Back in the Game

Happy New Year! I started the blog as a new-years-resolution-but-not-really-because-I-don’t-make-new-years-resolutions late last year, and with that in mind I’m posting my  new-years-resolution-but-not-really-because-I-don’t-make-new-years-resolutions. These are as much related to work as well as my blog as well as some personal posts:

  1. write better check-in comments; I’m terrible at writing check in comments. Truly it is embarrassing to see some of them. Some of the low-lights are “minor change”, “speed up build”,”build updates”…. really not good. So I’m writing better check in comments.
  2. Keep on Posting: In my first year of blogging, I posted over 100 times, roughly twice a week, so how can “keep on posting” be a resolution? Well I see it as the proverbial Difficult Second Album Syndrome; that is, not that I see my blog as a breakthrough in blogging with readers eagerly anticipating my next post, but rather that I had plenty of ideas when I started this blog, and 100+ posts in, it’s important to keep up the momentum of posting. My blog posts are based on ideas and experiences and, yes, even mistakes, so long as I push myself to make many of these I’ll keep the posting up!
  3. Read Infinite Jest: I’ve been wanting to read this book for nearly two years. I made a good start on it, but made the mistake of reading it on holiday. It’s not a holiday sort of book. It’s a challenging read that has me grateful for the built-in dictionary in the Kindle. It punishes you if you don’t give it it’s full attention. I have to Google some of the concepts to keep up, like say for example the concept of a cardioid and how it is similar to the lemniscate, the symbol for infinity…. but it sure is rewarding.
  4. Pass some exams: I’ve got one exam booked up this Thursday, but really I need to go and sign up for some more. Since graduating from university, I’ve always been a bit weary of taking too many exams, as most qualifications provide little guarantee of whether you’re actually capable of doing a job. w/r/t professional qualifications, they show a desire to put in the effort to get accredited. And for me that says more about attitude than competency.
  5. Make a King Cake: I’ve been obsessing about King Cake since  I first ate it last year at Mardi Gras. Shockingly I am unable to buy one in the UK, so I’m going to have to turn my culinary skills to making a King Cake. I’m not too shabby at cooking; I have made macaroons from scratch, and am a dab hand at making a roux, so with a bit of practice and a lot of mistakes I’m sure I’ll make a passable King Cake made by March 4th.

Here’s to a frank and productive new year!

Author: Richie Lee

Full time computer guy, part time runner. Full time Dad, part time blogger. Pokémon Nut. Writer of fractured sentences. Maker of the best damn macaroni cheese you've ever tasted.

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