Happy Holidays and a Good Start into the New Year

“Mike dear, a present ought not to be very expensive – unless you are trying to get a girl to marry you, or something. Especially โ€˜something’.
But a present should show that you thought about it and considered that person’s tastes. Something he would enjoy but probably would not buy for himself.”
“Stranger In A Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein

It’s the end of the year — a time for celebration, reflection, remembrance (perhaps with a “Life Newspaper” (or this posting)) — and gifts. ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the nice things of growing older is that you can buy yourself the best gifts — and this year I decided to replace my camera (or put another one at her side):

My own end-of-year present ๐Ÿ™‚

I am still trying her out … it’s a different system than my Pentax K10D — for example, you really set the aperture on the lens itself. But it has some impressive features, and even ISO 6400 is usable. And it fits into my jacket pocket ๐Ÿ™‚

So, there are few postings still to come (regarding scientific work — the more interesting and difficult ones to write), some ideas for future projects and the like. But for now, I think back on 2012 and I am (mostly) content. I finished my work in a rather large (work) project, I had some nice ideas, even realized some, and I published the second edition of “Organizing Creativity“, which looks fine:

Sample pages from Organizing Creativity
Sample pages from “Organizing Creativity”

Hmm, was this really only this year? Time flies …

Well, anyway, have some nice days ๐Ÿ™‚