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2010 - a year of change
I intend to focus on technical stuff on this blog, but I can't resist to briefly mention how my life changed in 2010. Last year has been the best year of my life, and I'm not exaggerating. That may sound cocky, but let me explain.
In 2010, I experienced things that opened my eyes and achieved things that changed my life for good. Some of those events are fairly minor, others are pretty big. A brief overview:
- (February 2010) Broke my ankle; first time I broke something since I outgrew nappies. Now I know why I should try and prevent breaking something ever again (it hurts like hell!).
- (first quarter 2010) Helped organize the Flemish Programming Contest 2010. A truly rewarding experience, on various levels. I'm glad we can look back on a successful event, with over 200 geeks competing in more than 80 teams. Planning to compete myself in the 2011 edition.
- (March 2010) First wedding anniversary. Not exactly a life-changer, but worth mentioning nonetheless. Hi honey!
- (June 2010) Applied for a real job for the first time in my life (HPC sysadmin @ Ghent University). Although I still needed to finish my PhD, I didn't want to miss this chance to at least try and score a job that really appeals to me. Got job offer in August, and gladly accepted.
- (July 2010) Became father for the first time. I know it's a cliche, but this is the best day of my life so far. Seeing a new life being born, and realizing you helped create it is a stunning experience. Seeing my son grow up since then is possibly even more amazing.
- (August-September 2010) Defended my PhD disseration successfully and obtained the degree "PhD in Engineering: Computer Science", after 5 years of hard work. I'm sure my wife is pretty happy the non-stop keeping an eye on experiments and pulling all-nighters to meet paper deadlines is over and done with.
- (October 2010) Started my new job as a system administrator in the HPC team of Ghent University. This was kind of a leap in the dark, since I never "maintained" systems (i.e. kept then running) beyond my own workstations and laptop. I haven't regretted this decision since though, since I'm learning new things almost every day, am helping out researchers from various scientific fields with their experiments and have interesting things to look forward to, i.e. a real supercomputer that will be supported by the team I'm part of. w00!
Next post will be less personal and more technical, I promise!