- Cut down Google Reader Usage as much as possible
- Same with Facebook. Maybe just never use it again. I never feel good after spending time there. Usually I feel more alone and isolated than I did when I started.
- Same with 99% of the Internet
- Get books I’m not currently reading and stow them away somewhere, so they don’t mock me and stress me out.
- Use fewer variations of the same thing at work (e.g., one version control system is enough).
- Organize the bills/etc. better
- throw away things I don’t need
- Don’t work on 50 projects at the same time, mainly at home, I mean. I ought to finish something occasionally
- Audio-related electronics (amplifiers, DACs, effects, circuit-bending, noise making).
Stay the course:
Be more superficial.
- Spend lots of time with daughter and molding her impressionable young mind and such
- Spend time with my lovely wife also
- Continue to weigh 185 +/- 5lbs
- Continue to not have any major health problems
- Ride the bike
- Walk the dog, remember to take the time to tell her she is in fact a good dog
- Maintain wall of detachment between self and people/places/things that won't be named at this time
Also, as per the title:
What does this mean? As a ‘back end’ guy (ha), I focus on behind-the-scenes stuff nobody notices (data, monitoring, number crunching, etc). I need to do more bullshit front-end things, dress up the web stuff a bit beyond really stark raw info stuff. I had this realization recently that I spend an awful lot of time doing stuff nobody really sees.
I don't really care about that at work (they pay me, so the sting of being ignored is not so great - in fact, they need to have a big sign printed that the HR department hangs up everywhere reading 'Being Ignored Is Its Own Reward', because that's a true story at that place), but it would be nice to get the occasional notice/recognition elsewhere.
On another superficial note, I really ought to do a better job keeping up with movies and music. It's one thing never to have anything to say when people talk about sports, but I look at peoples' 'My 50 Favorite Movies of the 4th Quarter of 2010' lists, and I feel like I'm totally out touch. Who knows how many comic references I'm missing? I may eventually find nothing funny but wordplay and slapstick. The prospect is horrifying.
Wish me luck, or don't, and have the best 2011 possible.