2008: a recap

Well, 2008 has been quite a ride, to say the least!

Of course, the highlight of this year was the arrival of baby Guillaume. As you can imagine, Cécile and I are very happy and parenthood is definitely a life-changing experience – on more than one level!
Guillaume is very healthy and making very proud. Of course everything he experiences is new and, in a way, it’s new to us as well 😉

I actually thought I had lost the ability to be amazed at anything, what with the Internet and information overload. I found it refreshing that my son was able to prove me wrong!

Also, we got two sets of newly retired grandparents to start worshipping Guillaume 😉

Professionally speaking, it’s been a great year, with loads of challenging projects and interesting clients. I am very much present on the web analytics evangelization scene in France and I received unexpected attention and recognition as a WA expert and thought leader in France. Now that I got used to this, I intend to kick said evangelisation efforts up a notch. More on that topic soon 😉

Joining the LBi Group definitely spiced things up! Of course my French activities have pretty much de facto shifted from a France/Belgium territory to a Europe-/world-wide playground. Despite the intrinsically dematerialized nature of web analytics, getting on-board with larger-scale worldwide projects also meant more traveling.

On this topic, traveling has taken its toll lately and I really need to take more vacation days more frequently instead of hoarding them all up and wait till years end when i’m all burned out anyway 😀

In other news:

  • Iraq still occupied.
  • Obama elected – yay!
  • My son Guillaume was born (did I mention that already? ;-))
  • Financial market meltdown – woo! I’m so glad Europe does not have so much of a credit culture. We pay cash or with very few installments to avoid debt-related charges.
  • Riots in Greece

I could add more but frankly, 2008 has been a blur 🙂 So I’ll let Jib Jab do it:

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Sarah Palin: website fail

I know Sarah Palin, John McCain’s vice-presidential candidate, was a total stranger to about 99% of the US population (not counting Alaska of course), not to mention no one had ever heard of her outside of the United States.

Now that she’s in the spotlight, it feels the Republican Party is rushing all things Palin, including the official website. Try browsing to http://www.sarahpalin.com and you will get a dreaded 403 Forbidden error.

Now we’re all about getting to know Sarah. Despite the utter lack of experience. And the nepotism.

Heck, I don’t even know if this is her official website.

But deep down inside, you feel something’s not quite right. Matt Damon nails it in this video:

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Remember, if you’re going to pull a VP candidate out of a hat, remember the ‘new boy/gal’ factor may not always work. TV’s slowly dying so try planning ahead so that your web communication is impeccable 🙂

Lazy Sunday

…. so my post titles are not original, sue me 😛

Last night’s turkey soybean stirfry (and the liberal amount of cayenne pepper my brother added) kept us up long enough for a vivid game of Uno. Then we realized 2AM would be a good time to call it a night. 🙂

Add to this a terrible weather forecast over the entire week end, so we indulged in a decadent brunch at Le Pain Quotidien.

Back home now and enjoying the peace and quiet of our living room, reading the Zen of CSS by Dave Shea.

This 4-day week-end has been a relaxing one so far, which is great because my upcoming work week looks like it is going to be yet another stretch of boredom.

More news from the home office on Monday 🙂

On a side note, Mr Pibb and Redvines = crazy delicious indeed