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Status Reports - Status: Summary (2020 - March)

Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Actuals & Planning
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future25
  1. Thesis
  2. Religion
  3. Website
  4. Music
  5. Bridge
  6. Chess
  7. Consciousness
  8. Languages
  9. Mathematics
  10. HiQ
  1. Thesis26
    1. Continue with my Thesis27; in particular
      1. Spend at least an hour a day writing something original.
      2. Fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research.
      3. 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 Beliefs28 on the topic of Personal Identity.
    3. Complete a full review and update of the Notes I’ve created on Personal Identity, focusing on:-
      1. Those directly referenced by my Current Beliefs29,
      2. Those without a reading list: Olson30, Organisms31, Perdurantism32, Person33, Personality34, Physical Continuity35, Physicalism36, Probability37, Psychological Continuity – Forward38, Psychological View39, Psychology40, Reductionism41, Religion42, Semantics43, Siliconisation44, Similarity45, Soul Criterion46, Souls47, Statue and the Clay48, Substance49, Survival50, Taking Persons Seriously51, Unity of the Person52.
      3. Those not yet in the latest standard format.
    4. Make progress on specific Chapters of my Thesis, using the materials below →
    5. Chapter 153 (Introduction). Focussing on:-
      1. Locke54
        → "Duncan (Matt) - I Think, Therefore I Persist", Complete Write-up
        → "Maurer (Nicholas) - Too Many Persons, or None At All?", Write-up
        → "Strawson (Galen) - 'The Secrets of All Hearts': Locke on Personal Identity", Read
        → "Strawson (Galen) - 'Where our responsibility lies': Locke on personal identity", Read
      2. Logic of Identity55
        → "Noonan (Harold) - Identity, Constitution and Microphysical Supervenience", Write-up56
    6. Chapter 257 (What Are We?). Focussing on:-
      1. Brains58: "Mitchell (Kevin J.) - Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are", Read & review
      2. Human Beings59: Review the Symposium between:-
        → "Robinson (Denis) - Human Beings, Human Animals, and Mentalistic Survival", Read and Write-up
        → "Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal", Complete Write-up
      3. Persons60: "Cottingham (John) - Why we are not 'persons'", Complete Write-up
      4. Selves61:-
        1. "Arikha (Noga) - The Interoceptive Turn", Read and Write-up
        2. "Dainton (Barry) - Self: Philosophy In Transit", Read and Write-up
        3. "O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person", Complete Reading and Write-ups
    7. Chapter 362 (What Is A Person63?).
      1. "Nanay (Bence) - Catching Desires": Complete write-up
      2. "Noller (Jorg) - A Transformative Account of Personal Identity",
      3. "Noller (Jorg) - Person",
      4. Personites64, develop Note, using:-
        → "Olson (Eric) - Ethics and the Generous Ontology", then …
        → "Eklund (Matti) - The Existence of Personites",
        → "Johnston (Mark) - The Personite Problem: Should Practical Reason Be Tabled?",
        → "Johnston (Mark) - Personites, Maximality and Ontological Trash",
        → "Kaiserman (Alexander) - Stage Theory and the Personite Problem",
        → "Pautz (Adam) - Johnston’s Puzzle about Personites".
    8. Chapter 465 (Basic Metaphysical Issues). Focus on:-
      1. General: "Hazlett (Allan) - New Waves in Metaphysics"
      2. Existence66: "Williams (Christopher) - Death and Other Difficulties"
      3. Logic of Identity67
        1. Partial Identity68
          → "Baxter (Donald L.M.) - Temporary and Contingent Instantiation as Partial Identity",
          → "Hawley (Katherine) - Almost Identical, Almost Innocent"
        2. Artifacts69
          → "Han (Byung-Chul) - The copy is the original", Write-up
          → "Han (Byung-Chul) - Shanzhai: Deconstruction in Chinese", Read
      4. Parfit70
        → "Colen (J.A.) - In Memoriam Derek Parfit (1942-2017)",
        → "Funkhouser (Eric) - Notes on Parfit, 'Personal Identity'",
        → "Korsgaard (Christine) - Personal Identity and the Unity of Agency: A Kantian Response to Parfit",
        → "Perry (John) - Time, Fission, and Personal Identity",
        → "Parfit (Derek) - Personal Identity",
        → "Parfit (Derek) - Prudence, morality, and the prisoner's dilemma", Note71
        → "Parfit (Derek) - Who do you think you are?",
        → Complete run-through of the Parfit reading-list
      5. Simple View72
        → "Duncan (Matt) - A Challenge to Anti-Criterialism"
        → "Duncan (Matt) - A Renewed Challenge to Anti-Criterialism"
        → "Duncan (Matt) - Dualists Needn’t Be Anti-Criterialists (Nor Should They Be)"
      6. Vague Identity73
        → "Broome (John) - Indefiniteness in Identity",
        → "Noonan (Harold) - Vague Identity Yet Again"
    9. Chapter 574 (Persistence75 and Time76). Focussing on:-
      1. General
        1. "Sider (Ted), Hawthorne (John) & Zimmerman (Dean), Eds. - Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics",
      2. Persistence77
        1. Robert O. Doyle: Complete running through relevant pages, ie:-
          → "Doyle (Robert O.) - Change (Being and Becoming)"
          → "Doyle (Robert O.) - Persistence (Perdurance and Endurance)"
          → "Doyle (Robert O.) - David Wiggins" (part)
        2. "Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings",
        3. "Hawley (Katherine) - Persistence and Determination",
        4. "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity", especially
          → "Noonan (Harold) - Review of Wiggins's 'Continuants'", and
          → "Wiggins (David) - Identity, Individuation, and Substance"
      3. Time78
        1. "Boccardi (Emiliano), Ed. - Manuscrito vol. 39 no.4: Recent Trends in the Philosophy of Time: An Introduction to Time and Reality - I", and
        2. "Boccardi (Emiliano), Ed. - Manuscrito vol. 40 no.1: The Passage of Time and its Enemies: An Introduction to Time and Reality - II"
        3. "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry", and especially
          → "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History - A Philosophical Inquiry with Dr Sophie Botros"
        4. "Bourne (Craig) - A Future for Presentism",
        5. "Correia (Fabrice) & Rosenkranz (Sven) - Unfreezing the Spotlight: Tense Realism and Temporal Passage",
        6. "Costa (Damiano), Gilmore (Cody) & Calosi (Claudio) - Relativity and Three Four-Dimensionalisms",
        7. Natalja Deng: Various papers, starting with
          → "Deng (Natalja) - One Thing After Another: Why the Passage of Time is Not an Illusion",
        8. Mauro Dorato: Various papers,
          → "Dorato (Mauro) - Presentism / Eternalism and Endurantism / Perdurantism: why the unsubstantiality of the first debate implies that of the second",
          → "Dorato (Mauro) - Presentism and the Experience of Time",
          → "Dorato (Mauro) - The Irrelevance of the Presentist / Eternalist Debate for the Ontology of Minkowski Spacetime".
        9. "Fischer (Florian) - Philosophy of time: A slightly opinionated introduction",
        10. "Friebe (Cord) - Eternalism and the Temporal Content of Persistence", and
        11. "Friebe (Cord) - Metametaphysics: the Ontology of Spacetime and the Presentist/Eternalist Debate".
        12. "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past": Complete and send to Sophie Botros & Michael J. Alter,
        13. "LePoidevin (Robin) - Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time",
        14. "LePoidevin (Robin) & MacBeath (Murray), Eds. - The Philosophy of Time: Oxford Readings in Philosophy",
        15. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
        16. "Roselli (Andrea) - How Long is Now? A New Perspective on the Specious Present",
        17. "Rovelli (Carlo) - The Order of Time",
        18. "Sattig (Thomas) - The Flow of Time in Experience",
        19. "Savitt (Steven) - Presentism and Eternalism in Perspective",
        20. "Skow (Bradford) - Objective Becoming",
        21. "Torrengo (Giuliano) - Time and Simple Existence",
        22. "Zimmerman (Dean) - Presentism and the Space-Time Manifold"
    10. Chapter 679 (Animalism80). Focussing on:-
      1. Animals81:
        1. "Ross (Don) - Consciousness, language, and the possibility of non-human personhood: Reflections on elephants"
      2. Animalism82
        1. "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics",
        2. "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons",
        3. "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", my core text,
        4. "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons, Animals, and Identity",
        5. "Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves",
      3. Life83
        1. "Al-Khalili (Jim) & McFadden (Johnjoe) - Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology",
        2. "Difrisco (James) & Mossio (Matteo) - Diachronic Identity in Complex Life Cycles: An Organizational Perspective",
        3. "Lachmann (Michael) & Walker (Sara) - Life ≠ alive",
        4. "Schrodinger (Erwin) - What is Life?"
    11. Chapter 784 (The Constitution View85):-
      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.
      5. "Mellor (D.H.) - Micro-composition": Read
      6. "Zahavi (Dan) - Subjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the First-Person Perspective": Write-up.
    12. Chapter 886 (Arguments against Animalism87):-
      1. "Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument",
      2. Dicephalus & Conjoined Twins88
        1. "Buchanan (Rachael) - The battle to separate Safa and Marwa"
        2. "Campbell (Tim) & McMahan (Jeff) - Animalism and the Varieties of Conjoined Twinning"
        3. "Olson (Eric) - The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twining"
        4. "Stone (James L.) & Goodrich (James T.) - The craniopagus malformation: classification and implications for surgical separation"
        5. "Wikipedia - Craniopagus twins"
      3. "Olson (Eric) - The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity",
      4. "Olson (Eric) - On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings",
      5. Pregnancy89
        1. "Damschen (Gregor), Gomez-Lobo (Alfonso) & Schonecker (Dieter) - Sixteen Days? A Reply to B. Smith and B. Brogaard on the Beginning of Human Individuals",
        2. Elselijn Kingma. Especially
          → "Finn (Suki) - Bun or bump?",
          → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Lady Parts: The Metaphysics of Pregnancy", and
          → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Were You Part of Your Mother?".
        3. "Gomez-Lobo (Alfonso) - Sortals and Human Beginnings",
        4. "Isaac (Sasha) - Is artificial-womb technology a tool for women’s liberation?",
        5. "Oderberg (David) - The Metaphysical Status of the Embryo: Some Arguments Revisited",
        6. "Smith (Barry) & Brogaard (Berit) - Sixteen Days".
    13. Chapter 1090 (Thought Experiments91):-
      1. "Nielsen (Lasse) - Reconstructing Thought Experiments in Personal Identity",
      2. "Searle (John), Etc. - Minds, Brains, and Programs",
      3. Investigate Transhumanism92. In particular,
        1. "Alexander (Denis) - Healing, enhancement and the human future": Read,
        2. "Awad (Edmond), Etc. - The Moral Machine experiment": Read,
        3. "Ball (Philip) - Sim ethics": Write up,
        4. "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies": Read,
        5. "Bridle (James) - New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future": Read,
        6. "Davies (Sally) - Women’s minds matter" (and papers cited / resisted)
        7. "Fry (Hannah) - Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine": Read & review,
        8. "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun": Detailed review,
        9. "Hanson (Robin) - The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth", Read
        10. "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow": Review, especially Chapter 8,
        11. "Kent (Adrian) - Replication Ethics": Read,
        12. "Madary (Michael) & Metzinger (Thomas) - Real Virtuality: A Code of Ethical Conduct": Read,
        13. "Marshall (Richard) & Metzinger (Thomas) - Thomas Metzinger: All About the Ego Tunnel": Read,
        14. "Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'": Complete,
        15. "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine": Briefly review,
        16. "Schneider (Susan) - Artificial You": Read,
        17. "Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'": Complete review,
        18. "Smith (Wilfred Cantwell) - The Promise of Artificial Intelligence": Read,
        19. "Tegmark (Max) - Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence": Read,
        20. "Wyatt (John) - Artificial intelligence and simulated relationships": Write-up.
    14. Chapter 1193 (Resurrection94):-
      1. Death95
        1. "Baillie (James) - We all know that we will die, so why do we struggle to believe it?": Complete review
        2. "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",
        3. "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death": Start a review, especially
          → "Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People",
        4. "Stone (Alison) - Thinking about one’s birth is as uncanny as thinking of death": review
      2. Makropulos Case96
        1. "Moore (Adrian W.) - Is the quest for immortality worse than death?": Detailed analysis
        2. "Moore (Adrian W.) - Williams, Nietzsche, and the Meaninglessness of Immortality": Read and review
      3. Reincarnation97
        1. "Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk": Write a file-note.
        2. "MacIntosh (J.J.) - Reincarnation and Relativized Identity": Read and review
        3. "Noonan (Harold) - The Possibility of Reincarnation": Read and review
      4. Resurrection98
        1. "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death": Start a thorough review,
        2. "Badham (Paul) - Christian Beliefs About Life After Death": Read and review
        3. "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife": Read and review
        4. "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival": Read and review
    15. As background tasks:-
      1. Ensure all items in:-
        → "Various - Papers on Desktop", and
        → "Various - Papers in Desk Drawer"
        are either addressed or re-filed.
      2. Maintain "Various - Papers Yet To Be Logged", and log papers therein if they become important.
      3. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc99 to Notes: As an interim task, correct the dates + email address on the longer pdfs.
      4. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      5. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      6. Complete reading:-
        1. "Barker (Jonathan) - Debunking Arguments and Metaphysical Laws",
        2. "Carey (John), Ed. - The Faber Book of Science",
        3. "Dennett (Daniel) - The Mind's I - Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul: Introduction",
        4. "Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging",
        5. "Everett (Daniel) - Did Homo erectus speak?",
        6. "Hofstadter (Douglas) - Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid - A Metaphorical Fugue on Minds and Machines in the Spirit of Lewis Carroll",
        7. "Gazzaniga (Michael S.) - Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain",
        8. "Rosling (Hans) - Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think" (Note100)
      7. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      8. Continue reading and reviewing papers issued by Aeon101,
      9. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core.
      10. Update my Journals Note102: Review the journals I have access to; more are available as a Cambridge Alumnus.
      11. Keep up with the philosophical world by regular reviews of "Interaction - Philos-List", but only seriously pursue items relevant to my research.
  2. Religion103
    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 reviewing104
      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. "Finkel (Irving) - The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood": Continue reading
      4. "Taylor (Joan E.) - Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and His Times Via Monty Python's Life of Brian": Review KCL Conference videos
  3. Website105
    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. Completely re-engineer Authors processing to use IDs rather than Names:-
          1. Authors' pages to be identified by Author_nnnnn, where nnnnn is the (numeric) Author_ID.
          2. Directory-structure in thousands: Author_mm.
          3. Use Author_ID in all Tables.
          4. Need to document at the same time!
          5. Needed because of difficulties transferring special characters in file names.
        2. Enable "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X).
      • Backups
        1. Investigate Record-count discrepancies:-
          1. How do website files work as far as counts are concerned?
          2. Why aren't they recorded in Backup_History, nor the fact that the website was backed up?
          3. Different counts depending on whether new or old laptop is backed up. Investigate 63k discrepancy - lower on new laptop.
        2. 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.
      • Bridge
        1. Develop auto-reconciliation routines vs EBU results download
      • Documenter
        1. Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
        2. 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. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      • Infrastructure
        1. iCloud for Windows: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem. Try on new Laptop.
      • 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: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 30 items.
        4. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
        5. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
        6. 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. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
        2. Full Website Regeneration is now taking 18.5 hours:-
          1. This is on my new laptop - it was taking 36 hours on my old laptop. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
          2. The end-to-end time on the new laptop is no better because the process pauses mid-way when the system goes to sleep overnight. I've set the power mode to 'Presentation', so we'll see if this fixes things.
          3. I got a copy error for private Note for Note 133. This contributed to extended run-times on the new laptop. Hopefully just a set-up problem.
      • 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 pages106 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 unprocessed107 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 Smart108. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
          1. Duplicate content: seems to be variants on theotodman.com
          2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
          3. Page Not Found
          4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
          5. Meta-Description: Empty
          6. Few words on Page
          7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
          8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
      • WebRefs
        1. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 184 items. res://ieframe.dll/ in Returned_URL. 4 Items remaining.
        2. 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.
        3. 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.
        4. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
    2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
  4. Music109
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for two 30-minute sessions each and every day110 – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into an hour-long session to build up stamina further.
      3. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios111 for Grades I-VIII, using
        → "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall Scales & Arpeggios for Oboe (Grades 1–8)", and
        → "ABRSM - Scales and Arpeggios for Oboe, Grades 1-8 (ABRSM Scales & Arpeggios)".
      4. 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".
      5. Occasionally review Grade VI pieces, in particular
        → "Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G" (Prelude, but also 2nd, 3rd & 4th movements for interest),
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Blatt - Study No. 52),
        → "Morricone (Ennio) - Gabriel's Oboe (Piano Solo Or Oboe/Piano)"
        → "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (Eroica, Aida, Der Freischutz),
        → "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Romanze only)
      6. Prepare Grade VII pieces, in particular112
        → "Albinoni (Tomaso) - Concerto in D Minor Op. 9/2 for Oboe & Piano", 1st movement (but also 2nd & 3rd for interest)
        → "Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe", Items 49 & 70
        → "Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor", All, but particularly 1st & 4th movements
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Ferling - Study No. 62)
        → "Fiocco (J.H.) - Arioso - Oboe + Piano",
        → "Head (Michael) - Presto for Oboe & Piano",
        → "Hinke (Gustav Adolf) - Elementary Method For Oboe", Items 14 & 18
        → "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (Mozart Jupiter, Tchaikovsky Pathetique, Stravinsky Pucinella),
        → "Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe" ('Jauntless Jig' & 'May The Fourth Be With You'; also 'Answer the Question'),
        → "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Humoresque),
        → "Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano" (1st Movement),
        → "Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano" (1st & 3rd Movements; 2nd for interest).
      7. Prepare Grade VIII pieces, in particular113
        → "Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe", Items 62, 66 and 28
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Harris - Study No. 74; Luft - Study No. 77)
        → "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (try various),
        → "Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe" (No. 44 - 'Dop Dop Doobah'),
        → "Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano" (2nd & 3rd Movements),
      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. Continue 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 material114.
      3. Try out "Boytim (Joan Frey) - The First Book Of Baritone/Bass Solos".
      4. Also follow up items in:-
        → "Various - Music - Aural - Various On-line Training".
  5. Bridge115
    1. Bridge "at the table" is on hold. Only play on-line if pressurised by partners.
    2. Bridge Admin: Committee and Website involvement for Mountnessing and Hutton.
    3. Re-read Hand-counting papers, focussing on
      → Papers in Counting the Hands116,
      → "Bourke (Tim) & Smith (Marc), Bird (David) - Countdown to Winning Bridge", and
      → "Lawrence (Mike) - How to read your opponents' cards: The bridge expert's way to locate missing high cards"
      → "Lawrence (Mike) - How to Play Card Combinations"
    4. Read "Klinger (Ron) - Five-card Majors".
    5. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".
  6. Chess117
    1. Why Play Chess: Seriously consider the issues raised by "Ramon y Cajal (Santiago) - On Chess".
    2. Chess Study:-
      → "Hansen (Carsten) - The Full English Opening: Mastering the Fundamentals",
      → "Ris (Robert) - Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player: Volume 1",
      → "Ris (Robert) - Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player: Volume 2",
      → "Sadler (Matthew) & Regan (Natasha) - Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI",
      → "Speelman (Jon), Tisdall (Jon) & Wade (Bob) - Batsford Chess Endings",
      → "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", and
      → "Willemze (Thomas) - The Chess Toolbox: Practical Techniques Everyone Should Know".
    3. Chess Training:-
      Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/) (game analysis & daily 10-minute game),
      → "Chess - Chess - YouTube Videos"
      → Complete review of 2018/19 season's games, and keep up to date with those of the current season.
    4. Chess Play: Participation118 if and when play resumes in Billericay Chess Club:-
      → Club Nights
      → NECL matches
      → Southend League matches
      → Consider on-line club play
  7. Consciousness119
    1. Aeon (https://aeon.co/): Read & annotate papers as they arise, especially ...
      → "Chittka (Lars) & Wilson (Catherine) - Bee-brained": Write-up
      → "Frankish (Keith) - The Consciousness Illusion": Write-up
      → "Pigliucci (Massimo) - Consciousness is real": Read & write-up
      → (see also) "Strawson (Galen) - The Consciousness Deniers": Read & write-up
    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. "Dennett (Daniel) - Illusionism as the Obvious Default Theory of Consciousness": Read.
    5. "Eliot (Lise) - What's Going On in There?: How the Brain And Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life": Read.
    6. "Kammerer (Francois) - The Hardest Aspect of the Illusion Problem - and How to Solve it": Read.
    7. "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness": Re-read and write notes.
    8. "Tegmark (Max) - Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence": Write up Chapter 8: Consciousness
  8. Languages120
    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):
  9. Mathematics121
    1. Aeon (https://aeon.co/): Read papers as they arise.
    2. "Feynman (Richard), Leighton (Robert B.) & Sands (Matthew) - The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Vol I": Read.
    3. "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics": Browse.
    4. "Polya (George), Stewart (Ian) - How to Solve IT: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method": Read.
    5. 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".
    6. "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics": Complete reading.
    7. "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising": Analyze.
    8. "Tammet (Daniel) - Thinking in Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives": Read.
    9. "Wilmott (Paul) - Machine Learning: An Applied Mathematics Introduction": Read.
  10. HiQ122
    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’ve written a Blog Item on this saga, with some theoretical thoughts, which I hope to have published in due course.
Footnote 16:
  • If these link to the wrong version, ie. the current one, you’ll need to go the “previous versions” and select the correct one.
Footnote 20:
  • 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 21:
  • 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 22:
  • 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 25:
  • 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 56:
  • This paper covers the "loose and popular" sense of identity, amongst much else.
Footnote 71: Footnote 100:
  • Read the Appendices, and extract the Chapter Summaries as learning-points.
Footnote 104:
  • 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 106:
  • 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 107:
  • 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 108:
  • 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 110:
  • Well, maybe with the occasional holiday, and excluding days on which I have a lesson or the Enigma Ensemble (currently in hibernation).
Footnote 111:
  • 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 112:
  • I've yet to decide which to present for the Exam, so this long list will get whittled down in due course.
Footnote 113:
  • These are just the ones from the Trinity schedule that I happen to have. Some look rather fearsome.
  • The only one I've had assigned is the Second Movement of the Saint-Saens.
Footnote 114: Ie. The following:- Footnote 118:
  • This used to say "full participation", but I've let the team captain know that my focus is now on Bridge, and that - while I'm willing to "fill a board" - I don't want to take the place of anyone more enthusiastic.
  • In any case, there's now no over the board chess to be had.
Footnote 123:
  • Though I will probably book the time against my Thesis, as it involves what it is to be a person, transhumanism and the like.


Note last updated: 04/04/2020 00:14:24


Footnote 2: (Status: Personal Identity (2020 - 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 2020
  1. I spent 214 hours in 20Q1 on this Project, or related work (454 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 76% of the planned effort (79.9% YTD). Overall, 31.4% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 33.4% YTD) - as against 37.3% planned (37% YTD).
  2. A full list of items worked on in the quarter appears below. Previous reports have itemised where my focus has been, but I only intend to do this annually from now on. Enough to note that I spent rather too long catching up with Aeon.
  3. Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List. More detail follows:-
Thesis (Total Hours = 84.25)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 82)
  2. Thesis - Discussions
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning
Thesis Background (Total Hours = 60.5)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 53.25)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 3.25)
  3. Thesis Background - Status (Total Hours = 4)
Thesis (Aeon) (Total Hours = 69.25)
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 7:
  • 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 became 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 8:
  • 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 10:
  • 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 12:
  • This is obviously far too long, and keeps getting items “carried forward” tacked on to it.
  • Maybe I’ll prune it next time.
Footnote 42:
  • This paper covers the "loose and popular" sense of identity, amongst much else.
Footnote 57: Footnote 86:
  • Read the Appendices, and extract the Chapter Summaries as learning-points.

Note last updated: 04/04/2020 00:14:24


Footnote 2.4: (Status: Thesis Dashboard (2020: March))

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: 01/04/2020 09:56:10


Footnote 10: (Status: Languages (2020 - March))

The text of this report – apart from the automatically-generated statistics – hasn’t been changed since end September 2019 as this project is substantially 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. Also, a fellow mathematician in my year from King’s has developed the Unicode standards for Egyptian hieroglyphs, so I intend another foray in that direction.

Summary of Progress during January - March 2020
  1. I spent 9 hours in 20Q1 on this Project, or related work (14.25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 70.3% of the planned effort (55.2% YTD). Overall, 1.3% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 1% YTD) - as against 1.7% planned (1.7% YTD).
  2. YTD Activity2
    Languages (Total Hours = 14.25)
    1. Languages - Admin (Total Hour = 1)
    2. Languages - All (Total Hours = 2.75)
    3. Languages - Egyptian
    4. Languages - Greek (Classical)
    5. Languages - Italian
    6. Languages - Thai
  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.
  • If there are hours in the Plan, the Quarterly and YTD figures appear against that plan and are “as at” the end of the last Quarter.
  • The YTD Activity-list 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.
  • Items on this list are “as at” the date of production of the report – which may be at any time in a quarter, so totals don’t necessarily cross-cast against the QTD / YTD figures.

Note last updated: 04/04/2020 00:14:24


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 (2020: January - March))

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. Bridge
  10. Chess
  11. Consciousness
  12. Languages
  13. Mathematics
  14. HiQ
Links to the latest time-analyses are given first.
  1. Click Here for Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2021) by Sub-Project
  2. Click Here for (by Project)
    • Summary of Effort YTD & QTD
    • Time Analysis (YTD by Study-location)
  3. 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 - 2021)
Project 1: Thesis (Total Hours = 84.25)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 82)
  2. Thesis - Discussions
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning
Project 2: Thesis Background (Total Hours = 60.5)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 53.25)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 3.25)
  3. Thesis Background - Status (Total Hours = 4)
Project 3: Thesis (Aeon) (Total Hours = 69.25) Project 4: Religion (Total Hours = 4.75) Project 5: Religion Background (Total Hours = 4)
  1. Religion Background - Admin
  2. Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 3.5)
Project 6: Website (Total Hours = 76.5)
  1. Website - Bridge Development (Total Hours = 4.25)
    • Bridge - Website - Development (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Fix 'Code Changes" reports (1.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Query from Tony Heyes re Bridgewebs leads scraping (1.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Update Documentation (1 hour)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (4.25 hours)
  2. Website - Bridge Maintenance
  3. Website - Development (Total Hours = 47.25)
    • Website - Chess Results & Games Pages - Create & Maintain (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Development - Remove ZoomSearch from Search Page and Code (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add Aeon Abstract link to Aeon Webref items in Summary task List reports (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Append long Comments to Abstract (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Author Citation list improvements (3.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate Aeon Page output (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate Aeon Page output - Documentation (3 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Functor_16 to remove hyperlinks from Title (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct sequence of Aeon Webref items in Summary task List reports (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Development Planning (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider (12.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate & Fix WebRefs checker for Aeon, etc - 404 check not working (6.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate anomalies in YTD Task List (Functor_01) in Quarterly Reports (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate anomalies in YTD Task List (Functor_08) in Quarterly Reports (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Notes Concatenation (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Summary Task List items error (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs checker - Improve efficiency (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration - Error copying Private Note (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Update 'Photos' Page to link to Coxes Farm Photo Pages (5.75 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh - Failed, so dismantle (0.25 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (47.25 hours)
  4. Website - Education
  5. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 5.75)
    • FileZilla FTP Failing with 530 Critical Error (excessive connection rate) (1.5 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Kaspersky complaints (0.25 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (1.25 hours)
    • Old routers, etc, clear-out (0.75 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (0.75 hours)
    • Re-installing PdfElement (0.25 hours)
    • Renew Kaspersky on own & Julie's laptops (0.25 hours)
    • Sky Q Order & Installation + new TV (0.75 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (5.75 hours)
  6. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 10.75)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
    • Updated my Home page (1.25 hours)
    • Updated my 'Websites maintained' page (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual / Automatic URL Checks & Fixes (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (1.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (10.75 hours)
Project 7: Website Others (Total Hours = 23)
  1. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
  2. Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance
  3. Website Others - Mountnessing DBC Maintenance (Total Hours = 18.25)
Project 8: Music (Total Hours = 89.75)
  1. Music - Administration (Total Hours = 5.5)
  2. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 84.25)
Project 9: Bridge (Total Hours = 238.5)
  1. Bridge - Reading / Writing
  2. Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 29.25)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (1.5 hours)
    • "Admin - Mountnessing Bridge Kit - Admin & Maintenance" (5 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing Bridge Kit - Reading User Guide (0.75 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing DBC - Committee Discussions (3.75 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing DBC WhatsApp Group (2.25 hours)
    • Bridge - 20H1 planning (5.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Emails to David, Etc. (2.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Linda - Rev-Benji, 5CM, SNT - Convention Card Update (1.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Strong Diamond - Convention Card Update (2 hours)
    • Bridge - Travel & Travel planning (1.25 hours)
    • Discussions with Tony & Alaric (1.5 hours)
    • Emails to Richard re bridge in schools (1.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (22.75 hours)
  3. Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 111.75)
    • Bridge - Hutton (Colin Scott) (3.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Hutton (Linda Fleet) (12.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (Colin Scott) (30.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Mountnessing (David Tennet) (36.5 hours)
    • Bridge - National Pairs Heat (David Tennet) (7 hours)
    • Bridge - NICKO R2 (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Warboys A (David Tennet) (6.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham Cornell Trophy (David Tennet) (6.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham Ferrers Swiss Teams (David Tennet) (6 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Playing" (111.75 hours)
  4. Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 90.75)
Project 10: Chess (Total Hours = 13.5)
  1. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 8.75)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1 hour)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Communications, Admin, Grading, etc. (4.75 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Travel to Matches (3 hours)
      → See "Chess - Admin" (8.75 hours)
  2. Chess - Play
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Southend League Match (3.75 hours)
      → See "Chess - Playing" (3.75 hours)
  3. Chess - Training
    • Chess - Training - Review Club games (1 hour)
      → See "Chess - Training" (1 hour)
Project 11: Consciousness (Total Hours = 7) Project 12: Languages (Total Hours = 9)
  1. Languages - Admin
  2. Languages - Thai
Project 13: Mathematics (Total Hours = 2)
  1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing
  2. Mathematics - Admin
Project 14: HiQ

Note last updated: 04/04/2020 00:14:24


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 (2020 - March))

The text of this report – apart from the automatically-generated statistics – hasn’t been changed since end September 2019 as this project is substantially 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 2020
  1. I spent 2 hours in 20Q1 on this Project, or related work (10.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 15.6% of the planned effort (40.6% YTD). Overall, 0.3% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 0.8% YTD) - as against 1.7% planned (1.7% YTD).
  2. YTD Activity1
    Mathematics (Total Hours = 10.5)
    1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 8.5)
    2. Mathematics - Admin (Total Hours = 1.5)
    3. Mathematics - Lectures
  3. 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.
  • If there are hours in the Plan, the Quarterly and YTD figures appear against that plan and are “as at” the end of the last Quarter.
  • The YTD Activity-list 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.
  • Items on this list are “as at” the date of production of the report – which may be at any time in a quarter, so totals don’t necessarily cross-cast against the QTD / YTD figures.
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: 04/04/2020 00:14:24


Footnote 19: (Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan (2020 - March))

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

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


Summary figures against the QTD (January - March 2020) Plan, and for the YTD (2019/20) Academic Year, are as below. This table shows the actual %age split of work (YTD & QTD) as against the planned %age split of work. The second table below compares the amount of work done, as against plan:-

ProjectPlanned Weekly HoursPlanned QTD %ageQTD Actual %Planned YTD %ageYTD Actual %QTD Actual HoursYTD Actual Hours
Bridge1424352430238413
Chess472731443
Consciousness12121717
HiQ12 2  2
Languages12121914
Mathematics12 21210
Music71213121490190
Religion12122921
Thesis2237313733214454
Website712151214100194
        
TOTALS591001001001006821360
        
Comparisons91 days183 days89% 87%7661556

Notes
  • All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit.
  • The bottom row - "Comparisons" - in the above table is non-standard.
    → The first two columns show the number of days in the current reporting Quarter and YTD, and
    → the last two columns show the hours planned (according to the latest quarterly plan) for the current reporting Quarter and pro-rata YTD.
    → The middle non-empty columns show %age actual vs plan (actuals taken from the Total row) for the Quarter and YTD.
  • In principle this allows monitoring of total effort vs plan, as well as the distribution of effort across projects.


Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Effort (Previous Quarter & YTD)


Summary figures against the QTD (January - March 2020) Plan, and for the YTD (2019/20) Academic Year, are as below. This table shows the actual percentage against plan:-

ProjectQTD Planned HoursYTD Planned HoursQTD Actual HoursYTD Actual HoursQTD Actual % v PlanYTD Actual % v Plan
Bridge182379238413131109
Chess5210514432641
Consciousness13267175466
HiQ1326 228
Languages13269146954
Mathematics13262111540
Music911839019099104
Religion13269216780
Thesis2865752144547579
Website91183100194109106
       
TOTALS7661556682136089%87%

Notes
  • All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit.



Plan Summary (Next Quarter & Full Year)


The plan for the distribution of effort, in hours / week, for the coming Quarter & Academic Year is as below. As the year goes by, estimates are replaced by actuals, and re-estimates are made. In the final quarter of the academic year (July - September) this table just shows the plan for the next academic year. In the light of the above "re-focusing" decisions, Secondary Projects have no time estimated for them:-

ProjectPlanned Hours / Week Next QtrPlanned %age Next QtrFull Year Planned %agePlanned Hours Next QtrFull Year Planned HoursFull Year Actual + Planned HoursComparison (%ages)
Bridge91721117613649106
Chess245261569661
Consciousness12213524383
HiQ12213522854
Languages24326786785
Mathematics12213523770
Music7131291365373102
Religion12213524790
Thesis2241392861147102990
Website81513104391403103
        
TOTALS541001007022959277194


All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit.



Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - 2020)


Below is a table showing the split amongst my various projects of time expended or planned over a 13-year period. :-

Project2007/08 (Actuals)2008/09 (Actuals)2009/10 (Actuals)2010/11 (Actuals)2011/12 (Actuals)2012/13 (Actuals)2013/14 (Actuals)2014/15 (Actuals)2015/16 (Actuals)2016/17 (Actuals)2017/18 (Actuals)2018/19 (Actuals)2019/20 (Actual + Plan)Total%age
Bridge776632757796106293494138066287061382649890228.55
Chess 29161466114961159275965791.86
Consciousness 41763015219161442176433571.15
HiQ   1714811156428850.27
Languages23433123226895256429291246136714454.63
Mathematics232884551862841815372890.93
Music63132144618323716817927841237317705.68
Religion9119841284920330524811610860148354728209.05
Thesis60845334947718040273589656182811429211029858127.52
Website671981812043486514949471117664643430403634820.36
                
TOTALS186220422250271819282394254225072574267524202494277131176100

Note last updated: 04/04/2020 00:14:24


Footnote 24: (Status: Summary Task List (YTD: 19Q4 - 20Q1))

This is a list of the tasks performed on my various projects since the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year. It is automatically generated from my time-recording system, so is fairly crude. See also the Quarterly Report. This Annual Report is mostly for use for the "inactive" projects for which commented Quarterly Status reports are not produced. 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. Bridge
  10. Chess
  11. Consciousness
  12. Languages
  13. Mathematics
  14. HiQ
Links to the latest time-analyses are given first.
  1. Click Here3 for Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2020) by Sub-Project
  2. Click Here4 for (by Project)
    • Summary of Effort YTD & QTD
    • Time Analysis (YTD by Study-location)
  3. 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 = 169.5)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 163.75)
  2. Thesis - Discussions (Total Hour = 1)
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 4.25)
  4. Thesis - Seminars (Reading)
  5. Thesis - Seminars (Writing)
Project 2: Thesis Background (Total Hours = 127.5)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 112)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 7.75)
  3. Thesis Background - Status (Total Hours = 7.75)
Project 3: Thesis (Aeon) (Total Hours = 157) Project 4: Religion (Total Hours = 16) Project 5: Religion Background (Total Hours = 5)
  1. Religion Background - Admin (Total Hour = 1)
  2. Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 4)
Project 6: Website (Total Hours = 170.75)
  1. Website - Bridge Development (Total Hours = 9.5)
    • Bridge - Website - Auto-reconciliation vs EBU (5 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Fix 'Code Changes" reports (1.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Query from Tony Heyes re Bridgewebs leads scraping (1.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Synchronise Documentator with main website generator (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Update Documentation (1 hour)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (9.5 hours)
  2. Website - Bridge Maintenance
  3. Website - Development (Total Hours = 102.75)
    • Review Webalizer Methodology & Consolidate Stats (0.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (0.5 hours)
    • Todman (Theo) - Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings: Add / annotate photos of Coxes Farm to Timeline (0.25 hours)
      → See "Todman (Theo) - Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings" (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Backup - Copying errors (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Backup - Count discrepancies (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Chess Results & Games Pages - Create & Maintain (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Development - Remove ZoomSearch from Search Page and Code (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add Aeon Abstract link to Aeon Webref items in Summary task List reports (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add Audio Files to Notes (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Append long Comments to Abstract (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Author Citation list improvements (5.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate Aeon Page output (29.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate Aeon Page output - Documentation (3 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Compact / Repair re-open '2Gb' alleged problem - increase MaxLocksPerFile (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Functor_16 to remove hyperlinks from Title (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct sequence of Aeon Webref items in Summary task List reports (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Create Functor to facilitate addition of Audio Files to Music Page (4.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Develop oboe-practice report (4.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Development Planning (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Fix bug in Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Effort (Current Quarter & YTD) - YTD Actual % v Plan (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Fix Functors to enable previous quarter's Status Reports after Time period roll-over (5.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider (13.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate & Fix WebRefs checker for Aeon, etc - 404 check not working (6.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate anomalies in YTD Task List (Functor_01) in Quarterly Reports (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate anomalies in YTD Task List (Functor_08) in Quarterly Reports (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Notes Concatenation (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Summary Task List items error (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs checker - Improve efficiency (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Homepage - Review & Re-balance (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration - Error copying Private Note (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Update 'Photos' Page to link to Coxes Farm Photo Pages (5.75 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh - Failed, so dismantle (0.25 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh - Improve processing (0.75 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (102 hours)
  4. Website - Education (Total Hours = 3.75)
  5. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 15.75)
    • Chrome bookmark de-duplication (0.75 hours)
    • EE Broadband - Renew & Install new Router (0.25 hours)
    • FileZilla FTP Failing with 530 Critical Error (excessive connection rate) (1.5 hours)
    • iCloud for Windows Installation (0.75 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Kaspersky complaints (0.25 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (2 hours)
    • Old routers, etc, clear-out (0.75 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (2.25 hours)
    • Printer - New Drum & Toner (0.5 hours)
    • Printer - Re-order Toner & Drum (0.25 hours)
    • Re-installing PdfElement (0.25 hours)
    • Renew Kaspersky on own & Julie's laptops (0.25 hours)
    • Sky Q Order & Installation + new TV (4.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (14 hours)
    • XMas Newsletter - photos & formatting (1.75 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (1.75 hours)
  6. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 25.25)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports (3 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1.5 hours)
    • Updated my Home page (1.25 hours)
    • Updated my 'Websites maintained' page (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Chess Results & Games Pages - Create & Maintain (2.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (8.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual / Automatic URL Checks & Fixes (3.75 hours)
    • Website - Maintain 'Websites supported' Page (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (8.25 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (2.75 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh (1.75 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (16.75 hours)
Project 7: Website Others (Total Hours = 23.5)
  1. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
  2. Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance
  3. Website Others - Mountnessing DBC Maintenance (Total Hours = 18.25)
Project 8: Music (Total Hours = 190)
  1. Music - Administration (Total Hours = 19.25)
  2. Music - Aural (Total Hours = 1.75)
  3. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 169)
Project 9: Bridge (Total Hours = 413.25)
  1. Bridge - Reading / Writing
  2. Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 44.25)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports & personal Bridge webpage updares (6.75 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (8.25 hours)
    • "Admin - Mountnessing Bridge Kit - Admin & Maintenance" (5 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing Bridge Kit - Reading User Guide (0.75 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing DBC - Committee Discussions (3.75 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing DBC WhatsApp Group (2.25 hours)
    • Bridge - 20H1 planning (6.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Colin Benji - Convention Card Update (2 hours)
    • Bridge - Emails to David, Etc. (5.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Hutton AGM (0.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Linda - Rev-Benji, 5CM, SNT - Convention Card Update (1.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Strong Diamond - Convention Card Update (3.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Stuff for parties (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (26.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Linda - Rev-Benji, 5CM, SNT) (0.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Study" (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Travel & Travel planning (1.25 hours)
    • Discussions with Tony & Alaric (1.5 hours)
    • Emails to Richard re bridge in schools (1.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (4 hours)
  3. Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 204)
    • Bridge - Hutton (Colin Scott) (22.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Hutton (Linda Fleet) (15.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (Colin Scott) (30.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (David Tennet) (16.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (Linda Fleet) (19.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Mountnessing (David Tennet) (66.25 hours)
    • Bridge - National Pairs Heat (David Tennet) (7 hours)
    • Bridge - NICKO R1 (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
    • Bridge - NICKO R2 (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Warboys A (David Tennet) (6.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham Cornell Trophy (David Tennet) (6.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham Ferrers Swiss Teams (David Tennet) (6 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Playing" (204 hours)
  4. Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 155)
Project 10: Chess (Total Hours = 43.25)
  1. Chess - Reading / Writing
  2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 21.75)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1 hour)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Communications, Admin, Grading, etc. (11.75 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Travel to Matches (5.25 hours)
    • Chess - Discussions with Chris (2.5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Admin" (21.75 hours)
  3. Chess - Play (Total Hours = 12.75)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - NECL Match (3.25 hours)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Southend League Match (9.5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Playing" (12.75 hours)
  4. Chess - Training (Total Hours = 7.5)
    • Chess - Chess Dot Com - 10-minute Games (0.5 hours)
    • Chess - Chess Dot Com - Review 10-minute Games (1 hour)
      → See "Chess - Chess dot Com" (1.5 hours)
    • Chess - Training - Review Club games (6 hours)
      → See "Chess - Training" (6 hours)
Project 11: Consciousness (Total Hours = 17.25) Project 12: Languages (Total Hours = 14.25)
  1. Languages - Admin (Total Hour = 1)
  2. Languages - All (Total Hours = 2.75)
  3. Languages - Egyptian
  4. Languages - Greek (Classical)
  5. Languages - Italian
  6. Languages - Thai
Project 13: Mathematics (Total Hours = 10.5)
  1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 8.5)
  2. Mathematics - Admin (Total Hours = 1.5)
  3. Mathematics - Lectures
Project 14: HiQ (Total Hours = 2)

Note last updated: 04/04/2020 00:14:24


Footnote 24.3: (Status: Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2020))

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

  1. Time expended on my various projects over a 13-year period
  2. Time expended on my various projects and the major sub-projects thereof over a 13-year period
  3. Time expended on my various projects and the sub-projects thereof over a 13-year period

Projects

Below is a table showing the split of time (in hours) expended between my various projects over a 13-year period:-

Subject GroupTotal This YearPercentage This YearTotalPercentage2007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018/192019-102019-112019-122020-012020-022020-03Subject Group
Bridge41330.39866629.12776632757796106293494138066287061382696046807683Bridge
Chess433.185261.77 2916146611496115927510164660Chess
Consciousness171.273311.11 4176301521916144217644216 Consciousness
HiQ20.15590.2   171481115642 00  HiQ
Languages141.0513934.682343312322689525642929124613212026Languages
Mathematics100.772630.8823288455186284181526011 Mathematics
Music19013.9715875.33631321446183237168179278412403129302930Music
Religion211.5427949.39911984128492033052481161086014835148432Religion
Thesis45433.39800626.96084533494771804027358965618281142921727493846664Thesis
Website19414.29613920.62671981812043486514949471117664643430363227182457Website
Total136010029764100186220422250271819282394254225072574267524202494238229211225214243Total

Projects & Major Sub-Projects

Below is a table showing the split of time expended (in hours) between my various projects and the major sub-projects thereof over a 13-year period:-

Subject SubgroupTotal This YearPercentage This YearTotalPercentage2007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018/192019-102019-112019-122020-012020-022020-03Subject Subgroup
Bridge41330.39866629.12776632757796106293494138066287061382696046807683Bridge
Chess433.185261.77 2916146611496115927510164660Chess
Consciousness171.273311.11 4176301521916144217644216 Consciousness
HiQ20.15590.2   171481115642 00  HiQ
Languages141.0513934.682343312322689525642929124613212026Languages
Mathematics100.772630.8823288455186284181526011 Mathematics
Music19013.9715875.33631321446183237168179278412403129302930Music
Religion161.1819476.54911982986141231651764578349910138212Religion
Religion Background50.378482.85  1152348014072713126492500 22 Religion Background
Thesis17012.47532617.8938919422727798184596727412454856742313024183630Thesis
Thesis (Aeon)15711.555001.68         248841212235350911Thesis (Aeon)
Thesis Background1289.3821817.3321825912220082218139169149126203168292116162123Thesis Background
Website17112.56351411.8167198181124110494434234243272563424363226181940Website
Website Others241.7326258.82   8023815760713874392806 001518Website Others
Total136010029764100186220422250271819282394254225072574267524202494238229211225214243Total

Projects & Sub-Projects

Below is a table showing the split of time expended (in hours) between my various projects and the sub-projects thereof over a 13-year period:-

SubjectTotal This YearPercentage This YearTotal to DatePercentage to Date2007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018/192019-102019-112019-122020-012020-022020-03Subject
Bridge - Admin443.2513304.47135139115841521261081878499272710328715Bridge - Admin
Bridge - On-line  60.024 2               Bridge - On-line
Bridge - Play20415402013.512722703224185304384419232248817206323327424030Bridge - Play
Bridge - Reading100.754291.44 4766474655442924221820201151Bridge - Reading
Bridge - Study15511.3828459.5636415024724433331134772232260 129252416302437Bridge - Study
Bridge - Training  370.12 2653 3            Bridge - Training
Chess - Admin221.61590.53 12241005121890364440Chess - Admin
Chess - On-line                      Chess - On-line
Chess - Play130.941160.39   2     299036 12 Chess - Play
Chess - Reading10.09980.33 71286423156512010   Chess - Reading
Chess - Study  730.24 92  1812 11028      Chess - Study
Chess - Training80.55810.27 1 1  01  165443 1  Chess - Training
Consciousness - Read100.71090.37 31411 2914321482231 3 Consciousness - Read
Consciousness - Write80.572220.74 38611912251312289521113 Consciousness - Write
HiQ - ISPE20.15260.09   7100005642 00  HiQ - ISPE
HiQ - Mensa  330.11   10138010         HiQ - Mensa
Languages - Admin10.07120.04      2003330  0  Languages - Admin
Languages - All30.2570.19012169151 0     12   Languages - All
Languages - Amharic (Ethiopic)  70.02  7               Languages - Amharic (Ethiopic)
Languages - Arabic  760.26401561030     2      Languages - Arabic
Languages - Aramaic  30.01  12              Languages - Aramaic
Languages - Armenian  100.03   8  2           Languages - Armenian
Languages - Chinese  1690.575678851  2          Languages - Chinese
Languages - Coptic  80.03 413              Languages - Coptic
Languages - Dutch  30.01 21               Languages - Dutch
Languages - Egyptian10.0690.03 431        1     Languages - Egyptian
Languages - French  110.04 44   4           Languages - French
Languages - German  480.1620162 4 5           Languages - German
Languages - Greek (Classical)10.06150.05 36 2 2       1   Languages - Greek (Classical)
Languages - Greek (Modern)  1050.353752 223            Languages - Greek (Modern)
Languages - Hebrew (Classical)  450.15 2733 12           Languages - Hebrew (Classical)
Languages - Hebrew (Modern)  180.0625191             Languages - Hebrew (Modern)
Languages - Hindi  430.14131571 6            Languages - Hindi
Languages - Italian00.041250.42143250 1 15   14 0     Languages - Italian
Languages - Japanese  640.22252784              Languages - Japanese
Languages - Latin  140.05 4182             Languages - Latin
Languages - Maltese  40.02           4      Languages - Maltese
Languages - Persian  80.03 422              Languages - Persian
Languages - Portuguese  29916146153411222           Languages - Portuguese
Languages - Russian  100.04 92               Languages - Russian
Languages - Spanish  1200.4449516  102592        Languages - Spanish
Languages - Syriac  40.01 220              Languages - Syriac
Languages - Thai80.63690.23       1207284    26Languages - Thai
Languages - Turkish  360.1271635110  01       Languages - Turkish
Mathematics90.632270.761288455186164111316001 Mathematics
Mathematics - Admin20.11130.04      0010820  1  Mathematics - Admin
Mathematics - Lectures00.04220.0722           0     Mathematics - Lectures
Music - Administration191.421990.67 19212400118343346734312Music - Administration
Music - Aural20.13410.14  2 0    01422  2   Music - Aural
Music - Oboe16912.4311113.73424853212215456141203326342823272829Music - Oboe
Music - Piano  1640.5520635920 1  2151      Music - Piano
Music - Theory  730.25129 1 206311316      Music - Theory
Religion - General Research  150.05  3     1010       Religion - General Research
Religion - Lectures  530.181613812      4       Religion - Lectures
Religion - MA - PR - BR  450.15   45              Religion - MA - PR - BR
Religion - MA - PR - E1  1530.51   153              Religion - MA - PR - E1
Religion - MA - Read  160.05   16              Religion - MA - Read
Religion - MA - Write  1690.57   169              Religion - MA - Write
Religion - Read120.928592.8948134132799214299203417484126112Religion - Read
Religion - Seminars  260.09  016   41 4       Religion - Seminars
Religion - Write40.266112.052751154124322477213316437 112  Religion - Write
Religion Background - Admin10.071880.63  9057886442440  0  Religion Background - Admin
Religion Background - Books Admin  3441.15  1879561083544322       Religion Background - Books Admin
Religion Background - Discussions40.293141.05  7991624322224224319 0 12 Religion Background - Discussions
Religion Background - Read  20.01           2      Religion Background - Read
Thesis - Discussions10.07640.22   54251428860  0  Thesis - Discussions
Thesis - Lectures  1000.3343     030186 2      Thesis - Lectures
Thesis - Read634.6511373.82504828613940136138571241741781385101414Thesis - Read
Thesis - Research Repositioning40.312520.8544426401132414224748011  2Thesis - Research Repositioning
Thesis - Seminars  70.02           7      Thesis - Seminars
Thesis - Seminars (Attendance)  590.222 155 11   24       Thesis - Seminars (Attendance)
Thesis - Seminars (Reading)00.02430.1415    19   2240     Thesis - Seminars (Reading)
Thesis - Seminars (Writing)00.02520.176 2  35   2060     Thesis - Seminars (Writing)
Thesis - Supervisions (Event)  150.0514  0              Thesis - Supervisions (Event)
Thesis - Supervisions (Writing)  470.1646 0               Thesis - Supervisions (Writing)
Thesis - Write1007.39354911.92188102156202545244553032028762049216211882314Thesis - Write
Thesis (Aeon) - Read201.492220.75         154435282224Thesis (Aeon) - Read
Thesis (Aeon) - Write13710.062770.93         934161014504877Thesis (Aeon) - Write
Thesis Background - Admin  2270.76651271546162          Thesis Background - Admin
Thesis Background - Aristotelian (Reading)  60.025      1          Thesis Background - Aristotelian (Reading)
Thesis Background - BBk PhilSoc  20.012                 Thesis Background - BBk PhilSoc
Thesis Background - Books Admin80.576872.3158 35109291655210145274116112 30Thesis Background - Books Admin
Thesis Background - Politics  190.06145                Thesis Background - Politics
Thesis Background - Read755.55561.8733515262228521838488910814179111013Thesis Background - Read
Thesis Background - Status80.573621.227192461616141320141225174  3 1Thesis Background - Status
Thesis Background - Write372.743211.08 0114510101526514048271035288Thesis Background - Write
Website - Bridge Development100.71830.61   11013941184051832  22Website - Bridge Development
Website - Bridge Maintenance141.01260.09           12222322Website - Bridge Maintenance
Website - Development1037.5623507.93817614983624012831391337841828720211481425Website - Development
Website - Education40.282981   15294431131692486 11000Website - Education
Website - Infrastructure161.163501.18   613286828513852521272 3Website - Infrastructure
Website - Justification  120.0412                 Website - Justification
Website - Maintenance251.862940.9917223210520131326234048942407Website - Maintenance
Website Others - Bernie's Website Development  1240.42       11683510       Website Others - Bernie's Website Development
Website Others - ECBA Development  3461.16       336101        Website Others - ECBA Development
Website Others - ECBA Maintenance  5541.86       17621213827       Website Others - ECBA Maintenance
Website Others - ECBA Membership - Development  690.23       142521       Website Others - ECBA Membership - Development
Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Development  300.1       30          Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Development
Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Maintenance  620.21       302210        Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Maintenance
Website Others - Enigma Ensemble20.18240.08       112233 00101Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
Website Others - Hutton DBC Development  830.28    3932552         Website Others - Hutton DBC Development
Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance30.21170.39    26302236        12Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance
Website Others - Joint Project Data Analysis  1360.46     369861202       Website Others - Joint Project Data Analysis
Website Others - Joint Project Data Collection  2720.92     162439838527       Website Others - Joint Project Data Collection
Website Others - Mountnessing DBC Maintenance181.34180.06                415Website Others - Mountnessing DBC Maintenance
Website Others - OBT  2981   80174440           Website Others - OBT
Website Others - Pete's PhD  4491.51        41336        Website Others - Pete's PhD
Website Others - Sophie Botros  420.14       16 12104      Website Others - Sophie Botros
Total136010029764100186220422250271819282394254225072574267524202494238229211225214243Total
SubjectTotal This YearPercentage This YearTotal to DatePercentage to Date2007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018/192019-102019-112019-122020-012020-022020-03Subject

Note last updated: 04/04/2020 00:14:24


Footnote 24.4: (Status: Summary - Time Analysis (2020 - March))

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

  1. Summary of Effort YTD & QTD
  2. Time Analysis (YTD by Study-location)

Summary of Effort YTD & QTD

YTD Figures cover the 2019/20 Academic Year. QTD Figures cover January - March 2020

Subject GroupYTDQTD2019-102019-112019-122020-012020-022020-03
Bridge413238696046807683
Chess431410164660
Consciousness17744