2010 To-Do List: Results

Just wanted to follow up on my to-do list for 2010. I'd say it was less than 50% completed.


  • Buy a new computer (and maybe a smartphone), finally. I might still want to do this, but for now I'm using my work computer for most things.
  • Get texting enabled on my phone
  • Attempt to make French macarons (preferably chocolate) I had planned to use the leftover egg whites from the eggnog I made this season, but alas, I didn't have time and now they've spoilt in my fridge.
  • Start a journal for work/personal development
  • Use up the $20 credit that has been hanging around my RueLaLa.com account for months. This is more of a challenge than you'd think, because their inventory stinks.
  • Do a serious editing of my closet by the end of summer
  • Transfer to digital copy that play I produced in college and send it to all the cast/crew


  • Asia: Japan (visit Asta-PastaOR Hong Kong and one other Chinese province I haven't been (SichuanXinjiang, Tibet, Fujian) Next year, I swear!
  • Domestic: New Mexico Went to Joshua Tree National Park instead, does that count?, DC area, New Orleans/Texas, NYC OR Hawaii.
  • Local: LAKE TAHOE IN THE SUMMERTIME. And perhaps a local weekend camping trip.
  • Bonus: Europe OR South America (Argentina/Brazil/Chile/Peru OR Spain/Italy/Turkey/Greece OR Costa Rica)
  • Bonus: Winter Olympics in Vancouver!
Health & Wellness
  • Seriously, sleep 7+ hours at least 3x/week.  Sigh, it's a constant struggle that I never win.
  • Do something active 1-2 times a week (join a class if I have to), and hike 1x/month.
  • Strengthen my bum knee - 20 pounds (hey, baby steps).
  • Invest. I get half credit on this, having started small in something like a mutual fund, but I still have so much to learn about stocks.
Spiritual/Personal Growth
  • Pray, early and often
  • Give 10%. This was a shameful FAIL - rather was a year of conspicuous consumption.
  • Attend a smallgroup at least 2x/month
  • Cultivate charity, patience, serenity, and grace (in other words, stop talking and complaining so darn much) Ongoing.
  • Find one regular, long-term, and meaningful volunteer activity (identify by February 2010) Le sigh.
  • ReadThe Far Pavilions, Malcolm X, Confederacy of Dunces, BluebeardThe Master & Margarita, Dune  I actually don't consider this one a complete loss because I ended up reading/listening to a bunch of other books this year including: Bel Canto, Neverwhere, Wuthering Heights, and I'm halfway through Moby Dick.
  • WatchBrazilThe Orphic TrilogyM, finish Buffy: Season 7 (I'm halfway through, but they are scary to watch by myself!), Chariots of Fire, Rocky
Personal Projects

Happy birthday, you're destroying a global resource. Helium-filled party balloons should cost $100 - garry's subposterous

The United States currently holds around half of the world’s helium supply and we’re selling it, for cheap.

We’ve known this for a while. We started stockpiling the stuff near Amarillo, Texas in 1925, in part for dirigible use, and stepped up reserves in the 1960s as a Cold War asset. In 1996, Congress passed the Helium Privatization Act mandating that the United States sell the gas at artificially low prices to get rid of the stockpile by 2015. This February, the National Research Council published a report estimating that, given increasing consumption, the world may run out of helium in 40 years. That’s bad news given helium’s current applications in science, technology, and party decorations–and possible future applications in fusion energy.

Now physicist Robert Richardson, who won a 1996 Nobel Prize for work using helium-3 to make superfluids, has come forward to stress the folly of underselling our supply of the natural resource. He suggested in several interviews that the gas’s price should mirror its actual demand and scarcity. He estimates that typical party balloons should cost $100 a pop.


O glorious fat: Deep-fry party!

Our old Texan B2B teammate is picking up and moving to NYC, so we decided to give her an epic sendoff in true Texan tradition: by bringing together five people, two deep fat fryers, and frying a crapton of awesomeness. On the menu:

  • Chicken strips marinated for two hours in buttermilk and crusted in cornflakes
  • Tempura veggies, including: sliced lotus root, broccoli, Chinese eggplant, green beans, and giant fat crimini mushrooms
  • Italian-breaded buffalo mozzarella balls
  • Desserts: beer-battered candy bars, beer-battered Oreos, and of course, deep fried twinkies!
You'd think I felt disgusting afterward, but you'd be wrong. I felt awesome!