5 Goals For The Next 6 Months

Well, in an attempt to get back on my ‘writing horse’, I figured I’d start with some of the things that are rattling around my brain right now in terms of what I want to get accomplished in the short term. Some are computer-related, others are not. Nevertheless, I have some goals for things that I want to get done or accomplish in the next 6 months. Here are five of them.

1. Buy a new car

With the potential of a great new job headed my way (possibly more on that later), I should have some disposable income in the near future. To celebrate this, I think it’s time to get a new car; my current car, although it holds 5 people, is hardly what you consider sporty, is developing a bad case of rust, guzzles gas like nobody’s business, and isn’t fun to drive at all. I plan on buying a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon with a 5-speed manual transmission. They come in around $9000 before taxes, so on a financing plan I’ll be able to buy that no problem.

2. Build a customized car trunk sound system enclosure

I’d love to put my DIY skills to the test and create a proper molded sound system enclosure for my new car. It’s a lot of work, but it’ll be a lot of fun. This will also be very useful to work on some woodworking skills and some custom fabrication work.

3. Start my development website

For about two years, I ran a security-based site, but eventually shut it down because my interests simply did not coincide with my interests and life aspirations. As such, I’ve decided to start a development-based website. I can do the security-aspect within the programming and development, but I can also get into graphics design. It fits into my interests much more at this point in time, and I think it will be more beneficial to the internet as well.

4. Develop Thimbleberry

I have a new site in the works with a friend. That’s about all I’ll tell you for now. Either way, should be a fun time.

5. Start actively contributing to the open source community

The open source community is amazing. Those of you that have heard of a little operating system called Linux may know that it’s open source. That’s right: it’s free to use, free to modify, and free to redistribute. There are tons of open source projects available online, and I’d like to start contributing to one or start a new one that people will actually use. I’ve been using open source software for a long time, and it’s about time that I gave back to the community that has helped me out in so many ways.

Well, it may be feeble, but it’s a start at getting back in the writing groove. Soon I’ll start doing a bit more technology writing again, and will hopefully do some stuff on interface design. Thanks for sticking with me through my creative drought, and we will hopefully see you Monday.

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Level 3 Studios Photo Shoot

After two weeks of dying to actually pick through these photos, I finally found the time this past weekend. My schedule has been ridiculously busy, and as such my blog updates have suffered; that precious buffer I had going: gone!

Anyway, this batch of photos is from my first photo shoot, which I did at Level 3 Studios with a bunch of friends. This was a great first experience in a photo shoot scenario, but also very daunting and intimidating. I’d love to do it again, but I might need some more ideas before I go into that.

Because I was rushed, I never had the chance to do any major photo manipulation with these, and I think a fair number of these will look better after some simple changes, such as a grey scale or sepia tone added to them. I’d love to do that to a selection of them and upload them later.

As per usual, I really appreciate your comments. Post a comment below; I read all of them, I promise!

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February 1 Photography Update

Well, more photos! I have had people breathing down my neck for me to put these up, and I’ve finally given in. Because this week’s update spans almost two weeks, I’ve got almost 50 photos here (48, to be exact), ranging from the hoar frost we had a while back, to the Black & White Swing Thing, to Oldies Night at the Legion.

As per usual, I really appreciate your comments. Post a comment below; I read all of them, I promise!

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January 18 Photography Update

The latest batch of photos is in. This time, all are from this past week’s Legion, where we got a great turnout. I was able to try out using my flash in slave mode, where it gets controller by a 580EX II which is mounted on my camera. Overall, I think I got some great shots this week, including one or two I’m considering getting prints made of (such as #11, the one of Sylvia & Kiral).

I also did a bit of shooting last night in my room with my macro lens of a plant I have. I love some of the colors that came out of the shots, and I included two at the end of the gallery.

Hope you enjoy, and feel free as always to comment below.

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January 16 2010 Photography Update

Over the past week, UMSwing has had a recruitment table up in an attempt to get new members interested in the club. During that time, we do a lot of dancing (a couple hours a day), hoping that some people will be impressed by it. We think it’s working, but we’ll have to wait until the open house to see.

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