lardbucket: 2016 : december

12/25/2016

Merry Christmas, Once Again

Filed under: General — Andy @ 12:00 am

It seems these days I’m basically only doing Christmas updates on my blog, which is probably a shame. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything all too public to update on. Work is going well, but is of course almost entirely NDA’d and so I can’t really say much about it, and what I can say isn’t worth a blog post.

More generally this year, however, it seems as though a number of people have been discouraged by political, economic, or other changes over the year. I can generally agree with some of them, as it seems as though a number of US (and potentially, world) policies are likely to change for the worse over the course of the next year. However, it’s also worth pointing out that a number of good things have happened (or become noticeable) this year:

* USB C became popular (though it was approved in 2014)
* Apple (semi-)successfully refused to provide assistance unlocking a targeted iPhone 5C (and, according to them, does not have the ability to provide such assistance on newer devices)
* The United States has begun to normalize its relationship with Cuba
* The Dow Jones Industrial Average has hit yet another all-time high

And of course there were many other “regular” good events. I’m sure I’m forgetting many major events, too.

Despite this, things could always be better. My plan for the coming year – and I’d encourage others to do similarly – is to find more areas where I can help make positive changes, and push to make those changes. Be they individuals or organizations who simply need a bit of support, or entirely new projects, the coming year promises to be one where many important things will be decided (as with every year, of course), and it’s important to remember that simply sitting on the side (or Twitter, or Facebook, or etc.) and wishing for things to be better is insufficient.

And with that, I’ll leave you with a link to the seasonal Darlene Love cover of A Marshmallow World.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
Andy Schmitz

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