It’s that time of the year again. Time to look back and look forward.
Previous years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.
So what happened last year:
- We finally moved! Building a new house was a huge and stressful project that took way longer than expected. It’s good to have this (mostly) of our plate.
- I got some “makes” done and documented. As usual, a lot less than I would have liked, but it’s a start. I also have a bunch of unfinished ones which may re-appear next year.
- Most of my spare time was spend on my 3D printer. It was fun and 2017 should be the year I actually get something done with the printer (except printing toys, which I’ve done quite a bit of)
- I was able to do some cool stuff for my consulting client. Some highlights: Build a Spring Boot app from scratch and move Jenkins to AWS.
- I read 16 books, which was 4 shy of my 20 books goal. I’m happy with the selection I read. I could have gamed the system by reading shorter books, but I’m glad I didn’t.
So what’s up for 2017? I have some general targets of things I’d like to do, but knowing how things go, I may end up going in a completely different direction anyway:
- I want to print something that also involves my passion for electronics. I’m currently thinking of a quadcopter or a robot, but nothing has been decided yet.
- I have signed up for Udacity’s AI nanodegree. Last year I started Coursera’s 3D Printing specialization, which was really cool until they stopped producing the course halfway through (without any explanation). I hope things go better with this one. In any case, I want to apply AI and deep learning principles in practice. Maybe by joining a competition on Kaggle.
- I started rewatching Star Trek the Next Generation. This year will be the 20th anniversay of the airing of the first episode.
- I’d like to reread the first 6 Dune novels I read a long time ago and tackle on a few of the new books (the ones not by Frank Herbert). Given my reading speed and the fact that I want to read other books, this is not going to be done this year.
So … lets get going!