Happy New Year! Comments

So it may be a day late, but I get up in the afternoon! Hope everyone had a grand entrance to their respective new years.

Resolutions for me?

  1. Rails. Become an absolute master.
  2. PHP frameworks. Likewise, play with various PHP codebases (so far Akelos, Symfony and CakePHP are on the list) and build at least one site with each over a period of a few months. Figure out which I like best and for what reasons.
  3. Music. Make more of it. As soon as things settle down a bit on the job front (I’ve got a new one starting in just under two weeks…) I want to make a minimum of 3 “finished” beats a week. I think it’s doable, if a bit hectic. Share them all with the Internet via this blog and a redesigned dcbeats.net (sub-resolution: redesign DC Beats)
  4. Lose weight. This is probably on at least 50% of Americans’ lists of resolutions, I’m sure. I’d like to drop at least 50 pounds, all through aerobic workouts and bicycling/inline skating. Anyone who wants to skate with me in the Alexandria/Fairfax County area, drop me a line! thynctank@thynctank.com or 703-585-4576.
  5. Move out. Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been living with family for some time now. Finally I’ve got a job where I can support myself and my wife without bleeding dry the fun fund.
  6. Make babies. Some time this year, we’ve got to get started with the family propagation. Soon as Terri’s healed up from her terrible set of surgeries this past year has brought her.

What are your resolutions?


  1. Posted January 3, 2008 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    1. Evolve my programming skills like whoa. Javascript and PHP from novice to advanced. Also learn Ruby and either C# or C++.
    2. Become a proficient graphic designer.
    3. Get a better job paying at least 1 1/2 times my current salary.
    4. Start taking on freelance side-work and grow this to become a significant auxiliary source of income (if not my primary source, but perhaps that can be accomplished next year).
    5. Move the heck out.
    6. Get back into music. Learn to play the drums and/or guitar and/or piano and/or get singing lessons. Familiarize myself with the software. Go to more concerts. Organize my music collection and expand it; the more FLAC, the better.
    7. Continue (re-) improving my soccer skills. Join some teams. Play more sports in general (tennis, basketball, hockey, racquetball).
    8. Travel SOMEWHERE, possibly beyond the borders. Make it to the beach this summer (a lot!). Actually TAKE A VACATION at some point (if not twice or thrice) and have a lot more fun with my life!!!

  2. Posted January 25, 2008 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Are you a Rails master yet? haha. Added you to my blogroll good sir. now to figure out how to subscribe to your blog. hehe.

  3. Posted February 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I dunno about a master, but I’m certainly proficient. Rake tasks, have written a screen scraper, done file I/O, multipart email, and more.

    Also playing with Cake, Flex (barely, I’ve learned the diffs between ActionScript 3 and old-school/JavaScript, and am tapping into MXML currently) and will be playing with Adobe AIR as I find time.

    Haven’t touched the music. Haven’t started on the biking yet. Maybe tonight. There is some small progress on my hammerdown on the credit card debt, which is the main precipitator prior to the move out.

    Terri’s healing and only has a minor surgery to go/heal from before we go about making Bebe’s Kids.

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