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Status: Summary (2018 - September)

(Text as at 10/10/2018 16:43:41)

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Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Planning and Actuals
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future24
  1. Thesis25
    1. Continue with my Thesis26; in particular fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research. Make progress on specific Chapters, using the materials below →
    2. Chapter 227 (What Are We?). Focussing on:-
      1. Human Beings: "Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal".
      2. Persons: "Cottingham (John) - Why we are not 'persons'".
      3. Selves:-
        1. "Dainton (Barry) - Self: Philosophy In Transit",
        2. "O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person".
    3. Chapter 528 (Persistence and Time). Focussing on:-
      1. "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry",
      2. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
      3. "Rovelli (Carlo) - The Order of Time",
      4. "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity",
      5. Complete "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past", and send to Sophie Botros & Michael J. Alter,
      6. Complete running through relevant pages from Robert O. Doyle.
    4. Chapter 629 (Animalism). Focussing on:-
      1. "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", my core text,
      2. "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons",
      3. "Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument",
      4. "Olson (Eric) - On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings",
      5. "Olson (Eric) - The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twining",
      6. "Olson (Eric) - The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity",
      7. "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons, Animals, and Identity",
      8. "Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves",
      9. Review "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics".
      10. Review the work of Elselijn Kingma.
    5. Chapter 730 (The Constitution View):-
      1. Start a serious review of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View", my other core text.
      2. Write up reviews of papers in "Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'".
      3. Read and review "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul".
      4. Write a Note on "Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator".
    6. Chapter 1031 (Thought Experiments):-
      1. Investigate Transhumanism32. In particular,
        1. Read "Bridle (James) - New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future",
        2. Briefly review "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine",
        3. Read "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies",
        4. Detailed review of "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun",
        5. Complete "Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'",
        6. Complete review of "Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'",
        7. Complete reading, then review "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow".
        8. Read & review "Fry (Hannah) - Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine".
    7. Chapter 1133 (Resurrection):-
      1. Start a thorough review of "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death",
      2. Start a review of "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death", especially
        "Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People",
      3. Start a review of "Bradley (Ben), Feldman (Fred) & Johansson (Jens) - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death", especially
        "Zimmerman (Dean) - Personal Identity and the Survival of Death",
      4. Read and review
        "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife", and
        "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival".
      5. Write a file-note on "Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk".
    8. As background tasks:-
      1. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc34 to Notes,
      2. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      3. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      4. Complete reading:-
        "Gazzaniga (Michael S.) - Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain"
        "Hale (Sheila) - The Man Who Lost His Language"
        "Heyes (Cecilia M.) - Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking"
        "Rosling (Hans) - Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think"
        "Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness"
      5. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      6. Continue reading and reviewing35 papers issued by Aeon,
      7. Attend Oliver Black’s Salon36(s),
      8. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core37.
  2. Religion38
    1. Philosophy of Religion:
      1. Continue reading "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life",
      2. Continue reading the Blog "Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος".
    2. Resurrection: Continue reviewing39
      1. "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry", and
      2. "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection & Christian Apologetics: A Critical Inquiry Volume 2".
    3. Background:
      1. Read appropriate items from Aeon40.
      2. Continue reading "Finkelstein (Israel) & Silberman (Neil Asher) - The Bible Unearthed".
      3. Attend the OBT Conference41 OBT: How to Read the Bible with Greater Confidence.
  3. Website42
    1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Architecture
        1. As revealed by Spider: Old links in unregenerated pages. 8 Items.
        2. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
          1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
          2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
          3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
          4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
          5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
        3. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
        4. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      • Authors
        1. As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
        2. As revealed by Spider: Sundry broken Links where author name corrected. 93 items.
      • Backups
        1. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      • Books/Papers
        1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      • Documenter
        1. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      • Education
        1. Continue with Harvard CS50's Web Programming with Python and JavaScript: either complete it, or check it'll still run in 2019.
        2. Investigate Bootstrap.
        3. Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
        4. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
        5. Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
        6. Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science". Maybe just "audit".
        7. Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
      • Infrastructure
        1. Re-install iCloud: solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
      • Notes
        1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
        2. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
          1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
          2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
        3. As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
        4. As revealed by Spider: Consciousness Status Report43 Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Note OK. 46 items. 24 items outstanding.
        5. As revealed by Spider: Blog44 Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
        6. As revealed by Spider: Links to sundry 'static' pages failing. 26 items. 20 items outstanding.
        7. As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
        8. As revealed by Spider: Status Reports - Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Notes fixed.
          1. Website: Maintenance Dashboard45. 14 items.
          2. Personal Identity Status Report46. 11 items.
          3. Summary Status Report47. 4 items.
          4. Actual Detail Summary Report48. 6 items.
          5. Chess Status Report49. 12 items.
          6. Etc.
        9. As revealed by Spider: Sundry links fail for Supervisions. 31 items.
        10. Created auto-regen of all Note Link (Note_nnn_Link) Pages
        11. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
        12. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
        13. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      • Photos
        1. Add photos of Tom - Create Timeline software
        2. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      • Process
        1. As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 24 items.
        2. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      • Spider
        1. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
          1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
          2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages50 automatically where possible.
          3. Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
        2. Determine why Full_Link_Up_Levels_Gen takes so long - approximately 3 hours. May need to re-architect.
        3. The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
          1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed51 URLs got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief page, which then got Spidered. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur. The fix was made in 18Q2.
          2. However, 4 other creations appeared - dated 18/05/18 - from the run of 10/07/18. The creation date was from the previous spider run, but the IDs show that they were produced in the latest run.
          I've re-opened the case!
      • Technology
        1. Look into Sistrix Smart52. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
          1. Duplicate content: seems to be theotodman.com and Link (Defunct)
          2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
          3. Page Not Found
          4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
          5. Meta-Description: Empty
          6. Few words on Page
          7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
          8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
      • WebRefs
        1. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
        2. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 21 items.
        3. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
          1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
          2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
          3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
    2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
  4. Music53
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for two 30-minute sessions each and every day54 – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into an hour-long session to build up stamina further.
      3. Attend the six sessions of The Enigma Ensemble.
      4. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio, practicing the active pieces.
      5. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios55 for Grades I-VI, using
        "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall Scales & Arpeggios for Oboe (Grades 1–8)", and
        "ABRSM - Scales and Arpeggios for Oboe, Grades 1-8 (ABRSM Scales & Arpeggios)".
      6. Prepare Grade VI pieces, in particular
        "Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G" (Prelude only),
        "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe",
        "Morricone (Ennio) - Gabriel's Oboe (Piano Solo Or Oboe/Piano)",
        "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Blatt - Study No. 52)
      7. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
      8. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
    2. Piano: Try to develop some competence as an aid to theory, so:-
      1. Complete working through "Rhodes (James) - How to Play the Piano",
      2. Work through "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 1", and
      3. Try to play by ear, using for inspiration:-
        "Cannel (Ward) & Marx (Fred) - How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home".
    3. Theory: Prepare for Grade 5 Theory, so:-
      1. Study
        "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1", and
        "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 2",
      2. Do the exercises in
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4", and
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5",
    4. Aural:
      1. Run through "ABRSM - Aural Training In Practice: Book 1 - Grades 1-3"
      2. Get a grip on the process of ear-training by reading "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch", and related material56.
  5. Chess57
    1. Training versus Mephisto Monte Carlo.
    2. Training using Chess.com.
    3. Read "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", with assistance from the above.
    4. Read "Chess - Chess Magazine"; work through the “How Good Is Your Chess” articles.
    5. Full participation in Billericay Chess Club:-
      → Club Nights
      → Club Championship
      → NECL matches
  6. Consciousness58
    1. Re-read and write notes on "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness",
    2. Re-read and review notes on "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind",
    3. Read "Dehaene (Stanislas) - Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts",
    4. Read appropriate papers from Aeon59.
  7. Languages60
    1. Thai: Following Nat's emigration to Thailand:-
      "Lonely Planet - Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary",
      "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners",
      "ThaiNotes - Thai Notes",
      "Wikipedia - Thai Alphabet", and
      "Wikipedia - Thai Language".
    2. Egyptian (Ancient):
    3. Maltese:
      Wikipedia: Maltese language
  8. Mathematics61
    1. Read papers from Aeon as they arise.
    2. Browse "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics",
    3. Complete reading "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics",
    4. Analyze "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising".
  9. HiQ62
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.
  10. Bridge63
    1. Meet up with former partners from time to time.
    2. Return to playing bridge at most once a week if encouraged to do so.
    3. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".



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07/07/2018 11:35:31 19356 Status: Summary (2018 - June)
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05/01/2018 00:11:31 16735 Status: Summary (2017 - December)
09/10/2017 23:25:26 17239 Status: Summary (2017 - September)
20/07/2017 14:34:05 14678 Status: Summary (2017 - June)
10/04/2017 23:38:24 14950 Status: Summary (2017 - March)
14/01/2017 20:18:14 18353 Status: Summary (2016 - December)
14/10/2016 22:14:53 17222 Status: Summary (2016 - September)
21/07/2016 16:12:00 16905 Status: Summary (2016 - June)
05/04/2016 23:19:41 16948 Status: Summary (2016 - March)
07/01/2016 00:59:02 16953 Status: Summary (2015 - December)
07/10/2015 00:27:22 18284 Status: Summary (2015 - September)



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