This year I learned:
- Anything can be listed and enumerated.
- Possibilities are out there. Good ones, too.
- The internet is driving linguistic change more rapidly and usefully than many would have predicted, or admit.
- Facebook is not the wonder it was a couple of years ago. That’s not entirely or even mostly Facebook’s fault.
- Kale can be made edible. (But still, people, enough with the kale.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- The North American hair-salon industry is in crisis, and only one Vulcan woman can rescue it.
- Even desired change is scary, but that doesn’t mean it’s not necessary.
And so, on to 2014.