Professional Learning Goals

I have seen blog posts where people list some goals. The reason for publicly listing these goals is partially to be held accountable and to use as a reference point to look back upon. I think that this is a great idea. The list below focuses on work related goals I have. A further post will list leisure/general goals.


audio playlist skin github project

I have been looking for a simple way to create an HTML5 audio playlist for use on my Music Spotlight - Songs page. I narrowed the search down to audio.js because it focuses on audio not audio/video and is fairly simple to implement. There is also an existing playlist demo. This is a good baseline, but I wanted to be able to shift tracks with GUI buttons and also adjust the volume, handle playlist errors, etc so decided to create a skin for the player.


The importance of setting goals (but not overwhelming yourself)

Goal setting help to achieve more and reach your potential. Without goals, things just do not seem to get done at all or nearly as fast. Goals help to push you, to set progress markers and to make you accountable to do things that you would otherwise give up on. Whether a work goal, an atheletic goal or leisure activity, goals are beneficial in all areas of life.

However, I have found that there are also a couple of things to watch out for when setting goals. The first is the need to set new goals once the initial goal is reached. The second is to keep the goal small enough so that it does not overwhelm.


Development Productivity: Part 1, Linux Command-Line

This is the first post of a five part series aimed at development productivity. The subjects covered in the series will be:

  1. Basic linux commands
  2. "dot" file configurations
  3. SSH, Networking commands
  4. PHP and git command options and shortcuts
  5. Process and disk monitoring

The first part deals with shortcuts and common commands I use in my day to day development on a linux environment.


Happy Half-Marathon Time

My friend Vince and I finished the Saskatoon Mogathon half-marathon on Saturday September 20th in a time of 2:02:57. This is a pace of 5:50 a kilometer. I was really happy with the result and felt good afterwards. Tressa commented that last year after the 10k race I looked like I was dying, so I guess my core health has improved a lot in a year : ).

Vince, who has ran a few marathons, could have finished the race in a faster time but he stayed at my pace which was a classy move : ). Stay classy San Diego.


Spotlight Album

TV On The Radio - Will Do ()

Really good song off of TV on the Radio's new album Nine Types of Light.  I love the lyrics

 

...Your love makes a fool of you
You can't seem to understand
Our heart doesn't play by rules
And love has it's own demands

 

But I'll be there to take care of you
If ever you should decide
But you don't want to waste your life
In the middle of a lovesick lullaby

Anytime will do
My love
Anytime will do...



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Words of Wisdom

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.

John Russell

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