Last year I had a set of resolutions. Let's see how I did.
Still a big problem here. It turns out it is really fucking hard to save money and live comfortably in this city. It's fucking infuriating how much everything costs, especially compared to, say, Phoenix.
I really need to crank down and force myself in to a budget this year and minimize my burn rate. I'm planning to go in to the year selling and donating a bunch of things I don't need, removing a bunch of expenses I don't need, and building up a safe supply again.
The good news is that I wasn't forced in to doing any 1099 contract work this year, which means I will probably get a chunk of change back from the IRS that I can feed back in to my debts.
Well, I did that, even though I had to borrow a thousand dollars from one of my friends. That was a super stressful month and I'd rather not do things like that again. This goes back to above. I need to force myself in to a budget, that's really the only good solution here.
I didn't even attempt this. I meant to get one of those silly new-to-credit-here's-200$ credit cards, but I didn't. I probably should.
Hmm, well, maybe? We've been working on Kickass Systems and that's been going pretty well; I've open sourced all of my infrastructure projects, which is a huge stack of code. No applications or anything along those lines, though, even though I dabbled with a few of those types of projects this year.
Well, not as such, no. Burnout is fucking real, man. I burnt out at Storehouse really hard, and basically was given an ultimatum that I had no chance of hitting, so I didn't. And I walked. I'm at a place that doesn't want to burn me out, that actually hired a team when someone said they needed it. My team went from two (my hiring being the second) to up to 8 in six months. That's incredible, and they are all smart fun people who don't make me feel like a freetard outcast like I sometimes felt at Storehouse. I'm going to consider this one a win, I'm just glad Uber decided to take the chance on me.
Well, I do this sometimes, but in general, I'm really considering instituting a no-tech-after-11 rule, as well as a no electronics in the bedroom rule. I have some plans for home automation projects that will help make sure I wake up without relying on a cell phone.
I've done pretty good about this. I've drank less, and I've got drunk even less than that.
Haha, I only went back to AZ twice last year: once for my birthday, once for Christmas. I really need to travel more this year, not necessarily Arizona, but I want to go places.
This is one that I've done really well with. The switch to Org mode and Gnus has been a huge boon to my productivity, and ability to track what I'm working on. I've pushed out most of the IRC channels that I idle in, opting for a handful of ones that I care about. I've disabled notifications, I've turned nearly every "push" based mechanism in my life in to a "pull" based mechanism and I think it's really helped me feel more calm and in control of my life.
I still need to unsubscribe from a bunch of mailing lists, but oh well.
I've done pretty good about this, especially in the latter half of the year; I really want to finish up this literate Emacs configuration that I've spent the last month on so that I can break posts out on to my blog, and so that I can publish the org-mode doc for how I computer.
Instead of going with Free Android, I think I've opted to leave Android altogether. My phone right now is an Nokia N900 and while it's not the most useful thing, I'm okay with that. It does SMS and it does phone calls and it can SSH to my server where it can IRC and tweet. That's really all I use a phone for besides ordering an Uber, which I can use http://m.uber.com/ for.
As for convergence, that goal is going to have to be put on hold. After losing four glass touchscreens this year, I'm becoming convinced that they are literally the worse. Right now I have my N900 which is basically impossible to break, my work's Thinkpad T440s and my personal Chromebook which I've put a Debian chroot on to.
Carry over goals:
I've been talking about it for months and it consumes my free time, but it's an enjoyable hobby and I think it's a productive outlet for me.
There's a whole world out there, and I haven't seen any of it since 2010 when I went to Sweden and Finland. I want to see more of it, and I want to experience new things.
In the past I've tried to do Sudoroom or Noisebridge, but I always feel out of place, I really need to figure out why that is and beat it down.
I use it for my disk, and documents that I care about, but most of my communications aren't yet encrypted. I'm going to figure out a sane way to do OTR or some sort of PFS chat system one of these days, and when Kickass Systems IRCd gets stood up, all of that will exist within the VPN and SSL encrypted.
I'd love to get more folks using GPG this year, I'm going to set up a postfix incoming rule to encrypt all of my mail as it comes in, so that my data at rest is secure. I'm working on a threat model in my free time that I should finish up.