End of the year meme '07
What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
Graduated from university, moved into my very own flat, got a full-time job.
Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I kept a few. I'll be making more, as usual, though I think some will be the same as before.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
None that I can think of off the top of my head. It's not something I keep track of beyond very close friends and family.
Did anyone close to you die?
Um... don't think so this year.
What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
More travelling. Still want to visit Cornwall again.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Graduating, getting a flat, getting a job.
What was your biggest failure?
Not getting a 1st.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Random colds, nothing spectacular.
What was the best thing you bought?
If you want serious, then the bits for the new computer. If you want silly, then a large can o' air.
Whose behaviour merited celebration?
The BBC, for doing what they can with the iPlayer.
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Our version of the MPAA, for torpedoing what the iPlayer could have been.
Where did most of your money go?
As usual, rent, bills, food and train tickets. A fair chunk went on a bunch of parts for the computer. The rest went to the usual suspects: CDs, books, DVDs, chocolate eclairs.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting my job (those who know, know why). Also Metroid Prime 3 - it is a truly excellent game, and a showcase of what a console shooter can be given the Wii's controller.
What song will always remind you of 2007?
Drink Up Me Hearties (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End). This song is a good example of why you want dynamic range, and speakers that can deliver real power.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
Thinner or fatter?
Again, a little fatter. I don't have to walk as far nowadays. I can still eat vast amounts of chocolate without caring, which is nice.
Richer or poorer?
Oh gosh richer. I'm actually earning real money, rather than living off a student loan and my savings.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Again, traveled. There's so many places I want to visit. Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Lake District, Norfolk. I also wish I'd done more walking around Brighton - there's a hill just up the road from the house that I never walked up.
What do you wish you'd done less of?
How did you spend christmas?
With my family.
Did you fall in love in 2007?
Hmm... still not yet.
How many one-night stands?
What was your favourite TV program?
This year's random TV watching included Robin Hood, Doctor Who, Skyland and copious amounts of Scrapheap Challenge. Good films on TV include Goldeneye through to Die Another Day, House of Flying Daggers, Elektra and The Terminal.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
What was the best book you read?
One of the first things I did upon arriving in Fareham was to track down the local library, and get myself a library card. After that I then borrowed and read some books from many years ago. Arthur Ransome, Tamora Pierce, Rhiannon Lassiter. Just because the intended age is 10 doesn't mean it's a bad book.
What did you want and get?
Torch, music, chocolate, book of magic eye pictures.
What did you want and not get?
More music, more chocolate.
What was your favourite film of this year?
Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End. 'Twas awesome, and I have the soundtrack which is also made of awesome (and one of those very few CDs nowadays that needs a real hi-fi.
What was your favourite game of this year?
Phantom Hourglass. I treated myself to a DS Lite with the initial money from the job, decided it was made of solid awesome, bought Phantom Hourglass a week later which was also made of solid awesome. Very close runner-up would be Metroid Prime 3 - the first Metroid Prime is an excellent game, but the sequel just didn't have the same... atmosphere to it. The third game brings back all the atmoshpere of the first, has a control system that Just Works, and just has those absolutely beautiful and yet very simple environments. Things like the Chozo Temple in the first Metroid Prime, the ruined Temple of Time in Twilight Princess, the starry room (5:30-6:30) at the bottom of the Ice Cavern in Ocarina of Time, and the holographic forest at the centre of the Eden Bunker in Project Eden. Games don't have to be graphically impressive to be great, as long as they have the right... well, atmosphere. The part I always liked best about Wipeout 64 was not the racing, but the backstory in the manual. It's a racing game, it doesn't need backstory, and yet it has and it works.
Anyway, back to the meme before this becomes a post in its own right.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my 21st birthday I celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Less worrying and last-second changes of plan. But then it wouldn't have been as fun.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Non-fashion-caring student. T-shirts, trousers or jeans, zip fleece, migrating to shirt and tie after landing the job.
What kept you sane?
Friends, family, music, chocolate.
Which celebrity/public figure did you
fancyrespect the most?
I'm actually tempted to say Gordon Brown. At least when he first became PM, he appeared to have his head screwed on (unlike, say, Blair). Not so sure anymore, but it still seems like Labour are the only party with any real sense of leadership.
What political issue stirred you the most?
The National ID Card plan again, for being pointless, useless, and a waste of even more money. I probably wouldn't be so against it if I could trust the government's IT department to do things properly.
Who did you miss?
Recently, all my friends from Sussex.
Who was the best new person you met?
The letting agent.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
Don't let bad news get you down. Trust, pray, and most importantly work for it, and things will be better than you could have hoped.