What we achieved in 2022

By Rob Zwetsloot. Posted

In one of these columns in the past, I’ve definitely mentioned how I don’t like to live life with regrets - if it’s happened, you can’t change it, you can only learn from it. I do like to remind myself of good things that have happened in the past though, especially if they inspire me to do more in the future. This also means mentally rounding up the year I’ve had, in the hopes that I feel like I have accomplished something.

In 2021 I struggled. I personally began streaming regularly and it turn outs that it really eats up your free time! Especially when you’re starting from scratch and needing to do a crash course in OBS, overlays, and sound boards.

For 2022, I decided to make some goals and rough plans instead of stumbling into projects like I have in the past – and also promising to go a bit easier on myself if I didn’t achieve them all.

Still stumbling

One thing I’m always proud of is the work we do on The MagPi. I’m especially happy when I get to make something cool and talk about what I’ve learnt in the pages of the mag - this year, in particular, three projects stand out to me.

Firstly, there were the quiz button boxes. After years of saying I’d make it, I finally created custom buzzers with programmable sounds and the ability to find out who pressed buttons in what order. I’ve made some modifications since I put the tutorial in the mag and, at some point, I’ll update the code on the GitHub as well.

Otherwise, this year I got back to making cosplay props with the Poltergust G-00 I made with help from, 3D printing wizard and Raspberry Pi Maker in Residence, Toby Roberts. It was a bit easier than last time when I had to gut a real vacuum cleaner, and I learned a lot about using NeoPixels with Pico, which I then applied to some excellent Christmas lights that are shortly going up on my tree.

Satisfaction guaranteed

Other things I planned for the year - mostly personal stuff like make silly videos and write more fiction - I wasn’t always able to get to, but thankfully I did enough to be proud of. Maybe I also was able to be kinder to myself in the process as well!

Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic 2023. I’ll see you there.

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