Archive for the ‘family’ Category

2012 – Todo List

Updated: 01/05/12 – a friend suggested that I better make my tasks SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Timely) so I have added items in italics where I think I was not SMART

Well a new year is upon us and many resolutions have been made and will be broken before the first half of the year is done, so what does one do. Well based on a post by @XSTROLOGY whom I follow on twitter, this morning:

  1. #Aries need to make wish lists. With your abundant energy, having a focus list will get you the things you want fast!
  2. #Aries can imagine anything and invoke the inner power to make it a reality.
  3. #Aries knows how to get shit done.

So it seems that I will need to build a list of things to get done this year. What sections, what categories, so I am sticking to only two: Family and Career so that I can make the best of this year. And I am limiting to only 10 items here goes


  • Spend at least 3 weeks with my kids – dunno how I am gonna swing this, but hey I have the whole year to do this. These  exclude Sundays (have been working 6 day weeks)  so these include afternoons or mornings when we spend times together
  • 4 special things for my wife
  • Pickup a sport – squash or lawn tennis and spend at least 240 hours this year (assuming 3 hours per day those are about 40 sessions) 
  • Run the 10km marathon under 1 hour – took 1hour 45 minutes at my first try 2 years ago


  • Certifications – Zend Certified Engineer and Zend Framework Certification + MySQL Certified Developer and MySQL Certified Administrator
  • New Frameworks – Zend Framework 2 (currently in Beta) and Symfony 2 and use each for 1 working application whether client or personal 
  • New Version Control – GIT and use it for one working application
  • Continuous Integration Server – PHP looking at Travis and deploy 1 working application
  • Take part in one app competition as a developer and/or mentor
  • Contribute 100 lines of code and 100 forum responses to at least one open source project

Hey is that not a long list of 10 items now to get working on it …

Update: March 1 – instead of 100 forum posts I will be gunning for a 5000 reputation on Stack Exchange (

Options for Impact by UHMG instead of the GeNext Campaign

This was a comment on Albert Mucunguzi (@albertmuc) blog post Why UHMG’s GeNext Campaign is a Waste of Resources ( but then I figured why not add my voice to those who think this is a waste of time and provide some “simpler” alternatives

Albert I agree with you all the way, infact China has had the 1 child policy for such a long time and yet they have one of the largest populations in the world, and infact they are a power to be reckoned with due to that.

My suggestions for UHMG (Uganda Health Marketing Group) is to focus on our major problems:

a) Maternal Mortality – 25 mothers (recorded) died on Xmas day alone what is to happen to their children

b) Child Nutrition (below 5 years) – focus on how we can improve the nutrition of our children using available foods and resources

b2) Primary School Child Health – teach kids how to wash their hands, gain access to toilets, better feeding for school going age (given the constraints on funds and resources) so cannot be a one size fits all for the whole country but tailored diets for different regions within the country

c) Adolosent Health – sexual activity is a problem, then support Marie Stopes to market the Life Guard condoms better, but help the teen agers eat better. Make healthy eating hip and the thing to be …

d) Family Health – teach families how to eat better within given budgets, work with Rotary, Mother’s Unions and localized support groups to teach these things, hell I can even help here lol!!!

e) Contraceptives – provide easier and more convenient access to contraceptives for mothers, give them out free if you have to, its a better solution to the large families to those who could otherwise want smaller families.

Thanks Albert for taking the lead on this …

New Family Addition

Easter came early as our family got a new member, so I will probably be more off over the next few weeks.

Welcome little man

2010 Thanksgiving Wishes

To all my friends, family, colleagues and clients in the United States, this is to wish a joyful fun-filled Thanksgiving.

During this time when family is at the fore-front of our minds, may you have safe travels and may the re-unions be all that you wish them to be.

The state of the economy may be the dark cloud that hangs over all of us, remember behind every dark cloud, is a silver lining.

Terror in Kampala

At about midnight on Sunday July 11, 2010, during the world cup final match between Netherlands and Spain, a three bombs were detonated in Kampala; Kyaddondo Rugby club, home of the MTN Heathens; Ethiopian village in Kabalagagala a popular hangout area; and a club near the Suburb of Ntinda. As of July 13, 2010, there are 74 confirmed dead, and a number more in critical condition.

For a country without known terrorist violence, this came as a huge shock, and many people were scrambling to find out if any of their relatives were injured in the blasts. Al-Shabaab claims responsibility and promises to attack more civilian locations since “A friend of the United States is an enemy of ours”

Monday July 12, 2010, went like a daze, a bad hangover to be forgotten, checking up on friends and family to ensure that all were okay. Additional reports of possible attacks at a church in Balintuma between Nankulabye and Mengo did not help matters at all, and the defusing of two unexploded bombs in Makindye, near an army barracks crowned the day as a dark one.

The implications are that we are scared. I almost did not let my baby girl go to school this morning, but life has to go on. Stay away from crowds, but any shopping mall, public transportation stop, traffic jam, school, church, workplace in the central business district has innocent civilians. What are we to do

The first instinct is to turn and run, barricade all the doors, and find some one to blame, but life has to go on. The only way we can defeat terror is to go on with our lives, is to change them for the better and show that we are not scared, and use our will to make us strong and to go on

To those who lost their lives, may your souls rest in eternal peace.

To those who lost a loved one, a friend, a workmate, may the good Lord strengthen you during this trying time, of sorrow.

Oh Lord, please open our eyes to your grace, love, and arms so that we may rest our burdens on your shoulders. Please protect our loved ones as they go about their daily activities


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