Random: Another Year

January 1st, 2013 No Comments

2013 New Year

Well, it’s official, another year has pasted us by yet again.  So not all the world has crossed the midnight threshold, but for those of us who live in beautiful Queensland, Australia, the first new day is more than half over.

I have to admit that I am quite happy with the previous year.  The main blessing has been finding my partner, someone who has done more to bring joy to my life than I thought possible.   (I love you honey bunny boo!)  Aside from that I have made several new friends as well.

Of course there were downs as well.  Thinking I broke my foot comes to mind, lol.  Thankfully it wasn’t, it just got beaten up badly when I dropped a piece of timber on it.  😛  Despite some of the bumps that are inevitable, yet manageable, I have never felt so secure in the path my life is going.

However, don’t count on me making any New Year resolution!  I don’t really believe in them.  If you have goals, go for them, no matter what time of year it is.  😉

What have been some of the highlights to your past year?

Some events and facts of the past year from around the world:


After 244 years since its first publication, the Encyclopædia Britannica discontinues its print edition.

The Scream

A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for US$120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for an auctioned work of art.

Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Skytree, the tallest self-supporting tower in the world at 634 metres high, is opened to public.

Venus Transit

The century’s second and last solar transit of Venus occurs. The next pair are predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.

2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics are held in London, England, United Kingdom.


Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission’s rover, successfully lands on Mars.

Felix Baumgartner

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner becomes the first person to break the sound barrier without any machine assistance during a record space dive out of the Red Bull Stratos helium-filled balloon from 24 miles (39 kilometers) over Roswell, New Mexico in the United States.


2012 was the Year of the Dragon in Chinese Astrology. It was also known more specifically as the year of the Water Dragon, or Black Dragon.


The Volkswagen up! won the “World Car of the Year” award for 2012.


Star, a Norfolk Terrier, won the Westminster Dog of The Year competition in Victoria Tower Gardens on October 25, 2012 in London, England.

Barack Obama

USA President Barack Obama wins Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” honour.

3D Printer

A 3D printer creates full size houses that include rooms, stairs, pipping, and more.  The resulting ‘print outs’ are just as sturdy as concrete.  This technology has also produced a human jaw bone for replacement and vehicle parts.

Voyager 1

Having been launch in 1977, the Voyager 1 satellite is now officially the first man-made object to go beyond our solar system.

The Avengers

Marvel Comics’ “The Avengers” movie tops the worldwide box office sales, at more than $1.5 billion USA dollars.  Making it the highest grossing film of the year.

…and that’s only a handful of things.  😉

I wish all of you the best and brightest of what 2013 has to offer!

Peace Be With You,





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I’m a Goth/Hippie who loves to try new things and dabbles in anything and everything that I find enjoyment in. That can include but is not limited to, cooking, art, digital design, jewellery making, photography, gardening, nature, animals and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m an optimistic (occasionally) perfectionist (constantly), who can be very sarcastic (incessantly), but all in good humour. :)

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Speaking of Voyager, they also finally solved the “Pioneer Anomaly” for sure. AND they found the Higgs boson… that was huge in my world!


    Oh trust me. I could have filled several pages with things that found interesting this past year. Figured it was best to keep it short and sweet.

    The “cloaking devise” was a good one even with the restrictions.

    I may in the future split the year in review post up by genre, such as science, and… everything else, lol


      Pretty intense restrictions, but yeah. Teleportation has been demonstrated in principle. That’s actually one I thought science would never crack. Mind reading was another, but they’ve made some really startling advances in fMRI that could ultimately lead to a fully accurate lie-detector.

      I’ve stopped thinking there were certain things science wouldn’t crack. (There are still things deemed to be impossible, even in principle, such as speed of light or the halting problem.)

      Quantum computing and fusion power continue to be “about 20 years out” (and have been for at least that long). But those are just engineering problems. We will crack them.


        I find science fascinating to no end. The more I learn the more I am both in awe and sometimes scared.

        Not sure I want to know what other people are thinking, at least not today. Maybe by the time we get to that point the thoughts of others will be more productive and caring rather than hateful and destructive.

        I’ve always been one to believe anything is possible. Nothing is ‘law’ or unchangeable. Where would the fun be in that. It’s just a pity I won’t be able to witness all of the breakthroughs that are coming.

        Besides, most things always seem too far ahead for most people to pay any real attention to. But the truth is it only takes one significant moment and our world can change.


          Actual thought reading might be a ways off, but creating a much more reliable lie detector might be much closer. Different parts of the brain light up when lying.

          One wonders if psychopaths and crazy people might still slide under the radar, since they might not “lying” inside their own head.

          There is a lot to scared of. Science without philosophy can be very dangerous (exhibit A: atom bombs). Sadly most modern scientists don’t see much value in philosophy (fortunately some do).

          And I think it’s a good point that we live in a world that is so technical that most people have stopped trying. There was a time when just about any clever person could fix their washing machine or car. Now that’s a much more challenging proposition. How many have even the vaguest idea about how most of the items they use daily work?


            It might be a ways off but we are well on the path.

            Personally, I hate that things have gotten so complex that the layman can’t figure them out, but they don’t last more than five years! *sighs*

            I usually tear things apart if they broken and study them til I either f*ck them up royal or fix them, lol.


              That’s kind of how I got where I am today. I used to take things apart to see how they worked. I rarely bothered putting them back together (that wasn’t interesting).

              But then I started working for The Company as a field tech and my profession became fixing them and putting them back together.

              So you never know where something like will take you!


                Well my need to pull apart things never really led to a job per say, but it has given me confidence and the idea that not everything that is broken should simply be thrown out and replaced.


                  It also gave you the idea that you CAN dig into something and see what makes it tick. That’s a very useful thing to know.


                    This is very true although sometimes the frustration almost isn’t worth it, lol.


                    Well, then just take a hammer and smash it to bits. Very healthy for the frustration.

                    I’ve been subjected to a Sony VAIO Piece of Shit I bought without taking it for a test drive. Most poorly designed laptop I’ve ever used, and it’s never worked fully right. And then there was this:

                    I’m going to buy a new laptop RSN (Real Soon Now), and then I just might call around to see if a gun range will let me put my Sony POS downrange….


                    Oh I have sometimes. I love some of the videos on YouTube where people are trying to get the copper coil out of a microwave or something and they just beat the shit out of it, lol.

                    When my last LT (laptop) crapped out on me I took it all apart, put it back together, several times. Tried everything. Until I found out it was the motherboard that had died. Needless to say I was no where close to being even remotely happy about that. Promptly tossed it around smashing it to bits. Half the reason I was pissed…. I had spent $1300 on the damn thing 2years and 2 weeks prior. Take a guess when the warranty ran out!

                    At least the LT I have now has lasted past the 2yr 2w mark. *keeps fingers crossed*


                    Just think how much fun gun fire would have been!


                    Lol, yep, or fire crackers. I wouldn’t have minded throwing it on a fire to see what happens either. At that point I didn’t care how it got destroyed as long as it was. 😛