2010 Year in Review

Written on January 1, 2011 in Personal, Goals.
Adam Fortuna

Hey hey! I'm a developer who lives in Orlando, FL. Right now I work at Code School, listen to a lot of audiobooks, set way too many goals, write at minafi.com and tweet often.

My yearly recap of what’s happened in my life over the last year.


  • Twitters first Developer Conference in San Francisco, Chirp and got to see family in the area

  • My first cruise- - a 7 day Royal Caribbean cruise to Haiti, Jamaica, The Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel with Marilyn

  • Went horseback riding on a somewhat wild horse named Alarma in Cozumel

  • Climbed a waterfall in Jamaica.

  • Scalloping at Homosassa Springs

  • Crab Feast in St. Petersburg!

  • Stayed at the Don Cesar in St. Petersburg for Nate and Bekah’s Wedding

  • Went to Miami Beach for Nate’s bachelor party and stayed at the iconic Eden Roc

  • Westin Channelside and Hard Rock Casino for IZEA’s retreat


  • Started a 4’x9’ vegetable garden

  • Began composting

  • Bought a wheelbarrow

  • Had our first yard sale at this house

  • Cleaned out the garage to where we can actually use it

  • Dropped cable TV in favor of using Plex, Netflix and Hulu

  • Digitized most my DVDs and media. Still a few to go, but the bulk of the work is over

  • Slowly increasing savings and investments on Vanguard and following investment advice from John Bogle

  • Had a major disagreement with GE over them charging me $400 for something they broke. Complained on Twitter and they resolved it before my check was even cashed.

  • Developed an appreciation for beer

  • Went on an indoor plant buying frenzy resulting in many casualties. Only the strong survive.

  • Played on my works kickball team with Marilyn

Events and Entertainment

  • Flaming Lips and Imogen Heap concerts at Hard Rock Orlando

  • Got Disney passes and went to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival way too many times

  • Saw Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm at The Social

  • Saw Rick Springfield and Boyz 2 Men at Epcot (but we missed Hanson)

  • Largest holiday party so far over at our place

  • Tron Legacy Midnight release with Marilyn and friends

  • Lots of movies. My favorites that came out this year were Inception, Exit Through the Gift Shop and The Social Network

  • Favorite TV shows discovered were Breaking Bad, House, Jericho and The Colony

  • Played through Mass Effect twice and Mass Effect 2 almost twice and loved them both

  • Thanksgiving at Marilyn’s Moms, with firetruck and family

  • Went to Plazaween in costume with Marilyn and friends

Programming and Technology

  • Launched Cost Per Click for SponsoredTweets

  • Helped get SocialSpark V2 launched and did a tiny bit of work on WeReward

  • Started organizing hack days and lunch-and-learns at work, we even had a chance for a hack week!

  • Completely dropped organized hosting on Dreamhost in favor of S3, Posterous and Github.

  • Launched MovieFly , then a few months later Miso launched

  • Changed AdamFortuna.com into a splash page instead of a blog

  • Started a mobile blog for pictures taken from my phone

  • Moved ArcadeFly over to Heroku

  • Bought an iPad, a new shuffle running and upgraded to a iPhone4

  • Started learning iOS development

  • Started working on a new site in Rails 3 that should launch next year

  • Messed around with some new technology over the year including node.js, redis, websockets, css3, html and mongo db

  • Upgraded to Road Runner Lightning, and slowly backing everything I have up to BackBlaze

As for new years resolutions? Probably increase savings a bit more, eat a little healthier and spend less time on the couch. Like to eat out less and get better at creating the things I love to eat and drink from scratch including salad dressing, sauces and brewing beer- - and maybe later on wine. If there’s one thing I want to do in 2011 though, it’d be launch the site I’m working on in my spare time, and do it right.