The 2016 100 — or — How to Build a Better Casey

I can’t even lie, guys — coming up with a list of 100 goals for the fourth year in a row was hard — ridiculously so. I’m a very different me than I was when The 2013 100 came out, back when free time was still an abundant commodity I didn’t even know I was taking for granted, trying to fill it with countless things that’d keep life interesting.

A problem I most definitely don’t have in 2016!

As I work at surviving the upcoming year — especially with our second child’s imminent arrival — I needed to make the list a lot more realistic; I’m all too skilled at chasing ambitions that exceed my lifestyle’s capacity, and I’ll need to keep wary of that in 2016 if I want to see myself make it out the other side!

So without further ado, The 2016 100. It took a couple of days to polish off after recovering from the gauntlet that was 2015, but I feel like it’s a list that will really make waves in this life o’ mine should I see it finished!

But hey — that’s what I say every year ????

Thanks for reading!


1) Write an amazing series for Black History Month
2) Win a vacation for my dry cleaner
3) Watch Creed; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; Ant-Man
4) Take Eric to a sporting event so he can stop complaining about getting left from sporting events
5) Phase my old 3.5″ hard drive out
6) Get rid of my old electronics
7) Stop biting my nails
8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent
9) Clean out the basement crawl space
10) Build shelves into the crawl space
11) Give my FWD Powershot 2 to my old manager the hockey coach
12) Do the CN Tower Edgewalk
13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP
14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad

Though a chiropractor I started seeing late into 2015 told me I’d developed some mild sciatica in my back, I didn’t need him to tell me I carry too much STUFF. In a digital age where we can pack mountains of information into a single device, there’s really NO NEED for me to carry all the draft posts and note that I do — save the fact that working from hard copy’s the way my brain’s WIRED.

In 2016, I need a little more focus to keep all my ideas stored in one place so I’m not constantly carrying EVERYTHING in my house made of paper, knowing that I probably scribbled SOMETHING on ALL of ’em.

15) Sort out the Internet situation at home so I can stop relying on tethering to LTE data
16) Learn enough Spanish to understand my sister-in-law’s Mexican wedding in May
17) Find time for date nights, which will involve finding someone who wants to babysit two kids… how about we just find more awesome things to do at home, just in case?
18) Try Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake
19) Get to 0 drafts on CaseyPalmer.com by converting everything into live posts
20) Install the growth chart for my kids that we got at my office baby shower
21) Update all the old content on CaseyPalmer.com
22) Upgrade the site infrastructure to better support contest traffic
23) Redesign the heck out of the blog (Twenty Sixteen, what up)
24) Find the time to pack more lunches for work
25) Clean up and optimize my Pinterest account (I still have that copy of Pinterest Savvy lying around somewhere)
26) Shave more regularly
27) Hand out my remaining business “cep” cards so I can put in a new order (wait — do we still do business cards?)
28) Clear out the bookshelves to prepare for Baby #2
29) Replace the lost key to our 2011 Ford Edge
30) Figure out what I ACTUALLY need to run my site and invest in THAT.
31) Replace our bathroom sink
32) Meet with the people who I never seemed to schedule in through 2015 (Aaron, Emma, Ria, Adrienne, Dianna)
33) Get a Brookhaven Computer Cabinet

The 1% of the Casa de Palmer workspace I use to do all the things isn’t the best — in fact, it’s falling apart. As I get older and start formalizing my #BloggerLife, Sarah and I agree that my workspace should evolve to show that. It’ll take some saving to make it happen, but it’d be a nice addition to the home.

The 2K11 24/7 CCXIX: Welcome to the Internet. (Please enjoy your stay.)

Ever since my family got a high-speed Internet connection way back when, I in turn have always found ways to keep myself occupied on a computer.

I totally understand if you don’t get it — I’m an offshoot of a nerd. As a child, I spent summers inside writing stories instead of playing outside with the neighbourhood kids. I’ve won a handful of spelling bees. Been playing video games since before I was even going to school. The nerdiness runs deep. But it’s often the nerds who forge first into uncharted territory.

So unsurprisingly, if you spend a lot of time on a computer, you tend to come across a lot of crazy stuff on the Internet. And if you’ve missed out on much of the hilarity/insanity/WTF-ness that the Internet has to offer, worry not; someone was kind enough to compile them into a couple of lists for you:

http://youshouldhaveseenthis.com/
http://www.youshouldhavealsoseenthis.com/

Everything on those lists have had their 15 minutes of fame at one point or another — this is stuff that you usually can’t PLAN to create; most of the stuff that goes viral is due to factors outside of the creators’ control. Or they plan them and become one-hit wonders. But it doesn’t make them any less amusing.

So go forth. Partake of some Internet. And when you do, tell ’em Casey sent ya.

–Casey E. Palmer

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The 2K11 24/7 LXXXIII: Information Overload

Life was simpler before we gained this obsession with knowing EVERYTHING.

Somewhere along the line, we overdid it. It's human nature to satisfy our curiosity. We learn more through our own personal experiences than we do from reading, watching or being told something by someone else. These are all parts of maturing, forearming ourselves with knowledge that will help us along in this adventure called life.