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Goals for 2013

2013 is going to be an interesting year. I’ll be transition from Santiago back home to Toronto, at which point I’ll be offered something of a reset. I’ll be returning to the city and communities I grew up in, but with very little necessarily the same as it was the four years I was there after graduating university. While on my run this morning I was thinking about what I want to get done this year, with a specific focus on where I wanted to be two or three years from now.

I may be a little late on New Year’s Resolutions, but hey, I’m on Chile time. Here are my goals in roughly chronological order, to give me some deadlines on when things need to be accomplished.

  • Release My Elephant Brain. By February 28 MEB should be in closed beta, I want it generally available by the end of April 30.
  • Put out a first version of Pushlr. Pushlr was the app a friend and I built at AngelHack Santiago. It lets you push content from your computer to your phone with a focus on immediate consumption. Since then there’s been a few times I really wish I had it (20 character WPA codes) so. I want to release this app. I want to use it personally, but it’s also a good chance to try mobile development. The first release should be by the end of March 31.
  • Read a children’s book in Spanish. If I return to Toronto with zero Spanish proficiency I’ll have only experienced a fraction of Chile. By April 30 I want to make it cover to cover in a Spanish language children’s book without consulting a dictionary.
  • Complete the Second City improv course. Before I got word I was moving to Santiago I signed up for the into to improv course at Second City in Toronto. I had to take a rain check on the course when I moved here. When I get back to Toronto, I’ll be taking the class over the summer, finishing sometime before August 30.
  • Run a sub-2:45 marathon. This will likely be in the fall after a solid summer of training. I really want to get back to Boston and that time would guarantee me a spot at the starting line, and I’d be exempt from the New York Marathon lottery. That gives me until about October 20th (Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon) to check this off.
  • Enter a Kaggle competition. Kaggle is a website that runs machine learning competitions. Their tagline is “making data science a sport”, which may be a little lofty, but you get the idea. Data Science is a really interesting toppic and I’d like to see if it’s something I could pursue long term. I have no hope of winning any of the competitions, but I’d like to put together a decent entry by November 15.
  • Finish all the books on my Kindle. I have 5 or 6 books on my kindle that I’ve started then forgot about. I’m not buying another book this year until everything on the Kinde is finished. I’ve got some pretty serious technical writing on there, so this will probably take until next Christmas.