2004 was an interesting year. Alas, it did not end on a happy note with the Indian Ocean earthquakes and tsunamis on December 26 Boxing Day. Political-wise, Republican George W Bush was re-elected November 2004 to another term in the White House beating Democratic challenger John Kerry.
On the personal front, March 2004 marked my first entry into the blog community with the launch of this website. Speaking of blogs, BBC News has written up two good articles on how blogs have taken on the mainstream, and how blog reading has exploded in America. Also, in June 2004, I turned 30 years old, marking the passing of a decade in my 20’s. I thought I was going into a mid life crisis till I saw the movie 13 Going On 30 (“30, Flirty, and Fabulous”. 😉
From the Apple front, it was the year of the iPod, simultaneously driving Apple’s stock price to nearly triple what it was a year ago. MacWorld has two articles reviewing the 2004 headlines that was the Year in Macs Part 1, Part 2.
In sports, one of the biggest stories that caught my eye was the Calgary Flames NHL playoff run that ended in April 2004 with an excruciating loss in game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to the Tampa Bay Lightning. So close, but yet so far away. All this led sport writers to name the Calgary Flames as Team of the Year. The future would look bright for the Flames if it weren’t for the NHL labour lockout that has pretty much cancelled the 2005 ice hockey season. The other big sports story was in Major League Baseball when the Boston Red Sox finally won the 2004 World Series, ending the curse of 86 years.
Looking ahead at 2005, there are many resolutions and predictions. Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year 2005.