Jim and I and Jon and a bunch of other people wrote a lot, gave a bunch of talks, read a lot of papers, tried a lot of stuff, and cajoled, bribed, convinced, and sometimes even nagged a whole lot of engineers to take a hard look at and then fix what we thought were problems.
*We* didn't push stuff upstream.
Stuff got *done*, and ended up upstream because it was the right thing.
And for all that, I misunderstood what tom herbert's BQL might be able to do for months, because I was too heads down in cerowrt.
The past couple weeks have seen an explosion of additional stuff 'getting done'.
My hat is off to those doing actual engineering. That list of talented folk is far too long for me to thank all the individuals involved at this point. And then there were those that organized those talks, or loaned us facilities and office space and hardware, and that list is also too long at this point to go into. And then there were those that gave advice, or did testing, or contributed packages, or participated on the bloat list - and that list is too long to go into.
It's been a great year, and I'm looking forward to the next in whatever form it may take. Virtual egg-nog all round.