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RIP 2019 (2019-2019)

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.


New year, new car, new nephew.


Josie started grade 2, Alex started foundation – peace and quiet in the house six hours a day, five days a week. Co-organised RubyConf AU 2019, along with Pat, Caitlin, Sam, Phil and Sharon. Spoke at WordCamp Bangkok, fell in love with Bonchon chicken, ate Bangkok’s best tom yum, went to a cat cafe.


Spoke at WordCamp Cebu, hung out in Hong Kong a little on the way back but didn’t have time to do much. Saw Captain Marvel. Spoke at WordCamp Kathmandu, visited some temples, narrowly avoided being mugged and/or ripped off twice.


Team meetup in Phuket. Lots of work, but also hung out with tigers and went sailing. Spent the day in Singapore on the way back, saw Avengers Endgame, did some shopping.


Eurovision! (Joel and Myf are the worst – sadly, SBS did not find new hosts for 2020.) Federal election, in which the schadenfreude of seeing Tony Abbott defeated was diminished by the fact that Bill Shorten lost an unloseable election. The girls and I did a portrait photography class at the Apple Store.


Two weeks in CO for Rob and Beth’s wedding ❤️ Drove a Mustang around, visited old haunts, went to a Rockies game, caught up with many old friends, went whitewater rafting. So grateful to Brie and Charlie for the hospitality!


Rare month without travel. Josie discovered she likes climbing. Signed a lease for our new house in Yarra Bend – a massive improvement on our old shoebox. Met Pippa 😍


Moved house – never, ever again. Attended Josie’s concert, in which she had a lead role. Had a hand in some research we published at work. Visited Brisbane for Caitlin and Geoffrey’s wedding ❤️


Automattic’s Grand Meetup was in Orlando again, this time during my 45th birthday.


Back to the US for the third time this year. Spent a lot of the month in Washington, DC (phpworld) and St Louis (WordCamp US). Did quite a bit of exploring in DC, but did not get to the Air & Space Museum or the Udvar-Hazy Center. Went to the top of the Gateway Arch in St Louis and took in a Blues game – the Enterprise Center is an amazing fan experience. Many excellent meals.


Back home. Visit with my folks, in part to say goodbye to Baillie 😢


Frozen 2 with the girls, team meetup in Da Nang, Xmas with family and a sorely needed break to hang out and do nothing for once. Finished the year with Star Wars and said goodbye to 2019 with all the respect it deserved.



  • Countries visited: 6 – Thailand (twice), Philippines, Nepal, Singapore (twice), US (three times), Vietnam (⬇️ 14%)
  • Flights: 37 (⬆️ 3%)
  • Distance flown: 192,729 km (⬆️ 42%)
  • Time in the air: 249 hours (⬆️ 36%)
  • Swarm checkins: 1,331 (⬇️ 14%)
  • 🆕 Swarm mayorships: 60 (⬆️ 5%)
  • 🆕 Status: Premier Gold with United – 464 miles short of Platinum 😢


  • Minutes: 11,293 (⬇️ 8%)
  • Top artists: Taylor Swift, Blackpink, Beastie Boys, Silversun Pickups, Blood Red Shoes


You have read 80 of 40 books in 2019.

This was mostly due to Kindle Unlimited being linked to Goodreads. The best things I read this year were probably Midnight in Chernobyl and Bad Blood.

2020’s goal is 100 books.


  • Steps: 1,380,795 (⬇️ 17% – largely due to working from home)
  • Weight: ⬆️ 10%
  • Sleep stats were not tracked consistently as I can no longer wear my Apple Watch 🙁

This post was made possible by Google Timeline, Google Photos, Swarm and (what remains of) my Twitter history compensating for my woeful memory.

By Toby Nieboer

I hire software developers for Automattic. Developer, gadget enthusiast, dad. Approximately 33% coffee by volume.

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