We're nearly through a most satisfying, gift giving holiday season with only New Years Eve and New Years Day remaining. Some of us are back at work already, and many of us are still enjoying a relaxing vacation, ever spiteful of that soon-to-be-arriving moment that is the one that represents the official end of this blissful time. The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article that had some celebrities 2009 resolutions. My favorite belonged to Frank Wilczek, 57, the Nobel Prize-winning particle physicist and author from Cambridge, Mass.
PROFESSIONAL: I'm writing a physics murder mystery. The idea is that two men and two women from Harvard and MIT collaborate and discover dark matter. It's clear that they should win a Nobel Prize, but according to the rules of the prize, only three people at most can share.
PERSONAL: I'm looking forward to getting better acquainted with my Wii. I've been mucking around with Wii Sports. I like the boxing and bowling and tennis.
INDUSTRY: We have the LHC [Large Hadron Collider, a subatomic particle collider in Switzerland], which will explore the frontier of high-energy physics. There's a whole well-known agenda featuring unification, supersymmetry, looking for the Higgs particle, perhaps shedding light on the question of dark matter. The most important work in the area is yet to be done.
So this guy invented possibly the most complicated and potentially innovative device in the history of mankind, yet his personal goal is to learn to be better at his Nintendo Wii. That, in a word, is awesome!
Whatever your resolutions are for the coming year, we sincerely wish you achieve them all. If you need advice as to how you can accomplish some of the more difficult ones, then feel free to drop a comment here and I'll see what I can do to help. HAPPY NEW YEAR!