Oct, Nov, December 3 month challenge

So after my attempt of the 100 days of code went South, just due to life getting in the way I decided to set myself 3 fairly sizable goals by the end of the year.

I have yet to decide on the strategy I will follow to cover all of the material and achieve these goals – and probably trying to learn all 3 together across the 3 months may not be such a great idea. I may end up covered one book which will allow me to focus and avoid context switching all of the time.

Goal 1 – Complete Genki I text book

I have kept up my Kanji study and completed all of my reviews since May on a daily basis and in order to supplement my study further will go through the Genki I textbook. This is a book that covers things from a beginner level and although I am familiar with much of the material in the book want to review the fundamental and have some kind of logical structure to work through.

Goal 2 – Complete Head First Python text book

Part of the problem I had with the 100 days of code was that I did not really have a good grasp of the fundamentals of Python – and was stumbling around from tutorial to tutorial. Using this book will give me a good grasp of the basis of python in a well presented familiar format.

Goal 3 – Complete Head First PMP

I recently purchased a copy of the Head First PMP book in order to prepare myself for taking the PMP exam. Because I will be ineligible to take the exam until I have 3 years Project Management experience this is the goal I will be tackling last.

Back to the blog

It’s been almost 2 years since I last updated my blog, and I think a new blog post is long overdue!

After deliberating over what I wanted to write about I have decided to focus on the following areas, and perhaps narrow things down when I find an area I want to concentrate on and a potential direction for the blog:-

  • Productivity and Lifehacking
  • My efforts to learn Japanese
  • Japanese applications and learning resources
  • Anything Japanese related – travel, food, culture
  • My efforts to final get past ‘Hello World’ in a programming language
  • Anything ‘tech’ related including trying to make something more exiting than a LED bulb blink with my Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards.
  • Thoughts on Project Management

In order to get some kind of consistency and actually make progress I am aiming to commit to one blog post a week, which should, if everything goes according to plan be on Tuesdays.

This may mean that posts are not ‘perfect’, contain several grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, but the aim here is just to start and develop regular blogging as a productive habit.

Lets hope the next blog post is not in 2 years time, and thanks for stopping by!



Welcome to what will be another attempt at writing a blog by yours truly. I think this is probably attempt number 5 by now.

As per usual I will be documenting my experience and thoughts on learning Japanese. I am still going through James W. Heisig’s -Remebering the Kanji and was up to Kanji number 1115 when disaster struck! My phone ended up in a reboot loop and I had no choice but to reset to factory settings.

Unfortunately I had not backed up my Anki deck to AnkiWeb and so lost all of my progress up to that point and was left with my last synchronisation with 807 reviews to do.

It will take quite sometime to catch up but needless to say I will persevere until I have caught up.