2015 GoalsWell the first quarter of 2015 has come and gone; time to assess my progress on my 2015 annual goals.  Time to face the music…

Personal

  • Educate and Develop my children. ON TRACK! We have done several Lego projects; AT-AT Walker, the X-Wing, and we’re working on the Imperial Shuttle.  I’m very impressed with how my older one has a great aptitude to build!  The little guy will get it.  He just needs to learn to sit in one place for longer then 5 seconds.
  • Enjoy 75 Books. ON TRACK! I was able to completely enjoy 17 great books in the first quarter of 2015; here’s my current reads.  I followed Bill Gates’ advice and read a few of his suggestion.  The Snowball, Warren Buffett’s biography, was a tome of excellence! That tome slowed my pace a bit, but it was well worth it.  Click the image of the books to see my library of books I’ve enjoyed over the years.2015 Q1 Books
  • Run 2 Ultra marathons and 2 marathons.  NEEDS WORK. I have one Ultra marathon scheduled in April, a 50K.  Additionally, I’ve got a marathon scheduled for late Fall, the Marine Corps Marathon (it will be my 4th year in a row).  I’ve struggled to lay out the exact race plan for the remaining two races.  I’m toying with a 50 miler, but it will be quite a leap.  I’m waiting to see how the 50K goes before I layout funds for the race I’ve got my eye on in June.  I entered the lottery for the New York City Marathon, but alas didn’t get selected.
  • Make a new Sous Vide Recipe Monthly. ON TRACK! I’ve made quite a few Sous Vide recipes in the first quarter; several sets of Ribeye’s; soft boiled eggs; pork chops; and corned beef. Everything has been excellent.  It’s a lot of fun to explore the possibilities of Sous Vide.
    Sous Vide Ribeye
  • Family Trip. NEEDS WORK. No plan yet.  

Professional

  • Lead Effectively. NEEDS WORK.  We’ve got a major inspection coming in May.  This has taken a lot of effort and focus off of other things which need attention.  
  • Teach Effectively. NEEDS WORK. I took action on this by teaching two courses this quarter, one at University of Maryland University College, and one at Tidewater Community College.  The one at Tidewater Community College is still going.  Starting both of these at the same time was a BIG stretch of my focus and effort.  Things weren’t perfect, but I learned a lot about myself, my students, and how formal education is functioning in the United States.
  • Be published two times. NEEDS WORK. No progress, yet.
  • Invest 100 hours in learning new languages (Life goal – 10,000 hours). NEEDS WORK. 2.57 hours accomplished.  This has fallen off a bit due to the inspection at work.
  • Invest 100 hours in coding (Life goal – 10,000 hours). NEEDS WORK. No progress, yet.
  • Invest 100 hours in Robotics (Life goal – 10,000 hours). NEEDS WORK. No progress, yet.

Financial

  • Increase my income by 10%. ON TRACK! Referencing what I’ve earned teaching off last year’s earnings, I’ve increased my earnings by 5% from teaching in just one quarter.
  • Reduce debt.  ON TRACK! Continue to pay down debts and get closer to eliminating the vehicle loan as the first priority. 
  • Live within Monthly Budget. NEEDS WORK. We have a budget, but it needs additional refinement.  I’ve focused on reducing the extra costs of eating out as I work as a geographical bachelor.  
  • Tailor/Verify/Diversify Investments.  NEEDS WORK. No progress, yet on tailoring, verifying, or diversifying.  Definitely continue to max out investments but haven’t met with dedicated advisor.  

These are how my 2015 Annual Goals are progressing.  How are your goals coming?

 

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McAfee Threat Report February 2015This is the McAfee Threats Report February 2015 for review.  It highlights the massive mobile vulnerabilities that remain due to the SSL vulnerabilities.

About McAfee Labs McAfee Labs is one of the world’s leading sources for threat research, threat intelligence, and cybersecurity thought leadership. With data from millions of sensors across key threats vectors—file, web, message, and network—McAfee Labs delivers real-time threat intelligence, critical analysis, and expert thinking to improve protection and reduce risks.

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It is important to understand what is going on within our networks. The Equation Group Kaspersky Report February 2Equation Group Kaspersky Report February 2015015 is a very interesting read.

The Equation group is a highly sophisticated threat actor that has been engaged in multiple CNE (computer network exploitation) operations dating back to 2001, and perhaps as early as 1996. The Equation group uses multiple malware platforms, some of which surpass the well-known “Regin” threat in complexity and sophistication. The Equation group is probably one of the most sophisticated cyber attack groups in the world; and they are the most advanced McAfee Threat Report February 2015threat actor we have seen.

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