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Wrapping Up 2011

2011 was an indirect year for me. As usual, my initial direction skewed, but I found some goodness along the way. I ended up doing things I didn’t think I’d be doing and stopped doing some activities I thought I’d never stop. 2010 had been the year of relaxing and I told myself 2011 would be the year full of doing and it certainly lived up to that declaration.

Some achievements:

  • Joined Windows Phone developer program
  • Published 2 quality apps
  • Got my first eagle in golf *
  • Finished weight loss at 35 pounds
  • Attended Tech-Ed 2011 in Atlanta
  • Had my wisdom teeth pulled
  • Gained 10 pounds back
  • Designed, screen printed, and started selling my first t-shirt
  • Joined the Kindle Fire developer program
  • Started this blog
  • Stopped playing golf altogether
  • Read 2 books on drawing
  • Officially switched departments at work (technically early 2012, close enough)
  • Learned how to recognize a dangling participle

* Technically, it wasn’t really an eagle. I played two balls off the tee.

Favorite books of 2011

  • The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
    This helped me realize that so much in life is random and that the old saying of “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” really has mathematical truth to it.
  • Vector Basic Training by Von Glitschka
    While my Photoshop skills were tolerable, I’ve been intimidated by Adobe Illustrator for some time. This book helped me get my feet wet and gain some confidence.

In all, my family is healthy and doing great, I’ve got a job I love, and I’m looking forward to the next year. Stay tuned to this blog in the coming year for more posts on Windows Phone and Windows 8 development, t-shirt fun, and who knows what else. Follow me on twitter (@kenstone) for more bits and pieces of my awesomeness. Also, follow my new blog, Trash My Stuff, where I’ll cronicle the sale and disposal of many of my unnecessary possessions.

image credit: flickr user · · · — — — · · ·

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I'm Ken Stone. I'm an indie developer with a focus on .NET and Windows Phone development. I have a day job, but everything I say is mine alone.

TechEd 2012July 11th, 2012
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