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Status Reports - Status: Summary (2018 - December)

Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Planning and Actuals
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future24
  1. Thesis25
    1. Continue with my Thesis26; in particular
      1. Fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research.
      2. Rework the structure so that Level-1 or -2 print produces the thesis with the correct reading-list.
    2. Continually review the Note describing my Current Beliefs27 on the topic of Personal Identity.
    3. Complete a full review and update of the Notes I’ve created on Personal Identity, focusing on those directly referenced by my Current Beliefs28.
    4. Make progress on specific Chapters of my Thesis, using the materials below →
    5. Chapter 229 (What Are We?). Focussing on:-
      1. Human Beings: "Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal".
      2. Persons: "Cottingham (John) - Why we are not 'persons'".
      3. Selves:-
        1. "Dainton (Barry) - Self: Philosophy In Transit",
        2. "O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person".
    6. Chapter 530 (Persistence and Time). Focussing on:-
      1. "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry",
      2. "Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings",
      3. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
      4. "Orwell (George), Davison (Peter), Taylor (D.J.), Ed. - Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Annotated Edition",
      5. "Rovelli (Carlo) - The Order of Time",
      6. "Sider (Ted), Hawthorne (John) & Zimmerman (Dean), Eds. - Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics",
      7. "Skow (Bradford) - Objective Becoming",
      8. "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity",
      9. Complete "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past", and send to Sophie Botros & Michael J. Alter,
      10. Complete running through relevant pages from Robert O. Doyle.
    7. Chapter 631 (Animalism). Focussing on:-
      1. "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", my core text,
      2. "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons",
      3. "Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument",
      4. "Olson (Eric) - On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings",
      5. "Olson (Eric) - The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twining",
      6. "Olson (Eric) - The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity",
      7. "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons, Animals, and Identity",
      8. "Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves",
      9. Review "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics".
      10. Review the work of Elselijn Kingma.
    8. Chapter 732 (The Constitution View):-
      1. Start a serious review of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View", my other core text.
      2. Write up reviews of papers in "Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'".
      3. Read and review "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul".
      4. Write a Note on "Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator".
    9. Chapter 1033 (Thought Experiments):-
      1. Investigate Transhumanism34. In particular,
        1. Read "Bridle (James) - New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future",
        2. Briefly review "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine",
        3. Read "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies",
        4. Detailed review of "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun",
        5. Complete "Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'",
        6. Complete review of "Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'",
        7. Review "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow", especially Chapter 8.
        8. Read & review "Fry (Hannah) - Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine".
    10. Chapter 1135 (Resurrection):-
      1. Start a thorough review of "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death",
      2. Start a review of "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death", especially
        → "Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People",
      3. Start a review of "Bradley (Ben), Feldman (Fred) & Johansson (Jens) - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death", especially
        → "Zimmerman (Dean) - Personal Identity and the Survival of Death",
      4. Read and review
        → "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife",
        → "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival", and
        → "Badham (Paul) - Christian Beliefs About Life After Death".
      5. Write a file-note on "Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk".
    11. As background tasks:-
      1. Ensure all items in:-
        → "Various - Papers on Desktop", and
        → "Various - Papers in Desk Drawer"
        are either addressed or re-filed.
      2. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc36 to Notes,
      3. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      4. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      5. Complete reading:-
        1. "Gazzaniga (Michael S.) - Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain"
        2. "Rosling (Hans) - Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think" (Note37)
        3. "Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness"
      6. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      7. Continue reading and reviewing38 papers issued by Aeon,
      8. Attend Oliver Black’s Salon39(s),
      9. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core40.
      10. Keep up with the philosophical world by periodic reviews of "Interaction - Philos-List".
  2. Religion41
    1. Philosophy of Religion:
      1. Continue reading "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life",
      2. Continue reading the Blog "Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος".
    2. Resurrection: Continue reviewing42
      1. "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry", and
      2. "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection & Christian Apologetics: A Critical Inquiry Volume 2".
    3. Background:
      1. Read appropriate items from Aeon43.
      2. Continue reading "Finkelstein (Israel) & Silberman (Neil Asher) - The Bible Unearthed".
  3. Website44
    1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Architecture
        1. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
          1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
          2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
          3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
          4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
          5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
        2. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
        3. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      • Authors
        1. As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
        2. As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
      • Backups
        1. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      • Books/Papers
        1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      • Documenter
        1. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      • Education
        1. Continue with Harvard CS50's Web Programming with Python and JavaScript (https://www.edx.org/course/cs50s-web-programming-with-python-and-javascript-0): either complete it, or check it'll still run in 2019.
        2. Investigate Bootstrap.
        3. Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
        4. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
        5. Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
        6. Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science". Maybe just "audit".
        7. Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
      • Infrastructure
        1. Re-install iCloud: solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
      • Notes
        1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
        2. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
          1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
          2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
        3. As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
        4. As revealed by Spider: Blog45 Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
        5. As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
        6. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
        7. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
        8. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      • Photos
        1. Create Timeline software: Add photos of Tom & Coxes Farm
        2. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      • Process
        1. As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
        2. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
        3. Full Website Regeneration is now taking 27 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
      • Spider
        1. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
          1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
          2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages46 automatically where possible.
          3. Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
        2. The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
          1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed47 URLs got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief page, which then got Spidered. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur. The fix was made in 18Q2.
          2. However, 4 other creations appeared - dated 18/05/18 - from the run of 10/07/18. The creation date was from the previous spider run, but the IDs show that they were produced in the latest run.
          I've re-opened the case!
      • Technology
        1. Look into Sistrix Smart48. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
          1. Duplicate content: seems to be theotodman.com and Link - Defunct
          2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
          3. Page Not Found
          4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
          5. Meta-Description: Empty
          6. Few words on Page
          7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
          8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
      • WebRefs
        1. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
        2. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 16 items.
        3. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
          1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
          2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
          3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
        4. Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
          1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
          2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
          3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
        5. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
    2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Bridge
        1. Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
      • Enigma
        1. Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
      • Sophie
        1. Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)
  4. Music49
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for two 30-minute sessions each and every day50 – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into an hour-long session to build up stamina further.
      3. Attend the six sessions of The Enigma Ensemble in the coming quarter.
      4. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio, practicing the active pieces.
      5. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios51 for Grades I-VI, using
        → "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall Scales & Arpeggios for Oboe (Grades 1–8)", and
        → "ABRSM - Scales and Arpeggios for Oboe, Grades 1-8 (ABRSM Scales & Arpeggios)".
      6. Improve sight-reading by playing through "Trinity Guildhall - Sound at Sight Oboe Grades 1-8".
      7. Prepare Grade VI pieces, in particular
        → "Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G" (Prelude only),
        → "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (Eroica, Aida, Der Freischutz),
        → "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Romanze only),
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Blatt - Study No. 52)
      8. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
      9. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
    2. Piano: Try to develop some competence as an aid to theory, so:-
      1. Complete working through "Rhodes (James) - How to Play the Piano",
      2. Work through "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 1", and
      3. Try to play by ear, using for inspiration:-
        → "Cannel (Ward) & Marx (Fred) - How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home".
    3. Theory: Prepare for Grade 5 Theory, so:-
      1. Study
        → "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1", and
        → "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 2",
      2. Do the exercises in
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4", and
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5",
    4. Aural:
      1. Run through "ABRSM - Aural Training In Practice: Book 1 - Grades 1-3"
      2. Get a grip on the process of ear-training by reading "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch", and related material52.
  5. Chess53
    1. Training using Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/).
    2. Read "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", with assistance from the above.
    3. Study "Willemze (Thomas) - The Chess Toolbox: Practical Techniques Everyone Should Know".
    4. Full participation in Billericay Chess Club:-
      → Club Nights
      → Club Championship
      → NECL matches
      → Southend League matches
    5. Training versus Mephisto Monte Carlo.
    6. Read "Chess - Chess Magazine"; work through the “How Good Is Your Chess” articles.
  6. Consciousness54
    1. Re-read and write notes on "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness",
    2. Re-read and review notes on "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind",
    3. Read "Dehaene (Stanislas) - Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts",
    4. Read appropriate papers from Aeon55.
  7. Bridge56
    1. Meet up with former partners from time to time.
    2. Return to playing bridge at most once a week if encouraged to do so.
    3. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".
  8. Languages57
    1. Thai: Following Nat's emigration to Thailand:-
      → "Lonely Planet - Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary",
      → "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners",
      → "ThaiNotes - Thai Notes",
      → "Wikipedia - Thai Alphabet", and
      → "Wikipedia - Thai Language".
    2. Egyptian (Ancient):
    3. Maltese:
      Wikipedia: Maltese language (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_language)
  9. Mathematics58
    1. Read papers from Aeon as they arise.
    2. Browse "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics".
    3. Complete reading "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics".
    4. Read "Polya (George), Stewart (Ian) - How to Solve IT: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method".
    5. Try the puzzles in "Polya (George) & Kilpatrick (Jeremy) - The Stanford Mathematics Problem Book: With Hints and Solutions".
    6. Analyze "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising".
  10. HiQ59
    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 – for spring 2019 – is to rebuild the lower part of a side wall.
  • I’m writing a Blog Item on this saga, with some theoretical thoughts, which I hope to have published in due course.
Footnote 19:
  • 25 hours / week represents the amount of time that I’d need to spend if I were pursuing my research part-time at Birkbeck – which would be something like 5 hours / day, 5 days a week.
Footnote 20:
  • As my purchasing has now dropped to a relative trickle, I’ve extended the selection range to cover the last 6 months.
  • Some of these are random purchases from charity shops, or presents. Others are selectively purchased in support of my various projects.
  • Poverty and lack of space is severely curtailing my purchasing power.
Footnote 21:
  • Or at least those recently added to my database, in the case of electronic items that sometimes arrive too fast to be catalogued immediately.
Footnote 24:
  • In the light of the segregation of my projects into three tiers, items for tertiary projects are only to be addressed if everything of higher priority is in shape.
  • If there are any changes to this list between quarters, they will appear in the Priority Task List.
Footnote 37:
  • Read the Appendices, and extract the Chapter Summaries as learning-points.
Footnote 38:
  • Try to keep up to date, but only read those that are strictly relevant – ignore the rest!
  • At present I have a relatively small reading-backlog, and a much larger reviewing-backlog.
  • Try to add a brief comment for each paper – maybe at the expense of reading the full text!
Footnote 39: Footnote 42:
  • While I couldn't submit to Michael Alter's deadlines and the amount of work required, I ought to at least read these books.
Footnote 46:
  • Note that Backup_Prune_Ctrl deletes (relevant) pages that weren't regenerated in the last full site-regen, but this isn't the same thing.
Footnote 47:
  • These are URLs that were used in web pages but hadn't yet been converted to the +WnnnW+ format, so appeared at the end with no WebRef ID.
Footnote 48:
  • See Sistrix (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Optimizr (http://www.optimizr.com/) (which now auto-forwards to Sistrix).
  • A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
  • An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 50:
  • Well, maybe with the occasional holiday, and excluding days on which I have a lesson or the Enigma Ensemble.
Footnote 51:
  • I don't intend to present these for the Trinity exams, as I can present Orchestral Audition pieces instead; but they are essential for technique.
Footnote 52: Ie. The following:-

Note last updated: 06/01/2019 23:36:58


Footnote 2: (Status: Personal Identity (2018 - December))

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 October - December 2018
  1. I spent 277.25 hours in 4Q18 on this Project, or related work (277.25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 106.6% of the planned effort (106.6% YTD). Overall, 46.5% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 46.5% YTD) - as against 37% planned (36.9% YTD).
  2. My planned effort was 20 hours / week5. This quarter – after a late surge – I more than achieved this. Moreover, most of the effort expended was on relevant items!
  3. My main focus this time round was on "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry": firstly, to complete reading the book, then to complete going through the bibliography and adding text within my database for all the entries I think are relevant, acquiring those items I didn’t have.
  4. I also watched and transcribed the associated video "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History - A Philosophical Inquiry with Dr Sophie Botros", and have spent time adding footnotes.
  5. In connection with the above, where O’Brien’s views on the unreality of the past receive support, I purchased and started reading "Orwell (George), Davison (Peter), Taylor (D.J.), Ed. - Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Annotated Edition".
  6. Updated a number of my Notes, though with less zeal than last quarter.
  7. Made another attempt to read and understand "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past". On-going!
  8. In addition, completed reading
    → "Heyes (Cecilia M.) - Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking"
    → "Rosling (Hans) - Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think"
    → "Rovelli (Carlo) - The Order of Time"
    → "Hale (Sheila) - The Man Who Lost His Language"
  9. Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List. More detail follows:-
Thesis (Total Hours = 250.5)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 235.75)
  2. Thesis - Discussions (Total Hours = 1.25)
  3. Thesis - Lectures
  4. Thesis - Research Repositioning
  5. Thesis - Seminars (Total Hours = 4.75)
  6. Thesis - Seminars (Writing)
Thesis Background (Total Hours = 25.75)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 19.25)
  2. Thesis Background - Status (Total Hours = 6.5)
Thesis (Aeon)
Plans for the Near Future – Top Priority Tasks
Summary of Progress to Date

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




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 5:
  • 25 hours / week is approximately what I’d expect to put in to a part-time PhD. I intend to attempt this in the coming quarter.
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, Chess and – particularly – my Web-tools project.
  • The original reason for deferring to my 65th birthday was that this is when I am eligible for my State Pension. This may not be much to live on – but it is a quite generous supplement which would make a significant contribution towards the fees and expenses, which prior thereto I couldn’t afford.
  • Unfortunately, my state pension (and Julie’s, for that matter) has been more than gobbled up by payments on the mortgage I’ve managed to obtain for Coxes Farm. We’ll be repaying that until 2031, by which time I’ll be 77. Maybe litigation against a negligent surveyor will liberate some cash.
Footnote 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 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 24:
  • Read the Appendices, and extract the Chapter Summaries as learning-points.
Footnote 25:
  • Try to keep up to date, but only read those that are strictly relevant – ignore the rest!
  • At present I have a relatively small reading-backlog, and a much larger reviewing-backlog.
  • Try to add a brief comment for each paper – maybe at the expense of reading the full text!
Footnote 26:

Note last updated: 06/01/2019 23:36:58


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

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: 01/02/2019 00:33:07


Footnote 4: (Status: Web-Tools (2018 - December))

Rationale for this Project

  • This Project was alluded to briefly in a footnote on research methodology in my original Research Proposal under the head Research - Internet Technology. When last at Birkbeck, I wrote a more extensive paper defending the Project and describing its rationale. Now that my PhD is in suspense, I have decided to take this Project further. There’s a lot to do: still quite a few items on the “wish list”. It is fairly critical as an enabler for my research, so I need to get a move on as I want it all out of the way before I re-start4 formal research.
  • For documentation on my website (currently password protected) follow the links below:-
    1. Functional5 Documentation6.
    2. Technical7 Documentation.
  • Other Websites8
    1. Sometime around 2005, I created a website for Dr. Sophie Botros (Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)), one of my supervisors at Birkbeck, but we then lost touch and it got maintained (very badly) by some desktop support outfit. In 2Q15 I took it back on again and spruced it up a bit, and maintain it periodically, though it still requires more work.
    2. I created and / or ran a multitude of bridge websites, but as of January 2018 I have either handed them over or mothballed them9:-
      1. I established the Hutton Bridge Club (http://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html) Website in 4Q11 using the standard Bridgewebs service, but with a couple of competitions using my own routines. This was handed over in 3Q15.
      2. In 1Q15, I took over the support and development of the Essex Contract Bridge Association (http://www.bridgewebs.com/essex/) (ECBA) website, which also uses Bridgewebs, but is very much larger. I wrote a lot of code10 to make this job less tedious. The site was handed over in 4Q17.
      3. For several years, I collected data11 on bridge activity in the Billericay / Brentwood area (initially needed for a project to set up a new consolidated club) – by “scraping” data off web pages, consolidating it into a database and modelling it in various ways.
      4. I used this data to generate websites with a multitude of ladders for small clubs (Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm)). These are now mothballed.
      5. I created and maintained a new website for the First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Academy, giving it “small clubs” ladders as these were easy to maintain with little intervention.
      6. In 3Q16 I revived the Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml) website.
    3. I’ve created and continue to maintain a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
    4. I created a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. It exists in two versions: Acts: Live Site (http://www.acts-research.website/) and Acts: Test Site (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm).
  • I did consider returning to work part-time as an MS Access/Excel developer, with a spin-off into website generation, but have done nothing about it so far.

Summary of Progress during October - December 2018
  1. I spent 79.5 hours in 4Q18 on this Project, or related work (79.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 51% of the planned effort (51% YTD). Overall, 13.3% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 13.3% YTD) - as against 22.2% planned (22.2% YTD).
  2. Again, I made no progress at all on the courses put out by Harvard
    → "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science", and
    → "Harvard University - CS50W Web Programming with Python and JavaScript".
    I still intend to make a serious attempt to complete the former sometime (I will need to re-start). However, I decided to precede it with the latter which is more immediately relevant.
  3. Early in the quarter I’d been on course to approximate budget, but decisions to meet or exceed budget on other projects – in particular my Thesis, Music and Chess – and two weeks’ illness – got in the way in the latter half of the quarter, when I did virtually nothing on this project, so I only achieved about 50% of plan in the end.
  4. However, I did manage to spend 55 hours developing my own site and did a lot of useful work.
  5. Completed items included:-
    1. Own Website:
      • Architecture
        1. As revealed by Spider: Old links in unregenerated pages. 8 Items.
      • Documenter
        1. Outstanding Developments by Category appearing all in Bold, and links to lists failing.
      • Notes
        1. Create Priority Task List Report12.
        2. As revealed by Spider: Links from Blog in Level 1 or 2 Printed Notes 512 and 98114 failing. 141 items.
        3. As revealed by Spider: Links to sundry 'static' pages failing.
          1. 13 items fixed.
          2. 7 items outstanding: to do with Pete's PhD Test site. Links seem to be OK, so may be a problem with the Spider. Directory "Petes_PhD" was the only one set to "do not parse". The file wasn't in the site map. Reset; hopefully it'll work!
        4. As revealed by Spider: Status Reports - Achived Notes - sundry links failing. 50 items in total. Live Notes fixed.
          1. Website: Maintenance Dashboard15. 14 items.
          2. Personal Identity Status Report. 11 items.
          3. Summary Status Report. 4 items.
          4. Actual Detail Summary Report. 6 items.
          5. Chess Status Report. 12 items.
          6. Etc. 3 items.
        5. As revealed by Spider: Consciousness Status Report Achived Notes - links to BookCatalogCategorised_16_115_471.htm failing. Live Note OK. 46 items. 24 items outstanding.
        6. As revealed by Spider: Sundry links failed for Supervisions. 30 items.
      • Process
        1. Added 'time to regenerate' sub-totals & grand-totals to Website Maintenance Dashboard21.
      • Spider
        1. Determined why Full_Link_Up_Levels_Gen takes so long - approximately 4 hours. Re-architected to reduce database reads.
      • Status
        1. Links occasionally missing from Summary Task List and Summary Task List (YTD).
      • WebRefs
        1. Added Display text to WebRefs for Links to Stanford, Wikipedia & Aeon
    2. Other Websites:
      • Enigma
        1. Added 'EE' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
      • Sophie
        1. Added 'SB' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
  6. Full details for 18Q4 are given below:-
Website (Total Hours = 75)
  1. Website - Development (Total Hours = 55)
    • Create Timeline software: Add photos of Tom & Coxes Farm (10.5 hours)
    • Investigate Spider_Copy: Full_Link_Up_Levels_Gen. (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add timestamps to MsgBox completion messages (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add totals to Maintenance Dashboard (5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Development Log - Bug Fixes (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider (15.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigating pgn4web Chess-game viewer (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Links from Blog in Level 1 or 2 Printed Notes 512 and 981 failing (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Links occasionally missing from Summary Task Lists (1.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Maintain consolidated Development Log (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Priority Task List Report (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Various fixes re Supervisions Notes Directory errors (4.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Web Spider - Check out & correct missing links (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Web Spider - Delete Raw_Links associated with Pruned Files (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Added Display text to WebRefs (2.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Added Display text to WebRefs for Links to Stanford, Wikipedia & Aeon (5.25 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (55 hours)
  2. Website - Education (Total Hours = 2)
  3. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 5.5)
    • iCloud for Windows Installation (0.75 hours)
    • Julie's Laptop Support - Including Windows 10 Bugs & Upgrades (0.25 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (2.5 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (1.5 hours)
    • XMas Newsletter - photos & formatting (0.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (5.5 hours)
  4. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 12.5)
    • 18Q3 Status Reports (1 hour)
    • Renew Kaspersky License (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Correct WHOIS Data for theotodman.com Domain Name (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - General: Tidy up Site - delete un-updated pages (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual URL Checks (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (6.25 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (1.25 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh (1 hour)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (11.5 hours)
Website Others (Total Hours = 4.5)
  1. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble (Total Hours = 1.5)
    • Added 'EE' shortcut icon (used Logomakr (https://logomakr.com/)) (1 hour)
    • Enigma Ensemble Website - Creation, Admin & Maintenance (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Music - Administration" (1.5 hours)
  2. Website Others - Sophie Botros (Total Hours = 3)

Plans for the Near Future

I’ve had to halve the planned weekly effort on this project to 6 hours in order to allow for other commitments. While there’s still a lot on my development “priority list”, my hope for the current academic year was to focus on updating my technical competence. However, I can’t see how to fit it in. The Plan below is taken automatically from the Priority 1 items on my Development Log, as published in my Outstanding Developments Report.
  1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
    • Architecture
      1. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
      2. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
    • Authors
      1. As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
      2. As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
    • Backups
      1. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
    • Books/Papers
      1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
    • Documenter
      1. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
    • Education
      1. Continue with Harvard CS50's Web Programming with Python and JavaScript (https://www.edx.org/course/cs50s-web-programming-with-python-and-javascript-0): either complete it, or check it'll still run in 2019.
      2. Investigate Bootstrap.
      3. Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
      4. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      5. Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
      6. Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science". Maybe just "audit".
      7. Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
    • Infrastructure
      1. Re-install iCloud: solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
    • Notes
      1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      2. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
        1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
        2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
      3. As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
      4. As revealed by Spider: Blog Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
      5. As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
      6. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      7. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      8. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
    • Photos
      1. Create Timeline software: Add photos of Tom & Coxes Farm
      2. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
    • Process
      1. As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
      2. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      3. Full Website Regeneration is now taking 27 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
    • Spider
      1. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
        1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
        2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages26 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 unprocessed27 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 Smart28. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
        1. Duplicate content: seems to be theotodman.com and Link - Defunct
        2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
        3. Page Not Found
        4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
        5. Meta-Description: Empty
        6. Few words on Page
        7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
        8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
    • WebRefs
      1. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
      2. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 16 items.
      3. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
        1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
        2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
        3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
      4. Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
        1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
        2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
        3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
      5. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
  2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
    • Bridge
      1. Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
    • Enigma
      1. Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
    • Sophie
      1. Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)

Summary of Progress to Date

This is hived off to various separate documents, which have now been harmonising and / or consolidated:-
  1. Summary of Progress to Date29.
  2. Outstanding Developments30,
  3. Functional Documentation31,
  4. A summary of time expended across the years developing my website32 is at "Software Development - Website - Development".





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • Well, I’ve missed the boat, so will need to continue with both projects in parallel.
  • This was always likely to be necessary, as new features will always arise in use. It’s a prototype methodology, after all.
Footnote 5:
  • This is very tedious to produce and consequently is both incomplete and out of date.
Footnote 7:
  • This is much more fun, as it’s a purely technical task.
  • I’ve written a vastly-improved general-purpose technical documenter for MS Access.
Footnote 9:
  • It’s a shame to abandon the “mini websites” with all their ladders, as it’s rather well done.
  • However, I can’t waste time on these after I’ve abandoned bridge.
Footnote 10:
  • In particular, for the ECBA “Victor Ludorum” competition.
  • I cannot hand any of this code over, so the tedium will return, though not to me!
Footnote 11:
  • I had agreed to share this data sometime early in 2018
  • But will wait until asked again, as I doubt it’ll be of any real use to anyone.
Footnote 26:
  • 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 27:
  • 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 28:
  • 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 32:
  • As distinct from developing other peoples’ websites – time which is also recorded against this project, but not against this task.

Note last updated: 06/01/2019 23:36:58


Footnote 4.8: (Theo Todman's Websites Maintained)

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

Sites currently maintained:-


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

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

I have never charged for any of this work.




In-Page Footnotes

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

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


Footnote 4.12: (Status: Priority Task List (2019: January))

This Report allows me to see a simple consolidated list of tasks I'm supposed to be working on. This list appears in my Quarterly Status Report, and time spent against the tasks appears - where applicable, and in somewhat jumbled form - in the Summary Task List between Quarterly Reports. The purpose of this report is to allow updates to the list between Quarterly Reports.

  1. Thesis
    1. Continue with my Thesis; in particular
      1. Fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research.
      2. Rework the structure so that Level-1 or -2 print produces the thesis with the correct reading-list.
    2. Continually review the Note describing my Current Beliefs on the topic of Personal Identity.
    3. Complete a full review and update of the Notes I’ve created on Personal Identity, focusing on those directly referenced by my Current Beliefs.
    4. Make progress on specific Chapters of my Thesis, using the materials below →
    5. Chapter 2 (What Are We?). Focussing on:-
      1. Human Beings: "Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal".
      2. Persons: "Cottingham (John) - Why we are not 'persons'".
      3. Selves:-
        1. "Dainton (Barry) - Self: Philosophy In Transit",
        2. "O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person".
    6. Chapter 4 (Basic Metaphysical Issues). Focus on:-
      1. "Broome (John) - Indefiniteness in Identity",
      2. "Hawley (Katherine) - Almost Identical, Almost Innocent",
      3. "Noonan (Harold) - Vague Identity Yet Again"
      4. "Williams (Christopher) - Death and Other Difficulties"
    7. Chapter 5 (Persistence and Time). Focussing on:-
      1. "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry", and especially
        → "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History - A Philosophical Inquiry with Dr Sophie Botros"
      2. "Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings",
      3. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
      4. "Orwell (George), Davison (Peter), Taylor (D.J.), Ed. - Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Annotated Edition",
      5. "Rovelli (Carlo) - The Order of Time",
      6. "Sider (Ted), Hawthorne (John) & Zimmerman (Dean), Eds. - Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics",
      7. "Skow (Bradford) - Objective Becoming",
      8. "Hawley (Katherine) - Persistence and Determination",
      9. "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity", especially
        → "Wiggins (David) - Identity, Individuation, and Substance"
      10. "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past": Complete and send to Sophie Botros & Michael J. Alter,
      11. Robert O. Doyle: Complete running through relevant pages
    8. Chapter 6 (Animalism). Focussing on:-
      1. "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", my core text,
      2. "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons",
      3. "Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument",
      4. "Olson (Eric) - On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings",
      5. "Olson (Eric) - The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twining",
      6. "Olson (Eric) - The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity",
      7. "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons, Animals, and Identity",
      8. "Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves",
      9. "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics",
      10. "Ross (Don) - Consciousness, language, and the possibility of non-human personhood: Reflections on elephants",
      11. Elselijn Kingma. Especially
        → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Lady Parts: The Metaphysics of Pregnancy"
    9. Chapter 7 (The Constitution View):-
      1. "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View": My other core text. Start a serious review.
      2. "Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'": Write up reviews of papers,
      3. "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul": Read and review,
      4. "Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator": Write a Note.
    10. Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments):-
      1. Investigate Transhumanism. In particular,
        1. "Awad (Edmond), Etc. - The Moral Machine experiment": Read,
        2. "Bridle (James) - New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future": Read,
        3. "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine": Briefly review,
        4. "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies": Read,
        5. "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun": Detailed review,
        6. "Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'": Complete,
        7. "Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'": Complete review,
        8. "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow": Review, especially Chapter 8,
        9. "Fry (Hannah) - Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine": Read & review.
    11. Chapter 11 (Resurrection):-
      1. "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death": Start a thorough review,
      2. "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death": Start a review, especially
        → "Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People",
      3. "Bradley (Ben), Feldman (Fred) & Johansson (Jens) - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death": Start a review, especially
        → "Zimmerman (Dean) - Personal Identity and the Survival of Death",
      4. Read and review
        → "Badham (Paul) - Christian Beliefs About Life After Death",
        → "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife",
        → "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival",
        → "MacIntosh (J.J.) - Reincarnation and Relativized Identity", and
        → "Noonan (Harold) - The Possibility of Reincarnation",
      5. "Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk": Write a file-note.
    12. As background tasks:-
      1. Ensure all items in:-
        → "Various - Papers on Desktop", and
        → "Various - Papers in Desk Drawer"
        are either addressed or re-filed.
      2. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc to Notes,
      3. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      4. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      5. Complete reading:-
        1. "Dennett (Daniel) - The Mind's I - Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul: Introduction",
        2. "Everett (Daniel) - Did Homo erectus speak?",
        3. "Hofstadter (Douglas) - Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid - A Metaphorical Fugue on Minds and Machines in the Spirit of Lewis Carroll",
        4. "Gazzaniga (Michael S.) - Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain"
        5. "Rosling (Hans) - Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think" (Note16)
        6. "Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness"
      6. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      7. Continue reading and reviewing17 papers issued by Aeon,
      8. Attend Oliver Black’s Salon18(s), and follow up; especially
        → "Conolly (Oliver) & Haydar (Bashar) - The Good, the Bad and the Funny"
      9. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core.
      10. Update my Journals Note: Review the journals I have access to; more are available as a Cambridge Alumnus.
      11. Keep up with the philosophical world by periodic reviews of "Interaction - Philos-List".
  2. Religion
    1. Philosophy of Religion:
      1. Continue reading "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life",
      2. Continue reading the Blog "Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος".
    2. Resurrection: Continue reviewing21
      1. "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry", and
      2. "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection & Christian Apologetics: A Critical Inquiry Volume 2".
    3. Background:
      1. Read appropriate items from Aeon.
      2. Continue reading "Finkelstein (Israel) & Silberman (Neil Asher) - The Bible Unearthed".
  3. Website
    1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Architecture
        1. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
          1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
          2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
          3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
          4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
          5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
        2. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
        3. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      • Authors
        1. As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
        2. As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
      • Backups
        1. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      • Books/Papers
        1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      • Documenter
        1. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      • Education
        1. Continue with Harvard CS50's Web Programming with Python and JavaScript (https://www.edx.org/course/cs50s-web-programming-with-python-and-javascript-0): either complete it, or check it'll still run in 2019.
        2. Investigate Bootstrap.
        3. Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
        4. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
        5. Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
        6. Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science". Maybe just "audit".
        7. Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
      • Infrastructure
        1. Re-install iCloud: solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
      • Notes
        1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
        2. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
          1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
          2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
        3. As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
        4. As revealed by Spider: Blog Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
        5. As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
        6. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
        7. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
        8. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      • Photos
        1. Create Timeline software: Add photos of Coxes Farm (and Tommy if authorised)
        2. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      • Process
        1. As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
        2. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
        3. Full Website Regeneration is now taking 27 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
      • Spider
        1. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
          1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
          2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages25 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 unprocessed26 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 Smart27. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
          1. Duplicate content: seems to be theotodman.com and Link - Defunct
          2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
          3. Page Not Found
          4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
          5. Meta-Description: Empty
          6. Few words on Page
          7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
          8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
      • WebRefs
        1. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
        2. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 16 items.
        3. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
          1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
          2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
          3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
        4. Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
          1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
          2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
          3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
        5. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
    2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Bridge
        1. Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
      • Enigma
        1. Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
      • Sophie
        1. Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)
  4. Music
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for two 30-minute sessions each and every day29 – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into an hour-long session to build up stamina further.
      3. Attend the six sessions of The Enigma Ensemble in the coming quarter.
      4. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio, practicing the active pieces.
      5. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios30 for Grades I-VI, using
        → "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall Scales & Arpeggios for Oboe (Grades 1–8)", and
        → "ABRSM - Scales and Arpeggios for Oboe, Grades 1-8 (ABRSM Scales & Arpeggios)".
      6. Improve sight-reading by playing through "Trinity Guildhall - Sound at Sight Oboe Grades 1-8".
      7. Prepare Grade VI pieces, in particular
        → "Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G" (Prelude only),
        → "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (Eroica, Aida, Der Freischutz),
        → "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Romanze only),
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Blatt - Study No. 52)
      8. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
      9. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
    2. Piano: Try to develop some competence as an aid to theory, so:-
      1. Complete working through "Rhodes (James) - How to Play the Piano",
      2. Work through "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 1", and
      3. Try to play by ear, using for inspiration:-
        → "Cannel (Ward) & Marx (Fred) - How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home".
    3. Theory: Prepare for Grade 5 Theory, so:-
      1. Study
        → "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1", and
        → "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 2",
      2. Do the exercises in
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4", and
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5",
    4. Aural:
      1. Run through "ABRSM - Aural Training In Practice: Book 1 - Grades 1-3"
      2. Get a grip on the process of ear-training by reading "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch", and related material31.
  5. Chess
    1. Training using Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/).
    2. Read "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", with assistance from the above.
    3. Study "Willemze (Thomas) - The Chess Toolbox: Practical Techniques Everyone Should Know".
    4. Full participation in Billericay Chess Club:-
      → Club Nights
      → Club Championship
      → NECL matches
      → Southend League matches
    5. Training versus Mephisto Monte Carlo.
    6. Read "Chess - Chess Magazine"; work through the “How Good Is Your Chess” articles.
  6. Consciousness
    1. Re-read and write notes on "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness",
    2. Re-read and review notes on "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind",
    3. Read "Dehaene (Stanislas) - Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts",
    4. Read appropriate papers from Aeon.
  7. Bridge
    1. Meet up with former partners from time to time.
    2. Return to playing bridge at most once a week if encouraged to do so.
    3. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".
  8. Languages
    1. Thai: Following Nat's emigration to Thailand:-
      → "Lonely Planet - Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary",
      → "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners",
      → "ThaiNotes - Thai Notes",
      → "Wikipedia - Thai Alphabet", and
      → "Wikipedia - Thai Language".
    2. Egyptian (Ancient):
    3. Maltese:
      Wikipedia: Maltese language (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_language)
  9. Mathematics
    1. Read papers from Aeon as they arise.
    2. Browse "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics".
    3. Complete reading "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics".
    4. Read "Polya (George), Stewart (Ian) - How to Solve IT: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method".
    5. Try the puzzles in "Polya (George) & Kilpatrick (Jeremy) - The Stanford Mathematics Problem Book: With Hints and Solutions".
    6. Analyze "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising".
  10. HiQ
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 16:
  • Read the Appendices, and extract the Chapter Summaries as learning-points.
Footnote 17:
  • Try to keep up to date, but only read those that are strictly relevant – ignore the rest!
  • At present I have a relatively small reading-backlog, and a much larger reviewing-backlog.
  • Try to add a brief comment for each paper – maybe at the expense of reading the full text!
Footnote 18: Footnote 21:
  • 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 25:
  • 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 26:
  • 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 27:
  • 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 29:
  • Well, maybe with the occasional holiday, and excluding days on which I have a lesson or the Enigma Ensemble.
Footnote 30:
  • 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 31: Ie. The following:-

Note last updated: 01/02/2019 00:30:14


Footnote 4.14: (Website - Outstanding Developments)

Rationale for this Document

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


  1. Own Website: Outstanding Items By Priority:-
    • Priority: 1
      1. Architecture: Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
      2. Architecture (On-Going): Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Architecture: Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      4. Authors: As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
      5. Authors: As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
      6. Backups: Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      7. Books/Papers: Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      8. Documenter (In Progress): Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      9. Education: Continue with Harvard CS50's Web Programming with Python and JavaScript (https://www.edx.org/course/cs50s-web-programming-with-python-and-javascript-0): either complete it, or check it'll still run in 2019.
      10. Education: Investigate Bootstrap.
      11. Education: Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
      12. Education (In Progress): Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      13. Education (In Progress): Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
      14. Education: Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science". Maybe just "audit".
      15. Education: Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
      16. Infrastructure: Re-install iCloud: solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
      17. Notes: Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      18. Notes: Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
        1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
        2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
      19. Notes: As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
      20. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Blog Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
      21. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
      22. Notes: Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      23. Notes: Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      24. Notes: Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      25. Photos (In Progress): Create Timeline software: Add photos of Tom & Coxes Farm
      26. Photos: Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      27. Process (In Progress): As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
      28. Process: Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      29. Process: Full Website Regeneration is now taking 27 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
      30. Spider: Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
        1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
        2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages4 automatically where possible.
        3. Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
      31. Spider (In Progress): The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
        1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed5 URLs got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief page, which then got Spidered. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur. The fix was made in 18Q2.
        2. However, 4 other creations appeared - dated 18/05/18 - from the run of 10/07/18. The creation date was from the previous spider run, but the IDs show that they were produced in the latest run.
        I've re-opened the case!
      32. Technology: Look into Sistrix Smart6. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
        1. Duplicate content: seems to be theotodman.com and Link - Defunct
        2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
        3. Page Not Found
        4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
        5. Meta-Description: Empty
        6. Few words on Page
        7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
        8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
      33. WebRefs: As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
      34. WebRefs: As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 16 items.
      35. WebRefs: Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
        1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
        2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
        3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
      36. WebRefs: Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
        1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
        2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
        3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
      37. WebRefs: Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
    • Priority: 2
      1. Abstracts (In Progress): Ensure some minimal data on Abstracts for Identity Papers Read
      2. Architecture: Improve flexibility of password-protected areas (ie. multiple areas, with different log-ons).
      3. Backups: Determine why flag on directories "not to be backed up" gets reset
      4. Backups: Investigate historic error messages
      5. Notes: Add "Specific", "Contextual" & "General" Notes as an optional footer to all Notes. I think this is important – part of the difficulty in understanding some philosophers is knowing what their background assumptions are, as this influences what they take to be “obvious” or “a given”.
      6. Notes: Bug: "++ NP ++" links to previously linked note or to (non-)Note 0. Example!
      7. Notes: Check (in use) that the optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes doesn't print other footnotes further down the chain. Probably OK.
      8. Notes: Enable reproduction of archived “Printed Notes”.
      9. Notes: Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
      10. Notes: Improve Printable notes processing for "Temp" Notes (ie. produce a "_T" (& include all "_T"s), but leave standard prints free of "Temps".
      11. Notes: Investigate Notes Archiving - see if could re-create re-formatted if required from saved historical versions (but not fixed re directories)
      12. Notes: Reading Lists: Fix duplications:-
        1. Items "cited" and "categorised" (sometimes seem to) appear twice.
        2. Books and "single papers" of that Book both appear.
      13. Notes: Solve the problem of the size limitation for Notes (eg. by allowing their concatenation, but check in Access 2013 first).
      14. Papers: Remove all large “Comments” that have been utilised to expand Paper Abstracts (by moving them to Notes9).
      15. Papers: When "+PnnnP+" reference used in an Object, allow "#Reference" style to be more specific where in the Paper Abstract the reference is.
      16. Technology: Increase use of CSS Style Sheets
      17. WebRefs (In Progress): Complete investigation and correction of broken “External” Links.
    • Priority: 3
      1. Aesthetics: Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
      2. Architecture: Add scrolling titles to Lists
      3. Authors: Enable "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X).
      4. Books/Papers: Introduce check that if a Book is flagged as "read" so are its Papers. Manual check completed in March 2018.
      5. Books/Papers: Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
      6. Bridge: Hand-Dealing:
        1. Some hands not showing in consolidated lists
        2. Bidding sometimes missing for SD (maybe connected)
      7. Documenter: Investigate & fix “Query Fragments” issue.
      8. Documenter (On-Going): Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
      9. Documenter: Separate Documenter from the main database & code, then add a parameter so it doesn’t necessarily document itself.
      10. Documenter: Undertake a trawl through the code for all functions within the generator – making improvements for efficiency and function. Supply rudimentary functional documentation as a spin-off therefrom.
      11. Facebook: Upgrade my Facebook page ("Facebook - Understand Facebook & Build Personal Facebook Page") using "Abram (Carolyn) - Facebook for Dummies: Fifth Edition" for inspiration / guidance.
      12. Notes: Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 170) are being truncated.
      13. Notes: Fix problem with broken bespoke links to Printed Notes from Archived Notes.
      14. Notes: Improve flexibility of reading lists attached to printable version of Notes (different sort orders, priority items only, etc).
      15. Notes: Improve reading-lists from Notes (ie. firstly PID, then all starting with topic from Philosophy Papers Full)
      16. Status: Check how "YTD Planned %" is calculated - seems incorrect early in the Quarter if the plan varies during the year.
      17. Technology: Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.
      18. Technology: Read the Google documentation (Link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/)) to investigate where I’m going wrong in the (failure to) use META tags to ensure my stuff sorts correctly in the search engines.
      19. Technology: Use generated Javascript to allow multi-level expandable / contractable lists in Notes and Paper Abstracts.
      20. Technology: Very long pages (eg. Concatenated Notes and Book Paper Abstracts) fail to render correctly in Firefox (mostly OK in other browsers). Investigate whether it’s possible to subdivide them.
    • Priority: 4
      1. Technology: Add page-hit counters
    • Priority: 5
      1. Documenter: Technical Documenter:-
        1. Investigate possibilities of retailing the documenter.
        2. Enhance to document Macros.
        3. Look at ways of documenting other (MS Access) databases & trial on Northwind.
    • Work-arounds
      1. Books (Work-around): Book Comments: if there are explicit internal links to files in Book Comments, they cannot work both in the BookSummary and BookPaperAbstracts, which are at different directory levels. So, don’t put them in the Comments – only in the Abstract.
      2. Books (Work-around): Books - Referencing of Notes: The "+NnnnN+" method works from the Book Summary, "++nnn++" from Book Abstract, but neither vice-versa.
      3. Books (Work-around): Books by Location: the jump table led to an invalid location. I bodged the data, by deleting an unused location, and didn’t properly investigate.
      4. Books (Work-around): Books to Notes: There’s an issue if a Note changes from Secure to non-Secure, but I bodged the data and didn’t try to fix it.
    • Cancelled Developments
      1. Architecture: Create expandable lists in Abstracts, Notes ("Plus table12" cells? For categorised lists)
      2. Books: Create "Books by Subject" and "Books by Title" lists
      3. Books/Papers: Create list of "Identity" papers - and books - to obtain (ie. the "zzz"s)
      4. Books/Papers: Create Second-Level Jump (+ maybe split pages) for Philosophy / Identity Papers / Books Full - similar to Blackberry pages
      5. Books/Papers: Determine more efficient method of updating "Books to Papers", "Papers to Notes" and "Books to Notes" - use archiving
      6. General: Fix "American" date formats in Electronic Resources page
      7. Notes: Create "who's who" of respondents (will just be private notes)
      8. Technology: Create own local webserver
      9. Technology: Increase use of Frames13
      10. Technology: Investigate Wiki-technology (inc. Confluence, Plone CMS & Windows Help)
      11. WebRefs: Add collection of "non-identity" weblinks.
  2. Other Websites: Outstanding Items By Priority:-
    • Priority: 1
      1. Bridge: Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
      2. Enigma (On-Going): Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
      3. Sophie (On-Going): Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)
    • Cancelled Developments
      1. Bridge: Run Eve Goblets - if asked!



Outstanding Developments by Category
  1. Own Website: Outstanding Items By Category:-
    • Abstracts
      1. Priority 2 (In Progress): Ensure some minimal data on Abstracts for Identity Papers Read
    • Aesthetics
      1. Priority 3: Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
    • Architecture
      1. Priority 1: Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
      2. Priority 1 (On-Going): Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Priority 1: Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      4. Priority 2: Improve flexibility of password-protected areas (ie. multiple areas, with different log-ons).
      5. Priority 3: Add scrolling titles to Lists
      6. Cancelled: Create expandable lists in Abstracts, Notes ("Plus table14=12" cells? For categorised lists)
    • Authors
      1. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: Author pages not regenerated when name corrected, leading to Sundry broken Links from other pages. 72 items.
      2. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
      3. Priority 3: Enable "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X).
    • Backups
      1. Priority 1: Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      2. Priority 2: Determine why flag on directories "not to be backed up" gets reset
      3. Priority 2: Investigate historic error messages
    • Books
      1. Work-around: Book Comments: if there are explicit internal links to files in Book Comments, they cannot work both in the BookSummary and BookPaperAbstracts, which are at different directory levels. So, don’t put them in the Comments – only in the Abstract.
      2. Work-around: Books - Referencing of Notes: The "+NnnnN+" method works from the Book Summary, "++nnn++" from Book Abstract, but neither vice-versa.
      3. Work-around: Books by Location: the jump table led to an invalid location. I bodged the data, by deleting an unused location, and didn’t properly investigate.
      4. Work-around: Books to Notes: There’s an issue if a Note changes from Secure to non-Secure, but I bodged the data and didn’t try to fix it.
      5. Cancelled: Create "Books by Subject" and "Books by Title" lists
    • Books/Papers
      1. Priority 1: Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      2. Priority 3: Introduce check that if a Book is flagged as "read" so are its Papers. Manual check completed in March 2018.
      3. Priority 3: Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
      4. Cancelled: Create list of "Identity" papers - and books - to obtain (ie. the "zzz"s)
      5. Cancelled: Create Second-Level Jump (+ maybe split pages) for Philosophy / Identity Papers / Books Full - similar to Blackberry pages
      6. Cancelled: Determine more efficient method of updating "Books to Papers", "Papers to Notes" and "Books to Notes" - use archiving
    • Bridge
      1. Priority 3: Hand-Dealing:
        1. Some hands not showing in consolidated lists
        2. Bidding sometimes missing for SD (maybe connected)
    • Documenter
      1. Priority 1 (In Progress): Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      2. Priority 3: Investigate & fix “Query Fragments” issue.
      3. Priority 3 (On-Going): Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
      4. Priority 3: Separate Documenter from the main database & code, then add a parameter so it doesn’t necessarily document itself.
      5. Priority 3: Undertake a trawl through the code for all functions within the generator – making improvements for efficiency and function. Supply rudimentary functional documentation as a spin-off therefrom.
      6. Priority 5: Technical Documenter:-
        1. Investigate possibilities of retailing the documenter.
        2. Enhance to document Macros.
        3. Look at ways of documenting other (MS Access) databases & trial on Northwind.
    • Education
      1. Priority 1: Continue with Harvard CS50's Web Programming with Python and JavaScript (https://www.edx.org/course/cs50s-web-programming-with-python-and-javascript-0): either complete it, or check it'll still run in 2019.
      2. Priority 1: Investigate Bootstrap.
      3. Priority 1: Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
      4. Priority 1 (In Progress): Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      5. Priority 1 (In Progress): Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
      6. Priority 1: Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science". Maybe just "audit".
      7. Priority 1: Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
    • Facebook
      1. Priority 3: Upgrade my Facebook page ("Facebook - Understand Facebook & Build Personal Facebook Page") using "Abram (Carolyn) - Facebook for Dummies: Fifth Edition" for inspiration / guidance.
    • General
      1. Cancelled: Fix "American" date formats in Electronic Resources page
    • Infrastructure
      1. Priority 1: Re-install iCloud: solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem
    • Notes
      1. Priority 1: Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      2. Priority 1: Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
        1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
        2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
      3. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: #Reference links: fail for Printable Notes. 24 items.
      4. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: Blog Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
      5. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
      6. Priority 1: Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      7. Priority 1: Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      8. Priority 1: Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      9. Priority 2: Add "Specific", "Contextual" & "General" Notes as an optional footer to all Notes. I think this is important – part of the difficulty in understanding some philosophers is knowing what their background assumptions are, as this influences what they take to be “obvious” or “a given”.
      10. Priority 2: Bug: "++ NP ++" links to previously linked note or to (non-)Note 0. Example!
      11. Priority 2: Check (in use) that the optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes doesn't print other footnotes further down the chain. Probably OK.
      12. Priority 2: Enable reproduction of archived “Printed Notes”.
      13. Priority 2: Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
      14. Priority 2: Improve Printable notes processing for "Temp" Notes (ie. produce a "_T" (& include all "_T"s), but leave standard prints free of "Temps".
      15. Priority 2: Investigate Notes Archiving - see if could re-create re-formatted if required from saved historical versions (but not fixed re directories)
      16. Priority 2: Reading Lists: Fix duplications:-
        1. Items "cited" and "categorised" (sometimes seem to) appear twice.
        2. Books and "single papers" of that Book both appear.
      17. Priority 2: Solve the problem of the size limitation for Notes (eg. by allowing their concatenation, but check in Access 2013 first).
      18. Priority 3: Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 170) are being truncated.
      19. Priority 3: Fix problem with broken bespoke links to Printed Notes from Archived Notes.
      20. Priority 3: Improve flexibility of reading lists attached to printable version of Notes (different sort orders, priority items only, etc).
      21. Priority 3: Improve reading-lists from Notes (ie. firstly PID, then all starting with topic from Philosophy Papers Full)
      22. Cancelled: Create "who's who" of respondents (will just be private notes)
    • Papers
      1. Priority 2: Remove all large “Comments” that have been utilised to expand Paper Abstracts (by moving them to Notes20=9).
      2. Priority 2: When "+PnnnP+" reference used in an Object, allow "#Reference" style to be more specific where in the Paper Abstract the reference is.
    • Photos
      1. Priority 1 (In Progress): Create Timeline software: Add photos of Tom & Coxes Farm
      2. Priority 1: Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
    • Process
      1. Priority 1 (In Progress): As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 17 items.
      2. Priority 1: Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      3. Priority 1: Full Website Regeneration is now taking 27 hours. Investigate why so, and improve performance!
    • Spider
      1. Priority 1: Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
        1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
        2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages21=4 automatically where possible.
        3. Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
      2. Priority 1 (In Progress): The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
        1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed22=5 URLs got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief page, which then got Spidered. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur. The fix was made in 18Q2.
        2. However, 4 other creations appeared - dated 18/05/18 - from the run of 10/07/18. The creation date was from the previous spider run, but the IDs show that they were produced in the latest run.
        I've re-opened the case!
    • Status
      1. Priority 3: Check how "YTD Planned %" is calculated - seems incorrect early in the Quarter if the plan varies during the year.
    • Technology
      1. Priority 1: Look into Sistrix Smart23=6. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
        1. Duplicate content: seems to be theotodman.com and Link - Defunct
        2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
        3. Page Not Found
        4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
        5. Meta-Description: Empty
        6. Few words on Page
        7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
        8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
      2. Priority 2: Increase use of CSS Style Sheets
      3. Priority 3: Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.
      4. Priority 3: Read the Google documentation (Link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/)) to investigate where I’m going wrong in the (failure to) use META tags to ensure my stuff sorts correctly in the search engines.
      5. Priority 3: Use generated Javascript to allow multi-level expandable / contractable lists in Notes and Paper Abstracts.
      6. Priority 3: Very long pages (eg. Concatenated Notes and Book Paper Abstracts) fail to render correctly in Firefox (mostly OK in other browsers). Investigate whether it’s possible to subdivide them.
      7. Priority 4: Add page-hit counters
      8. Cancelled: Create own local webserver
      9. Cancelled: Increase use of Frames24=13
      10. Cancelled: Investigate Wiki-technology (inc. Confluence, Plone CMS & Windows Help)
    • WebRefs
      1. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 116 items.
      2. Priority 1: As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Map_3.htm (etc). Refs failing. 16 items.
      3. Priority 1: Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
        1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
        2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
        3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
      4. Priority 1: Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
        1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
        2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
        3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
      5. Priority 1: Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
      6. Priority 2 (In Progress): Complete investigation and correction of broken “External” Links.
      7. Cancelled: Add collection of "non-identity" weblinks.
  2. Other Websites: Outstanding Items By Category:-
    • Bridge
      1. Priority 1: Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
      2. Cancelled: Run Eve Goblets - if asked!
    • Enigma
      1. Priority 1 (On-Going): Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
    • Sophie
      1. Priority 1 (On-Going): Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)





In-Page Footnotes

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

Note last updated: 06/01/2019 23:36:58


Footnote 4.15: (Website: Maintenance Dashboard)

This page contains control-tables indicating when the various segments of the website have been regenerated. Manual updates of individual pages are made all the time, and cross-reference links are maintained daily by automatic processes. The triggers for the regeneration of some pages are manual, others are automatic. However, it is inefficient to regenerate everything affected by a change in real time, and regenerating the whole site takes about a day to run, so I only carry it out once a month. The tables below indicate what was generated when.

But first, a few other useful links:-

  1. For a full list of Archived Notes follow this Link. The purpose of this page is to allow me easily to see which archived notes are superfluous, so I can delete them.
  2. For lists of External Links from my site, follow this Link. I am in the process of using these lists to check the links, correcting (where possible) those that are broken.
  3. Follow this link for a Note that lists those Notes and Papers (and maybe in the future other objects – Books & Authors) that have incorrect links to other Notes, using the "quadruple plus" mark-up to an invalid Note Title. The page should be empty.
  4. Follow this link for the Test page showing the results of the latest run to automatically hyperlink objects on the database using Key-Words.
  5. Follow this link for the latest Log of Outstanding Developments for my website.


Table of Sub-Reports

This page shows the following tables:-

Title & LinkLast RegeneratedDays AgoTime Taken
Authors07/01/2019 02:12:07241.98 hours
Book Summaries07/01/2019 04:10:59241.47 hours
Book-Paper Abstracts07/01/2019 06:09:21243.4 hours
BookPaperControl07/01/2019 01:02:26241.1 hours
Book-Paper Link Summaries07/01/2019 05:35:23242 minutes
Notes07/01/2019 18:22:43243.32 hours
Concatenated Notes07/01/2019 00:28:452533 minutes
Notes Archive07/01/2019 09:08:55241.43 hours
Paper Abstracts08/01/2019 03:48:20238.93 hours
Paper Summaries07/01/2019 22:52:24245.23 hours
   27.45 hours


In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the page-set in question is given (for my own purposes). Most of these routines are now taking far too long and now approximate 27 hours in total, so require investigation. "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:29) the indicated page-set was produced.



Book / Paper (etc) Lists


This table lists the collections of Books and Philosophy Papers in my collection, with special emphasis on those related to my Thesis on "Personal Identity":-

Page Title & LinkLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes to Regenerate
Book Citations07/01/2019 01:02:26241.1
Books07/01/2019 01:02:43240.3
Books - Blackberry-compatible07/01/2019 01:03:49241.1
Books - By Location07/01/2019 01:04:00240.2
Books - Categorised07/01/2019 01:05:36241.6
Books - Recent Purchases01/02/2019 00:21:3300
Books - Recent Purchases (Categorised)01/02/2019 00:21:3500
Books-to-Notes Link Pages07/01/2019 01:08:03242.5
Electronic Resources07/01/2019 01:08:08240.1
Notes Links Pages07/01/2019 01:59:202427.8
Paper Citations07/01/2019 01:12:31244.4
Papers07/01/2019 01:13:14240.7
Papers - Blackberry-compatible07/01/2019 01:16:30243.3
Papers - by Sub-Topic07/01/2019 01:17:15240.7
Papers - Categorised07/01/2019 01:19:47242.5
Papers on "Identity"07/01/2019 01:22:12240.3
Papers on "Identity" - by Sub-Topic07/01/2019 01:24:45242.5
Papers on "Identity" - by Sub-Topic - Read07/01/2019 01:21:56242
Papers on "Identity" - Read07/01/2019 01:19:53240.1
Papers-to-Notes Link Pages07/01/2019 01:29:53245.1
Precis - by Sub-Topic07/01/2019 01:29:54240
WebRefs - Test Pages28/01/2019 22:29:4832.7
Website: Maintenance Dashboard30/01/2019 00:40:0310.3
Website-Generator Documentation07/01/2019 02:07:16247.9
Website-Generator Documentation (Bridge)27/08/2018 10:07:141573.8
   1.18 hours


In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the page in question is given (for my own purposes). All the routines are acceptably quick. "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:29) the indicated page was produced.



Lists of Works by Particular Authors


This table lists the collections of Books and Philosophy Papers in my collection, organised by Author:-

Author LetterLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes To RegenerateSample
A07/01/2019 02:12:07244.8Sample
B07/01/2019 02:23:282411.4Sample
C07/01/2019 02:31:49248.4Sample
D07/01/2019 02:36:50245Sample
E07/01/2019 02:39:34242.7Sample
F07/01/2019 02:44:13244.6Sample
G07/01/2019 02:51:27247.2Sample
H07/01/2019 02:59:54248.4Sample
I07/01/2019 03:00:31240.6Sample
J07/01/2019 03:02:59242.5Sample
K07/01/2019 03:07:44244.7Sample
L07/01/2019 03:13:36245.9Sample
M07/01/2019 03:24:172410.7Sample
N07/01/2019 03:26:36242.3Sample
O07/01/2019 03:28:24241.8Sample
P07/01/2019 03:34:29246.1Sample
Q07/01/2019 03:34:40240.2Sample
R07/01/2019 03:40:38246Sample
S07/01/2019 03:52:232411.8Sample
T07/01/2019 03:56:41244.3Sample
U07/01/2019 03:56:59240.3Sample
V07/01/2019 03:58:51241.9Sample
W07/01/2019 04:05:36246.7Sample
X07/01/2019 04:05:38240Sample
Y07/01/2019 04:06:13240.6Sample
Z07/01/2019 04:06:55240.7Sample
   1.99 hours 


In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the page in question is given (for my own purposes). "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:30) the indicated page was produced.



Lists of Book Summaries


This table lists the Summaries of the Books in my collection, banded by ranges of internal ID. In principle, these pages change individually when anything relevant changes, but in case not, I regenerate the lot from time to time:-

Start IDEnd IDLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes To RegenerateSample
030007/01/2019 04:10:59244Sample
30160007/01/2019 04:14:50243.8Sample
601100007/01/2019 04:19:59245.1Sample
1001130007/01/2019 04:23:51243.9Sample
1301160007/01/2019 04:27:39243.8Sample
1601200007/01/2019 04:32:56245.3Sample
2001230007/01/2019 04:36:42243.8Sample
2301260007/01/2019 04:40:30243.8Sample
2601300007/01/2019 04:45:33245Sample
3001330007/01/2019 04:49:31244Sample
3301360007/01/2019 04:53:25243.9Sample
3601400007/01/2019 04:58:37245.2Sample
4001430007/01/2019 05:02:36244Sample
4301460007/01/2019 05:06:34244Sample
4601500007/01/2019 05:11:49245.3Sample
5001530007/01/2019 05:15:48244Sample
5301560007/01/2019 05:19:46244Sample
5601600007/01/2019 05:25:00245.2Sample
6001630007/01/2019 05:28:59244Sample
6301660007/01/2019 05:33:04244.1Sample
6601700007/01/2019 05:35:07242Sample
    1.47 hours 


In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the range of pages in question is given (for my own purposes). "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:31) the indicated page was produced.



Lists of Paper Summaries


This table lists the Summaries of the Papers in my collection, banded by ranges of internal ID. In principle, these pages change individually when anything relevant changes, but in case not, I regenerate the lot from time to time:-

Start IDEnd IDLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes To RegenerateSample
0300007/01/2019 22:52:242442.8Sample
3001600007/01/2019 23:34:272442Sample
6001900008/01/2019 00:15:332441.1Sample
90011200008/01/2019 00:46:102330.6Sample
120011500008/01/2019 01:27:112341Sample
150011800008/01/2019 02:06:102339Sample
180012100008/01/2019 02:47:302341.3Sample
210012500008/01/2019 03:24:082336.6Sample
    5.24 hours 


In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the range of pages in question is given (for my own purposes). "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:31) the indicated page was produced.



Lists of Book-Paper Link Summary pages


This table lists the Summaries for each of the Books in my collection, of the Papers connected to it, banded by ranges of internal ID. In principle, these pages change individually when anything relevant changes, but in case not, I regenerate the lot from time to time:-

Start IDEnd IDLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes To RegenerateSample
0100007/01/2019 05:35:23240.3Sample
1001200007/01/2019 05:35:47240.4Sample
2001300007/01/2019 05:36:02240.2Sample
3001400007/01/2019 05:36:19240.3Sample
4001500007/01/2019 05:36:37240.3Sample
5001600007/01/2019 05:36:58240.3Sample
6001700007/01/2019 05:37:20240.4Sample
    0.04 hours 


In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the range of pages in question is given (for my own purposes). "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:31) the indicated page was produced.



Lists of Book-Paper Abstracts pages


This table lists the Abstracts for each of the Books in my collection, together with those of the Papers connected to it, banded by ranges of internal ID. In principle, these pages change individually when anything relevant changes, but in case not, I regenerate the lot from time to time:-

Start IDEnd IDLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes To RegenerateSample
0100007/01/2019 06:09:212432Sample
1001200007/01/2019 06:39:112429.8Sample
2001300007/01/2019 07:07:382428.5Sample
3001400007/01/2019 07:37:492430.2Sample
4001500007/01/2019 08:07:372429.8Sample
5001600007/01/2019 08:36:222428.8Sample
6001700007/01/2019 09:01:372425.2Sample
    3.4 hours 


In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the range of pages in question is given (for my own purposes). "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:31) the indicated page was produced.



Lists of Paper Abstracts pages


This table lists the Abstracts for each of the Papers in my collection, banded by ranges of internal ID. In principle, these pages change individually when anything relevant changes, but in case not, I regenerate the lot from time to time:-

Start IDEnd IDLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes To RegenerateSample
0100008/01/2019 03:48:202324.2Sample
1001200008/01/2019 04:10:512322.5Sample
2001300008/01/2019 04:32:292321.6Sample
3001400008/01/2019 04:56:072323.6Sample
4001500008/01/2019 05:18:512322.7Sample
5001600008/01/2019 05:43:192324.5Sample
6001700008/01/2019 06:07:222324.1Sample
7001800008/01/2019 06:30:362323.2Sample
8001900008/01/2019 06:51:372321Sample
90011000008/01/2019 07:08:092316.5Sample
100011100008/01/2019 07:17:28239.3Sample
110011200008/01/2019 07:39:092321.7Sample
120011300008/01/2019 08:02:132323.1Sample
130011400008/01/2019 08:23:102321Sample
140011500008/01/2019 08:44:292321.3Sample
150011600008/01/2019 09:07:232322.9Sample
160011700008/01/2019 09:32:422325.3Sample
170011800008/01/2019 09:54:592322.3Sample
180011900008/01/2019 10:16:422321.7Sample
190012000008/01/2019 10:40:142323.5Sample
200012100008/01/2019 11:07:322327.3Sample
210012200008/01/2019 11:35:092327.6Sample
220012300008/01/2019 12:04:002328.9Sample
230012400008/01/2019 12:20:452316.7Sample
240012500008/01/2019 12:20:45230N/A
    8.94 hours 


In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the range of pages in question is given (for my own purposes). "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:32) the indicated page was produced.



Lists of Notes pages


This table lists the Notes in my database, banded by ranges of internal ID. These pages change individually when anything relevant changes, but in order to ensure the linkages between the various Notes pages and the rest of the database remain current, I regenerate the lot from time to time:-

Start IDEnd IDLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes To RegenerateSample
010007/01/2019 18:22:432450.1Sample
10130007/01/2019 19:01:102438.4Sample
30140007/01/2019 19:10:22249.2Sample
40180007/01/2019 19:55:392445.3Sample
80190007/01/2019 20:05:02249.4Sample
901100007/01/2019 20:16:372411.6Sample
1001110007/01/2019 20:33:222416.7Sample
1101140007/01/2019 20:52:422419.3Sample
    3.33 hours 

In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the range of pages in question is given (for my own purposes). "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:35) the indicated page was produced.





Lists of Notes Archive pages


This table lists the Archived Notes in my database, banded by ranges of internal ID. These pages change individually when anything relevant changes, but in order to ensure the linkages between the various Notes Archive pages and the rest of the database remain current, I regenerate the lot from time to time:-

Start IDEnd IDLast UpdateDays AgoMinutes To RegenerateSample
05007/01/2019 09:08:55247.3Sample
5110007/01/2019 09:17:39248.7Sample
10130007/01/2019 09:25:11247.5Sample
30160007/01/2019 09:42:132417Sample
60190007/01/2019 10:04:512422.6Sample
901110007/01/2019 10:20:062415.3Sample
1101140007/01/2019 10:27:54247.8Sample
    1.44 hours 

In the above table, the time the routine takes to create the range of pages in question is given (for my own purposes). "Days Ago" shows how many days prior to the production of this page (which was on 01/02/2019 at 00:35:35) the indicated page was produced.


See the list below for concatenated versions of all my Notes, broken down by category. The concatenation is now - on account of size - restricted to a list of properties rather than the full text. Where the list item is noted as "out of date by n days", this indicates that at least one of the associated Notes has been updated since the concatenation was undertaken, and that the earliest of these instances was n days ago:-

  1. Animadversions (Out of Date by 1 days)
  2. Birkbeck Supervisions
  3. Blog (Out of Date by 25 days)
  4. Control Pages
  5. Essays
  6. Personal Identity (Out of Date by 24 days)
  7. Status Reports (Out of Date by 24 days)
  8. Website Documentation (Out of Date by 25 days)
  9. Write-ups (Out of Date by 1 days)

Note last updated: 01/02/2019 00:36:00


Footnote 4.29: (Website - Progress to Date)

Rationale for this Document

  • This report summarises progress to date on my Web Tools project.
  • I have now automated the detailed upgrade path reporting, in that lists of “Items Completed” are automatically appended – based on my Development Log – each time this report is run. Completed developments are listed below in two sequences:-
    1. By Date
    2. By Category
  • I produce a variety of other documents related to my Web Tools Project:-
    1. A Quarterly Status Report.
    2. Functional Documentation.
    3. Technical Documentation
    4. Outstanding Developments.
  • A Functional Overview, which appears below, ought to be merged with the Functional Documentation. I intend to make a major update annually, on change of “Academic Year”, but have not done so since end September 2009, so it is somewhat out of date.


Functional Overview
  • MS Access database built and substantially populated for the following objects, lists of which (catalogued by author or title) are available on the web:-
    1. Books
    2. Papers
    3. Abstracts
    4. Notes
    5. Essays
    6. Precis
  • Website-generation routines built in MS Access VBA. Basically, web-page templates are held in the database, and are used to format documents, also held in the database, and create all the interlinking between them. See this picture for the front screen (hopefully, if you click on the image it’ll expand so you can read the text on the controls!).
  • The publishing of the website to the commercially-hosted domain is via AceFTP. In practice, I use a local copy of the web-site when at home (though the performance of the web-based copy is excellent with 2mb broadband), and republish the site to the Web once a week. Updated pages are automatically copied to a Transfer directory as they are regenerated. This directory is then moved to the public website (hence is self-deleting). That means AceFTP is perfectly adequate for maintaining the website.
  • Some attention has been paid to usability on mobile hand-held devices, with alternative “cut down” lists for easy hand-held access.
  • I have developed some rudimentary document formatting capabilities.
    1. Automated hyperlinks.
    2. Bulleted lists.
    3. Blank lines.
    4. Embedded HTML tags have to be used for other functions like emboldening and underlining.
  • There is document versioning in place:
    1. to protect against accidental overwriting of the various objects, and
    2. for performance reasons (so that only changed web-pages are regenerated).
    3. So that the development of thought can be followed through.
  • My pride and joy is the two-way hyper-linking within the Notes arena, and between the Notes and the Books / Papers / Abstracts database, which was the original motivation for the whole project. The ID of the linked document is keyed into the text and the website generator maintains the superscripts, document sectioning and the forward and backward hyperlinks.
  • Directly printable Notes are automatically generated using recursive procedure calls (with a parameter to fix the depth of scan), with subtle tweaks to ensure that footnotes are only printed once and that they are printed in a sensible order (rather than when first referred to: there are references forward and backward in the document). Also, only the major Note (rather than all its footnotes) is printed if an “out of patch” reference occurs (ie. a reference to a Note in a different Note Group). Other features for printable Notes are:
    1. For Notes with the "link to the printed version" embedded in the Note itself, I archive the webpage for the printable version, together with the linkage to it, when the Note itself is archived (ie. as the result of amendment). Thus "printable versions" should always display the appropriate versions of all links, even when triggered from archived versions ("Previous Published Version") of the Notes.
    2. Printed Notes have appended to them a list of (and links to the Summaries of) all Papers and Books either Referenced by the Sub-Topic associated with the Note's title, or directly cited. Also included are all similar references in all footnotes within the depth of scan (while ensuring no duplication).
    3. There are "mix and match" options of printing all footnote references (including the "forwarding items") and printing the reading list.
    4. For Printable Notes where further footnotes are to be suppressed (either because outside the depth of scan, or because the referenced Note is "out of patch", or where referencing/forwarding of repeat footnotes is suppressed), the sub/superscripting which would otherwise encourage the reader to look for a non-existent Footnote is suppressed.
    5. A page explains what's going on with printable Notes!
  • A Blog and an Animadversions pages are produced, using the Notes technology, together with corresponding Jump Tables. Colour conventions have been adopted to distinguish my thoughts from those of correspondents.
  • “Private” Notes that aren’t ready to be published (or are never intended for publication) are only visible on my local site, with a polite notice appearing on the public site.
  • A “Temp” status allows the format / content of Notes to be iterated without burdening the archive or the public; the previously-published Note remains published until the Temp status of the Note is removed.
  • A master "all by category" Jump Table shows the numbers of notes by category, and hyperlinks to the categorised Jump Tables.
  • Jump Tables show the number of Notes by category that have changed in the last 1, 2 or 4 weeks, together with links to the next level jump-tables that provide a convenient route to the changed Notes.
  • I have added a password-protected area to the website (initially for MPhil/PhD Supervision material). This involved some careful programming to ensure the intra-website hyperlinks in and out of this area still worked.
  • Lists created of web-sites relevant to Personal Identity research and of the location and associated content-range of electronic journals.


Items Completed In6:-
  • 18Q4
    1. Architecture: As revealed by Spider: Old links in unregenerated pages. 8 Items.
    2. Documenter: Outstanding Developments by Category appearing all in Bold, and links to lists failing.
    3. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Links to sundry 'static' pages failing.
      1. 13 items fixed.
      2. 7 items outstanding: to do with Pete's PhD Test site. Links seem to be OK, so may be a problem with the Spider. Directory "Petes_PhD" was the only one set to "do not parse". The file wasn't in the site map. Reset; hopefully it'll work!
    4. Notes: Create Priority Task List Report.
    5. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Links from Blog in Level 1 or 2 Printed Notes 512 and 981 failing. 141 items.
    6. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Status Reports - Achived Notes - sundry links failing. 50 items in total. Live Notes fixed.
      1. Website: Maintenance Dashboard. 14 items.
      2. Personal Identity Status Report. 11 items.
      3. Summary Status Report. 4 items.
      4. Actual Detail Summary Report. 6 items.
      5. Chess Status Report. 12 items.
      6. Etc. 3 items.
    7. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Sundry links failed for Supervisions. 30 items.
    8. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Consciousness Status Report Achived Notes - links to BookCatalogCategorised_16_115_471.htm failing. Live Note OK. 46 items. 24 items outstanding.
    9. Process: Added 'time to regenerate' sub-totals & grand-totals to Website Maintenance Dashboard.
    10. Spider: Determined why Full_Link_Up_Levels_Gen takes so long - approximately 4 hours. Re-architected to reduce database reads.
    11. Status: Links occasionally missing from Summary Task List and Summary Task List (YTD).
    12. WebRefs: Added Display text to WebRefs for Links to Stanford, Wikipedia & Aeon
  • 18Q3
    1. Architecture: Added 'TT' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
    2. Authors: Authors Narrative: enable footnotes.
    3. Authors: As revealed by Spider: 'Extra' Links to Notes from Citations List have the wrong directory (clumped in 1,000's like Papers rather than 100's). 7 items. Problem with AddCitations_List, so not just an issue for Authors.
    4. Books: As revealed by Spider: BookCitings. 405 items. Fixed problem with CreateBookCitingsWebPages not checking for change of Book during 'Repeats' processing.
    5. Books/Papers: Paper & Book Abstracts - Make 'Disclaimer' more prominent & show 'Paper Statistics' rather than 'Paper Summaries'
    6. Bridge: Reformated + Fixed Hand-dealing pages to CSS standards
    7. Documenter: Created Functor using Form_Documentation_Links to automatically add control-links to documentation Notes.
    8. Documenter: Fixed Bug where a variable has the same name as a procedure, and is thereby confused with one. Produced a warning query (Variable_Code_Name_Clashes) for manual correction.
    9. Footnotes: Enabled the re-use of Footnotes in the same Note19. They appeared multiple times, now just once. Fixed for:-
      1. Notes (OutputNotesWebPage)
      2. Printable Notes (NoteForPrinting), and
      3. Archived Notes (OutputNotesWebPage_Archived)
      All of which use Notes_Text_Format and the Note_Footnotes table. Also,
      1. Book & Paper Abstracts & Comments used to use an array in Reference_Footnotes, but changed to use a new table20 Abstract_Footnotes.
    10. Notes: Automatic Key-word Hyperlinking to Notes Project: Phase 2
      1. Added links based on Book & Paper Titles
      2. Added ***Read***-marker to Lists
      3. Allowed links to be ignored (rather than suppressed) during approval process
      4. Skip links to Status Reports, etc.
    11. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Notes_List_Control links fail for Supervisions. 58 items.
    12. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Links to Notes_xxx_Links, from Abstracts (94 items), Notes (25 … corrected manually), NotesPrint (1916). Fixed by +LL+ functor implementation.
    13. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Bridge Status Report Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Note OK. 70 items.
    14. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Religion Status Report Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Note OK. 59 items.
    15. Notes: Created auto-regen of all Note Link (Note_nnn_Link) Pages
    16. Notes: Blog: Created Functor to generate Blog from Blog.
    17. Notes: Created new '+LL+' Functor for links to Note_Link pages; fixed associated Notes.
    18. Notes: As revealed by Spider: Languages Status Report Achived Notes - links to Dissertation failing. Live Note OK. 43 items.
    19. Photos: Fix Bug: photos in Abstracts with embedded Notes - eg. "Grossman (Lev), Kurzweil (Ray) - 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal" - not displaying
    20. Photos: As revealed by Spider: Fixed ImageRef to work for both embedded ('SRC') & linked images on the same page - eg. Carthusians. 12 items.
    21. Status: Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan between quarters says "previous quarter"; should be "current quarter"
  • 18Q2
    1. Architecture: Adjusted MS Access Control Page to feature new functions (Development Log & Automatic XRef) and consolidated the categorised Notes Lists into one button.
    2. Documenter: Investigated the error reports from the Documenter:
      1. Improved the diagostics
      2. Removed unused variables from the Generator code.
    3. General: Website Tidy-up:-
      1. Wrote a function to delete - with specified exceptions - items not regenerated in the last full website regeneration.
      2. Tidied up Site - deleted non-updated pages (especially old Printed Notes). Automatically on the local site, manually - using the audit log - on the live site.
      3. Investigated setting up an FTP link as a drive so I could automatically delete from the live site, but couldn't get it to work. Easy to set up as a drive, but not to assign a drive-letter so the drive can be used by VBA.
    4. Notes: Added a process to 'fix' - by adding the Note-ID - those note-links added without stating the ID. This will save processing time.
    5. Notes: Created automatic key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity"). This was complicated for a number of reasons:-
      1. There are always false positives, so there needed to be a way of "proofing" what's to be done before doing anything.
      2. There will be times where it is inappropriate (eg. in quoted work by other authors). So, there had to be a way of permanently suppressing such links.
      3. The referencing differs depending on whether the term is in a Footnote or not.
      4. I needed to check for already-existing links, variant grammatical forms, etc.
      5. I created a MsgBox routine - providing context - so that what needed to be done with potential links could easily be decided when the linking process was (re-)run.
      6. Links are always to Notes, but are from Notes, Archived Notes, Authors and Book & Paper Abstracts & Comments.
    6. Papers: Papers associated with broken links:-
      1. Created an area to hold pdfs, and automated links thereto.
      2. Created a pop-up to say I'd remove such pdfs if requested by their authors.
      3. Consequently, haven't password protected the area yet.
    7. Process: Re-engineered Website Maintenance Dashboard to show extra topical links (and show them at the top of the page).
    8. Status: Added extra items to Functors to facilitate Quarterly Reporting:-
      1. Automatically calculated QTD & YTD time statistics in the quarterly reports.
      2. Provided a YTD task list for Status Reports for projects "in abeyance" to make reporting easier.
      3. Modified the statistics - to be just YTD - for YTD Status reports.
      4. Created table for - by Project - "Plans for the near future" tasks, and a functor to add them to the status report.
      5. Took "items competed" and "plans for the near future from the development log for the Web-tools status report.
      6. Created another functor to add these lists to the Summary report.
    9. WebRefs: Created Functor to add stats to Website Generator Documentation - Web Links page.
  • 18Q1
    1. Bridge: Corrected format of Links from Bridge Page
    2. Documenter: Created consolidated Development Log, and updated "Progress to Date" and "Outstanding Developments" Reports
    3. Documenter: Documenter Bug-fixes: Objects in Comments, MsgBoxs & Debugs
    4. Infrastructure: Migration of Website from UKServers to Namesco. Test out.
    5. Notes: Removed old "Printable Notes" links from Archived Notes
    6. Notes: Automated format-change of old tables in Notes and Notes_Archive
    7. Notes: Extended deduction of Note links to Papers, and Papers with embedded Notes.
    8. Notes: Notes Functor29 Processing: Phase 1
      1. Basic processing to interpret comments in HTML code
      2. 01: Quarterly Report: Activity insert
      3. 02: Development Log report - Completed Items by Date
      4. 03: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Priority
      5. 04: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Category
      6. 05: Development Log report - Completed Items by Category
      7. 06: Quarterly Report: Priority 1 Outstanding Developments by Category
    9. Papers: Correction of narratives on Note time-recording pseudo-papers
    10. Process: Wrote a routine to update a set of .htm files, replacing text in them all
    11. Process: Improved efficiency of daily changes regeneration (removed msgboxes)
    12. Status: Created web-page generator for Development items (ie. Created the Web-Project "To Do" List and "Outstanding Developments" directly from this list).
    13. WebRefs: Determined & reported usage directly using embedded +WnnnW+ encoding rather than via the Spider. Reconciled the two methods.
    14. WebRefs: Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 1
      1. Completed "as is" functional documentation so I could see what's going on.
      2. Re-engineered so it made sense and ran efficiently without bugs
      3. Fixed the obvious data errors that confused the statistics - ie. where the returned URL differs from that requested and https issues.
      4. Wrote / improved diagnostic reports (web pages)
  • 17Q4
    1. Architecture: Automated links between Quarterly reports (Task Lists)
    2. Books/Papers: New "Recent Acquisitions" Book List - Uncategorised
    3. Documenter: Code Archive: Hadn't been working - fixed and recovered a selection from backups
    4. Documenter: Code Archive: Created Web-pages of Recent Code Changes
    5. Notes: Enabled deduction of Note link by omitting the Note ID from the mark-up and doing a look up on the key-word and its varients.
    6. Notes: Added %age complete to Notes Reading Lists
    7. Timesheets: Separated Time Recording for Aeon
  • 17Q3
    1. Notes: Added Colour-coded "quality markers" to Notes: included them in lists and jump-tables
  • 17Q2
    1. Bridge: Created hyperlinks from my consolidated results pages to the actual results
    2. Search: Wrote routines to create a cut-down Website excluding pages with irrelevant or duplicated information. Used this to create the ZoomSearch facility.
  • 17Q1
    1. Bridge: Added new features (70s Club & Monthly Pairs Winners) to my Bridge mini-websites.
    2. Bridge: Created Master Point Lists & Promotions for the ECBA website.
  • 16Q4
    1. Spider: Added “.shtml” and “.shtm” to the list of web-suffices.
  • 16Q3
    1. Acts: Developed a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. Two versions: Live (Acts: Live Site (http://www.acts-research.website/)) and Test (Acts: Test Site (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm)).
    2. Bridge: Revived the archive website for Mountnessing Bridge Club (Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml)).
  • 16Q2
    1. Clock: Created a "chess clock" application to help time tasks. Not much use in the end.
  • 16Q1
    • Own Website
      1. Books/Papers: Created direct links from Subject, Topic & Sub-topic (in Book and Paper Summaries) to their link pages.
      2. Documenter: Created an automatic Forms documenter – with links to the code.
      3. Notes: Stopped (I hope!) “private” Notes showing in Paper Abstracts.
      4. Notes: Completed converting “static” pages to Notes.
      5. Notes: Allowed Note- & Footnote-links from multiple words36. This is such a useful feature!
      6. Notes: Enabled direct links to Notes from within Footnotes.
      7. WebRefs: Some tidying up of the 3,000-odd external links from my website.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Reconciled my X-IMP calculations with a new feature provided by Bridgewebs.
      2. Bridge: Created Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s ladders for my mini-websites.
      3. Bridge: Accommodated Alaric’s new scoring system for St. Edith’s.
  • 15Q4
    • Own Website
      1. Abstracts: Corrected data format on Identity Abstracts
      2. Aesthetics: Reduced font + changed text in ubiquitous THEO'S PAGE heading
      3. Authors: Provided easy links to works by the same author; Books, Papers; Joint authors
      4. Authors: Corrected author's names (SN (FN)) for all papers and books
      5. Backups: Enhanced my backup system to prune items backed up multiple times (eg. if they moved directory).
      6. Books/Papers: Updated booklists to include shelf-identifiers
      7. Books/Papers: Neatened up the linkage headers in Book & Paper Abstracts.
      8. Data: Corrected data content on Identity Sub-topics
      9. Documenter: Segregated the code-archive, which was bloating37 the generator database.
      10. Notes: Fixed problem of images not appearing in "Printed" Notes (wrong directory level) unless the images are repeated
      11. Notes: Converted the “static” pages in my website to Note format (so they can change and retain history).
      12. Process: Created a consolidated processor to enable overnight regeneration of the whole website.
      13. Spider: Finally cracked the Spider for external links, and used it to check the 3,000-odd links from my website. Some tidying up outstanding.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Segregated the Bridge website generators from those for my own website. They now live in separate databases and have their own documenters.
  • 15Q3
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Made a lot of progress on improving the hyperlinking in my own website – I’ve broken the back of this project. The links now work accurately, but I need to ensure the efficient propagation of linkage changes across the site without requiring a complete regeneration.
      2. Notes: Tidied up the archived Notes.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Ported my “handicap / improvers” routines from Hutton to “Mini Websites”.
      2. Bridge: Created a new website (using Bridgewebs) for the First Class Bridge Academy (First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).
      3. Enigma: Created a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
      4. Sophie: Completed the upgrade of Sophie Botros38’s website; see Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/).
  • 15Q2
    1. Bridge: Development of the “Eve Goblets” (victor ludorum) software for the ECBA, and roll-over to the new season.
  • 15Q1
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Vastly improved the “bulleting” options in Notes, etc.
      2. Authors: Improved the format and content of “Authors” pages.
      3. Timesheets: Segregated time-recording so I can easily see how much time is spent developing and supporting my own website, and how much is spent on those of other organisations.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Further improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines.
      2. Bridge: Took on the ECBA Website (Link (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/)), at the cost of considerable effort by way of reformatting & tidy-up.
      3. Bridge: Started a project to provide small websites for bridge clubs without sites: Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm).
  • 14Q4
    • Own Website
      1. Notes: Made improvements to the regeneration and referencing of archived Notes.
      2. Spider: Fixed the bug wherein the Spider ran out of system resources on large runs: now compacts & repairs the slave database as it does along (every 200k links; parameterised).
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines – different formats, including the Jeff Smith format, and extension to Butler-scored Pairs events. This work has been taken up by the ECBA selectors for county-team selection.
  • 14Q3
    • Own Website
      1. Notes: Created a progress-tracker for my Thesis.
      2. Notes: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links.
      3. Notes: Started to split Paper Abstracts from Write-ups.
      4. Spider: Continued working on my Spider and started to use it to clean up my website by diagnosing broken links.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Created a suite of programs to extract data and calculate Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs from the travellers on Bridgewebs Teams events, and output ranking-lists to the Web.
  • 14Q2
    1. Architecture: Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
    2. Authors: Created the facility for Author Narratives.
    3. Backups: Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.
    4. Documenter: Created multiple secure areas on my website, so that Documentation is no longer hiding under my Supervision Notes.
    5. Notes: Wrote routines to import old (but missing) archived Notes into the database so they can be (and have been) re-exported in the current format.
  • 14Q1
    1. Architecture: Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
    2. Notes: Made a lot of improvements to my Site generators, in particular the pesky bug that stopped the links to archived Notes working correctly.
    3. Process: Created a “Website Regeneration Dashboard” to show when the various elements of my website have been refreshed, and how long the routines took to run. Links to this appear in the footer to each webpage.
    4. Process: Improved the regeneration routines for the various classes of webpage, and got them to record statistics in support of the “Website Regeneration Dashboard”.
  • 13Q3
    1. Architecture: Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
    2. Books/Papers: Improved linkages between Book/Paper Lists and Summaries or Abstracts
    3. Books/Papers: Made enhancements to "Books & Papers Collection Categorised" Pages
    4. Notes: Created Archived Notes Re-Export facility
    5. Notes: "Single Image" development for Notes
    6. Notes: Allowed "Authors Works Lists" to be linked-to from Notes
    7. Notes: Simplified / Re-engineered Notes processing
    8. Status: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting on Change of Year
    9. Technology: Converted Tables to CSS3 standard
    10. Technology: Used CSS in all manually-crafted and automatically-generated pages
    11. Timesheets: Re-engineered Time-Recording, so that actuals are held against Papers (and Books) in a separate table, rather than as columns by year in the Papers / Books tables themselves. Retained the grand totals only.
  • 13Q2
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for links to Books, Papers and Authors. That is, where one of my bespoke tags (eg. +B40) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (eg. B+).
      2. Architecture: Replaced macros with code.
      3. Books/Papers: Improved the linkage between Papers and Books.
      4. Books/Papers: Developed "Books by Location" Pages
      5. Bridge: Created “Consolidated Bridge Results” webpages (for my own results).
      6. Documenter: Wrote the Code Documenter.
      7. Documenter: Created a code & query archive facility as part of the Code Documenter.
      8. Notes: Improved "Concatenated Notes" production
      9. Photos: Reduced the size of photos (to make the pages quicker to load).
      10. Spider: De-bugged the Spider.
      11. Status: Improved Quarterly Reporting
      12. Status: Improved "This Month's Summary" Reporting
      13. WebRefs: Some pages render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigated41.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Merged42 Philosophy & Bridge Databases
  • 13Q1
    1. Status: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting Tables & improved Monthly Reporting
    2. Technology: Standardised to HTML543
  • 12Q3
    1. General: Improved Titles for Search Results display optimisation
  • 11Q4
    1. Books/Papers: Showed Percentage of Paper / Book Read
  • 11Q2
    1. Authors: Created Author Cross-reference
    2. Books/Papers: Created Inter-Book-Paper Citings Cross-reference
    3. Books/Papers: Added “changed dates” to Paper and Book abstracts, and produced “recently changed” pages for them
  • 10Q3
    1. Notes: Investigate Note_Links: needs versioning, and section of calling Note
    2. Notes: Wrote routines to automatically generate the “Printable Notes” footer – and to create the corresponding web pages – from the control table. Very useful.
    3. Notes: Add “Date Created” to Note_Links (for audit purposes; I’m still not convinced that links disappear when they should).
    4. WebRefs: Improved the functionality for automatically generating external Web-links in Notes, Book Abstracts and Paper Abstracts. Corrected current data to accommodate the new code.
  • 10Q2
    1. Footnotes: Added intra-Note footnotes – a real breakthrough (strange I’d not thought of this before). It will enable me to convert to Note form all the old .pdfs from my undergraduate days – which are replete with footnotes – if this is any use.
    2. Spider: Wrote my own Web Spider.
      1. It’s a little bit of a cheat, in that it doesn’t actually invoke the web-links, but crawls through my directory structure selecting all the .htm files, and rummages through the HTML looking for links which it then copies to a table.
      2. It also maintains a table of the directory structure and files therein, and then works out the real address from the relative addressing.
      3. It then allows cross-checking between the links and the files.
      4. Links external to the site have to be investigated manually (at least I have a list of all the links) – unless I can work out how to use the list to power a browser to check.
      5. There are about 333k links in 55k files – the full run took about 8 hours.
      6. It now runs incrementally based on file last-updated dates.
  • 09Q4
    1. Notes: Restricted the size of the “previous versions” tables for Notes to 12.
    2. Process: Set up my database system to roll forward to the next academic year, and generate web-pages appropriately.
  • 09Q3
    1. Books/Papers: Made a lot of changes to the way Books and Papers are categorised; in particular:-
      1. Added 2-level jump tables, to save the browser being crowded with hundreds of cross-categorisations in the same page.
      2. While it’s OK for Books, it seems to have a few potholes for Papers, as some of the links fail.
      3. The problem may be something to do with my economical way of suppressing redundant sub-categorisation - ie. where one or more of Subject, Topic and Sub-topic are the same.
    2. Books/Papers: Completed a full 2-way link from Book/Paper Summaries to Notes.
    3. Notes: Enabled Concatenated Notes (by Group). This is only allowed for “Identity” Notes at the moment, which is what I’d wanted it for. It allows all Notes for a Group to be printed off in Title sequence, for ease of review.
    4. Notes: Functionally enhanced the Notes-generation processing options; to make niftier production possible. In particular, where individual Notes are selected, I made the re-generation of the cross-references optional (so that if only textual variation is being iterated, the iterations are quicker).
    5. Notes: Improved the performance of “All Notes” regeneration. The problem was with the generation of the generic reading lists based on Note Title. These only apply to the “Identity” Notes, and it was taking a long time to determine there was no list to produce.
    6. Notes: Enabled automatic immediate promotion to Live Website of selected Temp Notes.
    7. Notes: Ensured that the Notes Reading-list is generated from all 3 sub-topics.
    8. Process: Created a “performance stats” database and routines to write to it – though I only implemented them for the Notes generator.
  • 09Q2
    1. Architecture: Created Site-map for Website
    2. Books/Papers: De-duplicated Books / Papers to Notes links
    3. Books/Papers: Added "quality marker" to Paper & Book Abstracts
    4. Books/Papers: Improved, and corrected errors in, the Blackberry-friendly formatted lists of Books and Papers.
    5. Notes: Added a table of Notes history at the end of each Note (ie. not just previous version) - to save tedious chaining
  • 09Q1
    1. Books/Papers: Improved the Books / Papers to Notes links to include the right Version and Section (and historical Title) of the Note
    2. Books/Papers: Provided an automated link from Books / Papers to the Notes referencing them
    3. Books/Papers: Enhanced Books to Papers links to include papers multiply held
    4. Books/Papers: Created automatic links from Paper Summary to Book Summary
    5. Books/Papers: Enabled links from Books to the Papers contained therein
    6. Notes: Added reading-list (of works cited) at the end of the Note, as well as in the Printed Note
    7. Notes: Option for Notes-Regen:
      1. Changed-only
      2. Changed, and all impacted by Change
      3. All
    8. Notes: Created optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes.
    9. Notes: Fixed the problem of the overpopulation of the Notes directory
  • 08Q4
    1. Timesheets: Updated Book totals from totals of the Papers contained therein
  • 08Q1
    1. Notes: Allowed regeneration of Temp Notes only
  • 07Q4
    1. Architecture: Added password-protection to selected pages
    2. Notes: Improve "Temp" note processing. Suppress "_T" suffix (just don't copy to Transfer)
    3. Notes: Added referenced Books / Papers as footnote jump table to Notes
    4. Notes: When a Note is archived, ensured a printable note is also archived44 (if this Note has a print)
    5. Notes: Added referenced reading lists to printable version of Notes
    6. Search: Created search facility using ZoomSearch
  • 07Q3
    1. Animadversions: Added a "hot topics" link - things that I'm currently working on and want feedback ("Animadversions")
    2. Footnotes: Improved transparency of Footnote referencing in printed Notes
    3. Notes: Enabled generation of printable version of Notes
    4. Notes: Created "respondent notes" - database identifier & red indicator + text
    5. Notes: Created45 a "quick lookup" table of responses to a note and its sub-notes (recursive function on Notes_Links)
    6. Notes: Made Note-change-history available on-line (added status + publishable flags)
  • 07Q2
    1. Abstracts: Created auto-backup of Abstracts, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
    2. Abstracts: Segregated Abstracts into multiple directories
    3. Abstracts: Added "Extra Data" parallel to Abstracts; ie. "More …" (Location etc.)
    4. Architecture: Segregated database46 into Master and Slaves (code, papers, books, notes, web control, … vs PI)
    5. Architecture: Tidied up Footers throughout Philosophy Papers site (made into tables)
    6. Books/Papers: Created "Identity Papers Full by Sub-Topic" list
    7. Books/Papers: Added Book Comments and Abstracts (as "More…") to Book-lists
    8. Books/Papers: Added multiple Jump-levels for BB Lists (to keep pages small)
    9. Books/Papers: Created "BB-friendly47" lists: Papers (Full) and Books
    10. Books/Papers: Added "read" column in papers / books lists
    11. Books/Papers: Jump-Tables: added "by topic" option
    12. Books/Papers: Added change of author or title in "Abstracts audit"
    13. Books/Papers: Added Flags for "laptop" and "photocopy"; removed document location from Comments
    14. Books/Papers: Created "Identity Read Papers by Sub-Topic" list
    15. Books/Papers: Created "Papers by Title within Topic" list
    16. Footnotes: Created auto-backup of Footnotes48, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
    17. Footnotes: Created auto-renumbering49=48 routine for Footnotes
    18. General: Improved "Disclaimer50" Page. Reduce font, add ref to philosophy databases + hyperlinks
    19. Notes: Added "footnote" pages51=48 for Carthusians & King's
    20. Notes: Allowed two sorts of Note - document-specific ("Write-up") and general
    21. Notes: Added "outgoing links" summary footer to Notes pages
    22. Process: Improved ease of FTP process by use of Transfer Directory
    23. WebRefs: Made Web Refs in Comments / Abstracts into Hyperlinks



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





In-Page Footnotes

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

Note last updated: 06/01/2019 23:36:58


Footnote 4.31: (Website Generator Documentation - Control Page)

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

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

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

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

Note last updated: 01/02/2019 02:44:10


Footnote 10: (Status: Bridge (2018 - December + Ongoing))

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

Rationale for this Project
  • I showed some natural talent for bridge in my youth1, and wanted to see how far I could get with a bit of application (but – given the breadth my other interests – without fanaticism).
  • However, this project has always needed to be kept rigorously in hand, something that has rarely been the case since I returned to the game.
  • Basically, Bridge is fun – and I do reasonably well, but not well enough.
  • I withdrew from the game2 for most of 2015, but returned in the final quarter. This absence allowed me to get things in perspective for a while - playing twice or three times a week, with the occasional tournament.
  • However, as from July 2017 I have now retired from the game again, though I still keep in touch with what’s going on via my bridge website activities.
  • I’m now committed to Billericay Chess Club3 for the coming season, so there’s definitely no time for serious Bridge. However, I’ve agreed with David, Colin and Albert that I may on rare occasions substitute for an absent partner.

General Status
  1. The items below relate to mid-2017 and before, when I used to play! They may become more relevant if I return to the game in any capacity.
  2. Statistics: by partner and club-category can be obtained by following these links – for the last quarter of regular play and to date.
  3. Results: Follow this link. Further information can be found from my Bridge Page4.
  4. Local Points:
    • 33,7685, bagged to date, including 1,175 Blue Points and 98.65 Green Points.
    • That makes me a National Master. My next aim – if I play again – will be to achieve Premier National Master status (40,000 LPs, including 100 GPs) – so just there as far as GPs are concerned6, but still a long way to go for local points.
    • I think I had about 5,000 LPs from my student days, but never registered any, more’s the pity.
  5. EBU Grading:
    • My rating continued to decline in 3Q17, and was down to a mid Q by the time I stopped playing.
    • See Link (https://www.ebu.co.uk/ngs/) for full details of the scheme, and the summary7 and previous reports for my detailed meanderings over time.
  6. Summary of Progress to Date: I’ve hived off the history to a separate document8.
  7. Further Details: of time expenditure against task are given below, extracted from the relevant version of my Summary Task List9 (which is regularly updated between Quarterly Status Reports).

Summary of Progress during October - December 2018
  1. I spent 20.5 hours in 4Q18 on this Project, or related work (20.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 78.8% of the planned effort (78.8% YTD). Overall, 3.4% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 3.4% YTD) - as against 3.7% planned (3.7% YTD).
  2. The main item to note for the last quarter was that I did have a couple of games with David. Rather middling, so my grade dropped marginally10, but encouraging in that I managed to re-internalise the Strong Diamond system without too much trouble and managed to play reasonably competently. Also, it was good to reacquaint myself with some on my old cronies.
  3. YTD Activity11
    Bridge (Total Hours = 21.25)
    1. Bridge - Reading / Writing
    2. Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 5)
      • 18Q3 Status Reports (1 hour)
      • 18Q4 Status Reports (0.75 hours)
      • Bridge - Discussion with Jon & Coral (0.25 hours)
      • Bridge - Emails to David (0.5 hours)
      • Bridge - Socialising with Tony (2.5 hours)
        → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (5 hours)
    3. Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 6.5)
      • Bridge - Hutton (David Tennet) (3.25 hours)
      • Bridge - Mayflower (David Tennet) (3.25 hours)
        → See "Admin - Bridge - Playing" (6.5 hours)
    4. Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 5.75)
      • Bridge - Session Reviews (David Tennet) (1.5 hours)
      • Bridge - Systems Review (Strong Diamond) (4.25 hours)
        → See "Admin - Bridge - Study" (5.75 hours)
  4. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List12, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future:
  • I’ve again planned 2 hours a week on this project for 19Q1, in case the plan to act as an occasional substitute for absent partners comes to anything.
  • So,
    1. Meet up with former partners from time to time.
    2. Return to playing bridge at most once a week if encouraged to do so.
    3. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
  • When not playing, I didn’t miss the game at all, but maybe this was mainly because acting as the Essex County Bridge Association (ECBA) Webmaster performed as a psychological substitute.
  • However, I’ve not missed it over the last year or so either, and I no longer do any Webmastering.
Footnote 3: Footnote 5:
  • These are the EBU stats.
  • My calculations had 33,629, made up of 22,737 LPs, 1,175 BPs and 98.56 GPs.
  • I’ve not been bothered to determine the reason for the discrepancy.
  • My Gold Points have now “aged off”.
Footnote 6:
  • Taking into account the BPs, which are converted at the rate 300 BPs = 1 GP.
Footnote 10:
  • From 58.07 to 57.83. Still a Q.
Footnote 11:
  • As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text between quarters other than at the end of the academic year.
  • Hence, the YTD Activity is to make this task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.

Note last updated: 06/01/2019 23:36:58


Footnote 10.1: (Theo Todman's Bridge Background)

Theo in a Venice water taxi, October 2009

  • I learned to play bridge at school back in the Autumn of 1972 when I should have been preparing more diligently for Cambridge entrance. Playing bridge and speed chess in the prefects' room seemed so much more entertaining than ploughing lonely furrows in maths, physics and chemistry. I was captain of the county junior chess team, and consequently found the rudiments of bridge easy to pick up. A few weeks after I'd learned the rules of the game, good fortune had it that Cheltenham Bridge Club had an "outreach" evening where pupils from local schools played with a club member. I didn't even know Stayman until instructed prior to the session by my friendly but (I later discovered) distinctly non-expert partner. Anyway, we won. It's amazing what a bit of confidence and a considerate partner can do! I then played at Cheltenham twice a week until going up to King's in the autumn.
  • At Cambridge I played on and off most of the time I was there, though my main non-academic interest was rowing. I had the honour of partnering Richard Granville in the King's team. Richard was something of a prodigy, was captain of the University team, and played with Richard Fleet (Link (https://www.ebu.co.uk/biographies/richard-fleet)) for Cambridge and the England U26s, though he gave up serious play in his mid-20s in favour of Go and Backgammon, so you've probably never heard of him (though has been as high as 20th in the EBU NGS rankings). With Richard Fleet he'd developed an inordinately complicated version of Precision, which I foolishly tried to burden myself with, so that after a number of disasters we kept having to revert to Acol. In my first year I played in the King's team that came runners up in the Inter-Collegiate knock-out, and we repeated the feat in my third year. Neither of these successes being down to me, I might add. Playing with a partner so much brighter and generally skilled at the game than oneself can be a scary experience. Cambridge was a remarkable place for bridge at the time - a whole bunch of current or future internationals were there - Graham Kirby, John Armstrong, Brian Callaghan, David Burn - amongst other expert players who either didn't persist or weren't quite in the same league. Training sessions in such company were rewarding, if occasionally humiliating, experiences. I rarely had a regular partner, but did play for Cambridge University "B" on occasion, and once won the 30-table University duplicate partnering some random "townie" I'd not met before. But it was all very amateurish, basically involving turning up and having a go.
  • Anyway, for a year or so after leaving Cambridge I played occasionally at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club (Young Chelsea Bridge Club (http://ycbc.co.uk/)) and other London Clubs, but then dropped out of the game. I made the occasional come-back at the Young Chelsea over the years, but had probably only played 20 sessions between leaving Cambridge in the summer of 1976 and returning to the game in December 2007, when I decided to make a determined effort to see if I could become any good at it.
  • For up-to-date information, see (or return to) my main Bridge Page, which has everything anyone might want to know, and much else besides.

Note last updated: 05/01/2018 00:11:31


Footnote 10.4: (Theo Todman's Bridge Page)

Status Report Consolidated Results Local Clubs Convention Cards
Useful Links Defensive Play My Bridge Books Bidding Practice
Butler IMP & Cross-IMP Counting the Hands Search ECBA Website Generator Documentation
Bridge Computing Partnership Checklist Teams & Pairs Tactics Why Play Bridge?
ECBA Master Points   



I returned to bridge in December 2007 after a long lay-off (effectively from my Cambridge days, then 30 years prior). I played with some enthusiasm but rather mixed results for just under a decade after my “return” at a number of the clubs in the table below, and explored the weekend tournament scene. I took most of 2015 off, but became involved in the ECBA as webmaster in compensation, then returned to serious play in 4Q15. Ultimately (as of now!) I decided I’d had enough in July 2017, and intend to play only the occasional social game from now on. We’ll see.


Bridge Computer Resources

The mini-table below is just a set of links for my own convenience (and for pointing others to). The first link is to the “Computers and Bridge” section on the Bridge Guys (http://www.bridgeguys.com/) website. It is a huge set of links, with descriptions, but no appraisal. The second is to a paper put out by a bridge club at MIT; it’s a bit out of date (May 2013) but still useful. The other two links are to the best free Bridge Playing and Double-dummy programs.

Computers and Bridge (http://www.bridgeguys.com/links/computer_bridge_online.html)Bridge Software Review (http://web.mit.edu/mitdlbc/www/articles/Bridge_Playing_Software_Review.pdf)WBridge5 (http://www.wbridge5.com/)Deep Finesse (http://www.deepfinesse.com/)



Counting the Hands

Someone said that one "really arrives" as a bridge-player when one fully counts the hand. That is, keeps track of the points and distribution in all 4 hands, both by making inferences from the bidding and play, as well as keeping track of what's gone on in the play of the hand thus far. I find counting difficult - particularly distribution. I'd like to find an on-line application to help me practice this skill. There are a couple featuring Mike Lawrence, which look promising. Links to some material I've found on-line appear in the table below – on-line originals and / or consolidated pdfs I created lest the originals get lost.

Robert Frick - The Subtle Joy of Counting (http://rfrick.info/bridge/count.htm) (pdf) Howard Schutzman - Counting Distribution (http://www.bridgesights.com/hondobridge/counting.pdf) (pdf) Karen Walker - Developing Counting Skills (http://kwbridge.com/counting.htm) (pdf)
Tom Kniest - Count, Count, Count (http://kwbridge.com/c_count.htm) (pdf) Bill Doroshow - The One That Got Away (http://kwbridge.com/c_doro.htm) (pdf) Mike Lawrence - Counting at Bridge (https://www.nofearbridge.co.uk/)
Danny’s Musings and the Joy of Counting in Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/orillia/Dannys%20Musings%20and%20The%20Joy%20of%20Counting.pdf) (pdf) Memory Systems at Bridge (pdf) Bridge Winners Counting Games (http://bridgewinners.com/games/)


LOCAL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUBS

Below is a table of Bridge clubs in the neighbourhood of Billericay, Essex with ready access to recent results. The left-hand column provides links to small - and unofficial - websites that I created using my own routines, which contain the then results files (usually for the last 4-5 years) and Individual and Partnership ladders for the same period. The next column links to the official websites for these clubs, where they have one. The "latest results" column provides links directly to the latest results, where there is one, and indicates when the clubs meet, and the right-hand column gives my opinionated assessment of the standard of the clubs, which errs on the side of not over-egging and frightening inexperienced or otherwise non-expert players away.

As of January 2018 I have no longer been maintaining these Data Repositories, as I no longer play bridge.


Club + Data Repository Official Website Day / Latest Results Standard
Monday Club First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Monday Afternoon Intermediate.
First Class Bridge Academy First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Monday Evening Introductory - Intermediate.
Pilgrim Bridge Club Pilgrim Bridge Club (http://pilgrim-bridge-club.org/index.html) Monday Evening Introductory.
Hutton Hutton Bridge Club (http://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html) Monday Evening Intermediate.
First Class Bridge Academy First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Tuesday Afternoon Elementary. No Fear.
Ann Owen Bridge Club None Tuesday Afternoon (http://www.bridgeresults.org.uk/ANNOWENS.htm) Introductory.
Mayflower Bridge Club Mayflower Bridge Club (https://www.bridgewebs.com/billericaymayflower/) Tuesday Evening Intermediate.
Apple Apple Wednesday Morning Introductory.
First Class Bridge Academy First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Wednesday Afternoon4 Introductory - Intermediate.
St. Edith's Hutton Bridge Club (http://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html) Wednesday Evening Intermediate.
Jubilee Club None Wednesday Evening (http://www.bridgeresults.org.uk/stockbrookresults.htm) Introductory.
First Class Bridge Academy First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Thursday Morning Elementary. No Fear.
First Class Bridge Academy First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Thursday Evening Elementary.
Mountnessing (Archive) Mountnessing Bridge Club (http://www.bridgewebs.com/mountnessingbc/) Thursday Evening Intermediate - Strong.
Hutton Union None Friday Afternoon (http://www.bridgeresults.org.uk/huttonunionresults.htm) Intermediate.
First Class Bridge Academy First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Friday Morning Elementary. No Fear.
First Class Bridge Academy First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Friday Evening Intermediate - Strong.
First Class Bridge Academy First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Saturday Morning Elementary. No Fear.

See Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm) for a stand-alone page with the above table.


CONVENTION CARDS

Partners and I have drawn up various Benjaminised Acol convention cards, of varying degrees of sophistication. They appear in both MS Word and PDF formats. Follow the links below.

CS (MSW) AK (MSW)TF (MSW)LF (MSW) AS (MSW) DaTu (MSW) KS (MSW) DV (MSW) LW (MSW) MR (MSW) MH (MSW)
CS (PDF) AK (PDF)TF (PDF)LF (PDF) AS (PDF) DaTu (PDF) KS (PDF) DV (PDF) LW (PDF) MR (PDF) MH (PDF)


I also play an artificial Strong Diamond system with one partner:-


SD CC (MS Word) SD CC (PDF)


I also play a 5-card Majors / Strong NT system with two partners:-


MH CC (MS Word) RC CC (MS Word)
MH CC (PDF) RC CC (PDF)

Finally, I play a very basic Standard Acol system on rare occasions with one partner:-

RB (MS Word) RB (PDF)


USEFUL LINKS

Bridge Base Online (http://www.bridgebase.com/index.php) OK Bridge (http://www.okbridge.com/) Bridge Club Live (https://www.bridgeclublive.com/)
Essex Contract Bridge Association (http://www.bridgewebs.com/essex/) English Bridge Union (https://www.ebu.co.uk/) Bridge Shop (https://bridgeshop.com/)
Maureen's Essex Results Site (http://www.bridgeresults.org.uk/) Young Chelsea Bridge Club (http://ycbc.co.uk/) Great Bridge Links (http://greatbridgelinks.com/)
Bridge Great Britain (http://www.bridgegreatbritain.org/) Bridge Conventions (http://www.gwilliams.org.uk/index.html) ECATS Bridge (http://www.ecatsbridge.com/)
Bridge Winners (http://bridgewinners.com/) New In Bridge (http://ubid.newinbridge.com/) Bridge Guys (http://www.bridgeguys.com/)


Butler IMP & Cross-IMP Scored Results

I wrote a suite of programs to calculate Partnership results in Teams tournaments, using either Butler IMPs (http://www.bridgewebs.com/westmids/What%20is%20Butler%20Scoring.pdf) or Cross-IMPs (https://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/miscellaneous/ngs/ngs-for-teams.pdf) (the latter as advised by the EBU to be used for the NGS). It currently extracts data (via screen-scraping) from Bridgewebs (http://www.bridgewebs.com/), and (in two instances) Butler Pairs (Jeff Smith (http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~jasmith/) format). It has now been overtaken by the deliverances of Bridgewebs, with which it reconciles exactly, apart from for 60-40% adjustments, which I ignore. I don’t intend to produce any more of these.





Ray Cornell (Helliar Trophy) Feb 2014 Essex Mixed Teams May 2014 Kent GP Swiss Teams May 2014
Essex/Herts GP Swiss Teams July 2014 Essex Fletcher Sept 2014 Essex Club Trophy Sept 2014
Essex/Herts GP Swiss Teams Sept 2014 Felixstowe GP Swiss Teams Oct 2014 Mountnessing Butler Pairs Oct 2014
Essex Tony Kelvin Teams Nov 2014 Mountnessing Butler Pairs Dec 2014 Chelmsford Autumn Teams December 2014
Woodham Ferrers Swiss Teams January 2015 Ray Cornell (Helliar Trophy) Feb 2015 Essex Mixed Teams May 2015
Collier Row Open Teams May 2015 Essex/Herts GP Swiss Teams July 2015 Essex/Herts GP Swiss Teams September 2015
George Curtis BP Swiss Teams Oct 2015 Felixstowe GP Swiss Teams Oct 2015 Essex Fletcher Oct 2015
Essex Club Trophy Oct 2015 Bernie Butler Pairs Oct 2015 Bernie Butler Pairs Nov 2015
Essex Tony Kelvin Teams Nov 2015 Woodham Ferrers Swiss Teams January 2016 Ray Cornell Trophy February 2016
Collier Row Open Teams May 2016 Essex Mixed Teams 2016 George Curtis BP Teams 2016
Essex/Herts GP Swiss Teams July 2016 Collier Row Random Teams July 2016 Essex/Herts GP Swiss Teams September 2016
Felixstowe GP Swiss Teams October 2016 Essex Fletcher Oct 2016 Essex Club Trophy Oct 2016
Sue Taylor Memorial Teams Nov 2016 ECL C&H July 2016 Ray Cornell Trophy February 2017
Collier Row Random Teams June 2017 George Curtis Teams June 2017 Warboys Heat 1, June 2017
Warboys Heat 2, July 2017   


ECBA Master Point Promotions

The EBU publishes a monthly “national” list of Master Point promotions. I produced the items below to make it easier to see all the promotions specific to the ECBA in two documents – one by date and the other by Club. Their production requires access to the ECBA members’ database, which I might not continue to enjoy. So, these are here as a record as at a point in time – namely December 2017.

By ClubBy Date

ECBA Master Point Lists - 2016

Because the EBU annual master-point lists are rather a jumble, I developed routines to output the items below to make it easier to find who’s done well, and who is of which rank. I also developed the reports by Club, which have no parallel in the EBU reports. The production of the reports by Club requires access to the ECBA members’ database, which I might not continue to enjoy. So, these are here as a record as at a point in time – namely as at the end of 2016 (currently the latest published).

2016 GPs by ClubTotal GPs by Club2016 LPs by ClubTotal LPs by ClubTotal LPs by Name
2016 GPs (ECBA)Total GPs (ECBA)2016 LPs (ECBA)Total LPs (ECBA) 





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • This club struggled for attendees, and expired in 2016.

Note last updated: 06/07/2018 18:56:10


Footnote 10.7: (Status: Bridge (Summary of Progress to Date))

A summary of results (from when I re-started playing bridge in December 2007 until end-September 20171) is:-

  1. Statistics: by partner and club-category can be obtained by following this link giving results to date (or this link for a complete List).
  2. Local Points:
    • 33,768, bagged to date, including 1,175 Blue Points, 98.56 Green Points and 0.22 Gold Points2.
    • That makes me a National Master. My next aim – if I play again – will be to achieve Premier National Master status (40,000 LPs, including 100 GPs) – so just there as far as GPs are concerned3, but still a long way to go for local points.
    • I think I had about 5,000 LPs from my student days, but never registered any, more’s the pity.
    NGS_Graph
  3. EBU Grading:
    • The new scheme was introduced in March 2012, and my initial grading – at the end of a purple patch – of “Ace of Diamonds” – about 260th in the country and in the top 10 in Essex, was somewhat flattering.
    • Subsequently, things have declined a lot, and I meandered down from an “Ace of Clubs” to an “8”, though subsequently wandered back up to a “K”.
    • I dropped back down to a “Q” at the end of 2Q14, and by end 2014 dropped further to a “J”, despite a brief return to a K in 3Q14.
    • During 2015, when I only played about a dozen rateable games, my grade stayed pretty constant at a “J”.
    • In 2016 I wandered back up to a “Q” and initially stayed there – whenever I headed towards a “K”, some disaster happened. However, in 3Q16 my rating moved up to “Ace of Clubs”. This rise was mainly due to a good run with Colin, and the fact that he was rated artificially lowly given his time out from the game. My rating stayed at Ace of Clubs at the end of 2016, with a brief dip down to a K mid-4th-quarter.
    • I maintained an Ace of Clubs grade in 1Q17, with a temporary rise to Ace of Diamonds – 7th in Essex & 250th in the country – mid-quarter. Unfortunately, my rating collapsed, and was down to a mid Q4 by the time I stopped playing in mid-July 2017.
    • Not that any of this is at all accurate, and it’s all somewhat volatile. See Link (https://www.ebu.co.uk/ngs/) for full details of the scheme. See right for a graphic from the EBU website – this one taken on 10th January 2017, by which time my rating had dropped down a bit!
  4. Essex County Squad: While selected to form part of the “C” squad, I had declined to play since the 2013/14 season “for family reasons”. However, I was back in the team for the 2016/17 season and played twice with David. To my annoyance, I was still in the “C” team for 2017/18 – selected once with David and once with Colin. I’d hoped to be in the “B” team with Albert. I subsequently heard that Colin and I would be in the “B” Team for the Metropolitan Cup in October 2017, but I won’t be playing, for reasons given.
  5. Bridge Webmastering:
    • I set up the Hutton DBC website (Hutton Duplicate Bridge Club (http://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton/)) and ran it until mid-2015, but have now handed it over.
    • I have been the Essex CBA webmaster (Link (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/)) since the beginning of 2015.
    • I maintain “mini websites” for a number of clubs in the Billericay area (Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm)).
    • I’ve taken on the First Class Bridge Academy website (First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).

List of Significant Events to end-September 2017

I have competed in the following national or county competitions:-
  1. 2017
    • London Swiss Teams (YCBC, Sunday 16th July, with Albert; Peter & Pat as team-mates): 6th out of 27 in a very strong field. 1 GP gained
    • Essex “C” vs Cambs & Hunts (Sunday 2nd July): With David. Pretty abject. The team lost 0-20, and David and I were -32 Butler-IMPs, for no good reason.
    • ECBA Club Pairs (Sunday 4th June), with Colin, representing Hutton. Came 3 / 17 and the team came top.
    • ECBA Championship Pairs (Sunday 23rd April), with Albert. Dismal. Came 20 / 30 in the qualifier and 7 / 21 in the Consolation Final.
    • EBU Easter Championship Pairs (Friday / Sat 14-15th April), with Colin. A mixed bag. Got off to a great start, then had a middling second session and wilted in the third. Overall, about par for our ratings. 68 / 109, 48.65%, 1.23 GPs gained.
    • ECBA Teams of 4 Final (Monday 3rd April 2017), with David, Albert & Chris T. We were playing Marc Chawner’s team and got crushed – we conceded after 24 boards. Still, a good run.
    • ECBA League Div 2: Played 4 matches (with David, and TC+SE). Won two comfortable, against County A-standard teams, but lost two against County C-standard teams – one badly.
    • National Pairs Eastern Heat (Sun 12th March, Barleylands): Played with David. Did badly in the first session and worse in the second. Ended up on 44.5%, 45 / 52.
    • Ipswich Swiss Pairs (4th March): Not really a success. Played with Colin, coming 14 / 50 on 79 / 140 VPs, but underperformed our rating. Won 3 matches & lost 4. 0.75 GPs gained.
    • Ranked Masters – National Masters Pairs (W/E 25-26 Feb, Birmingham): with David. Disappointing, though we out-performed our rating and gained 1.5 GPs. Had a disastrous first session, but were positive in the other three, and ended up 9 / 14 on -8 IMPs.
    • Cornell Trophy (Sun 12th Feb, Ingatestone), with Colin. A reasonable result for Hutton A (with DV & DC). Came 7 / 23. Marginally under-performed our ratings.
    • ECBA Teams of 4 Semi-Final (Friday 27th January 2017), with David, Albert & Chris T. Comfortable victory. 1.25 GPs gained.
    • NICKO Round 2 (Monday 16th January 2017); with David, Alaric & Chris M. Versus the de Botton team, last year’s winners! Sadly lost by 14 IMP, though we were up at half time. Hinged on one disastrous board in the final set (not our fault!).
    • Woodham BP Swiss Pairs (21st Jan, Barleylands): with Colin. Very disappointing. 12 / 26 on 70 / 140 VPs. Won 4 matches & lost 3. 0.44 BPs gained.
    • ECBA Swiss Pairs (Sunday 8th January 2017, Barleylands), with Colin. Quite a success. 7 / 37 on 72 / 120 VPs. 4 matches won, 2 lost. 1.62 BPs gained.
  2. 2016
    • EBU Y/E Swiss Pairs (London, Tues/Weds 26-27th December 2016). Played with Colin and slightly out-performed expectations based on our ratings. Came 52 / 122; won 5, drew 1 and lost 5 matches. 1.83 GPs gained. We had a tough run against some very strong pairs.
    • NICKO Round 1 (Barleylands, Thursday 17th November 2016). Played with David (and Tim & Steve) for Mountnessing A. Convincingly beat another Essex team. 1 GP gained.
    • CiN SIMS (Woodham, Monday 14th November 2016). Played with David and came 154 / 2,559 nationally and gained 591 LPs.
    • ECBA Fletcher Trophy (Ingatestone, Sunday 30th October 2016), playing for Hutton with David. The team was too weak, and came bottom, of 12. David and my Butlers were minus 35, so it did damage to my rating too.
    • ECBA Teams of 4 KO, R2 (Woodford, Thurs 27th October 2016), with David, Chris & Albert. Won convincingly; 0.75 GPs gained.
    • Felixstowe Pairs (Saturday 1st October 2016). A disaster, the first with Colin since his return. We failed to qualify for the main final (20/33; 47.9%), and did even worse in the Consolation Final (14/20; 45.24%). Thankfully the sessions weren’t submitted to the EBU for NGS-rating.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Teams (Ware, Sun 25th September 2016): With David and the Burtts. A poor performance. 21 / 27. Won 2 matches, Drew 1 and lost 4. 0.63 GP earned. David and I were -15 on the Butlers, so our NGS rating went down as well.
    • ECBA Switch KO, Round 1 (Albert’s house, Friday 2nd September 2016): My team (myself, David, Albert & Chris) was eliminated by last season’s winners.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Teams (Ware, Sun 24th July 2016): With David, Tim and Steve. A fairly weak performance. 27 / 53. Won 3 matches, Drew 1 and lost 3. 0.88 GP earned. However, David and I had flat Butlers, so our NGS rating went up!
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs (Ware, Sat 23rd July 2016): A mediocre – and NGS-par – performance. 52 / 108 on 50.51%. Won 3 matches and lost 4. 0.88 GP earned.
    • Essex “C” vs Norfolk (Roydon, Sun 3rd July 2016): The team drew, so we got 0.25 GP, but our Butler score was -5 IMPs.
    • Essex “C” vs Bedfordshire (Barleylands, Sun 3rd April 2016): The team won, so we got 0.5 GP, but our Butler score was flat.
    • Ranked Masters (Birmingham, Sat/Sun 27-28 February 2016): Played in the National Masters section with David. Got off to a cracking start, defeating two junior international pairs, had a disastrous second session, and indifferent thereafter. Ended up 8 / 12, 1.92 GPs gained. The second set was discussed in detail with Richard Granville and Marc Chawner.
    • National Masters Qualifiers (Barleylands, Sunday 13 March 2016): Dreadful first session, not fully reversed in the second set. Came 47 / 51 in the Eastern region (43.06%). Dire.
  3. 2015
    • CiN SIMS (Thursday 12th November 2015, at Bernie’s): Played with David against very weak opposition and came 4 / 2,106 on 68.5% nationally, grabbing about 700 useful LPs.
    • NICKO Round 1 (Wednesday 11th November 2015): Played with David (and Tim C + Steve E) against a mediocre team from Southend and won by 16 IMPs; 1 GP gained.
  4. 2014
    • Crockfords Round 1 (Thursday 13th November 2014): Played with David (with Gad C + Paul Y). A close match, won by 11 IMPs. 2GP gained.
    • NICKO Round 1: Thursday 6th November 2014; Played with David (and Tim C + Steve E) against a strong Hertford Team, and – after a disastrous first half – came back strongly to win by 2 IMPs. 1 GP gained.
    • EBU Seniors Swiss Teams: Sunday 3rd November 2014; David and I teamed up with Dennis V and John S. We won our first 4 matches, but then struggled, winning only 1 of the last 3. Still, we ended 16 / 56, so not too bad. 1,25 GPs gained.
    • EBU Seniors Swiss Pairs: Birmingham, Friday / Saturday 1st – 2nd November 2014; David and I had disastrous qualifying sessions: 64 / 68 (42.65%) and 21 / 25 (43.11%), so didn’t qualify for anything. We did averagely in the Swiss Pairs: 39 / 74 (50.18%; winning 3 matches, drawing 2 and losing 2; 1.12 GP gained).
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Teams: Sunday 29th September 2014; Mike and I played with the Mollisons, and after being placed 2nd at half-time, slumped to in the second half. Ended up 16 /39 on 74 / 140 VP. Mike & I were on -3 Cross-IMPs, NGS 49.61%, winning 3 matches, losing 3 and drawing one. 0.88 GP gained.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs: (Sunday 28th September 2014). David and I played poorly and came 54 / 66 on 46.34%, winning 2 matches and losing 5, including the last 3. 0.5 GP gained.
    • Essex Fletcher Trophy: (Sunday 21st September). David and I represented Hutton in this Essex Teams-of-8 competition. The team was weak, and came last (of 10). David and I had a poor set, scoring -37 Butler IMPs (-33 X-IMPs, NGS 45.2%).
    • Kent Swiss Teams: (Sunday 18th May, with David and Gad+Peter). Best forgotten – about half way at half-way, and then lost our last 3 matches. ). 0.5 GP gained.
    • Essex Championship Pairs (Sunday 27th April, with Gad) - qualified for the final (9 / 30 on 54%) and then won the final by a mile on just under 66%. Gained 3.75 GPs.
    • Mountnessing Bridge Club 2013/4 ladder: After a close race, I came top (on 56.91% over 32 sessions; my partner, David, was 2nd on 56.82%).
    • Portland Pairs (Sunday 23rd March), with Angie. A poor showing, coming 27 / 40 on 46.36%.
    • Ipswich Swiss Pairs (Saturday 8th March), with Mike. We didn’t “fire”, and came 47 / 58 on 47.54%, winning 2 matches but losing 5 (including the last 3). Only 0.5 GPs gained.
    • Cornell Trophy (Essex Teams of 4, Sunday 23rd February), with David (the other pair being David and Fran) and came 9 / 23. We would have been 7th apart from an outrageous ruling that adjusted one of our scores from +50 to -800.
    • Essex “C” vs Cambs & Hunts “C” (Sunday 12th January), with Linda. A disastrous session (-44 Butler IMPs), and the team lost 20-0.
    • NICKO round 3 (Monday 10th February) with David (Mike & Catriona being the other pair). Lost by 39 IMPs playing. Not our fault, I don’t think.
  5. 2013
    • NICKO first-round (Wednesday 13/11/13), with David (and Mike & Catriona). Won, gaining another GP.
    • EBU Seniors – Swiss Teams (Sunday 03/11/13). Best forgotten: David and I (with Mike and Angie) lost all 7 matches and came 55 / 59; not our fault, I don’t think.
    • EBU Seniors - Pairs (Friday/Saturday 01-02/11/13), with David. Qualified for the “A” Semi-final, but then had a disastrous session, so failed to qualify for either of the finals. However, we came 6 / 58 in the Swiss Pairs. 2.41 GPs gained.
    • Kent Swiss Teams (Sunday 27/10/13). David and I played with Peter and Robert, and came 4 / 39. In fact, we came 3rd, but received a fine for a mis-scoring. 2 GPs gained.
    • Felixstowe Pairs (Saturday 05/10/13), with David. Qualified for the main final, in which we came 7th (of a total entry of 73). 2.25 GPs gained.
    • Essex “C”, Metropolitan Cup (Saturday 08/09/13), with Linda. Did well. Our team of 8 came 5 / 10 – and Linda and I came 5 / 20 (+26) by Butler IMPs in our section.
    • EBU Summer Swiss Pairs, Brighton (Friday – Sunday 09-11/08/13), with Dave. A huge disappointment after a good start, but difficult opposition thereafter. Won 6 matches and lost 8, coming 245 / 316, 2.52 GPs won.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs, Ware (Saturday 20/07/13), with David. Pretty useful – we came 19 / 90, winning 5 matches and losing 2. 1.25 GPs gained.
    • EBU Easter Swiss Pairs (Monday 01/04/13), with Angie. Not a success, though better than last year. Won 2 matches and lost 5, ending up 111 / 132 on 46%. 0.5 GP won.
    • NICKO Plate Round 3 (Thursday 14/03/13), with David (plus Mike + Catriona): Lost to Richard Register’s team by 39 IMPs after a dreadful first set. Not our fault.
    • Essex "C" v Cambs & Hunts (Sunday 24/02/13), with David: The team lost 18-2, and David & I were -50 on the Butler IMPs. Bad.
    • Helliar Trophy (Hutton “B”) (Sunday 17/02/13), with David (plus Dennis & Fran): Came 6 / 22 (+16 IMPs) – pretty good.
    • Essex Swiss Pairs (Sunday 03/02/13), with David: A disaster. Came 28/30 on 42.47%. Won the first two matches, and then lost the last four.
    • Essex "C" v Norfolk (Sunday 27/01/13), with Angie: The team won 17-3, and we were +13 on the Butler IMPs. OK.
    • National Pairs Heat (Friday 25/01/13), with David: Came 15 / 20 on 44.68%. Disappointing.
    • NICKO Plate - Round 1 (Monday 21/01/13), with David (plus Mike + Catriona): Beat Bob Hair’s team by 9 IMP – a good result. Won half a Green Point.
  6. 2012
    • EBU London Y/E Congress Swiss Pairs (Thursday – Friday, 27-28/12/12): Played with David in the. A huge disappointment. After winning our first three matches we lost 6 of the last 7, drawing the other, ending up 135 / 144. A disgrace. 0.98 GPs gained.
    • Crockford’s Plate, Round 1 (Tuesday 11/12/12): Played with David (and Gad + Debbie). After a good start, lost by 24 IMPs to a team (Jill Feldman) we should have beaten. Dismal.
    • Essex Mixed Pairs (Sunday 02/12/12): Played with Angie. Disappointing: came 20 / 26.
    • Essex Fletcher Trophy (Sunday 25/11/12): Played for Hutton “B” with David. Played well, and the Hutton team of 8 came 2 / 10.
    • Middlesex Swiss Teams (Sunday 11/11/12): Played with David (and Gad + Debbie). Disappointing. Came 25 / 51 after a heavy defeat in the last round. Won 5 matches, lost 2. 1.25 GPs gained.
    • Middlesex Swiss Pairs (Saturday 10/11/12): Played with David in the. Quite a success: came 18 / 114 – won 5 matches, drew one & lost one. 1.75 GPs gained.
    • Essex Seniors (Wednesday 31/10/12): Played with David. Disappointing - 23 / 34 on 48.03%.
    • Gold Cup, Round 1 (Monday 29/10/12): Played with David (and Gad + Debbie). Narrowly won – by 1 IMP – against Arnie Anidjar-Romain’s team. 2 GPs gained.
    • NICKO, Round 1 (Friday 19/10/12): Played with David (and Mike + Catriona). Lost by 37 IMPs to Ipswich “A”.
    • Great Northern Swiss Pairs (Leeds; Saturday – Sunday 06-07/10/12): Played with Dave. Rather disappointing. After a decent first session, we ended up 60 / 106, winning 6 matches and losing 6. 1.5 GPs gained.
    • Herts Swiss Teams, at Ware (Sunday 30/09/12): Played with David (with Angie and Len). Only moderately successful: 24 / 36 – won 3, lost 4 matches, for 0.75 GPs. Low turnout, so quite strong.
    • Essex "C" v Suffolk (Sunday 23/09/12): Played with David. The team lost 5-15, but we did OK on the Butler IMPs analysis (+12).
    • Crockfords Cup, Round 1 (Monday 18/09/12): Played with David (and Gad + Debbie) against a strong team (Stan Harding, Hatfield). Lost by 1 IMP, which was a shame. We’ll see how we do in the Plate.
    • Essex "C" in the Metropolitan Cup, at Ardingly (Sunday 09/09/12): Played with Angie. We played OK, but the team did very badly.
    • Essex "C" v Northants, at Stamford (Sunday 05/08/12): Played with Angie. The team lost 9-11, but Angie and I did very well on the Butler IMPs (+46), so were highly commended.
    • Essex “ProAm” tournament, at Barleylands (Sunday 01/07/12): Played with Russell. Won the Men’s Pairs by coming 4/14 on 54%, but it was a little disappointing, as we are a fairly regular partnership.
    • Kent Swiss Teams (Sunday 20/05/12, Canterbury): Played with David; Team-mates AK + RE, making quite a strong team. Did OK – won 4 matches and lost 3, but came 8 / 48, gaining 1.25 GPs.
    • 75th Anniversary Middlesex Congress (Sunday 22/04/12, Barnet): Played in the Swiss Teams with Angie (and AM + KS). A complete disaster. We won only one match (0.25 GPs), losing the other six.
    • Northern Easter Festival at York (Friday / Saturday 06-07/04/12): Played with Dave. Started well, in that we won a small Open Pairs competition, but we lost our way in the middle of the Swiss Pairs, but rescued ourselves in the last session, ending up 23 / 77, winning 5 matches, drawing one and losing 5. Won 1.39 GPs.
    • Portland Pairs (Tunbridge Wells, 25/03/12): Played with Angie. Quite a success: 110 / 389 nationally, winning 1.51 GPs.
    • Essex Gwen Herga (Mountnessing, 23/03/12): Played with David in the Essex Mens’ Pairs. A disaster: 14 / 17 on 45.57% - though looked much worse at one stage.
    • Essex Spring Seniors (Little Baddow, 16/03/12): Played with David. Something of a triumph: came 3 / 31 on 58.5%. Photo on the Essex Website (again!).
    • Bedford Swiss Teams (Luton, 11/03/12): Played with David (and CL + MH). Not too bad – came 12 / 30. Won 4 matches, lost 3. Won 1 GP.
    • Ranked Masters (Daventry, 03-04/03/12): Played with David in the Regional Masters competition. A great success. Came 2 / 22 and won 5.39 GPs (ie. a Gold Point). Nearly won the event, having been in second place in all three sessions. Photo on the Essex Website.
    • Harrogate Congress (17-19/02/12): Played with Dave in the Open and Swiss Pairs. A huge success. Started well, coming 3 / 18 in the Open Pairs. In the Swiss Pairs we drew our first match, then won 7 matches on the trot, but lost our last match badly, so ended up 10 / 154 with 4.53 GPs. Mentioned on the Essex Website.
    • National Pairs Heats (Mountnessing, 27/01/2012): Played with David. Rather an indifferent session, coming 11 / 20 on 51.07%.
    • Essex Swiss Pairs (Mountnessing, 15/01/2012): Played with David. Rather dismal – won 2 matches but lost 4, ending up 19 / 30.
    • NICKO Plate: Played with David (and CL + MH). Won our first match (03/01/12) by 8 IMPs against Clare B, but lost the second round (23/02/12) by 13 IMP to Welwyn C.
  7. 2011
    • EBU Year-End Congress (30/12/2011): Played with David (+ AS & LenW) in the Swiss Teams. Not very successful – 63 / 109, 0.75 GP.
    • Middlesex Congress (19-20/11/2011, Barnet): Played with David in the Swiss Pairs and (with LS & IM) in the Swiss Teams. Not a great success – 32 / 60 (0.75 GP) in the Pairs, 37 / 64 (0.75 GP) in the Teams.
    • Essex League (03/11/2011): Played in two Division 2 matches with Linda (+TC & SE) – won one & lost the other.
    • Essex Seniors (Thornwood Common, Wednesday 26/10/2011): Played with David. Not bad as the standard is quite high – 12 / 30 on 53.3%.
    • NICKO (20/10/11): Played with David (+CL & MH). Lost by 2 IMP to Colchester “B”.
    • Essex Cup for Clubs (Navestockside, Sunday 16/10/2011): Played for Hutton with Keith (+ AM & AF). Again, a good first session, followed by a collapse. Ended 7 / 10.
    • Great Northern Swiss Pairs (Leeds, 01-02/10/2011): Played with Dave. Not as successful as we’d expected – had a nasty “dip” mid-way after a good start. Ended up 68 / 123, 1.5 GP.
    • Hertfordshire Swiss Teams: Played with David (plus LS & IM) on 25th September 2011. Not particularly successful – won 3 matches and lost 4, for 0.75 GPs.
    • Metropolitan Cup: Played with Angie on 10th September 2011 in the Essex “C” team (with the McGuffins, as the “C” sub-team!). We did fine, and the Essex “C” team of 3 sub-teams came 2nd.(of 9) overall.
    • Brighton Swiss Pairs: competed with Dave over 12-14th August 2011. Had a remarkable late run after a difficult start and came 40 / 358. Won bonus GPs for the first time – 5.52 in total, including 1.1 Gold Points.
    • EBU Easter Congress: Played with Angie on 25th April 2011 in the “A” Flight Swiss Pairs, which was very tough. We had a creditable first session, but after a disastrous second session, ended up 158 / 162, drawing one match and losing the other 6. In the first session we lost 9-11 to the Tams, when we should have won; put up a good fight against Janet De Botton and Thor Eric Hofstaniska; and also played well against a pair of junior internationals; and drew the last match. I think this wore us out as we got hammered in the last two rounds when you’d expect to be picking up points against the also-rans.
    • Harrogate Swiss Pairs: Played with Dave on 25th – 26th February 2011. Won 5 / 9 matches against good opposition, and ended up 60 / 186. 1.4 GP Gained.
    • Harrogate Open Pairs: Played with Dave on 25th February 2011 as a warm-up to the main event. A bit of a disaster – 22 / 29 on 43.2%.
    • Essex Swiss Pairs: Played with Colin at Navestockside on Sunday 9th January 2011. We won 3 of our 6 matches, but the wins were narrower than the losses, so we came a disappointing 30 / 36.
  8. 2010
    • EBU Year-end GP Swiss Pairs: Monday 27th December 2010. This was a disappointment as we had to withdraw after the first session as Colin had toothache. We’d won two of our four matches, having won the first 19-1 against an Essex pair, then losing narrowly to a pair of junior internationals from Cambridge, and to the pair who ultimately came 2nd, before beating another top pair. Only 0.5 GP gained, therefore.
    • Middlesex GP Swiss Pairs: Played on Saturday 27th November 2010. A tough competition, as usual. Colin and I won our first two matches, then came up against the big guns and only won one further match, so came 97 / 123. Only 0.75 GP gained, therefore.
    • Fletcher Trophy: Played in the Essex inter-club Teams of Eight championships with Colin on Sunday 10th October 2010, representing Hutton; we just about managed to hold our end up, and the team scraped home in first place.
    • Felixstowe Congress: Played on Saturday 2nd October 2010 with Colin in the GP Pairs. Got hammered in the qualifiers, coming 62 / 64 on 36%, but then won a trophy in the Consolation Final coming top on 66.5%!
    • EBU Summer Congress – Brighton, August 2010. This was a great experience, but results-wise was rather disappointing. The standard seemed to be much higher than last year – Colin and I got off to a good start – good enough to get on the back-page of the Bulletin after the first day, anyway. But thereafter, the going got tough – usually the case after a good start in a Swiss tournament. So, we ended up 268 / 352 having won 5, drawn 2 and lost 8 of our matches, for 1.5 GP.
    • Essex/Herts Swiss Pairs: Played with Colin on Saturday 24th July 2010. Got off to an excellent start and got to tables 3 and 2, but then lost our way a bit and ended rather disappointingly 41 / 108, with 1 GP earned – having won three, lost three and drawn one of our matches.
    • Sussex Swiss Pairs: Played with Colin at Ardingly on Saturday 15th May 2010. Better than last year (with a different partner), but disappointing. Won 3 of 7 matches for 0.75 GPs. Came 70 / 108.
    • Helliar Trophy: I was unexpectedly asked to substitute and play with Dennis, with Colin and Peter making up the other half of the team. The first session was tough, but we were 12 IMPs up (no thanks to me and Dennis). The second half saw us fall away badly (again, no thanks to me and Dennis) and we ended up –51 IMPs, 20/22. A disgrace; which saw me sacked as Dennis’s partner in the Essex Seniors (rather undeserved, I thought, not that I wanted to play in any case).
    • Portland Pairs, March 2010: Played at Welwyn with Margaret. It’s a national Mixed Pairs competition, and was an enjoyable day and good experience. The first session was tough, but we did the best of the Essex pairs in our heat. Unfortunately, we got absolutely slaughtered in the session after lunch, and ended up 40 / 41 on just over 40%.
    • EBU Easter Swiss Pairs, April 2010. Not bad. Colin and I played with the big boys in the “A” flight. We came just over half-way – 71 / 144 on 50%. We came up against some international players, beating one and outranked several. Collected 0.75 GPs for winning 3 or our 7 matches, all of our defeats being fairly close.
    • Essex Pairs, April 2010: Rather disappointing – played with Margaret, and came just below half-way in both the Qualifiers and Consolation Final.
    • Essex Pairs, April 2010: Rather disappointing – played with Margaret, and came just below half-way in both the Qualifiers and Consolation Final.
    • EBU Easter Swiss Pairs, April 2010. Not bad. Colin and I played with the big boys in the “A” flight. We came just over half-way – 71 / 144 on 50%. We came up against some international players, beating one and outranked several. Collected 0.75 GPs for winning 3 or our 7 matches, all of our defeats being fairly close.
    • Portland Pairs, March 2010: Played at Welwyn with Margaret. It’s a national Mixed Pairs competition, and was an enjoyable day and good experience. The first session was tough, but we did the best of the Essex pairs in our heat. Unfortunately, we got absolutely slaughtered in the session after lunch, and ended up 40 / 41 on just over 40%.
    • Helliar Trophy: I was unexpectedly asked to substitute and play with Dennis, with Colin and Peter making up the other half of the team. The first session was tough, but we were 12 IMPs up (no thanks to me and Dennis). The second half saw us fall away badly (again, no thanks to me and Dennis) and we ended up –51 IMPs, 20/22. A disgrace; which saw me sacked as Dennis’s partner in the Essex Seniors (rather undeserved, I thought, not that I wanted to play in any case).
    • Nicko, Saturday 6th February 2010: The 3rd Round match against Clare A was a complete disaster. I thought Margaret and I held our end up well, but we still lost 104-13.
    • National Pairs heats, January 2010. Played with Colin at Mountnessing. The competition was very tough, and we got off to a dreadful start, so ending up 12/19 on just under 50% was quite creditable.
  9. 2009
    • EBU Year End Congress Mixed Pairs, December 2009. The first half of the first session went well, but it was all down-hill from there on. Margaret and I ended up 72nd / 76 on 42.63%. It was very tough, with some international partnerships. Not flighted and not Swiss, so probably not a good idea to have entered.
    • EBU Year End Congress Swiss Pairs, December 2009. Colin and I won 6 matches and lost 5, and winning the Non-expert Prize and 1.5 GPs for coming 67th / 166.
    • Essex Mixed Pairs, Sunday 6th December 2009. Margaret & I had a dreadful first session, but an excellent second session, leaving us 11th / 26, on 51.8%, which was quite creditable.
    • Middlesex Congress, Saturday 14th November 2009. Margaret and I played OK other than being hammered in the last match, so we gained 0.75 GP for winning 3 / 7 matches, coming 78 / 106.
    • Essex “Play with an Expert”, Sunday 29th November 2009. My attempt to impersonate an Expert was something of a success. After careful system preparation beforehand, Russell and I were in top spot on 64% at the break, but were pipped into second place by the final whistle, 2 / 26 with 61%.
    • NICKO (Round 1), Monday 9th November 2009. Represented Mountnessing “C” (Margaret and I, with Len and Angie) and had a surprise victory, defeating a strong Colchester team by 2 IMPs after being slaughtered in the first half. We earned a GP, and have a bye into the 3rd Round.
    • Felixstowe Congress on Saturday 10th October 2009. A reasonable result with Colin. Just missed the cut for the Pairs final, coming 15 / 40 with 52.21%, but did OK in the Consolation Final, coming 5 / 26 with 59.09% and earning 1.25 GPs.
    • EBU Swiss Pairs at Brighton, August 2009. Margaret and my first venture to the premier national Pairs competition was a bit of a struggle, but of our 14 matches we won 6 and drew 1, coming 303 / 436. Got the 1.75 GPs I needed to make Premier Master.
    • Hertfordshire Swiss Pairs at Ware, Saturday 18th July 2009. After a very poor start, Margaret and I ended up 77th / 108 with 0.75 GPs.
    • Sussex Swiss Pairs, 16th May 2009. Not a success. Margaret and I lost our first 5 matches and were relegated to the “sin bin”, where we drew the 6th and won the last. So, we came away with 0.5 GP and came 100 / 108, with 32.14% (as calculated by VPs – ie. on average we lost 13.5 – 6.5, so our average MPs %age was something like 44.5%).
    • Essex Pairs (19th April 2009). Very disappointing, much as last year. Margaret and I narrowly failed to qualify for the Final (21/39, 50.2%), then were thrashed in the Consolation Final (21/24, 43.94%).
    • EBU Easter Congress in London (13th April 2009) in the “B” Flight Swiss Pairs. Margaret and I didn’t do too badly – at least when compared with last year – 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses (no thrashings) – ended up with 1 GP and 15/27 (48.57%).
  10. 2008
    • Essex Mixed Pairs (7th December 2008). Margaret and I started off OK, coming 5/13 in the first section, but collapsed in the second, coming 17/27 overall.
    • Middlesex Congress (15-16th November 2008). Margaret and I came a respectable 46 / 114 in the Pairs. The Teams event was a disaster, and we were lucky not to have come bottom. 1 GP for a full weekend’s work is a poor return.
    • Felixstowe Congress (October 11-12th 2008). The pairs was quite a success – Margaret and I were the only Essex pair to qualify for the finals, coming 3rd in our section, and though we didn’t exactly shine in the finals, weren’t disgraced, coming 13/18 and picked up 1 GP. Unfortunately, the teams didn’t go so well – we won 4 of our seven matches, but came below half-way.
    • SIMS of 9th October 2008: Margaret and I came 13th out of 2,168 nationally, playing in the Mountnessing “Blue” section. This garnered 1 GP and 550 local points.
    • Essex/Herts Congress (19th-20th July 2008). Margaret and I did well, all things considered, coming second in the Non-Expert category in the pairs (35 / 116 overall), and 39/59 in the teams. 1.75 GPs won.
    • Essex Pairs competition (6th April 2008). Margaret and I did tolerably well in the qualifying session, fairly narrowly failing to qualify for the final. However, we then collapsed in the Consolation Event, coming 17/20 on 39.17%. Rather dismal.
    • EBU London Easter Congress (24th March 2008). Margaret and I had hoped to play in the “C” flight of the Swiss Pairs, but this was cancelled, so we had to play in the more forbidding “B” flight. The end result was a disaster, but it might have been worse. We lost our first 5 matches, and were in last place when the last round commenced. Thankfully, we won our last two matches and scraped into 37th place (out of 40). So, only 0.5 GPs won.
    • EBU National Newcomers Pairs (16th March 2008). Martin and I only just qualified for such an event (being “newcomers” only according to the letter of the law). We came out a fairly creditable 28th of 222 nationally (creditable since Martin hadn’t played bridge for 2 years, and we hadn’t played together for 18 years). My first 1.75 GPs won.

Other Activities
  1. I have written a card-dealing program and generated a website with the results. In 1Q11 I enhanced this for determining opening bids using the Strong Diamond system.
  2. Purchased a copy of DealMaster Pro. To be used for bidding practice. The advantage over my own version is that it does a double-dummy analysis of the hands and determines all makeable contracts.
  3. Joined the English Bridge Union (EBU), and read the bi-monthly English Bridge.
  4. Subscribed to Bridge Magazine.
  5. I purchased a copy of Jack Bridge - See their website (Jack Bridge (http://www.jackbridge.com/eindex.htm)). The intention is to allow time to practice counting the hand (in slow motion if necessary). The program appears to be of a good club standard, but is not an expert.
  6. Completed a paper “Why Play Bridge?”.
  7. In September 2012 I became a founding committee-member of a group looking to consolidate a number of clubs in the Brentwood area into a confederation with rented / owned accommodation. See Link - Defunct. I dropped out sometime in 2013, and the project is in any case defunct, but have continued to collect stats on local clubs.
  8. As for the remote past - I learnt to play bridge in my final year at school, and played at Cheltenham Bridge Club in my gap year prior to Cambridge, at University (King’s I and Cambridge II), and for a couple of years thereafter at the Young Chelsea. I made an attempted return to the Young Chelsea in 1990, and had an occasional on-line game at OK Bridge in 1999. I’m not sure whether I was ever a good bridge player, as it depends on what you mean by “good”. I (like to think that I) was one of the better players at Cheltenham Bridge Club within a year of learning the game, so think I have some natural aptitude. At Cambridge I was fortunate to run into a collection of exceptional players, most of whom have represented England at one time or another, or have otherwise made a mark in the bridge world: Richard Granville, Richard Fleet, Richard Benstead, Brian Callaghan, Steve Barnfield, John Armstrong (sadly now demised), Graham Kirby, David Burn, Phil Bailey, Rob Cliffe, ... Bridge wasn’t my primary non-study activity – which was rowing (and drinking) - and I couldn’t really keep pace with this lot, so I wouldn’t ask any of them for a reference. However, I just about squeezed into the second tier.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Note that as of end-July 2017 I have ceased playing.

Footnote 2: These have been amortised over the years.

Footnote 3: Taking into account the BPs, which are converted at the rate 300 BPs = 1 GP.

Footnote 4:
  • The above snapshot was taken a few days before that – my current rating is 58.07, ie. marginally lower – but I can’t be bothered to do another screen print.
  • It’s not clear to me what’s wrong – I seemed to be paying as well – or maybe as badly – as usual.

Note last updated: 09/10/2017 23:25:26


Footnote 10.12: (Status: Summary Task List (2019: January - February))

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

  1. Thesis (For the latest Status Dashboard, Click Here)
  2. Thesis Background
  3. Thesis (Aeon)
  4. Religion
  5. Religion Background
  6. Website
  7. Website Others
  8. Music
  9. Chess
  10. Consciousness
  11. Bridge
  12. Languages
  13. Mathematics
  14. HiQ
Links to the latest time-analyses are given first.
  1. Total Time outstanding this period = 454 hours
  2. Click Here for Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2020) by Sub-Project
  3. Click Here for (by Project)
    • Summary of Effort YTD & QTD
    • Time Analysis (YTD by Study-location)
  4. Click Here for (by Project)
    • Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Split (Previous Quarter & YTD)
    • Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Actual (Previous Quarter & YTD)
    • Plan Summary (Next Quarter & Full Year)
    • Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - 2020)
Project 1: Thesis (Total Hours = 68.25)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 37)
  2. Thesis - Discussions (Total Hours = 1.25)
    • Interaction - Correspondence with Zenen Kristensen (0.5 hours)
    • Interaction - Discussions with Mike & Sylvia (0.5 hours)
    • Interaction - Discussions with Pete (0.25 hours)
      → See "Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Current Position" (1.25 hours)
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 29)
  4. Thesis - Seminars (Reading)
Project 2: Thesis Background (Total Hours = 35)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 16.5)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 13.75)
  3. Thesis Background - Status
Project 3: Thesis (Aeon) Project 4: Religion Project 5: Religion Background (Total Hours = 2.25)
  1. Religion Background - Admin
  2. Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 1.25)
Project 6: Website (Total Hours = 34.25)
  1. Website - Bridge Development
  2. Website - Development (Total Hours = 25.75)
    • Reference_Author: Re-format 'Not found' Author Links (0.25 hours)
    • Create Timeline software (18.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Referencing functions (plus sundry referencing fixes) (4 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Password Protection - Review (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Refine totals in Functor_08 (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Run and Refine File Pruning process (0.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (25.75 hours)
  3. Website - Education
  4. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 3)
    • Install Kaspersky on own & Julie's laptops (1 hour)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (1.25 hours)
    • Nat's monitor - order, chase, complain! (0.5 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (0.25 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (3 hours)
  5. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 4.25)
Project 7: Website Others
  • No activity this period
Project 8: Music (Total Hours = 33)
  1. Music - Administration (Total Hours = 2.5)
  2. Music - Aural (Total Hours = 2)
  3. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 28.5)
Project 9: Chess (Total Hours = 36)
  1. Chess - Reading / Writing
  2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 10.5)
    • 18Q4 Status Reports (1.75 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Communications, Admin, Grading, etc. (8 hours)
    • Chess - Discussions with Chris (0.25 hours)
    • DGT 2010 Chess Clock: Reading Essex Guide (0.5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Chess - Admin" (10.5 hours)
  3. Chess - Play (Total Hours = 17.75)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - NECL Match (11.5 hours)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Southend League Match (6.25 hours)
      → See "Chess - Chess - Playing" (17.75 hours)
  4. Chess - Study (Total Hours = 3.25)
  5. Chess - Training
Project 10: Consciousness (Total Hours = 1.5) Project 11: Bridge (Total Hours = 13.5)
  1. Bridge - Reading / Writing
  2. Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 2)
  3. Bridge - Play
  4. Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 4.25)
    • Bridge - Session Reviews (David Tennet) (2 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Strong Diamond) (2.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Study" (4.25 hours)
Project 12: Languages Project 13: Mathematics Project 14: HiQ

Note last updated: 01/02/2019 00:28:48


Footnote 11: (Status: Mathematics (2018 - December + Ongoing))

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

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

Summary of Progress during October - December 2018
  1. I spent 5 hours in 4Q18 on this Project, or related work (5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 38.5% of the planned effort (38.5% YTD). Overall, 0.8% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 0.8% YTD) - as against 1.9% planned (1.8% YTD).
  2. Very little time has been spent on this project this year and – as noted above – none of it is real mathematics.
  3. YTD Activity1
    Mathematics (Total Hours = 5.5)
    1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 4.25)
    2. Mathematics - Admin (Total Hours = 1.25)
  4. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future:
Mathematical Resources




In-Page Footnotes

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

Note last updated: 06/01/2019 23:36:58


Footnote 13: (Status: HiQ (2018 - December + Ongoing))

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

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

Summary of Progress during October - December 2018
  1. I spent 1.75 hours in 4Q18 on this Project, or related work (1.75 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 13.5% of the planned effort (13.5% YTD). Overall, 0.3% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 0.3% YTD) - as against 1.9% planned (1.8% YTD).
  2. YTD Activity3
    HiQ (Total Hours = 2.25)
    • 18Q3 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
    • 18Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
    • Admin - HiQ Societies - ISPE - Membership Dues (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - HiQ Societies - ISPE" (2.25 hours)
  3. As can be seen from the list above, this project has been inactive so far this year. It will remain so for the foreseeable future.
  4. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future:
  • Because of the need to focus on higher-priority projects, it is not possible to schedule much time on this project.
  • Consequently, I’ve scheduled one hour a week, and don’t really expect to achieve that.
  • If I do find the time, I’ll be looking into:-
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.





In-Page Footnotes

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

Note last updated: 06/01/2019 23:36:58


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

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

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

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


Summary figures against the QTD (January - March 2019) Plan, and for the YTD (2018/19) 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
Bridge246441434
Chess71316121536123
Consciousness1212 23
HiQ12 2  2
Languages12 31 6
Mathematics12 21 6
Music91715151733140
Religion12122314
Thesis2546463946104381
Website61115191434114
Total54100100100100226822
Comparisons32 days124 days95% 87%239949


All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit. The bottom row 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 (Current Quarter & YTD)


Summary figures against the QTD (January - March 2019) Plan, and for the YTD (2018/19) 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
Bridge935143415397
Chess3111036123116112
Consciousness418233419
HiQ418 21113
Languages431 61119
Mathematics418 61131
Music40145331408397
Religion4183146277
Thesis11137410438194102
Website271833411412962
Total23994822682295%87%


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)
Bridge2442610410399
Chess7131291352364103
Consciousness12213523872
HiQ12213523770
Languages12213654062
Mathematics12213524077
Music9171611745645099
Religion12213524892
Thesis25464432512381242100
Website611147839132082
Total541001007022816268295


All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit.


Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - 2019)


Below is a table showing the split amongst my various projects of time expended or planned over a 12-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 (Actual + Plan)Total%age
Bridge776632757796106293494138066287061103797327.89
Chess 291614661149611593645722
Consciousness 4176301521916144217383451.21
HiQ   171481115637900.31
Languages234331232268952564292912464014064.92
Mathematics2328845518628418402770.97
Music63132144618323716817927845014365.02
Religion91198412849203305248116108601484827869.74
Thesis60845334947718040273589656182811421242787327.54
Website671981812043486514949471117664643320583420.4
Total18622042225027181928239425422507257426752420268228592100

Note last updated: 01/02/2019 00:33:07


Footnote 23: (Status: Summary Task List (YTD: 18Q4 - 19Q1))

This is a list of the tasks performed on my various projects since the beginning of the 2018-19 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. Chess
  10. Consciousness
  11. Bridge
  12. Languages
  13. Mathematics
  14. HiQ
Links to the latest time-analyses are given first.
  1. Total Time outstanding this period = 454 hours
  2. Click Here3 for Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2019) by Sub-Project
  3. Click Here4 for (by Project)
    • Summary of Effort YTD & QTD
    • Time Analysis (YTD by Study-location)
  4. Click Here for (by Project)
    • Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Split (Previous Quarter & YTD)
    • Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Actual (Previous Quarter & YTD)
    • Plan Summary (Next Quarter & Full Year)
    • Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - 2019)
Project 1: Thesis (Total Hours = 318.75)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 272.75)