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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

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read more books on cognitive psychology (read all 2 entries…)
Recently read "Musicophilia" and "Your brain on music"

and they were both very good. The first more casual read that feels like reading little story nuggest, the latter more intriguing with arguments and more cog psy. Both were great reads! I want more!

buy a watch (read all 2 entries…)
Decided on the oregon

This has been a few months, but after much delibration I decided on the Nike Oregon. I tried on all the other nikes, looked at several watch Websites and this one had the qualities I seeked.

1) bold and simple
2) sporty and semi-formal
3) has a stopwatch
4) big and shiny :)

It actually looked kinda horrid when I saw it online, but when I saw it in person, and put it on, it was quite handsome.

start a Free Hugs campaign
Here's my story

Earlier this year I was involved in directing a dance performance with a group of undergraduate students… It was a difficult time for me. A lot of stress, and a lot of patience was asked of me. It was never clear to me whether I was cut out for the job… A lot of uncertainties were abound… Although I love the art, and the anticipation of the final performance is a rush to be reckoned with, it’s not without its downsides.

I saw the free hug campaign video in the midst of all that. I remember being unbelievably moved. I thought to myself “My god, there’s so much love in this world, yet we’re doing such a horrible job of expressing it.”

... But, of course, being the lazy person that I am, I forgot all about it as I went back to concentrating on directing.

By the end of the performance, I was exhausted. I needed a break from everything. So I went to visit my folks back home. Being with my family has never failed to breathe new energy into my life. They are simply amazing and inspiring people.

The free hug campaign was in my head, but only as a nice little annecdote…. nothing more, nothing less.

Times passed by, I was enjoying being back, spending quality time with the folks, talks of life, reminscing our times together… it was a time of love.

Throughout my time there I was constantly reminded of the amount of respect my dad had for mom. I’ve heard him gush about the topic in the past, but for some reason it hit home much harder this time. At the same time, probably because of the free hug campaign influence, it also occured to me that he wasn’t adequately expressing his love for her. As a guy, I’ll be the first to admit that I used to think that expressing love was redundant. Why do I need to say it or express it? Isn’t it just obvious? Like… in an implicit, we just all assume… kinda way, ya know? I no longer believe that to be a valid excuse for not expressing love.

As I stood at the airport bidding my parents farewell, I felt the urge to say what was in my mind. So I turned to my dad and said, “you know what dad? you should give mom more hugs. I think it will mean a lot, and it’s good for you, too.”

I have to admit that I didn’t think much of it. If anything, I was probably just a bit bitter that my dad was so conservative and traditional when it came to expressing love to mom. I felt mom deserved better.

I returned home, and the fact that I even said that to dad faded into the past as I adjusted to the everyday life…

The following weekend, I gave mom a call to see how she was doing. She seemed quite upbeat that day. She said how the weather was nice enough to let her exercise more outdoors, and she also raved about the nintendo wii that I got her as a present (whole another story).

Towards the end of the conversation she said, “Do you wanna hear a funny story?” to which I responded “Sure!” She then proceeded to tell what happened that morning.

Apparently after dad got dressed up all ready for work, he headed out the front door of the apartment just like any other day. Mom would say her usual “have a nice day!”, and dad his “yup”. He would close the door,and mom would go back into the apartment to attend to her business.

What was different about this morning was that after a couple of minutes, he came back through the door, and called for mom. Mom was obviously a bit surprised to see him come back. She wondered if he had left something important behind.

When she got to the front door dad said “I just remembered that Seung Chan said I should give you more hugs”. He then proceeded to give her a hug. Then, with a shy smile, bid her farewell once again, and headed to work.

Needless to say, my mom was very very moved.

I was soooooooooo proud of dad!!! It was probably not intentional, but I thought that whole coming-back-through-the-door-after-a-couple-of-minutes-drama is quite the job of a slick drama producer. ;)

I’m certain that this meant more to mom, then any other fancy dinner or presents dad could have gotten her. I was very very moved by what he had done!

I really do think that the world is full of love, yet we are doing a horrible job of expressing it. I’m glad that there are people doing something about it.

Get myself in trouble
The only way I seem to grow..

is by getting myself into deep trouble… jumping into a role that I have no experience in, attempting to solve a problem I have no clue how to solve, etc…

beat "Final Fantasy X" (read all 2 entries…)
Am I the only one...

who think this game isn’t that great? I loved Finaly Fantasy 4 and Finaly Fantasy 9… This doesn’t come close in my opinion… I am almost done, but I’m giving up on this for now..

relearn linear algebra and 3D calculus (read all 2 entries…)
Not for me..

It failed my 2 months test. 2 months test is what I use to guage my true interest in a subject matter by not attending to it for 2 months and observing whether my desire to return to it grows or shrinks. This one shrank pretty quickly.

eat sichuan huo guo (hot pot) (read all 2 entries…)

Went to a joint near the MaDian bridge in Beijing. An aweome hot pot joint where people were sitting around waiting for an hour to get seats.. (they had a nail art stand to keep the customers entertained while they waited)

I got to eat a lot of interesting things… like pig brain, cow spine, duck blood to name a few… yeah, I’m nasty like that… kill me.. ;)

finish writing my MBA indepedendent studies paper (read all 4 entries…)
Finally done..

Just got an e-mail from my advisor that my thesis has passed and that my graduation requirements have all been fulfilled. This whole independent studies thesis thing was purely voluntary. I remember kicking myself in the shin everytime I remembered that fact, but I’m very happy that I took the opportunity to do the research that I did. It has given me a pretty damn good perspective on things. I’m just happy that I can now move on to learning new things. :)

attend snowboarding camp (read all 2 entries…)
Pro-Ride Camp

I ended up doing the 1 week pro-ride camp at Whistler. It was decent. Not aweomse probably since I had higher expectation of the experience. I’m not sure how different it would have been if I had taken a private lesson and just spent my own time practicing. If it’s called a “camp” I expected some real hardcore analysis, theory learning, practicing non-stop, interacting a lot more with other people attending the camp, etc… I think you get some of that if you do a 6 week course, but not with the 1 week course. Whistler was awesome and the instructors were also very helpful, though.

get a nintendo ds lite (read all 3 entries…)
a white one

I got the white one before the black one came out. Such an impatient animal I am! =) I’ll probably end up getting another to do wifi stuff anyway. ;) Very nice piece of hardware platform!

Read more books (read all 2 entries…)
3 months of intense reading ahead

The End of Work
Crossing the Chasm
Innovator’s Deilmma
Sources of Innovation
Democratizing Innovation
Open Innovation
The Future of Competition
Interface Culture
End User Development
Cradle to Cradle
The World is Flat
The Long Tail
Twentieth Century Limited
The Future of Music
The Innovator’s Solution
The Future of Ideas

get a nintendo ds lite (read all 3 entries…)

beautiful… drool

treat my room for acoustics
Critical listening area

As I step forward into getting more serious about music I’m taking time to treat my living room for acoustics so that I can best utlize it for mixing. I’m gonna need to spend a lil bit of money on materials and some small furnitures like stands, but I think it’s pretty important that I do that before I spend any money and other stuff. Hopefully by this fall I’ll have something solid!

gonna try evaluating this small software while I’m at it

finish writing my MBA indepedendent studies paper (read all 4 entries…)
Ok, that other deadline was unrealistic...

I’m going to make a realistic deadline of December 2006. I will not take any classes after June until I finish my thesis. I will not take on any music projects, either. Until I finish my thesis! HMPH

I started a blog about it to keep me motivated. Take a look at my blog about my thesis here. If you have any suggestions or thoughts on the subject, do tell!

find a mentor
I've realized

that I have plenty of mentors around… And that a mentor isn’t necessarily one person that I officially label as a mentor and check in regularly with… They’re just various different types of people around me that I can frankly approach and engage in genuine conversations whenever I feel confused. So in the end it seems like it’s ME that need to proactively make the move of seeking help, and quite surprisingly others are more often than not very open to helping out. As a matter of fact, I’ve come across people who come off as sorta formulaic and political claiming to want to be my mentor… Those types of people seem to be more interested in the fact that they feed off an “bringing the best out of others”. Not the type of mentor I seek, I’m afraid…

So, long story short, mentors are your friends, colleagues and family members. As long as you’re introspective enough and willing to spend time soul searching and proactively opening up to them, there’s no need to find an official “mentor”. At least, that’s my take on it.

attend snowboarding camp (read all 2 entries…)
Taking my snowboarding to the next level...

come 2007 I’m going to do this

write a game for Nintendo DS (read all 5 entries…)
thinking of getting a supercard CF...

shave my head (read all 3 entries…)
Keep shaving... hmmm...

I shaved it again… It’s not that it’s addictive, but more like I’m out of ideas and I happen to like the look… anybody has suggestions on what I should do with my hair next? =)

gain weight (read all 12 entries…)
Argh... such an ectomorph...

I’m upping my cal intake for the next 3 weeks forabout 3600 cal on days I work out… upped the carb, too… 3 more weeks of bulking and 2 and a half months of cutting to follow.

I really hope I get to 160lbs by the end of this cycle~~~

get a nintendo ds lite (read all 3 entries…)
Finally cough up some dough to get the latest touchy-feely gameboy...

Not that much smaller than the original DS , but it is certainly an improvement, and I think I just might go ahad and buy it…

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