9 things I want to learn in 2011
Ian Lurie Jan 7 2011
I’m not a big New Year’s Resolutions kind of guy. My whole life is making lists and crossing things off of them. Why do that one more time each year?
I do love to learn stuff though. Here’s my learning ‘to do’ list for the year. I want to learn:
- How to give a kick-ass keynote. I love public speaking and teaching. I want to take what seems like the next step and give a keynote or two. But I don’t want to suck at it. You may get to be the audience, who knows? Please don’t throw anything that can cause permanent injury.
- How to use Google App Engine. For some reason, App Engine is a huge mental block for me. It’s like fractions in 2nd grade – no one could explain ’em.
- Data visualization. I know the basics, but I want to learn the theory and principles behind really good data visualization. Because I’m a geek.
- Python’s natural language tool kit. Because… Well, see #3.
- A bit of linear algebra. Just the vectors stuff. Yeah, I know. See #3 and 4.
- How to maintain the latest generation of bicycle drivetrains. What? You thought this would all be work? Compared to when I was a bike mechanic, the shifters, cranks, etc. on high-end bicycles these days might as well be printed circuits. I gotta start all over.
- 4 new Yoga routines. Hopefully ones that don’t make my fat hang out, my shorts ride up, my gut gurgle like Old Faithful and my face to turn beet red, but if I can avoid 2 out of 4 I’ll be happy.
- How to build the brand of my company and myself. Ironic, I know. I seem to be good at building other’s brands, pipelines, etc.. But when it comes to my own, well, I kind of suck. My laser focus turns into more of a silly string barrage.
- Really great paper modeling techniques. My kids, who now play D&D with me, love to see the worlds we create brought to life. Paper models are a great way to do it. It’s amazing I ever got married, really. Actually, it’s amazing I ever got a date.
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More