Bender: Isn't it time you gave up all hope of ever improving yourself in any way?
Fry: I know I should but I just can't.
Another year, another iteration of my New Year's Resolutions. As always, we first review how I did over the previous year:
Met: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 (I was having trouble confirming if I read all of any of the academic books I perused this year, but then I remembered the pulp Star Wars fiction I read on the plane ride to Berkeley. Count it!), 10, 11, 12, 13
Missed: 6 (that's on you guys), 9.
Pick 'em: 2, 3, 14 (I'm looking forward to it right up until about August, where things get very hazy).
Again, not bad! Better than I'd have expected, frankly. I think I do a good job picking resolutions I'm likely to meet. With respect to #3, I don't know if I'm being too harsh or too charitable vis-a-vis my knowledge of Indian law and energy law.
But ever forward we go! What are the goals for next year?
(1) Publish, or have accepted for publication, two articles (I'm feeling ambitious). (Met -- try four articles!)
(2) Have a solid plan for remaining in academia for the foreseeable future. (Met)
(3) Keep in touch with academic persons (not counting my advisors or former colleagues). (Pick 'em)
(4) Finish a complete draft of Dismissing Discrimination. (Met -- different title)
(5) Get a "ShoStreak" of at least 15. (Missed -- peaked at 11)
(6) Make a "move towards the basket" in terms of starting a book project. (Pick 'em)
(7) Eat at a steakhouse in the Bay Area. (Met)
(8) Successfully integrate the updates to my Constitutional Law course. (Met)
(9) Attend (or be scheduled to attend) an academic conference. (Met -- by the barest of technicalities)
(10) Take steps towards building a community of scholars interested in anti-Semitism issues. (Pick 'em)
(11) Get more pants that fit. (Pick 'em)
(12) Find a new (as in not-watched-by-us, not necessarily currently airing) television show to watch. (Met)
(13) Have positive interactions with a supermajority of the Public Law workshop attendees. (Met)
(14) Have a (medical) check-up. (Met)
Well, I think that's a good set. Wish me luck, and a happy new year to all!