The Summer is that magical time of year when I think I’ll have more free time to do the stuff I want to accomplish, but end up filling most of it with the down time I deprive myself of throughout the year. That being said, I felt that I actually did better in the goal reaching department than most summers. At the end of the school year I made a list of things that I wanted to get done, lets see how I did.
1. Read three books: Reading Where the Wild Things Are and Fantastic Mr. Fox before witnessing their cinematic disembowelment aside, I did manage to accomplish this part of my overall goal to read more. I read the amazing The Rest Is Noise, the not as funny as Fluke book Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, and I re-read The Restaurant At the End of the Universe, because I forgot half of the plot since I read it in middle school.
2-3. Write an hour of good music, and perform your music: I didn’t accomplish either of them this summer, but I made great head way by Practicing what I could perform, and writing some new stuff. I also worked a lot with the features of Ableton to work out some ways of improvised performances. I did put down some tracks, but did finalize much yet. Most notably I wrote the so-far un-named song that will be in a contest fairly soon. Don’t forget that you can still name it! I’m also working on a remix for another contest in October.
4. Get better at DJing: I got the Korg Nano Pad and Nano Kontrol and have devised some pretty exciting stuff with the samplers and 8 channels of Kontrol. This is one that I’m actually 100% that I accomplished.
5. Learn a new programming language: I was really ready to sit down and learn Flash AS3 and have it under my belt for the beginning of the year. But then I haven’t heard much positive about it and its future on the web. A lot more hype about HTML 5. I ended up just working on Max and doing more with that.
6. Come up with a senior project: I basically was setting myself up for failure on this one, as it won’t be approved until school starts back up. I do have a few ideas, but I don’t want to give anything away.
7. Create a website: This has been a goal for a long time. But since May, I think this has been as good as a website for summing up my works and other ramblings. However, there will always be a sleeker web solution out there, like my own domain and or some sweet HTML 5 crazyness.
8. Lose Ten Pounds: This is one that I can safely say that I failed. On the other hand, I haven’t gained weight, and in Northeast Ohio, that’s a big positive. There are more wings, better burgers, Great Lakes Beers, and so on and so forth. In fact, I laughed in the face of this goal with some pretty impressive culinary accomplishments. In one glorious night I survived atomic wings at Quaker Steak and drank baileys out of a shoe, both amazing gastronomical feats.
As summers go, I feel that this one went pretty well. Now its time to get ready for another exciting year of the University of Oregon.