Goals for 2006

I’ve decided to set a few goals for 2006.

I’m going to lose at least 75 lbs. I’m well on my way already, having cut out all “normal” soft drinks (and as many sources of HFCS as possible. In the past month, I figure I’ve lost 5-10 lbs. My clothes are getting baggier and I’ll need to have my wedding ring resized soon.

I’m going to improve my Computer Science education. MIT’s OpenCourseWare is a great thing. I’m currently reading The Little Schemer, will follow it up with The Seasoned Schemer, and I’ll then proceed to go through the courseware for MIT’s 6.001 Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. The textbook is online, and I’ve also made a good PDF version of it.

I’m going to reduce the space and power used by my computer equipment, and get stuff that puts off less heat and noise. Once the x86-based Mac minis come out, I’ll be replacing my iMac G5 with an Intel-Mini and a Dell 20“ widescreen LCD. The Dell SC420 (P4 2.53Ghz, 1G RAM, minitower) will probably be replaced by a Pentium-M-based mini-ITX system. As for my Windows-based game machine, I need to get some adjustable fan speed controls (to cut down on the noise), and I’ve already started completely shutting down the machine when I’m not using it. The Mac is used enough that I leave it on 24/7, and the Dell does my automated backups so its on all the time too.

I’m working on ways to improve my memory. As I get older (I’m 31), I don’t feel as ”sharp“ or as ”focused“ as I used to be, and I don’t like that at all. Spending a day with ”brain fog“ renders me pretty much nonproductive.

4 thoughts on “Goals for 2006

  1. Not that it is something that guys our age have to worry about, but the Alzheimer’s Association have a Maintain Your Brain
    program that looks pretty good. Please post anything you come accross, ’cause I am getting the feeling staying sharp is similar to retirement funding, it is easier to do when you are younger than it is to play catch up later in life.

  2. Cool! Thanks man. Good luck with the 2006 goals, I haven’t had the balls to write mine publicly. It seems like we have a few goals in common though. Here’s to a prosperous 2006!

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