Year One – Looking BackPosted: January 20, 2012
Legomac is approaching its first anniversary, so I thought I’d post some reflections about the year. After a couple years of avidly following tech news and interesting LEGO creations, I resolved last January to start a website and stick with it. I think I’ve accomplished that goal, although I haven’t been terribly consistent with my posting schedule. Legomac continues to be a hobby back burner of my “real life.” I guess it’s sort of the Apple TV of my daily routine. All in all, I’m satisfied with how the site has evolved in its first year and how my writing has changed in that time.
I’ve even managed to compose a few pieces that I’m fairly proud of. If you’re looking for an introduction to the site, here’s a list of my favorites this year:
Most of my LEGO posts were photos of exceptional MOCs from around the web. These usually didn’t require too much commentary, so I’ve highlighted the posts in which I was able to write to my heart’s content:
- Friends or Failures – I just got this one posted before the one year mark. I take on the critics of LEGO Friends with a tour through the murky history of LEGO’s more feminine toys.
- Red and Yellow – Two MOCs I made on LDD based on the original generation Pokémon games. 3-D representations of the main character sprites.
- Exocycle – My favorite MOC of the year, made to test out some new wheels.
- Steve Jobs looking at things – A new set on Flickr I’ve started in imitation of Kim Jong-Il’s famous site.
It was a pretty big year for Apple, and I had trouble narrowing this list down to only my favorite posts. Hopefully next year will be just as momentous, but less tragic.
- Eulogies – An extensive collection of reactions from around the web after Steve Jobs’ death.
- Steven Saves the Mac – Me reciting a poem by David Pogue.
- New iPhone Revealed!! – I had fun with this one. Every iPhone rumor I could find, mashed into one phrenetic post. I turned out to be about 50% right.
- In Defense of Mac User Intelligence – Protesting the “dumb Mac fanboy” viewpoint that is so pervasive on the web.
- Hard Times for iTunes – Sticking up for the program everyone loves to hate.
- iPod Minimalism – Why I love my iPod shuffle.
I did two rather long reviews of iOS games, as well as a Shawn Blanc-style review of my Magic Mouse.
- Russian Dancing Men: Mr. Weebl’s ridiculous new rhythm game.
- 1-bit Ninja: A re-imagining of the classic 8-bit platformer genre.
- 5 days of magic: Living with a Magic Mouse.
Some things I wrote about didn’t fit into any particular categories but still deserve to be mentioned.
- Sticky Note Aircraft: I take a certain pride in crafting exceptional tiny paper airplanes. This one is called the Ocelot, and I intend to eventually follow up with one or two more.
- Patrick Rhone’s new pencil: The most popular post all year long, as linked to by Mike Vardy and Patrick Rhone. Thanks for the hits!