This will be the second year I’m using this format. I still feel a bit weird about it, but we’ll see.

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Now playing: Background noise of the airplane I’m on.

1) Was 2019 a good year for you?

Yes, stressing and eventful but good.

2) What are your strongest memories of this year?

Possibly the time I spent in Naples during the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election. In general quite a surreal time that made me realize a lot.

Also the trip to the Carpathians was nice - it’s quite a luxury to be able to disconnect so completely from what I consider ‘real life’, realize just how hyper-real it is, etc etc etc.

36C3 was okay, same level as usual I think, but the novelty effect is wearing off and it stays awesome but not ‘strongest memory of $year’-level.

3) What was your least favourite moment of the year?

I had a bit of an existential crisis right after the election, it was emotionally hard but not catastrophical. It might have definitely been a painful time, but I realized a lot and I changed a lot about my attitudes to the politics of my country and people of my country. And it was definitely a positive disintegration in the Dabrowski sense, and was the breaking moment when I stopped caring too much about politics-of-my-country in general.

I’m sure other bad stuff happened, but this might have been the easiest one to recollect.

4) Where were you when 2019 began? Who were you with?

I was in Kyiv, somewhere around the city centre, calling random people, feeling the atmosphere of people drinking and celebrating around me. That might have been one of the best New Year parties I’ve ever had.

5) Where were you when 2019 ended? Who were you with?

House of R @ KPI, after a couple of draining (both physically and socially) but fun hours. After doing four runs of a small theater act and singing songs in a number of apartments, after that attempting to grill outside (but it was raining :C), finally around the table, eating tasty food, talking, and in general pretending to be functional after very little sleep and a lot of interesting alcohol of the days before (thank you as usual, Chaos Communication Congress, this is a tradition I enjoy). It was the kind of extroverted meaningless socially draining fun that I sometimes enjoy and take some days to recover from - and this is how I like these days to be. For the opposite there’s Christmas.

6) Did you keep your new years resolution of 2019?

The last Meme of this format the new years resolutions were “unitasking and minimalism”, which did not follow the recommended format for goals (S.M.A.R.T goal setting and stuff). But subjectively I’d say I mostly did.

… were my thoughts last year about 2018. This mostly hasn’t changed. I had writted down the resolutions and promptly forgot about them and where to find them.

In general - I’m quite glad about the year as it was.

7) Do you have a new years resolution for 2019?

  • Work on Python, Java, ML as main focuses.
  • 2 good open source projects on Github
  • Anki, Meditation, DNB every day.
  • Sport at least once a week, ideally twice.

8) Did you make any new friends in 2019?

Quite possibly, but mostly understood that the contacts to the ones from years ago are still strong, regardless of which country I’m in.

9) Did you travel outside of Ukraine and Germany in 2019?

Italy and the Czech Republic as ‘real’ travel, and a 4-hours-stay in Bruxelles that was quite nice.

10) How many different oblasts did you travel to in 2019?

The usual suspects I think.

11) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2019?

I may have lost one friend, but I think it’s for the better globally.

12) What was your favorite book you read in 2019?

“Cakes and Ale”, out of the two books I read.

14) What are your strongest recommendations for entertainment from this year?

None, but 2018 should be more interesting in this regard.

I wonder why I wrote that last year. Regardless, this year has been quite strong on creepypasta and similar content, so probably the SCP readings by TheVolgun and Bedtime Stories on Youtube.

13) What was your favourite movie that you saw in 2019?

Мимино! By a very wide margin.

Otherwise the original Star Wars trilogy.

15) What was your favorite music that you heard in What song will always remind you of 2019?

Biagio Antonacci - Mio Fratello

16) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2019?

I don’t think so, though near the end of the year I had a lot of social occasions with food and drinks, and I may have drunk more alcohol socially than before.

17) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2019?


18) How many people did you date in 2019?


19) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?

I disappeared a couple of times more than I should have.

20) What was the biggest lie you told in 2019?

Nothing I can immediately recall.

21) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2019?

Can’t recall any to be honest.

22) Did you treat somebody badly in 2019?

Very hard to remember.

23) Did somebody treat you badly in 2019?

Also no. I seem to have a talent to hang out with the right people, just as I wrote last year, just as I wrote last year.

24) How much money did you spend in 2019?

Quite a lot, but most of it was okay, moving to a new apt etc etc. This year will be even worse in this regard :)

25) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2019?

Most of it was quite mild.

26) If you could go back in time and change one thing in 2019, what would it be?

Spend more time with my family and the people I actually care about. This will also change a lot this year.

It did, so this is definitely a success story. For 2019, hmmmm. Nothing global from 2019, which is a good sign. I would spend a bit more time talking to my advisor about my thesis maybe :)

I think this format will be heavily modified next year.

27) What are your plans for 2019?

Leaving this from last year:

  1. Sleep well.
    1. In bed by 2230, no phone after 2300, eyes closed by 0000 max.
    2. At least 8h of sleep.
    3. Wake up and stand up by 8.
  2. Eat well
    1. Avoid sugar.
    2. Avoid red meat and pork, in this order. Leave chicken and turkey in my diet for now, they are awesome.
    3. Everything else balanced.
  3. Sport.
    1. Gym at least 1x per week.
    2. Jogging at least 1x per week.
  4. Meditation every day, at least 10 minutes, try to get it to 30. Read some basic Buddhist texts, I should still have a lot of them on my computer. Basically get into Buddhism __and stick with it.__

Additionally, this year:

  1. Journaling. And in general have stable routines with morning pages, journaling, weekly / monthly reviews etc etc etc. Create the script for this.
  2. Professionally:
    1. Go deep into Python
    2. Go deep into Java
    3. More ML
    4. One-two good open source projects on github.

Additionally, since this seems to be important, SPEND LESS TIME ON MY PHONE.

28) What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before?

Oh, these are the good questions! Though quite hard to remember at this point. I remember thinking about this a lot of times during the year, as in “this will go in the question about things I never did before”, and that there were a lot of such moments, but suspiciously hard to remember now.

TODO for later.

29) Did anyone close to you give birth?


30) What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2019?

Job stability, less fear for my future.

31) What date from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Most probably whatever the date of the deadline for my thesis was.

32) What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Winning Mikroprozessortechnik, finishing my Bachelor thesis.

33) What was your biggest failure?


34) What was your most enjoyable purchase this year?

  • My M-TAC tactical backpack! Made my life so much better in so many different ways!

35) Whose behaviour merited celebration and whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?


36) Compared to last year, how are you different and how are you the same?

I’m a bit more mature, and I think I feel quite good about this. I don’t feel any need for surrealism, weird adventures, etc etc etc, this is exactly what I used to be afraid about (starting to live an ‘uninteresting’ life and feeling okay about it). I’m fully comfortable about this part of my personality. It’s interesting how growing up works.

I think I’m mostly unchanged otherwise.

37) Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Happier.

ii. thinner or fatter? The same 60-62kgs whatever I do or don’t do.

iii. richer or poorer? A bit richer

38) What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reading for enjoyment.

39) What do you wish you’d done less of?

Spent time in bed with my phone. (3rd year I write this)

40) How did you spend Christmas?

In Leipzig with Maria, R. and S.

41) What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 23. In the night of the birthday itself I got rid of stuff as last year (felt as awesome and freeing as the previous birthday!), spent some time thinking about who I want to be, meditated, and in general it was absolutely awesome. The birthday itself I had a nice little campfire in the middle of the campus possibly breaking some laws in the process? with the people I wanted to see, it might have been the first grilling of the year :) Ate food, talked, sung songs in X languages, played chess (ha) into the night. Possibly one of the better birthdays I’ve ever had, this may be connected to the fact that I actually made the effort to organize something.

42) What was your personal fashion concept in 2019?

Dark colours and Polo T-shirts.

43) What kept you sane?

Shabbaths and sleep.

44) Which celebrity figure impressed you the most?

none at all

45) What news story do you remember most from 2019?

None at all.

46) What’s a life lesson you learned in 2019?

Try to see people realistically. Take care of myself.

47) Quote a song lyric or poem.

Salvo l’uomo che bussa alla mia porta
Salvo l’uomo che canta alla finestra
Salvo l’uomo che scrive
Salvo l’uomo che ride
Salvo l’uomo e sarà un giorno di festa
Mai più mai più mai più mai più dolor

(Biagio Antonacci - Mio fratello)