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Summer 2009 evaluation

According to my arbitrary division of the year, the summer quarter is now over, which means that it was three months ago I wrote a sketchy plan of what I would like to focus on from July to September. Rather than discussing the outcome first, I’ll deal with the details of the individual goals first and then try to come up with some thoughts on the subject.


Finish writing and testing Magneter och mirakelSuccess! The text will still me commented by others and I will make changes according to the feedback I receive, but the text itself is finished.
Write next version of Nostalgi with Martin
Fail! Focusing on Magneter och mirakel before I left Sweden, there wasn’t time to rewrite Nostalgi. It will be done, however, hopefully this year.
Contribute to next version of Haragada – Fail! Same reason as above. Since I’m not alone either in writing this game or not having written very much, I’m not that worried. I do have a lot of ideas, so as soon as things settle down, I’ll get started.

Planche progressionUndecided? I feel that I’m not moving forward at all, which is of course the start of a vicious circle, the more I feel that I’m not developing, the less likely I am to invest the necessary amount of time or energy to actually move forward.
One-arm chin-up progressionUndecided? Same as above.
Handstand – Success! I have learnt a lot during the summer, but haven’t had much time since I went back to Taiwan. I’ve especially made progress with straddle down from handstand, which I can do with full control, at least some times.
Hand-walking (final goal is 100 metres) – Undecided? I have made progress, I think. My goas is to reach 10 minutes wall run in one go. My current record is to do it in four times two and a half minute, which is okay, but not good. I’ll need to work harder on this and formulate a more specific goal.
Increase side split and pike flexibility – Fail! I’m hereby giving up the attempt at stretching permanently. I don’t have the self-discipline to do it. If I’m going to improve in this area, it has to be within the framework of something else.

Maintain revision queue at zeroSuccess!
Finish Practical Audio-Visual Chinese 5 – Fail! I have other things to study. If I would have had this text book now, it would have been okay. Still, I did have time during the summer, but failed to start in time.
Finish Far Eastern Everyday Chinese 3 – Success!
Prepare necessary documents for next year in TaiwanSuccess!
Read 1000 pages in Chinese – Fail! See explanation for PAVC 5 above.

Work at least 150 hours – Success! I worked 264 hours, which might go quite a long way towards explaining why I didn’t study as much as I thought I would.

Publish new version of this website – Success! Lo and behold!
Make sure XP and Ubuntu both run smoothly on my laptopSuccess! Working fine, even though I’ve noticed that I really don’t like using Windows. This is not due to some Linux snobbism, but simply because I have things better arranged in Ubuntu.


In all, I think the summer was quite good. It was very nice to work to such an extent that I did, because it makes it easier to relax here in Taiwan. I should perhaps have started studying earlier, but on the other hand, taking some time off was valuable too. As for the physical activities, they worked out fine the first two months, but everything has sort of broken down since moving to Taiwan. I’m not sure yet what to do, but some basic maintenance and reduction of goals seems reasonable.

I also managed to do some things I didn’t write on the list in the first place, such as solving Rubik’s Cube in less than one minute (current record is 40 seconds), solving the same cube blindfolded, reading 20 books, update my Chinese section and lots of other things too minor to mention here.

Still, I feel that I have settled down enough here now to be able to focus my energy on some creative projects. Exactly what that entails I will reveal in my preview of autumn 2009, which will be published tomorrow!

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