2008 Year End Recap

Posted in Personal News at 6:26 pm by divinity

This post has been a long time in the making (some might even say a year long!). But here it is. I’m sure I missed stuff, and there’s probably photos, videos, twitters, etc. that could be referenced, but I’m not going to take the time to track them all down. I’ve tossed in some related media for some things though.

January 2008
* Rang in 2008 in Joshua Tree, camping with friends, blowing out tires on the highway, and getting pulled over for our driver eating Funyuns. (pics)
Peter surveys infinite Joshua Trees

* Refused to grow up and spent my 28th birthday jumping on trampolines with friends.
* Bought myself a Macbook Pro, my first Apple computer in several years.
* Moved in with Heather into a great apartment. (pics)
* Experienced Audium
* Got a full tour of the Armory thanks to Nicole

February 2008
* Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight (pics)
* Nicole’s massive Lego party

Lego Party Timelapse from Rubin Starset on Vimeo.

* Snowboarding and photography (one of my favorite pics of the year below) in Yosemite National Park. (pics)

* Secret (for Nicole) trip to Denver to see Hybrid. Got to hang out with Chip, Annie, and MFC as an added bonus.

March 2008
* Danger Weekend, wherein we jumped out of planes and I shot my first semi-automatic weapon. (pics)
* Filled a coworker’s office with packing peanuts, kinda. (pics)

* My cat, Bunki, got really sick (hepatic lipidosis) and we nursed her back to health via nasal-esophageal tube and several thousands of dollars.
Bunki relaxes

April 2008
* Housewarming party for our new apartment once we were finally unpacked. (pics)
* T-Mobile Grammy Tour wherein I flew across the country 3 times to meet people including Missy Elliott, Seal, Busta Rhymes, John Legend, etc. and blogged about it. The best part was T-Mobile paid for it all. (pics)
Missy Elliott!!

* Saw The Crucible‘s fire ballet. This year it was Firebird.
* Went for a hike on Mt Tam with Heather (pics)
* Took a great ride in the south bay for our annual Bicycle Day (pics)
20080427-Bicycle Day 023

May 2008
* Worked on 2pir and then ran it at Maker Faire (pics)

* Went to a Zappos.com party after getting details via Twitter.
* Saw Point Break Live!
* Pretended to be a tourist and spent a day on Alcatraz (pics)/Videos

* A “Just Because Party” (pics)

* Changed my hair from red and black to blue. (pics)
* Went to Lightning in a Bottle down in Santa Barbara. Spun a lot of rope dart.
* Flew to Vegas to see My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and Everything Goes Cold. (pics)

June 2008
* Fire Jam at NIMBY like back in the day.

Jared and Peter Spin while Morley blows stuff up from Ed Hunsinger on Vimeo.

* A week long camping trip across Southern Utah which included a stop at the high school I graduated from, multiple National parks, and a ton of photos. A great write-up of our trip from Heather.
Kisses at Bryce

July 2008
* Celebrated the 4th of Juplaya in Black Rock Desert with friends and quite a bit of explosives, propane, and 2pir. My first (and only) GPS drawing while driving around with 10 people crammed in my car. (pics and video), Heather’s write-up

* Changed my hair from blue to red.
* Heather’s Birthday party. (pics)
* Went to Heather’s 10 year high school reunion in Monterey.
* A trip to the Monterey Aquarium (pics)
* My mom and her husband came out to California and spent some time with us, met Heather’s parents, and did some touristy stuff. (pics)
* Decided to pick up an iPhone 3G and started a (very) slow move away from the Sidekick as my primary device.

August 2008
* Attended the START conference as a prelude to becoming a full-time “entrepreneur”.
* Got my 3 remaining wisdom teeth pulled. (Luckily I never have to do that again!)
* Massive Zombie Flash Mob in San Francisco

photo by Audrey

* QUIT MY DAY JOB! (August 15th)
* Built a mini-DDI for Balsa Man (pics, video)
* Spent almost $1000 on one meal with friends at Espetus. (pics)
* Epic Sunday with friends on 8/31/2008 Timelapse

September 2008
* Got incorporated as Free For All Media, Inc.
* Watched friends start Noisebridge, an SF hacker space, and chipped in a bit of time and money. (video)
* Camping with Kai and Jason in Bolinas/Pt Reyes
* NIMBY caught fire and was shut down, leaving us with nowhere to work on our fire art.
* Arse Elektronika

October 2008
* Started doing time-lapse videos with my DSLR and a calculator.
* Went to Santa Barbara for a wedding
* 24 hours of sf0, which we still haven’t posted proofs from.
* LTJ Bukem and Planet of the Drums Tour (AK1200, Dara, Dieselboy). Two shows that encompassed a large portion of the music I love.

November 2008
* Got addicted to Weewar.
* Underwent the Jejune Institute initiation.
* Epic Beatnik Party
* Nexus Hay Maze party

* Heather finally gave in and Zelda got her lion cut!
Zelda and her haircut

* Karen’s awesome birthday party in Pacifica (pics by netdiva)
* Held our own “Vegan Goth” Orphan Thanksgiving Party (pics)
* Thanksgiving in Monterey

December 2008
* Packed up NIMBY and prepared to move to the new NIMBY space.
* My sister came out to San Francisco to visit.
* Headed to North Carolina for an early Christmas with my family.
* Watched in horror as my camera blew over on its tripod and was destroyed while attempting to make a timelapse.
* 18+ mile bike ride with Nicole and Heather (video snippet)
* Closed out the year at Violet Blue’s New Year’s party

Whew, what a year. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to do all of this as well as the chance to share it with an awesome group of people. I wonder what the next year will bring!