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Happy New Year, Everyone!

Here's to a more prosperous 2009! We have a big and fun surprise for Neatorama coming very soon (you'll see) but for now, I wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!

Got a New Year's Resolution? What's yours? I'll go first in the comment.

Actually, my New Year's resolution is to organize my time better so I can get done with work earlier and spend more time with my wife and kids! Maddy and Zachy are growing fast and I don't want to miss being there with them. Happy New Year, everyone!
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I resolved (years ago) not to have resolutions, but I do have some things I started working on in mid November and early December that are my 2009 priorities. Eat better, Exercise more, and start writing my books!
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Mine is to build a Nes PC. I know its not a new idea but I have always liked the idea and it make me sad seeing that beautiful Gray box sit there and gather dust. I have set myself some rules like: it must be future proof, modern, tidy, and as little new parts as possible.
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To ride out that credit crunch like it was a wild pony to be tamed! :-)

Also, I want to travel the world, meet new people and promote world peace.....

Er, yes. Bye.
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I gave up on resolutions. Every year, I tried to procrastinate less. It always worked on the first assignment of the New Year, and then it went downhill.
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mine is to give myself and everyone i know the best year possible- to 2009! *holds up champagne glass*

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1. not sweat the small stuff
2. learn to play guitar (i already paid for 2 months of lessons, now all i need to do is go to them and practice!)
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Well since I always end out doing the opposite of what I resolve here's mine for this year.

Get as fat as possible.
Be as mean and nasty as possible.
Take on a life of celibacy

Actually I will probably succeed at at least one of them. I won't say which. GRIN
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I'm taking a leaf from Patrick B's notebook and using some reverse

Be a complete jerk to everyone I meet, steal their stuff and generally make their lives a living embodiment of Hell... the same with my own life... unloving and completely unfeeling toward my family...

...make sure my diet is as unhealthy as possible...

...and gain at least thirty more pounds of post-pregnancy weight!

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To have more positive thoughts

To make decisions quickly and more importantly, to stand by them

To get on with my currently dust-gathering childrens book

To be more patient, more tolerant and smile more

Happy New Year to you all x
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I really don't have any. They just set you up for dissappointment because nobody ever goes through with them.

But if I had any, they would be:
1.Quit smoking
2. Lose some weight
3. Go skateboarding more
4. Meet a girl
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Resolution for 2009: SPEAK OUT loudly, clearly and often

Dear Friends,

In calling for change in our time, great scientists are speaking about what could somehow be true to wealthy and powerful people who prefer that the "business as usual" status quo be maintained. Industrial/big business powerbrokers and their bought-and-paid-for politicians want to keep things going along just as they are going now, come what may for the children and coming generations, for life as we know it, for the integrity of Earth and its environs.

Many voices are needed to support "voices in the wilderness" like those of Jim Hansen and John Holdren, exemplary scientists who have been willing to speak truth to those with the power to make the kinds of necessary change that make belief in a good enough future at least a possibility. Assuring a chance of a good future for the children and for life as we know it is an achievable goal that will lead us to overcome the arrogance and avarice of many too many leaders of my "Not So GREAT GREED GRAB Generation" of elders.

If too many leaders of the family of humanity choose to keep doing precisely the things they are advocating and doing now, and if we in the human community keep getting what we are getting now, then it appears a sustainable world for our children cannot be achieved. By so doing, the limited resources of Earth will be permanently dissipated, its biodiversity massively extirpated, its environment irreversibly degraded and life as we know it recklessly endangered. The current gigantic scale and anticipated growth of per-capita overconsumption of limited resources, global production and distribution capabilities, and absolute human population numbers worldwide are simply, clearly and patently unsustainable, even to the year 2050. Given Earth's limitations as a relatively small, evidently finite and noticeably frangible planet, the projected increases in these currently unbridled consumption, production and propagation activities of the human species could soon lead the human family to come face to face with some sort of colossal ecological wreckage.

Now is the time to speak out loudly, clearly and often about what is true for you. Forget about political correctness and convenience. Let go of economic expediency and greediness. Embrace necessary change rather than waste another day preserving the selfish interests of the small group of rich and powerful people, and their many minions, all of whom are adamantly and relentlessly defending an unsustainable, same old "business as usual" status quo.

Steven Earl Salmony
AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
established 2001
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i guess im going opposite of what most of you seem to be going.

this year i plan to slack off more, eat more, in generically im going to excess in every way possible. more drugs, more sex, more of everything good and none of everything i don't like, im going to work less. i just gonna relax and enjoy life the way i see fit. no more watching TV broadcast, im tired of it, im tired of people implanting idiocy into my head. its my turn to live.

err ok now whats the big surprise?
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I'm all a-tingle about the surprise.

Looks like SOME people's resolution should be not to spam Neatorama with preachy crap.

I resolve to build on my successes this past year, and to volunteer more. I found this past year, when I contributed to the world around me, the world gave back (and I don't just mean the neat iPod Shuffle that I got for commenting so much here).
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I don't have any, but it's nice hearing other people's. I have a feeling this year's going to be pretty exciting. So maybe I'm just all about experiencing it as fully as possible. Adventures and journeys.

Have a great year guys.
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