Archive for June 2010
I listen to a lot of music, most of it loud.
Every year I spend a fortune on headphones. It takes at most two months for me to ruin a perfectly good set of in-ear headphones, and roughly twice that for a larger (and more expensive) pair. How? Clumsiness. I put tremendous amounts of strain on them. I fall asleep with headphones on my head and wake up with the cord curled around my neck. I walk away from my computer, forget that I was listening to something and tear the cable out. I stand up while standing on the cable while wearing the damn things.
Enter wireless headphones. Seems like the perfect fit, right? Well.. not so much. Wireless headsets need batteries, and batteries need to be charged . Somebody needs to remember to charge those batteries. Oh, and where those fucking headphones are – non-trivial given they’re not attached to anything.
Ah, well. Off to buy my next set tomorrow.
Wow, that was one hell of a weird twelve months! It’s been pretty unusual and very eventful, and with lots of ups and downs.
This was the year in which I made the transition from university student to fulltime employee, the latter of which came as a bit of a shock to me (I was interviewed during the same week as my final exams and started working fulltime 4 weeks later). I moved out of my university dorm into an apartment I’m sharing with a good friend, all arranged over the phone while I was at a conference in Spain. Meanwhile it seems like I’m not the only one in my circle of friends who is slowly becoming a proper civilian; some of my good friends are moving in together and/or starting families.
In between those things I spent most of my time (close to 5 months total) travelling across about a dozen countries in Europe, the US and Australasia: Germany (6x), Belgium (5x), Spain (3x), France (2x), Switzerland (2x), Ireland, California, Texas, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Portugal. I love travelling. It’s been great to meet new people as well as old friends. By the end of it I was pretty tired though; travelling and working full 9-to-5 work days drains my energy like nothing else, and kills my drive to do anything.
Whilst in the US I finally got a chance to do some things I’ve been meaning to do for a while. In California I finally gathered enough courage one morning to rent a car at SFO and drive to Byron airport to do some sky diving. It was absolutely brilliant, and inspired me to make some more (solo) jumps closer to home as well later in the year. In Texas I got a chance to shoot some hand guns at the local gun range, mainly to see what all the fuss was about (verdict: I’m still not a gun-nut, but I did very much enjoy it).