I like blogging, but…

…I never seem to take the time to sit down and put my fingers on the keyboard.  It doesn’t help that nobody (except you, and maybe one other person) reads it.  Then again, some have said that blogging isn’t for them; it’s for me.  And particularly when it comes to projects that I’m working on, it’s probably a nice idea to have some kind of record of what I did, so maybe one day when I need to remember how I did that thing, I’ll have some written (and easily searchable!) memory of it.

And there are the things we all talk about this time of year.  Goal setting, resolutions, whatnot.  I’m not a fan of “New Year’s Resolutions”, because I don’t think we should limit ourselves to just one time of the year when we can look back at the past year and make plans for the new one.  At the same time, I usually take some time off work at this time of year, and I do often find myself with thoughts to spare.

2018 was a big year for me.  Some big life changes.  I travelled overseas (i.e., outside North America) for the first time, to Iceland (too bad; the tourists are ruining Iceland).   But there were some things this year I didn’t focus on.  Good thing: I have time, still.  And better yet: In the end, none of this will matter.  But for now, I make plans for 2019 and the years beyond.

Looking into 2019

I’m not going to get into my personal or career stuff here now, but there are three hobby areas that I’d like to rekindle, broadly categorized under Health, Technical, and Creative.  The three sometimes blend into each other, which is nice.

Triathlon, Running and stuff

Triathlon doesn’t show up much in my calendar this year.  When people ask, I usually just say, “I’ve decided I don’t like long course, and I’ll probably do a sprint or two this year.”  For now, the only thing I’ve actually written in ink on the calendar is the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon.  You should do it too.  It’s fun.  I’ve done it a few times, but not recently.

But I’ll be on Zwift.  Look me up and we’ll do loops around the volcano.

Triathlon: I’ll probably do a sprint or two, this year.  We’ll see.

Robots

I build robots in my spare time.  I say robots, but what I really mean is random crap that uses electricity.  But in my usual learn what I can about something, then move on approach, I’m finding myself wanting to pare my list of projects down to some reasonable shortlist.  Right now, I’m putting the finishing touches on a digital photo frame that uses the parts from an old laptop computer.

Photography

I traded in all my camera gear last year, for a much smaller yet equally capable mirrorless number.  It was mostly so I’d have something for my overseas trip in November (and it served me well for that), but since it’s much smaller yet equally capable, I’ll be more apt to lug carry it around.  I’ll be cheering on my friends at Ironman Canada this summer, so watch my Flickr photostream for that.

That reminds me… Flickr is dead.  Or at least it was dead.  Now it’s in critical condition, and I’m hoping that it recovers.  The PR from SmugMug makes me hopeful, but we’ll see.

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