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Update on goals (about 20% success overall) [Sep. 13th, 2012|09:15 am]
irgth
This is an update on http://irgth.livejournal.com/74682.html

1. Improve skills as a RoR dev - made some progress (and have expanded to Sinatra, EventMachine, and even a little bit of Java).  I'd say I achieved about 15% of this goal.

2. Actually race.  Didn't happen.  I signed up for one race (341 challenge), but it was cancelled.  There were no other interesting races that my car/me qualified for.  0%.

3. Get in shape.  Nope.  Gained 5 pounds, and probably lost a bit of muscle. -10%

4. Photography.  Nope. 0%.

5. Piano/Music.  I did buy a Clarineo (should've bought a regular clarinet) and a Keyboard.  I've been playing about 15-30 minutes a day for the last month or so.  Currently, I'm working on writing a very simple, short song (that I can actually play...) that I should record soon.  5%.

6. Maid.  I can afford it, but none of the maid services will do all the things I want done (clean the cat box, windows, dishes, laundry).  0%.

7. Debt.  Other than my mortgage, I have less than $6K left to pay off.  I should have that taken care of by November or December. 80%

8. Side Business. Nope.  Had to suspend my side business, due to the company I work for being acquired, and the new owners having very strict limitations on outside work. -1%

9. Raise.  Significant raise after the acquisition.  The new owner has a different schedule for annual performance reviews.  Mine was just completed, and despite a glowing review and increased demand for my skills, my raise was small.  90%
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resolutions [Jan. 2nd, 2012|09:29 am]
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Since my previous resolutions have worked out so well...

This year I resolve to:
  • Get drunk more often
  • Participate in no exercise more strenuous than walking from the couch to the fridge
  • Buy everything I have room for on my credit cards
  • Lie
  • Cheat
  • Steal
  • Eat all the foods I love, in massive quantities
  • Invest my money exclusively in lottery tickets and Texas Hold'em tournaments
  • Watch massive amounts of TV
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9 goals to achieve by 9/9/2012 [Sep. 10th, 2011|09:14 pm]
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9 things I am committed to accomplish by 9/9/2012, and how I'm going to do it:

1. Make a significant improvement in my ability as a Ruby on Rails Developer. I'm actually going to work through my entire pile of nearly a dozen unread RoR books.

2. Instead of just doing non-competitive track days, I'm going to actually race (hill climb/time trial) my car. I don't expect myself to win, but I will not finish last. I've already signed up for one race, and am looking for one more to enter next year.

3. Get in shape, with a goal weight of 14 stone (196 pounds). I'm currently just under 17 stone. I've already cut my daily calorie intake (target is < 3000 calories per day, I think I've been taking in closer to 4000), and am going to try P90X. When I had my 350Z corner balanced last month, I had them set the simulated driver weight to 200 pounds. Having a car that is better balanced is a huge motivator! The 3 stone weight difference should also help shave off a fraction of a second per lap.

4. Get back into photography. Buying new gear tends to inspire me, and the Sony NEX-7 seems like the perfect camera to keep with me at all times. I'm putting money into a specific account, and will buy the NEX-7 (or another comparable camera), once I have the cash (won't charge it).

5. Buy a piano or keyboard, and expand my ability as a musician. I haven't done much musically since about '92. I really want to get back to where I could pick up my guitar, get into the zone, and play for hours. By this time next year, I want to be back to where I can jam with other musicians, and be able to play something worth listening to. I've started putting money into another account, dedicated to my music budget.

6. Hire a maid. I can't do anything about this at the moment, as it doesn't fit into the budget. So this is dependent on the next 3 goals.

7. Be debt free, with the exception of a mortgage. This will require about $1750/month in payments. I only have $750/month available in my budget, and I don't want to cut anything out. So, I need to make more money.

8. Start/restart a side business that makes at least $10,000/year. The first step I'm going to take is more or less marketing related - by 9/9/2012 I will go over all of my sites, and either shut them down, or make them not suck. I will attempt to make money from at least one of them. I'm also going to start a blog, that isn't my livejournal. I may look for some contract work doing RoR - the ideal client will need 5-10 hours of work done per month.

9. Get a decent raise when my annual review comes up in February. Next week, I'm going to talk to my manager and make sure that I am on track, and see if I need to make any adjustments to my work habits in order to increase my salary.
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(no subject) [Aug. 17th, 2010|10:35 am]
irgth
I've just updated my resume.
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resume feedback request [Jul. 16th, 2010|09:43 am]
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Here is my resume.

If you can think of anyway to make it more effective, please let me know.
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mangled hfs [May. 28th, 2010|09:41 pm]
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Does anyone have a copy of Alsoft DiskWarrior that I can borrow?
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(no subject) [Sep. 2nd, 2009|11:41 pm]
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short video of my best lap from today
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lemming [Jan. 16th, 2009|08:52 pm]
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iTunes, random*.Collapse )

In general I'm not a fan of "memes", but doing this one gave me something to do while monitoring a long running critical data manipulation script.
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(no subject) [Jan. 1st, 2009|10:01 pm]
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NYE photos

If you don't want your photo posted, let me know and I'll take it down.
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New Years Resolutions [Jan. 1st, 2009|09:20 am]
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My resolutions for 2009 will be remarkably similar to last years. I didn't do too well on my 2008 resolutions, due to a mess of interrelated health issues and a high (ok, moderate) speed crash at the track.

#1: improve health
I'm now feeling healthy enough that I can occasionally exercise intentionally. So I should actually do that.

My weight fluctuated quite a bit in 2008. I gained 5 pounds, lost 15 after being diagnosed with diabetes2, regained about 8 after getting really sick/weak from a reaction to a prescription drug. So - two pounds less than a year ago, and much weaker.

Goal is to get down to 200, and have more strength, stamina and flexibility.

#2: get back on the racetrack
Repairs to my 350Z are probably going to be between $5,000 and $10,000. So far, I've saved up about $1,300. I'm going to do at least one track day, even if I have to use my Honda Fit. Hopefully, I'll be able to get my finances in good enough shape to be able to afford to fix the 350Z and do at least 6 track days.

#3: professional development
Due to the various illnesses, I haven't had the energy to do much studying on my own time. Now that I seem to be over the worst of it, I need to push myself to learn more. I also want to get Scribo Vita launched by the end of the year.

#4: finances
I paid off one credit card in 2008, one more to go. It is unlikely that I'll be able to pay it off entirely in 2009, so the goal is to cut the balance on my MasterCard in half. I also need to rebuild my cash reserves. I currently have enough cash for a month, maybe two. I want to get that up to 3 months, maybe even 4.
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