New Years Day is a time of tradition, I think. One of mine is a bi-annual (Every two, not twice) update of my Geek Code. The Geek Code is a bit of novelty early internet memery. It’s a series of codes used to describe opinions and preferences about the user. It pre-dates the explosion of the Internet, so it’s mostly geared towards early 90s american tech-savant nerdery (The dedicated codes for Babylon 5 & X-Files are certainly showing their age). So you get things like this:

PGP++ , which translates to “PGP: I have the most recent version and use it regularly”

My geek code block for 2014 is as follows:

Version: 3.1
GCS$/GCA$/GPA d/+ s+:+ a C++++ UL++++ P+ L+++ E- W++++
N o+ K w+ O- M+++ V- PS++ PE Y+ PGP++ t 5+ X
R+/+++ tv/!tv b++ DI+ D++ G++ e+/* h— r++ y?

You can understand this with the aid of the key here.

Slightly more interesting is that since I’ve been doing this for 16 years now, you can see all 9 updates in sequence, seeing the increasing value of “a” as I get older, a full history of my relationship status and corresponding housing level, and the frankly bizarre alternating extremism of my opinion of EMACS. The rules (traditions have rules now) are that I don’t look at the previous year’s code while writing the new one, so it’s all my opinions at the time.

Anyway, mostly self-reflection.