Intentions for 2015

It’s that time of year when I reflect to see what I’ve achieved during the year both from a professional and personal standpoint. It think it’s been a good year, my health mid-year hindered me from achieving some decent training on my bike and I’m still recovering from that but I intend to get back into the swing of things in the New Year. I might even consider a Turbo Trainer to step things up.

Things are going well work-wise. I now have a good handle on Java Spring and branching out into Amazon Web Services. I’ve spent the year looking at and using Docker and finally figured out the whole layout strategy in CSS in relational to HTML.

For 2015 I’d like to concentrate on the following things.

Start to play the piano again

I stopped practicing piano this year around the March to April timeframe. I can’t remember why I stopped but I gave up and didn’t really start again. I’ve been playing the piano since the age of 8, stopped when I was 19 and started again when I was 36. I have a decent digital piano, a Kawai MP5 so it would be a shame to stop again as it usually gives me some enjoyment.

Learn HTML, CSS and Javascript

I try to do this every year and for some reason I never quite get round to it. My main stumbling block has been CSS - I understand the semantic HTML thing. Towards the latter part of 2014 I finally grasped the layout part of CSS which is essentially a hack - there doesn’t appear to be a well designed layout strategy for CSS and it’s thrown together with a bunch of float hacks. Even the inline block method has issues in terms of whitespace. So understanding this, I can move forward and try to learn CSS layouts.

Cycle More

I want to get fitter still. After 20 years of not doing any real cardiovascular workout and starting cycling in 2013 I want to continue this. I may get a turbo trainer and sign up to Trainer Road.

Make Decisions Quickly and Effectively

One of my weaknesses is making decisions. I suffer from analysis paralysis at times mainly in my personal life. One of my goals is to learn to make more effective decisions. I’m not sure how I’m going to achieve this yet - maybe I need to decide :)

Finding and Organizing Photos

I've been taking photos with a digital camera since November 2004. That's over 10 years now. During this time I have used many different cameras, PCs (Windows and Linux) and Macs and various attempts to try and back up those photos. Needless to say I've amassed a number of photos across different hard drives and forgotten where these photos live. I think many of us have done this. Or is it just me?

Anyway I came across a Python script to organize photos and I've modified it so that it will recursively search directories on a hard drive. It will organize the photos into folders of year / month / day and rename the photos of the date and time they were taken. If it cannot determine this information it will store them in a single folder. This script has been very useful to me and I've managed to back up my photos to Dropbox as well as storing them on an external drive for back up.

Anyway, here is the script and please note, it only works on a Mac.