Yearnote 2017

A log in a lake in Nuuksio. Out of my photos in 2017, this is my favorite.

It’s January, so it’s time to look both at the past and at the future! Here’s some good stuff that happened to me in 2017:

  • I finally graduated as a BSc in mathematics and made good progress towards graduating as a MSc.
  • I had a relaxing summer vacation that included hiking and sailing.
  • I attended ICFP. I’ve wanted to go there for ages and finally had the chance. It was the most interesting conference I’ve been to.
  • In the fall, I started practicing ashtanga yoga. It turned out to be a good combination of exercise and light meditation.

My thinking about software development evolved in small but important ways:

  • Nowadays I’m more concerned about whether our team does good work than whether I do good work personally. Might be a sign of maturing as an engineer.
  • I no longer care about Haskell. Being a Haskell programmer used to be a part of my ego, but it’s time to admit that I don’t find Haskell interesting anymore. ICFP made this clear. I’m over being a <programming language X> person.

Here’s what I hope 2018 will bring along:

  • More good things: graduating as a MSc, more hiking, sailing, and yoga! More time outdoors!
  • I’d like to figure out how to publish writing regularly and sustainably. Blogging every week didn’t work for me, so I stopped it. I did continue to write, but I didn’t publish anything – that wasn’t useful either.
  • In general, it’d be cool to ship more things. I’ve always been good at understanding things, but it’s not useful unless you somehow reflect that understanding back to the world.

I enjoyed some things in 2017:

  • The best book I read was Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It covers universal themes like love, marriage, death of a loved one, and birth of a children. I felt that Tolstoy did a good job describing how differently various characters feel about the same events. I recommend it to everyone!
  • Good Life Coffee’s Kayon Mountain was excellent, we drank a lot of it at the office.
  • Umami, the sushi place in Tampereen kauppahalli, is great! I’m not a sushi connoisseur, but it’s the best sushi I’ve had in Finland.

Finally, I can’t believe it’s 2018 and Juha Sipilä’s cabinet still hasn’t fallen apart.

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