Planning on carrying the momentum, 2007 to 2008

Boo
Syl caught a photo of Boo (Mini Rat Terrier) in a rare "not bouncing off the wall and couch" mode

The later part of 2007 was more or less a turning point in my life on both a personal and professional level. Life was moving at such a pace that the Christmas Holiday and ushering in of a New Year caught me completely off guard. But 2008 is here! To everyone who has supported and celebrated with me along the way, thank you.

My 2008 New Years resolutions?

  • Lose weight. My building has a decent gym in it, but I have only used it once. I’ve gained 15 lbs. since my last workout (which was too long ago).
  • Be healthy. Last year I spent more at the vet for Boo than I did on myself for doctors visits in the last 12 months. Probably a sign that I should see the doctor more.
  • Continue to curb my tendency to pick-up anything shiny and electronic.

To all of the 5thirtyone.com readers who have ever commented, sent a sarcastic remark in via email, or exchanged messages via IM… thank you for reminding me why I continue to push content. RSS subscriptions are at an all-time high, and the entire site has over 4,400 comments! Here’s to keeping the momentum for 2008! Let everyone know what your New Year’s resolution is and one contributor will be selected at random for a $25 iTunes Music Store credit.

Crossing my fingers that by this time next year, the "Krippin Virus" has not infected humans and animals. Just kidding. I Am Legend was the last film I caught in 2007 and I have to say, I was disappointed. Another "zombie" movie – a mashup of Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, and Resident Evil rolled into one. Maybe I’m all wrong though. What did you think?

UPDATE 01/14: Matthew was randomly selected as the winner of the iTunes gift card.

Discuss - 19 Comments

  1. Richard Neal says:

    My New Years resolution is to never ever mistake you’re for your. Cough. Cough.

    I’d also like to only spend money on things I’m actually going to use, especially in the matter of video games.

  2. Andy says:

    My New Years Resolution was not to make any. There are plenty of things I want to do over the next year, but I don’t plan on making any of those things ‘resolutions’, or I definitely won’t do them …

    Happy New Year, Derek!

  3. Derek says:

    My New Years resolution is to never ever mistake you’re for your. Cough. Cough.

    Richard caught my usual mistake ;) Did I mention that I wrote all this with 3 hours of sleep under my belt? :) So in the matter of video games, are you saying that you want to make wiser game purchases? Or, are you saying you want to refrain from purchasing games because you don’t actually use them?

  4. Matthew Parcher says:

    My resolution is to actually read at least one book every month. There are so many things I want to learn and enjoy, but I’ve always had trouble getting around to them.

  5. Derek says:

    My resolution is to actually read at least one book every month. There are so many things I want to learn and enjoy, but I’ve always had trouble getting around to them.

    So when the Kindle was launched, I almost convinced myself to try and get one because I told myself it would motivate me to read. Thankfully I chalked it up as gadget whoring. Good plan to try and read one book a month. What is your first book going to be?

    Andy, Derek says "resolution" = todo list.

  6. Cas says:

    My new years resolution is to stop being such a lurker and comment on more websites… Here goes nothing!

    And as for I Am Legend, I suggest you read the book – instead of the film seeming a copy of all the other great zombie movies, the great zombie movies take a LOT of their stuff from Matheson’s book. Plus the ending of the book properly creeped me out!

  7. Roland says:

    If you watched I am Legend at the IMAX you would have gotten to see the awesome 6 minute preview of The Dark Night. It actually makes you forget your even here to watch I am Legend. But I did enjoy the movie, except for the dog vampires. I believe animals couldn’t become infected in the book.

  8. Roland says:

    Oh, and my New Years Resolution is to not get any speeding tickets.

  9. JakeZ says:

    Dude, I want to get out and network more, get a feeling for the user experience community in the Puget Sound region, and try to drive good design in this town.

    Hope you, Syl, and Boo have a wonderful new year. If you need workout advice, Tres and I are always available.

  10. JakeZ says:

    Oh, and my New Years Resolution is to not get any speeding tickets.

    Congrats on the car! Tres and I want to see it.

  11. Derek says:

    Oh, and my New Years Resolution is to not get any speeding tickets.

    You might want to consider investing in the Passport 8500 or Valentine One.

    Hope you, Syl, and Boo have a wonderful new year. If you need workout advice, Tres and I are always available.

    I’ll keep the offer in mind. I should be ashamed though. I used to do doubles when I was in better shape.

  12. Sam Ryan says:

    I resolve to steal less music, getting more from CD stores and iTunes.

  13. Indraneel says:

    I resolve to practice the violin, get in excellent shape for soccer and to keep a high GPA going.

  14. This year, I’m hoping to get into shape (just like everyone else always says lol) and more importantly dedicate myself to my career more. Both would be a great improvement to my quality of life :P

    Happy New Years Derek (and everyone else)!

  15. My new year resolution is posted on my blog =). it’s mostlly about the blog itself and how I will try to make it better. I hope one day I can be as successful as you.
    http://53m1.com/personal/new-year-resolutions-blog-edition-part-un.

  16. Mark Pinero says:

    My New Years resolution is to transform into a more outgoing, sociable, and successful person. Everyone wouldn’t mind that right?

    I think I Am Legend was good until before he started running over all the mutants. Up until then, it was more of a slow paced horror.. then it all went downhill. It shouldn’t have ended that way though.

  17. Mykal Cave says:

    Resolution: Do something original. At least one thing. Thats realistic right?

    I haven’t seen I am legend yet but after catching the previews I felt it was just going to be a copy of 28 days. I think I’ll wait till DVD and drop it in my que.

  18. Derek says:

    I think I Am Legend was good until before he started running over all the mutants. Up until then, it was more of a slow paced horror.. then it all went downhill. It shouldn’t have ended that way though.

    I didn’t figure out until AFTER the movie that he was trying to kill myself – or didn’t care if he did die. How depressing it would be to have your canine companion die. But how stupid was it that the other survivor showed up just in time while managing to stay hidden from the creatures.

  19. Alex says:

    I am Legend movie is extremely different than the book, the book is so much better. Albeit much more depressing. You should give it a read.

    Roland – Yes…The Dark Knight looks damn good. I caught the HD trailer somewhere. Damn.