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March 17, 2008

happy anniversary sports racers!

let's catch up :: tell me about something you did in the last year that you are proud of.

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I passed my oral qualifying exam and now I'm officially a PhD candidate!

Posted by: Ben at March 17, 2008 9:15 AM

I finally moved to NYC and got a job here. I've been wanting to live here since I graduated college in '05. It's been a big change, bigger than I could've imagined. It feels good to be in a bigger pond.

Posted by: Justin Dickinson at March 17, 2008 9:15 AM

I got knocked up!

Posted by: Lala at March 17, 2008 9:33 AM

I planned, prepared, and started to walk from Iowa City, IA to Key West, FL. I did not make it far, but I am proud nonetheless.

Posted by: Jordan at March 17, 2008 9:37 AM

I started to actually look after myself, passed my driving test on the *cough* 6th attempt and mended some broken friendships.

Posted by: Emily at March 17, 2008 9:43 AM

I spent a month with my parents [both are terminal, time is precious], turned a contract job at Facebook into a full-time one, found a wonderful friend, and wore my 'I love little duckies' and 'Thinking so you don't have to' shirts with pride.

Posted by: tiredcynic at March 17, 2008 9:47 AM

I sat around in my bathrobe - blogged a bit - almost finished some scripts - and helped my son grow up a little more than me. Life is good.

Posted by: Robbo at March 17, 2008 9:51 AM

i finally composed & recorded some things on the piano and put them online: http://icecreamisnicecream.com/files/This%20song%20needs%20a%20name.mp3

it's not that it it's great... (i'm *really* out of practice) it was just about putting something out there... i was shaking when i uploaded.

Posted by: ingrid at March 17, 2008 9:53 AM

Went into business for myself full time.

Posted by: Sue Murphy at March 17, 2008 9:55 AM

I adopted another rescue dog... this one is significantly more damaged than my other one (we're sure he was abused - alot). He's now responding to us, trusting us, and we recently graduated from basic obedience class! What a dog!

Posted by: Dezann at March 17, 2008 10:01 AM

I got two of my poems published in a magazine and decided to stop wavering between two career options and commit to finishing my education in writing.

Posted by: hannah at March 17, 2008 10:07 AM

I let go of the love of my life and decided I might almost be ready to move on.

Posted by: Steph at March 17, 2008 10:08 AM

Made the leap and took a new job as an InfoCommons librarian AND I finished my first novella in November! Wheeeee! Although I wasn't able to interview in my SR t-shirt, I DID write the story while being all warm & snuggled up in my SR hoodie! ;D I CAN'T believe it's already been a full year! Happy, Happy, Happy Anniversary Ze! THANKS so much for believing in all of us! :D

Posted by: stacey at March 17, 2008 10:18 AM

I made a list of all of the friends I wanted to keep up with. This was to be a visual reminder of how long it's been since I'd talked with these people so I could call them if it's been more than a few months. At this stage in my life if I don't make an effort to keep up the relationships they will just become acquaintances.

Did similar things with the family except just tried to really genuinely communicate with them all. It takes a lot of effort yo.

Posted by: CaptainDave at March 17, 2008 10:20 AM

I worked really hard so that my company becomes the first Apple Premium Reseller in Latin America. We're opeing in a few weeks!

Posted by: Gustavo at March 17, 2008 10:28 AM

I bought a house, got promoted, and took the trip to Australia I'd been planning for 6+ years! (See my site for pics!)

Posted by: Kevin Miller at March 17, 2008 10:32 AM

I made thousands the quick and easy way with Online Poker (TM)!

Posted by: La Chevre! at March 17, 2008 10:37 AM


Posted by: AJ Cann at March 17, 2008 10:43 AM

Discovered I don't suck at being a dad. Took lots of kickass photos that I'm still too insecure to share with anyone. Just didn't worry about shit as much.

Posted by: Derek at March 17, 2008 10:45 AM

I survived another year of "night school". This time next year I will be a college gradumate, and it will only have taken me 20 years to do it! Sports Racers have played a large role in keeping me upbeat and sane this past year. Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: grace fell at March 17, 2008 10:47 AM

I started thinking again.

Posted by: JM at March 17, 2008 10:48 AM

I paid off my debt to a friend.

Posted by: Rachael at March 17, 2008 10:54 AM

i jumped out of an airplane.

Posted by: bee at March 17, 2008 10:58 AM

I sleep macho now. I've also just recently decided to make some major changes in my life, hopefully for the better. It's not so much the action of changing things that I'm proud of, it's that I finally mustered up enough courage to do it.

Posted by: sebastian at March 17, 2008 11:07 AM

I moved to Prague! (and have discovered a whole new breed of street chicken!)

Posted by: Jen Fry at March 17, 2008 11:08 AM

I finally got someone to take a chance on me to copyedit a cookbook (for 20+ years I've done mostly college textbooks and some other academic and/or corporate stuff). I'm expecting the package to arrive today; I can't wait because I love editing and I love cooking. Wheeee!

Posted by: Karen at March 17, 2008 11:08 AM

I made great strides in figuring out my career path and actually got my professional portfolio up.

Also haven't missed a single Hawaiian Shirt Friday and have launched hsfriday.com (success pending).

Posted by: n0s0ap at March 17, 2008 11:09 AM

I quit my job and went indie.

Posted by: Chris at March 17, 2008 11:09 AM

I moved back to London, had fun in my career, started doing speaking gigs and started a new blog. that's enough for me!

Posted by: Rachel Clarke at March 17, 2008 11:11 AM

My wife and I had another beautiful daughter, we launched a new company and I got to shake the Dalai Lama's hand.

Posted by: RareBlueMonkey at March 17, 2008 11:12 AM

I started making a daily video show. Thanks for inspiration.

Posted by: Jim Kukral at March 17, 2008 11:12 AM

Spent a lot of time with the kids traveling, switched from Acquisitions to Special Projects to IT, bought a new guitar finally, and figured out the other shoe needn't drop. Happy Anniversary, Ze!!

Posted by: Espressojunky at March 17, 2008 11:13 AM

I made the jump and moved from a nonprofit that I love, but where I'd stopped learning, to the wild world of startups where I'm learning every day.

Posted by: Eric Skiff at March 17, 2008 11:13 AM

Launched a website design that I'm proud of.

Posted by: Laura at March 17, 2008 11:16 AM

I finished my MSc, passed my driving test, got a new and better job, spent 6 weeks in California, got married, and spent a month in France.

Phew. How the hell am I going to follow that up?

Posted by: Thomas David Baker at March 17, 2008 11:18 AM

I moved to San Francisco and got into college. I'll have a degree in history and maybe music in a couple of semesters. I tried making a vlog, but I found out I wasn't really that good at unscripted ranting. I started a blog instead.

Posted by: pillows de radio at March 17, 2008 11:19 AM

I got to meet you! At that wonderful party with Larry and Marian from Burningman.
Great to follow your tweets.


Posted by: Leslie Bocskor at March 17, 2008 11:19 AM

i ran my 1st half marathon yesterday with my best pace ever and 9 days ago i had walking pneumonia. happy anniversary!

Posted by: arugala at March 17, 2008 11:20 AM

Much like Mr. Skiff, I left a nonprofit I loved, and started getting my career under control. And I played a bunch of video games I loved, and read a few great books.

Posted by: Jason at March 17, 2008 11:22 AM

I moved to Brooklyn, got a sweet job, danced a bunch, made new friends.

Posted by: Kroosh at March 17, 2008 11:27 AM

Finished something that was hard because it was so easy.

Started a business.

Decided what to increase, what to decrease, and what to maintain.

Posted by: Brian at March 17, 2008 11:31 AM

Made the finals in a calendar cartoon contest for the Union of Concerned Scientists (I got February) and met Garry Trudeau. Produced a lot of work for a to-be-self-published 'zine of Nordic ski cartoons (Yeah, BIG market there). The 'zine keeps growing before it has even been produced, so maybe have several issues already. Turned my coworker at the touring center into a cartoonist as well. What have I done?!

Also writing writing writing and drawing drawing drawing. Do. Be. Do.

Posted by: cafiend at March 17, 2008 11:41 AM

I've been happily married for exactly one year.

Posted by: mick at March 17, 2008 11:41 AM

Got married.

Posted by: Arlo at March 17, 2008 11:41 AM

I have established myself successfully as a full time freelance web developer. I also have taken a lot of photos, and I think that they have gotten noticeably better through a year of practice.

Posted by: Mike at March 17, 2008 11:41 AM

I moved into a house with my girlfriend and her 4 year old, grew up a little more (still working on it), made salsa, grew my business a little, went into more debt for "the dream", spent time with great friends and laughed!

Posted by: Chris Baker at March 17, 2008 11:43 AM

I graduated college, moved to DC, and got a real job. Happy anniversary, and we miss you!

Posted by: gesture at March 17, 2008 11:43 AM

!) Am so close to finishing the novel I've started to shop it around. Rejection letters, here I come!

2) Started planning a move to Asheville, NC and away from all this snow in NH

3) Started getting some nice recognition as a pro blogger in tech

4) Continued online friendships with favorite duckies, though I sadly had to miss QCon


Posted by: leslie at March 17, 2008 11:45 AM

I also left the employ of a nonprofit, though my leave-taking was more involuntary than Jason and Eric, as I was laid off after a Board of Directors shake up. Now, instead of jumping at the first job that came along, I am continuing voiceover training (I just recorded my demo, which is AWESOME), as well as working for a local film festival and theater company. I'm proud that I haven't let fear rule me in these areas, and that I am following my dream!.

Happy Anniversary, Ze! And many more! I miss the Org, but hope all your new adventures are fun and keep ya fulfilled.

Posted by: birdhaus at March 17, 2008 11:49 AM

I got into citizen journalism in a big way, covered the Iowa Caucuses with live streaming web video, did some work for the Biden campaign (sniffle), and got hired as the Georgia correspondent for MTV's Choose or Lose Street Team '08!

But I still haven't finished my dissertation. :-(

Posted by: shelbinator at March 17, 2008 11:50 AM

I finally got around to writing a screenplay, something I'd been thinking about for a long, long time. My first effort is a semi-finalist (still waiting to hear if I'm through to the final), but most importantly I figured out that writing is what I really, really want to do. Full steam ahead!

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: dwlt at March 17, 2008 11:50 AM

I worked in public broadcasting, started video blogging about cooking, became obsessed with fractal cauliflower, and gave a lot of clothes to goodwill. happy anniversary :)

Posted by: Kristen at March 17, 2008 11:51 AM

I'm doing what I love, communicating science and making it fun at Slooh.com - about to open a new observatory in Chile! We also got a new puppy, Olive. She likes to eat money. And I got a messed up neck disc replaced with titanium - feel bionic and awesome now.

I miss "dirty science" !

Posted by: Tierney at March 17, 2008 11:51 AM

I showed more integrity than my former employer and quit.

Posted by: Gifa at March 17, 2008 11:53 AM

I started my freshman year of college. I began to enjoy jalapeños. I still don't know what I'm going to do with my life.

Posted by: Alex Klein at March 17, 2008 11:53 AM

I got into Uni and I'm already almost done first year! How did that happen so fast? I watched the whole show again :D

Posted by: Annabelle at March 17, 2008 11:56 AM

I proposed to my girlfriend of 5 years, quit Google and joined a tiny startup company: friendfeed.com. Our passion for the little little duckies goes on though, as you can see on the FriendFeed home page! We miss you, Ze.

Posted by: Kevin Fox at March 17, 2008 11:59 AM

I was sworn in as a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois.

Also, I am now working full time in a place that I think is a real, long-term job for me. Doing web design and development, not attorney-ing, but that was the plan all along...

Posted by: Laurie at March 17, 2008 12:06 PM

I finished my masters degree and got a job that lets me read all day and watch the squirrels outside my window. Then I started drawing again, putting something out there every day -- a lesson The Show taught me, actually. Happy anniversary :)

Posted by: Liana at March 17, 2008 12:08 PM

Reconstructed myself.

Posted by: Alexandre Enkerli at March 17, 2008 12:12 PM

Finally launched recordinghacks.com (audio recording blog and microphone-data search engine). I miss The Show.

Posted by: matt at March 17, 2008 12:19 PM

I quit my corporate gig and planned a trip to the other side of the world.
After seeing your video from SXSW, I went and found 'euripides' last night.

Posted by: Kevin at March 17, 2008 12:19 PM

I finished my MSc in computing science - I worked on a poker-playing program called Polaris that competed against two poker pros. I'm still discovering the sights and sounds of my research-area-city, and I might stay there a little longer for a PhD.

Happy anniversary!

Posted by: Mike at March 17, 2008 12:25 PM

i got married in august, honeymoon in ireland, received 3 raises at my current job..

i think i have some work to do this year.

Posted by: ronji at March 17, 2008 12:28 PM

Hmmm. I moved back to my old neighborhood into a HUGE apartment... so now I have a studio. I've started a painting series, sold some of my work and headed back to school to update my graphic design skills! I realized not long ago that I'd be happiest running my own business, so now I'm on my way to doing that. woohoo! Happy Anniversary Ze!

Posted by: KerriD at March 17, 2008 12:35 PM

I left school, after stealing my maths teachers car. And parked it for her....in a river.....

But apart from that i helped out a few friends money wise and found out alot about myself.

Posted by: RightHandGenius at March 17, 2008 12:36 PM

I started a video production company, shot a feature length documentary in England and a bunch of different docu-reality tv shows all over the world.

Posted by: Anton at March 17, 2008 12:38 PM

I successfully defended an MA that, in part, talked about Sports Racers.

Posted by: Darren James Harkness at March 17, 2008 12:38 PM

I got an offer from Oxford (which is very cool) and got rejected from MIT (which sucks).

Posted by: mck at March 17, 2008 12:39 PM

i actually made romance not my number one priority.

Posted by: mae at March 17, 2008 12:43 PM

Got engaged, graduated, got an apartment in Cambridge. Started a job as a biology research tech for MIT. Paying rent and making great progress on my student loans. Finally moving from zero to one on an animation project.

Posted by: Aaron Golas at March 17, 2008 12:44 PM

Showed up to the Naval Academy. For some reason, I'm still here.

Posted by: Pat at March 17, 2008 12:53 PM

I finally got up the nerve to break-up with my abusive partner of 19 years, and my whole life has changed! I am moving out of state and starting a brand new life with a new significant other, and I am the happiest I've ever been in my life!

Posted by: Queenbeenan at March 17, 2008 12:58 PM

Stopped putting up with "friends" taking me for granted. It has simplified my life and made me stronger.

Posted by: hoop at March 17, 2008 1:07 PM

Real accomplishments:

My 17 year old just got his license, and I get to pay for his insurance.

My oldest son is finishing up his BS in Physical Chemistry, is doing some important research and is now starting to work on his Ph.D and I get to pay for his college.

My youngest (15 years old) is going to go to a special John Hopkins program for topflight students, and I get to pay for that.

My wife visited her sister after years of estrangement, and I got to pay for her trip.

If I didn't live vicariously, I'd have no life at all.

Posted by: David at March 17, 2008 1:14 PM

I finally got caught up on long-standing projects. Proud of that?...Not really. I'm proud of my daughter - 4 years old - here's a video of her from some time back - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTKWKi403WA - The last year brought to her a large tumor in her throat. It took a long time to deal with and took a lot out of her. It was finally removed, she is healthy, doing well, and saw it through like a real trooper. I am proud of her.

Posted by: MrPresident at March 17, 2008 1:18 PM

i left my job and started a masters of information with a focus on knowledge media design.

Posted by: Sean at March 17, 2008 1:19 PM

Found out that I want to major in Political Science, partly because of your show which got me interested in what's going on.

I also have been vlogging on YouTube. It's pretty fun!

Posted by: The Grandmont at March 17, 2008 1:32 PM

I learned to ride a motorcycle. I've healed many sick children. And I'm currently building a robot to mess with my cat.

I too miss "dirty science."

Posted by: Brooks at March 17, 2008 1:35 PM

I bought a house together with my girl, switched from a pc to a mac, I stopped smoking, discovered Porcupine Tree and I stopped taking shit from people.

Posted by: Alex at March 17, 2008 1:38 PM


quit smoking.

volunteered at the sundance film festival.

had another feature story published.

Posted by: beenit at March 17, 2008 1:40 PM

I sold my house, bought a car, and hit the road. Currently in the south west, searching for the meaning of life.

I prefer not to think of this as a mid-life crisis, but as my soul shaking off the slumber induced by doing what I was told to do, following someone else's plan for me. No longer!!

Happy Anniversary

Posted by: Susan at March 17, 2008 1:46 PM

I bought a house and gained a never ending thirst for knowledge.

Posted by: Jeremy at March 17, 2008 1:46 PM

I completed one project a week for 52 weeks!

Posted by: Thomas at March 17, 2008 1:48 PM

I recorded *a lot* of my own music and played piano for my friends' wedding.

Posted by: Robin at March 17, 2008 1:49 PM

I bought a good digital camera and started really learning photography.

Posted by: Ed Maurer at March 17, 2008 1:49 PM

I got a promotion, started planning my wedding, and made my first full-length 3D animation. Life is good.

Posted by: Steve at March 17, 2008 1:53 PM

I'm currently switching majors in college and trying to decide what it is I want to do with the rest of my life. Deciding one day what it is when you grow up is a lot harder when you have grown up and your out of time. Hope all is well Ze.

Posted by: Logan at March 17, 2008 2:04 PM

I participated in my first amateur ballroom dance competition and became the "official" photographer of our dance studio to boot.

Posted by: Viola Zuppa at March 17, 2008 2:09 PM

I graduated Summa cum laude, got into grad school, wrote an agent based modeling program, and continued to be a successful dad, as measured by having a generally happy and healthy 21 month old and still being married.

Posted by: Gus at March 17, 2008 2:09 PM

I "bust my cycle" and moved home to New Orleans.

Posted by: Matt at March 17, 2008 2:16 PM

Became a Nobel Laureate, got to go to Norway! Won an Oscar, working on some more Power Points presentations now. Thinkin’ about helping the poor and impoverished. Umm, let’s see… oh! Decided not to run for US president, not endorsing anyone presently. Read the bible every day, up-date my Wiki and thinkin' about all you Sports Car Racers. Good Luck!

Posted by: Al at March 17, 2008 2:22 PM

I traveled around the world in 18 days, seeing Israel, Jordan, the UAE, India, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand. Performed a solo flight in a helicopter. Saw the Iditarod in Alaska. Got my Rescue Diver scuba certification. Tangoed in Buenos Aires. Made my company four times more successful. Hooked up with a friend in Vegas. Fell in love. Composed music, read good books, moved in with my best friend to a mansion full of NASA engineers, hosted a dozen parties.

Posted by: David Weekly at March 17, 2008 2:28 PM

Happy anniversary, Ze.

I unloaded some nostalgic nonsense in exchange for cash, saved up the fund needed an finally made the switch to using a macbookpro as my primary computer and have used that as inspiration to delve into new areas of learning and nerding. Next up - a digital video camera.... the world trembles.

All the exciting new technology has got me on the road to upgrading and bettering my career as well. that is this year's big project.


Posted by: Macross at March 17, 2008 2:42 PM

I podcasted my first novel, wrote another novel, moved onto my sailboat, started a video project, left my day job & began my life as a full-time sailor/traveler.

Posted by: darusha at March 17, 2008 2:49 PM

I finally stopped crying over the end of The Show...
oh wait... never... nevermind!

Posted by: chris Lawson at March 17, 2008 2:49 PM

I traded in a cewebrity job for work in a non-profit dedicated to improving the state of K-12 education in this country. And I took up the cello in the spare time I've gained with a shorter commute.

Posted by: Kelsey at March 17, 2008 2:59 PM

I practiced saying YES more

Posted by: jennifershall at March 17, 2008 3:05 PM

Got knocked up ... with triplets! Go ovaries!

Posted by: Michele at March 17, 2008 3:32 PM

I found you.

Posted by: The Monkey Knows No Bounds at March 17, 2008 3:36 PM

Finished my B.A. and quit smoking--two things I thought I'd never do.

Posted by: tinkertoy at March 17, 2008 3:37 PM

We had another baby. I guess we're a *real* family now!

Posted by: daniel at March 17, 2008 3:38 PM

I started that blog that is linked to my name. I started http://1000papercranetattoos.blogspot.com I passed the first portion and took the final portion of my national certification test for ASL interpreting.I supported my spiritual community in a move to owning a new space.I increased my work load, happily.I made many new friends.I took part in several fantastically ridiculous youtube flicks.I missed Ze and the ORG and The Show.I exchanged numerous duckies with my closest friend and fellow Zehead.

Posted by: Darren at March 17, 2008 3:42 PM

I moved to Berlin, Germany and found a job.

Posted by: elisabeth at March 17, 2008 3:44 PM

I learned how to play the guitar by playing Jonathan's covers of your songs.
Also, I found love.

Posted by: Rabid_Marmot at March 17, 2008 3:47 PM

I remembered that I am alive.

Posted by: scottobear at March 17, 2008 3:53 PM

Getting work in AMOCA, without a MFA. Connecting with artists all over the world, and realizing my inspiration comes from so many directions. Just trying to keep the brain fresh and the heart new..cheers and salute' ze..and thanks for sharing.

Posted by: nancy pene at March 17, 2008 4:01 PM

I have discovered the joys of using a 40-year-old manual camera which my wife gave to me. Who knew I could contribute to the visual arts?

Posted by: Daniel at March 17, 2008 4:18 PM

I did this show. Inspired in some measure by you.


Posted by: Jason at March 17, 2008 4:22 PM

I started a webcomic. It needs real 'home'.

Posted by: Furrama at March 17, 2008 4:28 PM

Happy A Ze,

Lessee...I moved from the North Pole to Az, mended my heart some, got a beautiful new crib, played a key role in building and opening a $5 million conference center. Just flew my youngest down to Phx for a fun-filled week, took her to the Grand Canyon. Playing lots of zic. Keepin' the faith. Lovin' everybody.

Posted by: Keez at March 17, 2008 4:29 PM

found this site, won some design competitions, lost my v card

Posted by: rocco at March 17, 2008 4:42 PM

Realized that I was on the way to becoming one of those teachers who just goes through the motions. Decided that wasn't good for me or my students, so busted that cycle and went back to work as an environmental scientist.

Posted by: Heath at March 17, 2008 4:43 PM

I made a Flash game called "Oroboros" that was influenced by Ze's "Dragon for Chris":) It got played over a million times in a month.5!

Posted by: Sam Horton at March 17, 2008 4:50 PM

I spent the day putting off going to the bathroom. I then weighed myself before and after.

Posted by: jerry at March 17, 2008 4:55 PM

I stayed with a Spanish family for two weeks in Spain, read forty something books, got into colleges, and finally realized that doing interesting things is much more important than school.

Thanks, Ze.

Posted by: Glen C. at March 17, 2008 4:57 PM

I gained better time management skills, sold a lot of my possessions that had been weighing me down, and am on my way to starting my own business.

Also... I met a the most wonderful bunch of people this weekend... Sportsracers!

Posted by: consumatron at March 17, 2008 5:20 PM

got into art college. the greatest thing I've ever done!

Posted by: moira at March 17, 2008 5:33 PM

holy shit a year!?

I lived in Quebec and learned a whole new set of curse words.

Posted by: drappehsmada at March 17, 2008 5:37 PM

Started my masters in occupational therapy

Posted by: carina at March 17, 2008 5:44 PM

I Passed the Test to get an interview for the electricians union.

Posted by: Dusin at March 17, 2008 5:44 PM

Became a hard-working member of the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Posted by: Ethan at March 17, 2008 5:56 PM

Quit the job I'd been at for 10 years, started my own consulting/contracting business. Scared and happy, happy and scared. Maybe more scared than before. Definitely happier than before, though.

Still miss "The Show".

Posted by: cowboy_k at March 17, 2008 5:57 PM

I quit my job to be a full time artist.

Posted by: enchiladaplate at March 17, 2008 6:02 PM

I sold my sci-fi novella about a crippled, alcoholic Confederate veteran teaching clockwork robots to have sex! (Not lying; it'll be in the April issue of Paradox Magazine.)

Posted by: dave-o at March 17, 2008 6:04 PM

I've moved a couple times, spent an insane amount of time playing with my gorgeous niece, and had a couple shorts published.

Posted by: Cara at March 17, 2008 6:08 PM

Missed ya Ze.

Posted by: tom_bennett at March 17, 2008 6:11 PM

Back in school and successfully overcoming test anxiety :)
Happy anniversary!

Posted by: kaninchen at March 17, 2008 6:11 PM

I graduated, started the masters studies, started teaching at my faculty AND found the show with ze frank :)

Posted by: donny at March 17, 2008 6:36 PM

I reunited with a friend after seven years of being away from each other. I introduced her to the show, in which she instantly feel in love with, and gave her my favorite Sports Racer t-shirt.

and I still find myself singing, 'hindsight is 20/20'

Posted by: brandon at March 17, 2008 6:56 PM

I put together a band and we played for the first time last Thursday. The owner of the club was so happy, he is going to next book me at a much larger venue (this was only my 2nd gig at his club).

I realized that my job here on earth is to be of service. Any time I do anything that makes me come alive, and which makes me feel truly happy, I am being of service. Amazingly, this has taken my ego out of the equation almost completely. I have never been happier!!

Posted by: 415grl at March 17, 2008 7:02 PM

discovered vinyl, rediscovered Cary Grant, decided not to go to med school, read a stack of books that's been sitting in my room for years, and found a little peace

Posted by: Brittany at March 17, 2008 7:13 PM

i started & ended a show, passed sophomore year, &... wow, i didn't do much )-; .

-jay was here!

Posted by: jay aoyama at March 17, 2008 7:29 PM

I went to "The Sitcom Room," taught by noted sitcom writer Ken Levine.

Posted by: alan at March 17, 2008 7:31 PM

I found the show, and watched all of it in a weekend and it helped me get over someone I loved.
I did something I wouldn't normally do, just cause it could be fun.
I looked at some colleges.
I hated myself a little less.
I worked on being better friends with the people I already know, and making new friends with people who are just acquaintances.
I became a semi-active member of a super cool forum (the xkcd forum).
I found two new webcomics I love.
I started doing more cartoons even though I suck at them.

Thank you Ze, so much, for everything you've done to make the world a better place. Thank you to everyone who already posted, for showing how much good there can be. Happy Anniversary, and happy St.Pats.

Posted by: mrorange at March 17, 2008 7:32 PM

In an attempt to relieve "brain crack", I got involved with a school play and am currently writing a piece for a slam poetry reading. I'm still addicted, but I'm waining off. :P

Posted by: Mike at March 17, 2008 7:47 PM

- I finally got up the gumbo to take a giant risk at producing a difficult show.
- I started applying ways to improve myself, day by day (thanks alot to you)
- I learned the value of my own time.
- I was able to make more people happy than any other year before.

I'm at a crossroads with my life right now, but I just let my housemate start teaching my how to play a guitar. Cool.

Posted by: Dustin at March 17, 2008 8:11 PM

I got my M.S. and got out of school. I recovered from knee surgery and completed a difficult grade five-mile hike. And, most importantly, I learned how to play the banjo.

Posted by: Bug at March 17, 2008 8:31 PM

I finished school and now have my degree!!

Posted by: Empress Dragon at March 17, 2008 8:36 PM

turned a few of the unwashed on to the show (even though it's over) and gotten them to watch a few at least. I think still that so much of it is still worth seeing.

I bought a video camera and am trying to get re-inspired (and find the time) to do some kind of video project.

but you can still be proud, so i don't have to.


Posted by: tommy at March 17, 2008 8:41 PM

I finished my PhD, got married and finally got a real job! And I still chuckle every time I see a rubber ducky. Happy Anniversary Ze & thanks again!

Posted by: Joe at March 17, 2008 8:44 PM

I left my job to pursue some Brain Crack. Didn't get as far as I hoped with that brain crack, but it sure helped me understand my "addiction" to it, and gave me a chance look at my life in a different (I think better!) perspective.

Posted by: tass at March 17, 2008 9:00 PM

I fell in love (and since fell out again with a *lot* of chagrin). I went to my father's funeral and said goodbye. I reestablished contact with my former brother in law after his accident and consequent brain injury -- and his younger brother is in touch with me again as well, which is lovely. I had a horrible sewage flood in my basement. Read, men in hazmat suits required for cleanup. I lost almost forty pounds in weight (and bought LOTS of new clothes!) . I bike- commuted all last summer which made me feel kinda proud. I made up with my sister. I started skiing again. I thought about you some, and hoped you were doing well. So.

How 'bout yourself?

Posted by: Imagine at March 17, 2008 9:05 PM

If today counts, i got a real job. It's a suit job, but it pays out the ass (compared to restaurant/retail). WOO-HOO!

Posted by: trick at March 17, 2008 9:16 PM

I went paint ballin' in a Ze Frank hoodie.

Posted by: Olivia at March 17, 2008 9:21 PM

I left the frozen north and returned to the west coast almost exactly a year ago.
Still feel that packing boxes into a hatchback in -20 celcius = worst game of tetris ever.
I'm proud to be getting finances on track. This year I paid off half my debts.
This year I'll also work on heart and health.
Happy Anniversary Ze and the sport racers out there.

Posted by: Val at March 17, 2008 9:25 PM

Got the back end done for my video blog site. now if I can just get from zero to one...

Posted by: dylan richards at March 17, 2008 10:00 PM

I taught myself to draw, and am almost at the point where I'm willing to show my stuff to other people.

Posted by: Pseudonym at March 17, 2008 10:07 PM

I got my green belt at my dojo and became a member of the board (it's a non-profit organization). I started helping with kids classes and get beat up on about a weekly basis by people who love me.

Posted by: Corynn at March 17, 2008 10:14 PM

had a baby!

Posted by: David at March 17, 2008 10:41 PM

I fell in love and moved in with my wahini... I missed my daughter more than I thought possible... I injured myself repeatedly, but kept getting back on the boat...

Posted by: slaughts at March 17, 2008 11:54 PM

i made some sweet songs on an organ with my friends: http://www.youtube.com/user/copsandrobber.
also, i read stuff. and ate stuff. and listened to stuff.

Posted by: fatherlouis at March 18, 2008 12:03 AM

Traveled through Europe, lost a job, fell in love with creativity once again, gained a better job, and found inspiration through you.

Posted by: Court at March 18, 2008 12:16 AM

My husband and I adopted our son Kieran in an open adoption. We still keep regular contact with Kieran's birthparents and love them very much!

Posted by: reichieru at March 18, 2008 1:04 AM

In my triumph over brain crack, I became a buddhist, joined a 12-step group, lost 30 pounds, am on a school design team in CA, am training to be a pastry chef and may soon be a librarian. Question is, what did I not do?

Love your way...

Posted by: Megan64 at March 18, 2008 2:01 AM

I discovered zefrank.com and watched the video blog archive.

Thanks for kicking ass, Ze! You're awesome!

Posted by: Erica at March 18, 2008 2:20 AM

I rebooted a couple parts of my life, met a lot of really cool people, rediscovered art, fell in love, did some cool stuff, started postorg.org

And just got home from having spent an extremely awesome weekend in chicago with a group of sportsracers whose vectors I might not have intersected otherwise.


Posted by: transiit at March 18, 2008 2:57 AM

I made a heap of friends that I care deeply for. I broke free of many of the chains of self-hatred, self-doubt, and general insecurities. I started to learn guitar. I quit smoking. I started exercising. I had a dramatic (positive) shift in how I viewed relationships. I grew my hair out. I missed your humor.

Posted by: Drake at March 18, 2008 3:38 AM

Decided that independent research was too lonely... I'm now inventing Secret Things at Apple.

I miss your show and your forums. I hope you're heading toward the great things you deserve.

Posted by: worrydream at March 18, 2008 4:07 AM

Started talking dirty so you don't have to.

Posted by: Twittilate at March 18, 2008 5:24 AM

I've started to learn photography and got a new girlfriend and somehow get "straight" with my own life.

Posted by: kroopson at March 18, 2008 7:23 AM

I got through one more year of college. I learned how to do a back flip. I planted some things.

Posted by: George at March 18, 2008 7:30 AM

I'm making something every day during Lent! It's such a challenge... but it's forcing me to be creative, and it's great!

Posted by: Chrissy at March 18, 2008 8:04 AM

I'm making something every day during Lent! It's such a challenge... but it's forcing me to be creative, and it's great!

Posted by: Chrissy at March 18, 2008 8:04 AM

Resigned as leader of my spiritual raver cult. Commissioned a self-portrait from a good friend that turned out lovely. Adopted a ferociously fabulous kitten. Tortured her daily. Reorganized every single book, cd, dvd and vhs tape in my apartment. Fell even more in love with my sweetie. Broke my bed. Twice.

Posted by: carrie at March 18, 2008 8:59 AM

I got married, and launched the collaborative haiku site that I'd been working on for a LONG time:


Posted by: tommusic at March 18, 2008 10:22 AM

After six months of gradually getting my act together, I finally started work on an exciting project...exciting as in terrifying because I'm almost entirely certain that it's impossible, but also exciting in that, if do I succeed, this project could be a positive force in the world. "The Show" taught me, among a wealth of other things, that it is far better to let your runty, malformed creations run free and alive in the world of reality than it is to hold on to them as perfect ideas, trapped in your mind forever.
Wow, duckies! What a year! Congratulations on your many accomplishments. Health and success to everyone!

Posted by: Diana B. at March 18, 2008 10:26 AM

i failed miserably at trying to make a living from web video advertising, was creatively suppressed by my viewers every time i tried to do anything outside the box, tried to start a new video series that proved to be too ambitious and since i decided to move to kentucky of all places i have few resources to revamp it, especially because apple doesn't want anyone to develop on the iphone. i came up with an awesome brewpub business idea specifically for her, but my girlfriend for whom i moved to kentucky is too inside-the-box to see its potential and invest any time or money into it. i joined a graduate program at the university of kentucky only to encounter a professor who gave midterm exam question answers out to the class for his multiple choice online exam, and i'm this close to starting a letter writing campaign to get the department stripped of its accreditation. i solved the black hole information loss paradox using feynman's quantum mechanics but physics is too closed minded for me to justify putting the effort into writing it up formally. i drove the whole way to central ohio to canvas for obama only to have my car not start at the hotel once i got there. it's been a long time coming, but i think i'm about to take some drastic steps to get some forward momentum in my life.

Posted by: josh at March 18, 2008 12:00 PM

I published a book: http://tinyurl.com/2s7mum.

Also I sleep macho.

Posted by: James at March 18, 2008 12:40 PM

I scooped lots of cat poop all last year!

Posted by: Evil Homer at March 18, 2008 12:57 PM

I met my best friend and fell back in love with music.

Posted by: Kelzor at March 18, 2008 1:27 PM

I applied to and was accepted into teachers college.

Posted by: McPat at March 18, 2008 3:15 PM

I taught myself how to play the guitar, started ciruit-bending, changed jobs, moved across the country and started going to the gym. But most of all, I can do pull-ups!

Posted by: Ramon Omar at March 18, 2008 4:22 PM

I went part time at work and so did my wife and now our kids aren't in child care anymore. (Not that there's anything wrong with child care. It's just something we're happy about.)

Posted by: nick at March 18, 2008 4:35 PM

my wife got a new job, i got a new job, our church fell apart, i stopped blogging, we started going to a new church, i'm learned a lot about God, my son started preschool, my daughter started kindergarten, i'm all gtd now, and i love my wife more than ever.

Posted by: nstryker at March 18, 2008 4:36 PM

I graduated highschool and started college.

Posted by: Matt at March 18, 2008 4:36 PM

I got a promotion. And then the hugest bonus I have ever received. My savings account doubled!!!!!

Posted by: Runamuck at March 18, 2008 4:49 PM

Working at my startup, raising my dog, and remodeling my kitchen. The kitchen is done, the dog behaves beautifully, and, well, it's still very much a startup. Two out of three ain't bad!

Posted by: Dan at March 18, 2008 4:51 PM

I started learning to deal with difficult people at work. I'm still learning that one.

At the same time, I'm still trying to remind myself that I'm allowed to be, and capable of being, creative, generative, and adaptive.

Jeez, I sound like a shrink.

Posted by: Eddie at March 18, 2008 5:13 PM

went from polar expeditions to leading an Internet revolution (albeit one that's only just got started)

Miss the show!

Posted by: Tony at March 18, 2008 6:00 PM

I lost 20 pounds, realized I was unhappy, ran a 10k run, went to a video game convention with someone I met through this site, discovered I could be happy with myself and be single, got my purple belt in karate, fell in love with an old friend, was The Big Bad Wolf in a play for a month, and finally stopped waiting for inspiration and motivation to move me forward in live, and started to move myself.

Thank you Ze, for The Show. It still means a lot to me. Happy anniversary.

Posted by: Jaime at March 18, 2008 6:22 PM

i set the date to defend my phd (may 15th.... eek!).

and the best part.... i got a job where i actually use all my years of schooling knowledge!!! this fall i'm moving to the UK to continue my research of galaxy evolution and to share astronomy with the masses thru many public outreach programs and visits to classrooms :)

so ze and all you sports racers... any info on moving to and living in england is very much appreciated!

Posted by: astropixie at March 18, 2008 6:37 PM

i got married for the second time, got my license for the first time, and moved out of my home city after 16 years there. also got over a yucky disease through a horrible treatment and then surgery. and...had three jobs.

Posted by: LoozyJones at March 18, 2008 7:55 PM

I ate snails and frogs legs in Paris :P

Posted by: Gen at March 18, 2008 9:37 PM

I decided to reinvent myself and go outside my boundaries and even though i don't like a lot of the changes that I've made it's still a work in progress. I've also applied and been accepted to college and tonight i think i lost one of the cats I'm house sitting for.

But it's all good.

Posted by: Kravlin at March 18, 2008 10:44 PM

I've connected more to friends & family AND strengthened a great relationship with my boyfriend AND made a happy home together AND helped make cool things for libraries.

Posted by: Dinah at March 18, 2008 10:51 PM

Moved out of college and back to Portland. Moved into an awesome house with my brother and a laundry chute. Sort of finished college.

Posted by: Zach at March 18, 2008 11:55 PM

I found the show and started college!

Posted by: Eric at March 19, 2008 12:34 AM

i went through the song and dance of not being in love with anyone. which in and of itself make you kinda hot for yourself.

Posted by: d at March 19, 2008 12:43 AM

Well I started up a vlog, and threw it up onto YouTube. Sadly I also included tiny clips of me while being on television shows on G4TV, which had me slapped with copyright infringement. That means when I applied to be a YouTube partner, they turned me down because of it. Now I will never have a chance of being their partners. :(

If you think that sucks… Email webmaster@g4tv.com and tell them that. If not… Well... Still have an awesome year!

Posted by: Gordon at March 19, 2008 12:53 AM

i fell in love.

Posted by: Brigitta at March 19, 2008 1:33 AM

A very small first step: I finally admitted to myself that either I make enormous changes in my life, or else it will pass me by. Now, the planning starts.

Posted by: Spook at March 19, 2008 9:51 AM

I got my Master's degree, got a real job in Boston, and registered for my first half ironman triathlon this summer.

Posted by: Jamie Bull at March 19, 2008 2:15 PM

I wandered around San Francisco taking photographs of interesting fire hydrants. And I stopped riding my bicycle, as the injuries just became too traumatic and expensive.

Posted by: Damien at March 19, 2008 2:19 PM

I started off the year strong and full of energy which I used to bring a few of my ideas into fruition. More recently I have slipped back into ideation and procrastination rather than creation. I use recent excessive workload as an excuse but I know it's just an excuse - I just need to get back on the [metaphor].

Posted by: rumoko at March 19, 2008 6:15 PM

I quit my really crappy job for a normally crappy job, started going back to school, and best of all joined a band as a bass player. We're almost ready for live gigs!

Posted by: KeviKevCornbread at March 19, 2008 6:59 PM

I found a band, wrote some songs and recorded an EP. I'm playing music and loving it for the first time in years!

I hung out with a bunch of folks on a video wall via ustream.

I helped take photos of a slug on the Brooklyn Bridge.

I craved donuts and ate cupcakes.

Posted by: Chuck M at March 20, 2008 12:26 AM

I found a job I enjoy a lot!

Posted by: dan at March 20, 2008 1:06 AM

I got made redundant, re-hired, moved to San Francisco, got made redundant, and got re-hired again.

Posted by: Laurie at March 20, 2008 1:21 AM

I moved into an intentional community and graduated college.

Posted by: typo180 at March 20, 2008 1:48 AM

In the past year, I have:

- Started a cooking vlog which is still going strong, if not updated quite as frequently as I'd like.

- Completed five records under the moniker of The Hybiscus Journals ranging from synthpop to experimental to ambient music. Not sure what's next there, but I think it will be analogue and awesome.

None of this would have happened without the influence of you and your community. Thank you.

Posted by: thorn at March 20, 2008 2:42 AM

I took a photo of myself everyday.

The photo set is here: http://flickr.com/photos/clintus/sets/72157594582835050

And the video is here: http://www.idoitdigital.com/2008/01/01/365-2007

Posted by: Clintus McGintus at March 20, 2008 11:03 AM

I had a beautiful baby girl - best accomplishment of my life!

Posted by: McAngeOK at March 20, 2008 12:08 PM

I made two best friends and got onto the varsity tennis team (yet lost every set)!

Posted by: Danielle at March 20, 2008 5:32 PM

I've done several things in the past year that I'm proud of.

I finally got my PsyD after 5 years of graduate education.

I finished my dissertation and got it published.

I got a job in NYC something I always dreamed. I once thought I would be here as an actress, but I'm working at NYU Medical Center as a researcher, psychologist, and Adjunct Professor.

And I'm getting married in two months!

Posted by: amylynnpsyd at March 20, 2008 11:00 PM


Proud is relative to state of mind. Cheers! And a year later we're still raising them to you man. Hell of a lot better than the average American attention span eh? You gots the stuff.

Posted by: boo at March 21, 2008 12:00 AM

Congratulations, lala!!

I discovered 5 fundamental things that make me happy, and that happiness takes discipline.

Got into the graduate schools of my choice, only to decide that I did not want to go to them.

Thanks for all of the inspiration, guys.

Posted by: habile b at March 21, 2008 12:22 AM

watched my single friends become married friends one at a time. ate cake. rode the el. traveled. drew pictures of monsters. spent my birthday at the city of chicago impound lot. moved. got a new job. found happiness in the one place i never thought i would.

Posted by: addam at March 22, 2008 12:08 AM

I really had to think about this one for a while. This year has been full of changes, but I think I'm most proud of finally feeling like I've changed my overall attitude about my life - I'm happy with who I am, who I was, and who I am becoming. It was hard work, and I'm proud of it.

Posted by: JennyLee at March 22, 2008 3:56 PM

I got fired from no less than three jobs, and decided to go back to school to try something new. The results so far can be seen at http://youtube.com/nuclearbastard. More to come from http://nuclearbastard.livejournal.com/62771.html

Posted by: Nuclear Bastard at March 23, 2008 4:55 PM

I finally upgraded my website.

Posted by: Spamboy at March 23, 2008 6:34 PM

Hi left my teaching job of ten years to work at a democratic alternative school where students have the freedom to explore their own academic interests and have a real say in the matter.

Plus, I bought a ukulele and learned to play it.

Posted by: Mike at March 24, 2008 8:02 AM

I finished my masters in HCI, got married a girl much hotter than me (score!), and after years of software development jobs I'm finally getting to do what I love--design & code.

Posted by: Justin at March 25, 2008 1:12 PM

I adopted two wonderfully evil kitties and broke up with the nicest boy in the world but who wasn't the boy for me.

Posted by: bethann at April 6, 2008 5:05 PM

I decided that it's time for me to stop pretending that my legs are longer than they really are, a self deception which results in a really long stride that causes my butt to hurt when I sleep.

So I started taking shorter steps and I feel much more comfortable when I'm walking now. I feel much more true to myself and proud of who I am, as I mince down the street.

Also my butt still hurts when I sleep.

Posted by: tom at April 29, 2008 1:39 PM

I broke up with a super snotty boy, stood on my own 2 feet, and best of all became a professional writer and a bad ass skater for the Denver Roller Dolls!

Posted by: Sara at October 30, 2008 4:00 PM

I got accepted to a good college and got a $5,000 scholarship from the school. I'm going to study Political Science and journalism. I'm going to be someone and I can feel it.

Posted by: Kat at March 17, 2009 10:32 PM

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