Hello 2016!

This is the year. This is the year I finally figure out what the hell I’m going to do with my two main domains — hermanyung.com (which currently hosts the new Doobybrain) and doobybrain.com (which currently hosts the old Doobybrain). I know, it’s confusing.

This is how I watched the countdown to 2016.

But before we go into all that, a quick recap of 2015 since it is a new year after all. I’ve had a wonderful start to the new year so far and I figured I’d take some time to reminisce on some of the events that 2015 had for me.


Let’s start off with the checkins. I use Foursquare/Swarm on a daily basis and it helps me keep track of where I have been on any given date and time. At the end of every year, I download the raw data from my checkins and map it out onto a neat little Google Maps visual. This year was no different and I think it was the year I did the most checking in. I didn’t travel abroad this year but I did cover a lot of ground within the US. Not as much as I would have liked, but it’s still quite a lot considering how busy this year has been for me work-wise. I am truly thankful for a job and career that brings me to all sorts of weird and interesting places and I hope 2016 continues that trend of flying me out more to see the rest of the country. The US is a really strange and beautiful place…

Here’s a look at my Google Maps. If you want to see an interactive map, just get in touch with me and I’ll send you a link.

A map of all of my Foursquare checkins from 2015.

Books

It was another wonderful year of reading for me. In 2014, I started my one-book-a-month goal in order to get myself off the internet and reading actual books more. I haven’t quite made the transition yet to E-readers (I like carrying a physical book around even if it does take up more space) so for this year, I’m going to continue reading physical books.

Here’s what I read last year (in order from left to right, top to bottom).

The standouts were definitely Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, The Martian by Andy Weir (the movie was great too!), and One More Thing by B.J. Novak. Unfortunately, I ended the year on a very tough to read book, The Man In The High Castle, which came highly recommended, but I just couldn’t get through it fast enough. It was my least favorite book of the year.

So what am I reading to start off the new year? I am just starting The Shallows by Nicholas Carr. It’s supposed to be about how the internet is changing human behavior. I like those sorts of books so hopefully this will make up for a lackluster end to my reading list.