Better Late Than Never

Hey hey, it’s been a while since I wrote anything.

2021 was a busy year: I brought my girlfriend to the UK during a global pandemic, got married, moved home, did lots of physics, gave lots of lessons, and somehow even found the time to bake some flapjack. Despite this, I didn’t get as much done as I’d have liked. I have a lot of long term goals which I need to make progress on, which brings me to the point of this entry.

In order to add some pressure so that I might be more likely to achieve them, I’m going to lay out my main goals for this year.

Mental Health

  • Strict sleep schedule and exercise routine
  • Cutting back on internet/media use to a bare minimum
  • Making time to sit every day and to give gassho
  • Journal every day. The only way to spot patterns is to have the data in which to spot them :)
  • Try to write log entries such as these approximately monthly


  • Craft a robust, reliable workflow for dealing with our data
  • Automatic report generation
  • Write notes on everything that I’m doing for future me and future others
  • Prepare a talk for the conference

Language Goals

  • Make sure to spent at least 15 minutes each day on each langauge. This is a really nice thing to do as a break between doing physics.


  • (Finally) finish Assimil Russian. I started reading this book in 2013!!
  • Assimil Perfectionnement Russe
  • A Comprehensive Russian Grammar
  • Грамматика русского языка в упражнениях и комментариях
  • Read at least one text per day, and at least one book in Russian a month–the only way to grow vocabulary
  • Pass ТРКИ-3


  • Assimil French With Ease, Using French
  • Finish Michel Thomas Vocabulary


  • Michel Thomas
  • Assimil 1


  • Keeleklikk A2 (through Russian)


My low-hanging-fruit goal is to read at least one book a month. That should be easily achievable.

The main books I want to read:

  • The Art of Happiness
  • Meditations
  • Planet Earth
  • Earth System Science (and a few others from the same series)
  • Детство
  • Dubliners
  • Алые Паруса
  • Le Petit Prince
  • The Hobbit
  • Moby Dick
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Sapiens (everyone I speak to tells me to read this)
  • The Catcher in the Rye


  • Draw something every day

That’s it for now, but I reserve the right to update this as I remember more of the things I want to do!

Happy St. Valentine’s Day!