2012 Goals – October Retrospective

Think, only two more months left in the year, and lets take a look at what I’ve done so far (and maybe think about next years goals..).

#1 Getting in Shape / Prepare for Tough Mudder

I wrote about my Tough Mudder experience, and I’m going back through the Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook to figure out how to best control my blood sugar in the mess that is Tough Mudder.  I’m also stepping up my workout routine to make sure I’m not as much a wuss as last time.  I also started going to a personal trainer since I realized I wasn’t getting where I wanted to be by myself.

#2 Propose PhD Topic

The proposal is done and I’m now doing all the fun stuff that is needed to get the topic proposed (getting a room for it, etc.).  Lots of fun.  Really.

#3 Learn a new Programming Language

I’ve sort of morphed this into a learn a new programming language / learn new system architectures; and to that end, I’ve really begun reading and wrapping my head around the ideas of: CQRS, Event Sourcing, and Version Control with respect to scalability.

A good overview of CQRS can be found here: http://www.udidahan.com/2009/12/09/clarified-cqrs/

#4 Learn Guitar

I feel I’m getting a lot better at the guitar, still not amazing, but songs are actually beginning to sound like songs although I still have a lot to work on.  For instance: chord changes and strumming.  I still don’t quite have the whole rhythm thing down quite yet when having to do things like downstroke on an 8th note then down / up as 16th notes.  I’m sure I’ll get better at it; just need to fire up the metronome and make it happen.

#5 Housework

I finally got the disassembled playscape out of the backyard and removed two decorative columns in my house.  Hopefully I’ll take care of the fence and all the additional rocks sitting in my backyard so I can start planning covering my patio. 🙂

Overall

Lots of random events happening but, I went to ACL on Oct. 13th and saw Punch Brothers, Bassnectar, and Neil Young!

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