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Concerning New Years Resolutions

I know - as I expect you do also - that NYR's are probably not likely to survive past the middle of the month, and everyone tries to take out insurance in the form of telling other people what their NYRs are in the hope that they will be forced to maintaining them.

That never worked for me. This year, I actually forgot about the whole NYR thing. Maybe it was the excitement of the fireworks on the 'Strip, the ones we could actually see from our neighbour's back yard.

But on reflection, it seems that I made my New Year's Resolutions sometime late last year to give myself a head start. Subconscious is a wonderful thing, I guess.

I have statements written on the portable whiteboard hanging on the wall in front of my desk:

  • THEY ARE COMING...BACK UP YOUR WORK NOW
  • RECORD OR WRITE SOME MUSIC EVERY DAY
  • SOPRANOS Ch.200 8PM SUNDAY

Do these need explaining? Probably not, but I will anyway.

The first is a reminder that if we lost our jobs, company representatives would show up without warning and take our laptops away. Seeing as I use my company laptop for email, web browsing, and writing things like this, it makes sense that I should pre-empt them and back up NOW. You can only afford to laugh if your data is safe.

The second is a reminder that long term goals only get achieved if you actually make progress on them. So far, this statement has worked: I have five different pieces of music in various stages of completion on Maestro, the music studio workstation. I hope this trend changes, or perhaps next year I will modify the statement to the effect of suggesting that the pieces actually get finished.

The third statement isn't anything to do with resolutions, in case you're wondering.

I should back up Maestro's audio data at some point I guess.

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