Hadn't realized it's been 6 months since I made a journal. Just not a ton to talk about, and it's been kind of dead here. The OCC is still active, but otherwise the silence is pretty sad compared to what we once had. At least the beta for the new community site is up now (and if you haven't gotten an invite, go to Kriss's Journal Here and apply).
On that note, the current word is that there won't be a lot of carry over from this site to the new one. To address the years of posts, journals, images, and comments that won't be moving over I'm writing a program to archive user activity and forums. My goal is to have version 1.0 out by the New Year and ready for you to download. The plan is to write it in python and then compile it for Windows. If you use Linux or Apple I'll also make the code open source so you can download the raw scripts and run them, though you'll have to learn to use a CLI if you don't know how already).
In other RT related news, I've decided that I will not be a Guardian at RTX 2019. I thought long and hard about the decision, but in the end I think it's time for me to take a break after eight years on the job and let one of the many well qualified and enthusiastic Guardians step into the role. On the plus side, I will be there as an attendee and look forward to seeing everyone and actually getting to sleep in for a change!
In personal news, I bought a house! It's a recent construction 3 story town home in west Houston in a pretty good neighborhood and stayed above flooding during Harvey. Now I need to figure out how to keep the whole place clean, since I suddenly have 2.5x the square footage of my old apartment. Still, really glad I made the jump and it's really nice having a place that's really mine.
It's also right next to a gym and tennis center that I went ahead and joined. Haven't had a chance to play much tennis, but I've been hitting the gym pretty hard. After running my first half marathon last March I've decided I need a new goal to work towards. Eventually I settled on being able to do 20 consecutive pull-ups. That means a lot of upper body and core training. I've done a bit of that over the past few years, but it mostly fell into the category of maintenance and exercise rather than working towards a goal. Now, though, I'm lifting at least 3 times a week and keeping track of my numbers so I can push myself a little further each time. Making good progress, too. My numbers are up about 30% across the board in the last two months, and I can do 20 pull ups with a 35 lb assist. Considering I couldn't do more than 10 with a 60lb assist when I started, I'd say that's good progress, and I'm hoping to hit my goal sometime early spring. Not sure what I'll move onto then. Maybe something pure core related, but that's hard to track. We'll see.