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10 Years of Thankfulness

Today is Thanksgiving, and tomorrow is our ten-year reunion. And while I’m not usually the sappy type to list things for which I am thankful, I have to say that over the last ten years, I have a lot to be thankful for. When added up, the past decade has been an immense time for me — learning, seeing, growing, doing — and it has made me the man I am today. So in spite of my less-than-brilliant life situation (eg, broke, single, unemployed), I still have to give thanks.

In the last ten years, I:

  • Moved to Philadelphia
  • Survived my first term at college
  • Made the Dean’s List
  • Learned to play rugby
  • Became good at video games
  • Mastered basic Calculus
  • Visited London
  • Learned to Salsa dance
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Got my first [indoor, professional] job
  • Voted in my first Presidential election
  • Became a disgruntled working stiff
  • Got fired
  • Joined a Shakespeare troupe
  • Built websites
  • Attempted Modern Dance
  • Learned to Swing Dance
  • Attempted Ballet
  • Visited Minneapolis
  • Joined a Fraternity
  • Forgot how to Salsa dance
  • Mastered the finer points of Shakespeare
  • Mastered the finer points of Christopher Marlowe
  • Visited London
  • Worked as a graphic designer
  • Read all the Harry Potter books
  • Visited New Orleans
  • Performed modern dance and ballet
  • Finished a degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Worked an unpaid internship
  • Moved to England
  • Visited London frequently
  • Learned the basics of British culture
  • Voted absentee ballot in a Presidential Election
  • Visited Paris
  • Learned to use Chopsticks
  • Mastered the finer points of British culture
  • Picked up a British accent
  • Waited on line for the midnight release of a Harry Potter book
  • Earned a Master’s Degree in Graphic Communication
  • Moved back to Maplewood
  • Freelanced as a graphic designer
  • Lost a British accent
  • Started a design blog
  • Started a podcast
  • Got a full-time job
  • Moved to Brooklyn
  • Became a disgruntled working stiff
  • Quit a full-time job
  • Returned to Freelancing
  • Trained for a marathon
  • Waited on line for the midnight release of a Harry Potter book
  • Ran a marathon
  • Returned to playing rugby
  • Moved to Jersey City
  • Started a blog about business cards
  • And the rest is just details.

    Thanks to everyone who made the last 10 years necessary.

    Wings 2008

    For the third straight year we assembled at Jay’s place for Wingsfest or The Wings of Love or whatever he’s calling it. It was fun. Food, and then Rock Band. Nothing brings friends together like video games, music, and the necessary alcohol required to go crazy singing “My Sharona.”

    I wish I saw more of my old friends, those Jersey-dwelling scoundrels. Although, as years go by it does become increasingly lonely as a sole bachelor in the room. I mean, since when do girlfriends eat wings anyway? I think you’re just rubbing it in.

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    previously, 2007, 2006

    Internet Week 2008: Tumblr Party

    I don’t usually go out for social time on a Sunday night, but cmon, it’s Internet week. Tonight’s event is a Tumblr/Next New Network party down in that Tribeca-ish area that no one really lays claim to. Side note: when did everything below Houston become Chinatown? WTF.

    Tonight’s even was fun. With the music and entertainment provided by a karaoke-style Rock Band exhibition, no one had reasons to complain about the DJ or the overall mood. After all, it was our friends on stage. And to my pleasant surprise, the ratios of male-to-female weren’t of the usual skew.

    Made some friends, passed out some business cards, took some photos. Not bad for a Sunday night.

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    06 2008

    Internet Week 2008: Totally Rad Show meetup

    I try my hardest to avoid Times Square and that whole touristy rat run between the Port Authority and Bryant Park, but today we found ourselves at Dave & Busters on 42nd St. to meetup with the fellas from the Totally Rad Show.

    This event was low key, a nice subtle afternoon of gathering around three ordinary men and listening to what they have to say as if they are some sort of experts on everything. Fandom is a strange phenomenon.

    Before I left, I had to jump in and steal a photo with Alex Albrecht. I guess I am a fan after all …

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    06 2008

    Internet Week 2008: Wiimbledon

    It’s already becoming a tradition: Wiimbledone is the annual tournament, held at Barcade in Williamsburg, where competitors go head-to-head in Nintendo Wii tennis. What better way to spend a day than playing video games.

    And in the tradition of all things Williamsburg, competitors are encouraged to get really into things. Wear costumes, create cheeky team names, be ironic. Mission: accomplished.

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    06 2008

    Internet Week 2008: Mashable Expo

    Out and about once again for Internet Week, this time to the an expo/networking event for Mashable in the Theatre District. Much of the same old crew but also a viable chance to meet some new folks. Wine and cheers were in full effect, and it overall it was a good time … until they turned the music way up and turned the place into a disco. Cmon.

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    06 2008

    Online Gaming Goes Nuts

    This is why the internet exists. Yes, I know I haven’t posted in a while.

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    02 2008

    Digital Life

    I stepped out for a day of amusement at the Javitz Center for the Digital Life expo — which is pretty much the video game show.

    Here are some random observationings from the show floor. I wish I could have stayed longer and play Guitar Hero until I actually got good — or at least respectable. Man, I suck.

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    Robert Heron of DL.tv and Scott

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    09 2007

    Secrets of Tetris Masters

    Joystiq, a website about video gaming, turned up a great article today about Tetris.

    You ever see those videos of people playing an insanely fast version of Tetris? You know, the ones where the block drops to the bottom of the screen literally in the time it takes to blink?. Ever wonder what the hell was going on there?

    More via the Joystiq Article »

    Check out this madly in-depth essay about Tetris — complete with animations and everything. Really something.

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    07 2007

    Dave and Busted

    Out at Dave and Busters to celebrate the 26th annual of Meaghan Hislop. Always one to travel with an entourage, Meg brought with her the usual rabble of high school chums and random folk who are generally friendly and placid. Of course I too rolled with a few high school mates and 1st-degree-of-separation buds, namely Dave Frankel, Mike Rogoff and Phil (last name unknown).

    On nights like this, I remember how much I hate 42nd St.

    Check out Mike playing Dance Dance revolution – trying to keep up with that dude who clearly practices A LOT!

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    12 2006