Happy new year! Happy New Year, all. I'm really enjoying seeing everybody's retrospectives on 2006 on my flist, so I'll add one of my own: Significant Events I spent the first third of the year trying to cram about two years' worth of social life into a few months. I finally got a post-doc job. [ ] I moved to Sweden. I started to learn Swedish. I discovered lots of hidden cool aspects of the Jewish community here. Hmm, this year hasn't been characterized by memorable events as such, it's been a gradual transition from the weird unintended gap year I found myself with, to starting the new job and settling in a new country and meeting lots of cool people. Anyway, to continue: Books Jack Womack: Random acts of senseless violence Emma Bull: War for the oaks George RR Martin: The Armageddon Rag Choderlos de Laclos: Les liaisons dangereuses Ken MacLeod: The Stone Canal 48 books total this year, which is pretty good going considering that I was rationing my reading severely for about 2 months. Music It's been a great year for discovering new music, mainly thanks to and blue_mai emusic. Hard to pick just five songs! The Pipettes: Because it's not love (but it's still a feeling) Quix*O*tic: Anonymous Face Poe: Angry Johnny Cat Power: Metal heart Cowboy Junkies: Misguided Angel LJ posts : papersky Tangled Web : pir_anha Listening (also about racism and cultural appropriation and stuff). : The definitive trixtah lesbianism FAQ (with some helpful general advice about sexuality thrown in too) : lavendersparkle Feminist abortion polemic : sartorias Adults My posts You are absolutely welcome to revive old discussions on these posts, by the way. Science and religion Immortality Boobies! Health and virtue Abortion Creativity : hatam_soferet Tefillin Barbie (craft) : papersky Three bears Norse / Fairy Tale Mother (poetry) : j4 9x9 for mortal men doomed to die (creative writing) Age maps (not on LJ, but very cool digitally manipulated images). : compilerbitch Yosemite (photography) Wonderful friends doseybat compilerbitch pseudomonas lethargic_man rysmiel People I love and wish I'd seen more of hatam_soferet darcydodo blue_mai loreid ewtikins People I'm really glad I got to know better ploni_bat_ploni CA (who temped with me at BoGS early in the year) RS (work colleague) megamole fluffymark New to my friendlist smhwpf sartorias cartesiandaemon sunflowerinrain spin0za1 Friends from elsewhere who joined LJ (well, not really, but it was in 2006 that I connected up the LJ handle with the person) lavendersparkle tzotze jongefrouwe I had a very enjoyable NYE, with a some friends of RS's who live right in the grand part of Stockholm and just round the corner from the perfect firework watching spot. It was a highly civilized party, with excellent food and excellent conversation. And the fireworks were great; lots and lots of separate parties who all let off their fireworks simultaneously at midnight, which is a lot more fun than one big firework show.