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2006 Year In Review

In January, I wrote my third Quicksilver tutorial, had a painful coincidence, made a cupcake-frosted ass Of myself, observed some Lynchian flyers, freaked out about Ableton Live, went to the Top Of The Rock in zero-visibility, and mocked both Blackberry users and Cornell.

In February, I emigrated to the Colbert Nation, upgraded my IIDX rig, fired a warning shot about the “true video iPod”, got my hands on DJ Max, observed the passing of a great TV show, discovered I was a warmonger, went to a pillow fight, had another round of coincidences, and tried (and failed) to guess when WWDC would be.

In March, I audited the Oscars, mourned Peter Tomarken, went to the best! pizza party! ever!, tried to track down a fellow Bemani fan, and saw Ted Leo yet again.

In April, I went to London. The trip included transportation problems, awesome sweets, and sport on telly, among other things. Also, I detailed one of my favorite obscure Konami titles, hit up Coney Island on opening day, lamented over Bemani community drama, announced my love for The Amazing Race, and freaked out over Inform 7.

In May, I “visited” David Blaine, helped Eugene Mirman protest himself, celebrated Mother’s Day, went to TARcon 9 as well as my dad’s birthday, and got deep about advertising and porn.

In June, I was impressed by Apple technical support, observed a flood at the office, turned 26 on what might’ve been the most numerically interesting day of the year, mourned the loss of Michael Bartosh, saw the last game I ever worked on released, ran into a team on the last leg of TAR10, ran into the International Parade, made a Flickr hypothesis, and reviewed the Sidekick 3.

In July, I got a promotion, went to a friend’s wedding, weighed in on Apple security issues, watched the Headbutt Heard Round The World, got my hands on Live, and lectured about empathy. I set up a Vox account, got nailed by the Astoria Blackout, flipped out at the mayor, reveled in Shyamalan Schadenfreude, flipped out at my commenters, rated candy, and spent 14 hours at Del Close 8, where we had a bizarre accident. In hindsight, July was pretty goddamn busy.

In August, I previewed VJ Army 4.0, put WWDC on notice, had some fun on a plane in the middle of security hysteria, saw Gnarls Barkley, warned about shitty DVDs, took my favorite photo of the year, and rejoiced as Lamprey Systems returned.

In September, I unloaded on Mac rumor nerds, dissected iPod games, rallied against single save games, performed data magic, and relected on 9/11.

In October, I saw Tideland and Terry Gilliam, joined the Big Pig Gig, turned my childhood trauma into prizes, got caught up in the Cory Lidle plane crash, went to Rochester for a conference, and pulled apart the Sony/Lik Sang brewhaha. I also had a chance to see Robert Altman and Garrison Keillor shortly before Mr. Altman passed away.

In November, my iMac blew up, acquired a Wii (despite the wiitards)and Singstar US, learned an important lesson from Jim Cramer, picked up two more Bemani series, and worried I might be aging backwards.

In December, I had my Macworld article printed, simultaneously slammed and lauded Konami, went to TARcon X, mocked Time Magazine, had my meal of the year, happily found the return of one of my favorite games, and got outnerded by my coworkers.

2005 Year In Review

In January, I [replaced my Sidekick with a Sidekick II](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/01/goodbye_old_fri.php), [realized I had been online for 10 years](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/01/10_years.php), [embarrassed myself at a Shaun Of The Dead signing](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/01/my_occasional_b.php), [had an amusing IM conversation about my cat](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/01/the_endless_str.php), [got dripped on](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/01/yellow.php), [went to a snowball fight in Central Park](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/01/the_snowdown.php), [celebrated one year of VJ Army](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/01/happy_1_year_bi.php), and [rediscovered my favorite short story](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/01/you_must_choose.php).

In February, I [took my first really good picture](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/02/passing_train.php), [rebuilt everything after my site got hacked](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/02/recovering.php), [fixed a life-long health problem](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/02/five_minutes_an.php), [surprised Katie on Valentine’s Day](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/02/the_2005_valent.php), [saw Spamalot](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/02/review_spamalot.php), and [wrote another Quicksilver tutorial](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/02/quicksilver_fro.php).

In March, I [witnessed a very hostile panel discussion at the MT&R](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/03/jeffrey_steinga.php), [saw TMBG vs. McSweeney’s at the Allen Room](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/03/mcsweeneys_vs_t.php), [indirectly helped get a game to market](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/03/defying_the_mac.php), [got the shit kicked out of me by a movie](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/03/oldboy.php), and [explained where the names of my websites came from](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/03/allmix.php).

In April, I [previewed the new NIN album](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/04/with_teeth_a_ni.php), [lost my faith in 24](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/04/24_the_most_lud.php), [had a very peculiar courtesy call](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/04/lappel_telephon.php), [got dripped on again](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/04/leaky.php), [was a “cool new person” on myspace](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/04/holy_calamity.php), and [played with Quartz Composer](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/04/quartz_composer.php).

In May, I [rewrote my biography page](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/05/a_life_in_anecd.php), [got sick to my stomach at work](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/05/smell_like_this.php), [acted as a photojournalist for a day](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/05/british_consula.php), [did a long legal analysis on Konami vs. Roxor](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/05/deconstructing.php), [went to the Nintendo World launch](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/05/nintendo_world.php), [made my sleep-talking come alive with Photoshop](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/05/the_cat_is_stuc.php), [revealed 24 Season 5 spoilers](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/05/24_season_5_spo.php), and [went to a Gorillaz Q&A](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/05/gorillaz_qa.php).

In June, I [saw Glengarry Glen Ross](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/glengarry_glen.php), [went to Six Flags and did Kingda Ka](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/cue_vengaboys.php), [turned 25](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/two_five.php), [transcribed the WWDC keynote](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/keynote.php) and [tried to get developers not to panic](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/awww_freak_out.php), [recorded videos at SVGL](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/son_of_svgl.php), [had a bizarre Flickr moment](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/flickr_the_worl.php), [started a musical project](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/help_change_my.php), [waxed ecstatic over PokerRoom](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/happy_100000000.php), [explained what I do for a living](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/what_is_it_youd.php), [illustrated the benefits of workblogging](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/workblogging_my.php), [captured a subway ride](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/tunnel_ride.php), and [worried about the health of the city](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/06/well_shit.php).

In July, I [took a stand against fanfic writers](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/07/tear_it_up.php), [went to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/07/nathans_famous.php), [found out what a competitive eater listens to](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/07/whats_on_eric_b.php), [rallied against blog luddites in higher education](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/07/tribbles_need_n.php), [explained how to make your own workblog](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/07/start_your_own.php), and [spent 4.5 hours at the Del Close Marathon](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/07/del_close_marat.php).

In August, I [got the Shutterbugs bug](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/08/youre_on_with_the_bugs.php), [stood out in a thunderstorm](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/08/catching_the_rain.php), [did the Monte Cristo](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/08/the_full_monte.php), [went to a Comedy Central taping and saw Ted Leo](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/08/save_your_strength.php), and [leaked a song online](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/08/ted_leo_new_song_mp3.php).

In September, I [canceled my New Orleans vacation](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/09/rerouted.php), [geeked the hell out over the DJ Shadow box set thing](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/09/inside_dj_shadows_public_works.php), [explained how to download Taiko no Tatsujin PSP songs](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/09/how_to_download_taiko_no_tatsu.php), and [went to my first Channel 102 show](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/09/channel_102_shows_posted.php).

In October, [my world shrunk just a bit more](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/world_gradually_collapsing_fil.php), I [examined the new iPod Video files](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/analyze_itunes_60_video_files.php), [my love for Pat Kiernan grew more](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/pat_kiernan_rocks_the_sidekick.php), [I took in the oddest music industry panel possible](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/industry_vs_artistry_braindump.php), [took a week off](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/vacation_postcard.php), [went to Eugene’s CD recording](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/eugene_mirman_cd_recording_rep.php), [mused on the mystery smell of ’05](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/sweet.php), [told the tale of two comedy shows](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/the_six_words_of_comedic_death.php), and revealed that [I am horrible at not cheating at games](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/10/cheat_to_win.php).

In November, I [saw NIN in concert](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/11/this_is_the_first_day_of_my_la.php), [reviewed the Channel 102 November showing](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/11/channel_102_november_recap.php), [laughed at Pengo](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/11/pengo_the_pimp.php), [had a joke catch up with me a year and a half later](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/11/like_a_gay_porn_site_with_a_ma.php), and [schooled a street team](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/11/free_advice_for_online_street.php).

In December, I [saw Ted Leo again](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/12/ted_leorx_webster_hall.php), [pondered the true name of my cat](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/12/whatever_you_call_him_he_still.php), [walked to work](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/12/the_walk_to_work.php), [took another great picture](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/12/interesting.php), and [caught the Lazy Sunday bug](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2005/12/true_that_double_true.php).

Other metrics of interest:

– [Upcoming.org Past Events](http://upcoming.org/user/384/past/)
– [Flickr: 2005 Photos](http://www.flickr.com/photos/remydwd/archives/date-posted/2005/detail/)

Year In Review

January 2004:
We attempt to do Times Square for New Years.
I learned a lot of life lessons at MWSF.
I launched VJ Army.

February 2004:
I got served at Burger King.
I inadvertantly helped start the Importer War in the Bemani community.
I started making mashups using Traktor DJ Studio Pro.

March 2004:
I got my SideKick, forever screwing up my ability to live without one ever again.
We went to a 12 hour John Waters film marathon challenge. (Katie got a picture with him.)
The NYC area got its first IIDX machine.
After giggling over the antics of Gary Anthony Ramsey on NY1, I get emailed by Pat Kiernan and forever cementing NY1 as the best station ever.
Freeverse spends a day competing to find porn from our children’s web browser to test it’s limits. I lost.
I discover QuickSilver, and write a 10 minute tutorial at a time when the app has no documentation. This entry would be published in a book and be by far my most popular entry.

April 2004:
I had a Jesus moment.
I made a formal definition of the GET IT joke.
I saw Avenue Q and the Quantuum Tour in the same week.

May 2004:
We chased PacMan through the streets of Manhattan.
Buttons started to play IIDX, becoming notorious in the US IIDX community.
A friend of mine got married, and I wrote a(nother) one act play about the wedding DJ.

June 2004:
I turned 24 and got a sword.
I left my job at Freeverse, and started a position with Weill Cornell Medical College doing e-learning server administration.
I returned to San Francisco for WWDC.

July 2004:
We went to the Anchorman premiere. Hilarity ensues.
I wrote my first restaurant review list.

August 2004:
I started playing Pop’n Music in earnest.
Katie and I had our second anniversary.
I heavily snarked the NY Times.

September 2004:
Pop’n Navy launched.
I upgraded to an iMac G5.
I realized it’s been a good year for music.

October 2004:
I started using Flickr.
I owned some kids at work.
I met Alton Brown.
I went to see Ricky Gervais at the MTR.
I mused about New York Bagels.

November 2004:
I picked up Halo 2 with no fanfare.
I discovered funny cheese.
I took a personal day to celebrate two new Bemani releases.
I reviewed the uDevGames entries for 2004.

December 2004:
I updated my restuarant reviews.
I went to New Orleans and stole candy.
I went to Slice Club and went skating at Wollman Rink.
We celebrated Katie’s 25th birthday.
I had a data-tacular Christmas.
We went to Tinkle and saw Wilco.