My 2014 In a Nutshell

Taken while walking around the border between east and west Berlin during the Red Berlin Tour.

Now that I sit down and think about it, 2014 was a pretty solid year. Although the early part of the year is pretty fuzzy for me, the rest I can remember quite well.

Adventures

– Spent 2 weeks travelling to Brussels and Ghent in Belgium, Amsterdam and Berlin
– Got back into camping and fully disconnected
– Went fishing for the first time in 10 years
– Met a bunch of awesome people while travelling around Belgium
– Got into an axe throwing league
– Rode a bike on the same tarmac that was used during the Berlin Airlift

Beer

– Learned to appreciate the Trappist style
– Went to the Cantillon Brewery to learn and understand what makes Lambics
– Got to hang out with one of the brewers from Bellwoods and learn about the care they put into making every batch
– Took a course to learn about off-flavours and how to identify them. Here is where I learned that I’m blind to diacetyl.

Homebrewing

– Downsized my fermentation vessel so I can get back into brewing more frequently
– Used Belgian ale yeast for the first time (with excellent results)
– Gave some friends a hands on “how to brew” experience

Reading

– Count Zero
– Rise of the Meritocracy
– Feminism is for Everybody
– Wherever you go, there you are
– Mans Search for Meaning
– Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
– Release It!
– Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests
– Eloquent Ruby
– Clean Code

Programming

– Participated in the Toronto Global Game Jam as the developer to build Pride and Pistols
– Participated in Ludum Dare 31 to create Guiding Light
– Tried my hand at building a rogue-like
– Started building a replacement for the ruby theme gem

There might more that I’m forgetting, but these are some of the things that stood out the most to me from the past year. I’m planning on being a bit more rigorous with journaling, and hopefully there’ll be more to remember for 2015.