The Year in Review

December 31st, 2004 9:02 AM

The year has somehow snuck past me, and is about to become nothing more than a memory. And just as I was getting really comfortable writing 2004 — with the 4 dropped down, so that the vertical stroke becomes a descender below the baseline. It just made me happy to write it. And now I’ll have to get used to writing 2005. It just seems so unfair! Despite that, though, I’ve had a great year.

Herewith, a summary of what I’ve done during the past year:


I have posted 243 entries to this weblog this year (not including this entry), mostly on par with last year’s total of 225. The entries averaged 127 words each. I bookmarked 1650 links via my account, tagged in 147 different categories.


I have taken 9956 digital photographs this year, or twenty three gigabytes of photos. 5381 on the cross-country road-trip alone. 8449 of these are already online, and more are coming every week or two. 2688 depictions of people, and 10425 depictions of things have appeared in this year’s photos.

I have streamlined my annotating process, and now have 9290 images annotated with varying degrees of specificity. Most of these images include:

  • Date and time the photo was taken
  • Geospatial data (latitude, longitude and place name of where the photo was taken)
  • Event data (if the photo was taken at a conference, or wedding, &c.)
  • Camera make and model (mostly Canon S400 and Nikon D70)
  • Photographer information (me, except for joint credit with Adam for the road-trip photos)
  • Camera settings (Aperature and exposure time)
  • Depicted people
  • Depicted things


I have had 436 beers this year. 6127.72 fluid ounces, or 47.87 gallons. Of those 436, there were 168 unique beers, 99 of which I only had once. The 69 that were had multiple times are:

Magic Hat #926356
Black and Tan12188
Anchor Porter11152
Sea Dog Blueberry10120
Abita Turbodog9116
Chimay Grand Reserve8116
Xingu Black Beer7104
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout672
Newcastle Brown672
Unibroue Trois Pistoles680
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout6112.2
Rogue Morimoto Hazelnut Brown698
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter672
Stella Artois572
Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat560
Unibroue Quelque Chose564
Gritty’s Black Fly Stout560
Stone Arrogant Bastard464
Coopers Best Extra Stout448
Alaskan Amber460
Lindemans Pêche Lambic448
Theakston Old Peculier448
John Harvard’s Oatmeal Stout453
Geary’s London Porter448
Long Trail Hibernation448
Stone Smoked Porter335
Geary’s Hampshire Special Ale336
Black and Blue3104
Unibroue Maudite332
Deschutes Black Butte344
Anderson Valley Deep Enders Porter366
Brooklyn Brown228
Maine Coast Oatmeal Stout236
Rogue Dead Guy232
Flying Dog Old Scratch224
John Harvard’s Bock232
Pike Brewing Old ‘89 Porter221
Chimay Cinq Cent212
Rolling Rock224
Shipyard Pale Ale224
Rogue Mocha Porter224
Bulmers Cider230
John Harvard’s Pale Ale220
Hitachino Red Rice224
Shipyard Winter Ale224
Maredsous 8222
Anchor Steam232
Lindemans Kriek241.4
Hitachino Sweet Milk Stout221
Unibroue Édition 2004216.68
Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout244
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale224
Einbeeker Dunkel249.8
Lindemans Cassis Lambic220
Belmont Brewing Long Beach Crude240
Russian River Little White Lie232
Alesmith ESB228
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice232
Russian River Pliny the Elder224
Maine Coast Black Irish Stout224
Magic Hat Fat Angel228
Stone Ruination222

Twenty two percent of the beer this year was had in Boston (including nine percent at the Sunset Grill). Twenty one percent was had in Providence. Sixteen percent at Wheaton, and nineteen percent in Santa Monica (including fourteen percent at Father’s Office). A staggering seven percent (three and one quarter gallons) was consumed in the one week I spent in Ireland, eighty percent of which was Guinness.


And that sums up my year. Or, part of it. Innumerable things that I couldn’t begin to describe in this weblog format have happened this year, both good and bad. But this can be said: I end this year much happier and content with my life than I started it. And that, I think, is all I could ever ask of a year.


Happy MMV Greg.

Don’t forget to change your copyright :)

Posted by: quasarsglow on January 1st, 2005 4:32 PM