Maybe it’s a bit soon’ish to talk about this, but I often like to go slightly against the grain, so with everybody planning to look back at 2012 a few days from now, and coming up with interesting things to say about 2013 – heck, why not travel through time a bit early, eh?
The big events for me this year were the shop hand-over to Martyn and Rohan Judd (who continue to do a magnificent job), and a gradual but very definitive re-focusing on home energy saving and software development. Product development, i.e. physical computing hardware, is taking place in somewhat less public ways, but let me just say that it’s still as much part of what I do as ever. The collaboration with Paul Badger of Modern Device is not something you hear from me about very much, but we’re in regular and frequent discussion about what we’re both doing and where we’d like to go. For 2012, I’m very pleased with how things have worked out, and mighty proud to be part of this team.
The year 2012 was also the year which brought us large-scale online courses, such as Udacity and Coursera. I have to admit that I signed up for several of their courses, but never completed them. Did enough to learn some really useful things, but also realised that it would take probably 2 full days per week to actually complete this (assuming it wouldn’t all end up being above my head…). At the time – in the summer – I just didn’t have the peace of mind to see it through. So this is back on the TODO list for now.
My shining light is Khan Academy, an initiative which was started in 2006 by one person:
Here’s an important initiative from 2012 which I’d really like to single out at this point:
Khan Academy Computer Science Launch with Salman Khan and John Resig
The message is loud and clear: “Wanna go somewhere? Go! What’s holding you back?” – and 2012 is where it all switched into a higher gear. There are more places to go and learn than ever, and the foundations of that learning are more and more based on open source – meaning that you can dive in as deep as you like. Given the time, I’d actually love to have a good look inside Node.js one day… but nah, not quite yet :)
I’ve been rediscovering this path recently, trying to understand even the most
All we need is fascination, perseverance, and time. None of these are a given. But we must fight for them. Because they matter, and because life’s too short for anything less.
So – yes, a bit early – for 2013, I wish you lots of fascination, perseverance… and time.