Resolving 2014

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 09:23 am
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So, back in late 2013 and early 2014, I posted a few resolution-like statements. Now it's time to look back on the year just passed and see how I did!

1. In 2014, I will read more books from the Biography section of the library. I need to learn more about other people's stories, stories of those who lived long ago or far away. It seems like one good way to get out of my mental rut.

What I didn't tell you all is that I'd only read two biographies in 2013, so this wasn't a terribly difficult resolution to keep. Did I, in fact, manage this feat? Yes, I did! I finished seven books filed under Biography, as well as some memoirs filed in other sections of the library. Not sure this did anything to get me out of any mental ruts, but at least I tried.

Oh, and if anyone's incredibly curious about which sections of the library I tended to favor in 2014, here's a list:

000s * 50, 100
100s * 3, 19, 20, 21, 25, 29, 44, 46, 61, 79, 110, 113, 118
200s * 17, 23, 63, 71, 75, 102, 109, 115
300s * 30, 32, 33, 45, 54, 78, 88, 98, 106
400s * 37
500s * 41, 95, 117
600s * 42, 47, 49, 52, 69, 70, 85, 93, 94, 97
700s * 2, 9, 13, 48, 55, 58, 83, 84, 86, 92, 103, 105, 112
800s * 8, 38, 39, 59, 72, 74, 82
900s * 56
BIO * 34, 66, 77, 87, 96, 101, 114
FIC * 5, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 36, 53, 57, 60, 91, 104, 107, 111, 116
HISTORIC * 4, 24, 27, 81, 90
MYS * 18, 40, 51
ROM * 6, 26, 62, 89
SFF * 1, 7, 12, 22, 28, 31, 35, 43, 64, 65, 67, 68, 73, 76, 80, 99, 108

Partway through the year I came up with a vague goal of averaging 10 books per month, with the stipulation that they all had to come from the adult or young adult sections of the library. I was sidetracked by various stresses and illnesses, but I did make it to 118, which isn't too bad considering I avoided the temptation to sneak in a bunch of children's poetry books.

2. Since going without television and reliable radio often makes me feel a little too separated from the pop culture of the day, I want to get some kind of feel for what's going on by reading more periodicals. Most of those periodicals should not be alternative medicine magazines, even though my housemates do get great amusement from those noises I make when I read something like "Theta healing is practicing quantum physics by using theta brain wave states." (Gah.)

After skimming a few magazines at the library last January, I'm afraid I failed at this one. At least I managed to avoid alternative healers attempting to practice quantum physics!

3. I also want to listen to more music. Music is good for the soul.

This was a success, and I really need to keep up this habit. Music is good for the soul--and the brain.

4. And I want to eat more Ethiopian food. Does this really need justification?

Another resounding success! Haven't eaten so much Ethiopian since late summer after a friend grew tired of it, but I did introduce a local farmer to sambusas. Mmmm, sambusas.

To post enough to LiveJournal and Dreamwidth to get all the entries from 2011 off my "Recent Entries" page.

I did this! Maybe in 2015 I'll push back the entries from 2012 and 2013.


So, do I have any resolutions for 2015? No. For the moment, I'm going to focus on doing whatever seems like a good idea at the time. Today, that's likely to involve drinking lots of tea and making a trip to the nearest library branch. I've been invited to a party this weekend, so I want to get some rest beforehand in the hopes that I'll be able to make it there. (The last party I was invited to was one I had to skip out on due to being miserable and feverish. My immune system seriously needs to get with the program.)

Resolution-ish

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 05:22 pm
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1. In 2014, I will read more books from the Biography section of the library. I need to learn more about other people's stories, stories of those who lived long ago or far away. It seems like one good way to get out of my mental rut.

2. Since going without television and reliable radio often makes me feel a little too separated from the pop culture of the day, I want to get some kind of feel for what's going on by reading more periodicals. Most of those periodicals should not be alternative medicine magazines, even though my housemates do get great amusement from those noises I make when I read something like "Theta healing is practicing quantum physics by using theta brain wave states." (Gah.)

3. I also want to listen to more music. Music is good for the soul.

4. And I want to eat more Ethiopian food. Does this really need justification?
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In case some strange person who isn't me remembers and actually cares, here's an update on how well I'm keeping my New Year's Resolutions. For 2011, there were three of these:

"Resolution #1: In 2011, I intend to read at least one book in each of the ten main classes of the Dewey Decimal Classification system."

I had pretty much kept this goal by the end of June--except for reading anything in the 400s. The part of me that was a linguistics major in college seems to be rebelling at the thought of reading anything language-related (it's too much like woooooork!), which is silly since I was a ling major because I enjoyed learning about language to begin with. But there we are: I still haven't read anything in the 400s class, and right now I'm very much in fiction mode and not sure when I'll get back to nonfic. We'll see.

"Resolution #2: Take advantage of the fact that I live near The Land of the Free Museums and go to museums at least four times in 2011."

It's nearly October and I haven't been to any museums yet this year. Silly me. Assuming Metro rates don't go up again and I don't have more energy-sapping health issues than usual, I should be able to wander round four museums in the next three months, right?

"Resolution #3: Play with computer graphics more than I did in 2010."

This was an easy resolution to keep, though I haven't produced anything worth showing to anyone else yet.

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I'm thinking that if I make any resolutions for 2012, one should have something to do with reading fiction; maybe reading four SF novels by different authors, four mystery novels, and four works of "literary" fiction--something like that. Twelve novels in a year isn't exactly difficult--I've read more than that this year even though my focus was on nonfiction.

In the meantime, I'm hoping to post more to LJ/Dw today. It's clearly time for more caffeine.
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Resolution #1: In 2011, I intend to read at least one book in each of the ten main classes of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. When I first came up with this resolution in November, I was undecided about whether I'd include Biography as part of the 900s (it's number 920) or as a separate category (the local library system shelves it seprately). For purposes of this resolution I've decided to consider biography as a distinct category, so that means I should be reading at least 11 nonfic books this year. Barring some catastrophe that keeps me from reading, this should be an easy resolution to keep.

When I was a kid living in the Washington, DC suburbs, we'd have field trips to some museum or other a few times every school year, and I'd be standing around wondering why we were supposed to be so excited about these exhibits when we would be able to get a better look at the paintings/fossils/spaceships/whatever by looking at a good photograph instead. Then when I was twelve, I finally got my first pair of glasses. Naturally, that's about the time when schools stopped sending us on so many interesting field trips. Resolution #2: Take advantage of the fact that I live near The Land of the Free Museums and go to museums at least four times in 2011. I'd make this a goal of once a month--the Smithsonian Institution alone has many parts--but it's probably good to allow myself to avoid going downtown in particularly hot or busy or otherwise inconvenient months.

Resolution #3: Play with computer graphics more than I did in 2010. Since I did almost nothing interesting in 2010, this should be another easy resolution to keep.

3 Things

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 11:24 pm
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Last night I watched The Time Traveler's Wife, which proved to be a great way to indulge my love of cheesy time-travel stories. One thing bothered me, though. I am, as far as I can tell, very much a heterosexual woman, so I don't expect to be attracted to unclothed women on screen. However, I'm pretty sure my reaction to seeing a topless woman's back should not be "GAH! Ribs!! Vertebrae!!! Cover it up! COVER IT UP!" So could someone please tell me that the actress and/or body double ate a sandwich sometime after filming this movie? Lie to me if you have to. Please.

Adventures in copyediting (or lack thereof). One of the books I borrowed from the library today is about the human nervous system, a subject of great interest to me. The book is written with kids in mind, but I'm hoping it will refresh my memory of all those things I learned in college and somehow managed to forget in the last twenty years. Anyway, one sentence in the section about the structure of neurons reads: "Although the cell body is usually just 5 to 100 micrometers, or μm, (0.0002 to 0.0004 inches) in diameter, axons can range in length from 1 millimeter to as much as 1 meter (0.04 in)." On the same page, in a section about synapses, it says, "Between the tip of each axon terminal and the point on the target neuron (usually a dendritic spine or the cell body) to which the axon sends a nerve signal, there is a tiny gap. It measures about 10 to 20 nanometers (3.94 to 7.87 in) across and is called the synaptic cleft."

Any kid reading this book uncritically is going to come away with some very confused ideas about how to convert from the Metric system to the Imperial system.

Early New Year's Resolution: In 2011, I intend to read at least one book in each of the ten main classes of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. And even though it's a part of the 900s, I might include Biography as an eleventh category since the local library shelves those books separately. I'm pretty sure I've read books in most of the big ten this year, but I'm also pretty sure I'm not going to read anything in the 400s before this year ends, which is pretty sad considering I was a linguistics major once. This resolution should be pretty easy for me to keep, anyway, unless I develop a sudden aversion to all things nonfictional.

(Wow. In January 2008 I resolved to get a haircut. I really should try to do that sometime soon, you know.)
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Resolution for 2009: I resolve to read all those books I bought for myself in 2008.
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As a general rule, I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions. If you're in need of a major life change, there is no particular reason to pick January 1 as your date to begin it. Start now! Start next week! Do it whenever you need to do it!

Having said that, if you just happen to want to set an arbitrary goal, January 1 is a perfectly acceptable arbitrary starting point. One year I resolved to rate a minimum of 10 songs in each genre that Launchcast had (at the time) before the next December 31 was over, and this utterly frivolous challenge was a really excellent way to keep myself entertained for a year.

This year, I'm not making New Year's resolutions. I'm just making decisions that, well, I happen to be making as so many other people are resolving things. Yeah, it's a complete coincidence, really.

Anyway, a few things I'm planning to do:

Read five books in a few select non-fiction series that I know to be sane before I read other, possibly flakier, books on the same topic (there's a specific one in mind). My brain needs good food right now; I've fed it on far too much fluff recently.

Eat like it matters. My body has also been getting too much non-nutritive food lately. Sure, cheap, easy-to-fix meals are wonderful to have occasionally, but not as many as I've been eating. I used to eat lots & lots of fruits & vegetables, so I do know how to eat well--I've only gotten out of the habit.

Get a haircut. The need for this is more serious than you think.

Clean my room. Ugh. Just ugh.

Listen to BBC radio at least once per week. Because the spoken word gets my brain working in ways that the written word does not, and the BBC has lots of interesting program(me)s available in dial-up-friendly format.

Do more memes. No, seriously.

In 2008, hummingwolf resolves to...
Go to pov-ray every Sunday.
Connect with my inner context.
Overcome my secret fear of linguistics.
Eat more wolves.
Give up broken things.
Be nicer to darth_spacey.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Silly Saturday

Saturday, December 30th, 2006 02:37 pm
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My resolutions and lustsign(s), ganked from [people who posted behind f-locks].

In 2007, hummingwolf resolves to...
Go to megahal every Sunday.
Cut down to ten ocelots a day.
Ask my boss for a propaganda.
Admit my true feelings to stronae.
Get back in contact with some old unicorns.
Buy new mountain lions.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:



Wow, going to MegaHAL every Sunday is very close to something I already had in mind! So is getting back in touch with some old unicorns, though I'm afraid I don't really have the budget for new mountain lions. Does anybody know where I could buy some of those used in good condition?

As for my true feelings for [livejournal.com profile] stronae, I'll admit them publicly and in advance of the new year: I truly feel that [livejournal.com profile] stronae needs to post more often.

Now, as for the lustsign: Ooh, can you stand the suspense? )

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