Daily Phuket #4: 26 February 2021 – Mounting the Bluenose

Today’s photo may seem like a bit of a cheat but I have honestly not left my home all day. It does depict an important part of my daily life, however…stamp collecting. After teaching at school every day, something that consumes even my rare days off, most of my free time is spent either working on my stamp albums or writing about the people, places, … Continue reading Daily Phuket #4: 26 February 2021 – Mounting the Bluenose

All Apologies (A Distinct Lack of Meanderings)

Hello, “all”!  Perhaps I should lead off with a Bruce Springsteen quote – something he would shout at some point during one of his marathon-length concerts:  “Is anybody alive out there?” This is a post that I have started to write multiple times since returning to the land of the working back on the 1st of July (it seems a lot longer than four months).  … Continue reading All Apologies (A Distinct Lack of Meanderings)

Resolutions? I Think Not…


Every year, I make a list of improvements that I want to work on during the forthcoming twelve months.  By the first week of January, these “resolutions” are all but forgotten.  Last year, I even made a resolution to not make any more resolutions!  I didn’t keep that one, either.  So, in 2015, I’ve decided I’ll make a list of a few easy-to-keep goals but to call them “suggestions” rather than resolutions.  Perhaps that will work.  Probably not.

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A Good Start to November

Reading-quotes-3November is shaping up to be a much better reading month than either October or September, or even August for that matter.  No, I haven’t finished a single book yet but I have started several that are all gripping in their own ways.  I’m averaging around 60 pages a day and am confident that I would read more if I wasn’t working so much (and trying to get caught up on other things in the limited amount of free time that I do have).

I did hit a milestone of sorts recently, surpassing 100,000 pages read since I started tracking my daily reading totals at the beginning of January 2010.  More than 24,000 pages have been in 2014, my best showing yet and there are still two months left!  In that same amount of time, I’ve finished 404 books.  Thus, my reading goal for 2015 will be to finish my 500th book.

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Looking Back / Looking Forward (2)

2013: The Year That Will Be

clip_image001 19 Wow!  2013 (2556 on the Thai calendar)!  Another year older.  Am I any wiser?  Time will tell…

As I mentioned in my last blog entry, I don’t like to make traditional resolutions as they are quickly forgotten.  Instead, I am planning specific goals that I can track.  Today’s entry is visible evidence of my resolve to write more in 2013.  We’ll see how that goes…

Reading more is also easily trackable.  A few years ago, I created a spreadsheet in which I record the books I read each day along with page counts.  Another section computes the totals – cumulative pages and books completed.  In 2012, I barely finished 50 books – that’s about half of what I’ve been averaging for the past several years.  In the coming year I’d like to at least finish 60 books with quality taking precedence over quantity.

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Looking Back / Looking Forward (1)

2012: The Year That Was

janus_1Here we are.  Another year is almost at an end.  Auld lang syne and all that.

For many reasons, 2012 was quite a good year for me although I didn’t seem to do much.  Perhaps less really is more.

Both my writing and my reading took a significant dip.  The lack of posts on this blog is one visible result of the former.  The latter is surprising as 2012 was the year I got a Kindle and so have easy, portable access to even more books.  Well, perhaps more is less after all.

But if you take into consideration how active I became on Facebook, you could say my writing and reading simply redirected.  At the end of the day, I’d rather read more pages in (e)books than posts on Facebook.

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R.I.P., Beloved Acer Aspire

I am now without a computer at home as my long-lived Acer Aspire finally died Wednesday night.  It been having some “issues” — mostly the hard drive overheating rather quickly — for a few weeks.  I think, possibly, the tiny ants I’ve been having a problem with in the new apartment chewed through some interior cables or gummed-up the works in some fashion.  At any rate, I was told by the local Acer service center that it was unrepairable (they didn’t even offer to replace the hard drive which was the solution when it stopped working a couple of years ago).  Luckily, this time I’d backed-up my photos as recently as last Friday so I didn’t lose any of those.  I did lose a lot of data, however, including my “Reading Record” and “Blogging Activity” spreadsheets and about 3000 ebooks I’d downloaded over the course of the last year.  I’d been planning to back these up as soon as I had them all entered into my calibre Library with proper covers and metadata (the project I’d been working on when the computer died).

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