Personal #quandary: I have a strong desire to create something, but I’m lacking the initiative.
— Bill Lee (@wrlee) April 12, 2014
I have more personal projects in mind than I have taken the time to start. Too many Internet distractions, TV distractions, and general malaise. When my tweet (above) landed on my Facebook timeline, my friends were compelled to respond; which motivated me to, at least, write this list down (the first step to success—well steps 3 and 5 according to “How to Plan for a Successful Future“).
- Build a quad+ copter with a video camera.
- Build a “3D-printer”
- Build an Arduino or Raspberry Pi project—which may be used for…
- Design and build a multi-axis desktop NC machine (with the tools from the first two projects).
- Build a Hackintosh.
- Teach Lightroom classes.
- Figure out what direction to take my photography.
- Take typography classes (then graphics and design classes).
- Learn to fly.
- Join a volleyball or soccer team.
- Finish most of the blog posts that are sitting as drafts, waiting to be finished and published.
- Figure out what my “next big thing” will be.
- Go somewhere interesting within the next 9-months.
- Figure out what I want to do when I grow up.
As usual, there the usual software projects that I never get around to:
- Get my blogs organized and cleaned up.
- Get Node.js up and running so I can do something interesting with that.
- Build front-end web apps with Ember, jQuery, Backbone, Less, etc. web mechanisms.
- Build a Windows Phone product.
- Get some OSX products out there.
- Get back to iOS programming.
…and blog about all this stuff.