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2012 reflections

Time for my annual ‘reflections’ post where I take a moment to review how 2012 has been…in pictures of course :)


Did a number of presentations this year, including UX Australia 2012 (I did two presentations, which I had lost my voice!), OZeWAI 2012 (accessibility conference) and a number of other interesting events. Work was busy busy busy, particularly around accessibility stuff in 2012.

Events and other social things

3D printed model of Yoda
Various 3D printed models, including one of Yoda's head

In January, we drove down to Melbourne for the first of its kind in Australia – the Mini Make Faire Melbourne. Hubby ran a MHVboard workshop, I learned to solder and I also discovered how awesome the Makedo system is (for kids of all ages!).

Four photos from Barcampcanberra 2012 - description follows image
First picture shows puppets from PuppetOOdle, second picture is of Lana's yummy Linux penguin cupcakes, 3rd picture is of Ruth & Kim putting up the schedule, 4th picture is of Anton showing us some juggling skills

March saw the return of BarCampCanberra for its 5th year. I learned about puppetry from the lovely brother/sister team from puppetOOdle, bubble bots, juggling, science communication and much more.

March was also the month for the really interesting GovHack event (read about my write up of GovHack), involving people doing amazing stuff with open Government data. I attended as a mentor and as a competitor as a hubby/wife team. We were really pleased to be awarded one of the prizes for our physical data visualisations of the BOM ACORN dataset.

Mars Curiosity Landing - collage of photos
Mars Curiosity Landing, from left to right - landing being live streamed to the Canberra Deep Space Station; Augmented Reality Mars Curiosity cake, Alastair & Ruth in front of Curiosity standee; Glen Nagle doing a media soundbite; Andrea's hacked Mars Curiosity model; some of the original CSIRO Tweetup crew.

The Mars Curiosity Rover landing was one of my favourite and emotional moments of 2012. We watched the departure in 2011 as part of the CSIRO Tweetup event, and it was really exciting to be back with many of the original folk from the tweetup to see the landing in June 2012.

Affinity wall at TEDxCanberraWomen
Affinity wall at TEDxCanberraWomen showing attendees thoughts about each talk
Audience at TEDxCanberra
Audience at TEDxCanberra (photo by Adam Thomas)

September was TEDxCanberra (held at the Canberra Theatre this year) where I helped out with organising volunteers and December saw the first TEDxCanberraWomen event where I was an on-the-day volunteer and photographer.


In April 2012, I headed back to Perth for my oldest and dearest friend’s wedding.

A selection of photos from Lindsey's wedding
A selection of photos from Lindsey's wedding - from left to right: Lindsey's sisters; the bride and groom; Ruth and Lindsey; the bride and groom

Hubby and I visited the wonderful Singapore and Malaysia in September 2012. We got to spend time visiting my Singapore family, did lots of eating (of course!) and we went to Legoland!

HDB flats
We got to see the non-touristy side of Singapore, such as these Housing Development Board (HDB) flats in one of the suburbs
Ruth & Alastair
Ruth & Alastair at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Sunset at legoland
Sunset at @legoland_my - thanks for a fun filled day! (Photo from my phone)
Window shutters in a row
Bright colours at Clark Quay, Singapore (photo from my phone)

November saw a return to Perth for the lovely Marc and Kylie where hubby was one of the bridal party and I got to take lots of photos. I loved their relaxed beach and garden wedding party. The cricket ‘first dance’ was unique and awesome.

Gorgeous dresses
I love the gorgeous dresses from the wedding. Each bridesmaid picked the style they wanted and the dresses were made up in the same colour and material. Just divine.


Making stuff

Lasercut TARDIS and daleks
Lasercut TARDIS and daleks

2012 was the year that my design label CrankyBot started to take off. We took part in the very cool New Acton Art, Not Apart festival, and I did lots and lots of laser cutting over the year. We also did our very first Handmade Market where we sold lots of science and geek jewellery!

Ruth at the CrankyBot stall
Ruth at the CrankyBot stall at the Art Not Apart festival, next to Make, Hack, Void
My Limoncello cupcakes for our work xmas party at @stamfordUX
My Limoncello cupcakes for our work xmas party at @stamfordUX

There was also lots of making of edible things (many cupcakes, biscuits and even loganberry sorbet made from loganberries from our garden!).

3D printed robot
The finished robot from the 3D printer. The robot actually had a face which my camera isn't picking up due to the low light.

I was also on Prime Possum, representing the Canberra hackerspace, Make, Hack, Void, to talk about 3D printing.

Phew, was that a busy year. I’m sure I left off a million things! Here’s to a slightly busy 2013 I hope, filled with lots of interesting things and lots of making!

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