February 3, 2023

Right here we’re… additionally this yr is coming to an finish. It began with us hoping for it to lastly be a very good yr after two years of the pandemic, and it ended having a battle, usually dangerous financial situations, nonetheless the pandemic, and different big issues. Even in XR, we noticed a stagnation of the market and a lower within the hype on the “meta-whatever”. What I’ve discovered up to now 12 months is: by no means hope that subsequent yr can be a very good one. So I actually hope the following yr can be very shitty, boring, and filled with issues. Possibly the inverse psychology works with the gods of luck 😀

As for me, it has been an advanced yr, too… filled with attention-grabbing alternatives but in addition advanced conditions to deal with. The final weeks have additionally been of exhausting crunch, and you’ve got certainly observed that I’ve printed only a few articles in December. I in all probability ought to have anticipated it because it was the yr of the Tiger, and in response to the Chinese language zodiac when it’s your yr, it’s at all times an advanced yr (the Chinese language tried to warn me, however they converse in Chinese language, so that they had been exhausting for me to grasp). However anyway, I survived, and I’m nonetheless right here combating for my profession, for the neighborhood, and for XR usually. I’m nonetheless doing the 50Cent means “Get wealthy or die attempting”… it’s simply that I’m within the “die attempting” section!

Jokes aside, on the finish of all the pieces, I can say it was an attention-grabbing yr for me, and I’ve definitely discovered so much. I can’t converse a lot now, however all of the crunch is expounded to one thing cool that’s going to occur initially of subsequent yr, so it’s coming for a very good motive. I’ll let you know extra about it within the subsequent weeks. For now, I reassure you that I’ve not stopped running a blog and your favourite VR ghost can be again with new posts subsequent week. In fact, as typical, can be horrible weblog posts filled with memes, soiled jokes, and many technical particulars. Sorry in the event you had been anticipating some well-written critical posts about digital actuality, however if you’d like a critical web site about XR you may nonetheless go learn Street To VR…

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Me celebrating Christmas (Picture generated by Midjourney)

Tomorrow is Christmas, which in Italy might be an important vacation of the yr. We spend the day with the household, we eat so much, we make presents for one another, we eat so much once more, we watch some films, we eat once more, then we go sleeping and we dream about consuming so much. We eat a lot that in Italy will not be solely the twenty fifth to be a vacation, however additionally the twenty sixth… I suppose so we’ve time to recuperate from all the pieces we eat. However the issue is that at my house, we additionally eat so much on the twenty sixth… and that’s why many Italians take the entire days between the Christmas and New Yr as holidays. However by the way in which, how may you not eat so much when we’ve great dishes like this one?

A pistachio+hazelnut panettone I ate final yr for Christmas

I don’t know in the event you have a good time Christmas, and I don’t even assume it’s related. No matter means tomorrow for you, I hope it so that you can be a very good day. I want you an finish of the yr that’s great and in which you’ll get pleasure from some high quality time with the individuals you like… and eat so much. And I want you a wonderf… ah no, sorry, a shitty 2023, by which all of your goals might come true, each personally and professionally. A 2023 by which the Apple headset will lastly launch as a result of bear in mind: The Apple headset is launching subsequent yr, yearly!

This neighborhood has given me so much in these 8 years I’ve been within the XR discipline, so like yearly, I wish to take this event to thanks all for the assistance and the assist you’ve at all times given me and to want you the absolute best for the following yr and past. And in the event you might have any assist, let me know and I’ll see what I can do! However for now, I hope you get pleasure from a couple of days of relaxation with the individuals you like. Take some holidays, and luxuriate in life a bit. After which, subsequent yr, let’s all struggle collectively to make the M-word change into actuality!

Blissful shitty 2023, hoping that it might deliver a lot of cool XR stuff to all of us!

(PS Let me know the way you’ll spend the Holidays this yr, I’m curious!)

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