October 4, 2013: Me Day - Age 28

The second year I've done this. While last year's traditions were oriented around 1) taking a personal inventory and 2) relaxing in the beauty of nature down in Sunnyvale, now that I've moved up to San Francisco, nature yields to indulging in the action of urban life.

Wake up and watch the sun rise.

6:45, 63˚, shivering in delight. The horizon is a yellow promise through a veil of rooftop plants. Everything is asleep except me, the elevator, and the birds winging overhead.

Create a piece of art.

I inflicted typography on a page of Chloe's hilarious quotes that I've written down over the years. When she's not concerned about what other people might think, she says really crazy things. Too bad it's private; you can never know the depths of her mind except by marrying her, I guess, and I beat you to it.

Measure physical stats and take fitness pictures.

9.9 lbs lighter than this time last year. I was slightly trying to slim down instead of last year where I was trying moderately to bulk up. Lost 3.1 lbs of fat and 6.8 lbs of muscle. Oh well. It's too bad I have to lose strength, but I like being lighter. Once again I look exactly the same despite the ten pound difference.

135.8 lbs
-9.9 lbs
Body fat:
Right arm:
Left arm:
Right leg:
Left leg:
Resting HR:
67 bpm

Measure my max push-ups and pull-ups.

41 push-ups, +4: fast, strict, chin touching the ground.
19 pull-ups, -1: fast, no kipping, chin above bar.

Take a long walk.

Instead of taking a walk, I took a long cruise on Alex's electric longboard today: from Bearbox up through the heart of SF to the blood lab, then to a café, then to South Park where I read my book while a Chinese family sat at a picnic table with me--the parents approved of the girlfriend after the young couple left, unaware that I understood them--and then home. I love the electric longboard and can't wait to get my own Boosted board.

Read from a favorite book.

Pulling one of my favorites from high school for something beautiful today: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. I read it ten years ago and wondered this morning, could it possibly have been so good?

Yes, yes! It is gorgeous! Thrilling! I love the exuberant, experimental style.

Get blood tests.

I ordered the same blood tests from last year from DirectLabs.

Results: I have them, but I hate interpreting them, so these are just going to sit here until I find someone who likes researching this stuff.

Count my possessions and get back down to 99.

Lots of churn since last year. Mostly continuing to minimize old things while adding more, nicer clothes.

  1. Griffin stylus -> Cosmonaut stylus
  2. Nice wallet -> Tiny wallet
  3. Old electric razor -> Ultimate electric razor
  4. Razor power cable -> Razor base station
  5. Black Vibrams -> Grey Vibrams
  6. I/O Bio boxers -> Smartwool boxers
  7. I/O Bio boxers -> Smartwool boxers
  8. I/O Bio boxers -> Smartwool boxers
  9. I/O Bio boxers -> Smartwool boxers
  10. Ibex boxers -> Smartwool boxers
  11. Yellow tie -> Green tie
  1. Wedding ring :)
  2. Pillow
  3. Comforter
  4. Exercise ball
  5. Birth certificate
  6. Keys
  7. Box of extra business cards
  8. Loose pen
  9. Mother-in-law's tongue
  10. Rubber plant
  11. Money plant
  12. Power strip
  13. Spork
  14. Fork
  15. Spoon
  16. Cup
  17. Slow cooker
  18. Leather shoes
  19. Wool socks
  20. Jeans
  21. Jeans
  22. Gray pants
  23. Dark gray pants
  24. Light gray pants
  25. T-shirt
  26. T-shirt
  27. T-shirt
  28. Polo shirt
  29. Polo shirt
  30. Polo shirt
  31. Shirt
  32. Shirt
  33. Shirt
  34. Shirt
  35. Shirt
  36. Shirt
  37. Shirt
  38. Shirt
  39. Sweater
  40. Sweater
  41. Sport jacket
  42. Suit
  43. Suit
  1. Mobile hotspot
  2. Mobile hotspot power cable
  3. Laser
  4. Fitbit
  5. Fitbit base station
  6. BodyMedia armband
  7. BodyMedia power cable
  8. SD card adaptor
  9. Wacom tablet
  10. Short film DVDs
  11. Arduino kit
  12. Zeo personal sleep monitor
  13. Letter-writing book
  14. Box of checks
  15. Deposit-by-mail envelopes
  16. Shanghainese dictionary
  17. Shanghainese textbook
  18. HDMI cable with mini DisplayPort adaptor
  19. Extensible spoon
  20. Shaker cup
  21. Body-fat calipers
  22. Bed (shared with Chloe)
  23. Sheets (shared with Chloe)
  24. Toe socks
  25. Toe socks
  26. Cargo shorts
  27. Tank top
  28. T-shirt
  29. T-shirt
  30. T-shirt
  31. T-shirt
  32. T-shirt
  33. T-shirt
  34. 1MX Modern Fit shirt
  35. 1MX Modern Fit shirt
  36. Business shirt
  37. Sweater
  38. Polo shirt
  39. Chinese shirt
  40. Chinese shirt
  41. Suit coat (counted as one suit now)
  42. Suit pants (counted as one suit now)
  43. Orange glasses

Take stock of finances.

Skritter iOS app revenues really started kicking off after we dropped the iPad app eleven months ago, so income is up 64% from last year, and net worth is up 66%. Pretty sweet! I've been trying to increase spending, but I'm a bad consumer, except for, now, Ubers and sushi.

(If you're me, you get to see stats here. Since you're not me, you see nothing.)

Do Quantified Mind testing.

I started this monthly general cognitive testing battery a year ago to track my long-term cognitive performance. Now I've done thirteen of them, I checked to see if there any significant results. There are a couple, but they don't survive multiple correlation adjustment. This makes sense, as there are only thirteen sessions, and is actually good, because the longer I don't see any changes, the longer I've apparently held off the aging decay of my brain.

Call my family.

Had good conversations with Mom, Dad, and Bro. All is well.

Have a spectacular dinner with Chloe.

Chloe took me out to super premium omakase sushi at Nama, where I stuffed myself rotten. They busted out the dry ice and sushi bridge and a bunch of other stuff. Mmmm. I ate as much as I could, but there was one raw shrimp left, so we smuggled it home in a napkin and seared it as a delicious joke.

Reflect on the past year

I sat down with my journal and evaluated three areas: what went well, what didn't go well, and how my relationships are now.

What went well? This past year, I:

What didn't go well?

How are my relationships?

(The detailed list is me-only, too.)

Organize my files and computer desktop.

I just archived screenshots, moved code foldes into subdirectories, put some things in Dropbox, deleted other things from Dropbox, put some other things in Hog, and changed my Terminal window group settings. I'll probably mess with this more when I buy a new computer. Soon.

Add at least one tradition.

Let's formalize the dinner-with-Chloe tradition, and also add a new surprise-wife tradition.

Destroy at least one habit.

It's time to ruthlessly cull down my end-of-day Google Docs spreadsheet tracking. I'm also going to put things into tabs by year so that each tab doesn't get horribly long.