Looking back

2010 has been an ‘interesting’ year. Interesting in the Chinese curse sense of the word mostly.

I set a bunch of goals back at the end of 2009, but to be quite honest I’m not even going to look at them. If I achieved even one it was more chance than anything. Still there have been a couple of positive aspects to the year.

  • Enthusiasm for SQL-related stuff (and pretty much everything else) was finally relocated. I wrote 3 blog posts this last week, and it didn’t feel like a chore for the first time in many months.
  • For the first time since I moved to consulting, my income comfortably exceeds my expenses. Moving to consulting at the start of an economic downturn was probably a stupid thing to do, but I never do things the easy way.
  • Got the hardest part of my Masters thesis out of the way, all that’s really left is a bit more data collection and writing up.

So, some goals for the new year…

  • Finish the thesis. This isn’t optional. I’ve committed to handing it in by June.
  • Aikido at least once a week and archery at least one Saturday a month. I’ve skipped far too many classes and practices these last few months.
  • Attempt the first MCM test. This probably won’t be until the latter part of the year. The Master’s thesis comes first
  • Get back into computer graphics. Old hobby that’s been mostly neglected, but that I still enjoy

No blog-related goals or article quotas. I intend to write a fair bit, but I don’t want to set requirements.

One last thing, for anyone wondering about the computer graphics, these are some work-in-progress or finished pieces.






  1. Julie Smith

    Nice Lady of the Lake.

    1. Gail (Post author)

      Thank you.

      That was inspired by a role-playing campaign I was part of.

  2. Will S

    Nice Orbs. I would love to be able to create something like that…


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