Inspired by the drive of last year’s resolutions, I’ve crafted some for this year.

  • Listen to 20,000 songs
  • Run 800+ miles (average of 15+ miles per week)
  • Average 40+ pushups per day
  • Beat all current Garmin records (i.e. achieve a new personal best for 5k, 10k and half-marathon distances plus run further than I ever have before)
  • Get Ham radio license
  • Read 12+ books (6 in first half; 6 in second) with average page length of 300+
  • Maintain 4.0 GPA

I debated segmenting my goals into multiple categories of life (education, professional, relationships) and selecting one goal to focus on for each, but decided that at this point in my life, this was not relevant or important because I already so heavily plan each individual sector that a “goal” specific to each would be redundant and rather I can craft a bunch of different ones with no particular categories but that can bring me fulfillment. …


New Year’s resolutions can be very effective, but without looking into the previous year, one doesn’t have the perspective needed to improve. Without data on the metrics to enhance, one can’t even know if one is improving. I’ll continue to update this page as I compute more data.

Music

My full 2018 report from last.fm can be viewed at https://www.last.fm/user/nhuberfeely/listening-report/year/2018 but I’ve included some excerpts below [to be added]. I met my goal of 18,000 tracks without exceeding normal listening habits.

Running

This was the first full year I became truly passionate about running and I logged 864.9 miles in total, well above my 365 mile goal. My Strava feed can be accessed at https://www.strava.com/athletes/12937276


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NYC skyline on one of my runs

After learning the ropes of college and securing a 4.0 my freshman year, I jumped this summer into the fast-paced life of working in NYC. My working hours were devoted to working at Chartbeat while any remaining time was dedicated to HackNY and the events and social good projects they stewarded.

The first week at Chartbeat went incredibly well, plunging me straight into meaningful and fulfilling work while also introducing me to the people and systems that make up a high stakes startup. …


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During my first semester at Columbia University, I achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Although chance is surely a partial factor, I took a very concerted and premeditated approach to the college experience and attribute my success to this. This spring semester I’ve achieved perfect scores on the majority of my midterms and A+ scores on all the others as well. Long story short, my methodology has worked out quite well for me.

Update 07/06/19: 4.0 still going strong two years in.

The central guiding tenets to my education are:

  • Notes and the knowledge pipeline
  • Sleep priority
  • Fitness focus
  • Expert planning
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My actual desk w/ actual notes

Knowledge Pipeline

My notes were always taken on loose leaf paper. …


This past year has been full of exceeded expectations and I obliterated my 52 mile running goal with a total of 194 miles run. My academic goals were also fully achieved with the 4.0 GPA I achieved during my first semester. I’m already part way to all of this year’s goals but thought it still worth publishing for the drive of public accountability.

New Year’s Resolutions 2018


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View of the city I shot while walking along the Brooklyn Bridge

My journey at Columbia University has arrived, bringing with it the academics, the city and the community my life has been leading up to.

The city itself is incredible and majestic. I’ve enjoyed exploring it from the far reaches of Coney Island to the art galleries in Queensboro. The Yankees vs. Red Sox game introduced me to the world of pro-level sports and the freedom of my own living space steps me further into the adult world.

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Yankee Stadium

At Coney, I was able to take the most thrilling rides present, and having only gone to one much smaller amusement park in my life, this was quite an amazing experience. Getting thrown upside down while loosely strapped into a comparatively frail contraption certainly carries an exhilarating terror. Similarly, although New York presents a drastically different way of life and surroundings than I’ve grown up with, it is a fascinating and enjoyable experience. …


There are many incredible institutions across the US who have both the reputation and teaching ability to enable students to have very successful careers in tech. Stanford, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon are among the top and do an incredible job preparing their students.

An age old quote “Jack of all trades. Master of none.” drives many to focus deeply on one specific area with only a shallow look into the depths of other fields.

However, with the rapid growth of information, becoming an expert generalist can enable one to connect disparate fields with ease and draw inferences to discover new info one never learned. …


I’ve recently begun revamping and expanding my own conversational user interface for the PAL (Personal Assistant & Learner) system I’ve built. While developing out its ability to handle more and increasingly complex tasks, so I can automate or at least streamline the majority of my daily operations, I realized that to have a truly compelling experience, it needed to be able to handle general conversation. …


Recently I heard an interesting argument against artificial intelligence based learning delivered over the internet. It stated that if the child just doesn’t “get” the algorithmic learning or the format isn’t good for them, they can fall increasingly behind and never be able to catch up. The final statement declared that her own child had experienced this with a reading app used by a school, but when they moved and had a physical teacher teaching this subject area, their child quickly caught up. (The speaker was in the Flash Forward podcast episode Bot for Teacher)

This argument holds some validity, but is largely invalidated by some simple logic and facts. Countless students in public schools have fallen drastically behind and sit in the very low tier of their classes. It is entirely and reasonably possible that a machine learning system personalized to their style and able to adapt and change if they start falling behind, could help them learn faster and better. With a service like this, they could have been very successful in their educational pursuits, and it is strictly because of the lack of personalization in public schools that caused them to have fallen so far behind. …

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Noah Huber-Feely

Full stack developer and Columbia student. Let’s build a better world.

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