2012 in review: the year ends, the world doesn’t

Rugby League

Rugby League

At the start of this year, as always, I set myself a set of goals, some of them in review:

  • Learn German
    • This went really well until about March and then I got busy.
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko
    • This was all but forgot about, so will be a goal for 2013
  • Publish two papers
    • Achieved!
    • I presented work at AAAI-12 in Toronto, Canada, and at AI-12 in Sydney.
  • Keep PhD on track for completion in early 2013
    • Probably going to be mid 2013, but I am on track.
  • Spend more time on non-computer aided activities
    Easter Show

    Easter Show

    • Achieved!
    • I have spent more time in the evenings reading real books, and going out with mates on the weekends.

During the past year I haven’t done any hiking, and there have been fewer adventures. Having said that I have still done a fair amount of fun things around Sydney during the year:

January – went to Garie Beach, Symphony in the Domain, and Australia Day Celebrations.

February – went to the T20 Cricket, and spent a few weeks at home in Auckland.

V8 Supercars

V8 Supercars

March – spent a weekend on the Central Coast with church friends.

April – spent Good Friday at the rugby league, and did the annual afternoon at the Easter Show.

May – went to Vivid Sydney.

June – watched an orchestra perform at the Sydney Opera House, and went away for a weekend with mates to the Central Coast – again.

July – spent a day at the Biennale of Sydney, went to the winter festival at Bondi, and started my North American adventures – in Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Coldplay

Coldplay

August – continued the North American adventure in New York, Baltimore and Washington, and Montreal.

September – went the the V8 Supercars at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek.

October – went to Sculpture by the Seatwice.

November – saw Coldplay perform at the Sydney Football Stadium.

December – watched the start of the Sydney to Hobart, and went to Warragamba Dam.

I will post my goals for 2013 on January 1.

Photos: Warragamba Dam Wall Walk

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For the first time since 1998 the Dam Wall on Warragamba Dam has been opened to the public.

I went up today with a few friends from uni to check it out. The dam itself is impressive in it’s height, the water is over 100m deep on the storage side of the wall.

After grabbing lunch we headed down to the Nattai lookout to check out the views of Lake Burragorang. A set of photos of the day are below.

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Photos: Sydney to Hobart Start from South Head

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This afternoon I went out to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race from South Head.

After almost missing the start of the race due to the bus getting caught in traffic I arrived with 3 minutes to spare.

Below are a selection of shots of the boats as they went through the heads, I was mostly just pointing and shooting as the shear number of people didn’t give much of an opportunity to line up perfect shots.

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