Finally I have registered my own domain name so that I can have complete control over my web site, and for the princely sum of $9.95 Canadian a month, I get 1GB of space, 30GB monthly traffic, and a host of other goodies. Backing up and restoring the database was quite easy but getting my year-old stylesheet to work with the new WordPress was pretty time consuming (now I understand what Monkey was talking about).
Being a new year, I should measure my success, or lack thereof, as the case may be, with my new yearâ€™s resolutions for 2005:
- I put in a resonable effort to continue learning German, with the help of Pimsleur’s German CDs which I converted to MP3 to listen to on my iPod at the gym. I’m now half-way through level two and, whilst not at all fluent, now I feel as though I’m getting somewhere.
- I didn’t read a great many books in 2005, however, I did complete the 1,076-page Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Without a doubt, this novel is an outstanding work of fiction, and even though it seems to cheapen the whole experience, I would give it a five-star rating. I’m looking forward to the sequel, of sorts, called “World Without End”, set two centuries later in the town of Kingsbridge, which Mr. Follett hopes to finish by May 2007. The wait will be torture! I can’t recall reading anything else in the form of a novel, since my studies took up quite a bit of time, but having earned my first high distinction, sacrificing additional reading paid off. I am currently reading The Penguin History of New Zealand which I purchased at Queenstown Airport last Thursday morning. I found it so enthralling that I had read 100 pages by the time I landed in Sydney later that day (this much reading in one day is quite a feat for a literary bum like me).
- The less said about dieting the better, but suffice it to say, I failed miserably on this point, though I haven’t gained any weight over last year, so I guess that’s something.
- I read a little more of English Grammar for Dummies and now am very conscious of the split infinitive, and try not to end my sentences with prepositions, most notably when writing, but still I find it difficult during conversation. I also bought Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation at Sydney Airport last week, so that should provide some fascinating reading when I get time.
- My garden is looking better, though not from any effort on my part, since my mother went through it like a dose of salts just before Christmas when she was in town. So far, desertification hasn’t reappeared :-)
- I haven’t done a lick of Java programming, except for the obligatory uni assignments, but I did dabble in a little Perl recently to create an online-updatable calendar for the local gym. I decided to see how well the EPIC plugin for Eclipse worked and found it surprisingly stable. Now if only there became available a decent code manager for Eclipse (similar to the code snippets feature in Dreamweaver), I would have no excuse to put off flexing my programming skills.
After all that reflection I’m not sure I feel like committing myself to any resolutions for 2006. Perhaps I’ll just continue reading and programming, and with my degree due to finish at the end of the year, I think the acquisition of some certified post-nominal letters should be enough to keep me busy. Oh, and there’s dieting, too…