Sunday, January 01, 2017

This was 2016!

Yet, another exciting year, learning new skills and meeting new people, here are some highlights of 2016 :
  • visited FOSDEM; giving a lightning talk about Buildtime Trend; meeting Rouslan, Eduard, Ecaterina and many others
  • attended a Massive Attack concert in Paleis 12.
  • visited Mount Expo, the outdoor fair organised by KBF
  • saw some amazing outdoor films on the BANFF film festival
  • spent a weekend cleaning routes with the Belgian Rebolting Team (BRT) in Comblain-La-Tour. On Sunday we did some climbing in Les Awirs, where I finished a 6b after trying a few times.
  • First time donating blood plasma
  • First academic publication (as co-author) :
  • Climbing trip to Gorges du Tarn with Vertical Thinking : climbing 6 days out of 7 (one day of rain), doing multipitch Le Jardin Enchanté, sending a lot of 5, 6a and 6a+ routes, focusing on reading the route, looking for footholds and taking small steps.
  • Some more route cleaning with BRT, this time in Flône, removing loose rock and preparing to open new routes.
  • went to DebConf16 in CapeTown, talking about 365 days of Open Source (video) and made a first contribution to Debian.
  • Visited South Africa and climbed in Rocklands/Cederberg
  • became a (Junior Developer) member of the Debian MySQL Maintainers Team
  • 10th blood/plasma donation
  • visited Amsterdam for the MariaDB developers meetup
  • climbing trip to Orpierre in France. It was cold during the night, but as soon as the sun came out it was T-shirt weather. Plenty of climbing with Adriaan, Mathias, Bert, Stijn en Corentin (a local French climber) : a very nice multipitch (Diedre Sud, 7 5b/5c pitches) and quite a few 5's en 6's single pitch routes, with a few 6a's leading and 2 6b's toprope.
  • Another cleaning weekend with BRT, learning how to glue bolts. Slipped on a greasy forest trail and bruised a rib.
  • went to 33C3 in Hamburg : 4 days of talks about IT, technology, science, security and privacy.
  • celebrating New Year's Eve in Ghent with some friends, good food and an exciting quiz

Plans for 2017 :
  • Clean some rock with BRT, climb, both indoor and do a few climbing trips
  • Conferences : FOSDEM, DebConf, FrosCon, 34C3
  • Contribute to Debian and MariaDB

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