Happy New Year 2013!

I'm not sad to see 2012 end, but it ended in the best way for us. I'm hoping that 2013 will be as wonderful as I'm thinking it will! Happy New Year to you, my internet family. Thank you for everything you've done in the last year (and all the ones before them) and I wish you all the best.

Happy New Year, folks.

2012 amazed me in a very deep way. I was (like many of us) watching the landing of Curiosity on Mars. I was blown away by the freaking SF nature of that landing, of just how insanely complex it was, and yet it worked, and then I got to really thinking about what I'd been doing. This is what I said at the time, on Metafilter:

OK, so, we just pulled off the most complex landing ever, completely like something out of a Star Wars movie. And I, at least, watched a simulation of what was going on using my personal computer, which was computing and displaying the positions of all the planets and the simulated position of the lander. Simultaneously, using a different program, I was streaming two separate video feeds from some unknown location on a worldwide data network. One showed the entire launch staff in high resolution video, while the other showed an ongoing commentary track, with some of the same footage from the first stream.

And I talked about this happening, live, with people from all over the world, many of whom were using their telephones to watch the same video. But they were doing it wirelessly, with their phone company delivering custom data streams just for them, over the air.

Today, August 6, 2012, is officially the future. This is no longer the world I grew up in. It is a stunningly different place from when I watched men landing on the Moon as a toddler, on a tiny, crappy tube television, with grainy black and white video.

So, for me at least, it's official: everything after August 6, 2012 is living in a science fiction novel. This is not the world I grew up in, anymore.

More of a dystopia than I wanted, but still fascinating.

Best to all. Let's make this an awesome year. We can do it!

Happy New Year everyone!

I drank entirely too much last night. A proper way to send out 2012 I suppose. Happy New Year!

Katy wrote:

Tomorrow we're all going to go launch model rockets, weather permitting.

Well, I sent the rest of the family off to launch rockets. I decided that I would probably turn my cold into bronchitis if I stayed outside too long. So I'm knitting and playing video games instead.

Happy new year! Starting mine off without a Windows PC or a Facebook account!

Happy New Year all! 2012 had some lows but a bunch of highs for me and I'm pretty excited for 2013. I hope it's great to everyone. Also...

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Parallax, you just blew my mind away. I hadn't even noticed!

That is a bit mind-blowing.

Happy New Year, all. Here's to us all being together in the coming years!

DSGamer wrote:

Okay, looking at the TV coverage they've turned New Orleans into a mini Times Square New Years. Complete with a stage and a national TV presence. Glad I was there a couple of times before it turned into that.

Yeah a lot of my friends and fellow Louisville fans/alums were partying there last night. Apparently fun was had. :cooL:

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Happy New Year all! 2012 had some lows but a bunch of highs for me and I'm pretty excited for 2013. I hope it's great to everyone. Also...

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...woaaaaaaaah! But now it's going to be a yearly occurance until we get to 2020. Of course, from there, it's a little slow until 2030.

We stayed up to watch the ball drop. If you think the show is lacking without Dick Clark now, that would be the result of an American cultural icon who introduced decades of music to the public with... Ryan Seacrest. There really wasn't ever going to be anyone to replace him. Was definitely sad watching that and remembering Clark wouldn't be there.

Demosthenes wrote:

...woaaaaaaaah! But now it's going to be a yearly occurance until we get to 2020. Of course, from there, it's a little slow until 2030.

2031 you mean?

Stele wrote:
Demosthenes wrote:

...woaaaaaaaah! But now it's going to be a yearly occurance until we get to 2020. Of course, from there, it's a little slow until 2030.

2031 you mean? ;)

Doh!

We rang it in with a cocktail party of about 15 guests. Guests began to arrive at 8:30. Champagne was served at 11:55 as we neared the magic hour.

I had quite a few drinks, and I think 3-4 cigars. My wife ended up doing a little prayer to the porcelain gods, AJ who rents our spare room got fall down drunk and a trip will be made to Home Depot to repair the damage. We got noisemakers, and people cheered the new year, that made our friend's 8 month old freak out.

My wife got a good kiss at midnight, the party kept going until about 3 AM. New Year's Day was the first truly relaxing day we have had in over a month. After Thanksgiving we were go-go-go.

But yesterday, we had a Batman Trilogy marathon. I made a pan pizza for lunch (from scratch).

We have a little more tidying up to do from the party, finding a place for the extra wine glasses and all that. But it was a grand old time, and it was nice to get a large group into our house and everyone had fun.

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Your posture is terrible Q-stone.

/nag

Tell me something I don't know.