A summer bucket list of sorts

At long last, I’ve returned!  This year has been an especially hectic and unusually eventful one in both the positive and the negative senses of the term.

My examinations and several subsequent festivities took place last week, and with their passing, my final year of high school drew to a close.  Albeit that I experienced a considerable dose of disappointment in late March and early April, I am no longer dreading the fall.  An interesting academic offer has arisen – nearly out of nowhere, as is so often the case – and seizing it will mean a large quantity of work, optimism, and interest.  I’m not going to reveal precisely what it is publicly until I can be certain of its being finalized, but I will note that ithas succeeded in granting me a healthy helping of hope.  This strange saga’s ending has not yet been written!

In celebration of a new year and a relatively free two months, I’ve crafted a bit of a summer to-do list.  Some of these may be projects that I’ll simply begin to work on in July and August; others I intend to complete prior to September.  If you’ve suggestions, please do comment with them!

  • Blog daily!
  • Learn Lovari Romani to some passable extent
  • See or otherwise catch up with many friends
  • Attempt to involve someone in scientific exploration as part of Science Expo’s EXPOtential Mentorship Program
  • Add at least 62 species to my life lists
  • Create an M.C.A.T. video- and text-based preparatory course as I study for the test
  • Begin learning Japanese via cryptography
  • Spend more time with Meowsee, the fish, and Endy
  • Regularly solve BEQ puzzles (http://www.brendanemmettquigley.com/)
  • Learn the first movement of Haydn’s Concerto per il Clarino, Hob.: VII e, 1 (Trumpet Concerto in E flat major) well
  • Go light-sheeting at least twice weekly
  • Read 弟子规, as recommended by a good friend
  • Start working towards a foreign language club with those U. of T. students interested
  • Continue to learn the TÉs, especially No. 5 and No. 12
  • Regularly mix flaming B-52s (with Cyril, in spirit (haha))
  • Take my grandmother to K & K Specialty to buy exotic fruit
  • Solve more I.P.S.C. and P.E. problems
  • Attempt in-home caffeine synthing based on the Merck Index, J.A.C.S., and the Traube paper
  • Develop a new format for the Students’ “Everything” Seminar
  • Eat at Gryfe’s Bagel Bakery
  • Build (or begin to build) an SSTC and experiment with audio modulation
  • Read From Alchemy to IPO and Science Business again
  • Get to work on a pharmaceuticals-related R&D start-up
  • Attempt to better write in da-Vinci-esque backwards script
  • Work on teaching the basics of Greek to an interested individual
  • Work on aiding a good friend in establishing a WordPress
  • Continue my fMRI-based work on visual retention and the Chinese writing system
  • Get my solution to the area theorem problem for asymptotically AdS spaces checked
  • Accurately describe the smell and taste of autumn air in writing
  • Finalize my English → Czech G.E.B. translation
  • Improve my Walter Lewin lines
  • Go through Spivak’s Calculus of Manifolds and Milnor’s Morse Theory again
  • Write the first draft of A Non-Science Major’s Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, a short guide geared at explaining both the math and the ideas of QFT to someone with solely a high-school-level knowledge of math
  • Reread 四大名著
  • Develop a better shorthand system
  • Teach some introductory programming to a few interested U. of T. students
  • Visit the cottage with Amanda
  • Reread and analyze some of: Language and Responsibility, General Systems Theory, Wiener’s cybernetics-related texts, Gray’s, most of Darwin’s work, Waiting for Godot, Le petit prince, something from Steinbeck, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Prince and the Pauper, Brave New World, Sophie’s World, The Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, some of Shakespeare’s works, Moby-Dick, andTristan and Iseult
  • Finish a page-by-page analysis of Heart of Darkness
  • Begin bicycling thrice weekly
  • Code adjective-ordering-related stuff with Cyril
  • Start on the first of a set of texts geared at explaining fundamental concepts of English grammar in the language of the reader
  • Work on assorted metaphysics-related projects with a good friend
  • Log absolutely everything that I observe for a day, and try to explain it all strictly with the use of science concepts
  • Prepare for and sit the G.R.E., G.R.E. Physics, G.R.E. Biology, and the M.C.A.T.
  • Read Sources of Chinese Tradition, John Lennon: The Life, Bouncin’ with Bartók, Příroda a kultura, Tranquil Prisons: Chemical Incarceration Under Community Treatment Orders, How Reality Came to Be, and The Bridge
  • Spend time in three labs and with one doctor (shadowing) in August
  • Research 太极拳, which I’ll be picking up in the fall
  • Engage in an abundance of tutoring, mentoring, editing, and scholarship coaching

What are your summer plans?  I’d be delighted to hear more, so please do share below, or contact me via the medium you find most convenient.

On an entirely different note, happy Canada Day!

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