As you may remember, I am working on a “30 before 30” list. A list of 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn the age of the same number. Well, I recently discovered (yes, I know I’m really behind the times on this) the goal-making website, 43 Things. It’s a community that not only lets you make goals and check them off as you achieve them, but also gives you a group of people to be accountable to about said goals, and lets you see other people working on the same goals as you. Anyway, I’ve copied over my list over there and you can see it here. Help keep me honest!
- Missed the good bus — the one with less people that picks me up at my apartment complex — and had to catch the one that takes longer and picks me up a mile from my apartment.
- My (really expensive) headphones snapped in half for no apparent reason
- I slipped on the slimy, algae-covered wood planks of my office’s balcony and landed on them, in the rain, on my butt, in my brand new jeans that I just bought yesterday
- My dog is getting sick :(
- Did I mention that my headphones are broken!??!?
- My lunch is not sitting well
Ugh. What a crummy morning. At least I can go cram my face full of mashed potatoes, turkey, and pie tomorrow. There’s always that.
Ok, gamer friends. Help me make a decision. I have $10 burning a hole in my PayPal pocket, and want to get a game on Steam (and/or XBLA). Do I…
A) Get Limbo
B) Shell out an extra $5 and get Bastion
C) Shell out and extra $5 and get Torchlight
D) Shell out an extra $10 and actually legitimately purchase the Half-Life 2 trilogy I already know and love.
My wife turned 30 last march, and leading up to it, she had a “30 before 30” list, that she’d been working on for a couple years. A list of thirty things she wanted to complete before she turned the same number. So, with my 28th birthday just a little over a month away, I’ve decided that now is the time for me to make one and begin working on it in earnest. Without further ado…
1) Get down to my goal weight of 190lbs. (Ugh. That’s 54 pounds to lose)
2) Try making songs in at least 5 different subgenres of electronica.
3) Purchase / move into a house.
4) Father my first child.
5) Learn to play Texas Hold ‘Em poker in real life.
6) Re-read Pragmatism, by William James.
7) Grow out my hair. (Shooting for shoulder length)
8) Become handy — I think “handy” is much more realistic than “proficient” — in a programming language. (Probably C#)
9) Watch all of Akira Kurosawa’s films.
10) Author one issue (hopefully more) of a comic book. I know several artists, and a writer friend of mine and I have been discussing some ideas we’d love to work on together. This is kind of a childhood dream of mine.
11) Play through Mass Effect 3 when it comes out. (This game is going to be freaking awesome.)
12) Be involved in some capacity (sound design, music, acting, voice acting, etc) in the making of a film of some kind.
13) Participate in a 5k.
14) Be able to run 5 miles without stopping.
15) Get more into cooking.
16) Read the first 100 pages of Being and Time, by Martin Heidegger. (This is big deal since it’s taken me a year to read 70 pages of a book that’s just about Heidegger’s philosphy.)
17) Build something that involves soldering and circuitry. I’m thinking something from MAKE Magazine.
18) Write a short story (maybe more than one?) and submit it to a publication of some sort.
19) Read The Man in the High Tower by Philip K. Dick
20) Get a full-time job (as opposed to doing contract work only)
21) See every movie by the Coen Brothers (there are five I haven’t seen).
22) See all the feature films from Studio Ghibli that Hayao Miyazaki directed.
23) Release at least five albums. (That means trying to do more than five.)
24) Get over my fear of baking / learn to bake.
25) Go on a cruise or on a trip outside North America. (This may be wishful thinking if we want to accomplish #3.)
26) Watch through The Wire and Breaking Bad.
27) Buy my wife a piece of jewelry just for the hell of it.
28) Read the scriptures through completely from beginning to end.
29) Learn to dance (to appease my wife).
30) Getting a dedicated studio set up (rather than doing all my recording in our bedroom).
Whew. This is going to keep me reeeeeeally busy.
P.S. Can you tell which ones my wife came up with? hahaha.
- cheddar cheese
- chocolate milk
- cream chese
- delicious, starchy carbs
- having a wife who cooks really, really, really, really well