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Status Reports - Status: Summary (2019 - March)

Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Actuals & Planning
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future24
  1. Thesis
  2. Religion
  3. Website
  4. Music
  5. Chess
  6. Bridge
  7. Consciousness
  8. Languages
  9. Mathematics
  10. HiQ
  1. Thesis25
    1. Continue with my Thesis26; in particular
      1. Fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research.
      2. Rework the structure so that Level-1 or -2 print produces the thesis with the correct reading-list.
    2. Continually review the Note describing my Current Beliefs27 on the topic of Personal Identity.
    3. Complete a full review and update of the Notes I’ve created on Personal Identity, focusing on those directly referenced by my Current Beliefs28.
    4. Make progress on specific Chapters of my Thesis, using the materials below →
    5. Chapter 229 (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".
    6. Chapter 430 (Basic Metaphysical Issues). Focus on:-
      1. "Broome (John) - Indefiniteness in Identity",
      2. "Hawley (Katherine) - Almost Identical, Almost Innocent",
      3. "Noonan (Harold) - Vague Identity Yet Again"
      4. "Williams (Christopher) - Death and Other Difficulties"
    7. Chapter 531 (Persistence and Time). Focussing on:-
      1. "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry", and especially
        → "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History - A Philosophical Inquiry with Dr Sophie Botros"
      2. "Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings",
      3. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
      4. "Orwell (George), Davison (Peter), Taylor (D.J.), Ed. - Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Annotated Edition",
      5. "Rovelli (Carlo) - The Order of Time",
      6. "Sider (Ted), Hawthorne (John) & Zimmerman (Dean), Eds. - Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics",
      7. "Skow (Bradford) - Objective Becoming",
      8. "Hawley (Katherine) - Persistence and Determination",
      9. "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity", especially
        → "Wiggins (David) - Identity, Individuation, and Substance"
      10. "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past": Complete and send to Sophie Botros & Michael J. Alter,
      11. Robert O. Doyle: Complete running through relevant pages
    8. Chapter 632 (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. "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics",
      10. "Ross (Don) - Consciousness, language, and the possibility of non-human personhood: Reflections on elephants",
      11. Elselijn Kingma. Especially
        → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Lady Parts: The Metaphysics of Pregnancy", and
        → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Were You Part of Your Mother?".
        → Update my Note on Conjoined Twins33.
    9. Chapter 734 (The Constitution View):-
      1. "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View": My other core text. Start a serious review.
      2. "Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'": Write up reviews of papers,
      3. "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul": Read and review,
      4. "Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator": Write a Note.
    10. Chapter 1035 (Thought Experiments):-
      1. Investigate Transhumanism36. In particular,
        1. "Awad (Edmond), Etc. - The Moral Machine experiment": Read,
        2. "Bridle (James) - New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future": Read,
        3. "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine": Briefly review,
        4. "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies": Read,
        5. "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun": Detailed review,
        6. "Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'": Complete,
        7. "Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'": Complete review,
        8. "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow": Review, especially Chapter 8,
        9. "Fry (Hannah) - Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine": Read & review.
    11. Chapter 1137 (Resurrection):-
      1. "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death": Start a thorough review,
      2. "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death": Start a review, especially
        → "Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People",
      3. "Bradley (Ben), Feldman (Fred) & Johansson (Jens) - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death": Start a review, especially
        → "Zimmerman (Dean) - Personal Identity and the Survival of Death",
      4. Read and review
        → "Badham (Paul) - Christian Beliefs About Life After Death",
        → "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife",
        → "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival",
        → "MacIntosh (J.J.) - Reincarnation and Relativized Identity", and
        → "Noonan (Harold) - The Possibility of Reincarnation",
      5. "Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk": Write a file-note.
    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. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc38 to Notes,
      3. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      4. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      5. Complete reading:-
        1. "Amis (Kingsley), Lodge (David) - Lucky Jim",
        2. "Dennett (Daniel) - The Mind's I - Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul: Introduction",
        3. "Everett (Daniel) - Did Homo erectus speak?",
        4. "Hofstadter (Douglas) - Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid - A Metaphorical Fugue on Minds and Machines in the Spirit of Lewis Carroll",
        5. "Gazzaniga (Michael S.) - Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain"
        6. "Rosling (Hans) - Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think" (Note39)
        7. "Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness"
      6. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      7. Continue reading and reviewing40 papers issued by Aeon,
      8. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core.
      9. Update my Journals Note41: Review the journals I have access to; more are available as a Cambridge Alumnus.
      10. Keep up with the philosophical world by periodic reviews of "Interaction - Philos-List".
  2. Religion42
    1. Philosophy of Religion:
      1. "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life": Continue reading,
      2. "Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος": Continue reading the Blog.
    2. Resurrection: Continue reviewing43
      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. Aeon (https://aeon.co/): Read & annotate papers as they arise..
      2. "Finkelstein (Israel) & Silberman (Neil Asher) - The Bible Unearthed": Continue reading.
  3. Website44
    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.
          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.
        2. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
        3. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      • Authors
        1. As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
        2. As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 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. "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Plan what to do (and with the eBooks in my possession).
        2. "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science": Re-start, or maybe just "audit".
        3. "Harvard University - CS50W Web Programming with Python and JavaScript": either complete it in 2019, or check it'll still run in 2020.
        4. Bitcoin & Blockchain: Understand better
        5. Bootstrap: Investigate.
        6. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      • Infrastructure
        1. iCloud: Re-install & 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: Blog45 Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
        5. As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
        6. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
        7. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
        8. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      • Photos
        1. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
        2. Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays
      • Process
        1. As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
        2. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
        3. Full Website Regeneration is now taking 35 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
      • 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 pages46 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. The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
          1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed47 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 Smart48. 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. 16 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.
        4. Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
          1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
          2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
          3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
        5. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
    2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Bridge
        1. Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
      • Enigma
        1. Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
      • Sophie
        1. Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)
  4. Music49
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for two 30-minute sessions each and every day50 – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into an hour-long session to build up stamina further.
      3. Attend the four sessions of The Enigma Ensemble in the coming quarter.
      4. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio, practicing the active pieces.
      5. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios51 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. 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. 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" (Eroica, Aida, Der Freischutz),
        → "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Romanze only),
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Blatt - Study No. 52)
      8. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
      9. 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:-
        → "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 material52.
      3. Also follow up items in:-
        → "Various - Music - Aural - Various On-line Training".
  5. Chess53
    1. Study:-
      → "Willemze (Thomas) - The Chess Toolbox: Practical Techniques Everyone Should Know",
      → "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings",
      → "Sadler (Matthew) & Regan (Natasha) - Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI".
    2. Training:-
      Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/),
      → Mephisto Monte Carlo,
      → "Chess - Chess Magazine"; work through the “How Good Is Your Chess” articles.
    3. Play: Full participation in Billericay Chess Club:-
      → Club Nights
      → Club Championship
      → NECL matches
      → Southend League matches
  6. Bridge54
    1. Return to playing bridge once a week or so with David, in / at:-
      Mountnessing Bridge Club (http://www.bridgewebs.com/mountnessingbc/)
      ECBA Championship Pairs (http://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwom/bw.cgi?club=essex&pid=display_page8)
      ECBA Warboys (http://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwom/bw.cgi?club=essex&pid=display_page107) ('B' Flight)
      SE Essex Bridge League Division 1 (2018-19) (https://www.ebu.co.uk/leagues/ESX-000013-01)
      NICKO Plate (2018-19) (https://www.ebu.co.uk/knockouts/EBU-000027) (Round 3, for Mountnessing A, if authorised)
    2. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".
    3. Meet up with former partners from time to time.
  7. Consciousness55
    1. Aeon (https://aeon.co/): Read & annotate papers as they arise.
    2. "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind": Re-read and review notes.
    3. "Dehaene (Stanislas) - Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts": Read.
    4. "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness": Re-read and write notes.
  8. Languages56
    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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_language)
  9. Mathematics57
    1. Aeon (https://aeon.co/): Read papers as they arise.
    2. "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics": Browse.
    3. "Polya (George), Stewart (Ian) - How to Solve IT: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method": Read.
    4. 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".
    5. "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics": Complete reading.
    6. "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising": Analyze.
  10. HiQ58
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • Since the contents of the groups changes over time, this justification for their segregation isn’t entirely accurate.
Footnote 12:
  • Mind you, the mathematical bits didn’t function very well in my youth, so what hope is there now?
Footnote 14:
  • Due to administrative confusion, I needlessly took their latest entrance test. After chasing them up I was told I “passed with flying colours”, but could get no more information.
Footnote 15:
  • Coxes Farm hails from the 16th century, or possibly earlier, and is very “wonky”, requiring continual maintenance.
  • In December 2017, a base to roof crack appeared in the render at the front.
  • Subsequent investigations revealed that the frame at the front – which had been added in the 17th century – has rotted away, so the front façade was held up by the brick infill and an impervious cement render, the cause of the rot.
  • The front of the house has now been rebuilt, as has ¾ of the rear. A third project – currently on hold – is to rebuild the lower part of a side wall.
  • I’m writing a Blog Item on this saga, with some theoretical thoughts, which I hope to have published in due course.
Footnote 19:
  • 25 hours / week represents the amount of time that I’d need to spend if I were pursuing my research part-time at Birkbeck – which would be something like 5 hours / day, 5 days a week.
Footnote 20:
  • As my purchasing has now dropped to a relative trickle, I’ve extended the selection range to cover the last 6 months.
  • 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.
Footnote 21:
  • Or at least those recently added to my database, in the case of electronic items that sometimes arrive too fast to be catalogued immediately.
Footnote 24:
  • In the light of the segregation of my projects into three tiers, items for tertiary projects are only to be addressed if everything of higher priority is in shape.
  • If there are any changes to this list between quarters, they will appear in the Priority Task List.
Footnote 39:
  • Read the Appendices, and extract the Chapter Summaries as learning-points.
Footnote 40:
  • Try to keep up to date, but only read those that are strictly relevant – ignore the rest!
  • At present I have a relatively small reading-backlog, and a much larger reviewing-backlog.
  • Try to add a brief comment for each paper – maybe at the expense of reading the full text!
Footnote 43:
  • While I couldn't submit to Michael Alter's deadlines and the amount of work required, I ought to at least read these books.
Footnote 46:
  • Note that Backup_Prune_Ctrl deletes (relevant) pages that weren't regenerated in the last full site-regen, but this isn't the same thing.
Footnote 47:
  • These are URLs that were used in web pages but hadn't yet been converted to the +WnnnW+ format, so appeared at the end with no WebRef ID.
Footnote 48:
  • See Sistrix (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Optimizr (http://www.optimizr.com/) (which now auto-forwards to Sistrix).
  • A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
  • An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 50:
  • Well, maybe with the occasional holiday, and excluding days on which I have a lesson or the Enigma Ensemble.
Footnote 51:
  • I don't intend to present these for the Trinity exams, as I can present Orchestral Audition pieces instead; but they are essential for technique.
Footnote 52: Ie. The following:-

Note last updated: 05/04/2019 10:36:29


Footnote 2: (Status: Personal Identity (2019 - March))

Rationale for this Project

  • I am researching the subject of Personal Identity primarily because of its intrinsic interest and importance. It is really a sub-topic in my Philosophy of Religion project, with its penultimate chapter considering the metaphysical possibility of resurrection.
  • While I’m interested in the topic of my research in its own right, I think when I’ve sorted it out a bit, and have something to say, I’ll want to engage with other philosophers active in this field – and re-starting a PhD at Birkbeck or elsewhere might be the only effective way to do this.
  • While a PhD is not an end in itself, and certainly not the ultimate aim of my doing philosophy, it’s still true that a PhD would teach me research techniques, provide focus and direction, and furnish a professional qualification should I want to publish any results in this or any other area of philosophy.
  • The best place to find my current views is here.
  • The jumping-off point for my thesis is here, and a progress dashboard is here4, though neither of these has changed for some considerable time.


Summary of Progress during January - March 2019
  1. I spent 198 hours in 19Q1 on this Project, or related work (475.25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 62.2% of the planned effort (82.1% YTD). Overall, 31.8% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 39% YTD) - as against 46.3% planned (41.6% YTD).
  2. My planned effort was 25 hours / week5. Unfortunately, this quarter I nowhere near achieved this. This was primarily due to the (perceived) need to focus attention on preparing a timeline for Coxes Farm6 as part of my Web-Tools project. However, much of the effort actually expended against this project was on items relevant to my Thesis!
  3. Continued with a few Notes associated with my Thesis.
  4. Started looking at "Hofstadter (Douglas) & Dennett (Daniel), Eds. - The Mind's I - Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul".
  5. My main focus this time round was the work of Elselijn Kigma, in particular:-
    → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Lady Parts: The Metaphysics of Pregnancy", and
    → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Were You Part of Your Mother?".
    I attended a lecture with the above title she gave at Birkbeck on Friday 15th March, and asked a question on whether conjoined twins share parts – and whether this says anything about the gravida / foster relationship. She said she had a post-doc researching the matter, but encouraged me to do likewise.
  6. I saw my former supervisor Jennifer Hornsby at the above seminar. We had a quick chat, and she seemed aware of my website8 without prompting, but I didn’t receive encouragement to return to Birkbeck, not that I raised the matter.
  7. I made no further progress with "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History - A Philosophical Inquiry with Dr Sophie Botros", but completed reading "Orwell (George), Davison (Peter), Taylor (D.J.), Ed. - Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Annotated Edition", where O’Brien expounds his views on the unreality of the past.
  8. Tragically, Oliver Black died on Wednesday 28th March 2019, so the future of his Salon is very much in doubt.
  9. As background tasks, I read
    → "Welch (Robert) - York Notes: George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four",
    → "Campbell (Aifric) - The Semantics of Murder",
    → "Amis (Kingsley), Lodge (David) - Lucky Jim" (nearly, but not quite, finished),
    → A few papers on Aeon.
  10. Substantially caught up with 2019 posting on Philos-List.
  11. Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List. More detail follows:-

Thesis (Total Hours = 126)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 106.75)
  2. Thesis - Discussions (Total Hours = 1.5)
    • Interaction - Correspondence with Zenen Kristensen (0.5 hours)
    • Interaction - Discussions with Mike & Sylvia (0.5 hours)
    • Interaction - Discussions with Pete (0.5 hours)
      → See "Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Current Position" (1.5 hours)
  3. Thesis - Lectures
  4. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 12)
  5. Thesis - Seminars
  6. Thesis - Seminars (Reading) (Total Hours = 2.5)
Thesis Background (Total Hours = 67.5)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 47)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 15.75)
  3. Thesis Background - Status
Thesis (Aeon) (Total Hours = 4.5)
Plans for the Near Future – Top Priority Tasks
Summary of Progress to Date

This was hived off to a separate Note back in 2010, and hasn’t changed much since.




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 5:
  • 25 hours / week is approximately what I’d expect to put in to a part-time PhD, based on 5 hours / day, 5 days a week.
Footnote 8:
  • I mentioned it received 4,000 hits a day but that I suspected robots.
  • She doubted this, but subsequent investigations have confirmed my suspicions.
Footnote 10:
  • Hopefully, I may complete, or get stuck, earlier.
  • I had hoped to complete this phase of my research by my 65th birthday – ie. by 13/11/2018. Previously, I’ve remarked “This is not to slip!” Unfortunately, the distraction of the problems with Coxes Farm – as well as a general lack of focus – have meant that it has!
  • On the plus side, I’m already much further advanced than would be expected of someone commencing a PhD.
  • On the minus side, I want to go into much greater depth, and have other projects on the go – most notably Music, Philosophy of Religion, Bridge, Chess and – particularly – my Web-tools project.
  • The original reason for deferring to my 65th birthday was that this is when I am eligible for my State Pension. This may not be much to live on – but it is a quite generous supplement which would make a significant contribution towards the fees and expenses, which prior thereto I couldn’t afford.
  • Unfortunately, my state pension (and Julie’s, for that matter) has been more than gobbled up by payments on the mortgage I’ve managed to obtain for Coxes Farm. We’ll be repaying that until 2031, by which time I’ll be 77. Maybe litigation against a negligent surveyor will liberate some cash.
Footnote 11:
  • This used to say “complete a thesis …”, which is obviously impossible, given that my idea of a thesis is way in excess of what is required.
Footnote 13:
  • This is still ludicrously inadequate for what I want to achieve, but is approximately what would be expected of a part-time research student.
Footnote 15:
  • This is obviously far too long, and keeps getting items “carried forward” tacked on to it.
  • Maybe I’ll prune it next time.
Footnote 29:
  • Read the Appendices, and extract the Chapter Summaries as learning-points.
Footnote 30:
  • Try to keep up to date, but only read those that are strictly relevant – ignore the rest!
  • At present I have a relatively small reading-backlog, and a much larger reviewing-backlog.
  • Try to add a brief comment for each paper – maybe at the expense of reading the full text!

Note last updated: 05/04/2019 10:36:29


Footnote 2.4: (Status: Thesis Dashboard (2019: May))

Below is a table1 showing the indicative progress on my Thesis, broken down by Chapter. More detail is given in footnotes. For a definition of the Tasks, follow this Link3.

ChapterTask 01Task 02Task 03Task 04Task 05Task 06Task 07Task 08Task 09Task 10Task 11Task 12
Chapter 01 (Introduction)CompleteCompleteCompleteCompleteStartedCompleteDrafted5  Complete6  
Chapter 02 (What are We?)CompleteStarted8Complete9CompleteStartedComplete10Drafted  Drafted  
Chapter 03 (What is a Person?)CompleteIteration_1Complete      Started  
Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)CompleteStarted13Complete      Drafted  
Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time)CompleteIteration_115Complete      Started  
Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It)CompleteStarted17Complete      Started  
Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)CompleteCompleteComplete      Started  
Chapter 08 (Arguments against Animalism)CompleteCompleteComplete         
Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View)CompleteCompleteComplete         
Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments)CompleteComplete22Started23         
Chapter 11 (Resurrection)CompleteCompleteComplete      Started  
Chapter 12 (Conclusion)N/A26N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Footnote 3: The definitions of the 12 tasks are a follows:-
  1. Determine which Notes that I have written are relevant to this Chapter.
  2. Fill out any Note-place-holders with whatever's in my head!
  3. Use the reading lists associated with these Notes to establish a limited reading list for the Chapter.
  4. Review whatever I've written, in whatever format, on the items in the derived reading lists, and make necessary cosmetic changes in the process of evaluating the items.
  5. Segregate this reading list into:-
    • Higher versus lower priority,
    • Read versus unread,
    • Annotated (by hand) versus unannotated
    • Those with an Abstract or Note Write-up versus those without
  6. Cull items that are unlikely to be addressed in the next two years and list them as specifically excluded. I may pick up on these at a later stage of the project, but in the short term the culling process will be essential for making across-the-board progress.
  7. Determine why the residue are important and relevant - if they are - and briefly document the reasons.
  8. Migrate any Book or Paper Abstracts that I have written (as distinct from copied from elsewhere) to Write-Up Notes.
  9. If the Book or Paper is important enough, migrate any hand-written annotations to a Write-Up Note, and complete any important incomplete Write-Up Notes.
  10. Write and maintain a Chapter Summary, motivating and summarising the Chapter. Use this to ensure I don't get side-tracked.
  11. Incorporate the key points of Write-Up Notes into the Topic Notes.
  12. Incorporate the highest level thoughts from the Topic Notes into the Main Text of the Chapter.
Footnote 5: Needs reviewing as part of the "culling" process.

Footnote 6: This is just the aggregate of the Chapter Abstracts

Footnote 8: Beings and Souls are a bit skimpy.

Footnote 9:
  • This is the Chapter on which I was working when I started my PhD, and the papers are those I was assigned. They have extensive Write-ups and supervision notes.
  • However, I need to undertake a more thorough review of the literature.
Footnote 10: I probably need to be more rigorous in the culling of items on Selves and Souls.

Footnote 13: Relative Identity, Vague Identity, Indeterminate Identity, Contingent Identity, Occasional Identity and Substance are skeletal.

Footnote 15: Time, Persistence and Persistence Criteria are all rather skimpy.

Footnote 17: Thinking Animal Argument is skeletal and "Other Arguments For Animalism" requires a Note.

Footnote 22: Siliconisation is probably Unger's idea, but I seem to have lost the reference.

Footnote 23:
  • The reading-list for the theory of thought-experiments is OK, but not for the TEs themselves.
  • Many of the relevant papers will have been considered earlier in the Thesis, but they need to be reviewed here.
Footnote 26: This Chapter is non-standard.

Note last updated: 31/05/2019 17:34:05


Footnote 2.6: (Coxes Farm (Repairs))

  • This page provides a full timeline of the vicissitudes that have come upon our house – Coxes Farm, Billericay, Essex – since the discovery of a crack at the front in December 2017.
  • Highights of this page include:-
    1. Rotten timbers taken from the rear frame (January 2019).
    2. Rebuilding the rear wall - Completion (December 2018).
    3. Rebuilding the rear wall - Commencement (November 2018).
    4. Decay in the rear wall (November 2018).
    5. Rebuilding the front wall - Completion (October 2018).
    6. Rebuilding the front wall - Commencement (September 2018).
    7. Bakers' photos of the decayed front frame (September 2018).
    8. Rotten wood taken from the front frame (September 2018).
    9. Further investigations into the front frame (June 2018).
    10. Bakers' detailed investigations into the front frame (June 2018).
    11. Initial Investigations at the front of the house (April 2018).
    12. Discovery of the 'crack' (December 2017).
  • Photos of the house prior to the recent repairs appear on this further page. Photos of the garden appear here.
  • For my developing thoughts on the maintenance of such properties, see my Note "Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings". In due course I'll complete the narrative section there that describes my own experiences with Coxes Farm, though I've made some progress.
  • Click here4 for a couple of technical remarks on the webpage.

Click on the links below to jump to the photos for a particular month, or scroll down. Mouse-over the date pops-up a summary of the situation that month.

2019-032019-022019-012018-122018-112018-102018-092018-072018-062018-042018-032017-12

 

2019 - March - Minor Issues Outstanding


Rain still dribbles through the back wall during a storm!

As adjacent left. Bakers have promised to fix it!

The mortar fillet at the gable end is coming away! Not Bakers' fault, but they will fix it!

Looks like an extra beam, but it's the drain-pipe that came away in a downpour. Needs an extra bracket.
 

 

2019 - February - Rear Wall Complete

  • Work on the rear of the house is now complete, bar the exterior decoration which awaits the spring. The front was completed last year.
  • Herewith a few recent photographs. Those without comment are of the interior of the rear, after decoration but before the new carpet was laid.
  • The next phase – also awaiting the spring – will involve the side of the house that projects out to the right, and which is pictured below. Not as much as might be done will be done as the budget is running out.






The Internal Decorators - Adam & Pete - from Bakers, who painted the front rooms and the lounge wall, and made the repairs in the next section.

The front of the house after repairs and several coats of buttermilk limewash.

The rear of the house after repairs, taken from the left. Limewash will be applied in the spring.

The rear of the house after repairs, taken from the right.

Closer view of adjacent. Not sure whether the new timbers will be painted.

 

2019 - February - Minor Repairs

  • Shows the minor repairs - at various stages - though not (yet) as completed - performed by the Bakers Interior Decorators.
  • Movement of the frame over the years had caused (very minor) cracks to appear in the bathroom and (less minor) cracks in the master bedroom.
  • These were repaired fairly easily, but need monitoring for further movement.
  • There's a panel next to the one that was fixed on the master bedroom external wall that is loose and also needs doing, but as it's less visible we let it be for now. Where do you stop?

Bathroom, above the loo. A small crack had appeared in the plaster - filled in, hopefully without further movement.

Bathroom, the corner above the bath. Plaster had come away by the beam. Filled in, hopefully without further movement.

Movement had ripped poorly applied wallpaper in the inside-wall corner of the master bedroom. Dug out and plaster applied, to be watched for further movement.

As adjacent left.

As adjacent left.

The opposite, external wall in the master bedroom - similar, more extreme splitting of the wallpaper. Plaster underneath excavated revealing brick infill.
    

 

2019 - January - Rear Wall Complete

  • Work on the rear of the house is now complete, bar the exterior decoration which awaits the spring. The front was completed last year.
  • The next phase – also awaiting the spring – will involve the side of the house that projects out to the right, and which is pictured below. Not as much as might be done will be done as the budget is running out.
  • During the dry summer months there was some dropping of the visible brick infill in the lower half of the gable-end wall – leaving gaps that have been temporarily plugged. This is no doubt ultimately due to the sole plate having rotted away, with settling as the ground dried out. The central post is also compromised, though the bressummer seems sound.
  • Rather belatedly, I've taken some snaps of the pile of - mostly ancient - beams taken from the back of the house.

The rear interior. View of the oriel windows.

The rear interior. The staircase to nowhere is nowhere to be seen!

The rebuilt oriel window is back in, complete with its lead flashing.

The completed rear of the property - View from the left.

The completed rear of the property - View from the right.

The lamps are now installed and working!
    

 

2019 - January - The Wonky Wall

  • The next phase – awaiting the spring – will involve the side of the house that projects out to the right, and which is pictured below. Not as much as might be done will be done as the budget is running out.
  • During the dry summer months there was some dropping of the visible brick infill in the lower half of the gable-end wall – leaving gaps that have been temporarily plugged. This is no doubt ultimately due to the sole plate having rotted away, with settling as the ground dried out. The central post is also compromised, though the bressummer seems sound.

This wall will mostly have to wait! Probably for the next owner, though there's a cracked plate that requires more immediate attention.

The sole plate on this wall is under-ground, though part of it can be seen from within the house.

The end-wall. The centre post is partly hollow and the sole plate - being below ground - is doubtless 'gone'.

Not much can be done above the bressummer - though we hope to have the cracked and protruding plate to the right of the window repaired.

Fixing this wall may be awkward - though important - as this is the point of entry of the electrics. Three fuse-boards are behind the wall.

Cracking in the end wall, showing the filled-in gaps in the brick infill.
    

 

2019 - January - Rotten Beams

  • Rather belatedly, I've taken some snaps of the pile of - mostly ancient - beams taken from the back of the house.
  • The blue colouration is actually black bituminous paint.

Close-up of expanding-foam applied to the bressummer.

Serious rot!

More serious rot!

The corner post (I think) – it shows that while part of the cross-section has rotted away, the residue is sound (though maybe this is a joint).

Two pieces of rear bressummer showing extreme decay (and more expanding foam).

The long beam at the back is from the front of the house.

Shows a section of the rear bressummer replete with painted expanding foam.

The chunky beam in the centre newly cut through is a discarded bit of a rear corner post, I think.

More decayed bressummer and foam!

Shows - inter alia - the tennon on the beam from the front.

The long diagonal beam is probably a modern repair to the rear.
    

 

2018 - December - Rear Wall Rebuilding

  • Work on the rear of the house is substantially complete. Outstanding items being the oriel window (currently boarded up), the outside lamps, the downpipe from the bathroom and the exterior decoration.
  • The photographs show the new frame, and the joins with the retained portions of the old frame. There's also a photo showing the similarities between the Tudor lath-and-plaster (which is overlain with a thin layer of brick), and the modern equivalent (which isn't).
  • The front of the property is complete. The faux beams are not to be painted on as they were before the restoration, as the lime-wash would 'run', so the facade looks somewhat plain.

Shows the repair to the corner post, and the new sole plate, bressummer, studs and rebuilt plinth.

Repairs to the corner post and the 'return' to the long side wall. Some old wood used to re-house the small window, but otherwise green oak.

The rear of the house, complete bar the items noted above.

Shows the similarities between the Tudor lath-and-plaster (which was overlain with a thin layer of brick), and the modern equivalent (which isn't).

Close-up showing the gap awaiting the rebuilt oriel window.

Close-up of the joint in the rear left-hand repaired post.

View - inter alia - of the repaired studs, showing the state of those left in situ.

Shows the joint connecting the two halves of the replacement bressummer.

As adjacent, plus Steve the Plumber!
 

 

2018 - December - The Front Façade

  • The finished front façade.

The finished front façade. Somewhat plain as the faux beams cannot be painted on with lime-wash.
    

 

2018 - November - Rear Wall Rebuilding

  • Reconstitutive repairs to the rear of the property were underway towards the end of the month.
  • The photos further down show the extent of the damage to the timber frame to the rear of the property.
  • Note in particular the expanding foam used to disguise the complete failure of the main supporting bressummer.

Sole plate yet to be bedded-in. Corner post repair awaiting installation.

Right-hand-side back wall and return complete bar a second coat of lime plaster.

Repairs to the supporting studs for the stair well going up to the attic. Cupboard under the stairs.

Work starts on the right-hand side of the back wall now the corner post is secure.

Compare & contrast Tudor and replacement laths. Note corner-post & bressummer joints.

Retained section of right corner post awaiting the new section and jointing to the retained side bressummer. The attempt to join as shown in the picture was later abandoned.

Greg the Head Carpenter fine-tuning the joint for the new section of the corner post.
   

 

2018 - November - Rear Wall Decay

  • Shows the extent of the damage to the timber frame to the rear of the property.
  • Note in particular the expanding foam used to disguise the complete failure of the main supporting bressummer.

Decay above the oriel window, as revealed by exploratory work.

As adjacent, also showing the bituminous 'gloop' used to cover up the decay.

The surviving bressummer timber - such as it was - looks weaker than the expanding foam!

Bressummer replaced by expanding foam, painted over!

Bressummer replaced by expanding foam, painted over!

Interior of the back wall after initial excavation.

State of the studs and sole-plate under the oriel window.

Back wall viewed from interior after section removed: rotten base of stud; no sole plate.

Wall & ceiling after 'staircase to nowhere' removed.

Evidence of an old structural repair, together with a modern 'foamy' bodge!

Residue of the right-hand corner post after cropping. Side bressummer after removal of stud and panels. This will be cropped and repaired.

Close-up of the side bressummer now showing the next stud to the right, for which a small repair at the top will be supplied.

Close-up of the side bressummer from the inside. Looks OK this side, but the other side is terribly decayed.

The other side of the to-be-repaired truncated corner post noted above.

Shows the state of the 'foundations' of the right-hand rear corner after the removal of the side wall 'return'.

Right-hand rear corner after the removal of the lower half the the corner post and two ground-floor panels and central stud.

Right-hand rear corner after excavation and removal of rotten timbers.

The soon-to-be-condemned piece of side-bressummer.

Old lath and plaster by the stair-well up to the attic.

Temporary disruption to panel above the small window to the side-rear to allow support of the structure while the corner post is repaired.

Corner post prior to removal - the weakness is hidden by the blue plastic.

Right-hand rear corner post after excavation - showing loss due to rot and the need for amputation of the lower half.

Modern studs and breeze block infill: evidence of fairly recent repairs to the rear right-hand corner by the stair-well to the attic.

The back wall: breeze blocks, rotten wood and expanding foam.

Modern ceiling joists inserted when the lower section of the staircase to the attic was blocked off (in the 1980s?), producing the 'staircase to nowhere'.

The right rear corner post - damage revealed after the bodged cement 'repair' had been removed.

The piano protected against demolition dust. Also shows the rising damp in the modern brick wall behind to the left.

An old repair to the corner - above the 'staircase to nowhere' - plus more modern infill!

The ceiling after the 'staircase to nowhere' had been removed. Shows the massive supporting beam is not supported by very much.

The inside of the back wall after the 'staircase to nowhere' had been removed.

The base of the rear corner - soon to be demolished - after the 'staircase to nowhere' had been removed.

The corner after removal of the 'staircase to nowhere'.
   

 

2018 - November - Chimney Lining?

  • A few photos taken to try to persuade a company to line my lounge chimney - without success.
  • The situation doesn't meet the regulations: no air brick, stove too large for the fireplace and too close to the wooden mantle-beam.
  • Also, the top of the chimney's really awkward to get to.





 

2018 - October - Front Wall Developments


The original 'failed' corner (and much else) after lath-and-plastering.

The front wall after a first coat of plaster. The tiling is still outstanding on the right.

The new font wall viewed from the left. The left tiling is complete.

The Bakers Gang: Gary, X, Keith, Y, Greg, Leslie, Morgan.

The right-hand 'return' after lath-and-plastering. Plinth restored.

Another view of the rebuilt 'failed' corner.

The front wall after lath-and-plastering. Plinth repaired. Roof yet to be fixed.

The right hand 'return'. Plinth still to be repaired.

Close-up of adjacent.

The front. Note the brick infill - the rescued bricks - broken bricks ended up in the skip.

The left-hand 'return'. Plinth yet to be repaired.

The laths prior to plastering. Plus the new bedroom window, awaiting glass to be re-loaded.

Finishing the laths. Note the 'modern' insulation in the gable-end.

The frame of the right-hand 'return', with modern insulation partially installed. The rest of the side left alone (for now).

The new frame of the front wall. Blue sky reflecting off the insulation in the gable.

The right-hand 'return' half completed. An old floor-joist and the bedroom-cupboard doors visible.
    

 

2018 - October - Rear Wall Preliminary Developments

  • Shows the preliminary investigative work at the rear of the property, with the initial bad tidings confirmed when restoration commenced in November.
  • Eventually, the photos will be individually commented.

The right-hand corner-post at the back. Foot decayed and no sole plate: 'hardened' with cement.

Excavations reveal rot around the little window, and a gap in the corner post ('hardened' with cement). Modern studs and breeze-blocks above!

Studs rotten at the base. No sole plate - just a cement base.

Studs under the oriel window - the same story: rot and no sole plate.

Above the oriel window. The first evidence of rot in the bressummer and 'repairs' with expanding foam.

The left-hand-side of the back - the same story. Also, the oriel window frame is rotten.

Another view of the inside of the oriel window, showing the surrounding timbers.

The ceiling of the oriel window from the inside. Of late it had leaked during the rain.

The inside of the right-hand corner (left-hand from the inside) by the then 'staircase to nowhere'.

The small window - viewed through the 'staircase to nowhere'.

The small window, the surrounding panels showing ample evidence of water ingress, and a plugged hole where excavation had knocked out the beamlet.

Another external view of the oriel window with a closer look at the rotten bressummer with its painted expanding foam.

Another view of the little window (removed and boarded over) and the breeze-block infill revealed.

Wider view of the rear after the cement render had been removed to reveal earlier repairs with new studs and breeze-blocks.

The rear of the house prior to investigation - showing the cracking that was the initial concern - though probably fairly benign.

 

2018 - September - Rebuilding the Front

  • By the end of the month, the frame of the front wall had been rebuilt and joined to the sides of the house. The front is shown immediately below, then ...
  • Photos taken by Bakers show the terrible state of the original frame at the front of the property. The timbers were - in general - in such a sorry state that they fell into pieces. I took a number of photos of them all bagged up ready for removal.
  • Also shows the brick infill. I'd hoped it could be saved in situ, but Bakers strongly advised against, on 'health and safety', and other grounds.
  • Acrow props were used to support the front lounge and bedroom ceilings.

The rebuilt frame of the front. Windows missing!

The frame in the process of construction - the gable is in progress.

Close-up of the rebuilt frame below the gable.

The ground-floor window, which was sound and was re-inserted in due course, after a couple of months lying on the lawn.
 

 

2018 - September - Bakers' Photos

  • Photos taken by Bakers, showing the terrible state of the frame at the front of the property.
  • The timbers were - in general - in such a sorry state that they fell into pieces.
  • Also shows the brick infill. I'd hoped it could be saved in situ, by replacing the timbers, but Bakers strongly advised against.
  • I'm not competent to comment on the architecture of this part of the building, but I'll have a go anyway. It looks like the frame is supposed to be 'containing' rather than load-bearing, other than - maybe - the corner-posts. The studs and transverse beams are very thin, especially compared with the older rear of the property. So, the load looks like it's taken by the brick infill - basically load-bearing walls, but compromised by the rotten timbers - the horizontal and transverse ones suffering from compression as the frame decayed.
  • The front of the property was supposed to be 17th century according to the listing. How does anyone know? If so, it's a shame for it to have had to go.

The frame after removal of the render and the upper infill. The bedroom floor-joists were conveniently OK and facing in the right direction.

The left of the gable-frame after removal of the render and brick infill. This was the best preserved part, but no use if the lower reaches are decayed and unstable.

The failed right-hand corner post, after removal of the render and brick infill - with evidence of earlier repairs and plasterboarding on the inside.

The left-hand corner post, and rather stick-like struts after removal of render and infill.

The left-hand lower corner of the upper window after removal of the surrounding render. Doesn't look good! The window-frame had to be replaced as well.

Loft-level, above the RHS of the bedroom window.

Loft-level, central.

Loft-level, right.

The base of the right-hand corner post - completely rotten.

Higher up the right-hand corner post, showing the thickness of the render on the 'return' (side wall). More rot.

 

2018 - September - Rotten Timbers

  • Shows the terrible state of the timbers which were - in general - so rotten that they fell into pieces.
  • I took a number of photos of them all bagged up ready for removal. There's no point commmenting on them individually.























  

 

2018 - September - Brick Infill

  • Shows the discarded brick infill. I'd hoped it could be saved in situ, but Bakers strongly advised against it.
  • Also shows the cement render on an iron matrix.

Shows a sample of the render, and the iron martrix used for some of it.

A sample of the brick infill - or bricks from the supporting wall, if that's what it was. Can their age be determined?
   

 

2018 - September - Acrow Props

  • Shows the acrow props used to support the front lounge and bedroom ceilings.

Acrow prop in the front bedroom.

Acrow props in the front lounge.

Acrow props in the front bedroom.

Acrow props in the front lounge.
 

 

2018 - July

  • Nothing much happened in July and August - a shame given the wonderful weather - as we were awaiting the expiry of the consultation period required for Listed Building Consent.
  • Just a couple of photos of the investigations, taken early in the month.

The left-hand front corner-post exposed. Not as bad at the right-hand post, but rotten at the base. Also shows the iron matrix of the render, and a rotten stud.

Shows the infill / wall after removal of the render. Shows that the faux beams painted on do not follow the frame in the gable (unlike elsewhere).
   

 

2018 - June - Further Investigations

  • Shows the results of the further investigative work undertaken to reveal the extent of the damage at the front of the property.
  • This was shown to the Conservation Officer and to the Structural Engineer to develop a plan for remediation.
  • See the photos taken by Bakers.
  • Some initial consideration was given given to the rear of the property.
  • Eventually, the photos will be individually commented.

Shows the infill / wall after removal of the render at the front. Shows that the faux beams painted on at the front do follow the frame below gable level.

Shows the infill / wall after removal of the render at the side 'return'. The vertical faux beams painted follow the frame but the diagonal "beam" doesn't.

Shows how the bedroom floor-joists are supported partly by the brick infill and partly by decaying cross-beams. The diagonal beams in particular now compromise the stability of the structure.

Wider view of adjacent left.

Side return showing some weakened infill to the left, and a large hunk that seems to have fallen off the front façade following removal of the render.





 

2018 - June - Bakers Photos

  • Photos taken by Bakers.
  • Shows the results of the further investigative work undertaken to reveal the extent of the damage at the front of the property.
  • This was shown to the Conservation Officer and to the Structural Engineer to develop a plan for remediation.
  • Eventually, the photos will be individually commented.

















   

 

2018 - June - The Rear Wall

  • Initial consideration was given to future repairs to the rear of the property, which lets in water if the wind and rain are in the wrong direction.
  • Shows some cracked plates, which were the obvious supects (though in fact probably innocent, as subsequent investigation showed they faced on to breeze blocks).

    

 

2018 - April - Initial Investigations

  • Shows the results of the initial investigative work undertaken to reveal the extent of the damage to the front of the property. It showed that it was not an isolated problem with a single corner post, but appeared to be more pervasive.
  • There was then a delay while consultation was undertaken with the Conservation Officer to authorise further - and necessarily more destructive - investigation to reveal the full scope of the problem.
  • Eventually, the photos will be individually commented.














 

 

2018 - March - Beast from the East

  • The Beast from the East!
  • Nothing happening on the house, though the ivy-room got its annual haircut!






    

 

2017 - December - Small Crack

  • The initial problem with the front of the house: one small crack in the render covering the corner post. Covered up with cellophane and awaiting investigation.

The front facade. The faux beams are painted on, but roughly follow the underlying timbers.

Close-up of the crack, showing the constitution of the render.

Close-up of the crack, showing the interior. I felt inside, and the wood was crumbly and soggy.

The context of the crack, which is in the right-hand corner post, showing some further cracking and bulging of the render.

The plinth, showing no damage due to subsidence.

Another view of the crack, protected against the weather with a sheet of cellophane.

If you look closely - and expand by clicking - you can see the crack snaking its way up to the roof (and also a small shrub to the top left!)

The crack, protected against the weather with a sheet of cellophane.
  





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • If you're using a mouse, you can hover over the image to see the date / time the photo was taken, the photo filename and the source of the photo. More useful narrative commentary is added where I've got round to entering it, but now appears additionally - and more usefully - below the photos.
  • The JPEGs immediately displayed on this page are 'medium size'. Click on the image to display a full-sized full-page photo (or sometimes just the same medium-sized one displayed full-page).

Note last updated: 05/04/2019 10:36:29


Footnote 4: (Status: Web-Tools (2019 - March))

Rationale for this Project

  • This Project was alluded to briefly in a footnote on research methodology in my original Research Proposal under the head Research - Internet Technology. When last at Birkbeck, I wrote a more extensive paper defending the Project and describing its rationale. Now that my PhD is in suspense, I have decided to take this Project further. There’s a lot to do: still quite a few items on the “wish list”. It is fairly critical as an enabler for my research, so I need to get a move on as I want it all out of the way before I re-start4 formal research.
  • For documentation on my website (currently password protected) follow the links below:-
    1. Functional5 Documentation6.
    2. Technical7 Documentation.
  • Other Websites8
    1. Sometime around 2005, I created a website for Dr. Sophie Botros (Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)), one of my supervisors at Birkbeck, but we then lost touch and it got maintained (very badly) by some desktop support outfit. In 15Q2 I took it back on again and spruced it up a bit, and maintain it periodically, though it still requires more work.
    2. I created and / or ran a multitude of bridge websites, but as of January 2018 I have either handed them over or mothballed them9:-
      1. I established the Hutton Bridge Club (http://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html) Website in 11Q4 using the standard Bridgewebs service, but with a couple of competitions using my own routines. This was handed over in 15Q3.
      2. In 15Q1, I took over the support and development of the Essex Contract Bridge Association (http://www.bridgewebs.com/essex/) (ECBA) website, which also uses Bridgewebs, but is very much larger. I wrote a lot of code10 to make this job less tedious. The site was handed over in 17Q4.
      3. For several years, I collected data11 on bridge activity in the Billericay / Brentwood area (initially needed for a project to set up a new consolidated club) – by “scraping” data off web pages, consolidating it into a database and modelling it in various ways.
      4. I used this data to generate websites with a multitude of ladders for small clubs (Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm)). These are now mothballed.
      5. I created and maintained a new website for the First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Academy, giving it “small clubs” ladders as these were easy to maintain with little intervention.
      6. In 16Q3 I revived the Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml) website.
    3. I’ve created and continue to maintain a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
    4. I created a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. It exists in two versions: Acts: Live Site (http://www.acts-research.website/) and Acts: Test Site (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm).
  • I did consider returning to work part-time as an MS Access/Excel developer, with a spin-off into website generation, but have done nothing about it so far.

Summary of Progress during January - March 2019
  1. I spent 179 hours in 19Q1 on this Project, or related work (258.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 234.3% of the planned effort (111% YTD). Overall, 28.7% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 21.2% YTD) - as against 11.1% planned (16.7% YTD).
  2. Again, I made no progress at all on the courses put out by Harvard
    → "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science", and
    → "Harvard University - CS50W Web Programming with Python and JavaScript".
    I still intend to make a serious attempt to complete the former sometime (I will need to re-start). However, I have decided to precede it with the latter which is more immediately relevant. Unfortunately, I’ve no time available to pursue either course at the moment.
  3. I’d greatly reduced my “budget” to only 6 hours a week, but more than doubled this.
  4. The main reason for this was the urgent need to create Timeline software and populate the pages with photos of the developments and repairs to Coxes Farm.
  5. I also created a “Hits Page” – based on the statistic provided by Webalizer (http://www.webalizer.org/). This requires analysis, to determine whether my site is a benefit to, or a blight on, the philosophical community.
  6. Completed items included:-
    • Books/Papers
      1. Removed Blackberry processing and associated pages as no longer needed with fast broadband.
    • Photos
      1. Timeline software: Added photos of Coxes Farm
      2. Created Timeline software
      3. Created Photo-logging usage via Images table.
    • Technology
      1. Investigated the Hit Stats provided by Webalizer and produced web-pages to show the most active pages.
  7. Full details for 19Q1 are given below:-
Website (Total Hours = 179)
  1. Website - Bridge Development
  2. Website - Development (Total Hours = 160.25)
    • Reference_Author: Re-format 'Not found' Author Links (0.25 hours)
    • Add 'Chess' as a main menu-item to Website (0.5 hours)
    • Create Timeline software (49 hours)
    • Remove Blackberry Pages & Processing (1 hour)
    • Review Webalizer Methodology & Consolidate Stats (13 hours)
    • Todman (Theo) - Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings: Add / annotate photos of Coxes Farm to Timeline (79.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Referencing functions (plus sundry referencing fixes) (4 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Timeline functions (4 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Image Link Recording (Images) (4 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Password Protection - Review (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Refine totals in Functor_08 (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Run and Refine File Pruning process (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Investigating https / ssl (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration - Add debug-print of stage timestamps (1 hour)
    • Website - Update 'Photos' Page to link to Coxes Farm Photo Pages (0.75 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (17.25 hours)
  3. Website - Education (Total Hours = 1.25)
  4. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 6)
    • Install Kaspersky on own & Julie's laptops (1 hour)
    • Investigation: PCRisk - Your Account Was Hacked Email Scam (https://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/14469-your-account-was-hacked-email-scam) (0.25 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (3 hours)
    • Nat's monitor - order, chase, complain! (0.5 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (0.75 hours)
    • Renewal of BT Internet connection (0.25 hours)
    • Spurious cancellation of BT Internet connection - reversed! (0.25 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (6 hours)
  5. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 10.5)
    • 18Q4 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual URL Checks (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (6.5 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (1.5 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh (1 hour)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (9.25 hours)
Website Others
  • No activity this period

Plans for the Near Future

I’ve had to maintain the planned weekly effort on this project at the much reduced 6 hours in order to allow for other commitments. While there’s still a lot on my development “priority list”, my hope for the current academic year was to focus on updating my technical competence. However, I can’t see how to fit it in. The Plan below is taken automatically from the Priority 1 items on my Development Log, as published in my Outstanding Developments Report.
  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.
        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.
      2. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
    • Authors
      1. As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
      2. As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 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. "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Plan what to do (and with the eBooks in my possession).
      2. "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science": Re-start, or maybe just "audit".
      3. "Harvard University - CS50W Web Programming with Python and JavaScript": either complete it in 2019, or check it'll still run in 2020.
      4. Bitcoin & Blockchain: Understand better
      5. Bootstrap: Investigate.
      6. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
    • Infrastructure
      1. iCloud: Re-install & 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: Blog Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
      5. As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
      6. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      7. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      8. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
    • Photos
      1. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      2. Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays
    • Process
      1. As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
      2. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      3. Full Website Regeneration is now taking 35 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
    • 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 pages15 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. The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
        1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed16 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 Smart17. 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. 16 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.
      4. Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
        1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
        2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
        3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
      5. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
  2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
    • Bridge
      1. Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
    • Enigma
      1. Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
    • Sophie
      1. Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)

Summary of Progress to Date

This is hived off to various separate documents, which have now been harmonising and / or consolidated:-
  1. Summary of Progress to Date18.
  2. Outstanding Developments19,
  3. Functional Documentation20,
  4. A summary of time expended across the years developing my website21 is at "Software Development - Website - Development".





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • Well, I’ve missed the boat, so will need to continue with both projects in parallel.
  • This was always likely to be necessary, as new features will always arise in use. It’s a prototype methodology, after all.
Footnote 5:
  • This is very tedious to produce and consequently is both incomplete and out of date.
Footnote 7:
  • This is much more fun, as it’s a purely technical task.
  • I’ve written a vastly-improved general-purpose technical documenter for MS Access.
Footnote 9:
  • It’s a shame to abandon the “mini websites” with all their ladders, as it’s rather well done.
  • However, I couldn’t waste time on these after I’d abandoned bridge.
Footnote 10:
  • In particular, for the ECBA “Victor Ludorum” competition.
  • I cannot hand any of this code over, so the tedium will return, though not to me!
Footnote 11:
  • I had agreed to share this data sometime early in 2018
  • But will wait until asked again, as I doubt it’ll be of any real use to anyone.
Footnote 15:
  • Note that Backup_Prune_Ctrl deletes (relevant) pages that weren't regenerated in the last full site-regen, but this isn't the same thing.
Footnote 16:
  • These are URLs that were used in web pages but hadn't yet been converted to the +WnnnW+ format, so appeared at the end with no WebRef ID.
Footnote 17:
  • See Sistrix (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Optimizr (http://www.optimizr.com/) (which now auto-forwards to Sistrix).
  • A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
  • An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 21:
  • As distinct from developing other peoples’ websites – time which is also recorded against this project, but not against this task.

Note last updated: 05/04/2019 10:36:29


Footnote 4.8: (Theo Todman's Websites Maintained)

I maintain - or have maintained - a number of websites, and this page is a jumping-off point so I can check on them, particularly from my iPhone, without having to scrabble around.

Sites currently maintained:-


Sites that I used to maintain, but have now handed over are:-
I reconstituted - and still host - the archive site for Mountnessing Bridge Club.

Finally, I re-engineered and supported the site for the Open Bible Trust, but it has now been ported to OpenCart: OBT (http://www.obt.org.uk/)

I have never charged for any of this work.




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • "The Rise and Fall of the Twelve – A Study in the Use of Story Structure in Acts"
  • Both Sites show various marked-up versions of the Greek text of the Biblical Book of the Acts of the Apostles.

Note last updated: 21/04/2018 20:05:17


Footnote 4.18: (Website - Progress to Date)

Rationale for this Document

  • This report summarises progress to date on my Web Tools project.
  • I produce a variety of other documents related to my Web Tools Project:-
    1. A Quarterly Status Report.
    2. Functional Documentation.
    3. Technical Documentation
    4. Outstanding Developments.
  • I have now automated the detailed upgrade path reporting, in that lists of “Items Completed” are automatically appended – based on my Development Log – each time this report is run. Completed developments are listed below in two sequences:-
    1. By Date
    2. By Category


Items Completed In6:-
  • 19Q1
    1. Books/Papers: Removed Blackberry processing and associated pages as no longer needed with fast broadband.
    2. Photos: Created Timeline software
    3. Photos: Timeline software: Added photos of Coxes Farm
    4. Photos: Created Photo-logging usage via Images table.
    5. Technology: Investigated the Hit Stats provided by Webalizer and produced web-pages to show the most active pages.
  • 18Q4
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: As revealed by Spider: Old links in unregenerated pages. 8 Items.
      2. Documenter: Outstanding Developments by Category appearing all in Bold, and links to lists failing.
      3. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Status Reports - Achived Notes - sundry links failing. 50 items in total. Live Notes fixed.
        1. Website: Maintenance Dashboard. 14 items.
        2. Personal Identity Status Report. 11 items.
        3. Summary Status Report. 4 items.
        4. Actual Detail Summary Report. 6 items.
        5. Chess Status Report. 12 items.
        6. Etc. 3 items.
      4. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Consciousness Status Report Achived Notes - links to BookCatalogCategorised_16_115_471.htm failing. Live Note OK. 46 items. 24 items outstanding.
      5. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Sundry links failed for Supervisions. 30 items.
      6. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Links to sundry 'static' pages failing.
        1. 13 items fixed.
        2. 7 items outstanding: to do with Pete's PhD Test site. Links seem to be OK, so may be a problem with the Spider. Directory "Petes_PhD" was the only one set to "do not parse". The file wasn't in the site map. Reset; hopefully it'll work!
      7. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Links from Blog in Level 1 or 2 Printed Notes 512 and 981 failing. 141 items.
      8. Notes: Create Priority Task List Report.
      9. Process: Added 'time to regenerate' sub-totals & grand-totals to Website Maintenance Dashboard.
      10. Spider: Determined why Full_Link_Up_Levels_Gen takes so long - approximately 4 hours. Re-architected to reduce database reads.
      11. Status: Links occasionally missing from Summary Task List and Summary Task List (YTD).
      12. WebRefs: Added Display text to WebRefs for Links to Stanford, Wikipedia & Aeon
    • Other Websites
      1. Enigma: Added 'EE' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
      2. Sophie: Added 'SB' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
  • 18Q3
    1. Architecture: Added 'TT' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
    2. Authors: As revealed by Spider: 'Extra' Links to Notes from Citations List have the wrong directory (clumped in 1,000's like Papers rather than 100's). 7 items. Problem with AddCitations_List, so not just an issue for Authors.
    3. Authors: Authors Narrative: enable footnotes.
    4. Books: As revealed by Spider: BookCitings. 405 items. Fixed problem with CreateBookCitingsWebPages not checking for change of Book during 'Repeats' processing.
    5. Books/Papers: Paper & Book Abstracts - Make 'Disclaimer' more prominent & show 'Paper Statistics' rather than 'Paper Summaries'
    6. Bridge: Reformated + Fixed Hand-dealing pages to CSS standards
    7. Documenter: Created Functor using Form_Documentation_Links to automatically add control-links to documentation Notes.
    8. Documenter: Fixed Bug where a variable has the same name as a procedure, and is thereby confused with one. Produced a warning query (Variable_Code_Name_Clashes) for manual correction.
    9. Footnotes: Enabled the re-use of Footnotes in the same Note19. They appeared multiple times, now just once. Fixed for:-
      1. Notes (OutputNotesWebPage)
      2. Printable Notes (NoteForPrinting), and
      3. Archived Notes (OutputNotesWebPage_Archived)
      All of which use Notes_Text_Format and the Note_Footnotes table. Also,
      1. Book & Paper Abstracts & Comments used to use an array in Reference_Footnotes, but changed to use a new table20 Abstract_Footnotes.
    10. Notes: Automatic Key-word Hyperlinking to Notes Project: Phase 2
      1. Added links based on Book & Paper Titles
      2. Added ***Read***-marker to Lists
      3. Allowed links to be ignored (rather than suppressed) during approval process
      4. Skip links to Status Reports, etc.
    11. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Religion Status Report Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Note OK. 59 items.
    12. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Links to Notes_xxx_Links, from Abstracts (94 items), Notes (25 … corrected manually), NotesPrint (1916). Fixed by +LL+ functor implementation.
    13. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Bridge Status Report Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Note OK. 70 items.
    14. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Languages Status Report Achived Notes - links to Dissertation failing. Live Note OK. 43 items.
    15. Notes: Created auto-regen of all Note Link (Note_nnn_Link) Pages
    16. Notes: Blog: Created Functor to generate Blog from Blog.
    17. Notes: Created new '+LL+' Functor for links to Note_Link pages; fixed associated Notes.
    18. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Notes_List_Control links fail for Supervisions. 58 items.
    19. Photos: Fix Bug: photos in Abstracts with embedded Notes - eg. "Grossman (Lev), Kurzweil (Ray) - 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal" - not displaying
    20. Photos: As revealed by Spider: Fixed ImageRef to work for both embedded ('SRC') & linked images on the same page - eg. Carthusians. 12 items.
    21. Status: Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan between quarters says "previous quarter"; should be "current quarter"
  • 18Q2
    1. Architecture: Adjusted MS Access Control Page to feature new functions (Development Log & Automatic XRef) and consolidated the categorised Notes Lists into one button.
    2. Documenter: Investigated the error reports from the Documenter:
      1. Improved the diagostics
      2. Removed unused variables from the Generator code.
    3. General: Website Tidy-up:-
      1. Wrote a function to delete - with specified exceptions - items not regenerated in the last full website regeneration.
      2. Tidied up Site - deleted non-updated pages (especially old Printed Notes). Automatically on the local site, manually - using the audit log - on the live site.
      3. Investigated setting up an FTP link as a drive so I could automatically delete from the live site, but couldn't get it to work. Easy to set up as a drive, but not to assign a drive-letter so the drive can be used by VBA.
    4. Notes: Created automatic key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity"). This was complicated for a number of reasons:-
      1. There are always false positives, so there needed to be a way of "proofing" what's to be done before doing anything.
      2. There will be times where it is inappropriate (eg. in quoted work by other authors). So, there had to be a way of permanently suppressing such links.
      3. The referencing differs depending on whether the term is in a Footnote or not.
      4. I needed to check for already-existing links, variant grammatical forms, etc.
      5. I created a MsgBox routine - providing context - so that what needed to be done with potential links could easily be decided when the linking process was (re-)run.
      6. Links are always to Notes, but are from Notes, Archived Notes, Authors and Book & Paper Abstracts & Comments.
    5. Notes: Added a process to 'fix' - by adding the Note-ID - those note-links added without stating the ID. This will save processing time.
    6. Papers: Papers associated with broken links:-
      1. Created an area to hold pdfs, and automated links thereto.
      2. Created a pop-up to say I'd remove such pdfs if requested by their authors.
      3. Consequently, haven't password protected the area yet.
    7. Process: Re-engineered Website Maintenance Dashboard to show extra topical links (and show them at the top of the page).
    8. Status: Added extra items to Functors to facilitate Quarterly Reporting:-
      1. Automatically calculated QTD & YTD time statistics in the quarterly reports.
      2. Provided a YTD task list for Status Reports for projects "in abeyance" to make reporting easier.
      3. Modified the statistics - to be just YTD - for YTD Status reports.
      4. Created table for - by Project - "Plans for the near future" tasks, and a functor to add them to the status report.
      5. Took "items competed" and "plans for the near future from the development log for the Web-tools status report.
      6. Created another functor to add these lists to the Summary report.
    9. WebRefs: Created Functor to add stats to Website Generator Documentation - Web Links page.
  • 18Q1
    1. Bridge: Corrected format of Links from Bridge Page
    2. Documenter: Documenter Bug-fixes: Objects in Comments, MsgBoxs & Debugs
    3. Documenter: Created consolidated Development Log, and updated "Progress to Date" and "Outstanding Developments" Reports
    4. Infrastructure: Migration of Website from UKServers to Namesco. Test out.
    5. Notes: Extended deduction of Note links to Papers, and Papers with embedded Notes.
    6. Notes: Removed old "Printable Notes" links from Archived Notes
    7. Notes: Notes Functor29 Processing: Phase 1
      1. Basic processing to interpret comments in HTML code
      2. 01: Quarterly Report: Activity insert
      3. 02: Development Log report - Completed Items by Date
      4. 03: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Priority
      5. 04: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Category
      6. 05: Development Log report - Completed Items by Category
      7. 06: Quarterly Report: Priority 1 Outstanding Developments by Category
    8. Notes: Automated format-change of old tables in Notes and Notes_Archive
    9. Papers: Correction of narratives on Note time-recording pseudo-papers
    10. Process: Improved efficiency of daily changes regeneration (removed msgboxes)
    11. Process: Wrote a routine to update a set of .htm files, replacing text in them all
    12. Status: Created web-page generator for Development items (ie. Created the Web-Project "To Do" List and "Outstanding Developments" directly from this list).
    13. WebRefs: Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 1
      1. Completed "as is" functional documentation so I could see what's going on.
      2. Re-engineered so it made sense and ran efficiently without bugs
      3. Fixed the obvious data errors that confused the statistics - ie. where the returned URL differs from that requested and https issues.
      4. Wrote / improved diagnostic reports (web pages)
    14. WebRefs: Determined & reported usage directly using embedded +WnnnW+ encoding rather than via the Spider. Reconciled the two methods.
  • 17Q4
    1. Architecture: Automated links between Quarterly reports (Task Lists)
    2. Books/Papers: New "Recent Acquisitions" Book List - Uncategorised
    3. Documenter: Code Archive: Hadn't been working - fixed and recovered a selection from backups
    4. Documenter: Code Archive: Created Web-pages of Recent Code Changes
    5. Notes: Added %age complete to Notes Reading Lists
    6. Notes: Enabled deduction of Note link by omitting the Note ID from the mark-up and doing a look up on the key-word and its varients.
    7. Timesheets: Separated Time Recording for Aeon
  • 17Q3
    1. Notes: Added Colour-coded "quality markers" to Notes: included them in lists and jump-tables
  • 17Q2
    1. Bridge: Created hyperlinks from my consolidated results pages to the actual results
    2. Search: Wrote routines to create a cut-down Website excluding pages with irrelevant or duplicated information. Used this to create the ZoomSearch facility.
  • 17Q1
    1. Bridge: Added new features (70s Club & Monthly Pairs Winners) to my Bridge mini-websites.
    2. Bridge: Created Master Point Lists & Promotions for the ECBA website.
  • 16Q4
    1. Spider: Added “.shtml” and “.shtm” to the list of web-suffices.
  • 16Q3
    1. Acts: Developed a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. Two versions: Live (Acts: Live Site (http://www.acts-research.website/)) and Test (Acts: Test Site (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm)).
    2. Bridge: Revived the archive website for Mountnessing Bridge Club (Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml)).
  • 16Q2
    1. Clock: Created a "chess clock" application to help time tasks. Not much use in the end.
  • 16Q1
    • Own Website
      1. Books/Papers: Created direct links from Subject, Topic & Sub-topic (in Book and Paper Summaries) to their link pages.
      2. Documenter: Created an automatic Forms documenter – with links to the code.
      3. Notes: Allowed Note- & Footnote-links from multiple words36. This is such a useful feature!
      4. Notes: Enabled direct links to Notes from within Footnotes.
      5. Notes: Stopped (I hope!) “private” Notes showing in Paper Abstracts.
      6. Notes: Completed converting “static” pages to Notes.
      7. WebRefs: Some tidying up of the 3,000-odd external links from my website.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Created Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s ladders for my mini-websites.
      2. Bridge: Reconciled my X-IMP calculations with a new feature provided by Bridgewebs.
      3. Bridge: Accommodated Alaric’s new scoring system for St. Edith’s.
  • 15Q4
    • Own Website
      1. Abstracts: Corrected data format on Identity Abstracts
      2. Aesthetics: Reduced font + changed text in ubiquitous THEO'S PAGE heading
      3. Authors: Corrected author's names (SN (FN)) for all papers and books
      4. Authors: Provided easy links to works by the same author; Books, Papers; Joint authors
      5. Backups: Enhanced my backup system to prune items backed up multiple times (eg. if they moved directory).
      6. Books/Papers: Updated booklists to include shelf-identifiers
      7. Books/Papers: Neatened up the linkage headers in Book & Paper Abstracts.
      8. Data: Corrected data content on Identity Sub-topics
      9. Documenter: Segregated the code-archive, which was bloating37 the generator database.
      10. Notes: Fixed problem of images not appearing in "Printed" Notes (wrong directory level) unless the images are repeated
      11. Notes: Converted the “static” pages in my website to Note format (so they can change and retain history).
      12. Process: Created a consolidated processor to enable overnight regeneration of the whole website.
      13. Spider: Finally cracked the Spider for external links, and used it to check the 3,000-odd links from my website. Some tidying up outstanding.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Segregated the Bridge website generators from those for my own website. They now live in separate databases and have their own documenters.
  • 15Q3
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Made a lot of progress on improving the hyperlinking in my own website – I’ve broken the back of this project. The links now work accurately, but I need to ensure the efficient propagation of linkage changes across the site without requiring a complete regeneration.
      2. Notes: Tidied up the archived Notes.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Ported my “handicap / improvers” routines from Hutton to “Mini Websites”.
      2. Bridge: Created a new website (using Bridgewebs) for the First Class Bridge Academy (First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).
      3. Enigma: Created a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
      4. Sophie: Completed the upgrade of Sophie Botros38’s website; see Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/).
  • 15Q2
    1. Bridge: Development of the “Eve Goblets” (victor ludorum) software for the ECBA, and roll-over to the new season.
  • 15Q1
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Vastly improved the “bulleting” options in Notes, etc.
      2. Authors: Improved the format and content of “Authors” pages.
      3. Timesheets: Segregated time-recording so I can easily see how much time is spent developing and supporting my own website, and how much is spent on those of other organisations.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Took on the ECBA Website (Link (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/)), at the cost of considerable effort by way of reformatting & tidy-up.
      2. Bridge: Started a project to provide small websites for bridge clubs without sites: Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm).
      3. Bridge: Further improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines.
  • 14Q4
    • Own Website
      1. Notes: Made improvements to the regeneration and referencing of archived Notes.
      2. Spider: Fixed the bug wherein the Spider ran out of system resources on large runs: now compacts & repairs the slave database as it does along (every 200k links; parameterised).
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines – different formats, including the Jeff Smith format, and extension to Butler-scored Pairs events. This work has been taken up by the ECBA selectors for county-team selection.
  • 14Q3
    • Own Website
      1. Notes: Created a progress-tracker for my Thesis.
      2. Notes: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links.
      3. Notes: Started to split Paper Abstracts from Write-ups.
      4. Spider: Continued working on my Spider and started to use it to clean up my website by diagnosing broken links.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Created a suite of programs to extract data and calculate Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs from the travellers on Bridgewebs Teams events, and output ranking-lists to the Web.
  • 14Q2
    1. Architecture: Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
    2. Authors: Created the facility for Author Narratives.
    3. Backups: Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.
    4. Documenter: Created multiple secure areas on my website, so that Documentation is no longer hiding under my Supervision Notes.
    5. Notes: Wrote routines to import old (but missing) archived Notes into the database so they can be (and have been) re-exported in the current format.
  • 14Q1
    1. Architecture: Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
    2. Notes: Made a lot of improvements to my Site generators, in particular the pesky bug that stopped the links to archived Notes working correctly.
    3. Process: Improved the regeneration routines for the various classes of webpage, and got them to record statistics in support of the “Website Regeneration Dashboard”.
    4. Process: Created a “Website Regeneration Dashboard” to show when the various elements of my website have been refreshed, and how long the routines took to run. Links to this appear in the footer to each webpage.
  • 13Q3
    1. Architecture: Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
    2. Books/Papers: Made enhancements to "Books & Papers Collection Categorised" Pages
    3. Books/Papers: Improved linkages between Book/Paper Lists and Summaries or Abstracts
    4. Notes: Created Archived Notes Re-Export facility
    5. Notes: "Single Image" development for Notes
    6. Notes: Allowed "Authors Works Lists" to be linked-to from Notes
    7. Notes: Simplified / Re-engineered Notes processing
    8. Status: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting on Change of Year
    9. Technology: Converted Tables to CSS3 standard
    10. Technology: Used CSS in all manually-crafted and automatically-generated pages
    11. Timesheets: Re-engineered Time-Recording, so that actuals are held against Papers (and Books) in a separate table, rather than as columns by year in the Papers / Books tables themselves. Retained the grand totals only.
  • 13Q2
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Replaced macros with code.
      2. Architecture: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for links to Books, Papers and Authors. That is, where one of my bespoke tags (eg. +B40) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (eg. B+).
      3. Books/Papers: Developed "Books by Location" Pages
      4. Books/Papers: Improved the linkage between Papers and Books.
      5. Bridge: Created “Consolidated Bridge Results” webpages (for my own results).
      6. Documenter: Wrote the Code Documenter.
      7. Documenter: Created a code & query archive facility as part of the Code Documenter.
      8. Notes: Improved "Concatenated Notes" production
      9. Photos: Reduced the size of photos (to make the pages quicker to load).
      10. Spider: De-bugged the Spider.
      11. Status: Improved "This Month's Summary" Reporting
      12. Status: Improved Quarterly Reporting
      13. WebRefs: Some pages render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigated41.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Merged42 Philosophy & Bridge Databases
  • 13Q1
    1. Status: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting Tables & improved Monthly Reporting
    2. Technology: Standardised to HTML543
  • 12Q3
    1. General: Improved Titles for Search Results display optimisation
  • 11Q4
    1. Books/Papers: Showed Percentage of Paper / Book Read
  • 11Q2
    1. Authors: Created Author Cross-reference
    2. Books/Papers: Added “changed dates” to Paper and Book abstracts, and produced “recently changed” pages for them
    3. Books/Papers: Created Inter-Book-Paper Citings Cross-reference
  • 10Q3
    1. Notes: Investigate Note_Links: needs versioning, and section of calling Note
    2. Notes: Wrote routines to automatically generate the “Printable Notes” footer – and to create the corresponding web pages – from the control table. Very useful.
    3. Notes: Add “Date Created” to Note_Links (for audit purposes; I’m still not convinced that links disappear when they should).
    4. WebRefs: Improved the functionality for automatically generating external Web-links in Notes, Book Abstracts and Paper Abstracts. Corrected current data to accommodate the new code.
  • 10Q2
    1. Footnotes: Added intra-Note footnotes – a real breakthrough (strange I’d not thought of this before). It will enable me to convert to Note form all the old .pdfs from my undergraduate days – which are replete with footnotes – if this is any use.
    2. Spider: Wrote my own Web Spider.
      1. It’s a little bit of a cheat, in that it doesn’t actually invoke the web-links, but crawls through my directory structure selecting all the .htm files, and rummages through the HTML looking for links which it then copies to a table.
      2. It also maintains a table of the directory structure and files therein, and then works out the real address from the relative addressing.
      3. It then allows cross-checking between the links and the files.
      4. Links external to the site have to be investigated manually (at least I have a list of all the links) – unless I can work out how to use the list to power a browser to check.
      5. There are about 333k links in 55k files – the full run took about 8 hours.
      6. It now runs incrementally based on file last-updated dates.
  • 09Q4
    1. Notes: Restricted the size of the “previous versions” tables for Notes to 12.
    2. Process: Set up my database system to roll forward to the next academic year, and generate web-pages appropriately.
  • 09Q3
    1. Books/Papers: Completed a full 2-way link from Book/Paper Summaries to Notes.
    2. Books/Papers: Made a lot of changes to the way Books and Papers are categorised; in particular:-
      1. Added 2-level jump tables, to save the browser being crowded with hundreds of cross-categorisations in the same page.
      2. While it’s OK for Books, it seems to have a few potholes for Papers, as some of the links fail.
      3. The problem may be something to do with my economical way of suppressing redundant sub-categorisation - ie. where one or more of Subject, Topic and Sub-topic are the same.
    3. Notes: Improved the performance of “All Notes” regeneration. The problem was with the generation of the generic reading lists based on Note Title. These only apply to the “Identity” Notes, and it was taking a long time to determine there was no list to produce.
    4. Notes: Enabled automatic immediate promotion to Live Website of selected Temp Notes.
    5. Notes: Enabled Concatenated Notes (by Group). This is only allowed for “Identity” Notes at the moment, which is what I’d wanted it for. It allows all Notes for a Group to be printed off in Title sequence, for ease of review.
    6. Notes: Ensured that the Notes Reading-list is generated from all 3 sub-topics.
    7. Notes: Functionally enhanced the Notes-generation processing options; to make niftier production possible. In particular, where individual Notes are selected, I made the re-generation of the cross-references optional (so that if only textual variation is being iterated, the iterations are quicker).
    8. Process: Created a “performance stats” database and routines to write to it – though I only implemented them for the Notes generator.
  • 09Q2
    1. Architecture: Created Site-map for Website
    2. Books/Papers: De-duplicated Books / Papers to Notes links
    3. Books/Papers: Added "quality marker" to Paper & Book Abstracts
    4. Books/Papers: Improved, and corrected errors in, the Blackberry-friendly formatted lists of Books and Papers.
    5. Notes: Added a table of Notes history at the end of each Note (ie. not just previous version) - to save tedious chaining
  • 09Q1
    1. Books/Papers: Created automatic links from Paper Summary to Book Summary
    2. Books/Papers: Provided an automated link from Books / Papers to the Notes referencing them
    3. Books/Papers: Enabled links from Books to the Papers contained therein
    4. Books/Papers: Enhanced Books to Papers links to include papers multiply held
    5. Books/Papers: Improved the Books / Papers to Notes links to include the right Version and Section (and historical Title) of the Note
    6. Notes: Created optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes.
    7. Notes: Fixed the problem of the overpopulation of the Notes directory
    8. Notes: Added reading-list (of works cited) at the end of the Note, as well as in the Printed Note
    9. Notes: Option for Notes-Regen:
      1. Changed-only
      2. Changed, and all impacted by Change
      3. All
  • 08Q4
    1. Timesheets: Updated Book totals from totals of the Papers contained therein
  • 08Q1
    1. Notes: Allowed regeneration of Temp Notes only
  • 07Q4
    1. Architecture: Added password-protection to selected pages
    2. Notes: When a Note is archived, ensured a printable note is also archived44 (if this Note has a print)
    3. Notes: Added referenced reading lists to printable version of Notes
    4. Notes: Improve "Temp" note processing. Suppress "_T" suffix (just don't copy to Transfer)
    5. Notes: Added referenced Books / Papers as footnote jump table to Notes
    6. Search: Created search facility using ZoomSearch
  • 07Q3
    1. Animadversions: Added a "hot topics" link - things that I'm currently working on and want feedback ("Animadversions")
    2. Footnotes: Improved transparency of Footnote referencing in printed Notes
    3. Notes: Enabled generation of printable version of Notes
    4. Notes: Created45 a "quick lookup" table of responses to a note and its sub-notes (recursive function on Notes_Links)
    5. Notes: Made Note-change-history available on-line (added status + publishable flags)
    6. Notes: Created "respondent notes" - database identifier & red indicator + text
  • 07Q2
    1. Abstracts: Created auto-backup of Abstracts, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
    2. Abstracts: Segregated Abstracts into multiple directories
    3. Abstracts: Added "Extra Data" parallel to Abstracts; ie. "More …" (Location etc.)
    4. Architecture: Tidied up Footers throughout Philosophy Papers site (made into tables)
    5. Architecture: Segregated database46 into Master and Slaves (code, papers, books, notes, web control, … vs PI)
    6. Books/Papers: Created "Papers by Title within Topic" list
    7. Books/Papers: Added Flags for "laptop" and "photocopy"; removed document location from Comments
    8. Books/Papers: Created "Identity Read Papers by Sub-Topic" list
    9. Books/Papers: Added change of author or title in "Abstracts audit"
    10. Books/Papers: Jump-Tables: added "by topic" option
    11. Books/Papers: Added "read" column in papers / books lists
    12. Books/Papers: Created "BB-friendly47" lists: Papers (Full) and Books
    13. Books/Papers: Added multiple Jump-levels for BB Lists (to keep pages small)
    14. Books/Papers: Added Book Comments and Abstracts (as "More…") to Book-lists
    15. Books/Papers: Created "Identity Papers Full by Sub-Topic" list
    16. Footnotes: Created auto-renumbering48 routine for Footnotes
    17. Footnotes: Created auto-backup of Footnotes49=48, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
    18. General: Improved "Disclaimer50" Page. Reduce font, add ref to philosophy databases + hyperlinks
    19. Notes: Added "footnote" pages51=48 for Carthusians & King's
    20. Notes: Added "outgoing links" summary footer to Notes pages
    21. Notes: Allowed two sorts of Note - document-specific ("Write-up") and general
    22. Process: Improved ease of FTP process by use of Transfer Directory
    23. WebRefs: Made Web Refs in Comments / Abstracts into Hyperlinks



Items Completed by Category:
  1. Own Website: Completed Items By Category:-
    • Abstracts
      1. 15Q4: Corrected data format on Identity Abstracts
      2. 07Q2: Added "Extra Data" parallel to Abstracts; ie. "More …" (Location etc.)
      3. 07Q2: Created auto-backup of Abstracts, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
      4. 07Q2: Segregated Abstracts into multiple directories
    • Aesthetics
      1. 15Q4: Reduced font + changed text in ubiquitous THEO'S PAGE heading
    • Animadversions
      1. 07Q3: Added a "hot topics" link - things that I'm currently working on and want feedback ("Animadversions")
    • Architecture
      1. 18Q4: As revealed by Spider: Old links in unregenerated pages. 8 Items.
      2. 18Q3: Added 'TT' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
      3. 18Q2: Adjusted MS Access Control Page to feature new functions (Development Log & Automatic XRef) and consolidated the categorised Notes Lists into one button.
      4. 17Q4: Automated links between Quarterly reports (Task Lists)
      5. 15Q3: Made a lot of progress on improving the hyperlinking in my own website – I’ve broken the back of this project. The links now work accurately, but I need to ensure the efficient propagation of linkage changes across the site without requiring a complete regeneration.
      6. 15Q1: Vastly improved the “bulleting” options in Notes, etc.
      7. 14Q2: Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
      8. 14Q1: Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
      9. 13Q3: Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
      10. 13Q2: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for links to Books, Papers and Authors. That is, where one of my bespoke tags (eg. +B53=40) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (eg. B+).
      11. 13Q2: Replaced macros with code.
      12. 09Q2: Created Site-map for Website
      13. 07Q4: Added password-protection to selected pages
      14. 07Q2: Segregated database54=46 into Master and Slaves (code, papers, books, notes, web control, … vs PI)
      15. 07Q2: Tidied up Footers throughout Philosophy Papers site (made into tables)
    • Authors
      1. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: 'Extra' Links to Notes from Citations List have the wrong directory (clumped in 1,000's like Papers rather than 100's). 7 items. Problem with AddCitations_List, so not just an issue for Authors.
      2. 18Q3: Authors Narrative: enable footnotes.
      3. 15Q4: Corrected author's names (SN (FN)) for all papers and books
      4. 15Q4: Provided easy links to works by the same author; Books, Papers; Joint authors
      5. 15Q1: Improved the format and content of “Authors” pages.
      6. 14Q2: Created the facility for Author Narratives.
      7. 11Q2: Created Author Cross-reference
    • Backups
      1. 15Q4: Enhanced my backup system to prune items backed up multiple times (eg. if they moved directory).
      2. 14Q2: Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.
    • Books
      1. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: BookCitings. 405 items. Fixed problem with CreateBookCitingsWebPages not checking for change of Book during 'Repeats' processing.
    • Books/Papers
      1. 19Q1: Removed Blackberry processing and associated pages as no longer needed with fast broadband.
      2. 18Q3: Paper & Book Abstracts - Make 'Disclaimer' more prominent & show 'Paper Statistics' rather than 'Paper Summaries'
      3. 17Q4: New "Recent Acquisitions" Book List - Uncategorised
      4. 16Q1: Created direct links from Subject, Topic & Sub-topic (in Book and Paper Summaries) to their link pages.
      5. 15Q4: Neatened up the linkage headers in Book & Paper Abstracts.
      6. 15Q4: Updated booklists to include shelf-identifiers
      7. 13Q3: Improved linkages between Book/Paper Lists and Summaries or Abstracts
      8. 13Q3: Made enhancements to "Books & Papers Collection Categorised" Pages
      9. 13Q2: Developed "Books by Location" Pages
      10. 13Q2: Improved the linkage between Papers and Books.
      11. 11Q4: Showed Percentage of Paper / Book Read
      12. 11Q2: Added “changed dates” to Paper and Book abstracts, and produced “recently changed” pages for them
      13. 11Q2: Created Inter-Book-Paper Citings Cross-reference
      14. 09Q3: Completed a full 2-way link from Book/Paper Summaries to Notes.
      15. 09Q3: Made a lot of changes to the way Books and Papers are categorised; in particular:-
        1. Added 2-level jump tables, to save the browser being crowded with hundreds of cross-categorisations in the same page.
        2. While it’s OK for Books, it seems to have a few potholes for Papers, as some of the links fail.
        3. The problem may be something to do with my economical way of suppressing redundant sub-categorisation - ie. where one or more of Subject, Topic and Sub-topic are the same.
      16. 09Q2: Added "quality marker" to Paper & Book Abstracts
      17. 09Q2: De-duplicated Books / Papers to Notes links
      18. 09Q2: Improved, and corrected errors in, the Blackberry-friendly formatted lists of Books and Papers.
      19. 09Q1: Created automatic links from Paper Summary to Book Summary
      20. 09Q1: Enabled links from Books to the Papers contained therein
      21. 09Q1: Enhanced Books to Papers links to include papers multiply held
      22. 09Q1: Improved the Books / Papers to Notes links to include the right Version and Section (and historical Title) of the Note
      23. 09Q1: Provided an automated link from Books / Papers to the Notes referencing them
      24. 07Q2: Added "read" column in papers / books lists
      25. 07Q2: Added Book Comments and Abstracts (as "More…") to Book-lists
      26. 07Q2: Added change of author or title in "Abstracts audit"
      27. 07Q2: Added Flags for "laptop" and "photocopy"; removed document location from Comments
      28. 07Q2: Added multiple Jump-levels for BB Lists (to keep pages small)
      29. 07Q2: Created "BB-friendly55=47" lists: Papers (Full) and Books
      30. 07Q2: Created "Identity Papers Full by Sub-Topic" list
      31. 07Q2: Created "Identity Read Papers by Sub-Topic" list
      32. 07Q2: Created "Papers by Title within Topic" list
      33. 07Q2: Jump-Tables: added "by topic" option
    • Bridge
      1. 18Q3: Reformated + Fixed Hand-dealing pages to CSS standards
      2. 18Q1: Corrected format of Links from Bridge Page
      3. 17Q2: Created hyperlinks from my consolidated results pages to the actual results
      4. 13Q2: Created “Consolidated Bridge Results” webpages (for my own results).
    • Clock
      1. 16Q2: Created a "chess clock" application to help time tasks. Not much use in the end.
    • Data
      1. 15Q4: Corrected data content on Identity Sub-topics
    • Documenter
      1. 18Q4: Outstanding Developments by Category appearing all in Bold, and links to lists failing.
      2. 18Q3: Created Functor using Form_Documentation_Links to automatically add control-links to documentation Notes.
      3. 18Q3: Fixed Bug where a variable has the same name as a procedure, and is thereby confused with one. Produced a warning query (Variable_Code_Name_Clashes) for manual correction.
      4. 18Q2: Investigated the error reports from the Documenter:
        1. Improved the diagostics
        2. Removed unused variables from the Generator code.
      5. 18Q1: Created consolidated Development Log, and updated "Progress to Date" and "Outstanding Developments" Reports
      6. 18Q1: Documenter Bug-fixes: Objects in Comments, MsgBoxs & Debugs
      7. 17Q4: Code Archive: Created Web-pages of Recent Code Changes
      8. 17Q4: Code Archive: Hadn't been working - fixed and recovered a selection from backups
      9. 16Q1: Created an automatic Forms documenter – with links to the code.
      10. 15Q4: Segregated the code-archive, which was bloating56=37 the generator database.
      11. 14Q2: Created multiple secure areas on my website, so that Documentation is no longer hiding under my Supervision Notes.
      12. 13Q2: Created a code & query archive facility as part of the Code Documenter.
      13. 13Q2: Wrote the Code Documenter.
    • Footnotes
      1. 18Q3: Enabled the re-use of Footnotes in the same Note57=19. They appeared multiple times, now just once. Fixed for:-
        1. Notes (OutputNotesWebPage)
        2. Printable Notes (NoteForPrinting), and
        3. Archived Notes (OutputNotesWebPage_Archived)
        All of which use Notes_Text_Format and the Note_Footnotes table. Also,
        1. Book & Paper Abstracts & Comments used to use an array in Reference_Footnotes, but changed to use a new table58=20 Abstract_Footnotes.
      2. 10Q2: Added intra-Note footnotes – a real breakthrough (strange I’d not thought of this before). It will enable me to convert to Note form all the old .pdfs from my undergraduate days – which are replete with footnotes – if this is any use.
      3. 07Q3: Improved transparency of Footnote referencing in printed Notes
      4. 07Q2: Created auto-backup of Footnotes59=48, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
      5. 07Q2: Created auto-renumbering60=48 routine for Footnotes
    • General
      1. 18Q2: Website Tidy-up:-
        1. Wrote a function to delete - with specified exceptions - items not regenerated in the last full website regeneration.
        2. Tidied up Site - deleted non-updated pages (especially old Printed Notes). Automatically on the local site, manually - using the audit log - on the live site.
        3. Investigated setting up an FTP link as a drive so I could automatically delete from the live site, but couldn't get it to work. Easy to set up as a drive, but not to assign a drive-letter so the drive can be used by VBA.
      2. 12Q3: Improved Titles for Search Results display optimisation
      3. 07Q2: Improved "Disclaimer61=50" Page. Reduce font, add ref to philosophy databases + hyperlinks
    • Infrastructure
      1. 18Q1: Migration of Website from UKServers to Namesco. Test out.
    • Notes
      1. 18Q4: As revealed by Spider: Consciousness Status Report Achived Notes - links to BookCatalogCategorised_16_115_471.htm failing. Live Note OK. 46 items. 24 items outstanding.
      2. 18Q4: As revealed by Spider: Links from Blog in Level 1 or 2 Printed Notes 512 and 981 failing. 141 items.
      3. 18Q4: As revealed by Spider: Links to sundry 'static' pages failing.
        1. 13 items fixed.
        2. 7 items outstanding: to do with Pete's PhD Test site. Links seem to be OK, so may be a problem with the Spider. Directory "Petes_PhD" was the only one set to "do not parse". The file wasn't in the site map. Reset; hopefully it'll work!
      4. 18Q4: As revealed by Spider: Status Reports - Achived Notes - sundry links failing. 50 items in total. Live Notes fixed.
        1. Website: Maintenance Dashboard. 14 items.
        2. Personal Identity Status Report. 11 items.
        3. Summary Status Report. 4 items.
        4. Actual Detail Summary Report. 6 items.
        5. Chess Status Report. 12 items.
        6. Etc. 3 items.
      5. 18Q4: As revealed by Spider: Sundry links failed for Supervisions. 30 items.
      6. 18Q4: Create Priority Task List Report.
      7. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: Bridge Status Report Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Note OK. 70 items.
      8. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: Languages Status Report Achived Notes - links to Dissertation failing. Live Note OK. 43 items.
      9. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: Religion Status Report Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Note OK. 59 items.
      10. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: Links to Notes_xxx_Links, from Abstracts (94 items), Notes (25 … corrected manually), NotesPrint (1916). Fixed by +LL+ functor implementation.
      11. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: Notes_List_Control links fail for Supervisions. 58 items.
      12. 18Q3: Automatic Key-word Hyperlinking to Notes Project: Phase 2
        1. Added links based on Book & Paper Titles
        2. Added ***Read***-marker to Lists
        3. Allowed links to be ignored (rather than suppressed) during approval process
        4. Skip links to Status Reports, etc.
      13. 18Q3: Blog: Created Functor to generate Blog from Blog.
      14. 18Q3: Created auto-regen of all Note Link (Note_nnn_Link) Pages
      15. 18Q3: Created new '+LL+' Functor for links to Note_Link pages; fixed associated Notes.
      16. 18Q2: Added a process to 'fix' - by adding the Note-ID - those note-links added without stating the ID. This will save processing time.
      17. 18Q2: Created automatic key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity"). This was complicated for a number of reasons:-
        1. There are always false positives, so there needed to be a way of "proofing" what's to be done before doing anything.
        2. There will be times where it is inappropriate (eg. in quoted work by other authors). So, there had to be a way of permanently suppressing such links.
        3. The referencing differs depending on whether the term is in a Footnote or not.
        4. I needed to check for already-existing links, variant grammatical forms, etc.
        5. I created a MsgBox routine - providing context - so that what needed to be done with potential links could easily be decided when the linking process was (re-)run.
        6. Links are always to Notes, but are from Notes, Archived Notes, Authors and Book & Paper Abstracts & Comments.
      18. 18Q1: Automated format-change of old tables in Notes and Notes_Archive
      19. 18Q1: Extended deduction of Note links to Papers, and Papers with embedded Notes.
      20. 18Q1: Notes Functor74=29 Processing: Phase 1
        1. Basic processing to interpret comments in HTML code
        2. 01: Quarterly Report: Activity insert
        3. 02: Development Log report - Completed Items by Date
        4. 03: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Priority
        5. 04: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Category
        6. 05: Development Log report - Completed Items by Category
        7. 06: Quarterly Report: Priority 1 Outstanding Developments by Category
      21. 18Q1: Removed old "Printable Notes" links from Archived Notes
      22. 17Q4: Added %age complete to Notes Reading Lists
      23. 17Q4: Enabled deduction of Note link by omitting the Note ID from the mark-up and doing a look up on the key-word and its varients.
      24. 17Q3: Added Colour-coded "quality markers" to Notes: included them in lists and jump-tables
      25. 16Q1: Allowed Note- & Footnote-links from multiple words81=36. This is such a useful feature!
      26. 16Q1: Completed converting “static” pages to Notes.
      27. 16Q1: Enabled direct links to Notes from within Footnotes.
      28. 16Q1: Stopped (I hope!) “private” Notes showing in Paper Abstracts.
      29. 15Q4: Converted the “static” pages in my website to Note format (so they can change and retain history).
      30. 15Q4: Fixed problem of images not appearing in "Printed" Notes (wrong directory level) unless the images are repeated
      31. 15Q3: Tidied up the archived Notes.
      32. 14Q4: Made improvements to the regeneration and referencing of archived Notes.
      33. 14Q3: Created a progress-tracker for my Thesis.
      34. 14Q3: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links.
      35. 14Q3: Started to split Paper Abstracts from Write-ups.
      36. 14Q2: Wrote routines to import old (but missing) archived Notes into the database so they can be (and have been) re-exported in the current format.
      37. 14Q1: Made a lot of improvements to my Site generators, in particular the pesky bug that stopped the links to archived Notes working correctly.
      38. 13Q3: "Single Image" development for Notes
      39. 13Q3: Allowed "Authors Works Lists" to be linked-to from Notes
      40. 13Q3: Created Archived Notes Re-Export facility
      41. 13Q3: Simplified / Re-engineered Notes processing
      42. 13Q2: Improved "Concatenated Notes" production
      43. 10Q3: Add “Date Created” to Note_Links (for audit purposes; I’m still not convinced that links disappear when they should).
      44. 10Q3: Investigate Note_Links: needs versioning, and section of calling Note
      45. 10Q3: Wrote routines to automatically generate the “Printable Notes” footer – and to create the corresponding web pages – from the control table. Very useful.
      46. 09Q4: Restricted the size of the “previous versions” tables for Notes to 12.
      47. 09Q3: Enabled automatic immediate promotion to Live Website of selected Temp Notes.
      48. 09Q3: Enabled Concatenated Notes (by Group). This is only allowed for “Identity” Notes at the moment, which is what I’d wanted it for. It allows all Notes for a Group to be printed off in Title sequence, for ease of review.
      49. 09Q3: Ensured that the Notes Reading-list is generated from all 3 sub-topics.
      50. 09Q3: Functionally enhanced the Notes-generation processing options; to make niftier production possible. In particular, where individual Notes are selected, I made the re-generation of the cross-references optional (so that if only textual variation is being iterated, the iterations are quicker).
      51. 09Q3: Improved the performance of “All Notes” regeneration. The problem was with the generation of the generic reading lists based on Note Title. These only apply to the “Identity” Notes, and it was taking a long time to determine there was no list to produce.
      52. 09Q2: Added a table of Notes history at the end of each Note (ie. not just previous version) - to save tedious chaining
      53. 09Q1: Added reading-list (of works cited) at the end of the Note, as well as in the Printed Note
      54. 09Q1: Created optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes.
      55. 09Q1: Fixed the problem of the overpopulation of the Notes directory
      56. 09Q1: Option for Notes-Regen:
        1. Changed-only
        2. Changed, and all impacted by Change
        3. All
      57. 08Q1: Allowed regeneration of Temp Notes only
      58. 07Q4: Added referenced Books / Papers as footnote jump table to Notes
      59. 07Q4: Added referenced reading lists to printable version of Notes
      60. 07Q4: Improve "Temp" note processing. Suppress "_T" suffix (just don't copy to Transfer)
      61. 07Q4: When a Note is archived, ensured a printable note is also archived83=44 (if this Note has a print)
      62. 07Q3: Created "respondent notes" - database identifier & red indicator + text
      63. 07Q3: Created84=45 a "quick lookup" table of responses to a note and its sub-notes (recursive function on Notes_Links)
      64. 07Q3: Enabled generation of printable version of Notes
      65. 07Q3: Made Note-change-history available on-line (added status + publishable flags)
      66. 07Q2: Added "footnote" pages85=48 for Carthusians & King's
      67. 07Q2: Added "outgoing links" summary footer to Notes pages
      68. 07Q2: Allowed two sorts of Note - document-specific ("Write-up") and general
    • Papers
      1. 18Q2: Papers associated with broken links:-
        1. Created an area to hold pdfs, and automated links thereto.
        2. Created a pop-up to say I'd remove such pdfs if requested by their authors.
        3. Consequently, haven't password protected the area yet.
      2. 18Q1: Correction of narratives on Note time-recording pseudo-papers
    • Photos
      1. 19Q1: Created Photo-logging usage via Images table.
      2. 19Q1: Created Timeline software
      3. 19Q1: Timeline software: Added photos of Coxes Farm
      4. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: Fixed ImageRef to work for both embedded ('SRC') & linked images on the same page - eg. Carthusians. 12 items.
      5. 18Q3: Fix Bug: photos in Abstracts with embedded Notes - eg. "Grossman (Lev), Kurzweil (Ray) - 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal" - not displaying
      6. 13Q2: Reduced the size of photos (to make the pages quicker to load).
    • Process
      1. 18Q4: Added 'time to regenerate' sub-totals & grand-totals to Website Maintenance Dashboard.
      2. 18Q2: Re-engineered Website Maintenance Dashboard to show extra topical links (and show them at the top of the page).
      3. 18Q1: Improved efficiency of daily changes regeneration (removed msgboxes)
      4. 18Q1: Wrote a routine to update a set of .htm files, replacing text in them all
      5. 15Q4: Created a consolidated processor to enable overnight regeneration of the whole website.
      6. 14Q1: Created a “Website Regeneration Dashboard” to show when the various elements of my website have been refreshed, and how long the routines took to run. Links to this appear in the footer to each webpage.
      7. 14Q1: Improved the regeneration routines for the various classes of webpage, and got them to record statistics in support of the “Website Regeneration Dashboard”.
      8. 09Q4: Set up my database system to roll forward to the next academic year, and generate web-pages appropriately.
      9. 09Q3: Created a “performance stats” database and routines to write to it – though I only implemented them for the Notes generator.
      10. 07Q2: Improved ease of FTP process by use of Transfer Directory
    • Search
      1. 17Q2: Wrote routines to create a cut-down Website excluding pages with irrelevant or duplicated information. Used this to create the ZoomSearch facility.
      2. 07Q4: Created search facility using ZoomSearch
    • Spider
      1. 18Q4: Determined why Full_Link_Up_Levels_Gen takes so long - approximately 4 hours. Re-architected to reduce database reads.
      2. 16Q4: Added “.shtml” and “.shtm” to the list of web-suffices.
      3. 15Q4: Finally cracked the Spider for external links, and used it to check the 3,000-odd links from my website. Some tidying up outstanding.
      4. 14Q4: Fixed the bug wherein the Spider ran out of system resources on large runs: now compacts & repairs the slave database as it does along (every 200k links; parameterised).
      5. 14Q3: Continued working on my Spider and started to use it to clean up my website by diagnosing broken links.
      6. 13Q2: De-bugged the Spider.
      7. 10Q2: Wrote my own Web Spider.
        1. It’s a little bit of a cheat, in that it doesn’t actually invoke the web-links, but crawls through my directory structure selecting all the .htm files, and rummages through the HTML looking for links which it then copies to a table.
        2. It also maintains a table of the directory structure and files therein, and then works out the real address from the relative addressing.
        3. It then allows cross-checking between the links and the files.
        4. Links external to the site have to be investigated manually (at least I have a list of all the links) – unless I can work out how to use the list to power a browser to check.
        5. There are about 333k links in 55k files – the full run took about 8 hours.
        6. It now runs incrementally based on file last-updated dates.
    • Status
      1. 18Q4: Links occasionally missing from Summary Task List and Summary Task List (YTD).
      2. 18Q3: Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan between quarters says "previous quarter"; should be "current quarter"
      3. 18Q2: Added extra items to Functors to facilitate Quarterly Reporting:-
        1. Automatically calculated QTD & YTD time statistics in the quarterly reports.
        2. Provided a YTD task list for Status Reports for projects "in abeyance" to make reporting easier.
        3. Modified the statistics - to be just YTD - for YTD Status reports.
        4. Created table for - by Project - "Plans for the near future" tasks, and a functor to add them to the status report.
        5. Took "items competed" and "plans for the near future from the development log for the Web-tools status report.
        6. Created another functor to add these lists to the Summary report.
      4. 18Q1: Created web-page generator for Development items (ie. Created the Web-Project "To Do" List and "Outstanding Developments" directly from this list).
      5. 13Q3: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting on Change of Year
      6. 13Q2: Improved "This Month's Summary" Reporting
      7. 13Q2: Improved Quarterly Reporting
      8. 13Q1: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting Tables & improved Monthly Reporting
    • Technology
      1. 19Q1: Investigated the Hit Stats provided by Webalizer and produced web-pages to show the most active pages.
      2. 13Q3: Converted Tables to CSS3 standard
      3. 13Q3: Used CSS in all manually-crafted and automatically-generated pages
      4. 13Q1: Standardised to HTML592=43
    • Timesheets
      1. 17Q4: Separated Time Recording for Aeon
      2. 15Q1: Segregated time-recording so I can easily see how much time is spent developing and supporting my own website, and how much is spent on those of other organisations.
      3. 13Q3: Re-engineered Time-Recording, so that actuals are held against Papers (and Books) in a separate table, rather than as columns by year in the Papers / Books tables themselves. Retained the grand totals only.
      4. 08Q4: Updated Book totals from totals of the Papers contained therein
    • WebRefs
      1. 18Q4: Added Display text to WebRefs for Links to Stanford, Wikipedia & Aeon
      2. 18Q2: Created Functor to add stats to Website Generator Documentation - Web Links page.
      3. 18Q1: Determined & reported usage directly using embedded +WnnnW+ encoding rather than via the Spider. Reconciled the two methods.
      4. 18Q1: Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 1
        1. Completed "as is" functional documentation so I could see what's going on.
        2. Re-engineered so it made sense and ran efficiently without bugs
        3. Fixed the obvious data errors that confused the statistics - ie. where the returned URL differs from that requested and https issues.
        4. Wrote / improved diagnostic reports (web pages)
      5. 16Q1: Some tidying up of the 3,000-odd external links from my website.
      6. 13Q2: Some pages render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigated94=41.
      7. 10Q3: Improved the functionality for automatically generating external Web-links in Notes, Book Abstracts and Paper Abstracts. Corrected current data to accommodate the new code.
      8. 07Q2: Made Web Refs in Comments / Abstracts into Hyperlinks
  2. Other Websites: Completed Items By Category:-
    • Acts
      1. 16Q3: Developed a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. Two versions: Live (Acts: Live Site (http://www.acts-research.website/)) and Test (Acts: Test Site (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm)).
    • Bridge
      1. 17Q1: Added new features (70s Club & Monthly Pairs Winners) to my Bridge mini-websites.
      2. 17Q1: Created Master Point Lists & Promotions for the ECBA website.
      3. 16Q3: Revived the archive website for Mountnessing Bridge Club (Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml)).
      4. 16Q1: Accommodated Alaric’s new scoring system for St. Edith’s.
      5. 16Q1: Created Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s ladders for my mini-websites.
      6. 16Q1: Reconciled my X-IMP calculations with a new feature provided by Bridgewebs.
      7. 15Q4: Segregated the Bridge website generators from those for my own website. They now live in separate databases and have their own documenters.
      8. 15Q3: Created a new website (using Bridgewebs) for the First Class Bridge Academy (First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).
      9. 15Q3: Ported my “handicap / improvers” routines from Hutton to “Mini Websites”.
      10. 15Q2: Development of the “Eve Goblets” (victor ludorum) software for the ECBA, and roll-over to the new season.
      11. 15Q1: Further improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines.
      12. 15Q1: Started a project to provide small websites for bridge clubs without sites: Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm).
      13. 15Q1: Took on the ECBA Website (Link (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/)), at the cost of considerable effort by way of reformatting & tidy-up.
      14. 14Q4: Improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines – different formats, including the Jeff Smith format, and extension to Butler-scored Pairs events. This work has been taken up by the ECBA selectors for county-team selection.
      15. 14Q3: Created a suite of programs to extract data and calculate Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs from the travellers on Bridgewebs Teams events, and output ranking-lists to the Web.
      16. 13Q2: Merged95=42 Philosophy & Bridge Databases
    • Enigma
      1. 18Q4: Added 'EE' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
      2. 15Q3: Created a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
    • Sophie
      1. 18Q4: Added 'SB' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
      2. 15Q3: Completed the upgrade of Sophie Botros96=38’s website; see Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/).





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 6:
  • There have been continual changes and bug-fixes that are not worth reporting.
  • A quarterly release - or the equivalent - of small changes is to be understood passim.
  • There were gaps in the development log that have been filled in from old reports. I've ignored developments for now-defunct sites.
  • However, for my own site I've erred in the direction of plenitude to remind me of what went on. I may prune the list in due course.
Footnote 19:
  • This situation occurs in these reports, and elsewhere.
Footnote 20: Footnote 29:
  • An eccentric use of this term.
  • By it I mean the extraction of data from a database, formatting it, and inserting the resulting text in line into a web-page.
Footnote 36:
  • As demonstrated here!
Footnote 37:
  • I subsequently found a bug whereby it was backing up the entire code-base each time!
Footnote 38:
  • Sophie is an old friend and supervisor from Birkbeck.
Footnote 40:
  • Naturally, I can now say precisely what I mean, by using a plus-sign, as it no longer causes the process to fail!
Footnote 41:
  • Fixed – it was very long blank-free URLs in the Source column.
  • I now call my “WebRef” function to convert these to hyperlinks.
Footnote 42:
  • This was a mistaken idea, and was subsequently reversed!
Footnote 43:
  • Rather irritatingly, when I checked my site in all browsers, I found that it appeared a right mess in some of them (I forget the details).
  • It all stemmed from the DocType parameter, which I had to revert.
Footnote 44:
  • I must have unwound this one - presumably it didn't work - and need to re-do it.
Footnote 45:
  • Did I - or was this an intention?
  • The whole "respondent" process didn't work out well as it fragments the discussion, so this might be important.
Footnote 46:
  • This must have been unwound if it was ever implemented.
Footnote 47:
  • "BB" = "Blackberry" (for when I had one!)
  • Response times - eg. in bookshops - used to be awful. This "binary chop" approach is no longer needed.
Footnote 48:
  • What was this?
Footnote 49:
  • What was this?
Footnote 50:
  • Presumably this was the ancester of this page before it was converted to a Note?
Footnote 51:
  • What was this?
Footnote 53:
  • Naturally, I can now say precisely what I mean, by using a plus-sign, as it no longer causes the process to fail!
Footnote 54:
  • This must have been unwound if it was ever implemented.
Footnote 55:
  • "BB" = "Blackberry" (for when I had one!)
  • Response times - eg. in bookshops - used to be awful. This "binary chop" approach is no longer needed.
Footnote 56:
  • I subsequently found a bug whereby it was backing up the entire code-base each time!
Footnote 57:
  • This situation occurs in these reports, and elsewhere.
Footnote 58: Footnote 59:
  • What was this?
Footnote 60:
  • What was this?
Footnote 61:
  • Presumably this was the ancester of this page before it was converted to a Note?
Footnote 74:
  • An eccentric use of this term.
  • By it I mean the extraction of data from a database, formatting it, and inserting the resulting text in line into a web-page.
Footnote 81:
  • As demonstrated here!
Footnote 83:
  • I must have unwound this one - presumably it didn't work - and need to re-do it.
Footnote 84:
  • Did I - or was this an intention?
  • The whole "respondent" process didn't work out well as it fragments the discussion, so this might be important.
Footnote 85:
  • What was this?
Footnote 92:
  • Rather irritatingly, when I checked my site in all browsers, I found that it appeared a right mess in some of them (I forget the details).
  • It all stemmed from the DocType parameter, which I had to revert.
Footnote 94:
  • Fixed – it was very long blank-free URLs in the Source column.
  • I now call my “WebRef” function to convert these to hyperlinks.
Footnote 95:
  • This was a mistaken idea, and was subsequently reversed!
Footnote 96:
  • Sophie is an old friend and supervisor from Birkbeck.

Note last updated: 31/05/2019 17:11:02


Footnote 4.19: (Website - Outstanding Developments)

Rationale for this Document

  • My website has evolved over time, and some parts are more active than others. Some parts haven’t been looked at (by me) for years.
  • I have known of various problems for some time, and they have been queuing for development awaiting opportunity / enthusiasm.
  • My focus has always been content before form. However, it’s form that catches the eye. So, the site needs a makeover.
  • I’ve also used rather primitive HTML techniques – whatever’s simplest, quickest and less distracting from my philosophical studies.
  • I have started to document my website and the site-generator. The results are currently in a password-protected area.
    1. The Functional Documentation is very rudimentary, but
    2. The Technical Documentation – in the form of the actual code with hyperlinks between routines, and links to the tables and queries used – is wonderful (even if I say so myself) – something Microsoft should have supplied.
    3. The Progress to Date Document provides a brief functional overview, together with the schedule of past quarterly upgrades.
  • Outstanding developments are listed below in two sequences:-
    1. By Priority
    2. By Category
  • Items that have been “Cancelled” or for which a “Work-around” has been found are included in the lists under these status-codes so they are not lost sight of.


  1. Own Website: Outstanding Items By Priority:-
    • Priority: 1
      1. Architecture: 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.
      2. Architecture (On-Going): Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Architecture: Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      4. Authors: As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
      5. Authors: As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
      6. Backups: Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      7. Books/Papers: Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      8. Documenter (In Progress): Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      9. Education: "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Plan what to do (and with the eBooks in my possession).
      10. Education: "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science": Re-start, or maybe just "audit".
      11. Education: "Harvard University - CS50W Web Programming with Python and JavaScript": either complete it in 2019, or check it'll still run in 2020.
      12. Education: Bitcoin & Blockchain: Understand better
      13. Education: Bootstrap: Investigate.
      14. Education (In Progress): Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      15. Infrastructure: iCloud: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
      16. Notes: Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      17. Notes: 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.
      18. Notes: As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
      19. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Blog Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
      20. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
      21. Notes: Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      22. Notes: Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      23. Notes: Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      24. Photos: Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      25. Photos: Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays
      26. Process (In Progress): As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
      27. Process: Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      28. Process: Full Website Regeneration is now taking 35 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
      29. Spider: 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 pages4 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.
      30. Spider (In Progress): The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
        1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed5 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!
      31. Technology: Look into Sistrix Smart6. 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
      32. WebRefs: As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
      33. WebRefs: As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 16 items.
      34. WebRefs: 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.
      35. WebRefs: Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
        1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
        2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
        3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
      36. WebRefs: Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
    • Priority: 2
      1. Abstracts (In Progress): Ensure some minimal data on Abstracts for Identity Papers Read
      2. Architecture: Improve flexibility of password-protected areas (ie. multiple areas, with different log-ons).
      3. Backups: Determine why flag on directories "not to be backed up" gets reset
      4. Backups: Investigate historic error messages
      5. Notes: Add "Specific", "Contextual" & "General" Notes as an optional footer to all Notes. I think this is important – part of the difficulty in understanding some philosophers is knowing what their background assumptions are, as this influences what they take to be “obvious” or “a given”.
      6. Notes: Bug: "++ NP ++" links to previously linked note or to (non-)Note 0. Example!
      7. Notes: Check (in use) that the optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes doesn't print other footnotes further down the chain. Probably OK.
      8. Notes: Enable reproduction of archived “Printed Notes”.
      9. Notes: Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
      10. Notes: Improve Printable notes processing for "Temp" Notes (ie. produce a "_T" (& include all "_T"s), but leave standard prints free of "Temps".
      11. Notes: Investigate Notes Archiving - see if could re-create re-formatted if required from saved historical versions (but not fixed re directories)
      12. Notes: Reading Lists: Fix duplications:-
        1. Items "cited" and "categorised" (sometimes seem to) appear twice.
        2. Books and "single papers" of that Book both appear.
      13. Notes: Solve the problem of the size limitation for Notes (eg. by allowing their concatenation, but check in Access 2013 first).
      14. Papers: Remove all large “Comments” that have been utilised to expand Paper Abstracts (by moving them to Notes9).
      15. Papers: When "+PnnnP+" reference used in an Object, allow "#Reference" style to be more specific where in the Paper Abstract the reference is.
      16. Technology: Increase use of CSS Style Sheets
      17. WebRefs (In Progress): Complete investigation and correction of broken “External” Links.
    • Priority: 3
      1. Aesthetics: Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
      2. Architecture: Add scrolling titles to Lists
      3. Authors: Enable "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X).
      4. Books/Papers: Introduce check that if a Book is flagged as "read" so are its Papers. Manual check completed in March 2018.
      5. Books/Papers: Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
      6. Bridge: Hand-Dealing:
        1. Some hands not showing in consolidated lists
        2. Bidding sometimes missing for SD (maybe connected)
      7. Documenter: Investigate & fix “Query Fragments” issue.
      8. Documenter (On-Going): Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
      9. Documenter: Separate Documenter from the main database & code, then add a parameter so it doesn’t necessarily document itself.
      10. Documenter: 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 therefrom.
      11. Facebook: Upgrade my Facebook page ("Facebook - Understand Facebook & Build Personal Facebook Page") using "Abram (Carolyn) - Facebook for Dummies: Fifth Edition" for inspiration / guidance.
      12. Notes: Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 170) are being truncated.
      13. Notes: Fix problem with broken bespoke links to Printed Notes from Archived Notes.
      14. Notes: Improve flexibility of reading lists attached to printable version of Notes (different sort orders, priority items only, etc).
      15. Notes: Improve reading-lists from Notes (ie. firstly PID, then all starting with topic from Philosophy Papers Full)
      16. Status: Check how "YTD Planned %" is calculated - seems incorrect early in the Quarter if the plan varies during the year.
      17. Technology: Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.
      18. Technology: Read the Google documentation (Link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/)) to investigate where I’m going wrong in the (failure to) use META tags to ensure my stuff sorts correctly in the search engines.
      19. Technology: Use generated Javascript to allow multi-level expandable / contractable lists in Notes and Paper Abstracts.
      20. Technology: Very long pages (eg. Concatenated Notes and Book Paper Abstracts) fail to render correctly in Firefox (mostly OK in other browsers). Investigate whether it’s possible to subdivide them.
    • Priority: 4
      1. Technology: Add page-hit counters
    • Priority: 5
      1. Documenter: Technical Documenter:-
        1. Investigate possibilities of retailing the documenter.
        2. Enhance to document Macros.
        3. Look at ways of documenting other (MS Access) databases & trial on Northwind.
    • Work-arounds
      1. Books (Work-around): Book Comments: if there are explicit internal links to files in Book Comments, they cannot work both in the BookSummary and BookPaperAbstracts, which are at different directory levels. So, don’t put them in the Comments – only in the Abstract.
      2. Books (Work-around): Books - Referencing of Notes: The "+NnnnN+" method works from the Book Summary, "++nnn++" from Book Abstract, but neither vice-versa.
      3. Books (Work-around): Books by Location: the jump table led to an invalid location. I bodged the data, by deleting an unused location, and didn’t properly investigate.
      4. Books (Work-around): Books to Notes: There’s an issue if a Note changes from Secure to non-Secure, but I bodged the data and didn’t try to fix it.
    • Cancelled Developments
      1. Architecture: Create expandable lists in Abstracts, Notes ("Plus table12" cells? For categorised lists)
      2. Books: Create "Books by Subject" and "Books by Title" lists
      3. Books/Papers: Create list of "Identity" papers - and books - to obtain (ie. the "zzz"s)
      4. Books/Papers: Create Second-Level Jump (+ maybe split pages) for Philosophy / Identity Papers / Books Full - similar to Blackberry pages
      5. Books/Papers: Determine more efficient method of updating "Books to Papers", "Papers to Notes" and "Books to Notes" - use archiving
      6. Education: Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
      7. General: Fix "American" date formats in Electronic Resources page
      8. Notes: Create "who's who" of respondents (will just be private notes)
      9. Technology: Create own local webserver
      10. Technology: Increase use of Frames13
      11. Technology: Investigate Wiki-technology (inc. Confluence, Plone CMS & Windows Help)
      12. WebRefs: Add collection of "non-identity" weblinks.
  2. Other Websites: Outstanding Items By Priority:-
    • Priority: 1
      1. Bridge: Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
      2. Enigma (On-Going): Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
      3. Sophie (On-Going): Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)
    • Cancelled Developments
      1. Bridge: Run Eve Goblets - if asked!



Outstanding Developments by Category
  1. Own Website: Outstanding Items By Category:-
    • Abstracts
      1. Priority 2 (In Progress): Ensure some minimal data on Abstracts for Identity Papers Read
    • Aesthetics
      1. Priority 3: Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
    • Architecture
      1. Priority 1: 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.
      2. Priority 1 (On-Going): Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Priority 1: Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      4. Priority 2: Improve flexibility of password-protected areas (ie. multiple areas, with different log-ons).
      5. Priority 3: Add scrolling titles to Lists
      6. Cancelled: Create expandable lists in Abstracts, Notes ("Plus table14=12" cells? For categorised lists)
    • Authors
      1. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
      2. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
      3. Priority 3: Enable "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X).
    • Backups
      1. Priority 1: Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      2. Priority 2: Determine why flag on directories "not to be backed up" gets reset
      3. Priority 2: Investigate historic error messages
    • Books
      1. Work-around: Book Comments: if there are explicit internal links to files in Book Comments, they cannot work both in the BookSummary and BookPaperAbstracts, which are at different directory levels. So, don’t put them in the Comments – only in the Abstract.
      2. Work-around: Books - Referencing of Notes: The "+NnnnN+" method works from the Book Summary, "++nnn++" from Book Abstract, but neither vice-versa.
      3. Work-around: Books by Location: the jump table led to an invalid location. I bodged the data, by deleting an unused location, and didn’t properly investigate.
      4. Work-around: Books to Notes: There’s an issue if a Note changes from Secure to non-Secure, but I bodged the data and didn’t try to fix it.
      5. Cancelled: Create "Books by Subject" and "Books by Title" lists
    • Books/Papers
      1. Priority 1: Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      2. Priority 3: Introduce check that if a Book is flagged as "read" so are its Papers. Manual check completed in March 2018.
      3. Priority 3: Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
      4. Cancelled: Create list of "Identity" papers - and books - to obtain (ie. the "zzz"s)
      5. Cancelled: Create Second-Level Jump (+ maybe split pages) for Philosophy / Identity Papers / Books Full - similar to Blackberry pages
      6. Cancelled: Determine more efficient method of updating "Books to Papers", "Papers to Notes" and "Books to Notes" - use archiving
    • Bridge
      1. Priority 3: Hand-Dealing:
        1. Some hands not showing in consolidated lists
        2. Bidding sometimes missing for SD (maybe connected)
    • Documenter
      1. Priority 1 (In Progress): Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      2. Priority 3: Investigate & fix “Query Fragments” issue.
      3. Priority 3 (On-Going): Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
      4. Priority 3: Separate Documenter from the main database & code, then add a parameter so it doesn’t necessarily document itself.
      5. Priority 3: 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 therefrom.
      6. Priority 5: Technical Documenter:-
        1. Investigate possibilities of retailing the documenter.
        2. Enhance to document Macros.
        3. Look at ways of documenting other (MS Access) databases & trial on Northwind.
    • Education
      1. Priority 1: "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Plan what to do (and with the eBooks in my possession).
      2. Priority 1: "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science": Re-start, or maybe just "audit".
      3. Priority 1: "Harvard University - CS50W Web Programming with Python and JavaScript": either complete it in 2019, or check it'll still run in 2020.
      4. Priority 1: Bitcoin & Blockchain: Understand better
      5. Priority 1: Bootstrap: Investigate.
      6. Priority 1 (In Progress): Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      7. Cancelled: Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
    • Facebook
      1. Priority 3: Upgrade my Facebook page ("Facebook - Understand Facebook & Build Personal Facebook Page") using "Abram (Carolyn) - Facebook for Dummies: Fifth Edition" for inspiration / guidance.
    • General
      1. Cancelled: Fix "American" date formats in Electronic Resources page
    • Infrastructure
      1. Priority 1: iCloud: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
    • Notes
      1. Priority 1: Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      2. Priority 1: 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. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
      4. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: Blog Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
      5. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
      6. Priority 1: Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      7. Priority 1: Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      8. Priority 1: Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      9. Priority 2: Add "Specific", "Contextual" & "General" Notes as an optional footer to all Notes. I think this is important – part of the difficulty in understanding some philosophers is knowing what their background assumptions are, as this influences what they take to be “obvious” or “a given”.
      10. Priority 2: Bug: "++ NP ++" links to previously linked note or to (non-)Note 0. Example!
      11. Priority 2: Check (in use) that the optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes doesn't print other footnotes further down the chain. Probably OK.
      12. Priority 2: Enable reproduction of archived “Printed Notes”.
      13. Priority 2: Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
      14. Priority 2: Improve Printable notes processing for "Temp" Notes (ie. produce a "_T" (& include all "_T"s), but leave standard prints free of "Temps".
      15. Priority 2: Investigate Notes Archiving - see if could re-create re-formatted if required from saved historical versions (but not fixed re directories)
      16. Priority 2: Reading Lists: Fix duplications:-
        1. Items "cited" and "categorised" (sometimes seem to) appear twice.
        2. Books and "single papers" of that Book both appear.
      17. Priority 2: Solve the problem of the size limitation for Notes (eg. by allowing their concatenation, but check in Access 2013 first).
      18. Priority 3: Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 170) are being truncated.
      19. Priority 3: Fix problem with broken bespoke links to Printed Notes from Archived Notes.
      20. Priority 3: Improve flexibility of reading lists attached to printable version of Notes (different sort orders, priority items only, etc).
      21. Priority 3: Improve reading-lists from Notes (ie. firstly PID, then all starting with topic from Philosophy Papers Full)
      22. Cancelled: Create "who's who" of respondents (will just be private notes)
    • Papers
      1. Priority 2: Remove all large “Comments” that have been utilised to expand Paper Abstracts (by moving them to Notes20=9).
      2. Priority 2: When "+PnnnP+" reference used in an Object, allow "#Reference" style to be more specific where in the Paper Abstract the reference is.
    • Photos
      1. Priority 1: Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      2. Priority 1: Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays
    • Process
      1. Priority 1 (In Progress): As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
      2. Priority 1: Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      3. Priority 1: Full Website Regeneration is now taking 35 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
    • Spider
      1. Priority 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 pages21=4 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. Priority 1 (In Progress): The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
        1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed22=5 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!
    • Status
      1. Priority 3: Check how "YTD Planned %" is calculated - seems incorrect early in the Quarter if the plan varies during the year.
    • Technology
      1. Priority 1: Look into Sistrix Smart23=6. 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
      2. Priority 2: Increase use of CSS Style Sheets
      3. Priority 3: Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.
      4. Priority 3: Read the Google documentation (Link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/)) to investigate where I’m going wrong in the (failure to) use META tags to ensure my stuff sorts correctly in the search engines.
      5. Priority 3: Use generated Javascript to allow multi-level expandable / contractable lists in Notes and Paper Abstracts.
      6. Priority 3: Very long pages (eg. Concatenated Notes and Book Paper Abstracts) fail to render correctly in Firefox (mostly OK in other browsers). Investigate whether it’s possible to subdivide them.
      7. Priority 4: Add page-hit counters
      8. Cancelled: Create own local webserver
      9. Cancelled: Increase use of Frames24=13
      10. Cancelled: Investigate Wiki-technology (inc. Confluence, Plone CMS & Windows Help)
    • WebRefs
      1. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
      2. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 16 items.
      3. Priority 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.
      4. Priority 1: Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
        1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
        2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
        3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
      5. Priority 1: Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
      6. Priority 2 (In Progress): Complete investigation and correction of broken “External” Links.
      7. Cancelled: Add collection of "non-identity" weblinks.
  2. Other Websites: Outstanding Items By Category:-
    • Bridge
      1. Priority 1: Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
      2. Cancelled: Run Eve Goblets - if asked!
    • Enigma
      1. Priority 1 (On-Going): Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
    • Sophie
      1. Priority 1 (On-Going): Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • Note that Backup_Prune_Ctrl deletes (relevant) pages that weren't regenerated in the last full site-regen, but this isn't the same thing.
Footnote 5:
  • These are URLs that were used in web pages but hadn't yet been converted to the +WnnnW+ format, so appeared at the end with no WebRef ID.
Footnote 6:
  • See Sistrix (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Optimizr (http://www.optimizr.com/) (which now auto-forwards to Sistrix).
  • A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
  • An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 9:
  • Once the size-limitation on Notes has been resolved.
Footnote 12:
  • I'm not sure what was intended here.
Footnote 13:
  • This is now archaic, and was subsequently largely abandoned, though useful at the time.
Footnote 14:
  • I'm not sure what was intended here.
Footnote 20:
  • Once the size-limitation on Notes has been resolved.
Footnote 21:
  • Note that Backup_Prune_Ctrl deletes (relevant) pages that weren't regenerated in the last full site-regen, but this isn't the same thing.
Footnote 22:
  • These are URLs that were used in web pages but hadn't yet been converted to the +WnnnW+ format, so appeared at the end with no WebRef ID.
Footnote 23:
  • See Sistrix (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Optimizr (http://www.optimizr.com/) (which now auto-forwards to Sistrix).
  • A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
  • An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 24:
  • This is now archaic, and was subsequently largely abandoned, though useful at the time.

Note last updated: 31/05/2019 17:11:02


Footnote 4.20: (Website Generator Documentation - Control Page)

For a Functional Overview for my website and its generator, see this Note.

A schematic representation of the front screen of the MS Access application that generates my website is as below.

  • I know it's a bit crowded, but it's for private use.
  • Click on "Code" for links through to the VBA code.
  • For functional documentation, click on "Note". The functions are bunched into classes, so many links will take you to the same place initially.
  • The usual colour-conventions are not followed. This is all my own work!
  • This Note is awaiting further attention.

Tables showing (approximately) when the underlying procedures were updated are given via the links below:-

 THEO TODMAN'S WEBSITE GENERATOR 
Identity Papers Read
Code + Note
Search Papers
Code + Note
Webpages - Notes Export
Code + Note
Notes Table By Group
Code + Note
Identity Papers Read (Sub-Topic)
Code + Note
Papers Table
Code + Note
Webpages - Printable Note Export
Code + Note
Auto Reference Notes
Code + Note
Identity Papers Full
Code + Note
Search Books
Code + Note
Update Thesis Dashboard
Code + Note
Translate Deduced Note References
Code + Note
Identity Papers Full (Sub-Topic)
Code + Note
Books Table
Code + Note
Missing Timesheet Tasks
Code + Note
Prune Website
Code + Note
Philosophy Papers Full
Code + Note
Search Notes
Code + Note
Books on Order
Code + Note
Development Log
Code + Note
Philosophy Papers Full (by Topic)
Code + Note
Notes Table
Code + Note
Webpage - Maintenance Dashboard
Code + Note
Full Website Re-Gen
Code + Note
Philosophy Papers Full (SubTopic)
Code + Note
Webpages - Paper Abstracts
Code + Note
Quarterly Reporting - Summary
Code + Note
Update / Check Web Links
Code + Note
Webpages - Books
Code + Note
Display Changed Paper Abstracts
Code + Note
Quarterly Reporting - Task Lists
Code + Note
Backups + ZoomSearch
Code + Note
Webpages - Books (by Topic)
Code + Note
Paper Abstract Archive
Code + Note
Temp Notes
Code + Note
Open Notes Archive Regen Form
Code + Note
Webpages - Books (by Location)
Code + Note
Webpage - Paper + Book Summaries Regen
Code + Note
Webpages - Philosophers Index
Code + Note
Run Web Spider
Code + Note
Webpages - Books to Papers Links
Code + Note
Display Changed Paper + Book Summaries
Code + Note
Philosophers Index Abstract Search
Code + Note
Webpages - Book Citings
Code + Note
Webpages - Papers to Notes Links
Code + Note
Paper + Book Summaries Archive
Code + Note
Recalculation + Housekeeping
Code + Note
Webpages - Paper Citings
Code + Note
Webpages - Books to Notes Links
Code + Note
Search / Add Author Narratives
Code + Note
Webpage - Precis Export
Code + Note
Notes_To_Print + Notes_Archive Tables
Code + Note
Webpages - BookPaperAbstracts
Code + Note
Webpages - Author Narratives
Code + Note
Webpage - Electronic Resources
Code + Note
Webpages - Concatenated Notes
Code + Note
Visitor Stats
Code
Books Move
Code + Note
Run Code Documenter
Code + Note
Update / Output Timeline Pages
Code + Note
SpareCLOSE APPLICATION
Code
Spare

Note last updated: 31/05/2019 19:29:17


Footnote 10: (Status: Languages (2019 - March + Ongoing))

The text of this report – apart from some statistics – hasn’t been changed since end September 2018 as this project is in abeyance. This report is generated automatically.

Rationale for this Project
  • I don’t claim to have any linguistic ability, and am usually too shy to utter anything in public in a language other than English – partly because of an obsession with accuracy, but also because of a lack of interest in the use of language for basic communication, leading to a lack of command of everyday speech.
  • I’m interested in how languages function, and in particular how languages in related or unrelated groups compare as far as their grammar and vocabulary are concerned.
  • I’m also interested in nativist theses about the innate hard-wiring of human brains for the acquisition of natural languages at critical phases of psychological development (see my BA Philosophy dissertation “Poverty of Stimulus Arguments for Innate Grammar1”).
  • Anyway, at various times of my life I have made forays into various languages by formal or informal study.
  • This used to involve listening on my iPod while walking to and from the station, when exercising down the gym, or in the car to and from music lessons. Now these opportunities have mostly gone. I do have the opportunity when walking Henry the dog, but prefer to let my mind wander.
  • Another problem is that, while initially progress seems rapid, after a while repeated listening to a very limited conversational CD doesn’t lead to any further progress in vocabulary and grammatical understanding – for this, reading and careful study is required.
  • Other reasons for bothering with languages are that Classical Greek, Hebrew and maybe Syriac, Arabic and Latin should be of use in my theological studies, and Brazilian Portuguese, Turkish and (potentially) Thai are important with family-members (or potential family-members) as native speakers.
  • This project has varied in priority over recent years, but is now mostly moth-balled. This is to provide focus for my major projects, but also reflects the fact that time spent on occasional forays into language-learning is effectively wasted.
  • However, now Nat has arranged to work remotely in Thailand, learning Thai has some relevance.

Summary of Progress during January - March 2019
  1. I spent 0.5 hours in 19Q1 on this Project, or related work (5.75 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 3.9% of the planned effort (14.8% YTD). Overall, 0.1% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 0.5% YTD) - as against 1.9% planned (2.8% YTD).
  2. YTD Activity2
    Languages (Total Hours = 5.75)
    1. Languages - Admin (Total Hours = 2)
    2. Languages - Thai (Total Hours = 3.75)
  3. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List3, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future Materials for Use

These can be followed up here4. The document needs a review, but not a major update.




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
  • As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
  • Hence, the YTD Activity is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.

Note last updated: 05/04/2019 10:36:29


Footnote 10.1: (Poverty of Stimulus)

  • This is my BA Dissertation on the topic of Poverty of Stimulus arguments for the Innateness of Grammar. I enjoyed this investigation, and intend to use the kind of abductive arguments on which it is based as a model for my PhD thesis.
  • Currently, this Essay is only available as a PDF: Click here. It is my intention to convert this to Note format shortly.

Note last updated: 01/08/2017 00:11:31


Footnote 10.3: (Status: Summary Task List (2019: April - May))

This is a list of the tasks performed on my various projects since my last status report. It is automatically generated from my time-recording system, so is fairly crude. See also the YTD Report. For the latest list of Priority Tasks that I'm supposed to be working on, follow this link. The main purpose (for me) is to provide readily-available hyperlinks to what I've just written. Projects are in priority sequence, broken down by sub-project where appropriate. If the project name has a superscript, clicking on the name will take you to the last published report for this project. To jump to the Project task-lists, click on the links in the list below:-

  1. Thesis (For the latest Status Dashboard, Click Here)
  2. Thesis Background
  3. Thesis (Aeon)
  4. Religion
  5. Religion Background
  6. Website
  7. Website Others
  8. Music
  9. Chess
  10. Bridge
  11. Consciousness
  12. Languages
  13. Mathematics
  14. HiQ
Links to the latest time-analyses are given first.
  1. Total Time outstanding this period = 186.5 hours
  2. Click Here for Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2020) by Sub-Project
  3. Click Here for (by Project)
    • Summary of Effort YTD & QTD
    • Time Analysis (YTD by Study-location)
  4. Click Here for (by Project)
    • Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Split (Previous Quarter & YTD)
    • Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Actual (Previous Quarter & YTD)
    • Plan Summary (Next Quarter & Full Year)
    • Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - 2020)
Project 1: Thesis (Total Hours = 169.25)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 157.5)
  2. Thesis - Discussions
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 10.5)
  4. Thesis - Seminars (Reading)
Project 2: Thesis Background (Total Hours = 29.25)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 26.25)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin
  3. Thesis Background - Status (Total Hours = 2.75)
Project 3: Thesis (Aeon) Project 4: Religion Project 5: Religion Background (Total Hour = 1)
  1. Religion Background - Admin
  2. Religion Background - Discussions
Project 6: Website (Total Hours = 40)
  1. Website - Bridge Development
  2. Website - Bridge Maintenance (Total Hours = 3.25)
    • Bridge - ECBA Website - Assistance to Petra (OneDrive) (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Results Database Maintenance (3 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (3.25 hours)
  3. Website - Development (Total Hours = 12.75)
    • Add a pick-list to my Priority Task List (Functor_10) (0.5 hours)
    • Fixed obscure bug in CreateAuthorsWebPages for new Authors (0.5 hours)
    • Review Webalizer Methodology & Consolidate Stats (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add Jump Table to sections of Authors Pages (3.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add 'Statistics' Comment to Book/Paper Summaries (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Functional Overview (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Printable Notes (4 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Improve automatic WebRefs Checking (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration - Add debug-print of stage timestamps (0.25 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (12.75 hours)
  4. Website - Education
  5. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 3.5)
  6. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 19.5)
    • 19Q1 Status Reports (2.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (2.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual / Automatic URL Checks (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Maintain Text of Family Page (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Maintain Text of my Music Page (5.5 hours)
    • Website - Maintain Text of my Personal Page (2.25 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (0.75 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh (0.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (17.25 hours)
Project 7: Website Others Project 8: Music (Total Hours = 52.75)
  1. Music - Administration (Total Hours = 4.5)
  2. Music - Aural (Total Hours = 2.75)
  3. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 45.5)
Project 9: Chess (Total Hours = 40)
  1. Chess - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 2.75)
  2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 17.5)
    • 19Q1 Status Reports (2 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Communications, Admin, Grading, etc. (8.5 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Travel to Matches (7 hours)
      → See "Chess - Chess - Admin" (17.5 hours)
  3. Chess - Play (Total Hours = 16)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - NECL Match (12.5 hours)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Southend League Match (3.5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Chess - Playing" (16 hours)
  4. Chess - Study
  5. Chess - Training
Project 10: Bridge (Total Hours = 79.25)
  1. Bridge - Reading / Writing
  2. Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 6.25)
    • 19Q1 Status Reports (2.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Emails to David (1.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Emails to Petra (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Socialising with Tony (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Strong Diamond - Convention Card Update (2 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (6.25 hours)
  3. Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 45.25)
    • Bridge - Bernie's Friday (David Tennet) (3 hours)
    • Bridge - ECBA Championship Pairs (David Tennet) (7 hours)
    • Bridge - ECBA League Match (David Tennet) (13.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Mountnessing (David Tennet) (15.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Warboys B (David Tennet) (6.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Playing" (45.25 hours)
  4. Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 25.25)
    • Bridge - Session Reviews (David Tennet) (12.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Strong Diamond) (12.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Study" (25.25 hours)
Project 11: Consciousness Project 12: Languages (Total Hours = 7)
  1. Languages - Admin
  2. Languages - Arabic (Total Hours = 2)
  3. Languages - Maltese (Total Hours = 4.5)
Project 13: Mathematics Project 14: HiQ

Note last updated: 31/05/2019 17:26:53


Footnote 10.4: (Languages - Materials for Use)

The majority of the materials available for my Languages project are listed below. The links to the “Categorised Lists” list everything that I’ve managed to catalogue, including works written in the various languages. The explicit lists show the more interesting (usually fairly recently-acquired) items, in particular the grammars and dictionaries:-

  1. All: Categorised List
    • On-Line: There are lots of on-line resources – many of them free – but the two best ones I’ve discovered are:-
      1. Duolingo: see Duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com/) (also Duolingo).
      2. Live Lingua: See Link (https://www.livelingua.com/). In addition to offering 11 language course via Skype (only the first lesson is free!) this site is a portal for three large free collections:-
        • Peace Corps Language Courses: See Link (https://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-language-courses.php).
        • FSI Language Courses: See Link (https://www.livelingua.com/fsi-language-courses.php). I’ve known of this collection for some time, but in general not had time to make use of it. These free language materials are from the Foreign Services Institute – a US Government training programme hailing from the 1960s - 1980s. The material is fully functional, but rather antiquated, and so of poor technical quality – hiss on the old tapes and blobby photocopies. The training focus is on learning (“over-learning”, they say) to speak the languages, not on learning how they work (given that native speakers often have no explicit knowledge of the grammar of their own language). The tapes have no English, so are inaccessible in the absence of the scripts. Some other organisations may be attempting to improve this public-domain material – eg. Thai appears here in the old format as Link (https://www.livelingua.com/project/fsi/Thai/), but elsewhere as a wiki (Link - Defunct).
        • DLI Language Courses: See Link (https://www.livelingua.com/dli/).
      3. More Theoretically / Sociologically:
        • World Atlas of Language Structures: For WALS Online, see Link (https://wals.info/).
        • Ethnologue: see Link (https://www.ethnologue.com/).
      One day I’ll investigate this lot, and add links for the languages that interest me in the list below.
    • Background: See1:-
      → "Dalby (Andrew) - Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages",
      → "Crystal (David) - The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language", and
      → "Roeper (Tom) - The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism".
    • Linguistics: Click Here for the books and papers referenced in "van Oostendorp (Marc) - Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics".
    • A lot of books on the Philosophy of Language.
  2. Amharic (Ethiopic): Categorised List.
  3. Anglo-Saxon: Categorised List.
  4. Arabic: Categorised List.
  5. Aramaic: Categorised List.
  6. Armenian: Categorised List.
  7. Chinese: Categorised List.
  8. Coptic: Categorised List.
  9. Danish: Categorised List.
  10. Dutch: Categorised List.
  11. Egyptian (Ancient): Categorised List.
  12. French: Categorised List.
    The following each come with 3 CDs:- I’ve probably a bunch of stuff hidden in the garage, but from the conversational perspective, are the most appropriate. Eventually I should look at
  13. German: Categorised List. The following each come with 3 CDs:- I also have:-
  14. Greek (Koine / New Testament): Categorised List. I also have the following,
  15. Greek (Modern): Categorised List.
  16. Hebrew (Classical): Categorised List.
  17. Hebrew (Modern): Categorised List.
  18. Hindi: Categorised List.
  19. Italian: Categorised List.
  20. Japanese: Categorised List.
  21. Latin: Categorised List.
  22. Persian: Categorised List.
  23. Portuguese: Categorised List.
  24. Russian: Categorised List.
  25. Sanscrit: Categorised List.
  26. Spanish: Categorised List. Supplemented by:- I also have three of my daughters’ books, ie:-
  27. Swedish: Categorised List.
  28. Syriac: Categorised List.
  29. Thai: Categorised List.
  30. Turkish: Categorised List.
  31. Yiddish: Categorised List.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: I’ve probably got a lot more, but these were particularly interesting.

Note last updated: 14/10/2016 22:14:53


Footnote 11: (Status: Mathematics (2019 - March + Ongoing))

The text of this report – apart from some statistics – hasn’t been changed since end September 2018 as this project is in abeyance. This report is generated automatically.

Rationale for this Project
  • This is rather an eccentric activity, partly an attempt to exorcise some ancient demon – the rather bruising experience of reading mathematics at King’s College Cambridge back in the mid 1970’s.
  • However, any modern educated person should be reasonably up to date with the mathematical sciences, and statistical and probability theory are essential tools for evaluating evidence, and are useful in Bridge! If only advanced mathematics wasn’t such a difficult subject.
  • This project is diverging from Mathematics per se to the Philosophy of Mathematics and other related subjects. For instance, Philosophy of Mathematics features in Philosophy of Religion by providing an analogy or model of the sort of necessary existence that God is supposed to have.

Summary of Progress during January - March 2019
  1. I spent 1 hours in 19Q1 on this Project, or related work (6 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 7.9% of the planned effort (23.3% YTD). Overall, 0.2% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 0.5% YTD) - as against 1.9% planned (1.9% YTD).
  2. Very little time has been spent on this project this year and – as noted above – none of it is real mathematics.
  3. YTD Activity1
    Mathematics (Total Hours = 6)
    1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 4.75)
    2. Mathematics - Admin (Total Hours = 1.25)
  4. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future:
Mathematical Resources




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
  • Hence, the YTD Activity is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.
Footnote 3:
  • These are not left over from my Cambridge days as these few books were given away to my sister’s high-school in Gloucester by my mother during my brief sojourn with the Carthusians.
  • Rather, I found them going cheap in bulk at a local second-hand bookshop.
  • They are accessible via …this link.

Note last updated: 05/04/2019 10:36:29


Footnote 13: (Status: HiQ (2019 - March + Ongoing))

The text of this report – apart from some statistics – hasn’t been changed since end September 2018 as this project is in abeyance. This report is generated automatically.

Rationale for this Project
  1. I was very active in Mensa and ISPE in the years prior to taking up formal study of philosophy at Birkbeck in 2000. Thereafter I was too busy, and no longer felt the need to contribute, so I let my memberships lapse.
  2. When I retired from HSBC at the end of 2010, and given that I was no longer involved in formal academic study, I re-joined both societies for a year to see how things were going, but then let my memberships lapse again.
  3. ISPE seemed no better than when I was involved last time. The Mensa SIGs seem active enough, but I didn’t have the time to contribute.
  4. I re-joined ISPE1 yet again for the calendar year 2017, to see what was going on, and renewed for 2018. Membership is cheaper now Telicom is electronic, so I intend to let my membership continue – and have paid my $40 for 2019.
  5. Society Details:-
    • For Mensa – see Mensa (https://www.mensa.org.uk/). In 2010 I joined, or re-joined, a bundle of societies, but did nothing.
    • For ISPE – see ISPE (https://www.thethousand.com/). Since re-joining I have done nothing other than pay my dues and exchange friendly emails with a couple of old contacts.
    • For a site2 giving details of the various tests, and other Hi-Q information, see Uncommonly Difficult IQ Tests (http://tthqi.free.fr/Uncommonly%20Difficult%20IQ%20Tests.php). The site doesn’t seem to have been updated since 2006.
    • See High-IQ Societies and their Tests (http://www.polymath-systems.com/intel/hiqsocs/hiqsocs1.html) for a site that gives the admission tests used for entry to ISPE and peer and “higher” societies (and which refers to the defunct site mentioned in the footnote above-mentioned).
  6. Between 1997 and 2001 I edited a newsletter (Commensal - Past Issues) in my capacity as secretary of the Philosophical Discussion Group of British Mensa.
  7. I also edited "ISPE, Todman (Theo) - Under the Sycamore Tree: Correspondence Folder for the UK Members and Associates of ISPE" for a year.
  8. My intention has been to participate in these societies just so far as doing so would support my other projects by way of stimulation and the opportunity for interaction. As such, most of the time recorded against this project could equally be recorded against others.

Summary of Progress during January - March 2019
  1. I spent 0.5 hours in 19Q1 on this Project, or related work (2.25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 3.9% of the planned effort (8.7% YTD). Overall, 0.1% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 0.2% YTD) - as against 1.9% planned (1.9% YTD).
  2. YTD Activity3
    HiQ (Total Hours = 2.25)
    • 18Q3 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
    • 18Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
    • Admin - HiQ Societies - ISPE - Membership Dues (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - HiQ Societies - ISPE" (2.25 hours)
  3. As can be seen from the list above, this project has been inactive so far this year. It will remain so for the foreseeable future.
  4. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future:
  • Because of the need to focus on higher-priority projects, it is not possible to schedule any time on this project.
  • If I do find the time, I’ll be looking into:-
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • All that ought to have been required was that I pay my dues, but because of a mix-up I was asked to sit the latest version of their test, which I did.
  • I didn’t initially hear back – though I was re-instated OK. On chasing them up for the results I eventually got the response that “I’d passed with flying colours”, but no further details could be elicited.
  • My rationale for the enquiry was set out in an email: “On the test itself – it’s similar to, though not the same as – the first one I took, and leaves me feeling similarly uncomfortable. Theory is massively underdetermined by data, so – in a sense – “it depends what you want”. It’d be possible – no doubt – to think more and more deeply and come up with more and more Byzantine reasons for excluding particular items. But how would I know this is what is wanted? It wasn’t until I got the same percentile on the (much more satisfying but now sadly compromised) Mega Test that I trusted the ISPE test at all (actually, I was surprised that I didn’t do better on the Mega Test, and an inquest revealed I’d made at least 3 howlers that more care would have avoided).”
Footnote 2:
  • The reference given in previous reports is defunct.
  • I think this is the same basic site.
Footnote 3:
  • As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
  • Hence, the YTD Activity is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.

Note last updated: 05/04/2019 10:36:29


Footnote 18: (Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan (2019 - May))

This page shows the following tables (which are unlikely to be of any interest to anyone other than myself):-

  1. Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Split (Current Quarter & YTD)
  2. Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Actual (Current Quarter & YTD)
  3. Plan Summary (Next Quarter & Full Year)
  4. Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - Current Year)

Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Split (Current Quarter & YTD)


Summary figures against the QTD (April - June 2019) Plan, and for the YTD (2018/19) Academic Year, are as below. This table shows the actual %age split of wor