At last, 2022 is with us. In my native Canada, the month of January usually brings polar temperatures — think -25 Celcius (-13 Fahrenheit) and below. When it is so cold outside, it is a good time to think about the past year and look forward to the year ahead. In that sense, January is the perfect name for the month. You see, the month of January is named for the Roman god Janus. Janus is the god of beginnings, time, and transitions in ancient Roman religion. He is represented as having two faces; he could see the past with one and the future with the other.
CodeMash is a conference I always enjoy very much coming back to, so I was extremely pleased when they decided to have a conference this year despite all that is going on. It really shows that it is possible to arrange in-person events in a safe way.