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:

—–BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK—–
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?
——END GEEK CODE BLOCK——

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.