Category Archives: Life

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An article I read online recently stuck out to me with the author, David Wehle’s process to completing his game.

Whether it’s just answering an email or doing a small color change on a texture, I always try to do something on my project everyday…… Usually I get pumped about what I’ve done, and suddenly I’m motivated to work on the harder stuff.

No matter what, he found something to work on and accomplish each day. Doing this along with limiting my scope, it will be much easier to release the side projects and get feedback. In the end I will feel more accomplished because something was actually released and not just a permanent work in progress.

Scope

Over the course of working on my hobby projects I have always run into roadblocks in trying to complete them. One main problem I run into is the scope of my projects. I have the habit of trying to make the end result over complicated so I have trouble completing what I want the project to turn out into. One thing I have to get better is road mapping my projects. This doesn’t mean releasing an unfinished project, it means releasing a project that has reached its first main milestone goal and then working on the next step with feedback from the end user. Most of the projects will never be completed without bugs, as they are inevitable. But releasing a project it better than not releasing it at all.

freeCodeCamp

I first came across freeCodeCamp late last year while trying to find another resource to help learn for a project I have been planning, but now I am getting more into using the site to learn. Currently, I am on challenge 119 on their roadmap to learning.

Some of what I am learning is a refresher but a lot of the material is new to me. In my experience, I haven’t been a big user of jQuery and advanced CSS. Most of my experience has come from HTML and PHP. Most of the design work was usually completed by someone else.

I have recently been told to get more involved in the open source community and for me to get more involved I need to learn more code to help in other ways other than support and documentation.

Here’s to completing some of my projects in the coming weeks/months, so I can share them with you.

2MASS J23062928-0502285

The study of the stars and space has always fascinated me.

Earlier today, there was an announcement about 4 more exoplanets being found near TRAPPIST-1 also known as 2MASS J23062928-0502285. The fact that some of those have the potential to be in a habitable zone makes this discovery great. Knowing that there is a possibility that there could be other life out there.

In the future, one of my planned purchases is a telescope to be better able to see what is out there.

Unfortunately, I am unable to witness the next Solar eclipse on February 26, 2017.

Time

24 hours in a day. 10ish hours at a job a day. 7 hours a sleep a night. Leaving the rest of the time for hobbies, games and life. But even with my Google Calendar keeping me organized, part of that time is still wasted. The to-do lists and wish lists grow with each wasted moment.

Recently I have installed RescueTime on my computers to help me aid in this situation. Limiting my Reddit time, stop the switching between the many different side projects I have going through my mind, and even the waste of time known as social media.

Time is limited, need to use it smarter. Time to narrow my focus and work on my end goal.

Hotels.com

For the past 2 years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel the country. Whenever I did travel I have been using Hotels.com to book nights because of their rewards program. Being able to get a portion of my hotel paid for just for booking a hotel is a great thing for my wallet.
Coming soon I plan to post some reviews of the different hotels and places I have been in the past couple of years.
Between TripAdvisor and Hotels.com it is easy to find a great hotel for a good price.

Reading Books

As a kid, I hated reading books for some reason. But as I grow older, I am starting to get more into reading. To help me I went and purchased an Amazon Kindle. In my experience whenever I try to read physical books I end up getting bored easily and lose interest and have to come back to the book later. This makes reading unenjoyable for me and takes me forever to read books normally. The logic behind the kindle purchase was I can spend hours on a computer and read articles on a screen so the kindle could simulate that.

With my desire to read more books, I have started using Goodreads.com, as a way to track the books and get recommendations for other books to read.

Early Retirement?

“There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”

I recently came across this quote by Nigel Marsh. He is known for his work-life balance work. Work-life balance is one of my goals for the next few years. Along with having a fulfilling retirement. As someone in their twenties, I currently don’t have a set retirement age but in time, I will be able to develop a plan to a better life.

Recently I have been doing more and more research and math behind early retirement. Part of this was to cut the cord for television service to stop wasting money.

Currently, another area I am working on is my video game collection habit. Before I had the desire to obtain as many games as possible. More recently I have slowed down my buying of games until I am able to complete more that I have even yet to start.

New Years Resolution #2

Another News Year resolution I have for 2017 is to live a healthier lifestyle. To help myself achieve this goal I went out and purchased a home gym set and a 2-in-1 Elliptical and Recumbent Bike. By running financials with my wife, we determined it was cheaper in the long run to purchase equipment than it was to join a gym. We also figured we would be more likely to use the equipment if it was readily available at our house and we didn’t have to drive 15 minutes or more to get to a gym.

These purchases along with our Fitbits and our change of diet, I am leaning towards a healthier lifestyle.