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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Second Time Capsule

I've got finals next week. So until then I won't be updating. But when it's done, I can continue on the more difficult goals on the list during the winter break.

As you can see (or not see), I had to un-fail a goal because: just because they don't talk to me doesn't mean they aren't close friends anymore. Friends can become mad at each other but everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok it's not the end. Remember, conditions can always change, and some goals may be possible after all, so be positive about it.

But I had to fail another sub-goal, which failed to be posted up here in the past, because I failed to impress the first time. That result was obviously rushing in too early with a translate comment without doing the research first (or enough of it, though it's justified given the limited resources available). There goes my element of surprise. :/

It's my 'obvious rule' that if you do something for the first time (or the first part of a goal) it must impress right off the bat. If it doesn't... well, it's practically useless past that point.

Either way, it's ok to discuss it now because I blew it and obviously no one will be surprised if I actually speak it. And even if I did, it would not have any practical use unless a series of events occurs for the best...

So onto the main title goal.


#65. Build a second time capsule.

Wow. It's been 10 years since the time capsule was last buried. Or almost (since it was buried the morning on December 31, 1999). I don't remember what the capsule contained, but I do know where it's buried (I think, hehe) and one item inside. It's called a Spinner. Made of Lego bricks. That kinda describes what my interests were at the time. But I'll update on what I find when I actually open it, since it's supposed to be locked for 10 years.

But now with that open, what will I bury next? Another time capsule? Sure. Only this one is much larger since a lot of things happened during these 10 years of life: Middle School, High school, College, new friends, the internet age, etc. And a lot of new tech advances occurred during that time too.

Update on this after the break.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More Volunteer Work

Currently Listening To: Alina Puscau - When You Leave (Numa Numa) (Basshunter Radio Mix)

#3. Get together or study with at least 15 students from my college. Number changed from 8/15 to 12/15.

By getting together does that mean working in Circle K as well, or eating together at dinner? Don't really know. But 4 were added. After getting my dinner someone from my club said goodbye to me. But why wait? I ended up sitting together with dinner with him and his group, allowing another service to be available to them (they were taking the same honors class as I did), and more importantly breaking the chain of eating alone for dinner.

#96. Do at least 10 hours of community service. Goal Completed. Last: Safe Trick or Treat

I confess that making popcorn wasn't an easy task at the beginning of my three hour shift, but I did manage to get things streamlined by the middle, making a batch of popcorn every 10 minutes or so. Eventually more support came during the last hour or so. Combined the fact that it was very cold and windy outside, I was glad that we didn't have to take apart what was outside...


Popcorn Booth outside

Now, to log it in...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Day Zero Project

Overview:
The Day Zero Project is a derivation of a personal Global To-Do list (consisting of thousands of to-do list items) which were condensed into 101 goals that are both challenging and stimulating. Some goals may be adjusted for disambiguation or to make them more reasonable.

A small portion of this goal list was influenced by Gail's Day Zero Project goal list, and gave me the idea to create one.

Although the goal list is long over, it will still count goals completed after the end date.

Start Date: August 31, 2009
End Date: May 21, 2012

Notes:
  • All counters start from the date when the goal list starts. Ex. Any IM messages before that start date will NOT be counted.
  • The Deviantart 1,000 hits in one month will not start unless the account is up and at least one deviation is submitted. The goal can be failed if the conditions are not achieved after 30 days.
  • Puzzle books start from however many puzzles were completed beforehand.
  • 'Like' on posts must persist for three days before being counted.
  • Some links may be broken from the time the link was originally checked.
  • Day Zero Project image by K. Lam aka MigratoryEagle

Legend:
In progress
Completed and usually with date completed and link or proof
Failed goal

    Academic/School:
  1. Get A’s in all classes this semester. (best was 3/4)
  2. Get together or study with at least 15 students from my college. (Completed 12/1/09 using best-case scenario and 4/19/10 with all rules followed)
  3. Get together and talk with my close friends back in high school at least once (physically talked to 6, got together with 14)
  4. Get a perfect score on at least one exam. (Counting Lab Practical as Midterm)
  5. Communications:
  6. Send a total of 10,000 IM messages. (Could not be counted accurately)
  7. Get 20 notifications on Facebook since the lack check. (Completed 11/12/09 with 22 notifications including apps, and 3/10/10 with no app notifications)
  8. Attend at least one of the Dota Gaming Sessions (Completed 9/25/09)
  9. Get into the Circle K club
  10. Reach 150 friends on FB [163/150] (Completed on 9/19/09)
  11. Attend at least one Lan Network Games event (Completed 10/31/09)
  12. Respond in the same language when sent a message that isn't in English
    • Learn Chinese (Cantonese) for translation for extended family conversation and above goal
    • Learn Korean for interpreting Starcraft Battle Report Movies
    • Learn Spanish for future career opportunities
  13. Talk to a stranger or fellow student who I haven't met before and don't get rejected. (Completed 9/10/09)
  14. Start 10 conversations on AIM which at least 40 posts were sent.
    • 3 attempted, 2 success (66%), 1 counts towards goal
    • 0 AIM, 1 FB, 1 YIM, Longest Conv 42 posts, avg 26
    • Goal was aborted in 2011 when AIM was no longer used.

  15. Computer Stuff and Gaming:
  16. Build a more powerful computer (the one built in 2011)
  17. Complete the campaign for Starcraft
  18. Create a good script for the campaign
  19. Get 1 million in Bejeweled Twist (Completed 11/16/09 with a score of 1,298,250)
  20. Reach 500k in the NEW Bejeweled Blitz (Completed 9/11/09) (best: 596,100 new ver)
  21. Map out the world map for Dungeon Siege
  22. Play Eve Online
  23. Play and beat Final Fantasy VII (Completed 8/13/11)
  24. Get at least 40k in Tetris Ultra
  25. Try out the game “Crysis” or FarCry (Completed 2013)
  26. Record a speedrun demo for a game (Robot Wants Kitty)
  27. Finish a game in the Fallout series (Fallout 3)
  28. Fully play out a game of Civilization IV
  29. Complete all four games in the Halo Series [0/4]
  30. Win a game of Risk
  31. Play Starcraft II. (game purchased on 4/23/10, played on 5/24/10)
  32. Play DDR at least once in the arcade and finish the game.
  33. Play a MMORPG for a month (Completed 2/28/10 and leveled a character up to 35 in Maplestory)
  34. Get 1st place in a racing arcade game.
  35. Win at least 2,000 tickets in one session. (Completed 7/8/10 at Boomers)

  36. Design:
  37. Get a Canon SX200 IS(Completed 12/25/09, received as a gift)
  38. Purchase a stylus. (Completed 12/25/09, received as a gift)
  39. Create a 3d model from a 2d figure
  40. Convert this logo into a 3d logo.
  41. Design a Photography Website (Basic site completed 1/25/10, version 2 6/17/10 with assistance)
  42. Compose or remix a song in either Fruity Loops or REAPER (Completed 3/19/10)
  43. Create a DeviantArt and accrue at least 1,000 hits on the first month.
  44. Create a model in Blender and use it as a profile picture
  45. Redesign the “Tech” one word project
  46. Design my room / dorm room using Sketchup
  47. Sketchup my college campus
  48. Design a good building for Simcity 4 using gmax
  49. Create a music video (Completed 5/29/10, rendered a music video for SECA)
  50. Create a banner using Adobe Flash
  51. Create a distinct HDR image using an SLR Camera.

  52. Programming:
  53. Learn PHP (Completed 2012)
  54. Create a game in C++ (Completed 2013, the Americana Dawn dev build)
  55. Learn ASM
  56. Reading, Movies and stuff:
  57. Finish the Vocab Book
  58. Read Simien’s series on the Delta Artifact
  59. Read the books on my reading list.
  60. Read all the Starcraft novels. [0/5]
  61. Watch all the episodes of South Park [8 seasons completed]
  62. Watch the series of Numb3rs [67/102]
  63. Watch a full season of 24 (Completed 2/5/10, Season 1)
  64. Watch Mythbusters [2/142]
  65. Watch 50 movies [50/50] (Completed 5/28/10)
  66. Watch at least one season of an anime show (Completed Apr 2015, Makai Senki Disgaea)
  67. Fully read a newspaper inside out. (Done)
  68. Read and finish a book that's not on the computer. (Ender's Game)

  69. Long Term Goals:
  70. Learn to play piano better (aka play at least a two minute song).
  71. Build a second time capsule. (Completed 1/1/10)
  72. Get a driver's license and enough money to buy a car (Completed March 2015)
  73. Finish up the book of Kakuro / Sudoku puzzles [52/273].
  74. Learn how to ride a bike, scooter, or skateboard
  75. Take at least 50 panorama shots.(Goal Completed 5/31/10, all 50 were uploaded)
  76. Get an online blog with at least 20 posts. [31/20] (This blog)
  77. Fill a photo album with postcards. (Completed November 2014)
  78. Try out all the flavors of ice cream at ColdStone [2/20].
  79. Get a GPS Receiver [1/1] (completed June 2013)

  80. Exploration:
  81. Reach and explore the Grand Canyon
  82. Find and hammer in all 50 state quarters [50/50] (Completed 1/26/13)
  83. Navigate the corn maze in the dark. (Completed 10/1/10)
  84. Visit at least 30 major malls in California. [30/30] (Completed 6/16/13)
  85. Visit all the Fry’s locations in California. [9/9] (Completed 6/14/11, however the San Diego ones were not completed until June 2014)
  86. Go hiking somewhere with someone else. (Completed June 2012)
  87. Out of the ordinary:
  88. Work on and finish at least one crossword puzzle.
  89. Try the different menu items in the dining hall at least once [36/36] (Completed 5/13/10)
  90. Run 5 miles in one session
  91. Visit the gym twice a week for three months
  92. Complete all 1600 tangrams in the book
  93. Translate a newspaper article written in Chinese
  94. Ride a real roller coaster. (Completed 6/13/11)
  95. Have Angelle like at least five posted status messages. [5/5] (Completed 2/21/10)
    Have a status report liked by at least five people [best: 5 on 11/08/10]
    -OR-
    get a cumulative total of 100 likes on all status reports and posts. (Completed)
  96. Don't listen to music for one day. (Goal Completed 6/13/10)
  97. Get referenced or mentioned by someone else in 50 different places (Excluding FB). [7/50]
    • Friends: 6 (1 blog, 2 MS, 1 tumblr, 1 photobucket, 1 youtube video)
    • USC: 1 (CSSF)
    • Lodi News Sentinel: 1 (Grad)
    • Chess Newsletter: 1
    • Appears one time in a Zuma Blitz discussion board.
  98. Get a better friendship with someone back in high school who currently doesn't see me as a close friend.
  99. Enclose a message to the future about what it looks like now. (Completed 11/3/09)
  100. Attend at least one dance or party.
  101. Stay up for at least 24 hours. (Completed 1/8/11)
  102. Create 100 tweets. (Completed 4/4/10, the 100th tweet is exactly what it says)
  103. Enclose a message addressing #91 after reading it and after completing at least 90% of the goals.
  104. Do at least 10 hours of community service [11/10] (Completed 10/28/09)
  105. Listen to at least five songs that I haven't played before each day for a month (Completed 11/14/09)
  106. Don't get a to-go box for lunch for a week.(Completed after not getting boxes and used paper wrappers instead)
  107. Don't open the RSS feed window for a week. (Completed 11/16/09)
  108. Don't play any games for a week.
  109. Do something for the purpose of impressing someone else. (Person TBA)

102. Open up searching and accumulate 1,000 hits on the blog. (Completed 5/26/10 at 02:47:33)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Introduction

Yep, it's my first post. And also my introduction.

This is The Other Side due to the fact that it provides a larger explanation of various posts that I put up to the public.

This will be a blog where I can further explain things that I put up elsewhere (such as facebook), and also one of my first online blogs that I will put up, so I'll be putting up more later.

The blog will revolve around:

  • A list of 101 goals in 1001 days (otherwise known as the Day Zero Project). The goal list itself is rather flexible and some can be ambiguous, so I'll correct them as time goes on.
  • Explanation or a short story of a comment or a post that I put out there.
  • Stuff that happens in my life, which can be interesting at times.
  • A bit more about me.