What I've Been Up To in 2013

the view from Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

I want to live life "deliberately"; writing a year in progress/review helps me inspect my life and make changes. Here is my 2012 Retrospective

2013 Objectives

  1. Keep being awesome - Did that.
  2. Launch one product - Nope
  3. Start my own company - Nope, though I did do consulting work.

Things I Did In 2013

Took McCall on her first New York City Subway ride and saw Newsies; had my standards raised again; watched Warm Bodies; saw aunt Jil get married; went to MassMoCA and fell in love with Sol Lewitt; got addicted to cornbread pancakes (thanks Thies and Jiffy); took a day off and went to DiaBeacon with Erin; saw BYU lose in the NIT semi-finals; tried (and fell in love with) Taco Bell's Doritos Taco Loco; watched the Phillies beat the Mets in Queens; pushed code to my AWS; read far too much ZeroHedge; made my computer desktop background a "trompe l'oeil"; ate at Grammercy Tavern; had to go to Times Square; went to the true happiest place on earth: the International Contemporary Furniture Fair; hosted some Russians; started drinking herbal tea; surprised my mother for Mother's Day; saw Elder Oaks speak at the Beckett Fund; left OpenSky; went to a wedding in Connecticut; had "broasted: chicken and went to the "Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania" with Dane and Tanner; traveled to Utah with Erin; Cheered on the USA with Nathan Wigglesworth and saw Jozy Alitodore (and Nathan's favorite player, Michael Bradley) beat Honduras; went back to BYU for the first time since graduation (and stayed for a sum total of 20 minutes); went to Davanzas on Main Street in Park City with Sam White and Erin; kicked it with Nate in Provo 'n Orem; Took the midnight train from Salt Lake City to San Francisco (18 hours of glory); while the car broke down outside Gilroy; I finally got to Big Sur (and it is big); went to Baiting Hollow and Montauk with Erin; saw a rainbow of the coast off Ireland; played with a Harris Hawk; took a train from Aarhus, Denmark to Stockholm, Sweden (where I purchased a lamp; went boating in Old Lyme, CT; had a "welcome to the pros" weekend with Lunchbox in Baltimore and watched a 15 year-old win the GT3 race; hit up my grandfather's 90th birthday party; went to Vegas (not that cool); hiked Angel's landing twice; explored the Valley of Fire in Nevada; saw my cousin Marta get married; watched Brenda run the Hamptons half; took the train to Montreal where I saw the botanic garden/Insectarium; started watercoloring; saw "Birds of America at the Beinecke Library; hiked all over New York and Connecticut with Andrew Fryer; explored City Island on foot; started a new job; learned SQL; visited the Tate Modern; watched Sunderland and West Ham play at Upton park in a relegation dogfight; saw Les Mis and Dirty Dancing on the West End; flew business class to India; danced my heart out at a club in Pune; learned part of "Will You Be There" by Michael Jackson on the piano.

Guests Hosted:

  1. Lauren Jacobson
  2. Katie Lumen x 2
  3. Charlotte Haynie
  4. Alex Ingersol

Books Read:

A linked title connotes an endorsement.

  1. The Lessons of History by Will Durant & Ariel Durant
  2. Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
    (see report here: Thinking in Systems Report)
  3. Confessions of a Yakuza by Junichi Saga
  4. Notes on the Synthesis of Form by Christopher Alexander
    (see report here: Notes on the Synthesis of Form report)
  5. Scientific Advertising by Claude C Hopkins
    (see report here: Scientific Advertising report
  6. HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions: A Web Standardistas' Approach by Nicklas Persson & Christopher Murphy
  7. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
    (see report here: The Checklist Manifesto report)
  8. The Swerve by Stephan Grenblatt
  9. Popular Crime by Bill James
    This book is excellent.
  10. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  11. Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas by Seymour Papert
    (see report here:Mindstorms report)
  12. Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte
  13. The Biography of Spencer W. Kimball by Edward L. & Andrew E. Kimball
  14. The Book of Mormon translated by Joseph Smith
  15. Conversationally Speaking by Alan Garner
  16. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
  17. The Box by Marc Levinson
  18. Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

What I Learned

  1. No matter how sure I am of an outcome, it's possible for things to be significantly different from what I knew would happen. I am incapable of predicting the non-linearity of human potential. Ultimately, this is a good thing, but in the short term it means I am often surprised.

Places Visited in 2013:

Special thanks to Andrew Fryer and Erin Brown for pushing me to do and see more than I could have without them.

  1. Boston, MA
  2. Beacon, NY
  3. Somewhere in New Hampshire
  4. Rhinebeck, NY
  5. Silver Spring, MD
  6. Westbrook, CT
  7. Bushkill, PA
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Park City, UT
  10. Provo, UT
  11. San Francisco, CA
  12. Big Sur, CA
  13. Gilroy, CA
  14. Baiting Hollow, NY
  15. Montauk, NY (x2)
  16. Ireland
  17. Aarhus, Denmark
  18. Copenhagen, Denmark
  19. Stockholm, Sweden
  20. Old Lyme, CT
  21. Baltimore, MD
  22. Reston, VA
  23. Lewes, DE
  24. Walkersville, MD
  25. Las Vegas, NV
  26. St. George, UT
  27. Montreal, Canada
  28. St. Michaels, MD
  29. Blue Mountain, NY
  30. Bear Mountain, NY
  31. Barkhamstead, CT
  32. New Haven, CT
  33. Pune, India
  34. London, England