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What a rough year!

January 2, 2021

I managed to avoid getting infected with COVID-19, but I had my share of medical issues during 2020. They weren’t dangerous, but some were annoying and stressful as hell. Having a good health insurance is extremely important, especially if you live in a foreign country. I had to stay in hospital for one night after being bitten by a dog, and the bill was about $4,500. A decent insurance plan costs about $1,000 a year in Thailand, and it’s very much worth it.

My travel plans were ruined by COVID-19, and my only option was domestic tourism. I spent a few weeks on a road trip through Thailand, and it was a very pleasant experience.

I continued moving to open source software, and it works pretty well for me so far. The future of open source software looks bright, and I’m more excited about it than ever. I also published my own open source app which I’ll keep improving during the next year. It’s both a feed reader and a podcast player, and it has become my main source of news.

I had plenty of free time this year, and it allowed me to think more deeply about many things, including work. I got more picky when it comes to taking new projects. I used to assume that pretty much any job is productive and valuable for society, so I was never too picky as long as there were enough money on the table. Looking back, I think it was a mistake. Some jobs are good, some jobs are evil. Evil people and evil companies never admit their nature, so it’s important to do a due diligence unless you want to contribute to something that harms the world instead of improving it.

I don’t have any exact plans or goals for the next year. 2020 was full of uncertainty and who knows what’s coming next. I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and see what happens.

Do your duty, come what may.