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2017 Resolutions: switch this shit up

January 3, 2017

Don’t know about you, but I’m sick of New Year’s resolutions, as a concept. They’re flabby goals that we’re meant not only to fail to achieve but to feel bad about personally. No, I didn’t exercise every single day of 2012. No, I didn’t lose 20 pounds and keep it off in 1988.

What’s worst to me is how individual and self-centered they are. They make us focus on how imperfect we are at a time when we should really think big. We don’t have time to obsess over details, people! Just get your coping mechanisms in place and do some heavy lifting, will you?

With that in mind, here are my new-fangled resolutions, which I full intend to keep:

  1. Let my kitchen get and stay messy so I can get some goddamned work done.
  2. Read through these papers and categorize them by how they can be used by social justice activists. Luckily the Ford Foundation has offered me a grant to do just this.
  3. Love the shit out of my kids.
  4. Keep up with the news and take note of how bad things are getting, who is letting it happen, who is resisting, and what kind of resistance is functional.
  5. Play Euclidea, the best fucking plane geometry app ever invented.
  6. Form a cohesive plan for reviving the Left.
  7. Gain 10 pounds and start smoking.

Now we’re talking, amIright?

Kindly add your 2017 resolutions as well so I’ll know I’m not alone.

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  1. Kedar Gokhale
    January 3, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Only one for me:
    Call my congressman as much as possible.


  2. January 3, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Drink better whisky, Hellyers Road is good. We checked at xmas.

    Drink better coffee.


  3. January 3, 2017 at 7:41 am

    YouIsRight! and I resolve to stop feeling guilty that I don’t like kale. (There, I said it!)


  4. Roy
    January 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

    totally with you on 5 and 6. Let me know if I can help on 6 🙂


  5. Chicken Legs
    January 3, 2017 at 8:34 am

    LOL – I’ve transformed the tradition into something functional (mind-hacking). All year I reserach into whatever (Native American Languages, semiotics, quantum physics, cat fancy magazine, etc.), then in the weeks leading up to the winter solstice, all these great ideas weaving everything together pour out (like a geyser, it’s hard to keep up), then when that subsides, the new year begins, and I keep building on some things, and delve into others (knot making, juggling, lacrosse, Mandarin, Persian cookery, etc).

    It doesn’t take a lot of effort, just a particular mindset.

    I found a calendar system that facilitates it too.

    ps loved your book


  6. lace
    January 3, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Thanks! My resolution this year: Get up, be grateful, put one foot in front of the other and live my life. See what happens. Repeat daily. Until I can’t…. happy new year!


  7. January 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Great stuff. I agree that New Years resolutions reek of selfishness and self centeredness.

    That said here is my selfish self centered plans for the year:
    Get out into nature as much as possible.
    Make sure my wife knows how much I love her.
    Find patience with impatient people.
    Read weapons of math destruction. 👻


  8. Christy MacKinnon
    January 3, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Listen to my husband’s conservation friends without rolling my eyes. Give $5 a month to an independent news magazine/organization. Learn to follow (some) instructions.


  9. JV
    January 3, 2017 at 11:26 am

    My resolution is maximize my health and happiness. That’s it!


  10. size17
    January 3, 2017 at 11:49 am

    1. Post on websites of people I follow on Twitter (check)
    2. Invent a new swear word
    3. Use gambling as a motivator to educate myself on news items
    4. Buy expensive shaving cream
    5. Start prepping for WTSHTF


  11. January 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    About 6, I’m basically with you, except that I’m not sure that calling it the Left is useful any more. The more fundamental fight seems to be between people who want policies based on proper evidence that will help everybody (but especially those who need it the most) and people who are prepared to lie in order to advance the interests of a few very rich people and huge corporations — together with a large number of dissatisfied people who buy into the lies. It feels like science versus advertising, or something like that. I’m not articulating the distinction very well, but others — you included — have done it much better. It has a lot in common with the left/right distinction, but it doesn’t feel the same, given that the “left” side is no longer as closely aligned with the working class, however much it may care about their welfare.


  12. January 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    This is just the punchy last 5 minutes of the interview with Adam Curtis, but I highly recommend the full interview (1 hr), especially if you don’t have time to watch his recent documentary, Hypernormalisation (2.5 hrs). Watch the doc if you can though, I think it accurately diagnoses the Left’s retreat from reality (well, everyone’s retreat from reality). His answers just give me more questions, but I suppose that’s a good thing.


  13. January 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    The older meaning of the Right and Left might apply. The Right was the side or party of authority, (unequal) power and structures of power, private wealth, social status, and the military virtues. The Left was the side or party of freedom and equality, in short, a rejection of the claim of the Right to rule others. A working class, like any other coherent category of persons, might adhere to either side, given where they thought their interests lay. At present, given that our national pastime seems to have become fear, the Right seems to appeal to most. It has become an almost indisputable assumption that our security lies in centralized authority, militarism, imperialism, surveillance, and police power.


  14. Priscilla Bremser
    January 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Resist. This means calling my congress critters, showing up for local vigils and protests, donating to ProPublica etc., and, I hope, actions I haven’t yet imagined (please share what you learn from your #4!). It also means not allowing the orange one and his sycophants to infringe on the simple pleasures in my life. There are still family and friends and nature (for the moment) and music and math and literature to be enjoyed.

    So yes! to your #3. Important for you, important for them, important for the world. Also #5. As for #7, I’m all for enjoying good food, but don’t start smoking, okay? The data are pretty clear on that one.


  15. January 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Resolved: try to remain patient and cheerful and help where I can.

    I have my local Senator’s and Congressman’s offices on speed dial and talk to them at least once a week.

    I’m also going to be spending my savings down, for the new mattress my wife has been longing for, upgrading from 1998 minivan to a 2004 truck, etc. If we escape nuclear annihilation: then the global warming and ensuing refugee crisis will get us a few years later: if somehow science is all wrong and the warming doesn’t get us, Trump’s economic policies will produce massive inflation and those savings will be worthless anyway. Better Scotch too.


  16. sarahsorlien
    January 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Just spent several long car rides listening to you read me your book. Awesome. And so is Euclidea. Thank you


  17. January 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    My resolutions for this year:

    1. Stop drinking (already done).
    2. Deadlift 500lbs.
    3. Write my congressmen monthly. I am fully willing to admit that I asked for Trump, I got him, now I have to deal with him. Be careful what you wish for and all that.
    4. Lose 30lbs.
    5. Continue my outreach to liberals so we may continue to find common ground and work together. None of them are moving to Canada, I’m not moving to Canada, and we have one and only one USA to live in so we need to make the best of it.



  18. January 12, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Congrats on your book review, in SCIENCE: https://goo.gl/IlRsXi


  19. Kristine
    January 15, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Take one vacation weekend a month to spend time enriching myself, and my relationships. (Wine tasting, for starters, after returning from New Year’s in Paris. )


  20. Tori Scharadin
    January 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I vow to make it through 2017 without waking up to my fuel guage on “E”!!


    • January 20, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Is that metaphorical? I can get on board with it even though I don’t own a car.


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