Thursday, August 18, 2011

2011 Personal Goals - July Update

Seven months in and getting lazy.

1. Finish first draft of my novel -
January 1st - 1st third is done. The plan this year is to write it and read it to Annabelle and edit it as I go.
February 1st - Nothing new done
March 1st - Nothing new
April 1st - Nothing new
May 1st - Nothing new
June 1st - Nothing
July 1st - Nothing
August 1st - Nothing

2. Drop weight to 167
January 1st - 176.4. Starting off worse this year than last but I should have some more time to work out.
February 1st - 174.6
March 1st - 177.6 Damn stress
April 1st - 176.0
May 1st - 179.2
June 1st - 179.0
July 1st - 180.6
August 1st - 180.6

3. Balance our budget
January 1st - Things are looking up for this year with Veronica getting a new job (hopefully) after residency is complete.
February 1st - Working on it but large expenses due to medical stuff not helping.
March 1st - Getting worse but tax refund should put us back to where we were at the beginning of the year.
April 1st - Tax refund helped up get slowly back on track
May 1st - Eh
June 1st - Still eh
July 1st - And still eh
August 1st - Getting worse

4b. Read 2 of the Top Ten books on Zanes book list
January 1st - I currently have 6 read. I figured I should be able to finish 2 of the 4 since 2 of them are very very long.
February 1st - The book I'm currently reading, Lolita, is on the list.
March 1st - Finished Lolita. One to go.
April 1st - Still one to go.
May 1st - Still 1 to go
June 1st - Still 1 to go
July 1st - Still 1 to go
August 1st - Started War and Peace on August 1st

5a. Finish 2 more movies on my Geological Movie Review
January 1st - Look to start 2 new movies again
February 1st - Nothing new.
March 1st - Nothing new.
April 1st - Nothing new
May 1st - Nothing new
June 1st - Nothing new
July 1st - Nothing new
August 1st - Nothing new

5b. Update the 1 Geologic Movie Review that was previously done and not updated
January 1st - 2 out of 3 up to par
February 1st - Nothing new
March 1st - Nothing new
April 1st - Nothing new
May 1st - Nothing new
June 1st - Nothing new
July 1st - Nothing new
August 1st - Nothing new

6. Watch all of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (according to AFI)
January 1st - Current count 69. 31 left to go.
February 1st - Nothing new
March 1st - Nothing new
April 1st - Nothing new
May 1st - Nothing new
June 1st - Nothing new
July 1st - Watched The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. 30 to go.
August 1st - Nothing new

7. Finish bottom of hovercraft.
January 1st - I just need to finish epoxying and smoothing out the bottom then paint it. Not too much work but time is an issue.
February 1st - Haven't had time to work on it
March 1st - Nothing new
April 1st - Nothing new
May 1st - Did some work patching the holes that need to be filled and order some more epoxy.
June 1st - Finished fixing the holes and I put the first coat of sealant on
July 1st - Finished putting the 3 coats of sealant on. Now to paint it.
August 1st - Nothing new

8. Do 1 Geological Fact for each month.
January 1st - That is a total of 12 for the year. Hopefully I can get them set up ahead of time.
February 1st - 1 done for January, 11 to go.
March 1st - 1 done for February, 10 to go.
April 1st - 1 done for March, 9 to go.
May 1st - 1 done for April, 8 to go
June 1st - 1 done for May, 7 to go
July 1st - 1 done for June, 6 to go
August 1st - 1 done for July, 5 to go

Other items of interest:
July was spent on two fronts, Europe and home. My European trip was pretty productive I feel, now I just need to spend the time to get everything organized. While at home I just spent time with my family since my wife was off of work for all of the month. It was nice to be home and not have anything urgent to do. I just worked on some projects around the house when I was able to.

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4a. (DONE!) Read a total of 100 of the greatest books on my lists by my 30th birthday
January 1st - Current count 97. Only 3 to read by March 19th. This was the initial goal last year but I hoped to have them done earlier.
February 1st - Currently reading Lolita.
March 1st - Finished Lolita and The Colour of Magic. Only 1 to go before March 19th
April 1st - Finished The Colour of Magic. This task is completed!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

100 Greatest Movies - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

This time we are looking at The Treasure of the Sierra Madre which is #30 on the 100 Greatest Movies List, it is also #38 on the 10th Anniversary List, and #67 on the 100 Greatest Thrillers.



On the whole, this seemed like a loose string of adventures. Sure, some of them were fun to watch and others were pretty interesting but basically it felt very disjointed. I'm not entirely sure why this made the list. The acting was pretty good but I felt the story could have used a little improvement. Overall, I enjoyed it but didn't love it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Star Wars Timeline Updates


Just wanted to let everyone know that I have released the first update of the year for my Star Wars Timeline. This also includes updates for all the checklists available on the site. You can check out a comprehensive list of the updates on the SW Updates page. I have also put up a bunch of new pictures of my collection of comics. Hopefully I will get all the pictures of my collection done at some point but at least we are a little further along now.