One Week Later…

Well that was close!

I almost managed to fail one of my new year promises within the first week! Phew! Thankfully I have managed to sit down (just now) and start working on a blog post. What, did you think I’d had a beer?

Speaking of beer, it has been a week! In that time I’ve had a party, two gaming nights, and new years, and yet not a drop of alcohol has passed my lips! Even my mouthwash is alcohol free… (Not on purpose, just hadnt noticed before). So this is going well! only 3 and a bit weeks left to go before it is all over, and I can enjoy some nice Belgian beers in Brussels, after the last day of FOSDEM.

What about the other plans?

So my other targets for this year are off to a great start! I started writing some presentations today, after some various ideas from Matt and Mark at work. I have managed to get hold of, and write an entirety of one page in my page-a-day diary! So i’m only about 7 days behind…

Also, obviously this is my second blog post this year, so that was close. As for the CPAN module, I am still working through the documentation so that it can be used straight away by someone who didnt write the whole thing. I am hoping to actually finish writing the documentation in the coming week, and then start looking towards modifications I can do on it.

What modifications?

Well, I can see a use of being able to use it for bash as well as zsh, so will port across the most basic of the plugins I use, or find equivalent ones, and then get App-Antigen to work properly with that. Honestly, im fairly sure this will be quite easy, due to how I’ve written it, but MVP first (Minimum Viable Product).

The other modifications I can see being useful, is for it to work from other git repositories, as well as from tarballs – including ones which are on your local machine, for those of you who actually develop plugins for your shell!

So what else have you been doing?

Well, this week I have been working quite hard on a new product which we are releasing at work – see the recent blog post on it on Mark’s blog. This has been a long run of design and development by myself and the rest of the team, and hopefully will be useful to a lot of people! I will be following up the release with a blog post of my own on the Shadowcat Site at some point, so watch that space!

Apart from that, there hasnt been much, apart from my usual gaming nights, and hoping to go out cycling more. After getting hold of a Brompton through the Cycle Scheme I have been cycling every day to work, and have been planning on going on a long ride at some point with just my camera.


A New Year

Happy New Year!

To all my readers, no matter when you are actually getting round to this post, I wish you all a happy new year, and that this year goes well for you (or has been going well for you so far, if you’re reading this a bit further in the future).

Now, on to the main event…

What Are you doing for New Year?

This year, as before, I am not really going to be having a New Year Resolution. This is mainly due to the number of times I have tried, and failed to keep one, and also due to a lot of the time them being completely pointless, or something that is un-achievable. However, unlike previous years, I will be making a list of goals, which will be listed here for all to see, which I can try and achieve by the end of the year.

Spend January Sober

Yes, this included last night for New Years. This was actually quite enjoyable, sat around chatting with my good friends, enjoying good food and some comedy, and then Karaoke. And not a drop of alcohol was drunk (by me, anyway…). This is due to me joining in on a sponsored ‘Dry-Athlon’, for Cancer Research UK. My sponsorship page is at TBSliver – Dryathlon, so please go put as much as you can in there, as it is for a very good cause.

Just so you know, this is not the first time I have done a sponsored no-drinking event, several years ago I participated in a ‘Thirst For Life’, although the internet seems to have swallowed any reference I can find to the exact event.

Release (Atleast) One CPAN Module

Ok, this one is surprising that it hasnt happened already. Considering that I work for Shadowcat Systems, a well known company in the Perl world, and one of the people I work for is mst (who is well known for his ‘well volunteered’ saying), that I havent ended up with a module to care for is surprising.

This wont actually take as long as you would think, for the first release atleast – I have been working on a Zsh plugin manager which may also become able to manage other shell systems – Bash plugin manager anyone? Anyway, the work is currently at App-Antigen, and is almost ready for first release – infact I have been using it for the last few weeks successfully. Any comments, pull requests, patches, and improvements are more than welcome – including if you see something and go ‘why the hell did you do it that way?’.

Talk at a Tech Conference

There are a large number of Tech Conferences which I am either attending, or helping to run (on the day at least). But something that has not happened yet, is for me to do a talk, lightning or otherwise, at one of these events. Over the next month, I will be trying to come up with some ideas for talks to give at various conferences, and if you have any ideas for talks which you think I could give, feel free to e-mail me or find me on IRC – Contact details are on my About page.

Write a Blog Post once a Week

Something which I am starting right now (obviously) is to write a post on this blog atleast once a week. So hopefully there should be no more than 7 days between any two posts! This is one of the only targets for this year which will be more difficult than the others, due to the time of it. However, I am quietly confident I can manage this, as well as improve the software that this blog is running on (which is due a blog post in the near future as well!).

Participate in Leigh Keatings Page-a-Day Challenge

This is something else which I will start as soon as I get hold of a cheap diary – Leigh Keating’s Page-a-Day Challenge. This is an interesting writing challenge, and the things I write in here may just end up as a blog post! I can see my one ending up as a much more technical diary than for fiction writing (as is the case in Leigh’s), however this will have to wait and see what the year will bring.

Wrap Up

This list is by no means exhaustive, and I will probably be creating a new page with the details from this venture up at some point in the future, which may also include any other note-worthy achievements for this year. For now though, I will leave you with your thoughts, and hopefully some of you will join me in the Page-A-Day challenge!