QotD: My Ambitious Wish List

What are 5 things you'd like to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Mmm… I don't normally like to list goals simply because if, for whatever reasons through no fault of my own, I don't achieve them I feel I've failed. But there are always some nebulous goals that I want to achieve in the future and so here they are (in no particular order):

  1. Move west to another city (eiron and I are thinking Chicago at the moment)
  2. Buy my first property (most likely because of #1)
  3. Change job to work on more exciting software, perhaps back to my 'root', i.e. real-time, safety critical software.
  4. Do more photography and may be go on a photography vacation/tour.
  5. Go to more Formula 1 Grand Prix races. Canada next year will be a good start.

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I've decided to upgrade my computers (plural because I have an old Apple PowerBook as well as a Compaq laptop) to the new MacPro near the end of the year. Probably after Christmas so I should get some discount. But since the MacPro is so damn expensive and doesn't come with a display, I decided that I will spread the cost of the upgrade by buying the display now, a few months before the main event.

In an ideal world where I have infinite amount of money in the bank, I would pick the Apple's 23" Cinema Display without a thought. But since I don't live in the ideal world, I have to look out for my wallet and bought the Dell 24" LCD widescreen display. It was delivered today and after clearing out the desk of all the crap and then connected both laptops to it (mouse and keyboard as well via a USB switch) the desk looks real cool now. Without further ado, here are some photos:

Those paper on the desk are about 10 months worth of bills, letters, and payslips. It looks a lot but if you think about it, it is actually very little considering that is 10 months!

I still need a wrist pad for the keyboard so I won't get pain in my forearms after long period of typing. And there is also a computer stand that is arriving tomorrow so I can stack the two laptops better, instead of just laying one atop of the other.

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Homeward bound, or not

Many times over the years Leah and I had been asked whether we will be going back to Britain. The answer (at least mine, can't speak for eiron, the 73% genius) is always 'No', and the confusion ensured always amused me.

BBC has an article about expats in Florida and a few of them are definitely not going back to Britain. Their reasons match mine pretty closely, and I also share some of the sentiments from the other interviewees.

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