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December 31, 2014

Year in review: 2014

It’s that time of the year again — I mark the extra minute of daylight at both ends of the day, if it isn’t overcast, and have to think up another annual summary post. Like I have the energy. Let’s get this over with.

10. Pickled beans

These just made the list today. Crunchier than pickled eggs, these over-sized beans are sure to chase away the winter blues.

9. Blankets

I invested in some fuzzy blankets last winter and they’re certainly up there with the best.

8. Sunlight

At some point this year, there was sunlight, I’m sure, for most of the day. It was really warm outside, and sunlight was the root cause. It makes the list.

7. Riven: The Sequel to Myst

Decided to go back to this miserable cluster of islands after 16 years. I’d forgotten how it’s just one vague, sprawling puzzle, and I’d somehow romanticized the whole thing in my mind as a fun time. Which is why I also have to include...

6. Official Riven Strategy Guide

Kept this slim volume handy for over a decade just in case I ever had a Riven emergency. I know there are online walkthroughs, but what if there wasn’t Internet, or power, and only half a battery charge left?

5. Java programming language

The clean, easy-going Ruby language made the list last year, but this must have angered Java, as it’s back with a vengeance. So strict and unforgiving, under the guise of being helpful. UnsupportedOperationException? Thanks, you asshole, I kind of figured. If I give it a list spot, maybe it’ll go away.

4. Giving up on what I’m doing to go to sleep

An excellent strategy. Year-end wrap-ups are supposed to be about media that was released that year, anyway, and I actively avoided most of that. Hope it was good? I might have to read some lists later.