Out of Office Mode

I admit – in the quite long lifespan of this website, I’ve been pretty terrible at blogging consistently. I usually struggle to come up with new content, which results in sporadic postings. However, I’m excited to share my newest project: Out of Office Mode, an outdoor lifestyle blog. You’ll find a mish mash of outdoor style (I hesitate to call it fashion, though I do try!) posts and practical information about activities as well.

I’ve also been updating my old Antarctica travel log. It’s not fully complete yet, but it’s about 75% of the way there. Even though this trip took place back in winter of 2010 – 2011, the recaps should still be applicable!

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2012: The Year of the Dragon, Coding and Tests

When I was in Bakersfield for the last week of December, I began thinking about the goals I (kind of) set for 2011 and about the upcoming year. Of course, I started typing out one of those reflection-type posts to recap the previous year and new goals for 2012. And then somehow, we were already halfway through January. Huh, fancy that.

Exactly one year ago, I stumbled across WordPress’ neat blogging initiative – The Daily Post – which provided daily inspiration and topics that aimed to get bloggers to post at least once a day. Thankfully, there was a less intense once-a-week version, to which I pledged in an effort to really establish some momentum on my blog. Was I successful? I didn’t end up posting once a week, but participating in The Daily Post definitely helped spur my writing of more substantial posts.

Luckily, it’s the new lunar year, so let’s just call these Chinese New Year resolutions :) And now, the goals for 2012:

  1. Learn to Code
    This is actually a continuation from last summer’s goal. However, I’ve decided to go in the direction of Java rather than C#, since I stumbled upon Stanford’s CS106A Programming Methodology course online. I’ve gone through three lectures and so far this seems like a really course (with all the materials for free online, hooray).
  2. Complete a Web Project
    There are actually two projects in queue for this – my Antarctica website and possibly a website for my father that will play with a much wider variety of HTML5/CSS3 specs.
  3. Take More Photographs
    I tend to take a ridiculous amount of photographs whenever I’m travelling, but the same can’t be said when I’m home in SF. While a picture a day is a bit ambitious, I do want to try and snap a few photos at least once a week, whether they’re food photos, event captures or even simple shots of the view outside my apartment.
  4. Become Less Awkward at Hip Hop
    Definitely a work in progress. Hopefully, taking more of Allan Frias’ classes at Dance Mission will help, hah.

Here’s to the Year of the Dragon!

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