Looking back at the first half of 2017

Time flies so quickly. The first half of 2017 has already passed.

There were some changes in the environment around me. I finished a job contract on last April, and renewed it for the same company. Then I went back to San Francisco on last May. Our department hired a new engineer intern. On top of that, another new guy will join our team in August. At the end of June, I flew to a conference held in Copenhagen for an exhibition. (Actually, the title picture was taken in Copenhagen.) It was a bit too busy to work on my 2017 resolutions. Now I would like to rethink the three resolutions.

Will continue with these two resolutions,

1. To make more than three products
3. To become an intermediate Spanish speaker

But switch from number 2 to 2′.

2. To get additional income through side business
2′. To fish more than 15 fish species

Well, I’m accidentally into sports fishing… I will focus on the easier resolution for now. It is so exciting to fish in ※California.

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※California Halibut Regulations

My 2017 resolutions

I would like to make my 2017 resolutions as well as 2016. There are three resolutions which come from my looking back at 2016.

1. To make more than three products

This resolution is almost same as last year’s one.

2. To get additional income through side business

The services that I have made need improvement, operation, and maintenance. I would like to make sustainable income through the management.

3. To become an intermediate Spanish speaker

It is hard for me to say what the definition of an intermediate Spanish speaker is, but I will master the contents below.

– Beginner Course on Babbel
– Textbook “Easy Spanish STEP-BY-STEP

I will also participate in Spanish casual conversation meetups.

I will finish my current job contract in this April. Either updating the contract or applying a new job, I will enjoy 2017.

Looking back at 2016

There is only a few days left in the year. I would like to look back on these two points.

1. How many 2016 resolutions I’ve accomplished
2. New challenges I started in 2016

1. How many 2016 resolutions I’ve accomplished

Here are my 2016 new year’s resolutions as I posted in the entry on my blog.

– To make more than four products.

As a result, I barely made it.

1. Smart Poster

Smart Poster is a prototype of square shaped digital signage implemented by Raspberry Pi and LED Matrix.

2. Youtube curation Apps

They are iOS Apps which curate one hobby genre of videos from Youtube. The Apps simply tell you the video updates by push notification. (チューバー Tubeレシピ Tubeボカロ Tube)

3. Audio Tour

It is an iOS App which offers an instant audio guide of the city’s landmarks, similar to how a museum audio guide helps you understand the works of art at a deeper level.

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The coding is almost done. The San Franciscan version will be coming soon.

4. Chatbots

I am currently working on chatbot projects for my company. The projects let me learn server side applications under actual use.

– To pitch the products and win prizes.

This resolution was about 50% accomplished. I got a prize in the hackathon. However, it was hard for me to make a good presentation and make me motivated. I honestly think I don’t like presenting in front of many people. I leave the idea for now, and I will try when I really want to do so.

2. New challenges I started in 2016

– To acquire sustainable income through a side business.

The services that I made this year monetize by advertisements and in-app purchase. There are some points I learned by making them. These points have interesting possibilities. On the other hand, the monetizations do not easily make enough money in short period. I should work with business partners if needed.

– Learning Spanish.

I have learned Spanish since last May. I would like to be able to communicate when traveling to Spanish speaking countries. Although it is just fun, my Spanish has been improving so slowly, so I should set my goal next year.

I am staying in Albuquerque from the end of 2016 until the start of 2017. I will relax, and think about my 2017 resolutions.