Self-improvement, of course, need not always entail such grand commitments, though. Sometimes there are little things we can change that may change our lives and the world ever so slightly, but still for the better, so I'm going to make a list of such things now:
- When I write dates at the tops of papers, from now on I'm going to write only the last two digits of the year rather than the last three (in other words, "08" rather then "008"). I already told BODO about this, but I figured the rest of the world had to know.
- I am going to make a conscious effort to use clichéd alliterative collocations as little as possible. In other words, if everything goes as I hope it will, you shall never again see me use such solidified constructures as "hale and hardy," "vim and vigour," or "might and main." Rather, I will make an effort to create fresh, new compounds, such as "vernal and verdant" or "slag and slate."
- I will always include the two little horizontal bars on my capital Is.
- I will invent my own poetic meters and use them well.
- I will expand my vocal range.
- I will learn how to pronounce Chinese tones... backwards.
- I will write something awesome.
- The Red Sox will win the World Series again.
I think that just about covers it. Peace in the year of the mouse.