2014 in the Rearview


It's been a while since I've done one of these, but it's also been a while since I've posted anything at all on this blog. Seems like as good a reason as any to get my narcissism on! This will be more of an admission than anything. 2014 is the first full calendar year since high school that I was sober for the entire thing, and that alone is responsible for everything else. That said, it's been a good year -- a very good one. So yeah, I quit drinking, in 2013 actually. I quit because I had to, and that's all that really matters for our purposes right now. What happened next is what's so interesting; what happened is…

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Maneki Neko


The Maneki Neko, or "beckoning cat", is a traditional Japanese good luck charm, commonly seen in storefronts, placed there to attract business. During the migration process of taking my files from my old computer to my new one, I just took my trusty little Maneki Neko and placed it down in the corner of my desktop and it made me smile. A guy named Jeremy Hedley had a blog called Antipixel many moons ago, and I stumbled on a post of his which had a nice picture of a Maneki Neko statue that he photographed with his daughter on New Year's Day, six years ago, and turned into a Mac OS X icon, and attached to a .txt file with…

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