Explaining the 101 list, 2: Experience and play

This is the second of the posts in which I explain and motivate the items on my 101-in-1001 list. The list itself can be viewed here, where you can also find a list of all posts related to the list. If you want to follow my progress in more detail, you should check my profile page at the Day Zero Project.

Learn to average blindfolded cubing below 10 minutes and over 90% accuracy

I had at least one goal relating to Rubik’s cube on the previous list, but I never realised that it would be something I kept developing. It’s a hobby of mine that comes and goes; sometimes I spend many hours a day, only to leave it untouched for months. Lately, I’ve grown less interested in speedcubing and more interested in blindfolded cubing (BLD), simply because there are so many cool things related to memory involved. I can currently solve the cube blindfolded about 50% of the time and around 12 minutes or so, including memorising the scramble.

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 10 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Learn to solve three cubes blindfolded

Multi BLD is something I have never tried, but I want to check how difficult it is. The world record is something like 15 cubes memorised in sequence and then solved in one go, but that’s quite bizarre. I think solving three should be okay, but it will require of me to create some cool mnemonic systems to separate the cubes from each other. It will also require accuracy, but that comes with the goal above as well.

Perceived difficulty: 8/10
Estimated time needed: 10 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Solve the 5x5x5 cube without any help

Solving new kind of cube-like puzzles is quite fun, but it takes some time. I’ve solved most of the common puzzles up to the 4x4x4, but I haven’t tried the 5x5x5 yet. Admittedly, I cheated with the parity error on the 4x4x4, but I’m not going to do any cheating this time. However, I think this will be easier than the 4x4x4, so I should be okay.

Perceived difficulty: 5/10
Estimated time needed: 5 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Send a photo of myself to strangers and ask them to describe what kind of person I am

I think most people are curious about what other people think about them before they get to know each other. This is one way of finding that out. I intend to take a photo of the way I typically look and send it to people and tell them to describe what kind of person they think is on the picture. I’ve done this with shoes before and that was amazingly accurate, so I expect a photo of an entire person will be a lot more interesting. Using other people as mirrors is one way of getting to know oneself better!

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 2 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Spend one day blindfolded

What’s it like being blind? Well, being blindfolded one day probably won’t answer that question, but I think it might be interesting anyway. I’m not after finding out how annoying everyday life will be, so I’m going to pick a Saturday or Sunday when I can take it easy and when I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t really know what to expect from this, but I hope it will give me something.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 24 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Use my left hand instead of my right for one week

I’m not sure how much trust should be put in people who say that using both sides of the brain makes us smarter, but it certainly doesn’t hurt trying. The major reason for wanting to try this is to be more versatile, because, quite frankly, sometimes it’s useful to be able to use both hands I think that a single week will help a lot.

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 1 week
Progress so far: 0%

Spend three days with no contact with civilisation

I had a week on my previous list, but ended up spending only five days in the wilderness. I think one week is too long, but the experience was very valuable in itself and I want to do it again. Three days seems more reasonable, but I might end up doing it more than once.

Perceived difficulty: 3/10
Estimated time needed: 3 days
Progress so far: 0%

Participate in three competitions of any kind

It might come as a surprise to some of you, but I generally don’t like competitions. I’m very good at competing against myself and challenging things I’ve accomplished before, but pitting myself against others in competitions is never something I’ve enjoyed. However, I do think that competitions offer a special kind of opportunity to learn, so I want to try it out. I have one diving competition in mind, but the other two might be anything from boardgames to more diving.

Perceived difficulty: 4/10
Estimated time needed: ?
Progress so far: 5%

Collect images, quotes or scraps and put them on display

I like having clever, beautiful and funny things around me (I think I need a girlfriend), and collecting lots of cool quotes, pictures and various other things to put on the wall is a nice way of doing this. I have around 50 or so now, but they need to be rearranged and reassembled, because some of them didn’t make it to Taiwan and back.

Perceived difficulty: 3/10
Estimated time needed: 5 hours
Progress so far: 40%

Get some informative and fancy business cards

The only reason I don’t have some kind of business card is that I’m lazy. I mean, how difficult is to to order something basic but which still looks okay? Sometimes it’s very, very practical to have contact information in that form!

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 2 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Buy five new board or card games

I’m not only lazy, I’m stingy as well, even when it comes to things I like doing. Board and card games are nice, but I still only own a handful I really like. During these 1001 days, I want to increase the collection with at least five new games.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 1 hour
Progress so far: 0%

Watch the top 100 movies on IMDB

This is also residue from the previous list. I want to watch these movies not necessarily because they are great (although many of them are), but because it grants me access to social contexts that would otherwise have been closed. I’m close to illiterate when it comes to actors and only a little bit better at movies. Feeling excluded every time people talk about films isn’t my idea of having fun. I think I have seen around 40 of them already.

Perceived difficulty: 3/10
Estimated time needed: 120 hours
Progress so far: 40%

Watch 5 movies from each continent

Diversity! I don’t want to be the kind of guy who only knows about Hollywood. Asia is not a problem, but what about Africa and South America? If you have any suggestions, let me know! I will include movies I’ve seen recently into this goal, so I don’t intend to watch five new movies from Europe, Asia and North America.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 10 hours
Progress so far: 50%

Compile a “best of Snigel” CD and trade it with 10 others for their favourite music

This is a great idea I didn’t really finish last time. The concept is simple: collect songs enough to fill a normal audio CD and trade it with ten friends for their favourite music. That way, I will get around 200 new songs to listen to, songs that someone I know and/or care about think is the best that’s ever been produced. This also gives me opportunities to find new bands I like and broaden my horizons a bit.

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 2 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Find ten new bands I really like

Similar to the goal above, this is about broadening my horizons. I tend to listen to the same couple of thousand songs all the time. I like this, but I would also like to be more flexible and like more kinds of music. I’m convinced that liking music is mostly about habit, so forcing myself to find bands I like will probably work!

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 5 hours
Progress so far: 0%

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