Right. First to quash any rumors of me having died in a night of drunken revelry on 31st. I’m very much alive, thank you. I know it’s kinda late to wish happy new year to everyone, but there, I just wished you a few words back.
2008 was a year in which a lot – and nothing at all happened in my life…
I mean like, apart from the school farewell? My pre-Boards weren’t that great, if you need to know.
Got a nice do-well-in-the-exams-card (and a few others I’m not mentioning here) from Career Launcher. My highly irritating list of things associated with 42 did its job, i.e., irritate people. The Oscar jury proved they are as sane as a packet of mixed nuts while handing out gold. I had to use Windows Vista for some time. And Microsucks tried to buy Yahoo!, but was pushed off. Hell hath no fury like a woman Ballmer scorned, and M$ never thought of buying Yahoo! again. I also gave Anuj my word to archive his deleted blog’s entries here, which hasn’t totally been completed yet.
Had the Board exams. Not that I took it much seriously, in between the Board exams I also went to participate in the Tata Crucible Campus Edition quiz. Right. Between. My. BOARD. Exams. Meanwhile, even as my exams were going on I started work on our ThinkQuest entry (with Jimi Hendrix and Varun Mishra onboard too). By the time my exams got over we were working like crazy. Especially the last few hours. Even got to chat with Richard ‘Da Gawd’ Stallman himself on that pretext. It was all so goddamn fun.
I shifted my blog to WordPress! After years of enduring torture on that shite called ‘Blogger’, WordPress is like a zoo animal waking up one day to find its cage open. My blog, Naman’s blog, and Apoorv’s blog got “Digg-like traffic” (Apoorv’s words) because of all the AIEEE / VIT posts. Which reminds me, I did appear for the JEE and AIEEE exams – if you can call turning up at the centre ‘appearing’. Yes folks, that’s my honest evaluation in retrospect.
More bad gnus – I lost my PageRank because of accepting sponsored posts on my blog. (I believe the Google-founders did a coin toss to decide whether it should be ‘BrinRank’ or ‘PageRank’. They realized that the latter sounded better.) “Digg-like traffic” continued. I gave appeared for some more exams. Douglas Adams’ death anniversary was remembered. IITians were made fun of. Towel Day was celebrated too. I read an unputdownable book.
So it was official now – I didn’t ‘get through’ nowhere. Spain won the Euro Cup. My Board results were pretty good though. I don’t care about anything else other than the fact that CBSE didn’t fuck up my English marks. (Class 10th English Board marks still haunt me.)
By this time, I had decided about dropping a year. The first-ever Pan Delhi Geeks Meet was held. HBO made breakthroughs in medical science by murdering the faithful departed. Professor Randy Pausch died of cancer.
Gave my SAT Reasoning Test. Rappers threatened people to vote. Michael Crichton died (may his soul rest in peace). Code Wars 2008 (“soBIG.tough“) surprised everyone with each and every event starting and finishing on time – a first for any event in Delhi. Watching movies became a payne in the ass. Exun 2008 was held (DPS VK won!), which brought back sweet memories of Exun 2007 (There were some really nice questions there.)
Besides, a spent a lot of time this year polishing my programming skills. Taking a break after 12 years of hectic studying school was…nice. And agonizing at the same time. Years down the line however I don’t think I’ll repent my decision.
An exciting new year ahead, there’s a lot to forward to – including on my blog. Wish everyone of you has a good year too.