My (late) 2010 New Years Resolutions

After a lot of thinking I think I’ve decided on the three things that I want  to focus on this year.

1) Un-complicate my life

Since last summer I’ve been involved with a number of projects, both within the University and outside it. As a result I’ve been very busy, to a certain extent been quite stressed and without a formal work office I’ve found it difficult to “let go”. I really feel that I need to make some changes to basically calm down. I’ve decided that I’m going to take a lot less on, especially now I’m working for Online Services I’ve got an office and a desk and I can leave my work there and forget about it at home. I still want to continue with my work with Joss on JISCPress and I’ve agreed to work with a number of departments on their websites however I really feel that is enough. I also may put to bed a number of my personal projects and perhaps focus on learning Python and continuing with my random API mashups (I’ve got a new one coming soon that makes use of the new Spotify API).

As a result of slowing down my working life I want to increase my social activities a bit more and enjoy being a student.

2) Put a bit more effort into my education

I’ll admit that as a result of much of what I’ve discussed above I’ve kind of put my education second, not intentionally, but more just because my other work excites me more. So hopefully with less on I can better focus my attention on my upcoming exams and final assignments.

3) Exercise more

Cliche? Maybe. Even so, an advantage of working for the University is that I get free gym membership and I full intend to make use of it.

Hello, World (the obligatory introduction post)

Hello, I’m Alex Bilbie. I’m a second year computer science student working towards a MComp degree.

Over the summer of 2009 I became involved with a number of project the University of Lincoln‘s Centre for Education Research and Development were undertaking such as JISCPress and Learning Landscapes. I’ve since been very interested in working towards the concept that my friend and colleague Nick Jackson calls a ‘Joined-Up Campus’ and is something that Joss Winn, Paul Stainthorp and a number of other University figures are passionate about.

I’m a big PHP fan and I’m currently toying with either learning Python or Ruby or putting the web to one side and playing with Objective-C so I can create that $$$ iPhone app. Hmm we’ll see.

I’m not sure what I’m going to use this blog for to be honest; I’ve tried blogging before but never committed properly to it, however I do tweet an awful lot and some times I feel like that 140 characters is not enough to get my point across so perhaps this will just become an extension to my thoughts which would I’d normally post elsewhere.