This Geek's Goals

One geek. Many goals. Heaps of lessons. All shared here.

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Holy Instagram LEGO Batman!

LEGO. Batman. LEGO Batman. These are some of my favourite things. Here’s a gallery featuring some of my Batman LEGO Instagram images, followed by details about the tools and methods used to create them.

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LEGO Minifigure photography

LEGO, LEGO, LEGO. The inanimate love of my life.

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Health tracking tools: 5 geeky wellness apps and gizmos

One of my previous goal projects was to exercise more, though, more broadly, I was interested in improving my overall health and wellness through more frequent, targeted exercise and cleaner eating. Looking through the drafts folder, I found this post on nerdy tracking tools and thought it was worth sharing. This post looks at 5 of the gadgets and health tracking tools I use to follow my progress.

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Tips: 3 useful Instagram tools

Taking a slight departure from the goal-related ground I normally cover, I wanted to write a mini post about some useful Instagram tools I’ve recently discovered which can extend the usefulness of the social-photo app of the moment.

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Inspiration: Two Super Geek Bloggers

I have promised for some time to write a post about some super geek bloggers: The inspiring geeks-with-goals I’ve discovered about the interwebs.

Here’s a post about two of those geeks, who are both kicking amazing goals in their lives and helping others to do the same and they are using some fundamentally nerdy tools and systems to do so.

I consider both a Super Geek Blogger and I think you might find their work interesting.

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Run vs Run: An exercise goal review

Having just completed my second 10km fun run (the 2012 B&E Hobart Run The Bridge) I take a quick look at the progress I’ve made in the last 12 months – Run vs run style!

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This geek’s ULTIMATE goals

The start of a new year seems like a great time to talk about our ultimate goals.

I’m a big believer in the power of segmenting overwhelming, extended  tasks into smaller chunks. This approach has gotten me a fair way and is probably my greatest professional strength.

But sometimes, carefully breaking down challenges into little steps is, well, flat-out boring.

Sometimes it’s good to think big. Right?

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My “Must Watch” list

Last year, I almost slipped during my quest to read more, save wisely and exercise regularly by letting myself consider all the “must-see” movies I’ve never, well, seen.

Instead of letting myself become sidetracked, I parked the idea of catching up on a number of these almost certainly fantastic films, promising myself that I’d get to them in soon.

And a promise is a promise.

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10 comes before 30

When I started this blogging project I declared that I would finish a 10km road race before 30 years of age. And for this non-sporty geek, 10km was always going to challenge me. Well, I turn 30 in a weeks time, and I’m happy to report …

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Review: Axis of Deceit

It’s been a good month for my goalkeeping and I am enjoying, more and more, the satisfied feeling that comes with knowing I am finishing what I have started. I’ve had a particularly good (or rather lucky) month with my reading goal. I say lucky as I feel like I’m picking winners from my ‘to-read’ pile (a pile I’m barely keeping under control) and as I think winners are worth celebrating, here is the first of some mini-reviews which may convince you to track copies of your own, starting with Andrew Wilkie’s Axis of Deceit.

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Review: Kate Holden’s In My Skin

Folks, I’m back! Having decided to return to my blog after quite a break, I peered into my post drafts folder and discovered I had started, and not finished, a review of Kate Holden’s In My Skin. It seems a waste to not tell you about this terrific read so this mini-review might as well mark my blogging comeback.

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A 5-star review: The Family Law

I’m now 6 books into my 52 book challenge for the year. Yes. I know. I’m drastically behind and I need to improve my batting average quickly if I am to meet this goal by the end of 2011.

What will help me on the way is if I can sustain the tremendous luck I’ve had so far with my title selection. I’ve read some fantastic books and I am enjoying reviewing them as I go. Today’s review is special as I am awarding my first 5-star endorsement to a book I want you all to read… Benjamin Law’s truly delightful The Family Law.

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When Harry met Sally and distracted Mark

I know it’s only April. I know I am falling behind in my goalkeeping efforts for 2011. I know I’m easily distracted and that the whole point of keeping a blog about my current goals is to keep myself focused.

Is it bad that I’m already thinking about what my 2012 goals might be? Is it worse that I’m dedicating brain space to plotting how I’ll conquer new challenges later rather than kicking goals I’ve already set for the here and now?

I think we all know the answers to these questions. All the same. Humour me a little?

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Review: The Museum of Thieves

After a blogging hiatus (and for hiatus, please read “I’ve been slack”) I wanted to spend some time telling you about the last three books I have read. I’ve had a somewhat lucky streak as these three titles have each been brilliant in their own way. Here’s the first of three reviews I’ll fire off in quick succession. Today, let’s look at Lian Tanners first installment in her new The Keepers seriesThe Museum of Thieves.

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A milestone mini-goal: My first road race!

Last Sunday, I held myself to a commitment I made in late 2011: to complete my first road race.

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Review: Shaun Miccalef’s Preincarnate

I’ve finished book number three in my fifty-two book 2011 reading challenge and I’m pleased to report I’m still on track. Here’s my mini-review of Shaun Micallef’s début novella, Preincarnate.

For those who are unfamiliar with the author, the dust jacket of this 222 pager describes Micallef as ‘Australia’s preeminent comic Renaissance man’ and that’s not, in my opinion, too grandiose a statement.

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Why start a goals blog?

It’s not often I have what Oprah would call an “Aha Moment.” Here’s the story of the time I did, which led to my decision to start my goals blog.

I had one on Blackmans Bay beach on January 2nd, 2011. I can see exactly when it happened as I tweeted about it right then and there.

It happened after a  5.01km run.  I know it was 5.01km and not, say, 5km’s even, as I was tracking that run with the Nike+ iPhone App.

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