So what did I do in 2017? I made a conscious decision to focus on goals last year and had a lot of success because of it. Here are some highlights. Many of these started as New Years resolutions or expanded from things I annually focus on. I generally believe you need to have focus (or more specifically time) dedicated to five things; your family, your faith, your career, your health (intellectual & physical), and your community. The list below represents the fruits of the time I spent on the last three of those things.
I am the CTO of Automation Integrated so teaching isn’t my career, it is something I do to give back to the people entering this industry.
I never wanted to be a teacher. My dad was a grade-school teacher before becoming an administrator and I remember how hard it was, how disproportional that work seemed to be compared to the compensation. Boy, was I wrong! I love teaching. I love the students. I love this industry and getting to introduce it to other people. I love watching them fall in love with technology the way I did.
- ITD-2333 Networking III (CCNA Prep Class), OSU-OKC
- 2017 Spring Backend Development Bootcamp, OKCoders
- 2017 Summer Frontend Mobile Development Bootcamp, OKCoders
- ITD-2433 Linux Networking & System Administration, OSU-OKC
- CIS-2103 Game Design & Development, OSU-OKC
I love documentaries and made a new years resolution to watch 12 as an excuse to justify changing the channel from the second season of “Stranger Things” when I’m too numb to even read a book. Overall, I’m really impressed with the quality of “YouTube” documentaries but it is hard to beat Ken Burns.
- Al Jazeera English: The Caliph, Part 1
- The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Get Action
- Al Jazeera English: The Caliph, Part 2
- Hjernevask: The Gender Equality Paradox
- Al Jazeera English: The Caliph, Part 3
- Hjernevask: The Parental Effect
- Oklahoma City
- Hjernevask: Gay/Straight
- Ekip Films: The Hittites
- Hjernevask: Violence
- Hjernevask: Sex
- The World of Compulsive Hoarders
- Hjernevask: Race
- Last Chance U: Season 1
- Hjernevask: Nature or Nurture
Of all the documentaries Hjernevask is by far the most controversial and exceedingly interesting. The Roosevelts coincided with the obsession with Teddy I had at the beginning of last year.
I spoke or was a panelist at a number of technology related organizations last year. Two of the presentations were because of the interest in non-relational databases & Big Data. The other three were related to my role with Automation Integrated. All of them were a lot of fun, primarily because we have amazing technology people in Oklahoma City!
- 1 Million Cups: A Tale of 2 Companies
- OKC Big Data: Introduction to Non-Relational Databases using CouchDB
- OKPSA: Innovating in a Brick and Mortar Business
- Open Source Databases Meetup: CouchDB is Awesome
- Innotech Panel: Key Components in Getting IT Projects Approved
I finished the year with exactly 500 miles. The final 8 were done the last day of the year on a treadmill due to the weather, but done non-the-less. I didn’t start tracking my outdoor runs until late in the year but some of them are on Strava. Probably the most mileage I’ve had in a single calendar year, although there was a 12 month period in 2008-2009 I had more.
I love Goodreads because of how easy it is to track the books I’ve read or listened to. There is also a Chrome extension that tells me what books on my reading list are available for electronic checkout at my library. I was able to finish 69 books last year with my favorites being Ten Philosophical Mistakes by Mortimer Adler and The Lessons of History by Will Durant & Ariel Durant. They were also two of the shortest books I read. Here is a link to my summer reading post, and a specific winter reading post should come soon-ish.
I had already lost about 20 lbs by the time New Years came last year. My goals was a modest 10 lbs of additional weight… I eventually lost 30 more. In fact, I dropped all the way down to 160 before I started working on building up some after the weight loss.
Two articles I produced as part of my PSA presentation were also published. I’m particularly proud of these as I’ve never had a third party publish anything I’ve made previously. The were Cultivating a Technology Innovation Mindset and Breaking Barriers to Technology Innovation.
Some of the success I had last year stems from two realizations:
2) Goal setting is HUGE for me. Even if I fail to reach a specific goal the overall result is dramatically better if I start out with a goal in mind.
Next year? I’m thinking guitar, writing, and resistance training… and more teaching & reading,