This year I learned:

  1. Anything can be listed and enumerated.
  2. Possibilities are out there. Good ones, too.
  3. The internet is driving linguistic change more rapidly and usefully than many would have predicted, or admit.
  4. Facebook is not the wonder it was a couple of years ago. That’s not entirely or even mostly Facebook’s fault.
  5. Kale can be made edible. (But still, people, enough with the kale.)
  6. Too often, people who want to make the world (or just San Francisco) better wreck their cause by shaming potential allies for having the audacity to not be downtrodden themselves.
  7. A really good movie can be made with Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and a ton of money. (Meanwhile, my theory that good 3-D filmmaking would require abandoning rapid-fire cutting and embracing the long take proved seat-grippingly true.)
  8. Even if you level up from domestic partnership to legal wedlock mainly just for financial convenience and because you finally fucking can, it turns out that full-fledged marriage makes your partnership richer and more wonderful on a daily basis.
  9. The North American hair-salon industry is in crisis, and only one Vulcan woman can rescue it.
  10. Even desired change is scary, but that doesn’t mean it’s not necessary.

And so, on to 2014.