Friday, August 07, 2015

List Day: Side Project Ideas

Whenever I come back from a big trip, I'm always inspired to start an ambitious new project, partly from the mind-enrichment of being in a different situation, and partly from the boredom experienced on the long plane ride back. Here are some of the ideas currently brewing in my mind for my next big venture, which may never coalesce, or might start brilliantly and then end up in the Unfinished Projects bin.

  1. Create free open-source software that improves the world in some way. Specifically, something with a local, political, academic, or non-profit relevance -- maybe a website that aggregates or visualizes available local data in a useful way.
  2. Expand my programming acumen by learning new languages (such as Go or Rust) or programming in new paradigms (such as big data, geospatial mapping, or machine learning).
  3. Devote more energy into new featurettes and columns on the URI! Zone.
  4. Write another game.
  5. Compose some new music.
  6. Regularly play an instrument (trumpet, jazz piano, bass, violin, accordion).
  7. Get better at a human language (Spanish, French).
  8. Read more, especially nonfiction in the areas of history, science, and technology.
  9. Get better at cooking (new recipes and approaches beyond the fabled grill).

What do you think I should do?

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