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In brief, if I may: 2013 was, personally, mostly quite a positive time. It did, unfortunately, mark the end of the now-previous project - but, we marked that with a well-attended celebratory dinner. ^_^ We did well. It’s far from done yet, with a good bit more research required, but with a fair bit of luck, that might happen in 2015.

Meanwhile, courtesy of an enquiry forwarded by the professor overseeing the project, I’ll be embarking on the next gig in a few days, again working purely remotely. (I’ll likely say a bit more in a non-public entry) Suffice to say, the project’s of an eminently suitable nature for my background and talents - I’m really looking forward to getting into it. ^_^

So, I look back on 2013 with a bit of a bittersweet blend - largely, an exciting (if highly challenging) time, alongside its ending, for now.

Photographically - well, the store is still yet to open. That must change. I laid my paws on a Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8, which has yielded some enchanting shots indeed, though I’ve wound up remaining with the 300mm f/4 much of the time, mostly for the lighter weight. The D7100’s higher resolution constantly proves its worth, given I’m almost always having to crop down, given the shy nature of my primary subjects, and their strong preference to remain at some distance. “Momentary”, though, has to stand out as my favorite shot of the year - a perfect instant. ^_^

November saw a fairly memorable combination, too, personally: a rather good dinner, with pawnytail in attendance, at one of my favorite haunts, which happened to be holding an Old Ale Festival that weekend - barleywines, Imperial stouts, and all those superb, flavorsome, dangerous brews. As soon as I learned of their timing, I had to make a booking for that night. =:D The next day: The Day of the Doctor, which I enjoyed in 3D at a completely packed out cinema, with an atmosphere unlike any I’ve known such a presentation. And finally, Sunday held a unique day: the official 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Celebration, with many of the stars in attendance on stage, and all manner of exhibits, including K-9, Bessy, and an in-depth session on how the new Cybermen were designed and crafted. Not just on show, but right there, with no barriers, just polite signs requesting paws off. (That said, a costume trailer included many other outfits, which you were entirely free to thumb through. And throughout, absolutely no problem with any kind of photography you wished to engage in, whether a cameraphone or a pro DSLR) I even, at long last, met huskyteer in person. ^_^

2014? Mmm, could be good. With luck, I’ll be able to engage in a bit more travel than in 2013. I’d very much like to see my photography develop further, both in a purely creative sense, as well as entering some degree of commercial activity. And the diet will resume on January 6 2014, with an anticipated conclusion around May-August - which will have even more of a positive impact on my self-esteem than it has already, as a few of you may already suspect. =:)

Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes!
Thanks for sharing the wrap-up with us... and here's to a great 2014 n more!
Yep! Does feel like 2014 could be a pretty good time for me. I daren’t hope too much, though, lest fate wind up having a big joke at my expense, genie style. ^_^;
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It was quite a prize year, for the most part. ^_^ This next gig, I’m really quite looking forward to - it ought to be very well suited, and the fact I don’t have to move yet again for it, but rather, will be continuing to work purely remotely, with the occasional meeting, is a definite bonus.

Thanks. ^_^ I need to get things moving commercially. I’ve no idea what the demand will be like, but, the only way to guarantee zero sales is to keep the site closed. =:D And, I would say, I do have some shots that have appeal - "Momentary" especially, but others too, like “In this Weather?”, “Swallow Now”, and “Newcomers”. We’ll see. ^_^ I certainly would have no objections to being able to finance future lenses with these results!
Happy new year, and all the best to you! :) Have fun with your new gig and your continuing adventures in lapine photography — not that I have any doubt you'll have lots!
*hug* Thanks. ^_^ I suppose I’ll still miss the elegance of PowerPC/Altivec, but even Intel’s 64-bit ISA isn’t so bad these days - a long way from the more traditional Intel pretence of only having something like six registers, when there are actually a couple hundred hidden from view. =:/ Still, it’s good to see them trying other more experimental approaches as well, like the Xeon Phi. (Was Intel looking into asynchronous processors a few years ago? Some large company was, but it seemed to get canned before anything really happened)

It ought to be a fun gig. ^_^

I do need to try looking for more bunspots, though - with the colder season upon us, there’s a lot less activity in evidence - one spot, the location of “Momentary”, has been seemingly deserted for several weeks now, as far as I’ve been able to observe. That said, another has remained somewhat active, though there’s not been a lot from there calling out to be published. I may, of course, also try revisiting the former locale again - it’s a bit of a journey, but certainly, a fetching area in its own right.
(Was Intel looking into asynchronous processors a few years ago? Some large company was, but it seemed to get canned before anything really happened)

I think so; I recall reading about this, although I couldn't say anymore whether it was Intel or one of their competitors that did this.

Intel's always been willing to experiment, in any case. I remember being quite intrigued by the i860, pretty much their first foray into RISC processors; it didn't fare so well, but it was interesting nonetheless. I'd not at all be surprised if they'd played with asynchronous CPU architectures, too.
Does sound like a good year, good luck with next year :)
Thanks. ^_^ It promises to be quite an adventure. =:D