So I think I have found my thesis topic, I'm going to do it on rapid prototyping / 3D printing, especially the metal variety. Here is an example:
it is made of steel, with a spiral staircase inside of it. (you can see the light reflecting off the steps at the top, and through the window). Could make one badass chess set
Also found out I am being made a sub lead at work. It's the first level of the leadership track at my company. Of course until you hit official management, all leadership positions are "permanent" frocks. no pay increase.
but still kind of exciting. Great way to finish off the year