10 YEARS AFTER 10年後の
STAY TOGETHER その時
I’m not great at remembering to put up anniversary posts. It seemed like I should probably remember this anniversary, though, since it’s been a decade of talking about random video games, weird food, and the myriad and sundry ways I avoid coming to terms with being an adult.
So, anyway, in 10 years I’ve put up a little over 1200 posts and had 260K visitors. A heavy day sees a hundred visitors, which is pretty good considering this is mostly a diary for me to look back at later so I remember what I was doing at any given time. If you’re one of those, hi! I hope you find something here to interest you.
On personal milestones, I’ve graduated college, gone to Japan 4 or 5 times, China once and the UK once, lost a ton of weight twice, gained it back twice (Can’t recommend that), moved twice and worked for four companies. I picked up dual citizenship a few years back as well, which is really only useful (so far) for letting me confuse people when they ask me for ID and I hand them a foreign passport. I’ve also finished nearly 500 games and completely sworn off MMOs no really this is the last time I’m done no take-backs at least a half dozen times, though the months I’ve lost to Everquest, Tera, Scarlet Blade, EQ2, FFXIV, DAoC and WoW do somewhat put the lie to how much I meant by it.
I converted our shelves and shelves (and shelves and shelves) of laserdiscs, videotapes, DVDs and Blu-rays into handy digital files, and shifted heavily from physical books to eBooks, two things which should make moving – should we ever move again – a MUCH easier experience, since we’ll just be moving two four-bay Drobos instead of thousands of individual pieces of media. Sadly, every attempt I’ve made at talking one company or another into relocating me to Tokyo has been an abject failure, so odds of that seem slimmer and slimmer every day.
It’s been a heck of an interesting decade for technology. I started this blog about four months before the first iPhone hit shelves, and if you go back far enough you will find me making disparaging comments about the notion that I would EVER be caught dead carrying around an easily-damaged six hundred dollar phone.
I’m currently carrying around an easily-damaged nine hundred dollar phone, so that wasn’t the BEST prediction I ever made.
Frequently I use it to look at funny pictures of cats.
Moreover, as a comics nerd and Japan fanboy, the number of companies falling over backwards to cater to my every whim and taste have exploded in the last decade. I still make fairly regular trips across the Pacific, to be sure, but nowadays it’s more to look at cool places and surround myself in neon lights and much less to go on shopping binges in Akiba. I may occasionally rant about modern fanboys not knowing the Real Struggle, but I find it harder and harder to do with a straight face. It’s just been an amazing decade to be a nerd.
So, I guess I should probably try to stay alive another decade or so and see where we’re at then. With any luck, our robot overlords will be merciful, or at least I hope the neural control implants won’t sting too much when they go in.