Preparing to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Now that I have New Year’s Resolutions, I’m preparing to keep them. First on the list is making the list trackable. Thanks to Joe’s Goals, I have a simple, online (oops; there goes goal #1) site to record my progress.

Less time online. Last week I had limited Internet access. My RSS feeder got backed up. Rather than attempt to read all the posts I missed, I deleted each feed that made me groan in the slightest. Blogs that post 20+ times a day? Gone! Saved me time today and every day from now on. I will continue to consolidate my political feeds. They seem to be the worst offenders.

Learn Linux. Putting the Asus Eee PC on my Christmas list (and actually getting it :)) is preparation enough.

Practice guitar more. I am organizing my guitar books, amp, pedal, etc., to eliminate the setup time. Now, I can just pick up the guitar and play/practice. The Crossroads DVD I got for Christmas is inspiration to continue practicing.

Exercise more, drink less caffeine, drink more water. The key here is in the writing of the resolution. Note the “more” and “less.” Success in these is virtually guaranteed. ;)

Well, that’s it for now. Gonna get offline and go practice the guitar.

New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions. But as the management tip I read recently says, “How can you tell if your team’s failing if you don’t set any goals?” So, in that spirit, here goes. I resolve to:

  • Spend less time online
  • Learn Linux
  • Spend more time with family
  • Spend more time studying spiritual things
  • Spend more time practicing my guitar
  • Exercise
  • Drink less caffeine
  • Drink more water
  • Read more books
  • Buy more flowers

Well, that should be enough failure for one year. Achieving even a portion of this list will be improvement.

What about you? What do you resolve to do?

Frank Sends His Regards


Three small boys were in a Christmas play at school.

They represented the three wise men and they were to give their gifts to baby Jesus. The first boy stepped forward, held out the gift in his hands and said, “Gold.” The second boy stepped forward, held out his gift and said, “Myrrh.” The third boy stepped forward, held out his gift and said, “Frank sent this.”

Update: While searching the internet for proper attribution, I discover this is a joke is included in the book, A Wayne in a Manger. Alan in Belfast has more details.

Hat tip: Pastor Rodney

MLB*, Part II

Asterisks, shmasterisks. I’m not a sports fan who’s concerned with the record books. Actually, I’m not much of a sports fan…

If the asterisk is important to you, YF at Yanksfan vs Soxfan offers a more comprehensive list of notations. After all, factors other than steroid use can influence the records. Here’s a subset:

* = Steroids
! = Amphetamines
$ = Gambling
|| = Cocaine
~ = Alcohol
? = Before integration
# = Before expansion

Go read the entire !@#$% list.

Hat tip: Treowth