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More steel

I didn’t expect this, and this year I wasn’t asked ahead of time if I wanted to receive this gift. It is however something of a collector’s item that I find very enjoyable.

I received my GitHub contribution matrix printed in steel. This is my 2021 contribution skyline. (Click the images for higher resolution.)

The thing is surprisingly heavy and sturdy. If I had papers lying around, this would an awesome paper press.

You might remember that I got a similar gift last year, so it felt natural to do a comparison shot of 2021 and 2020.

For 2020, GitHub counted 2,466 contributions, while I reached 2,543 in 2021. Very similar numbers, but clearly distributed very differently. The two matrix images look like this.




Enclosed with this gift was also a friendly and encouraging letter.

Oh, and you can of course also see a rendered version in your browsers or download it in STL format so that you can print using your own 3d-printer.

Thank you, all my friends at GitHub!

Github steel

I honestly don’t know what particular thing I did to get this, but GitHub gave me a 3D-printed steel version of my 2020 GitHub contribution “matrix”. You know that thing on your GitHub profile that normally looks something like this:

The gift package included this friendly note:

Hi @bagder,

As we welcome 2021, we want to thank and congratulate you on what you brought to 2020. Amidst the year’s challenges, you found time to continue giving back and contributing to the community.

Your hard work, care, and attention haven’t gone unnoticed.

Enclosed is your 2020 GitHub contribution graph, 3D printed in steel. You can also view it by pointing your browser to https://github.co/skyline. It tells a personal story only you can truly interpret.

Please accept this small gift as a token of appreciation on behalf of all of us here at GitHub, and everyone who benefits from your work.

Thank you and all the best for the year ahead!

With <3, from GitHub

I think I’ll put it under one of my screens here on my desk for now. The size is 145 mm x 30 mm x 30 mm. 438 grams.

Thanks GitHub!

Update: the print is done by shapeways.com