2010: A Roadmap
by Edward Z. Yang
I did one of these for 2008, and it was highly amusing to see some of the goals I had put down that, in fact, I do not care at all about in the middle of my sophomore year in college. (For a more technically oriented one, see "Get PHP to compile with VS2008"... ick.) They are not quite resolutions, because I know enough that to actually get things done I should set schedules. These are tendencies; guiding principles for the New Year. Things to make habits. Things that are hard.
- Pay more attention to the people I live with and care about, so that I know when they are distressed, and know what I can do to help.
- Pay more attention to what people feel. Develop empathy.
- Do interesting research. Write an academic paper. Get it submitted to a major journal.
- Become involved in ham radio. Get certified.
- Be romantic.
- Continue to increase my palette of cooking, especially for greens.
- Continue to study mathematics.
- Increase physical flexibility, figure out how to make exercise a part of my schedule, and not just something I do when I decide I need exercise to concentrate.
- Learn C++ metaprogramming. Find a good excuse to hack in this language.
- Push myself beyond my limits, because you don't know what they are until you are past them.
- Cold call old friends every once in a while.
- Tell stories.
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