We hope 2012 has been good to you (or was good to you, depending on your time zone) and that 2013 is even better. The world did not boil off into space in earlier, which is at least a good start on both counts.
It's been an eventful year in the world of Slashdot, and we're glad you're reading. We started shooting videos (the cycle will be a bit more complete when we get some videos from CES, which starts in the second week of January), interviewed people like Richards Dawkins and Stallman (answers pending), celebrated 15 years of News for Nerds (if you've been along for the ride and scanned them all, know you've had something like 125,000 stories flashed into your head), and changed corporate affiliation.
On this last day of the year from our vantage point in the central U.S., here's a reminder that Slashdot has communication channels besides what you see by hitting the front page. We try not to clutter the page too often with meta-information in the flow of stories, but you can tap into slightly more if you'd like:
Our Twitter feed: This is a good way to keep up on headlines as they appear on Slashdot while you enjoy your active, outdoor lifestyle, and every so often the twitter feed features a note or three that appears only on Twitter.
The Slashdot page on Facebook. Here, too, you can see the stories that appear on Slashdot, as well as a few extras or notes about the site itself. For instance, you can see a a bit of of reader artwork, and photos from our anniversary gatherings. If you have a Slashdot-related image, send it along -- we'd like to add more.
If you've got a smartphone or a tablet, try a different approach to Slashdot with the mobile version. The same stories you'll find on the main site, but presented in a way we hope takes better advantage of (read "suffers less from") the smaller screen, touch interface, etc, of mobile devices. It works, but it's also a work in progress; tell us what you like about it or hate about it, so we can iterate in your favor.
For MBA-caliber scanning of headlines (and firewall sneaking, too, if you would like to read somewhere that Slashdot is blocked by censorware), you can also read Slashdot's stories in the form of a newsletter; it's easy to sign up (you'll need an account and an email address, because that's how it arrives) by clicking "Newsletter" in the menu at the upper right of the page.
Also remember that there are, besides Slashdot (at last count, but stay tuned) three sister sites that focus more narrowly and feature boatloads of original stories on the domains of data centers, the cloud, and business intelligence, as well as tv.slashdot.org, which collects all of the videos that we've shown on Slashdot along with some others.
Finally, our all-purpose (all singing, all dancing) email address is email@example.com. If you've got an interface idea, a problem, a query, or the number to a Swiss bank account you'd like to share, sending to firstname.lastname@example.org means the editors will see it. (We regret that we can't respond to every email, but if you report a bug or make a cool suggestion, it will get passed on to the right people!)
Have a happy and safe holiday — and enjoy the next orbit of the only Earth-like planet of which we are thus far aware.