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.

Sonoma Cycling

I went cycling for a winery trip with my new bicycle in Sonoma county last weekend. There were some troubles during the trip, but we really had fun.

Missing the ferry

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Firstly, we were going to meet at the SF Ferry Building at 11 a.m. on Saturday, but we were too late to take the ferry going to Vallejo. However, one of us found that the ship stopped at Pier 39 at 11:20 which is 10 minutes away by bike. Fortunately, we were able to catch the ferry in time before it left.

Stopped by a highway patrol

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We followed the exact bike route Google Map suggested from Vallejo to the cottage we rented on Airbnb. Suddenly, a highway patrol sirened at us when we were about to get to Napa county. We were wondering why there were lots of broken pieces on the ground, and the cars were driving so fast. As a matter of fact, the way we were going, whose speed limit was 60 mph, allows only cars to run. Luckily, we were just warned of the risks of cycling there. He kindly told us the right way. We should have double-checked if our route was bicycle friendly. On Saturday night, we joined together with another group to have dinner.

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Hiring a U-Haul

It was rainy on Sunday. We got poured on on the way to a winery and could barely make it there. It was still showering after taking a rest, so we gave up cycling and decided to hire a U-Haul. We went to a famous burger restaurant by the U-Haul. The burger was good. It was also nice that some bands played music in the restaurant. Then we headed to San Francisco.

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We missed our ferry, were stopped by a highway patrol, and drove a truck instead of cycling, but in the end, we had a lot of fun.

Open a bank account in US

1. Go to a bank

I went to a local Bank Of America, and asked the staff to open a new account. He introduced me to a personal banker. The banker and I went to another room. For example, my name, address, purpose to open an account, and so on. I showed him my visa to certificate my identity. Then he explained the bank services. He said there were two choices of accounts. One is to pay a small amount of money every other period. The other is to deposit a bigger amount in two months. I chose the second one, and he immidiately gave me a temporary debit card.

2. Activate the bank account

About 3 days later, my permanent debit card came to my address. I called the number on the card, and followed the machine voice’s instructions. Then I purchased something using the debit card and activated it.