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2013 – Personally a great year!

Out with the old, in with the new. I’ll be sad to see 2013 go as for me personally it was a great year. I did a bunch of cool stuff, met loads of cool and interesting people and generally I’ve been living the freelancer dream!

Some of the things I have done or achieved this year, that I can remember, in no particular order:

  • Cleared all my loans and credit card debts and kept them clear, except mortgage.
  • Attended my first weekend music festival – Download2013 you were awesome!
  • Flying over the Download main arena on a zip-wire shouting Mother*****rs to the people below.
  • Had a great family holiday touring through France.
  • Dolphin watching in the Bay of Biscay while heading down to Bilboa.
  • A few weekends away in London with wifey and no kids – Quality time!
  • Visited UK MakerFaire in Newcastle.
  • Visited Elephant and Castle Mini MakerFaire.
  • Saw a couple of good cover band gigs.
  • Iron Maiden at the O2 were excellent second time seeing them this year!
  • Saw Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch at the LG Arena, Birmingham.
  • Saw Meatloaf – Like a Bat out of Hell!
  • Had a day of off-road motorcycling for the first time, must do it again.
  • Attended Over The Air 2013 at Bletchley Park, won IoT prize for the hack challenge.
  • Attended Thinkmonk IoT conference.
  • My parents celebrated 50 years of marriage.
  • Celebrated 19 years of marriage to my lovely wife.
  • My eldest turned 18 and still hasn’t bought me a pint yet!
  • My mother-in-law turned 80.
  • Built my first 3D printer – its the future!
  • Started to learn to use OpenSCAD to create 3D models for printing.
  • Made significant progress on my CNC cutter, but still not finished, one for 2014!
  • Celebrated the first anniversary of my company!
  • Attended the first SusHack hackday to kick off the Oxford Flood network – continuing this in 2014.
  • Did a brewery tour at the Wadworth brewery.
  • Drank a lot of beer, some good, lots great.
  • Drank a lot of wine but not much spirit this year.
  • Got a taste for Margaritas!
  • Successfully grew sweetcorn for the first time – those plants are tall.
  • Took over 40 days leave during the year, some to work on other projects. The joy of being a freelancer!
  • Contributed to the excellent Node-RED.
  • Learnt to use EagleCAD to design schematics and PCB layouts.
  • Had a lot of my PCBs professionally manufactured.
  • Bought a Quadcopter, now need to learn to fly it without crashing.
  • Had my first sit in an ambulance while being checked over after coming off bicycle.
  • Built lots of cool things including what could be most annoying IoT device – Bellduino!
  • …and anything else I’ve forgotten!

Many thanks to all the great people I’ve met along the way on my journey that was called 2013, you know who you are!

I’ll be raising a glass of something, beer, wine, cocktail or spirit to say “Here’s to 2014!”

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