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This first post comes to you, as I'm sure many of them will, from my Android device. I hope to use this blog to help with keeping my myriad projects I have in line as well as to keep track of ideas for new projects I'd like to take on once I have some additional room on my plate. I'll keep this short so it doesn't burn through your attention span (and mine). ;p


I like to build things, be them digital or physical. I like to consider myself on the path to becoming a great code ninja. Although I have been trained in the coding arts, as with any great skill, it takes time, effort, and much, much practice to hone those abilities. From time to time I'll take on a project that involves creating something tangible. Those projects are a little more varied than my digital ones. My current list contains items as strange as building a kayak and a couch.


I'll wrap up this post with a brief list of the projects I currently have on my mind.

  • Build a kayak
  • Build a couch
  • Work on ReportFU
  • Play around with Android development
  • Build proof of concept app using Particle framework
  • Build contextual time tracking app (android? web?)
  • Build a new desk
  • Set up LAMP server
  • Learn a new language (spoken)
  • Learn a new language (web)
  • Play around with Mono (the cross platform environment, not the virus)
  • Create and deploy an app to at least 3 different environments

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