2019 is here!

Photo by Erwan Hesry.

January 1, 2019

Whether you like it or not, it’s 2019!

What do I think 2019 holds? For one, the inexorable march of consumer electronics progresses. Why should I mention consumer electronics, rather than literally any other field, which will surely also move forwards through the course of this year? The main reason is that I’ve been following its developments with a half-open eye rather than no eye at all.

I imagine it’s a popular field to follow as well, with the ubiquity of smartphones and computers. Lots of people want the latest and greatest of tech, and though it pains me to say so, I do too. In particular, I’m waiting for new desktop CPU and GPU announcements, which should be coming pretty soon!

Schoolwise, since last term was my first at UWaterloo, by the end of 2019, I’ll hopefully have finished my 2A term. It seems unimaginable, what will happen between now and then: two more terms of school, and an entire term of co-op, but I guess it’ll happen as long as I stay in the program.

From what I’ve heard and experienced, I think this school will throw you at challenges whether or not you feel ready for them, and in the process, build you and your skills up whether you like it or not.

It struck me a little while ago that the year 2020 is now less than one year away. Having read my fair share of science fiction novels, I always imagined the 2020’s as the beginning of “the future”—the first decade that was appropriately far away enough to make plausible all types of closer-flung stories. Even better, 2020 has gorgeous alliteration right in its name—not just in English, but in a multitude of other languages as well, due to the first “twenty” being followed by the second so closely. “Twenty-twenty”. Say it aloud; let it hang in the air for a little.

I may be getting a little ahead of myself though, since 2019 has just barely started. Back to now: happy 2019, and may you, dear reader, have a wonderful, fulfilling, new year!

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