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#1 zircon


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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:03 AM

What are everyone's resolutions for this year? Let's share and support one another :<

For fun, if you made resolutions for 2011, let us know how they went. Here was the 2011 thread:


Before I get to the resolutions, 2011 was a mixed bag for me. I had a major health crisis that put me in the hospital for a week and left me recovering for a week after that, and which still affects my life a bit daily. I then had several minor health issues. On the bright side, Jill and I bought our first house, though that essentially ate up the last 4-5 months of our lives. With that in mind, here's how I managed to do...

* Automate and delegate more parts of my career, so I can spend more time on the important stuff.

Did pretty well on this. Whereas last year I was doing literally everything myself, this year I worked harder to find contractors and part-time help (like DrumUltima with Impact Soundworks!) while focusing on the important stuff. I think I can still delegate, outsource and automate further though.

* Release at least 3 new sample libraries.

Only managed to release 2, but significant progress was made on 2 more. So... kind of!

* Finish and release my next album and make it the best I've ever done.

Sadly, I failed this one by at least a few months. While I did get a lot of work done on my next album, the various aforementioned life events made it impossible to finish. But definitely tweet at @JillianAversa and @BigGiantCircles to finish their vocals for me :P

* Create another CD of high-end production music.

Didn't even start... oops :x

* Get an actual AAA gig (MI2SE itself wasn't really AAA, though it was a major studio.)

Amazingly, I got this with Soulcalibur V. :D

* Improve my personal efficiency and time usage.

I made some headway here, especially toward the end of the year, with discipline and habits. Definitely can still do better.

* Lose and keep off another 15 pounds.

Actually REGRESSED by 10 pounds. :(

* Make more of an effort to see friends and meet new ones.

Thanks to our move to Owings Mills, this is coming along!

* Make at least $100,000. Hey, gotta shoot high.

Won't know until tax time but... maaaaaybe before taxes and business expenses. Nowhere close with those things though. Recording projects and international travel are really expensive.

In terms of new resolutions:

* Make a concerted effort to make more music of all kinds.
* Learn more about orchestration, improvisation and composition on a more formal level.
* Finish my next album.
* Release 3 sample libraries.
* Score another AAA game, and at least one other decently large title aside from that.
* Release 20 more tutorial videos of various kinds.
* Finish a secret remix project.
* Lose 10 pounds.
* Make at least one new friend unrelated to OCR/VGM.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:07 AM

I want to make 50 remixes in the next year. No joke - with every remix or song I make my musical toolset to work with grows, so I'd like to expand it as much as possible by the year's end.
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:41 AM

I hope to work on my chiptune album and release it with the SD3 project and then resolve to quit kidding myself and start transitioning out of music and OCR altogether.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:49 AM

Learn more music theory
Learn more on electrical engineering
Start to learn italian and be able to read it well
Become a better person, swear less and listen more
Lose 25 pounds, become handsome again and go back to gym
Learn a few new tricks with C and write a few useful things
Also stop fast food and actually eat what's left int he fridge
Get better on guitars and get awesome at production.. audio & video
Make a couple more tunes for an album and at least another one for an OCR album
Stop buying alcohol other than for events Stop sugar and reduce my meat consumption by half

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:51 AM

As I've been posting on FB, etc, my goal this year is to compose and release a new original album for sale, including physical copies and available sheet music. Yup. I've gotta learn a ton of shit to pull this off...

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:55 AM

Hey I was looking for that old thread and couldn't find it x_x I was thinking about starting a thread like this.

Historically I have usually been very excited about New Year's Resolutions and motivated to work on them throughout the year, but though I have reflected much as the last year came to an end, I couldn't think of any resolutions for the coming year. I guess I've already attained perfection ;-) But seriously, there are still many things that I want to improve, but nothing comes to me as a well-defined goal to set.

However, I do take resolutions seriously so I will at least post my last year's resolutions and how I did on them:

- Eat less processed foods.

Under duress of financial limitations, I was actually forced to succeed in this goal ^_^; I cook almost all my meals now, so it's very easy to control what I eat and make sure it's healthy, with lots of veggies, whole grains, etc.

- Learn more about environmental and social impact of consumer choices, and shift spending towards more eco-friendly and socially responsible choices.

I have to say, I didn't put a lot of effort into this one.

- Exercise.

Thanks to the Pump It Up Pro 2 machine that now lives in my house, I definitely succeeded at this. (I call it the cardio machine.) I play a few times a week now, in addition to the ultimate frisbee games I've been playing throughout the year.

- Draw some. More than once this year. Even if it's only like 3 times. I barely did any drawing in 2010, which makes me sad.

I drew SO MUCH this year. I felt very good about that .D

- Play more video games. I played like 2 games in 2010. Also for the sad-making.

I played a handful of good games this year: Kirby's Epic Yarn, Bowser's Inside Story, aforementioned PIUP2, and very recently at the tail end of the year I got addicted to League of Legends .D I also moved in with a roommate who has a bunch of consoles including older ones, and so have ended up randomly playing some games here and there such as lolo 2, the original super mario bros. with the game genie codes where you totally mess up certain aspects of the game (we found some amazing ones), the original smash bros., toejam and earl, etc.

Well. I guess if I had to come up with one resolution I would say: finish the damn acoustic album!

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 05:03 AM

It's about time I got back to the gym. I was making fantastic progress and starting to get pretty ripped til I fell out of a god-damned tree at chthonic's place. Six months later, I think my back is in good enough shape to toss some weights around again, but it's going to be hard to juggle that with my budding music hobby and the time-vortex that is dental school :/

Also, I will eat less ice cream (lol, no i won't) and further optimize my Paleo lifestyle approach despite unbridled ice cream consumption.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:04 AM

Gotta get off 4chan. It's rotting my brain. Perhaps even in a literal sense.

Also, I resolve to start walking to work again. I stopped when our family car became more available but I need to get back into the swing of it.


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Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:20 AM

My main goals for 2012 were originally going to be "get a better job" and "properly set up a DAW so I can make music again", but I actually knocked out the first goal back in November after getting hired by National Geographic.

The second one is definitely a huge goal for me though. I haven't made a track in two and a half years, minus a collab I did with Stevo for OLR. It's way past time to step up my production game.

I also want to add losing some weight as a goal. 20 lbs is my aim.
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:47 AM

I didn't post in the last thread? Where was I? :cry:

Well I guess I can start fresh here then...

-Go back to college
-Make a youtube series
-Make a regular income from recording music
-Learn to cope with loss better
-Get new glasses (this might sound lame but I've had the same since 2009)
-Contribute to the circle of life
-Donate blood more often

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 10:21 AM

Two things up the top of my head: to finally get past the panel with something other than a collab/piano solo (which due to what I learnt in the Wily Gauntlet things may happen yet), and to progress to moving independently (may help me with some of my mother's entitlement issues rubbing off on me o_O).

Outside of there, I'm game to keep contributing for 2012... providing no major catastrophes happen :wink:

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 10:50 AM

1. Clear out my album backlog and don't fall behind again
2. Get an actual job
3. Beat 10 games

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:02 PM

-thinking of resolutions for 2013.
-spending another year around here.
-improving my photographics skills.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:03 PM

Mine are:

- at least TRY not to be involved in a relationship this year (...try...)
- FINALLY get promoted to Shift Management ($11.00/hr here I come!)
- Finish my Final Fantasy Challenge (see sig)
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:24 PM

- Finish my Final Fantasy Challenge (see sig)

how do you even beat an MMO
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:30 PM

how do you even beat an MMO

If you paid any attention at all, you'd know I don't have 11. :D Learn to understand, maybe?

In any case, i'm very close to finishing 2 of them. So. Yay me.
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:04 PM

Oh boy...this is going to bite me later on.

-Submit at least three ReMixes, have at least one ReMix posted by MAGfest 11
-Maintain or have a weight lower than 160 lbs (currently 187)
-Get involved in a relationship
-Get a kickass internship/part time job
-Be more social than I currently am (less YouTube specifically)

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:26 PM

I apparently didn't post a resolution last year, but I definitely was on the 'Get the Inbox Up to Date' train. That was accomplished, too!

This year I want to get my votes up to date, and submit a mix of my own creation :)

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:49 PM

2012 Resolution: Finish what I start. I'm great at getting excited about an idea I have, only to work on it a little bit and then (just because I don't feel like working on it one day) never working on it again. I'm a writer first and foremost so I have a lot of stories, screenplays, etc. to hash out, but I may mix it up as the year goes on, I don't know. To give this resolution higher stakes, I decided that every single month I'm embarking on a creative project and making myself finish it by the end of that month. By creating monthly deadlines for myself, I'm hoping that the lazy resolution mindset of "oh, I still have 12 months to get this done, I'll worry about it later" will be fended off. With that said, I'm finishing a screenplay this month that I was super-excited about in May before my self-discipline completely went away.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:58 PM

If you paid any attention at all, you'd know I don't have 11. :D Learn to understand, maybe?

It's hardly my fault that you fail to explain exactly what your challenge is. My assumption would have been that you mean to beat every single number that you have listed, regardless of ownership. Else why would you include it at all?

edit: I'm coming off as entirely too incendiary, I only meant my original post as a little rib

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