There’s a tradition where every couple of years I update my Geek Code. I’ve been doing this since 1998, and the Code has been getting steadily less in touch with modern geekery ever since, but it’s an interesting metric to measure my life by. So:
GCM/GCA/GPA d+(-) s+:+ a C++++ US++ P- L++ E--- W+++++ N+
o+ K w O-- M+ V- PS++ PE Y+ PGP++ t 5+
X- R+ tv(--) b+++ DI D++ G++ e+ h- r++ y?
If you want to compare it to years past, the whole load of them is up here, but there are a couple of trends I find interesting. Not only the slow growth of the W(ebmaster) section. I make a point of not looking up my previous codes while I’m making the new one, so occasionally I reevaluate my position on something accidentally. I get a documented disillusionment with the X-Files.
But the least obvious missing thing in the new code is a lack of dollar signs, which indicate things you get paid to do.
I’m no longer at Languagelab. It’s all amicable, but they don’t need me right now. So, as of around now I’m back on the job-hunting trail.
I started 2011 contracting as Istic.Networks, which is what I’m aiming to do now. A contract with Languagelab turned into a full time position, which ate my life for a while. During the summer I spent a lot of weekends at Larp events, starting a position as referee for Profound Decisions’ Odyssey campaign, which I enjoyed immensely and should have written up more. Work ramped up over the autumn, but nothing really changed much. I had a nice christmas, and spent a quiet New Years Eve watching Harry Potter movies with my girlfriend on the sofa, which was nice.
2011 started and ended without a regular source of income, which is worrying me a little, but wasn’t that bad a year on average. 2012 could bring some stability without me complaining too much, though.