I need to blog more often.

The life of an ICT specialist like me is always busy, busy, busy. Even on my day off, I still have a lot to do. This morning, for example, I went to the dentist to have two fillings replaced. I still had two old amalgam fillings and these have been replaced by two nice, white ones. The rest of the day was reserved to take a long walk with my dogs but they’re not in real shape today. I think it’s too warm for them now so maybe another time. I still have a few other things to do too…

For example, I am working on two personal projects. One is related to me keeping score of my glucose levels. Yeah, I have diabetes but still don’t need insulin injections. I want to keep it that way so I need to keep an eye on my glucose levels. More moving, better eating will improve my health. But the bookkeeping requires a simple project which allows me to enter the results and it should generate reports and charts for informational purposes. And not just for me, but for generic usage. Right now, I’m still thinking about what the project should do exactly. Thinking about the complexity of it all. It should be able to keep track of multiple users and maybe it should also be usable by physicians to add patient accounts so they can keep track of their patients. Maybe it needs a Smartphone module, an Android module or even an iPad module so patients can use simple mobile devices. And perhaps an import/export module so patients can export their data in some format to have it imported in some other application. And of course a reporting module that preferably supports Word and PDF. And I have plenty of other ideas too. As I said, I’m busy.

And then the other project. That’s more a self-education project. I like to generate CGI artwork but after several years of creating art, I ended up with a large collection of homemade images. Combine this with my own photo’s from my digital camera’s and it’s just a lot of images. I need a better way to organize them, adding tags and publish them in some way. I already use Flickr for some of the more interesting images but I want to publish all of them. So I have an idea of a simple system that will store the images with additional tags, keywords, license information, some extracted EXIF information, a rating value, sign if it’s NSFW or not and much, much more. And I want two versions of this tool. One should be a browser app which would show up on any device and the other should be a Silverlight app which would mostly be supported on windows platforms, but which would give a much nicer user interface, thus a better user experience. And yes, this too keeps me very busy…

Of course, don’t forget that I still create CGI artwork. This too eats up a lot of time. But worse of all, it requires my computer to do the most work, churning numbers to render some data into a digital image. It’s a process that might take 5 minutes or 60 hours, depending on the complexity of the image…