+2012 was an amazing year for yt. Whether measured by improvements to the code
+or community activity, it has been the busiest and most productive yet.
+ * We held the first ever `yt workshop <http://yt-project.org/workshop2012/>`_
+ at the FLASH center in Chicago in January. Plans for a development-focused
+ workshop have already begun in earnest for March of 2013.
+ * 2221 changesets were added to the code base -- out of a total 7369, or
+ * One of the most exciting things that happened within the yt community this
+ year has been the growth of the developer community. Many people who
+ previously used yt, or participated on the mailing list, have transitioned
+ into being very active developers of yt as well.
+ * In 2011, Nathan Goldbaum had contributed one changeset. In 2012, he was
+ the number two contributor, with 322, ranging from the PlotWindow to field
+ names and fixes for detailed aspects of the FLASH frontend.
+ * This year Kacper Kowalik began to contribute strongly in many areas,
+ including the grid data format, arbitrary data loading, and improving the
+ overall health of the code.
+ * Chris Moody contributed substantially to the (NMSU) ART frontend and
+ support for the Rockstar halo finder, over the course of 121 changesets in
+ * Andrew Myers expanded support for particles in Orion and contributed many
+ changes for Chombo and Boxlib codes.
+ * In 2012, John ZuHone contributed 106 changesets, fixing aspects of the
+ FLASH and Athena frontends and adding substantial support for creating
+ particle datasets in memory and expanding the generation of initial
+ * With a focus on enabling easier contributions from members of the community,
+ we've also had first-time contributions from many people.
+ * Christian Karch - a constant cheerful presence in IRC who has helped out
+ with volume rendering and FLASH frontend improvements.
+ * Anthony Scopatz - who has helped us start a large-scale testing initative,
+ add support for cylindrical coordinates, and transition from using ``na``
+ * Stephanie Tonnesen - whose help keeping Athena support up to date and
+ functional has been incredibly helpful!
+ * Version 2.4 of yt was released, which included threaded volume rendering,
+ the Plot Window, a totally rewritten GUI, and a bunch of other improvements.
+ * The `yt Hub <https://hub.yt-project.org/>`_ was re-launched with data
+ exploration widgets and an IPython Notebook viewer.
+ * The `documentation for yt <http://yt-project.org/docs/2.4>`_ was streamlined
+ and improved, with some awesome `cookbook recipes
+ <http://yt-project.org/docs/2.4/cookbook/index.html>`_ and improvements. We
+ also now have a constantly refreshed
+ `build <https://yt.readthedocs.org/en/latest/>`_ of the documentation at
+ `ReadTheDocs <http://readthedocs.org>`_.
+ * Development of yt 3.0 really took off, with people from several communities
+ picking it up and contributing changes.
+ * yt gained the ability to create data totally in memory, and then write it to
+ * The yt community grew and was more active than ever, providing assistance,
+ ideas, sharing suggestions and scripts, and keeping a congenial, friendly
+Thanks for everything, and here's to making 2013 even better!