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Status: Summary (2013 - June)
(Text as at 02/07/2013 14:12:29)
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Rationale for this Report
- This is a summary report with links to my various on-going projects. Detailed progress is shown on the sub-reports.
- This summary report should highlight whether my focus has become unbalanced or otherwise inappropriate to the achievement of my major goals.
- As these reports are rather a pain to produce, I now produce them quarterly, rather than monthly.
Projects in Progress
- I have now settled in to my new house and the developments to the outbuildings are complete. I’m now ensconced most of the time in my newly-built library / study – and have transferred my books from their temporary home in the garage and completed their re-cataloguing them so I can find them when needed. So, things are returning to normal.
- I have ten projects currently on the go, which is too many. Consequently, they are divided into two groups. The first group has effort planned, and the second group doesn’t. This is not to say that no time will be spent on the second group, but just that it’ll be minor and ad hoc.
- I’ve returned Consciousness Studies to the second tier, and provided more of a focus to Web-Tool Development.
- Follow the hyperlinks for further details:-
- Research into Personal Identity1. This is the subject that ought to grab most of my attention, as it is the topic of my yet-to-be-completed PhD. I need to achieve something in philosophy, as this is the only one of my endeavours that promises a professional outcome (in the sense of being one of more than merely personal interest).
- Studies in the Philosophy of Religion2. On and off, this represents the main preoccupation of my adult life (work and family aside). I intend to follow up in some detail interesting topics from the Philosophy of Religion module from the MA in Philosophy and Religion at Heythrop College, London University that I tasted at the end of 2010.
- Development of Web-tools3. This project is intended to assist with the prosecution of philosophical research. It is fundamentally an enabling project, though one I hope will have general metaphilosophical implications. The above two projects are test cases of the method, as well as worthwhile studies in their own right.
- Bridge4: I’m still attempting to become an expert player, but recently results have been awful, for reasons I cannot fathom. So, I’m reducing it to an occasional indulgence.
- Consciousness5 Studies. A supporting project for both Personal Identity and Philosophy of Religion.
- Mathematics6: Revive / improve my mathematical competence with a view to the use of mathematics as a tool in my various other projects. Also – now that I’m aged 59 – useful for keeping various bits of my brain functioning7.
- Languages8: Gain at least a rudimentary understanding of 24 diverse languages – for practical and philosophical purposes. We’ve a week in Cyprus in June, so I might brush up on my Greek in preparation. Also, Julie and I have signed up for refresher Portuguese classes in September through January, so this project will be re-instated in the autumn.
- Music9: Improve my competence as an oboist, and learn the piano. I have a vague intention of recommencing oboe-practice in my new den. We’ll see.
- HiQ10: Enjoy and contribute to the intellectual society of ISPE and Mensa (in abeyance, as I’ve allowed my membership of both societies to lapse again).
- Chess11: Improve my standard of play so I can perform acceptably in the Essex, London, Middlesex … leagues (whenever I’m ready). Probably a dead project, though I intend to keep myself familiar with developments.
- These projects are (approximately, in their respective groups) in order of decreasing priority, yet in practise the amount of effort expended on them fails to respect this. My intention is radically to prune the effort on Bridge, and focus on Personal Identity – though the latest temptation is to spend too much time on Philosophy of Religion (as it’s easier).
- I have ignored the various infrastructural elements of my life in these reports – in particular family life, household management, gym, and general reading, culture, current affairs and such like. In particular, I’ve ignored the main time-stealer of the last year: moving house and establishing ourselves in our new residence. This latter has had a major impact on the time – and in particular the quality of time – available for my highest-priority projects. Thankfully – the garden apart – this distraction is over.
- This report and the sub-reports obtained by following the links immediately above show the current status. The report headings show the period the reports are for. Earlier reports can be found by following the links in the “Table of Previous Versions of this Note” further down this report, or in the sub-reports.
Planning and Actuals
- 2Q13 was again very much below plan as far as time expended was concerned (83% QTD, 81% YTD) – where the year is the 2012/13 academic year – much as the previous quarter. The excuse remains the same – settling in to the new house, as noted above. Attention to my Thesis was again terrible – with little effort on core activities and less than half the planned effort expended. Bridge is now more under control, though still above plan. Philosophy of Religion was more or less on plan, and Web-Tools had more effort expended than planned – and mostly very usefully spent.
- I’ve changed the way I construct these reports – improving automation somewhat – so the tables of actual versus plan are now on separate pages, accessible from the following links:-
- For detailed breakdowns of time spent this year, by month and by study location, follow this link12.
- For tables of Actual versus Plan, together with the high-level plan for the next quarter, see this page13.
- Follow this link for a list of recently14 purchased books. Some of these are random purchases from charity shops, or presents. Others are selectively purchased in support of my various projects. Poverty and lack of space is severely curtailing my purchasing power.
Detailed Interim Activities
As these reports are now quarterly, I’m including a link15 to a brief uncommented list of what I’ve been working on since the last report (ie. this one). It is generated automatically from my time-recording system. Its main utility (to me, at any rate) is as a quick jumping-off point for the various writings in progress or recently completed. The list will, in general, be updated every few days.
Plans for the Near Future
In the light of the segregation of my projects into two tiers, I’ve in general dropped any items for the Secondary Projects.
- Personal Identity16
- Philosophy of Religion17
- Hutton Bridge Club Website: Weekly maintenance
- Bridge “Joint Project”: Continue data collection & modelling
- Educate myself to professional standard in Web Development. Read eBooks (on Kindle):-
… "Lloyd (Ian) - Build Your Own Website the Right Way Using HTML & CSS"
… then others as appropriate, and apply principles to my site.
- General PC Education: Read:-
… "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World",
… "CS - Computer Shopper",
… "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
- Remind myself of how to get MS Access and MS Excel to “tango” – by both writing out to spread-sheets, and using automacro facilities within Excel to allow Access to control Excel.
- Write my CV ready for job applications.
- Undertake a trawl through the code for all functions within the generator – making improvements for efficiency and function.
- Supply rudimentary functional documentation as a spin-off from the above.
- Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
- Fix the “feature” whereby identical images have to appear in multiple places because of referencing problems (in the Notes generators).
- Start using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
- Standardise to HTML5 – determine what went wrong with the first attempt!
- Ensure FN referencing within Notes and referencing between Abstracts and Notes works for archived Notes.
- Expand the link to Notes from Papers and Books to be two-way, so that it’s clear that a Note is referenced by my comments on Books and Papers.
- Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
- Review and Utilise Web Spider
- Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
- Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.
- Improve flexibility of password-protected areas (ie. multiple areas, with different log-ons).
- Read a bunch of books and papers recently acquired on the topic of counting the hand, namely:-
… "Bourke (Tim) & Smith (Marc), Bird (David) - Countdown to Winning Bridge"
… "Kelsey (Hugh) & Glauert (Michael) - Bridge Odds for Practical Players"
… "Lawrence (Mike) - How to read your opponents' cards: The bridge expert's way to locate missing high cards"
… "Baston (Jim) - Memory Systems at Bridge"
… "Doroshow (Bill) - The One That Got Away"
… "Frick (Robert) - The Subtle Joy of Counting (at Bridge)"
… "Kniest (Tom) - Count, count, count (at Bridge)"
… "Schamehorn (Danny) - Danny’s Musings and the Joy of Counting in Bridge"
… "Schutzman (Howard) - Counting Distribution (at Bridge)"
… "Walker (Karen) - Developing Counting Skills (at Bridge)"
- Study books by Victor Mollo in order to improve my declarer play and defence, especially:-
… "Mollo (Victor) - Case for the Defence".
- Read (or complete) a few books recommended by Dave:-
… "Lawrence (Mike) - The Complete Book on Overcalls at Contract Bridge".,
… "Kelsey (Hugh) - Deceptive Plays in Bridge", and
… "Lawrence (Mike) - How to Play Card Combinations".
- Play in local clubs
… Weekly with David,
… Monthly with Angie, Linda and Mike, as available,
… Occasionally with Russell.
- Play in tournaments, as below
… Saturday 20th July: Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs, Ware, with David.
… Friday 9th – Sunday 11th August: EBU Summer Swiss Pairs, Brighton, with Dave.
… Saturday 8th September: Essex “C”, Metropolitan Cup, Ardingly, with Linda.
… Practice 15 minutes every other day – just reprising the works assigned in previous lessons
… Occasionally try 30-minute sessions to build up stamina
In-Page FootnotesFootnote 7: Mind you, those bits didn’t function very well in my youth, so what hope is there now?
Footnote 14: As my purchasing has now dropped to a trickle, I’ve extended the selection range to cover the last 6 months.
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