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.

Babbel

¡Hola! ¿Cómo están todos?

Recently, I started learning Spanish with Babbel. Babbel is a web and mobile app which makes language laerning easier. It offers some courses broken into small blocks which allow you to see your progress everyday. The material isn’t only useful but also funny. I would like to introduce the funny pictures to you.

1. Mi madre tiene sesenta años.

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Ma, madre, what are you doing!? I have never seen such a superactive mother.

2. Tengo tiempo el miércoles.

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He folds his arms and shrugs his shoulders, and then he says that he has time on Wednesday. It looks like the pose when people are playing Cossack dance. I love the mismatch so much.

3. Ella no cree eso.

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The woman is listening to something right next to the door with a meaningful facial expression. She might have heard some gossip.

How were those pictures? I hope you like them.

How to get a bicycle on craigslist

I planned to commute by bike, so I was looking for one. This is how I found it on craigslist.

1. Surf on craigslist

Craigslist is a web site that lets users publish information about jobs, housing for sale, and things like that. You should be careful using it because not all information on it is reliable. It might be fake information and they may be trying to cheat you.

Firstly, I accessed the web site, and then I searched bicycle from the search box. Basically, the results shows some bicycles’ information that has the contact details too.

2. Contact the seller

You can contact them by the phone numbers or email addresses. I prefer using phone numbers because it’s quicker. I contacted the seller like this at that time.

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3. Meet the seller

I went to the meeting point, and checked whether the bicycle worked well. Then I decided to buy it. It needed some maintenance, so I had to go to a bike shop, but that wasn’t bad for me.

Enjoy craigslist!