YIP 2015: The Other Stuff

2015yip2As much as I’d like to be that guy who sets goals and powers through to the finish…I’m not that guy. I get distracted. I have too many interests and no control of when one or the other (or something new) might rear its beautiful head. So I’d like to think that I’ll be able to do everything I want to do, but realistically I know that isn’t going to happen. I have to focus on a few things and let the others be little side-trips. As time goes on I’m sure things will move around a bit and maybe some new things will join the list, and some others will slide down the priority scale. But for now…


It may be a bit surprising to see photography listed among the “other stuff” as important as it has been to me for so long. But there simply isn’t the time to put toward photography and music and, at the present time at least, music must take priority. Still, when the opportunities arise, I would like to do more night photography and more with people. I’ve also got a thing for car photography, so we’ll see what comes of that.

Reading List

I love to read. And in times past I would make all kinds of plans for which books and how much and even the order to read them in. However, between the 10 and Day and the music and recording and mixing and all of that, well, you can imagine that there is little time left for reading the sorts of books I like to read. However, when I do read, I am going to make an effort to write a decent review.


There’s a video from one of the Ted talks in which the speaker says, contrary to a popular theory, you don’t need to practice something 10,000 hours to learn it. In very competitive fields and in order to be one of the very best, that is indeed the case. But the vast majority of that time is between learning something and mastering it. So, he says, you only need 20 hours to learn a skill. I’m not sure I completely agree. There must be some skills that take longer. But perhaps knots are one of those skills that I can work on a bit and learn well enough. Instead of devoting a ton of time to it, what if I put in enough time to learn 5 or 6 very useful knots and then, as I find time add one more knot to my arsenal? That, I think, might be doable.


I was reminded again recently that there are some theological issues that I don’t really understand well enough. For instance, what exactly is my theology of the atonement? In the near future I’ll make a list of topics that need more study, but for now let’s just say, “theology.”

February 8, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Books, photography, theology, Year in Preview

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