Emerging from WCMS Hell

I’m not dead, far from it. The last month was difficult, but now that it’s over, I can breathe easily for a few weeks, as well as get back to some outstanding personal projects. Outstanding as in not complete, not as in amazing (although they could be outstanding as in amazing as well).

If you didn’t talk to me at all during the last month, you’re probably wondering what I was up to. I was teaching the training for IU’s new WCMS, Cascade Server. It’s a robust system that makes heavy use of XML and XSLT to produce content for the web (without boring everyone with the gory details). The months prior to teaching, I was writing and developing the training materials and training environment within Cascade Server. I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve had little to no stress in my life since around last January (2008, not 2009) and it’s awesome!

The teaching itself went well, but my condition throughout went from awesome, to bad, to ok. The IUB trial runs went well, but as soon as I started traveling up to IUPUI, I started to get sick. I was under the weather with some kind of strange cold for the next three weeks, getting over it just last week when I could get regular sleep and not spend hours on end driving each week.

How did I get through the last month? Simple… Climbing, beer, brewing, hookah, friends, video games, and Twitter (not necessarily in that order). I spent a lot of time reading and posting to my Twitter account since I didn’t really have the time or desire to sit down and write a full post here. If you want to see what I was up to, head on over to that page and start reading my feed. I’m not going to recount the entire month’s activities here. That would be an epic long post and it would be boring for anyone and everyone reading, especially me.

I want to talk about some other things here…


Remember that whole 101 goals thing I talked about ages ago? I’ve decided to just get started with it. I don’t have 101 goals, but I’m more than half way there. I do have the 1001 days and the means to get them done. The list will be growing throughout the duration of my experiment; however, the added goals will not have their lifespan increased, it will match exactly that of the goals that exist at the beginning.

From the original list, I’ve added some things, removed others, edited some. Since I made the original post, I completed some of my goals and raised my expectations on others. The updated list can be found where the old list was (hint: click on the 101 goals link at the top of the page).

The same rules still apply. For each uncompleted goal, I will donate $10 to some charity to be determined in 1001 days.

Start Date: February 16, 2009
End Date: November 14, 2011

Let me know what you all think. I’m going to be quite busy over the next 2.75 years 🙂

That’s all I’ve got for now.

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.

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