Last June, Brother B, facing the eventual end of his work on Gears of War, resolved to be more dedicated in his work on programming projects.
To Wayne, and myself he tabled the proposition of a productivity list where, sort of like a dieting support group, we would send regular status reports about our various projects. We gave it a shot and though weekly updates didn’t happen, there have been a couple hundred messages between the four of us over the last six months. Though the accountability isn’t all that strong, it has definitely been nice having people to send stuff to when I make progress on something and am proud of myself.
This last week we all revisited our project list from when the list started and covered where exactly we were on various things. I’m generally a spaz with the attention span of a ferret on crack and it was actually nice for me to look at something and see that though I do suck horribly at accomplishing things, I have actually made some progress.
himinbi.org: I want a nice looking portfolio site to show off the fact that I know my ass from a hole in the ground. It may or may not be responsible for helping me land a job, but it is sure as shit not going to to hurt.
This site looks identical to how it did when I wrote this. Wayne and I did register madstones.com and his logo work has been going promisingly. The next bit for this one I am doing for work: odin.himinbi.org/filmstrip/
Getting Schooled: I want to at least get my masters and, if I can get into a good program, my Ph.D. I’ve got the problem right now of a strong interest in electronics, but insufficient experience to know if it is something I seriously want to pursue professionally.
I got the parts for this project and wrote a little code, but wandered off and forgot much of what I was doing. McK got me a subscription to Nuts and Volts for my birthday and I got a new issue a couple days ago. It inspired me to pick this one back up, but his time I’m writing down the concepts so than when I wander off and come back I can relearn faster. odin.himinbi.org/frontpanel/
Stories: The National Storytelling Festival is in Jonesborough the first weekend in October. It is a little expensive to go to the actual festival, but I want to bring some people down, ride the Creeper Trail, hang out at the cabin, go to Midnight Cabaret and maybe go spelunking. This project only has one real technical component: riddlecreek.holcomb.info. I want to use the cabin as a selling point and the site doesn’t really exist currently. This also relates to possibly renting the place in the future as well.
We did the trip, but I didn’t finish the site.
pcvs.org: There are all sorts of scripts and pages and stuff that I wrote as a volunteer that would be really useful to current volunteers. The problem it was all hand edited XML files and programs I ran. I’d like to migrate this into a CMS and I’ve got an authentication scheme I’d like to see if I could get to actually work. I think that this site would be reasonably popular (50,000+ hits/month) if I could get it working like I want. It is also my testbed for evaluating any CMS/publishing system.
This was the one I did nothing at all on. I want to play with a CMS idea and because of the size of that I’m leaving it until I don’t have a job as a distraction.
All in all, I did about how I would have guessed I would. I did lots of little bits, flitting from project to project, but not really finishing anything.