Meme: My Reflections on 2008

There’s an ongoing meme chain that’s spread to this part of the blogosphere and I thought it’s interesting enough for me to follow it. This blog is called “memeverse” afterall. :)

I’ve copied the questions from Thomas Jollan’s entry.

Q: What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
A: I took the blue pill and alienated a friend. Nothing was same since.

Q: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for the next year?
A: I didn’t really make any explicit resolutions, albeit for what I could find marked here mostly not, except I made progress in finding out more about myself (what I love to do etc.). I grew quite a bit mentally in 2008. For 2009, I had my resolution back in August. :P

Q: Did anyone close to you give birth?
A: Amazingly enough, yes, my youngest sister. No she didn’t plan it. :S

Q: Did anyone close to you die?
A: Nope.

Q: What countries/states did you visit?

A: None.

Q: What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A: Even more confidence. Maybe more self-discipline. More clarity of purpose. More money.

Q: What was your biggest failure of the year ?
A: Nothing terrible, but one thing that does come to mind is I’ve probably taken a little too much time thinking and analyzing and not enough doing stuff.

Q: What was your biggest achievement ?
A: I finally put an end to Freedomware Gamefest? LOL Nope.. Well, I’d have to say lots of personal growth, at least on the mental side… But I still have ways to go. I don’t remember a year where I had so many discoveries and when I felt so empowered as in 2008.

Q: Did you suffer illness or injury?
A: Nothing special.

Q: What was the best thing you bought?
A: Didn’t buy a lot of things, but among the things I did, I think it’d be my 640GB hard drive. Finally, no more disk space worries. :D

Q: Whose behavior merited celebration?
A: I don’t know.

Q: Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

A: Previously mentioned former friend T. But it didn’t make me really depressed. The fact that it meant as much to me is more of a weakness though. And I’m beginning to care less.

Q: Where did most of your money go?

A: Rent, bills and savings. :D

Q: What did you get really, really, really excited about?

A: Hmm.. hard to say. My life ahead and things I could accomplish? Easier said than done though, of course.

Q: What song will always remind you of 2008?
A: Uh.. dunno.. bunch of awesome trance tunes. Let’s just say I listened to a lot of trance internet radio.

Q: Compared to last year, are you:

* happier or sadder ? Happier.

* thinner or fatter ? About the same I think.

* richer or poorer ? Hmm.. same or perhaps slightly richer, but given the crisis this barely matters at all.


Q: What do you wish you’d done more of ?

A: Going out… Maybe traveling, but that’s prohibitively expensive for me and my goals atm.

Q: What do you wish you’d done less of ?
A: Worrying and procrastinating.

Q: How did you spend Christmas ?
A: With my family, except for dad and a sister who is working on a cruiser in the Gulf of Mexico. I spent the evening of the second day of xmas with dad though.

Q: Did you fall in love in 2008?

A: No.

Q: How many one-night stands?
A: None.

Q: What was your favourite TV programme ?
A: I probably watched least TV this year. I watch video podcasts via miro, youtube and such, but can’t pick an absolute favorite yet. Stefan Molyneux’ video podcast is a good candidate.

Q: Did you make a friend with anyone that you didn’t know this time last year?
A: Probably not. I met people online though.

Q: What was the best book you read?
A: The Market for Liberty vs. Think and Grow Rich

Q: What was your greatest musical discovery?
A: None really. I loved trance. I still love trance. I like some ambient. A friend was exposing me to some rock music, but me and acoustic music.. aren’t quite compatible. Electronic sounds all the way!

Q: What did you want and get?
A: That hard drive I mentioned, some extra memory, some silver (not plates, coins! lol )

Q: What did you want and not get?
A: I planned on getting a touchscreen smartphone like Neo Freerunner by the end of the year, but didn’t due to financial conservatism. The crisis that announced itself big time in October cemented that decision. I’m not buying any luxury items any time soon, unless I hit a pot of gold..

Q: What was your favourite film of this year?
A: V for Vendetta

Q: What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
A: I was with my family, same as christmas, eating cake and talking… 24.

Q: What one thing would have made you year immeasurably more satisfying?
A: Hmm, I’m not sure. Maybe if everything I discovered in 2008 I discovered earlier and then everything I’m about to do in 2009 or even further in the future, like 2010, I actually already did in 2008. That would make me a rich boy right now. :D

Q: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

A: Fashion? I don’t dig fashion. I’m an individualist. Ahem.. I didn’t buy much new clothing, if any..

Q: What kept you sane?

A: I did! Duh.

Q: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
A: I don’t really track celebrities.. but briefly I felt enamored by Natalie Portman, that is, Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta. I remember at that time thinking that I probably couldn’t have a romantic relationship with someone who isn’t a voluntaryist and wouldn’t share the path I as a voluntaryist choose. So this was more about the character than an actor actually..

Q: What political issue stirred you the most?
A: The fact that people still think it’s ok to impose their “solutions” by force through government. More specifically, the Obama mania in USA, all of the bail outs across the world, the financial crisis (which was caused by political action) etc.

Q: Who did you miss?

A: My sister on the cruiser.

Q: Who was the best new person you met?

A: Nobody..

Q: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008
A: If I genuinely oppose violence I cannot support a government as we know it. If chaos is caused by violence then it follows that there is more chaos when there is violence legitimized through government than it would be if it wasn’t so. Order therefore emerges when there is no violent imposition. Free market is the ultimate form of order. Government and collectivism, including the idea of public property, is chaos, and we’re living in it. We call it order because we haven’t experienced anything more orderly than this. Compared to real order, though, this is chaos.

Q: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
A: Can’t think of anything. EDIT: Scratch that, this isn’t a song, but has what I could call the sound of 2008 for me: “Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gun powder treason and plot.. ” Get the rest in the movie or a comic. It’s packed with powerful quotes.

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