"And it was to each such a revelation that a woman could be as tolerant and free-spoken as a man, and a man as strange and subtle as a woman..."
"For some time the dark spaces between the lamps had been becoming brighter and the lamps themselves less bright."
I can't really explain why, but I like this sentence.
"Thus, there is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us and not we them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking."
"That silence is more profound after noise still wants the confirmation of science."
Steadily making my way through Virginia Woolf's books. This is the most normally written I've read of her novels so far*, but by far the hardest I've found to read; I think perhaps because I couldn't gauge what it was meant to be† - as per usual I left reading the notes and accompanying introduction‡ until afterwards to experience the book as is. I think that was a mistake. If read at the time of publication you'd more likely have had some knowledge of Virgina Woolf's life and social circles and therefore understood and enjoyed the novel a lot more - It made a lot more sense to me after reading the introduction and learning about her friendship with Vita Sackville-West.
I'm now on an interlude of a couple of more modern, none Virginia Woolf, novels, but then I want to read To The Lighthouse. A lot.
* - A Room of One's Own doesn't count since not a novel. This is similar ly written since a faux biography.
† - I couldn't gauge whether comedy, fantasy or serious; Actually a bit of all of them.
‡ - The swanky edition I have is almost half notes and companion text and it's better for it.
"...there is nothing people are so often deceived in, as the state of their own affections..."
"People that marry can never part, but must go and keep house together. People that dance, only stand opposite each other in a long room for half an hour."
Didn't really get going for me until the end and then it ended. Perhaps I should have gone for Lady Susan instead? Love this quote though.
I'm not saying things are perfect, but if I don't do it this year who knows when I'll next get to (See footnote). This year started off just as shit as last year, then got even worse, then was ok again, then was AMAZING and then settled to good.
I'm just sulking a bit really having had that brief glance of a stress free life and haven't come to terms with that it is a LOT LOT better than last year, but can't be as good as I glimpsed.
Almost did this and then stopped cycling altogether. Meant to have a few months off, but it's now looking like it'll be a year since I can afford to be a fair weather cyclist; it might actually be over FOREVER if I think of it in terms of actually affording it: I spent about £65 on a pair of running shoes when I decided to have a break from cycling and they are easily going to last me a year. I just can't see me being allowed to spend the money I need to on my bicycle for what will now be a "hobby" seeing as how incredibly tight my budget was when I was arguably cycling for (to) a living.
On the running front I achieved what I wanted to do: Learnt to run 5k without crippling myself and then ran 10k. Unsure next year whether to work on running further or faster.
I started the year off as a good open-source maintainer on Oysttyer and Simplenote.vim/py and ended the year as a bad maintainer. It's utterly bizarre that I used to write more code when I didn't work in software/technology; There has been a tonne of stuff to learn though.
On that note though: finally! Officially; I do feel as though those years of tinkering have paid off.
Part of the reason for my drop off in maintainership (I'm not intending it to be permanent) is that when I did find time for personal projects in the latter half of this year I decided to be selfish and spent time getting to grips (ish) with Haskell again and got this little project working again - it ain't pretty, but I am happy I managed to get it going again.
For the first time in six years managed to shoot a roll of film and get it developed in the same calendar year. Amazing. True.
Spent so long not doing it though that I don't feel back in the swing of it yet.
(I've actually thought about wrangling further Ps into my website instead of using owtelse. Can't quite bring myself to do it though).
The youngest is still out reading me, by far, by volume, but I made a good effort this year to catch up on a backlog of classics and modern-classics from my list:
Quite a few Virgina Woolf books - I like her; I already have another lined up for the start of next year.
In a year that saw LOADS of famous musicians pass away there was also a huge amount of great music released. This year I have very much enjoyed:
I've picked just one song from each, but I liked more. Gurr's was my album of the year.
After this year (and actually every year since I graduated thinking I knew what I wanted to do) I have given up making plans. I am just along for the ride. 99% of life is down to luck. You can make yourself feel better and work-hard (should that suit your mentality, like mine) and believe that the last 1% is having an influence, but it isn't really. So no plans beyond carrying on listening to music, going running, reading, taking photos, learning - a lot of learning.
And that's it. I wonder if I'll be writing one of these next year? The last time I felt things were positive enough to warrant an end of year review was for the year 2010.
[EDIT: 2017-01-14] Did this come off sounding more negative than I meant? The fact that I even wrote it shows how good things are. Also: I no longer have to eat porridge made with water everyday! How did I forget to add that! That alone is a great thing.
Ooh... I was worried I'd spoken too soon because this is AWESOME. But I'm still going to stick with Gurr. Just.
This has been a shit year for musicians, Leonard Cohen, the latest of a long line, passed away today, but there has been some amazing music released this year.
[EDIT:2016-11-12] Forgot to say: the drummer is fucking amazing.
Best album and band of the year.
I thought it was too early to say, but then I called Wolf Alice in July last year (and I was right) so maybe not. I still have a massive backlog of albums from this year I've yet to listen to, of a wide variation of genres as well (really interested to hear TC's Unleash the Wolves and De La Soul's latest), but when you know, you know.
This is definitely one of those cases where you hear a good single and then the album turns out to be just as good. I listened to it four times in a row when I got it. There is nothing to not like about this. On first listen it does have an early 90s indie feel to it - which I consider a big plus - but it is more than that.
This interview makes me like them even more.
I'm extremely unlikely ever to see these live (because in general the days of seeing any live bands are long gone), but I would dearly love to see these.
Listen to it loud and try to sing along.
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