Things I did in 2013

Happy new year! I've been working on planning 2014 and thought I would do a 2013 roundup first. 

Here's some stuff I did last year:

  1. Launched Interrupt Violence with Kartemquin Films, Kounterattack Design, Tribeca, and ITVS
  2. Produced a conference webcast and wrapup video for Arts Alliance Illinois
  3. Worked with Table XI and Ebert Digital to launch and maintain
  4. Made additional websites and videos with a handful of professionals
  5. Experimented with Trello for running projects
  6. Starting using a spreadsheet value sorting system to easily rank big lists (e.g. what movies I’d like to see)
  7. Launched this website and blog
  8. Finally found a desk that seems an appropriate height for me, drastically reducing ongoing wrist discomfort
  9. Printed new business cards and stationery with Werner Printing in Chicago
  10. Was particularly inspired by the work of psychologist Cynthia Ebert, surgeon Michael Levitt, and comedian Drew Michael
  11. Finally got around to creating a six-month financial forecast and quarterly tracking systems
  12. Created separate email accounts for actual correspondence and then newsletters/sales solicitations
  13. Began to more carefully balance protein, carbohydrates, and fats in my diet
  14. Bought and started using a food scale
  15. Began a bodyweight calisthenics routine
  16. Took class to improve my swimming stroke
  17. Traveled a bit
  18. Helped my dad begin assembling a classic car
  19. Made many interesting mistakes

The best books I can remember reading are:

Mindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Gunaratana 

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't
Nate Silver 

The Complete Walker IV
Colin Fletcher

The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software
Jonathan Rasmusson 

Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: The Best of Mary Schmich 
Mary Schmich

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
Roger Fisher

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Michael Moss

Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess
Fred Waitzkin

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers

The albums I really liked:

Silence Yourself

Arcade Fire

Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile  

Richard Thompson

Hoodoo Man Blues
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band

Random Access Memories
Daft Punk

Fulfillingness First Finale
Stevie Wonder

Favorites of the movies that I saw:



2001: A Space Odyssey

Days of Heaven

Oslo, August 31st

The Ballad of Narayama


Les Miserables

The World’s End 

12 Years a Slave

The Spectacular Now


The only TV show I really watched:


The worst movie I saw:

Pacific Rim

My favorite excerpt from a book (Susan Cain's Quiet):

[Warren] Buffett takes pride not only in his track record, but also in following his own ‘inner scorecard.’ He divides the world into people who focus on their own instincts and those who follow the herd. ‘I feel like I’m on my back,’ says Buffett about his life as an investor, ‘and there’s the Sistine Chapel, and I’m painting away. I like it when people say, Gee, that’s a pretty good-looking painting. But it’s my painting, and when somebody says, Why don’t you use more red instead of blue? Good-bye. It’s my painting. And I don’t care what they sell it for. The painting itself will never be finished. That’s one of the great things about it.’

I was also lucky to spend a lot of time with old and new family, friends, and colleagues. Thanks for making 2013 a year to remember!