What I'm Doing in 2011

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Another new year is quickly approaching (time seems to fly, doesn’t it)? I thought it would be appropriate to do a brain dump of my plans and ideas for 2011.


I’ve never been a very “goal oriented” person, instead I tend to just live in the moment and let things happen naturally. However, this year I’m going to be trying a lot of new things, and want to hold myself accountable using goals.

  • Start a new reading habit. By the end of the year I want to be in the habit of reading for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Start a new exercise habit. By the end of the year I want to be in the habit of exercising for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week.
  • Completely stop consuming all sodas and energy drinks. I’ve already been soda free for around 4 months, but I want to completely remove them from my diet.
  • Continue losing weight at a rate of 1lb per week minimum (with a few exceptions allowed for holidays and what not).
  • Build and launch at least one public website that offers some sort of paid service.
  • Make the RCG and RCI teleconferencing systems the best in the world. We’ve got some competition, and I want to completely eliminate it.
  • Successfully launch http://globalroute.net/ (my work’s new VoIP provider).
  • Give at least one technical presentation at a programming meet up. I’m normally a pretty shy guy, but would like to make myself step out of my normal element.

I’m sure that I will do other things too (at least, I hope!), but these are my main goals for 2011. These are the things that, if I finish, will allow me to sleep easily at night.

Tech Stuff

2010 was a big year for me in terms of learning and using tech stuff. In 2011 I plan to spend a lot of time mastering the tech stuff that I use daily, namely PostgreSQL, Django, OpenSIPS, Asterisk, python, jenkins, fabric, puppet, memcached, and celery. In an ideal situation, I will be able to rapidly deploy, scale, and develop high performance applications and have full knowledge of all parts of the stack.

Right now I am very familiar with these tools, but not at a “master” level. This is something I hope to achieve through the coming year.

Other than my wife, the real love of my life is programming. Since I was a young teenager, I’ve been programming (or playing around on the computer) every single day. Over the next year, I’m looking forward to doing a lot of coding, interacting with other programmers, and having tech fun.


I don’t think a lot of people close to me know this, but I really enjoy traveling. I’m finally at a point where I can do a bit of travel casually, and in 2011 I plan on doing some.

I’m not going to be flying anywhere (fuck the TSA!), but I will be doing some alternate forms of travel. I’ve also been looking for a new home recently (I’m outgrowing LA), and will be traveling to some of my possible future homes to see how I like them.

Some of the places I’d like to visit in 2011 are (in no particular order):

  • Santa Barbara
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Cruz
  • Hawaii
  • Portland
  • Seattle

I’m also planning on taking a cruise to Alaska with my wife at some point, as we have both really been wanting to see the frozen tundra for quite some time :)

Other Thoughts

2010 was a good year. I’m looking forward to doing cool stuff in 2011, and having fun.