June 2006: Release ShowInfo v1.0

A RESOLUTION to Release ShowInfo v1.0 by June 30, 2006

WHEREAS I had this really great idea a couple years ago about creating an open-source software package to allow fan sites and artists alike to share information about shows, and

WHEREAS this really great idea really hasn’t gotten anywhere in, oh, the last year-and-a-half—no, really, check it and see! :sigh:—and really needs to be acted upon, because, well, that whole SandraMcCracken.org thing really could use it, ya know?, and

WHEREAS the biggest reason that I’ve gotten nowhere is, well, inactivity, and

WHEREAS I have the basic idea mapped out in my head, but need to avoid the pratfall that all such hobbyist, would-be coders face of feature bloat, and

WHEREAS
I recognize that I need to just declare basic functionality to be 1.0 and leave the fancy shit for later, because a fait accompli beats the hell out of a pair of aces, and

WHEREAS I’m clearly quite frustrated with myself here, because I just said “shit” in a resolution and am not upbraiding myself at all, and

WHEREAS my hangups with this subject have had this entry’s window open for, literally, twelve hours, and

WHEREAS
I really need to get on with this resolution,

THEREFORE
Let it be hereby resolved by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com that:

  1. The scope of ShowInfo 1.0 be clearly defined by 31 Jan 2006.
  2. A milestone plan be developed by 15 Feb 2006.
  3. Milestones, being short, be aggressively scheduled so that the inevitable slips can still be absorbed and this likely-unrealistic deadline has a hope of being met.
  4. A final version of ShowInfo 1.0 be release by 30 Jun 2006.

THEREFORE Let it be further resolved that a report on the success of this effort be made no later than 2 Jul 2006.

RESOLVED on this, the seventh day of January, 2006, by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com, Geof F. Morris, Resident Slackass, presiding.

May 2006: Build Custom Bookshelves

A RESOLUTION to Finally Build the Custom Bookshelves I’ve Had in Mind for Years

WHEREAS I’ve had this really wicked idea for bookshelves for years now, but have never actually built them, and

WHEREAS I discovered during unpacking that I really do have a heck of a lot more books than I have bookshelf space, and

WHEREAS I have this whole six foot section of wall here in the loft that just begs to have bookshelves built to fit it, and

WHEREAS Mom and Dad bought me a great table saw for Christmas, leaving me without an excuse to get this built,

THEREFORE Let it be hereby resolved by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com that:

  1. My book- and CD-shelving needs be roughly scoped by 24 Feb 2006.
  2. Custom shelving be designed for the space by 24 Mar 2006.
  3. Materials be selected for the space by 17 Apr 2006.
  4. Shelves be constructed and installed no later than 31 May 2006.

THEREFORE Let it be further resolved that a report on the completion of this task be filed no later than 2 Jun 2006.

RESOLVED on this, the sixth day of 2006, by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.gom, Geof F. Morris, Resident Blowhard, presiding.

April 2006: Finish Loft Office Setup

A RESOLUTION to Finalize My Office Loft Setup by April 30, 2006

WHEREAS my townhouse has a sitting room upstairs outside the master bedroom that sits in a loft-like space, overlooking the living room and dining nook downstairs, and

WHEREAS I have appropriated this space for my office, and

WHEREAS this space is painted a nice, pale pink, as the previous homeowners had used this space as a nursery for their daughter, and

WHEREAS I’m okay with pink, but this is a man’s office, and

WHEREAS I spend a majority of my waking hours spent at home in the loft space, and

WHEREAS I have a half-finished office suite, and

WHEREAS I have no filling space to speak of, and

WHEREAS I have other uses in mind for the large piece of maple butcher block that presently serves as the platform for the desk,

THEREFORE, Let it be hereby resolved by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com that:

  1. A new wall color be selected for the loft area no later than 15 Feb 2006.
  2. An investigation as to the feasibility of removing the amateur-installed chair railing be completed no later than 20 Mar 2006.
  3. A new desk for the office be selected no later than 5 Apr 2006.
  4. Painting of the loft area be completed no later than 16 Apr 2006.
  5. The desk in item 3 above be procured and installed no later than 20 Apr 2006.
  6. A suitable filing cabinet system be selected and procured no later than 30 Apr 2006.

THEREFORE Let it be further resolved that a report on the success of this effort be made no later than 2 May 2006.

RESOLVED on this, the fifth day of January, 2006, by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com, Geof F. Morris, Resident Hooligan, presiding.

March 2006: Launch SandraMcCracken.org

A RESOLUTION to Launch SandraMcCracken.org by 31 March 2006

WHEREAS Sandra McCracken‘s music absolutely, utterly rocks my socks off, and

WHEREAS few people have ever heard of Sandra McCracken, much less have heard her music, and

WHEREAS my experience with [caedmonscall.net] and [derekwebb.net] has given me the courage to strike out in this direction, and

WHEREAS I have a cadre of folks willing to help me with the necessary work in putting together a wonderful information storehouse about Sandra McCracken’s music, thereby fomenting the development of a community of rabid Sandra McCracken fans, and

WHEREAS I love Sandra to pieces and really want to bring her music to a larger audience,

THEREFORE Let it be hereby resolved by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com that:

  1. I will launch the Song Vault, News and Reviews Log, and Links pieces of SandraMcCracken.org no later than 31 Mar 2006.
  2. I will hound Sandra endlessly to let me interview her and have her share her thoughts on music and life in audio form for SandraMcCracken.org.

THEREFORE Let it be further resolved that a report on the success of this effort be made no later than 2 Apr 2006.

RESOLVED on this, the fourth day of January, 2006, by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com, Geof F. Morris, Resident Crankcase, presiding.

February 2006: File My 2005 Tax Return

A RESOLUTION to File My 2005 Income Taxes by February 28, 2006

WHEREAS I am a last-minute income tax filer, often filing on 15 Apr, and

WHEREAS I bought a house in 2005, which will supply me with more tax deductions than I have previously had, and

WHEREAS I feel fairly confident that I can manage filing my 2005 taxes on my own, provided I actually start on time, and

WHEREAS my employer routinely waits until 31 Jan to send out their W-2 forms,

THEREFORE, Let it be hereby resolved by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com that:

  1. I will attempt to file my 2005 Federal income taxes by 20 Feb 2006.
  2. If my attempt to file on my own is unsuccessful, I will seek a capable tax preparer by 28 Feb 2006 and turn over my documents to them.

THEREFORE Let it be further resolved that a report on the success of this effort be made no later than 2 Mar 2006.

RESOLVED on this, the third day of January, 2006, by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com, Geof F. Morris, Resident Goofball, presiding.

January 2006: Greater Fiscal Tracking

A RESOLUTION to Bring Greater Fiscal Tracking to the Life of Geof F. Morris

WHEREAS I spent a large part of 2005 looking to log and track a lot of the goings-on in my life, learning quite a few good techniques for doing so along the way, and

WHEREAS I sometimes find myself looking at my bank statement and saying, “What the f***?”, and

WHEREAS I am at a point in life where greater financial responsibility is certainly a good idea, and

WHEREAS greater knowledge of my cash flow will undoubtedly correlate into better financial decision-making, as personal experience of short-term monitoring of my cash flow has achieved a high degree of solid, conscientious spending decisions,

THEREFORE Let it be hereby resolved by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com that:

  1. Financial tracking software be procured for my home computer as well as my Treo handheld no later than 15 Jan 2006.
  2. Aforementioned software shall be learned and implemented no later than 20 Jan 2006.
  3. A basic budgetary outline [mortgage, house-related expenses, groceries, entertainment, vehicle maintenance, etc.] be completed no later than 31 Jan 2006.


THEREFORE
Let it be further resolved that a report on the success of this effort be made no later than 2 Feb 2006.

RESOLVED on this, the second day of January, 2006, by the Board of Directors of GFMorris.com, Geof F. Morris, Resident Jackass, presiding.

THEREFORE, Let it be hereby resolved …

I think that I, like most folks, vacillate on the idea of New Year’s resolutions. The argument for doing them is a good one: it’s probably better to live life with goals than it is to drift about aimlessly. The argument against them is as strong and simpler: most people fail miserably.

As 2005 waned, I thought about writing resolutions: what they would be, how many, etc. Eventually, I struck upon an idea that really made sense to me: the reason that most goals fail is because are either unrealistic or are too generic [“save more money”, “be a better employee”, etc.].

Thus, an idea was born, one with its roots in all the student government crap I’ve done the last decade: real, honest-to-God resolutions. “WHEREAS, it is the opinion of this body that …”—you get the idea. I love writing this stuff—ask anyone who’s ever been in student government with me!—and the experiences I’ve had the last three years have honed my planning skills quite well. [Unfortunately, my execution skills have lagged.]

Starting tomorrow and going through the 13th of January, I’ll post one resolution a day, to be acted upon by the end of each subsequent month. The easier resolutions are certainly front-loaded, but a couple of the ones at the end will require more than a late-fall push to make them happen.

Should be fun, at least for me.