April 15th 2010
It’s a bit late but I have just gone through and numbered my 101 goals in 1001 days. As per meta-goal 101, here are success criteria for each.
1 – Teetotalitarianism for 3 months
Don’t drink for 3 months
COMPLETED (Jan, Feb, March – cheated a bit and drank while out of the country. They are my goals though so my rules )
2 – Cheeseless for 3 month
No cheese for 3 months
COMPLETED (Jan, Feb, March)
3 – Do a marathon
4 – Do a triathlon
5 – Lose 2 stone
In progress, lost 1st during teetotalitarianism
6 – Attend martial arts classes for 3 months
7 – Write an artice for Plus new writers
8 – Read all the VSIs
A wonderful series from Oxford University Press, introductions to many different topics. There are ~200 so I need to read one every five days or so, I am a bit behind at the moment
9 – Read Godel Escher Bach
I’ve started it 3 times but never got to the end, read I am a strange loop recently and made me want to return to this intellectual tour de force and finish it..
10 – Write book reviews for each book I read
Up to date so far.
11 – Reread all Dennett books
“all” = the trilogy of Darwins Dangerous Idea, Conciousness Explained and Freedom Evolves
Just finished Freedom Evolves, reviewed DDI here.
12 – Read all PG Wodehouse
There are ~100, so need to do 1 every 10 days or so, a bit behind at the moment.
13 – Release 303 books on bookcrossing.com
Started, may also have started a crossing zone in Liverpool
14 – Read a short story for librivox
15 – Proofread for Project Guttenburg
16 – Send Dan Dennett a letter
17 – Send Richard Dawkins a letter
Both among my favourite authors and really shaped my view on the world. I want to write them a letter of thanks.
18 – Read epic literature
Not decided on the exact list yet.
19 – Blog on average once a week
20 – Organise a big bash for my 30th
Going to be called TomFest, should be a good buzz.
21 – Read GTD
Need to get organised at some point, maybe this will help
22 – Spend 3 months in another country
23 – Organise all my DVDs
24 – Swim with sharks
25 – Paraglide
26 – Scuba
27 – Skydive
28 – Drive Offroad
29 – Do a banger rally
Something like this
30 – Have a track day
31 – Hire the whole of Salvos Salumeria for an evening
32 – Bungee Jump
33 – Safari
34 – Vinyard tour
35 – Visit 5 Michelin 3* restaurants
36 – See Northern Lights
37 – Visit porto
38 – Take dad to an opera
39 – Take Mum, Dad and Carrie to the Welsh Mountain Zoo
40 – Do 1000 things in London
This may get dropped but I want to program all the items in the 1000 things to do in London book into a scheduling program and try and do them in as little time as possible (will need a fair bit of cash but I recon it would be a great adventure). Ill publish the itinery online and my location in realtime and give myself over to the route finding algorithm for as long as it takes.
41 – Do a standup comedy course
42 – Visit Japan
43 – Get CCEE
44 – Get CCNP
45 – Get MCITP – Enterprise Admin
46 – Get VCDX
47 – Say to a recruiter “I dont work MonthName” and turn down work
Nearly did this in March but did a week in Dubai.
48 – Create a Backblaze storage pod
Work progressing nicely at UKblazers
49 – Work only 100 days in a year
Ambitious but worth a try, fits well with the goal of staying in another country for 3 months.
50 – Move 10 people to FreeAgent
My accountancy software, really good. Got 3 people on their at the moment.
51 – Investigate Visa situation for Australia
52 – Investigate Visa situation for US
Would be nice to work in Aus or the US, need to see what the situation is like for contractors from the UK.
53 – Make Jam
COMPLETED (well I did Lemon Curd)
54 – Grow mushrooms
55 – Paint a water colour
56 – Make beer
57 – Make wine
58 – Cook a 4 course meal for 20 friends
59 – Do a photography course
60 – Hike on average once a month
Behind as I twisted my ankle in the Czech Republic, have trips planned for may, june, july
61 – Do a UK long distance path
62 – Do a big hike in Europe
63 – Attend Nehru Institute of Mountaineering
This is the course I had to retreat from last year as I was not fit enough.
65 – Volunteer for the Mountain Bothies Association
Great society maintaining free shelters in Scotland
66 – Via Ferratain Italy
Went last year but want to go again.
67 – Do another alpine 4000m peak
Did Allalinhorn a few years ago. I think I have it in me to do another.
68 – Complete Pimsleur Spanish
Was going to put “Learn Spanish” but wanted it to be less vague. There are 90 parts and I’m at 15 now.
69 – Learn to dance
Hehe. Not sure what style I’m going to attempt to learn, fairly sure I’ll never be great at it but it might be fun to try.
70 – Learn to play golf
71 – Learn 10 magic tricks
72 – Read “Winning Ways”
A wonderful book on Game Theory in 4 volumes.
73 – Make a Dots and Boxes program
A university friend made a program to play the game and won a computer Olympiad with it, I’d like to get something together myself
74 – Read AI: A Modern Approach
3rd Edition of the leading AI text.
75 – Watch SICP, do exercises from book
Famous course, until very recently MITs into to programming, uses the scheme dialect of LISP
76 – Do on average 1 Project Euler problem per week
I am behind with this but should be able to catch up.
77 – Complete “Real World Haskell”
78 – Learn to use Emacs
79 – Raise £5005 for charity
80 – Talk about Free Software at a school
81 – Watch all TTC Art history DVDs
11 of them, easily done.
82 – Visit Egypt
83 – Revisit Louvre
84 – Revisit Met Museum in New York
86 – Give Carrie a British Museum Tour
87 – Go on wine tasting course
88 – Go to the theatre on average once a month
Well and truely on track, watching 2 things this week alone.
89 – See a whole run at the theatre by the lake
90 – See all world heritage sites in the UK
There are 28, so about 1 per month.
91 – Memorise 10 poems
Ive not selected the 10 yet but will probably include:
* On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
* She Walks in Beauty
* Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
* If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso
* The Raven
* The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
92 – Read “The Ode Less Travelled“, do the exercises (but not share them!)
A fun intro to poetry that does not hide the jargon, I blogged about it a while a go but got distracted and never finished the book or did the exercises. I promise not to share any of the poems I write!
93 – Go to Melbourne Comedy Festival
94 – Go to Edinburgh festival
95 – Pay off all credit cards
On track to be debt free at day 1001
96 – Let loans run course and dont get any more
97 – Be 1/3 through in 2010
A bit behind.
98 – Have done 2/3 by day 666
99 – Have a completion party
100 – Set success criteria / progression metrics for each goal
101 – Do 100 day updates
This is the first!