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Status: Summary (2023 - March)

(Text as at 30/04/2023 01:06:14)

*** THIS IS NOT THE LATEST VERSION OF THIS NOTE ***


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Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Actuals & Planning
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future25 Detailed Plans by Project
  1. Thesis
  2. Website
  3. Religion
  4. Music
  5. Languages
  6. Consciousness
  7. Bridge
  8. Chess
  9. Mathematics
  10. HiQ
  1. Thesis34 (18 hours per week)
    1. Continue with my Thesis35; in particular
      1. Spend at least an hour a day writing something original.
        1. This was going to be an essay on the difference between Forward and Backward Psychological Continuity36, and I ought to continue with this given how important it is, but ...
        2. I've decided to write a long essay - possibly a book - on Henry37, my recently-deceased dog, which - as well as being cathartic - raises lots of questions related to Animalism38.
      2. Continue filling out those sections of my Thesis that I can write something on without further research, using books / papers already analysed.
    2. Continually review the Note describing my Current Beliefs39 on the topic of Personal Identity.
    3. Regularly review and update of the Notes I’ve created on Personal Identity, focusing on those directly referenced by my Current Beliefs40.
    4. Make progress on specific Chapters of my Thesis, using the tasks outlined in my Thesis Dashboard41, using the materials listed42 in the Chapters and underlying Notes.
    5. Ensure the following foundational Books43 required for my Thesis are fully annotated. In particular:-
      1. "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View",
      2. "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", and
      3. "Olson (Eric) - What are We? A Study of Personal Ontology".
    6. Read and comment on44 the following remaining PhD Theses relevant to my own Thesis:-
      1. "Baggini (Julian) - Psychological Reductionism About Persons: A Critical Development",
      2. "Eddebo (Johan) - Death and the Self: A Metaphysical Investigation of the Rationality of Afterlife Beliefs in the Contemporary Intellectual Climate",
      3. "Ferner (Adam) - Metaphysics and biology: a critique of David Wiggins’ account of personal identity",
      4. "Gendler (Tamar Szabo) - Imaginary Exceptions: On the Powers and Limits of Thought Experiment",
      5. "Keles (Serap) - Personal identity and persistence over time : the hybrid view with regard to hylomorphism",
      6. "Lechthaler (Manuel) - Composition and Identities",
      7. "Lybaert (Fauve) - Personal Identity and the Formal Self",
      8. "Paez (Eze) - Abortion: What We Ought to Believe - An Ontological and Normative Analysis",
      9. "Parsons (Josh) - Theories of Persistence",
      10. "Rau (Philipp) - The Author, Not the Tale: Memory, Narrative, and the Self",
      11. "Skow (Bradford) - Once Upon a Spacetime",
      12. "Southgate (Susan Jane) - Personal Identity: The Simple View",
      13. "Trakas (Marina) - Personal Memories", and
      14. "Woods (Evan Thomas) - The Problems of the Many".
    7. "Kotak (Aakash) - The Hybrid Theory of Personal Identity" (MPhil Thesis; Read and comment on)
    8. Apply the issues raised by recently-read PhD Theses relevant to my own Thesis to my various Notes:-
      1. "Atkinson (Thomas) - Human organisms and the survival of death: a systematic evaluation of the possibility of life after death given animalism",
      2. "Hodson (Sommer) - A Hybrid View of Personal Identity",
    9. Follow up on Keith Augustine's comments on my review of "Hershenov (David) - Review of Nancey Murphy's 'Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?'".
    10. Follow up on Wayne Stewart's comments on my Note on Closest Continuers45, including reading and reviewing the following:-
      1. "Epstein (Dmitry) - What if We’re Still Here? A Selfish Reason to Care for Future Generations",
      2. "Stewart (Wayne) - Metaphysics by Default - Chapter 9:  Existential Passage",
      3. "Stewart (Wayne) - Metaphysics by Default",
      4. "Stewart (Wayne) - Uzgalis: Accidentally Opening a Transmigration Window by Nixing the Proper Continuer",
      5. "Clark (Tom) - A Notable Theoretical Convergence",
      6. "Robert (David) - The Existential Passage Hypothesis",
      7. "Uzgalis (William) - Review - Dainton - The Phenomenal Self", and
      8. "Clark (Tom) - Death, Nothingness, and Subjectivity"
    11. Complete analysing the following papers46:-
      "Cofnas (Nathan) - Research on group differences in intelligence: A defense of free inquiry",
      "Corabi (Joseph) & Schneider (Susan) - The Metaphysics of Uploading",
      "Giusti (Elena) & Derbew (Sarah) - Decolonizing Blackness, alongside the Classics Curriculum: A conversation with Dr Sarah Derbew",
      "Loose (Jonathan) - Materialism Most Miserable The Prospects for Dualist and Physicalist Accounts of Resurrection",
      "Olson (Eric) - The Central Dogma Of Transhumanism",
      "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Materialism and the Psychological-continuity Account of Personal Identity",
      "Watkin (Christopher) - Christianity and critical race theory"
    12. As background tasks:-
      1. Ensure all items in:-
        "Various - Papers on Desktop", and
        "Various - Papers in Desk Drawer"
        are either addressed or re-filed.
      2. Maintain "Various - Papers & Books Yet To Be Logged", and log papers therein if they become important.
      3. Convert old PDFs to Notes:-
        1. Review the two reports:-
          PDF-précis,
          PDF-essays47.
        2. Determine how the first is produced, and why the pdfs aren't highlighted, and compare with Write-ups Notes Jump Table
        3. Convert outstanding Essays & Précises.
      4. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      5. Continue / complete reading / annotating various books that have landed in my in-tray:-
        1. "Barash (David P.) - Through a Glass Brightly: Using Science to See Our Species as We Really Are",
        2. "Blatti (Stephan) & Snowdon (Paul), Eds. - Animalism: New Essays on Persons, Animals, and Identity",
        3. "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies",
        4. "Bradley (Ben), Feldman (Fred) & Johansson (Jens) - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death",
        5. "Dennett (Daniel) - Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking",
        6. "Green (Joel B.) - Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible",
        7. "Hand (David) - The Improbability Principle: Why coincidences, miracles and rare events happen all the time",
        8. "Hasker (William) - The Emergent Self",
        9. "Hofstadter (Douglas) & Dennett (Daniel), Eds. - The Mind's I - Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul",
        10. "Kagan (Shelly) - How to Count Animals, more or less",
        11. "Korsgaard (Christine) - Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals",
        12. "Levitin (Daniel) - The Changing Mind: A Neuroscientist's Guide to Ageing Well",
        13. "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
        14. "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death",
        15. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
        16. "Rowlands (Mark) - The Philosopher and the Wolf",
        17. "Ricard (Matthieu) - A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion",
        18. "Schneider (Susan) - Artificial You",
        19. "Seth (Anil Kumar) - Being You: A New Science of Consciousness",
        20. "Seung (Sebastian) - Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are",
        21. "Swift (David) - The Identity Myth: Why We Need to Embrace Our Differences to Beat Inequality",
        22. "Walker (Matthew P.) - Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams",
        23. "Wilson (Jack) - Biological Individuality - The identity and Persistence of Living Entities",
        24. "Wright (Craig) - The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit - Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness", and
        25. "Wyatt (John) - Matters of Life and Death".
      6. Complete reading (or make notes on):-
        1. "Borges (Jorge Luis) - Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings",
        2. "Dennett (Daniel) - The Mind's I - Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul: Introduction",
        3. "Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging",
      7. Read:-
        1. "Benjamin (Medea), Davies (Nicolas J.S.), vanden Heuvel (Katrina) - War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict",
        2. "Hand (David) - The Improbability Principle: Why coincidences, miracles and rare events happen all the time",
        3. "Ricketts (Peter) - Hard Choices: What Britain Does Next",
        4. "Smith (C. Paul) - The Climate Change Hoax Argument: the history and science that expose a major international deception",
        5. "Zamoyski (Adam) - Poland: A history",
      8. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      9. Continue reading and reviewing papers issued by Aeon48 (and the occasional spin-off). In particular, complete write-ups for:-
        "Francione (Gary) & Charlton (Anna E.) - The case against pets"
        "Francione (Gary) - We must not own animals"
        "Friston (Karl) - Karl Friston: Embodied cognition"
        "Humphrey (Nicholas) - Seeing and somethingness"
        "Lachmann (Michael) & Walker (Sara) - Life ≠ alive"
        "Neumeyer (Joy) - The discontent of Russia"
        "Marino (Lori) - Happy the person"
        "Metzinger (Thomas) - Are you sleepwalking now?"
        "Schwenkler (John) - What does it take for someone to become a ‘different person’?"
        "Sebo (Jeff) & Schukraft (Jason) - Don’t farm bugs"
        "Sebo (Jeff) - Against human exceptionalism"
        "Zangwill (Nick) - Why you should eat meat"
        "Zangwill (Nick) - Our Moral Duty to Eat Meat"
      10. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core.
      11. Update my Journals Note49: Review the journals I have access to; more are available as a Cambridge Alumnus.
      12. Keep up with the philosophical world by regular reviews of "Interaction - Philos-List", but only seriously pursue items relevant to my research.
  2. Website50 (7 hours per week)
    1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Architecture
        1. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
          1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables where appropriate.
          2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
          3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
          4. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
          5. Complete Documenting51 the process!
        2. Document52, repair & update my Website site-map
        3. Enable use of Snippets for long Notes and Abstracts
        4. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
        5. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      • Authors
        1. Import Author Narratives from Aeon (and other sources) into the Authors table
      • Backups
        1. Determine why flag on directories "not to be backed up" gets reset
        2. Document and enable regular running of the de-duplication function ('pruning') of the backup disk. Keep a full record of deleted duplicates.
        3. Investigate historic error messages
        4. Investigate Record-count discrepancies:-
          1. How do website files work as far as counts are concerned?
          2. Why aren't they recorded in Backup_History, nor the fact that the website was backed up?
          3. Different counts depending on whether new or old laptop is backed up. Investigate 63k discrepancy - lower on new laptop.
        5. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document53 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.
        2. Reformat the BookCitings and PaperCitings pages:-
          1. Detail PaperCitings Pages: Include only useful information on the detail pages; but if there are multiple links from the same object, include them on the same line as 'extra links' as in BookCitings (copy the code: or, better, combine the two subs).
          2. Summary (Author Letter) pages: Include counts (as in Authors' Citations).
          3. Ensure uses the Cross_Reference table.
          4. Document54!
      • Bridge
        1. Correct NGS Recalculation: Incorporate 3-year limit
      • Chess
        1. Convert Chess Consolidated Results page to ELO Grading
      • Documenter
        1. Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
        2. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      • Education
        1. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
        2. Read "White (Ron) & Downs (Timothy Edward) - How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology".
      • Infrastructure
        1. iCloud for Windows: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem. Try on new Laptop.
        2. Investigate Visual Studio Code
        3. Migrate from Chrome to Bitwarden for password management
        4. Toshiba Laptop - Coffee over keyboard! Fix - disable inbuilt keboard + install USB keyboard. If ultimately fails, rescue hard-drive.
      • 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 part of the Cross-Referencing project, check out the consistent treatment of Note 87555, which should be universally ignored. Recently, links to it appeared on web pages Book_Summary, BookPaperAbstracts and BooksToNotes, as a Note referencing a Book. The critical item was a row on the Note_Book_Links table.
        4. Bug: "++ NP ++" links to previously linked note or Note 0 and causes type mismatch in Reference_Notes for embedded Notes in Papers. Example56!
        5. Determine why all my Status Reports from September 2021 are missing from Notes_Archive. Seek to recover them from backups.
        6. Develop a method to create Papers for rows in Aeon_Files that have an associated Identity_Note_ID but no Paper_ID.
        7. Develop method for (manually) deleting otiose Archived Notes: ie. ensure links work for remaining Notes!
        8. Document and correct processing for Note References & Reading List57.
        9. Enhance PID Note, Book & Paper Usage58 to include a section listing works cited in my Thesis but not read
        10. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
        11. PID Thesis References - De-duplicate / suppress and / or change sort order / aggregation for non-anthology book chapters
        12. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      • Papers
        1. Split PDFs Available on Local Website59 page into alphabetical sub-pages
        2. The monthly regeneration process for Paper Abstracts is still taking too long. Monitor! Last run: 1.13 hours on 02/03/2023.
      • Photos
        1. Timeline software60: Add photos for Bakers' Coxes Farm Development Phase III
        2. Timeline software61: Add photos for Henry's Biography
        3. Timeline software62: Add photos for Holidays & Family History
        4. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      • Process
        1. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
        2. Provide 'Quick' option for Recalculation (cmdRecalculate_Click) - exclude unnecessary items on request
      • 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 pages64 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. As revealed by Spider: Consolidated Site-Hits Test Webpage. Mountnessing\index.htm Link. Should be .shtml.
        3. Failed 'Printable Note' links not picked up by Spider: Especially in Blog
        4. Investigate reduction in size of Web_Generator_Performance database that holds Raw_Links.
          1. Suppress MsgBox for 'Near to 2Gb' database size check (just use Debug).
          2. One-off deletion of rather useless links: EMail, TheosStyle.css, TT_ICO.png, #Top, ...
          3. Remove code that generates these links, and check them.
          4. Investigate removal of website 'root' (C:\Theo's Files\Websites\Theo's Website\) from Raw_Link and Full_Link. This would save 200Mb, but needs careful checking - especially against the Directory_Structure and related tables and code.
          5. If the above 'root' change is to go ahead - one-off updates + code changes required.
      • Technology
        1. Change URL for Page names to something meaningful: For Notes, Papers and Books. Needs to be short!
        2. Convert site to HTTPS
        3. Look into Sistrix Smart65. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
          1. Duplicate content: seems to be variants on theotodman.com
          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. 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. Find a way of recording Missing / Unknown Webrefs (eg. Webrefs 8395 and 8342 in Archived Notes 1292 and 1317) other than debug.print: create table, then suppress message for known problems
        3. Investigate items flagged as defunct. Populate Defunct_Explanation in WebRefs_Table. Consider use of FairUse (Link (Fair Use)) for documents no longer available that I'd downloaded.
        4. Investigate WebRefs with Issue = 'URL Translated OK': does the translation really work? How?
    2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
  3. Religion63 (7 hours per week)
    1. Philosophy of Religion:
      1. "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life": Continue reading,
      2. "Davis (Stephen T.) - The Mad/Bad/God Trilemma: A Reply to Daniel Howard-Snyder": Annotate,
      3. "Ginn (Roy) - According to the Scriptures": Complete write-up
      4. "Howard-Snyder (Daniel) - Does Faith Entail Belief": Read,
      5. "Howard-Snyder (Daniel) - The Skeptical Christian": Read,
      6. "Howard-Snyder (Daniel) - Was Jesus Mad, Bad, Or God?…Or Merely Mistaken?": Annotate,
      7. "Insole (Christopher J.) - Realism and Anti-Realism": Read,
      8. "Plantinga (Alvin) & Dennett (Daniel) - Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?": Read.
    2. David Instone-Brewer:
      1. "Instone-Brewer (David) - The Jesus Scandals: Why He Shocked His Contemporaries (And Still Shocks Today)",
      2. "Instone-Brewer (David) - Science and the Bible: Modern Insights for an Ancient Text",
      3. Incorporate downloaded papers into my database.
    3. Bible:
      1. "Bibleworks - Bibleworks: OT & NT", and
      2. "Lanier (Gregory R.) & Ros (William A.) - Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition - Volume 1".
    4. Qur'an / Islam:
      1. "Asad ( Muhammad), Qur'an - The Message of the Quran: The Full Account of the Revealed Arabic Text Accompanied by Parallel Transliteration",
      2. "Burton (John), Qur'an - The Collection of the Qur'an".
      3. "Crone (Patricia) & Cook (Michael) - Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World".
      4. "Jones (Alan), Qur'an - Arabic Through the Qur'an", Note67
      5. "Omar (Abdul Mannan), Qur'an - The Dictionary of the Holy Quran: Arabic Words - English Meanings",
      6. "Qur'an - Easy Quran: Arabic Text With Word For Word English Translation",
      7. "Wansbrough (John), Rippin (Andrew), Qur'an - Quranic Studies: Sources and Methods of Scriptural Interpretation".
    5. Background:
      1. Aeon: Read & annotate papers as they arise
      2. "Finkelstein (Israel) & Silberman (Neil Asher) - The Bible Unearthed": Continue reading
      3. "Stewart (Kenneth) - Sermons": Dip in occasionally
      4. "Taylor (Joan E.) - Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and His Times Via Monty Python's Life of Brian": Review KCL Conference videos
      5. "Watts (Edward) - The Final Pagan Generation: Rome's Unexpected Path to Christianity": Continue reading
  4. Music66 (5 hours per week)
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for two 15-minute sessions each and every day69 – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into a half-hour-long session to help build up stamina further.
      3. Organise and attend the fortnightly sessions of the Enigma Ensemble. Practice any difficult pieces.
      4. Continue to try to get a grip on the oboe's high notes, especially above high D. Use:-
        YouTube: Oboe Files - How to play high notes; 2nd/3rd octave with Fingerings!, and
        Oboe Files - How to: high notes on the oboe (Fingerings and tips for the 2nd/3rd octave with video tutorial)
      5. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios70 for Grades I-VIII, 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. Improve sight-reading by playing through
        "Trinity Guildhall - Sound at Sight Oboe Grades 1-8", and
        "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 1".
      7. Occasionally review Grade VI pieces, in particular
        "Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G" (Prelude, but also 2nd, 3rd & 4th movements for interest),
        "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Blatt - Study No. 52),
        "Morricone (Ennio) - Gabriel's Oboe (Piano Solo Or Oboe/Piano)"
        "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (Eroica, Aida, Der Freischutz),
        "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Romanze only)
      8. Prepare Grade VII pieces, in particular71
        "Albinoni (Tomaso) - Concerto in D Minor Op. 9/2 for Oboe & Piano", 1st movement (but also 2nd & 3rd for interest)
        "Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe", Items 49 & 70
        "Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor", All, but particularly 1st & 4th movements
        "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Ferling - Study No. 62)
        "Fiocco (J.H.) - Arioso - Oboe + Piano",
        "Head (Michael) - Presto for Oboe & Piano",
        "Hinke (Gustav Adolf) - Elementary Method For Oboe", Items 14 & 18
        "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (Mozart Jupiter, Tchaikovsky Pathetique, Stravinsky Pucinella),
        "Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe" (Nos. 28 & 35: 'Jauntless Jig' & 'May The Fourth Be With You'; also No. 30: 'Answer the Question'),
        "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Humoresque),
        "Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano" (1st Movement),
        "Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano" (1st & 3rd Movements; 2nd for interest).
      9. Prepare Grade VIII pieces, in particular72
        "Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe", Items 62, 66 and 28
        "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Harris - Study No. 74; Luft - Study No. 77)
        "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (try various),
        "Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe" (No. 44 - 'Dop Dop Doobah'; also No. 45: 'Enlightenment'),
        "Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano" (2nd & 3rd Movements),
      10. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by:-
        Martin Schuring, and
        "Benedetti (Nicola) - My five tips for learning an instrument".
      11. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
    2. Piano: Try to develop some minimal competence as an aid to theory, so:-
      1. Continue practicing "Rhodes (James) - How to Play the Piano" (Bach's Prelude #1),
      2. Work through "Faber (Nancey) & Faber (Randall) - Faber Piano Adventures: Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Lesson Book 1: Spiral Bound",
      3. Work through "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 1", and
      4. 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. Whiz through73 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:-
        "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity College London Aural Tests Book 1 (Initial to Grade 5) 2017", and
        "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity College London Aural Tests Book 2 (Grades 6 to 8) 2017".
      2. Get a grip on the process of ear-training by
        → Reading "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch", and related material74, and
        → Try out "Earmaster - Ear Training & Sight-singing".
      3. Try out "Boytim (Joan Frey) - The First Book Of Baritone/Bass Solos".
      4. Also follow up items in:-
        "Various - Music - Aural - Various On-line Training".
  5. Languages68 (3 hours per week)
    1. General:
      Brief Thoughts on Language & Languages75
    2. Scripts: Thoroughly get to grips with:-
      → Armenian: "Andonian (Hagop) - Beginner's Armenian",
      → Hindi: "Snell (Rupert) - Beginner's Hindi Script",
      → Japanese Kana (revision): "ToFuGu - Learn Hiragana: The Ultimate Guide" & "ToFuGu - Learn Katakana: The Ultimate Guide"
      → Korean: "Go (Billy) - Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language: 1",
      → Persian: "Farzad (Narguess) - Complete Modern Persian",
      → Thai: "Juyaso (Arthit) - Read Thai in 10 Days" & ThaiPod101 - Learn ALL Thai Alphabet in 50 minutes/hour - How to Write and Read Thai
      → Urdu: "Delacy (Richard) - Read and Write Urdu Script".
    3. Brush up on Biblical Hebrew & Greek and learn Qur'anic Arabic:-
      "Lambdin (Thomas) - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew", and
      "Williamson (H.G.M.) - Annotated Key to Lambdin's Introduction to Biblical Hebrew"
      "Wenham (John) - The Elements of New Testament Greek", and
      "Wenham (John) - Key to the Elements of New Testament Greek", and
      "Jones (Alan), Qur'an - Arabic Through the Qur'an"
    4. Priority 1
      1. French:
        "Ling - Learn French"
      2. German:
        "Tenberg (Reinhard) & Ainslie (Susan) - Deutsch Plus",
        "Ling - Learn German"
      3. Greek (Modern):
        "Matsukas (Aristarhos) - Complete Greek Course",
        "Ling - Learn Greek"
      4. Italian:
        "Freeth (Mariolina) & Checketts (Giuliana) - Contatti 1: A First Course in Italian",
        "Ling - Learn Italian"
      5. Portuguese:
        "Whitlam (John) - Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: A Practical Guide",
        "Ling - Learn Portuguese"
      6. Spanish:
        "Gordon (Ronni L.) & Stillman (David M.) - The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice",
        "Ling - Learn Spanish"
      7. Thai:
        "Ling - Learn Thai",
        "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners",
        "Juyaso (Arthit) - Read Thai in 10 Days"
      8. Ukrainian:
        "Bekh (Olena) & Dingley (James) - Complete Ukrainian Beginner to Intermediate Course",
        "Lonely Planet, Pavlyshyn (Marko) - Lonely Planet Ukrainian Phrasebook & Dictionary",
        "Ling - Learn Ukrainian",
        "Wikipedia - Ukrainian Alphabet",
        "Wikipedia - Ukrainian Language"
    5. Priority 2
      1. Arabic (Modern):
        "Ling - Learn Arabic"
      2. Chinese:
        "Ling - Learn Chinese"
      3. Hebrew (Modern):
        "Raizen (Esther) - Modern Hebrew for Beginners: A Multimedia Program for Students at the Beginning and Intermediate Levels",
        "Ling - Learn Hebrew"
      4. Hindi:
        "Ling - Learn Hindi"
      5. Japanese:
        "Lammers (W.P.) - Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure",
        "Ling - Learn Japanese"
      6. Turkish:
        "Celen-Pollard (Asuman) & Pollard (David) - Turkish (Teach Yourself Complete Courses)",
        "Ling - Learn Turkish"
      7. Urdu:
        "Ling - Learn Urdu"
    6. Priority 3
      1. Amharic:
        "Halcomb (T. Michael W.) - Introducing Amharic: An Interactive Workbook",
        "Ling - Learn Amharic"
      2. Armenian:
        "Schumann (Johannes) - Armenian for beginners",
        "Ling - Learn Armenian"
      3. Coptic:
        "Layton (Bentley) - Coptic in 20 Lessons: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic with Exercises and Vocabularies"
      4. Danish:
        "Koefoed (H.A.) - Teach Yourself Danish",
        "Ling - Learn Danish"
      5. Dutch:
        "Shetter (William) - Introduction to Dutch - A Practical Grammar",
        "Ling - Learn Dutch"
      6. Egyptian:
        "Collier (Mark) & Manley (Bill) - How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-step Guide to Teach Yourself Hieroglyphs"
      7. Korean:
        "Ling - Learn Korean"
      8. Latin:
        "Duolingo - Duolingo Latin"
      9. Persian:
        "Ling - Learn Persian"
      10. Russian:
        "West (Daphne) - Russian",
        "Ling - Learn Russian"
      11. Swahili:
        "Wood (Laurence) & Shadrack (Jaba Tumaini) - Learn Swahili Quickly and Easily: The theory made simple",
        "Ling - Learn Swahili"
      12. Swedish:
        "McClean (R.J.) - Swedish: A Grammar of the Modern Language",
        "Ling - Learn Swedish"
      13. Syriac:
        "Robinson (Theodore) - Paradigms and Exercises in Syriac Grammar"
  6. Consciousness76 (1 hour per week)
    1. Aeon77: Read & annotate papers as they arise, especially ...
      "Chittka (Lars) & Wilson (Catherine) - Bee-brained": Write-up
      "Frankish (Keith) - The Consciousness Illusion": Write-up
      "Frohlich (Joel) - Frames of consciousness": Read & write-up
      "Parks (Tim) & Manzotti (Riccardo) - You are the world": Read & write-up
      "Pigliucci (Massimo) - Consciousness is real": Read & write-up
      "Seth (Anil Kumar) - The real problem": Read & write-up
      "Seth (Anil Kumar) - How we build perception from the inside out": Write-up
    2. "Bonhomme (Vincent), Etc. - General Anesthesia: A Probe to Explore Consciousness": Read & write-up
    3. "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind": Re-read and review notes.
    4. "Dehaene (Stanislas) - Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts": Read.
    5. "Dennett (Daniel) - Illusionism as the Obvious Default Theory of Consciousness": Read.
    6. "Donald (Merlin) - A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness": Read.
    7. "Eliot (Lise) - What's Going On in There?: How the Brain And Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life": Read.
    8. "Goff (Philip) - Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness": Read.
    9. "Kammerer (Francois) - The Hardest Aspect of the Illusion Problem - and How to Solve it": Read.
    10. "Metzinger (Thomas), Ed. - Conscious Experience": Burst out Papers and add Metzinger's Abstracts
    11. "Shapiro (Lawrence) - The Mind Incarnate": Read.
    12. "Strawson (Galen) - The Consciousness Deniers": Read & write-up
    13. "Tegmark (Max) - Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence": Write up Chapter 8: Consciousness
  7. Bridge78 (16 hours per week)
    1. Play weekly at Mayflower & Mountnessing Bridge Clubs.
    2. Bridge Admin: Website, Scoring and Secretarial duties for Mountnessing & Mayflower Bridge Clubs.
    3. Internalise Benji systems to play with David Piper & Robert Elliott.
    4. Internalise Strong Diamond system to play with David Tennet.
    5. Study: Re-read Hand-counting papers, focussing on
      → Papers in Counting the Hands79,
      "Bourke (Tim) & Smith (Marc), Bird (David) - Countdown to Winning Bridge", and
      "Lawrence (Mike) - How to read your opponents' cards: The bridge expert's way to locate missing high cards"
      "Lawrence (Mike) - How to Play Card Combinations"
    6. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".
  8. Chess80 (1 hour per week)
    1. Why Play Chess:
      → Seriously consider the issues raised by "Ramon y Cajal (Santiago) - On Chess".
      → Counter this with responsibiity to the local chess scene now I've made contact
    2. Chess Study:-
      "Gufeld (Eduard) - The Sicilian for the Tournament Player",
      "Hansen (Carsten) - Back to Basics: Chess Openings: A comprehensive guide to chess openings and opening play",
      "Hansen (Carsten) - The Full English Opening: Mastering the Fundamentals",
      "Kuljasevic (Davorin) - How to Study Chess on Your Own: Creating a Plan that Works… and Sticking to it!",
      "Ris (Robert) - Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player: Volume 1",
      "Ris (Robert) - Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player: Volume 2",
      "Sadler (Matthew) & Regan (Natasha) - Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI",
      "Speelman (Jon), Tisdall (Jon) & Wade (Bob) - Batsford Chess Endings",
      "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", and
      "Willemze (Thomas) - The Chess Toolbox: Practical Techniques Everyone Should Know".
    3. Chess Training:-
      Chess.com (game analysis & occasional 10-minute game),
      Investigate82 LiChess
      "Chess - Chess - YouTube Videos",
      → Complete review of 2018/19 season's games,
      → Complete review of 2019/20 season's games,
      → Train Tommy as opportunity arises.
  9. Mathematics81 (1 hour per week)
    1. "Admin - Math Trainer": Try out
    2. Aeon83: Read papers as they arise.
    3. "Cummings (Jay) - Proofs: A Long-Form Mathematics Textbook": Read.
    4. "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics": Browse.
    5. "Ronan (Mark) - Symmetry and the Monster: The Story of One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics": Read.
    6. "Polya (George), Stewart (Ian) - How to Solve IT: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method": Read.
    7. "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics": Complete reading.
    8. "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising": Analyze.
    9. "Spiegelhalter (David) - The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data": Re-read selected passages.
    10. Try the puzzles in
      "Polya (George) & Kilpatrick (Jeremy) - The Stanford Mathematics Problem Book: With Hints and Solutions", and
      "UKMT, du Sautoy (Marcus) - The Ultimate Mathematical Challenge".
  10. HiQ84 (0 hours per week)
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.



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