malaysia
- Began my 3rd year at Corillian, this last year as Chief Architect
- Spoke at TechEd 2003 and gave a very highly rated talk
- Spoke at ASPLive! (and will again this year)
- Was asked to join INETA
- Gave lots of User Group talks, both with INETA and without, and generally had a blast
- Did some Beat Poetry at a local club
- Did some articles.
- Wrote down the contents of my C:/utils folder
- Taught C# at OIT
- Got Slashdotted
- Bought and sold some stock
- Travelled all over talked to various banks about .NET and Corillian
- Got a TabletPC
- Rode on a Segway!
- Went to PDC and blogged/scooped the keynote from my Blackberry in the greatest feat of moblogging since God talked to Moses (AFAIK)
- Was renewed into the RD program for another year and spent time with some of the greatest .NET minds (and nicest people) out there
- Taught Rory how to make C# beep.
- Wrote some .NET Zen Koans
- Thought about 2003's first post on my blog
- Got tired and took some time off
So, here's to turning 30, 0x1E, 36 (octal), and 0001-1110 all in the same day.