So I had this goal when I started this blog, or shortly after starting it. WordPress had a ton of stuff re new years resolutions for blogs: writing every day or writing every week. I took up the challenge. I tried. I was very ambitious, and the time I had my blog focused on new online things that I would ‘review.’ But that was back when I had free time. Back when I was a bus boy and was trying to fill the rest of my days with… something. I kept the ball rolling for a good long while, but truth be told, I think I’ve been faking it for most of the time. I decided when I started that the week would begin on Sundays, and for a while, I would write my posts on Friday or Saturday.

It didn’t take long for the habit of “oh crap, it’s Sunday and I haven’t written anything!” to carve out its own groove. And yet, I tried to keep it up, even with this slightly shifted, one-post-missing “Post a Week 2011 challenge” goal. But I think it’s time to face facts. I’m now writing on Monday, and my blog no longer has any focus besides being a writing outlet for myself. Not necessarily a bad thing, but certainly not what I started with.

Maybe goals are good for more than just completing. I think they can be good for other things too. That goal, thought not successful in getting me to write every week, has set me on a roughly once-a-week pace. I enjoy writing, but it’s never been something I enjoyed being forced to do. I like to do it at me leisure.

I suppose some goals can also be good for not completing at all. It forces you to try something out that you might not otherwise do. If you don’t like it, fine. You gave it a shot, and now you know.

And on the topic of goals, I just got my Sketchbook Project 2012 sketchbook a few days ago. I haven’t done visual arts lately, so this will be… interesting. I’m excited to try it though.


I took most of this week off to visit home and spend time with my sister’s family. My twin ni (my plural for niece) had their birthdays this week, so I got to celebrate it with them. It’s hard to believe how old they’ve gotten. I still remember when they were born while I was at summer camp. And now they’re little people. As always, it was awesome to spend time with everyone, and it went by far too quickly.


Speaking of milestones… Tomorrow marks the final voyage of NASA’s shuttle program. Atlantis, barring any weather restrictions, will lift off tomorrow for a roughly two week mission to resupply the ISS. It will be the 135th, and final, shuttle flight since the first launch on April 12, 1981.


Thirty years is a pretty long time for a vehicle to be in use, let a lone a reusable space vehicle (a brand new concept at the time when the shuttle was first conceptualized in the late 60’s). I know public interest has long since stopped focusing on travels to space, but I still believe that it has the power to captivate everyone and anyone. I hope our love for exploration and revealing the unknown doesn’t retire with the shuttle tomorrow. I hope we keep dreaming of what could be, and where it could happen.


If space is a sports stadium, we are like an ant exploring the crack below the door. There are so many things still for us to see. We can’t turn back now. We’re just getting started.

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