2012 Goals – December / Full Year Retrospective

And I made it through an entire year of doing retrospectives.  I’m not quite sure what that says about me other than I can write a few sentences on a blog one time a month updating my progress toward goals I have. 🙂

#1 Getting in Shape

I’m getting more in shape. Still need to start jogging again though.  I found some nice exercises about how to fix the computer guy posture that the majority of us all suffer from here.

#2 Propose PhD Topic

I’m ready to go but I’ve run into a few roadblocks and working on getting those resolved.

#3 Learn a New Programming Language

This got put on the back burner for the past few weeks with school taking a priority.

#4 Learn Guitar

I’m still going to lessons but I slacked off a bit on my week off from work to take care of house work that needed to be done.  I picked up an Apogee Jam and Rock Prodigy to help me get better at the guitar.  I’m really liking Rock Prodigy and it’s lessons that you can do while just sitting around the house.  I’m hoping to get back into a schedule where I can do the practice for it at a set time.

#5 House work

This ended up taking some of my time during my holidays to clean up my house.  It’s a lot better than it was before but there is still some more work let to be completed.  I guess this is the joy of home ownership.

Overall

I’m glad I kept this blog up at least chronicling my attempts at New Year’s Resolutions and forcing myself to act upon them, even if I didn’t finish all of them at least I got myself on a track to complete them.

2012 Goals – November Retrospective

And one more month to go this year…

#1 Getting in Shape

I’m using a personal trainer and it’s definitely a killer.  I’m feeling the burn every time I go there, so I think if I keep it up I’ll definitely be in great shape for another Tough Mudder.  I haven’t however been doing the jogging that I need to do.  So, I’ve gotta get back on the horse with that.

#2 Propose PhD Topic

Rounding up the professors is like herding cats.

#3 Learn a New Programming Language

Haven’t really had a chance to touch on this at all this month.  It’s a little depressing but I’m sure I’ll get back to it soon.

#4 Learn Guitar

The songs I’m playing are actually sounding like songs now (albeit a little slower) so I think I’m making good progress.  Still need to work on changing chords since I can only do them at Neil Young speed and not Rush or Led Zeppelin speed.

#5 Housework

Not much going on in the housework front other than trying to keep the crepe myrtles alive.

Overall

I think 4 outta 5 ain’t bad. 🙂

The Woodworking Project: A Semi-Hollow Body Gibson ES-335 Replica Guitar

As I mentioned in the post about VLC, I’ve been deciding on a new project to take up.  That new project is a hollow bodied electric guitar with hand carved top and bottom; the one I’m planning to build is going to look a lot like this, a Gibson ES-335.  I have a lot of oak so I want to make use of it extensively in the guitar even though it is a rather unconventional wood for guitars.  Unfortunately, this time I’m not going to use the oak; perhaps for the next instrument :).  As far as the other specs go, I’m wanting to use dual humbuckers, dual volume and tone controls with the ability to coil tap the humbuckers.  Of course, you’ve gotta go with the Bigsby B7 vibrato, 22 frets and a few custom touches.

Here it is a little more broken down (and where I intend to get the electronics and such from)

  1. Electronics
    1. Two Humbuckers (Wolfetone Pickups)
    2. Two Volume pots (long stem, 500k)
    3. Two Tone pots (long stem, 500k, push/push)
    4. Bigsby B7 Vibrato
  2. Woods
    1. Maple top and bottom and center block
    2. Mahogany sides and neck
    3. Ebony fretboard

Of course, there is so much more to get, like the wood for all the molds that will need to be made along with some tools that I am lacking in order to make it.  I could do it without some of these tools, but really, where is the fun in doing something without a new tool to play with :).  When I finally gather all the parts and start actually working on the project, I’ll be sure to update the website to keep y’all informed of my problems and successes and other such ramblings.