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Status Reports - Website - Outstanding Developments

Rationale for this Document



  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: Blog3 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.
    • 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 1708) 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: Blog10 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 17015) 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 2 (In Progress): Complete investigation and correction of broken “External” Links.
      5. 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

Footnotes 4, 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.
Footnotes 5, 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.
Footnotes 6, 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.
Footnotes 9, 20:
  • Once the size-limitation on Notes has been resolved.
Footnotes 12, 14:
  • I'm not sure what was intended here.
Footnotes 13, 24:
  • This is now archaic, and was subsequently largely abandoned, though useful at the time.


Note last updated: 17/12/2018 23:03:50


Footnote 1: (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
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Footnote 2: (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: Created auto-regen of all Note Link (Note_nnn_Link) Pages
    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: 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.
    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: Created automatic key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity"). This was complicated for a number of reasons:-
      1. There are always false positives, so there needed to be a way of "proofing" what's to be done before doing anything.
      2. There will be times where it is inappropriate (eg. in quoted work by other authors). So, there had to be a way of permanently suppressing such links.
      3. The referencing differs depending on whether the term is in a Footnote or not.
      4. I needed to check for already-existing links, variant grammatical forms, etc.
      5. I created a MsgBox routine - providing context - so that what needed to be done with potential links could easily be decided when the linking process was (re-)run.
      6. Links are always to Notes, but are from Notes, Archived Notes, Authors and Book & Paper Abstracts & Comments.
    5. Notes: Added a process to 'fix' - by adding the Note-ID - those note-links added without stating the ID. This will save processing time.
    6. Papers: Papers associated with broken links:-
      1. Created an area to hold pdfs, and automated links thereto.
      2. Created a pop-up to say I'd remove such pdfs if requested by their authors.
      3. Consequently, haven't password protected the area yet.
    7. Process: Re-engineered Website Maintenance Dashboard to show extra topical links (and show them at the top of the page).
    8. Status: Added extra items to Functors to facilitate Quarterly Reporting:-
      1. Automatically calculated QTD & YTD time statistics in the quarterly reports.
      2. Provided a YTD task list for Status Reports for projects "in abeyance" to make reporting easier.
      3. Modified the statistics - to be just YTD - for YTD Status reports.
      4. Created table for - by Project - "Plans for the near future" tasks, and a functor to add them to the status report.
      5. Took "items competed" and "plans for the near future from the development log for the Web-tools status report.
      6. Created another functor to add these lists to the Summary report.
    9. WebRefs: Created Functor to add stats to Website Generator Documentation - Web Links page.
  • 18Q1
    1. Bridge: Corrected format of Links from Bridge Page
    2. Documenter: 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: 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
    7. Notes: Automated format-change of old tables in Notes and Notes_Archive
    8. Notes: Extended deduction of Note links to Papers, and Papers with embedded Notes.
    9. Papers: Correction of narratives on Note time-recording pseudo-papers
    10. Process: Improved efficiency of daily changes regeneration (removed msgboxes)
    11. Process: Wrote a routine to update a set of .htm files, replacing text in them all
    12. Status: Created web-page generator for Development items (ie. Created the Web-Project "To Do" List and "Outstanding Developments" directly from this list).
    13. WebRefs: Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 1
      1. Completed "as is" functional documentation so I could see what's going on.
      2. Re-engineered so it made sense and ran efficiently without bugs
      3. Fixed the obvious data errors that confused the statistics - ie. where the returned URL differs from that requested and https issues.
      4. Wrote / improved diagnostic reports (web pages)
    14. WebRefs: Determined & reported usage directly using embedded +WnnnW+ encoding rather than via the Spider. Reconciled the two methods.
  • 17Q4
    1. Architecture: Automated links between Quarterly reports (Task Lists)
    2. Books/Papers: New "Recent Acquisitions" Book List - Uncategorised
    3. Documenter: Code Archive: Created Web-pages of Recent Code Changes
    4. Documenter: Code Archive: Hadn't been working - fixed and recovered a selection from backups
    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: Enabled direct links to Notes from within Footnotes.
      4. Notes: Stopped (I hope!) “private” Notes showing in Paper Abstracts.
      5. Notes: Allowed Note- & Footnote-links from multiple words36. This is such a useful feature!
      6. Notes: Completed converting “static” pages to Notes.
      7. WebRefs: Some tidying up of the 3,000-odd external links from my website.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Accommodated Alaric’s new scoring system for St. Edith’s.
      2. Bridge: Created Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s ladders for my mini-websites.
      3. Bridge: Reconciled my X-IMP calculations with a new feature provided by Bridgewebs.
  • 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: Converted the “static” pages in my website to Note format (so they can change and retain history).
      11. Notes: Fixed problem of images not appearing in "Printed" Notes (wrong directory level) unless the images are repeated
      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: Created a new website (using Bridgewebs) for the First Class Bridge Academy (First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).
      2. Bridge: Ported my “handicap / improvers” routines from Hutton to “Mini Websites”.
      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: Started a project to provide small websites for bridge clubs without sites: Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm).
      3. Bridge: Took on the ECBA Website (Link (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/)), at the cost of considerable effort by way of reformatting & tidy-up.
  • 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: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links.
      2. Notes: Created a progress-tracker for my Thesis.
      3. Notes: Started to split Paper Abstracts from Write-ups.
      4. Spider: Continued working on my Spider and started to use it to clean up my website by diagnosing broken links.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Created a suite of programs to extract data and calculate Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs from the travellers on Bridgewebs Teams events, and output ranking-lists to the Web.
  • 14Q2
    1. Architecture: Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
    2. Authors: Created the facility for Author Narratives.
    3. Backups: Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.
    4. Documenter: Created multiple secure areas on my website, so that Documentation is no longer hiding under my Supervision Notes.
    5. Notes: Wrote routines to import old (but missing) archived Notes into the database so they can be (and have been) re-exported in the current format.
  • 14Q1
    1. Architecture: Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
    2. Notes: Made a lot of improvements to my Site generators, in particular the pesky bug that stopped the links to archived Notes working correctly.
    3. Process: Improved the regeneration routines for the various classes of webpage, and got them to record statistics in support of the “Website Regeneration Dashboard”.
    4. Process: Created a “Website Regeneration Dashboard” to show when the various elements of my website have been refreshed, and how long the routines took to run. Links to this appear in the footer to each webpage.
  • 13Q3
    1. Architecture: Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
    2. Books/Papers: Improved linkages between Book/Paper Lists and Summaries or Abstracts
    3. Books/Papers: Made enhancements to "Books & Papers Collection Categorised" Pages
    4. Notes: Simplified / Re-engineered Notes processing
    5. Notes: Allowed "Authors Works Lists" to be linked-to from Notes
    6. Notes: "Single Image" development for Notes
    7. Notes: Created Archived Notes Re-Export facility
    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: Developed "Books by Location" Pages
      4. Books/Papers: Improved the linkage between Papers and Books.
      5. Bridge: Created “Consolidated Bridge Results” webpages (for my own results).
      6. Documenter: Created a code & query archive facility as part of the Code Documenter.
      7. Documenter: Wrote the Code Documenter.
      8. Notes: Improved "Concatenated Notes" production
      9. Photos: Reduced the size of photos (to make the pages quicker to load).
      10. Spider: De-bugged the Spider.
      11. Status: Improved "This Month's Summary" Reporting
      12. Status: Improved Quarterly Reporting
      13. WebRefs: Some pages render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigated41.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Merged42 Philosophy & Bridge Databases
  • 13Q1
    1. Status: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting Tables & improved Monthly Reporting
    2. Technology: Standardised to HTML543
  • 12Q3
    1. General: Improved Titles for Search Results display optimisation
  • 11Q4
    1. Books/Papers: Showed Percentage of Paper / Book Read
  • 11Q2
    1. Authors: Created Author Cross-reference
    2. Books/Papers: Added “changed dates” to Paper and Book abstracts, and produced “recently changed” pages for them
    3. Books/Papers: Created Inter-Book-Paper Citings Cross-reference
  • 10Q3
    1. Notes: Wrote routines to automatically generate the “Printable Notes” footer – and to create the corresponding web pages – from the control table. Very useful.
    2. Notes: Add “Date Created” to Note_Links (for audit purposes; I’m still not convinced that links disappear when they should).
    3. Notes: Investigate Note_Links: needs versioning, and section of calling Note
    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: 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).
    4. 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.
    5. Notes: Enabled Concatenated Notes (by Group). This is only allowed for “Identity” Notes at the moment, which is what I’d wanted it for. It allows all Notes for a Group to be printed off in Title sequence, for ease of review.
    6. Notes: 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: Provided an automated link from Books / Papers to the Notes referencing them
    2. Books/Papers: Enabled links from Books to the Papers contained therein
    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: Improved the Books / Papers to Notes links to include the right Version and Section (and historical Title) of the Note
    6. Notes: Option for Notes-Regen:
      1. Changed-only
      2. Changed, and all impacted by Change
      3. All
    7. Notes: Created optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes.
    8. Notes: Added reading-list (of works cited) at the end of the Note, as well as in the Printed Note
    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 reading lists to printable version of Notes
    4. Notes: Added referenced Books / Papers as footnote jump table to Notes
    5. Notes: When a Note is archived, ensured a printable note is also archived44 (if this Note has a print)
    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: Created45 a "quick lookup" table of responses to a note and its sub-notes (recursive function on Notes_Links)
    4. Notes: Created "respondent notes" - database identifier & red indicator + text
    5. Notes: Made Note-change-history available on-line (added status + publishable flags)
    6. Notes: Enabled generation of printable version of Notes
  • 07Q2
    1. Abstracts: Segregated Abstracts into multiple directories
    2. Abstracts: Added "Extra Data" parallel to Abstracts; ie. "More …" (Location etc.)
    3. Abstracts: Created auto-backup of Abstracts, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
    4. Architecture: Tidied up Footers throughout Philosophy Papers site (made into tables)
    5. Architecture: Segregated database46 into Master and Slaves (code, papers, books, notes, web control, … vs PI)
    6. Books/Papers: Added Book Comments and Abstracts (as "More…") to Book-lists
    7. Books/Papers: Added multiple Jump-levels for BB Lists (to keep pages small)
    8. Books/Papers: Created "BB-friendly47" lists: Papers (Full) and Books
    9. Books/Papers: Added "read" column in papers / books lists
    10. Books/Papers: Created "Identity Papers Full by Sub-Topic" list
    11. Books/Papers: Added change of author or title in "Abstracts audit"
    12. Books/Papers: Added Flags for "laptop" and "photocopy"; removed document location from Comments
    13. Books/Papers: Created "Identity Read Papers by Sub-Topic" list
    14. Books/Papers: Created "Papers by Title within Topic" list
    15. Books/Papers: Jump-Tables: added "by topic" option
    16. Footnotes: Created auto-renumbering48 routine for Footnotes
    17. Footnotes: Created auto-backup of Footnotes49=48, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
    18. General: Improved "Disclaimer50" Page. Reduce font, add ref to philosophy databases + hyperlinks
    19. Notes: Added "outgoing links" summary footer to Notes pages
    20. Notes: Added "footnote" pages51=48 for Carthusians & King's
    21. Notes: Allowed two sorts of Note - document-specific ("Write-up") and general
    22. Process: Improved ease of FTP process by use of Transfer Directory
    23. WebRefs: Made Web Refs in Comments / Abstracts into Hyperlinks



Items Completed by Category:
  1. Own Website: Completed Items By Category:-
    • Abstracts
      1. 15Q4: Corrected data format on Identity Abstracts
      2. 07Q2: Added "Extra Data" parallel to Abstracts; ie. "More …" (Location etc.)
      3. 07Q2: Created auto-backup of Abstracts, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
      4. 07Q2: Segregated Abstracts into multiple directories
    • Aesthetics
      1. 15Q4: Reduced font + changed text in ubiquitous THEO'S PAGE heading
    • Animadversions
      1. 07Q3: Added a "hot topics" link - things that I'm currently working on and want feedback ("Animadversions")
    • Architecture
      1. 18Q4: As revealed by Spider: Old links in unregenerated pages. 8 Items.
      2. 18Q3: Added 'TT' shortcut icon on all Webpage browser tabs
      3. 18Q2: Adjusted MS Access Control Page to feature new functions (Development Log & Automatic XRef) and consolidated the categorised Notes Lists into one button.
      4. 17Q4: Automated links between Quarterly reports (Task Lists)
      5. 15Q3: Made a lot of progress on improving the hyperlinking in my own website – I’ve broken the back of this project. The links now work accurately, but I need to ensure the efficient propagation of linkage changes across the site without requiring a complete regeneration.
      6. 15Q1: Vastly improved the “bulleting” options in Notes, etc.
      7. 14Q2: Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
      8. 14Q1: Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
      9. 13Q3: Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
      10. 13Q2: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for links to Books, Papers and Authors. That is, where one of my bespoke tags (eg. +B53=40) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (eg. B+).
      11. 13Q2: Replaced macros with code.
      12. 09Q2: Created Site-map for Website
      13. 07Q4: Added password-protection to selected pages
      14. 07Q2: Segregated database54=46 into Master and Slaves (code, papers, books, notes, web control, … vs PI)
      15. 07Q2: Tidied up Footers throughout Philosophy Papers site (made into tables)
    • Authors
      1. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: 'Extra' Links to Notes from Citations List have the wrong directory (clumped in 1,000's like Papers rather than 100's). 7 items. Problem with AddCitations_List, so not just an issue for Authors.
      2. 18Q3: Authors Narrative: enable footnotes.
      3. 15Q4: Corrected author's names (SN (FN)) for all papers and books
      4. 15Q4: Provided easy links to works by the same author; Books, Papers; Joint authors
      5. 15Q1: Improved the format and content of “Authors” pages.
      6. 14Q2: Created the facility for Author Narratives.
      7. 11Q2: Created Author Cross-reference
    • Backups
      1. 15Q4: Enhanced my backup system to prune items backed up multiple times (eg. if they moved directory).
      2. 14Q2: Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.
    • Books
      1. 18Q3: As revealed by Spider: BookCitings. 405 items. Fixed problem with CreateBookCitingsWebPages not checking for change of Book during 'Repeats' processing.
    • Books/Papers
      1. 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: 17/12/2018 23:03:50


Footnote 16

This document constitutes my philosophical thoughts on the validity of Christianity. Its name and format are modelled on a well-known (and, of course, infinitely superior) work by Ludwig Wittgenstein. So as not to deceive the unwary, this evaluation is reluctantly negative. I am not a scoffer, so the evaluation is a serious one. However, I cannot see how Christianity or any other religious system can be made to work without either intellectual compromise or denuding the religious system of content.

The text of this document has not had a major overhaul in almost the last ten years, so my ideas have probably moved on somewhat in the interim. Readers may find the style rather inclined towards ex cathedra statements. This is because the document was written as an attempt to structure my views on these subjects rather than to seek to justify them in exhaustive detail. The web-based format does allow expatiation ad infinitem, and I will seek to progress in that direction in due course.

The document revolves around 20 basic assumptions into which my argument is broken down. I'm not yet happy that these are the best 20 and that there are no redundancies. However, given the whole document is geared around these fundamental tenets, I feel reluctant to change them until I have a clearer idea of how the structural change would affect the entire argument. So, we're stuck with them until inspiration strikes.

These 20 primary points of the argument, together with 4 appendices, are as below.

  1. The world is open to investigation.
  2. Knowledge of the world is acquired from experience under the interpretation of reason.
  3. No knowledge is certain.
  4. The world obeys a number of fairly simple physical laws, which form the modern scientific worldview, which is fundamentally correct.
  5. Truth is related to simplicity.
  6. It is important for our beliefs to be true, especially if we intend to pass them on to others.
  7. Christianity is a public statement about the world, not merely a private religion.
  8. The claims of Christianity are based on historical experience.
  9. The Bible is the most reliable record of the historical events on which Christianity is founded.
  10. Christianity requires a reliable, but not necessarily inerrant, Bible to validate it.
  11. Biblical claims are to be validated in the same way as any other claims related to matters of fact.
  12. From the viewpoint of internal consistency & style, the Bible gives the impression of being a generally reliable, but not inerrant, document.
  13. There are problems with the Biblical model of the world & its history.
  14. Christianity does not conform to the requirement of presuppositional simplicity.
  15. There is no worthwhile subset of Christianity as traditionally understood that conforms to the modern worldview.
  16. A worthwhile reconstruction of Christianity, in conformity with the modern worldview, has not been demonstrated to be possible.
  17. Christianity cannot & should not be defended solely on the basis of faith.
  18. It is not self-evident that the world, or the individuals in it, have a purpose.
  19. Pascal's wager is not to be accepted.
  20. It is better to remain silent than to make a pretence at knowledge.


Appendices
  1. Acts 28 Dispensationalism.
  2. Biblical Numerics & Chiasmus.
  3. Spiritual Beings in the Judeo-Christian Tradition.
  4. Non-theistic Ethics.


To find out more about each statement, click on the hyperlink to the underlying document, where the statement is broken down into more detail and, where possible, justified.

For a concatenation of the whole document in topic-title sequence, follow this link.

Please address any criticism of or suggested improvements to this paper to theo@theotodman.com.

Note last updated: 18/12/2010 19:58:05


Footnote 22: (Status: Consciousness Studies (2018 - September))

Rationale for this Project

  • This is a philosophical topic that has interested me for many years. It would have been my primary area of research, had it not been so difficult and so heavily populated with philosophers.
  • It can be considered as a supporting project for two of my other projects.
    1. Personal Identity (because of consciousness of self) and
    2. Philosophy of Religion (as phenomenal consciousness gives prima facie difficulties for materialism).
  • This project remains in mothballs, except insofar as topics are required explicitly to support my other projects.

Summary of Progress during 17Q4 - 18Q3
  1. I have spent 17 hours YTD on this Project, or related work, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2017). That's 65% of the planned effort. Overall, 1% of my Project effort YTD has been directed towards this project.
  2. Not much to report. At last managed to read "Luria (A.R.) - The Mind of a Mnemonist". Minimal progress on "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness". Discovered "Dehaene (Stanislas) - Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts".
  3. YTD Activity3
    Consciousness (Total Hours = 17.25)
  4. Progress (if any) in the last quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List.

Plans for the Near Future:
Priority Reading Material

The priority books are given below.
  1. "Baars (Bernard), Banks (William) & Newman (James) - Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness"
  2. "Block (Ned), Flanagan (Owen) & Guzeldere (Guven) - The Nature of Consciousness"
  3. "Carruthers (Peter) - Phenomenal Consciousness"
  4. "Chalmers (David) - The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory"
  5. "Churchland (Paul) - The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul: Philosophical Journey into the Brain"
  6. "Crick (Francis) - The Astonishing Hypothesis - The Scientific Search for the Soul"
  7. "Dehaene (Stanislas) - Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts"
  8. "Dennett (Daniel) - Consciousness Explained"
  9. "Gray (Jeffrey) - Consciousness: Creeping up on the Hard Problem"
  10. "Hodgson (David) - The Mind Matters - Consciousness and Choice in a Quantum World"
  11. "Levine (Joseph) - Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness"
  12. "Marcel (Anthony J.) & Bisiach (Edoardo) - Consciousness in Contemporary Science"
  13. "McGinn (Colin) - The Problem of Consciousness: Essays Towards a Resolution"
  14. "Noe (Alva) - Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness"
  15. "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness"
  16. "Papineau (David) - Thinking About Consciousness"
  17. "Penrose (Roger) - The Emperor's New Mind"
  18. "Penrose (Roger) - Shadows of the Mind"
  19. "Searle (John) - The Rediscovery of the Mind"
  20. "Smith (Quentin) & Jokic (Aleksandar) - Consciousness: New Philosophical Essays"

Additionally, I’ve started to catalogue my back-issues of Journal of Consciousness Studies, for which the link below is the jumping-off point:-

→ "JCS - Journal of Consciousness Studies (Consolidated List)"


Other Material




In-Page Footnotes

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: 10/10/2018 16:43:41


Footnote 23: (Theo Todman's Blog)

This Blog continues to evolve over time, though suffers from long periods of stasis. I'm not sure whether it should count as a “real” blog, but I intend it as a general dumping ground for discussions that don’t obviously fit elsewhere, or which are hidden about the site but to which I wish to draw attention.

The entire blog and the individual entries use my patent “Note” technology which I developed for my more formally philosophical investigations into Personal Identity, which is why it comes with the usual cross-referencing baggage, though the reading-lists are usually switched off. Here is the “Jump Table” for the entire Blog, which allows quick access to the various sub-topics. One day I may make these tables topic-specific, but currently I think the cross-pollination a potential “good thing”.

In the table below, individual notes will say – in the “Reference” column – whether they have a printable version. The motivation behind the “unprintable1” versions – marked as “Note” – is the hyper-linking, more relevant in some texts than others. If a word is underlined and followed by a superscript, clicking on the underlined word will usually lead to further enlightenment or obfuscation. Underlining with a subscript links to a footnote within the Note itself. The “printable” versions show the level to which the print goes. L0 (“Level 0”) is just the main Note. “L1” has the main Note and all Notes referenced by the main Note, and so on. If the reading list is carried through to the printable Note, this is shown by “, R”.

Some of these entries are discussions between me and an interlocutor or correspondent. Comments that belong to the correspondent appear in a different colour, a rather nasty shade of purple. To allow for candour, I’ve in general not been explicit about the identities of correspondents, though those who know me well may be able to make deductions in some cases. If anyone wants their identity revealed (or even further disguised), no doubt they will let me know. I have to admit that this “Notes” procedure with interlocutors hasn’t worked very well, and fragments the conversation somewhat.

Date Topic Reference
2 August 2018Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings: This is an account – theoretical as well as practical – of the problems that can arise for those with the responsibility for a Listed Building, illustrated by my own experiences with Coxes Farm. It is currently work in progress.Note
Printable (L0)
31 August 2017Aeon: Throughout 2017 I attempted to keep up with all relevant (or at least interesting) papers posted on a daily basis to Aeon. I attempted to categorise all the papers and hoped to add comments against each, but – as with most of my many projects – it turned out to be too much work, and since the end of 2017 it has been on the back burner. However, it was quite stimulating while in progress, and I learnt a lot, having read 500-odd papers, and commented on quite a few of them. Follow the link for more information.Note
Printable (L0)
Printable (L0, R)
31 January 2016Somerset Maugham Short Stories: This may not have been worth the effort, but I was – in my youth – impressed by W Somerset Maugham’s short stories. In 2015 I came across a volume of these, and over the next couple of years read them and made notes on the ethical issues that arose. For completeness, I supplied summaries of each story. Because of the size of the task, the results are split over two Notes.Part 1
Note
Printable (L0)
Printable (L0, R)

Part 2
Note
Printable (L0)
Printable (L0, R)
19 November 2013Bach's Greatest Hits: This is an attempt to exorcise a recent obsession with J.S. Bach, and in particular with his St. Luke Passion, Passacaglia and Fugue, and the Chaconne from the Second Partita for solo violin. The entry is mainly links to YouTube with a few jottings.Note
Printable (L0, R)
10 June 2013Biblical Archaeology: I happened upon three 21st century controversies in Biblical Archaeology – the so-called “King Solomon's Tablet of Stone”, “James Ossuary” and “Talpiot Tomb” – which set me thinking about how controversies in archaeology are resolved, and whether the issues matter. This is work in progress, if not currently so.Note
Printable (L0, R)
31 March 2011James Le Fanu: I came across an article on the giraffe by James Le Fanu in The Oldie. What could he possibly be saying? This is work in progress, though not being progressed at the moment.Note
Printable (L0)
Printable (L1, R)
21 February 2011The Singularity: This will be a review of an overly-optimistic article from Time entitled 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal. This is currently work in progress.Note
Printable (L0)
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
13 February 2011Megawoosh: I was forwarded a “viral video” entitled Megawoosh under the cover of “Who did the calculations for this water slide?”. It turns out to be a clever German advert for Microsoft Project, but it’s fun to watch …Note
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
1 February 2011Contemporary Islamic Thought: I considered taking the course “Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Islamic Thought” at Heythrop, and contacted a friend from my Birkbeck days who has converted from Roman Catholicism to Islam. That conversation didn’t get far, but a few (unresolved) issues were raised. And then another friend sent me a web-link …Note
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
26 January 2011Experts: A further discussion with two Christian friends, mainly on the way the authority of experts ought or ought not to structure our beliefs.Note
Printable (L0)
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
28 April 2010Unmerited Suffering & Hominid Evolution: A discussion of two issues – the difficulties for theism of unmerited suffering, and the scientific status of the various current theories of hominid evolution.Note
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
22 January 2010Hartnett, Carmeli and a Young Earth: Cosmological Relativity and a young Earth. This correspondence arose following receipt of a book that purports to explain how we can see the stars if the universe is only 6,000 years old.Note
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
Printable (L2)
20 January 2010Haiti and the Problem of Evil: This discussion with a couple of friends was stimulated by the receipt of a brief article following the Haitian earthquake, and ensuing humanitarian crisis, on the BBC News Magazine website, alerted by the author on Philos_List.Note
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
Printable (L5)
14 July 2009Virgin Birth: Response to some comments on an ancient booklet of mine on the Virgin Birth of Christ.Note
Printable (L0)
21 February 2009Triplet Parapsychology: I was idly watching TV while eating my dinner circa midnight last Tuesday, when a program on Identical Triplets came on ITV1. Just slotted in was a claim and supposed experiment to show that if one triplet feels pain, the others do, at least subliminally. This must have been a spoof, but was completely straight-faced. Follow the link opposite for more information, and my reasoning behind being unwilling to be convinced by the facts.Note
Printable (L0)
14 February 2009Creationist Bananas: I received an email from Philos_List requesting submissions for the world’s worst argument. A suggested candidate was that from a creationist group, suggesting that the banana is a good illustration of the “Paley’s watch” argument. Follow the link for the background, and my thoughts.Note
Printable (L0)
14 February 2009Jamie Bulger's Killers: Julie received an email petition asking for “something to be done about” the plan to settle the killers of Jamie Bulger in Australia. This is a complex moral issue. Follow the link for my thoughts, though I’m not altogether comfortable with them. In fact, it turns out that the email has been circulating aimlessly for 8 years, and contains numerous inaccuracies. I wish I’d just binned it.Note
Printable (L0)
29 April 2008Coldplay - The Hardest Part: A bridge friend forwarded on to me a circular email raving about certain aspects of the Coldplay video The Hardest Part, available on YouTube. The comments seemed to miss the import of the video (indeed, to get it completely round the wrong way) – but the affair raises some interesting questions in philosophical aesthetics on which I’d welcome the thoughts of experts.Note
Printable (L0)
1 January 2008Loretto Chapel: An email from a bridge friend with a link to a YouTube video about the Loretto Chapel. I've now lost the link, but it was probably Loretto Chapel 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvid_KnFq7s). See also Loretto Chapel 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoWknpkIJDE). The "miraculous staircase" might well be a marvel, but it's not a miracle, nor did St. Joseph have a hand in it.Note
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
29 November 2007Mad, Bad or God?: I got this question from Sylvia: “I remember you saying you were never persuaded by the “mad, bad or God” argument. This has cropped up a couple of times recently, and I can’t remember what your alternative is. Do you mention this on your website somewhere, and if so, where?”.Note
Printable (L0, R)
Printable (L1)
10 November 2007Tiahuanaco: I received an email from a friend suggesting that Tiahuanaco - an ancient city in the Andes, close to Lake Titicaca - is evidence for a global flood. I was not convinced.Note
17 August 2007Personal Identity and Moral Action: Another out of the blue query – this time about the interaction of Ethics with Personal Identity.Note
Printable (L6)
15 August 2007Carthusians - Hugh: An out of the blue query about Carthusians, and subsequent correspondence. Someone does look at my website after all.Note
Printable (L6)
14 August 2007Gordon: Another Oldie. An email from a friend I’d not heard from for 10 years at least. His email address now bounces, so this is by way of a response to an interrupted discussion.Note
Printable (L6)
4 August 2007Simon: This entry antedates those that precede it, but is still on-going. It is a discussion between me and a friend and former HSBC colleague who now lives with his family in New York. His 16-year-old daughter had just become a Christian, and he needs some philosophical counselling. It is unusual in being initiated by a respondent.Note
Printable (L4)
23 July 2007Spain: Herewith the account of some vicissitudes on an impromptu holiday to Spain.Part 1
Note
Printable (L4)

Part 2
Note
22 July 2007Bible – Pluses and Minuses: This is my list of worries about the Bible. It’s only here because it’s got no other home to go to. It’s not worth reading as I’ve only just started it (chapters on which I’ve something to say are indicated by superscripted hyperlinks). I intend to produce a parallel, but even more naïve, commentary on the Koran, which I hope will not involve me in the receipt of a fatwa.Note
Printable (L4)
15 July 2007Jack and Sheila: The account of a discussion with some old friends, followed by an outreach meeting at a Baptist Church. Sounds dull, but such events can be important. There are some affinities with the item below.Note
Printable (L4)
7 July 2007Sylvia: Today I had a discussion on the topic of “Why I am no longer an active Christian”. Here is an attempted account of the discussion, together with some general points about extempore debate.Note
Printable (L4)
Printable (L4)
11 May 2007Never Let Me Go: At a former colleague’s retirement lunch, we got talking about the menu, which lead on to the topic of vegetarianism, to which persuasion my friend was persuaded. He loaned me a book, "Ishiguro (Kazuo) - Never Let Me Go", which I read with some interest, but wasn’t fully clear on the connection. So, I jotted down some notes, emailed them off, and awaited feedback. To date, none has come, of course. The story of my life.Note
Printable (L4)





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • Actually, all Notes are perfectly printable at Level 0.

Note last updated: 01/12/2018 15:31:41


Footnote 24: (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
Authors01/12/2018 00:14:24131.97 hours
Book Summaries01/12/2018 02:12:09131.47 hours
Book-Paper Abstracts01/12/2018 04:11:15133.38 hours
BookPaperControl30/11/2018 23:01:53131.22 hours
Book-Paper Link Summaries01/12/2018 03:36:59132 minutes
Notes01/12/2018 15:32:19123.27 hours
Concatenated Notes01/12/2018 14:09:591233 minutes
Notes Archive01/12/2018 07:10:01131.32 hours
Paper Abstracts02/12/2018 02:35:52128.67 hours
Paper Summaries01/12/2018 21:42:39125.23 hours
   27.1 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:34) 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 Citations30/11/2018 23:01:53131.8
Books30/11/2018 23:02:02130.1
Books - Blackberry-compatible30/11/2018 23:03:00131
Books - By Location30/11/2018 23:03:14130.2
Books - Categorised30/11/2018 23:05:06131.9
Books - Recent Purchases14/12/2018 09:15:4300
Books - Recent Purchases (Categorised)14/12/2018 09:15:4500
Books-to-Notes Link Pages04/12/2018 10:06:3593.5
Electronic Resources30/11/2018 23:08:48130.1
Notes Links Pages01/12/2018 00:07:401329.7
Paper Citations30/11/2018 23:16:03137.3
Papers30/11/2018 23:17:24131.3
Papers - Blackberry-compatible30/11/2018 23:21:31134.1
Papers - by Sub-Topic30/11/2018 23:22:23130.9
Papers - Categorised30/11/2018 23:25:27133.1
Papers on "Identity"30/11/2018 23:28:09130.3
Papers on "Identity" - by Sub-Topic30/11/2018 23:30:57132.8
Papers on "Identity" - by Sub-Topic - Read30/11/2018 23:27:51132.3
Papers on "Identity" - Read30/11/2018 23:25:34130.1
Papers-to-Notes Link Pages04/12/2018 10:17:5798.2
Precis - by Sub-Topic30/11/2018 23:37:31130.1
WebRefs - Test Pages05/12/2018 09:50:5482.5
Website: Maintenance Dashboard12/12/2018 18:54:0510.1
Website-Generator Documentation01/12/2018 00:09:35131.9
Website-Generator Documentation (Bridge)27/08/2018 10:07:141083.8
   1.28 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:34) 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
A01/12/2018 00:14:24134.7Sample
B01/12/2018 00:25:411311.3Sample
C01/12/2018 00:34:04138.4Sample
D01/12/2018 00:39:08135.1Sample
E01/12/2018 00:41:49132.7Sample
F01/12/2018 00:46:27134.6Sample
G01/12/2018 00:53:42137.2Sample
H01/12/2018 01:02:05138.4Sample
I01/12/2018 01:02:42130.6Sample
J01/12/2018 01:05:09132.4Sample
K01/12/2018 01:09:49134.7Sample
L01/12/2018 01:15:33135.7Sample
M01/12/2018 01:26:021310.5Sample
N01/12/2018 01:28:19132.3Sample
O01/12/2018 01:30:03131.7Sample
P01/12/2018 01:36:04136Sample
Q01/12/2018 01:36:16130.2Sample
R01/12/2018 01:42:09135.9Sample
S01/12/2018 01:53:451311.6Sample
T01/12/2018 01:58:00134.2Sample
U01/12/2018 01:58:17130.3Sample
V01/12/2018 02:00:05131.8Sample
W01/12/2018 02:06:43136.6Sample
X01/12/2018 02:06:45130Sample
Y01/12/2018 02:07:19130.6Sample
Z01/12/2018 02:08:01130.7Sample
   1.97 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:35) 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
030001/12/2018 02:12:09134.1Sample
30160001/12/2018 02:16:01133.9Sample
601100001/12/2018 02:21:10135.1Sample
1001130001/12/2018 02:25:01133.9Sample
1301160001/12/2018 02:28:50133.8Sample
1601200001/12/2018 02:34:07135.3Sample
2001230001/12/2018 02:37:54133.8Sample
2301260001/12/2018 02:41:44133.8Sample
2601300001/12/2018 02:46:50135.1Sample
3001330001/12/2018 02:50:52134Sample
3301360001/12/2018 02:54:49134Sample
3601400001/12/2018 03:00:03135.2Sample
4001430001/12/2018 03:04:02134Sample
4301460001/12/2018 03:08:02134Sample
4601500001/12/2018 03:13:19135.3Sample
5001530001/12/2018 03:17:20134Sample
5301560001/12/2018 03:21:20134Sample
5601600001/12/2018 03:26:36135.3Sample
6001630001/12/2018 03:30:36134Sample
6301660001/12/2018 03:34:40134.1Sample
6601700001/12/2018 03:36:35131.9Sample
    1.48 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:36) 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
0300001/12/2018 21:42:391245.1Sample
3001600001/12/2018 22:24:321241.8Sample
6001900001/12/2018 23:04:351240Sample
90011200001/12/2018 23:35:061230.5Sample
120011500002/12/2018 00:17:461242.7Sample
150011800002/12/2018 00:56:411238.9Sample
180012100002/12/2018 01:37:521241.2Sample
210012500002/12/2018 02:12:241234.5Sample
    5.25 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:36) 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
0100001/12/2018 03:36:59130.4Sample
1001200001/12/2018 03:37:26130.4Sample
2001300001/12/2018 03:37:52130.4Sample
3001400001/12/2018 03:38:15130.4Sample
4001500001/12/2018 03:38:37130.4Sample
5001600001/12/2018 03:39:00130.4Sample
6001700001/12/2018 03:39:26130.4Sample
    0.05 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:36) 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
0100001/12/2018 04:11:151331.8Sample
1001200001/12/2018 04:40:591329.7Sample
2001300001/12/2018 05:09:241328.4Sample
3001400001/12/2018 05:39:341330.2Sample
4001500001/12/2018 06:09:191329.8Sample
5001600001/12/2018 06:38:021328.7Sample
6001700001/12/2018 07:02:481324.8Sample
    3.39 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:36) 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
0100002/12/2018 02:35:521223.5Sample
1001200002/12/2018 02:57:541222Sample
2001300002/12/2018 03:19:231221.5Sample
3001400002/12/2018 03:42:421223.3Sample
4001500002/12/2018 04:05:081222.4Sample
5001600002/12/2018 04:29:201224.2Sample
6001700002/12/2018 04:53:081223.8Sample
7001800002/12/2018 05:16:051223Sample
8001900002/12/2018 05:36:551220.8Sample
90011000002/12/2018 05:53:161216.3Sample
100011100002/12/2018 06:02:28129.2Sample
110011200002/12/2018 06:23:571221.5Sample
120011300002/12/2018 06:46:451222.8Sample
130011400002/12/2018 07:07:261220.7Sample
140011500002/12/2018 07:28:321221.1Sample
150011600002/12/2018 07:51:091222.6Sample
160011700002/12/2018 08:13:561222.8Sample
170011800002/12/2018 08:34:471220.9Sample
180011900002/12/2018 08:55:431220.9Sample
190012000002/12/2018 09:18:311222.8Sample
200012100002/12/2018 09:44:331126Sample
210012200002/12/2018 10:11:491127.3Sample
220012300002/12/2018 10:39:091127.3Sample
230012400002/12/2018 10:52:461113.6Sample
240012500002/12/2018 10:52:46110N/A
    8.67 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:38) 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
010001/12/2018 15:32:191250Sample
10130001/12/2018 16:11:371239.3Sample
30140001/12/2018 16:20:23128.8Sample
40180001/12/2018 17:03:361243.2Sample
80190001/12/2018 17:12:32128.9Sample
901100001/12/2018 17:23:471211.2Sample
1001110001/12/2018 17:40:581217.2Sample
1101140001/12/2018 17:58:391217.7Sample
    3.27 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:48) 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
05001/12/2018 07:10:01137.2Sample
5110001/12/2018 07:17:45137.7Sample
10130001/12/2018 07:24:28136.7Sample
30160001/12/2018 07:40:441316.3Sample
60190001/12/2018 08:00:191319.6Sample
901110001/12/2018 08:14:371314.3Sample
1101140001/12/2018 08:21:58137.3Sample
    1.32 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 14/12/2018 at 09:40:48) 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 0 days)
  2. Birkbeck Supervisions
  3. Blog (Out of Date by 2 days)
  4. Control Pages
  5. Essays
  6. Personal Identity (Out of Date by 12 days)
  7. Status Reports (Out of Date by 12 days)
  8. Website Documentation (Out of Date by 2 days)
  9. Write-ups (Out of Date by 8 days)

Note last updated: 14/12/2018 09:40:19


Footnote 25: (Status: Personal Identity (2018 - September))

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 here, though neither of these has changes for some considerable time.

Summary of Progress during July - September 2018
  1. I spent 239 hours in 3Q18 on this Project, or related work (1143 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2017). That's 92% of the planned effort (95% YTD). Overall, 41% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 47% YTD) - as against 51% planned (47% YTD).
  2. My planned effort was 20 hours / week5. Unfortunately, like last quarter, I failed to achieving it – though wasn’t too far off. Moreover, most of the effort expended was on relevant items!
  3. The main focus of the quarter was that I continued updating my Notes on Personal Identity. As noted in recent reports, I had decided to change my approach in the short term. Rather than spending ages researching the reading lists, I’d intended just to list those books / papers on the relevant topic that I’ve actually read, and supply brief text. However, I’ve been using my auto-XRef routines to develop the reading lists, which – while useful – has held things up a bit. As a second pass I’ll use what I’ve read to update that text.
  4. The detailed list below reflects the Notes updated together with associated papers where I could be bothered to record time against these separately.
  5. In addition:-
  6. Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List. More detail follows:-
Thesis (Total Hours = 193.75)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 170)
  2. Thesis - Discussions (Total Hours = 2.5)
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 21.25)

Thesis Background (Total Hours = 41.25)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 31.5)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 3.25)
  3. Thesis Background - Status

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. However, this seems unachievable at the moment.
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 get my State Pension. This may not be much, but it’ll make a significant contribution towards the fees and expenses, which I can’t currently afford.
  • Unfortunately, my state pension is likely to be more than gobbled up by payments on the mortgage I’ve managed to obtain for Coxes Farm.
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 22:
  • 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 23:

Note last updated: 10/10/2018 16:43:41


Footnote 26: (Status: Summary (2018 - September))

Rationale for this Report

  • This is a summary report with links to my various on-going projects. Detailed progress is shown on the sub-reports.
  • This summary report should highlight whether my focus has become unbalanced or otherwise inappropriate to the achievement of my major goals.
  • As these reports are rather a pain to generate, I now produce them quarterly, rather than monthly.

Projects in Progress
  • I have ten projects on which I would like to spend my time, which is too many. I currently split them into three groups.
  • The first two groups always have effort planned, but the final group in general does not – though this time all projects start with a minimum of an hour a week.
  • The first group relates to my primary (project) life-goals; the second relates to lesser things I really want to address; the final group1 relates to those I’d like to look into if I get ahead on the other projects.

    Primary Projects
    1. Personal Identity: This is the subject that ought to grab most of my attention, as it is the topic of my yet-to-be-completed PhD Thesis. I need to achieve something in philosophy, as this is the only one of my endeavours that promises a professional outcome (in the sense of being one of more than merely personal interest).
    2. Web-tools: This project is intended to assist with the prosecution of philosophical research. It is fundamentally an enabling project, though one I hope will have general metaphilosophical implications. The other two projects in this group are test cases of the method, as well as worthwhile studies in their own right.
    3. Philosophy of Religion: On and off, this represents the main preoccupation of my adult life (work and family aside). Eventually, I intend to follow up in some detail interesting topics from the Philosophy of Religion module from the MA in Philosophy and Religion at Heythrop College, London University that I tasted at the end of 2010.

    Secondary Projects
    1. Music: Improve my competence as an oboist, and – if possible – learn the piano. I have managed regular oboe-practice in my new den for some time now, and have recently recommenced oboe lessons. I have also purchased an electronic piano – also installed therein – so hopefully some progress will be made on piano-playing, though there’s little time for it.
    2. Chess: I’ve recently returned to the chess scene, now that I’ve given up Bridge, so my aim is (still) to improve my standard of play so I can perform acceptably in the Essex Leagues (and maybe in the London & Middlesex leagues, whenever I’m ready) and to do so!

    Other Projects
    1. Consciousness Studies: A supporting project for both Personal Identity and Philosophy of Religion.
    2. Languages: Gain at least a rudimentary understanding of 24 diverse languages – for practical and philosophical purposes.
    3. Bridge: I still want to become an expert player but have recognised that this isn’t going to happen without it becoming my main priority and, since I need to respect the fact that I’m getting older and need to progress my philosophical endeavours while I can, I’ve abandoned this project for the time being, though might play at most once a week socially if asked.
    4. Mathematics: Revive / improve my mathematical competence with a view to the use of mathematics as a tool in my various other projects. Also – now that I’m 64 – nearly 65 – useful for keeping various bits of my brain functioning12.
    5. HiQ: Enjoy and contribute to the intellectual society of ISPE and Mensa (mostly in abeyance, though I’ve re-revived my membership of ISPE).

  • These projects are (approximately, in their respective groups) in order of decreasing priority, yet in practise the amount of effort expended on them has failed to respect this.
  • Unfortunately, time isn’t available at the moment – given my other commitments – to spend as much time on Philosophy of Religion as I would like. It remains cut to the bone at 1 hour a week.
  • My intention was always to restrict the effort on Bridge, and focus on Personal Identity. Historically, this resolve has seldom come to anything, and while I now believe that for me Bridge is sufficiently enjoyable and relaxing to be self-justifying, I’ve decided to axe it as far as serious competition is concerned for the next few years. However, I’ve scheduled 2 hours a week for social play, but hope that such opportunities won’t often arise.
  • I’ve now returned to Chess. I find it neither as enjoyable nor as relaxing as Bridge, so I don’t expect it to consume anywhere near as much time as Bridge used to – but have scheduled 6 hour / week while I get back into the game and need study-time.
  • I re-joined ISPE14 in 2017 and have renewed my membership for 2018, but can spare no time to speak of for taking part.
  • I have ignored the various infrastructural elements of my life in these reports – in particular family life, household management, general reading, culture, current affairs, walking the dog, new grandson and such like.
  • However, these “non-project” items continued to be time-consuming in 18Q3. The situation with the house15 is much worse than we first thought and we’ve appointed Bakers of Danbury (http://bakersofdanbury.co.uk/) to sort it out. Things are going much better than reported last time: the work is under way, the conservation officer is on board, finance is sorted as far as known work is concerned, and the insurers haven’t absconded.
  • This report and the sub-reports obtained by following the links immediately above show the current status. The report headings show the period the reports are for. Earlier reports can be found by following the links in the “Table of Previous Versions of this Note” further down this report, or in the sub-reports.

Planning and Actuals
  • Overall, I worked hard and put in a lot more effort than the – much diminished – scheduled amount.
  • In 3Q18 I spent across my various projects 590 hours (2,420 hours YTD) – where by "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the academic year commencing in October 2017. "Actual versus plan" was 116%, (94% YTD).
  • The balance of the various projects against plan was much as I’d like, with the minor projects losing out.
  • However, decisions to return to Chess and to play the Oboe properly ate into the time allocated to my primary projects somewhat.
  • The exception was Philosophy of Religion, where an urgent requirement to proof-read Pete’s book took a chunk of time.
  • The tables of actual versus plan are on separate pages, accessible below:-
    1. For detailed breakdowns of time spent this year, by month and by study location, follow this link.
    2. For a report by sub-project of time expended since my records began, follow this link.
    3. For tables of Actual versus Plan, together with the high-level plan for the next quarter, see this page.
  • The planned effort for my Thesis is temporarily not as it ought to be, but may be approximately what I can achieve19.
  • I’ve – maybe optimistically – increased the weekly total planned to 54 hours. This will involve some sacrifices to achieve, but hopefully any slippage will be in the low-priority projects.
  • Since I’ve decided to try to play the oboe properly, and improve my general musicianship, I’ve increased my Music allowance to 8 hours / week. I think I now have the enthusiasm – and stamina – as an oboist to achieve this.
  • The five “priority 3” projects all have time scheduled for them, but this might not actually be spent, as noted above.
  • So, the weekly plan (54 hours) for the next quarter is as below:-
    1. Priority 1: 33 hours
      1. Personal Identity: 20 hours.
      2. Web Tools: 12 hours.
      3. Philosophy of Religion: 1 hour.
    2. Priority 2: 14 hours
      1. Music: 8 hours.
      2. Chess: 6 hours.
    3. Priority 3: 7 hours
      1. Consciousness Studies: 1 hour.
      2. Languages: 2 hours.
      3. Bridge: 2 hours.
      4. Mathematics: 1 hour.
      5. HiQ: 1 hour.
  • Follow this link for a categorised list of recently20 purchased books. As the categorisation has got out of hand, follow this link for an alternative list of recent acquisitions21.

Detailed Interim Activities
  • As these reports are now quarterly, at best, I’m including a link to a brief uncommented list of what I’ve been working on since the last report (ie. this one). It is generated automatically from my time-recording system.
  • I’ve recently added a fuller YTD List, useful for getting a handle on what – if anything – has been happening to the minor projects.
  • Their main utility (to me, at any rate) is as a quick jumping-off point for the various writings in progress or recently completed.
  • The lists will, in general, be updated every few days.

Plans for the Near Future24
  1. Thesis
    1. Continue with my Thesis; in particular fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research. Make progress on specific Chapters, using the materials below →
    2. 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".
    3. Chapter 5 (Persistence and Time). Focussing on:-
      1. "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry",
      2. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
      3. "Rovelli (Carlo) - The Order of Time",
      4. "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity",
      5. Complete "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past", and send to Sophie Botros & Michael J. Alter,
      6. Complete running through relevant pages from Robert O. Doyle.
    4. 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. Review "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics".
      10. Review the work of Elselijn Kingma.
    5. Chapter 7 (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".
    6. Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments):-
      1. Investigate Transhumanism. 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. Complete reading, then review "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow".
        8. Read & review "Fry (Hannah) - Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine".
    7. Chapter 11 (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", and
        → "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival".
      5. Write a file-note on "Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk".
    8. As background tasks:-
      1. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc to Notes,
      2. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      3. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      4. Complete reading:-
        → "Gazzaniga (Michael S.) - Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain"
        → "Hale (Sheila) - The Man Who Lost His Language"
        → "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"
        → "Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness"
      5. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      6. Continue reading and reviewing35 papers issued by Aeon,
      7. Attend Oliver Black’s Salon36(s),
      8. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core.
  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 reviewing39
      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. Attend the OBT Conference41 OBT: How to Read the Bible with Greater Confidence (http://www.obt.org.uk/events?product_id=716).
  3. Website
    1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Architecture
        1. As revealed by Spider: Old links in unregenerated pages. 8 Items.
        2. 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.
        3. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
        4. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      • Authors
        1. As revealed by Spider: Philosophers_Index_List_OA.htm. Author Names Scrambled. 133 items.
        2. As revealed by Spider: Sundry broken Links where author name corrected. 93 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: Consciousness Status Report Achived Notes - sundry links failing. Live Note OK. 46 items. 24 items outstanding.
        5. As revealed by Spider: Blog Achived Notes - sundry links to Printable Notes. Live Note OK. 110 items. 100 items outstanding.
        6. As revealed by Spider: Links to sundry 'static' pages failing. 26 items. 20 items outstanding.
        7. As revealed by Spider: Old links from Archive Notes to (non-existent) Archived Printable Notes. 42 items.
        8. As revealed by Spider: Status Reports - Achived Notes - sundry links failing. 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.
        9. As revealed by Spider: Sundry links fail for Supervisions. 31 items.
        10. Created auto-regen of all Note Link (Note_nnn_Link) Pages
        11. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
        12. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
        13. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      • Photos
        1. Add photos of Tom - Create Timeline software
        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. 24 items.
        2. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      • 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 pages50 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. Determine why Full_Link_Up_Levels_Gen takes so long - approximately 3 hours. May need to re-architect.
        3. The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
          1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed51 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 Smart52. 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. 21 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.
    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 day54 – 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.
      4. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio, practicing the active pieces.
      5. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios55 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. 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",
        → "Morricone (Ennio) - Gabriel's Oboe (Piano Solo Or Oboe/Piano)",
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Blatt - Study No. 52)
      7. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
      8. 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 material56.
  5. Chess
    1. Training versus Mephisto Monte Carlo.
    2. Training using Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/).
    3. Read "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", with assistance from the above.
    4. Read "Chess - Chess Magazine"; work through the “How Good Is Your Chess” articles.
    5. Full participation in Billericay Chess Club:-
      → Club Nights
      → Club Championship
      → NECL matches
  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. 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)
  8. 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. Analyze "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising".
  9. HiQ
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.
  10. 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".





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.
  • I’m writing a Blog Item on this saga, with some theoretical thoughts, which I hope to have published in due course.
Footnote 19:
  • In 18Q2 – at 25 hours / week – it represented 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.
Footnote 35:
  • 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 36: Footnote 39:
  • 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 41:
  • Julie and I attended the first part of this conference in April, in Reading, but we had to escape early as the lock on our back door in Billericay had broken and Nat couldn’t get in.
Footnote 50:
  • 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 51:
  • 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 52:
  • 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 54:
  • Well, maybe with the occasional holiday, and excluding days on which I have a lesson or the Enigma Ensemble.
Footnote 55:
  • 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 56: Ie. The following:-

Note last updated: 10/10/2018 16:43:41


Footnote 27: (Status: Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2019))

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

  1. Time expended on my various projects over a 12-year period
  2. Time expended on my various projects and the major sub-projects thereof over a 12-year period
  3. Time expended on my various projects and the sub-projects thereof over a 12-year period

Projects

Below is a table showing the split of time (in hours) expended between my various projects over a 12-year period:-

Subject GroupTotal This YearPercentage This YearTotalPercentage2007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018-102018-112018-12Subject Group
Bridge142.79788429.867766327577961062934941380662870611120Bridge
Chess8417.072921.11 29161466114961159392719Chess
Consciousness20.353091.17 417630152191614421711 Consciousness
HiQ20.35560.21   1714811156100HiQ
Languages40.8613705.1923433123226895256429291246310Languages
Mathematics50.962420.9223288455186284184 1Mathematics
Music9318.8410784.08631321446183237168179278432921Music
Religion101.98274810.41911984128492033052481161086014837 Religion
Thesis20441.34683525.896084533494771804027358965618281142706766Thesis
Website7615.45559021.1767198181204348651494947111766464339316Website
Total4941002640410018622042225027181928239425422507257426752420213166114Total

Projects & Major Sub-Projects

Below is a table showing the split of time expended (in hours) between my various projects and the major sub-projects thereof over a 12-year period:-

Subject SubgroupTotal This YearPercentage This YearTotalPercentage2007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018-102018-112018-12Subject Subgroup
Bridge142.79788429.867766327577961062934941380662870611120Bridge
Chess8417.072921.11 29161466114961159392719Chess
Consciousness20.353091.17 417630152191614421711 Consciousness
HiQ20.35560.21   1714811156100HiQ
Languages40.8613705.1923433123226895256429291246310Languages
Mathematics50.962420.9223288455186284184 1Mathematics
Music9318.8410784.08631321446183237168179278432921Music
Religion00.0519217.279119829861412316517645783499 0 Religion
Religion Background101.938273.13  11523480140727131264927 Religion Background
Thesis18236.83459617.4138919422727798184596727412454856596261Thesis
Thesis (Aeon)10.23321.26         248841  Thesis (Aeon)
Thesis Background214.3119077.22218259122200822181391691491262031065Thesis Background
Website7214.59299111.336719818112411049443423424327256339276Website
Website Others40.8625999.84   802381576071387439280 4 Website Others
Total4941002640410018622042225027181928239425422507257426752420213166114Total

Projects & Sub-Projects

Below is a table showing the split of time expended (in hours) between my various projects and the sub-projects thereof over a 12-year period:-

SubjectTotal This YearPercentage This YearTotal to DatePercentage to Date2007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018-102018-112018-12Subject
Bridge - Admin40.8612624.7813513911584152126108187849927310Bridge - Admin
Bridge - On-line  60.024 2           Bridge - On-line
Bridge - Play30.66361213.6827227032241853043844192322488173  Bridge - Play
Bridge - Reading30.564021.52 47664746554429242218110Bridge - Reading
Bridge - Study40.7125659.7136415024724433331134772232260 4  Bridge - Study
Bridge - Training  370.14 2653 3        Bridge - Training
Chess - Admin214.31680.26 1224100512181272Chess - Admin
Chess - On-line                  Chess - On-line
Chess - Play306.03420.16   2     2915312Chess - Play
Chess - Reading40.71880.33 712864231565121Chess - Reading
Chess - Study163.34610.23 92  1812 1104111Chess - Study
Chess - Training132.68330.12 1 1  01  16644Chess - Training
Consciousness - Read00.05980.37 31411 291432148 0 Consciousness - Read
Consciousness - Write20.32100.8 3861191225131228901 Consciousness - Write
HiQ - ISPE20.35220.08   71000056100HiQ - ISPE
HiQ - Mensa  330.13   10138010     HiQ - Mensa
Languages - Admin20.3100.04      200332  Languages - Admin
Languages - All  540.21012169151 0      Languages - All
Languages - Amharic (Ethiopic)  70.03  7           Languages - Amharic (Ethiopic)
Languages - Arabic  740.28401561030        Languages - Arabic
Languages - Aramaic  30.01  12          Languages - Aramaic
Languages - Armenian  100.04   8  2       Languages - Armenian
Languages - Chinese  1690.645678851  2      Languages - Chinese
Languages - Coptic  80.03 413          Languages - Coptic
Languages - Dutch  30.01 21           Languages - Dutch
Languages - Egyptian  80.03 431          Languages - Egyptian
Languages - French  110.04 44   4       Languages - French
Languages - German  480.1820162 4 5       Languages - German
Languages - Greek (Classical)  140.05 36 2 2       Languages - Greek (Classical)
Languages - Greek (Modern)  1050.43752 223        Languages - Greek (Modern)
Languages - Hebrew (Classical)  450.17 2733 12       Languages - Hebrew (Classical)
Languages - Hebrew (Modern)  180.0725191         Languages - Hebrew (Modern)
Languages - Hindi  430.16131571 6        Languages - Hindi
Languages - Italian  1240.47143250 1 15   14   Languages - Italian
Languages - Japanese  640.24252784          Languages - Japanese
Languages - Latin  140.05 4182         Languages - Latin
Languages - Persian  80.03 422          Languages - Persian
Languages - Portuguese  2991.136146153411222       Languages - Portuguese
Languages - Russian  100.04 92           Languages - Russian
Languages - Spanish  1200.45449516  102592    Languages - Spanish
Languages - Syriac  40.01 220          Languages - Syriac
Languages - Thai30.56600.23       120728210Languages - Thai
Languages - Turkish  360.1371635110  01   Languages - Turkish
Mathematics40.812100.791288455186164113 1Mathematics
Mathematics - Admin10.15100.04      001081  Mathematics - Admin
Mathematics - Lectures  220.0822             Mathematics - Lectures
Music - Administration81.721420.54 192124001183433611Music - Administration
Music - Aural20.51190.07  2 0    014  2Music - Aural
Music - Oboe7815.916942.63424853212215456141203362616Music - Oboe
Music - Piano00.051630.6220635920 1  2150  Music - Piano
Music - Theory30.66600.23129 1 2063113121Music - Theory
Religion - General Research  150.06  3     1010   Religion - General Research
Religion - Lectures  530.21613812      4   Religion - Lectures
Religion - MA - PR - BR  450.17   45          Religion - MA - PR - BR
Religion - MA - PR - E1  1530.58   153          Religion - MA - PR - E1
Religion - MA - Read  160.06   16          Religion - MA - Read
Religion - MA - Write  1690.64   169          Religion - MA - Write
Religion - Read  8433.194813413279921429920341748   Religion - Read
Religion - Seminars  260.1  016   41 4   Religion - Seminars
Religion - Write00.056012.28275115412432247721331643 0 Religion - Write
Religion Background - Admin20.351850.7  905788644242  Religion Background - Admin
Religion Background - Books Admin  3441.3  1879561083544322   Religion Background - Books Admin
Religion Background - Discussions61.112961.12  7991624322224224315 Religion Background - Discussions
Religion Background - Read20.4620.01            2 Religion Background - Read
Thesis - Discussions00.05580.22   5425142880  Thesis - Discussions
Thesis - Lectures142.941120.4343     030186  510Thesis - Lectures
Thesis - Read6914.039663.6650482861394013613857124174322612Thesis - Read
Thesis - Research Repositioning50.962050.78444264011324142247221Thesis - Research Repositioning
Thesis - Seminars50.9650.02           2 2Thesis - Seminars
Thesis - Seminars (Attendance)  590.2222 155 11   24   Thesis - Seminars (Attendance)
Thesis - Seminars (Reading)  380.1415    19   22   Thesis - Seminars (Reading)
Thesis - Seminars (Writing)30.56490.186 2  35   20102Thesis - Seminars (Writing)
Thesis - Supervisions (Event)  150.0614  0          Thesis - Supervisions (Event)
Thesis - Supervisions (Writing)  470.1846 0           Thesis - Supervisions (Writing)
Thesis - Write8617.33304211.521881021562025452445530320287620212836Thesis - Write
Thesis (Aeon) - Read00.051980.75         154430  Thesis (Aeon) - Read
Thesis (Aeon) - Write10.151350.51         93411  Thesis (Aeon) - Write
Thesis Background - Admin  2270.86651271546162      Thesis Background - Admin
Thesis Background - Aristotelian (Reading)  60.025      1      Thesis Background - Aristotelian (Reading)
Thesis Background - BBk PhilSoc  20.012             Thesis Background - BBk PhilSoc
Thesis Background - Books Admin  6632.5158 351092916552101452741   Thesis Background - Books Admin
Thesis Background - Politics  190.07145            Thesis Background - Politics
Thesis Background - Read122.383861.46335152622285218384889462Thesis Background - Read
Thesis Background - Status61.323441.371924616161413201412256  Thesis Background - Status
Thesis Background - Write30.612600.98 0114510101526514048  3Thesis Background - Write
Website - Bridge Development  1550.59   1101394118405   Website - Bridge Development
Website - Development5210.5920127.623817614983624012831391337841830212Website - Development
Website - Education20.412901.1   1529443113169248200Website - Education
Website - Infrastructure51.062881.09   613286828513852212Website - Infrastructure
Website - Justification  120.0512             Website - Justification
Website - Maintenance122.532330.88172232105201313262340642Website - Maintenance
Website Others - Bernie's Website Development  1240.47       11683510   Website Others - Bernie's Website Development
Website Others - ECBA Development  3461.31       336101    Website Others - ECBA Development
Website Others - ECBA Maintenance  5542.1       17621213827   Website Others - ECBA Maintenance
Website Others - ECBA Membership - Development  690.26       142521   Website Others - ECBA Membership - Development
Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Development  300.11       30      Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Development
Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Maintenance  620.24       302210    Website Others - ECBA Tournaments - Maintenance
Website Others - Enigma Ensemble10.25200.08       11223 1 Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
Website Others - Hutton DBC Development  830.31    3932552     Website Others - Hutton DBC Development
Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance  1140.43    26302236      Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance
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Website Others - Joint Project Data Collection  2721.03     162439838527   Website Others - Joint Project Data Collection
Website Others - OBT  2981.13   80174440       Website Others - OBT
Website Others - Pete's PhD  4491.7        41336    Website Others - Pete's PhD
Website Others - Sophie Botros30.61410.16       16 1210 3 Website Others - Sophie Botros
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Footnote 28: (Status: Chess (2018 - September))

Rationale for this Project1

  • I have occasionally thought of returning to chess after a very long lay-off. Now, it seems, I’ve actually done so, though have yet to play a competitive game.
  • As just noted, I’ve hardly played since I left school, where I showed some aptitude – especially in my first season when, in the 3rd year at Grammar school, I won the North Gloucestershire Under-15s Championship2, also winning the brilliancy prize3, but things never really took off, though I was runner-up in the Under-18 section of the inaugural Cotswold Congress4 the following summer. For instance, I performed very badly in the West of England under-15s and only ever came runner-up in the North Gloucestershire under-18s.
  • I played in the local adult league (North Gloucestershire Chess League (http://www.gloucesterchess.co.uk/)) while at school and my grade meandered up to 158, if I remember correctly. The school (Crypt GS, Gloucester) then had a strong team and we got to the latter stages of the Sunday Times competition most years, losing to big hitters such as Winchester College, King Edwards Birmingham5 and a long telephone match against Methodist College Belfast.
  • While at school, I played on a low board for Gloucestershire seniors6 and captained the Gloucestershire juniors, though not from top board7. I played in a number of congresses at school and immediately after university8, with mixed results.
  • I mention all this – not because it is the least bit impressive – but because it was important for the development of my confidence and self-esteem, as it all happened so quickly and without effort. Which, of course, was the problem. To succeed in any popular endeavour you need not just a bit of talent, but the will and focus to let that talent reach its full potential.
  • Anyway, I effectively gave the game up and switched to Bridge at Cambridge, playing chess on only three occasions for the King’s10 team.
  • Since then I’ve played in the occasional rapid play11 at the behest of my brother-in-law12, who used to organise them. I also played against Ray Keene in a simul organised by HSBC13.
  • My trouble with chess was, I think, that I had a natural ability to calculate variations which stood me in good stead against players who knew next to no theory – but against stronger players I never got into positions where calculation did more than tell me I was losing. I only ever used to play matches, never practice games, and have never actually read a chess book beyond the first few pages.
  • So, I don't want a repetition of any of that. If I return to the game, I'd like to learn to play properly. The question is how? I have a collection of (mostly old) books, but I've never been a keen reader of chess books – I can't easily envisage what's going on without either a lot of effort or setting the position up on the board.
  • I suspected some chess software might be the best way forward – what I need is something that's fairly interactive and which will get me to learn both the principles of positional play and some opening theory, as well as play some practise games, in as painless a manner as possible. After advice from The London Chess Centre14, I purchased some software, as below. Unfortunately, the plan to make use of it didn’t come to much, and the CDs are now either dud or incompatible with Windows 10.
  • A recent idea was to learn to play blindfold chess, and I started reading a book15, but that hasn’t come to much either.
  • An incentive to return to the game is that my brother-in-law16=12 runs a team in the Middlesex and London Leagues and he’s keen for me to play, though doing so would involve rather a slog in travelling back and forth.
  • Also, one of my former Bridge partners is also thinking of returning to Chess, having been of a similar standard to me, though having played more recently.
  • I have to admit that the chess scene in Billericay initially seemed somewhat unexciting17. However, I’ve now joined the Billericay Chess Club, which I’ve found very welcoming, and also the ECF, so I can get graded18. I intend to play – as and when selected – in the NECL Division 319 for the Billericay B team, for the Billericy I Team in Southend & District Chess League (http://southendchess.awardspace.biz/) and in the BCC Club Championship.
  • Follow these links for various websites associated with the national & local chess scene:-
    ECF: English Chess Federation (https://www.englishchess.org.uk/),
    Essex Chess (http://www.essexchess.org.uk/),
    North Essex Chess League (http://www.necl.org.uk/),
    Southend & District Chess League (http://southendchess.awardspace.biz/) and
    Billericay Chess Club (http://www.billericaychessclub.org.uk/index.html).

Summary of Progress during 17Q4 - 18Q3
  1. I have spent 59 hours YTD on this Project, or related work, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2017). That's 453% of the planned effort. Overall, 2% of my Project effort YTD has been directed towards this project.
  2. As can be seen, I massively exceeded the amount of time scheduled for this project. This was because I’ve decided to start playing chess again.
  3. Most of my time was spent investigating the chess scene in Billericay, and otherwise studying the game. I found Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/) particularly useful, and have taken out Diamond Membership for the year, which gives me full features. More detail appears below.
  4. YTD Activity20
    Chess (Total Hours = 58.75)
    1. Chess - Reading / Writing
    2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 18)
      • 17Q3 Status Reports (0.75 hours)
      • 18Q2 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
      • 18Q3 Status Reports (4.25 hours)
      • "Chess - Becoming a Chess Master" (0.5 hours)
      • Chess - Chess Dot Com - Investigation (0.75 hours)
      • Chess - Discussions with Chris (1.75 hours)
      • Chess - Investigating on-line sites (0.5 hours)
      • Chess - Investigation & Joining of Billericay Chess Club (3.75 hours)
      • Chess - Review of old material from Chris (0.25 hours)
      • Chess - Reviewing NECL Website & information (2.5 hours)
      • Chess - Score-sheet book / forms / training (1 hour)
      • Chess - Soup up Training / Play record spreadsheet (1 hour)
      • "Chess - The Chess Website" (0.5 hours)
    3. Chess - Play
    4. Chess - Study (Total Hours = 10.5)
    5. Chess - Training (Total Hours = 16.25)
      • Chess - Chess Dot Com - Games vs Computer (2.5 hours)
      • Chess - Training - Mephisto Monte Carlo (8.75 hours)
      • Chess - Training - Mephisto Monte Carlo - Review games (1.25 hours)
      • Chess - Training - Review Club games (3.75 hours)
        → See "Chess - Chess - Training"

  5. Progress (if any) in the last quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List.

Plans for the Near Future:
  • I don’t want a repeat of the experience of my youth, so need to allocate a serious amount of effort to learn the theory of the game in order to play properly. So, I’ve allocated 6 hours / week. Not as much as is needed, but as much as I’ve got available.
  • So,
    1. Training versus Mephisto Monte Carlo.
    2. Training using Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/).
    3. Read "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", with assistance from the above.
    4. Read "Chess - Chess Magazine"; work through the “How Good Is Your Chess” articles.
    5. Full participation in Billericay Chess Club:-
      → Club Nights
      → Club Championship
      → NECL matches

Summary of Progress to Date (since 2007)
  1. Catalogued and categorised my Chess Book Collection.
  2. Started reading sundry of the above, and investigated various on-line material (Fritz, Rybka, Chess Mentor, etc) before contacting The London Chess Centre.
  3. Completed two runs through of "Martin (Andrew) - The Basics of Winning Chess".
  4. Installed "Aagaard (Jacob) - Basic Positional Ideas". Study commenced.
  5. Installed Chessmaster – Grandmaster Edition, but haven’t really got to grips with it yet.
  6. Occasional practice on my ancient Mephisto Monte Carlo22.
  7. Subscribed to "Chess - Chess Magazine", and skimmed most editions from March 2009 onwards. I’ve tended to focus more on the news than on the chess!
  8. Took out Diamond Membership of Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/).
  9. Joined Billericay Chess Club.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • When I’ve got a moment, I’ll remove the opening ramble to another page.
Footnote 2:
  • And drew with the former British Champion – C.H. O’D Alexander (see Wikipedia: Hugh Alexander (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conel_Hugh_O%27Donel_Alexander)) – in the 4-board simul at the prize-giving.
  • He sacrificed the exchange to force a draw – or at least it turned into a draw when I correctly returned the exchange a few moves later. His sacrifice seemed unnecessary, though he said his position was uncomfortable – maybe he was trying to be encouraging, or simply wanted to go home!
  • The other “champions” lost miserably.
Footnote 3:
  • The game appeared in the local paper, but they both got my name wrong, and messed up the moves.
Footnote 4:
  • Now entering its 50th year: Cotswold Chess Congress (http://dmshome.co.uk/CotswoldCongress/index.php).
  • The following year, I entered the Open and was leading after 3 rounds, having won my first 3 games. Unfortunately, I then lost the last 3 against increasingly strong opposition.
Footnote 5:
  • Who had Tony Miles (Wikipedia: Tony Miles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Miles)), soon to be Britain’s first GM, on top board.
Footnote 6:
  • Ie. Adult, rather than 65+!
Footnote 7:
  • I once captained a combined Gloucestershire & Somerset side against the Essex juniors at the Athaneum club. So, I didn’t get to play Jon Speelman (Wikipedia: Jon Speelman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Speelman)).
Footnote 8:
  • Including one – maybe Chelmsford – where I got drawn against a Grandmaster and former World Junior Champion (Bojan Kurajica: Wikipedia: Bojan Kurajica (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bojan_Kurajica)); my Sicilian was rapidly dismantled.
Footnote 10:
  • On board 6 - averaging 50%.
  • We had a strong team – the second strongest in Cambridge – with a couple of strong players on the top two boards – though not as strong as I’d thought – Aki Kanamori (Wikipedia: Akihiro Kanamori (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihiro_Kanamori), FIDE: Aki Kanamori (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=2002787)), John Sugden (Chess Tempo: John Sugden (https://chesstempo.com/gamedb/player/205929)) and the then British under-21 Champion (Laurie Marks; Professor Laurence Marks (http://www.numis.northwestern.edu/Research/Faculty/)) on board 3.
  • But this was a feeble team compared to Trinity, which had the then British Champion Jonathan Mestel (Wikipedia: Jonathan Mestel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Mestel)) allegedly on board 6; I wasn’t selected for the Trinity match, so didn’t meet him. I think they had Ray Keene (Wikipedia: Raymond Keene (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Keene)), Bill Hartston (Wikipedia: William Hartston (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hartston)) and Michael Stean (Wikipedia: Michael Stean (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Stean)) on the top three boards.
Footnote 11:
  • In one I had a pleasurable, but unsuccessful, encounter with Michael Basman (Wikipedia: Michael Basman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Basman)).
Footnote 12: Footnote 13:
  • But blundered away the exchange in a completely drawn position, when most of the others had already lost and I had to move quickly, then made quite a fight of it. While my attack was ultimately unsuccessful, he was quite impressed.
Footnote 14:
  • I think this has now morphed into Chess & Bridge (https://shop.chess.co.uk/Default.asp).
Footnote 15: Footnote 16: Footnote 17:
  • I visited Billericay Chess Club on 6th April 2011. There was a club match, so I couldn’t play any of the better players, but played a rather sad young man who hadn’t make the cut. It was interesting to see how rusty I was, though I won all four games. I had a chat with one of the committee-members afterwards, and left my email address. I didn’t hear back. However, I’ve recently (July 2018) made contact again and am now a fully signed-up and enthusiastic member.
  • The Billericay Club has an excellent website: see Billericay Chess Club (http://www.billericaychessclub.org.uk/index.html). It went into a hiatus November 2017 as its webmaster was busy, but now seems to have revived.
  • The club meets on Wednesdays at 19:30, now at Anisha Grange, though not in the summer months.
  • The website describes the club as having 11 active members with teams in the North Essex and Southend & District Leagues.
  • The club is not very strong: see the link on the NECL site (NECL: Billericay (http://www.necl.org.uk/?year=2017&club=BILLERICAY)).
  • At one time there was an IM (Richard Pert – BCF: Richard Pert (http://www.britishchess.co.uk/coaches-list/im-richard-pert), FIDE: Richard Pert (https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=404748); twin brother of GM Nick Pert (Wikipedia: Nick Pert (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Pert)); main club Wood Green) rather loosely connected to the club by the look of things – but he’s no longer listed. The NECL site for 2017/8 listed a couple of Junior Perts; a family connection – as is confirmed by the BCF link above. However, they’ve shift allegiance to get more games.
Footnote 18:
  • But I don’t intend to get obsessed with gradings, but just want to play well and enjoy the game.
Footnote 19:
  • And possibly for the A Team in Division 2, but as the teams in the NECL are only 4 players, this may be a rare event.
Footnote 20:
  • As this project was substantially inactive, I didn’t update the text between quarters other than at the end of the academic year.
  • Hence, the YTD Activity was to make this task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – had been going on in the interim.
Footnote 22:
  • I can’t remember when I bought this, other than that it cost a lot of money (£400+) and that I had to collect it from some Grandmaster’s house up in London. I see from the Mephisto Wikipedia page (Wikipedia: Mephisto (chess computer) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mephisto_(chess_computer))) that the price crashed in 1990, so it might have been before then.
  • This is confirmed by Monte-Carlo Chess Computer (http://www.spacious-mind.com/html/monte_carlo.html), which has it coming out in 1987. I bought it when it was state of the art. The manual is at Monte-Carlo Manual (http://alain.zanchetta.free.fr/docs/mephisto/Mephisto_Monte_Carlo_IV_EN.pdf), though maybe Monte-Carlo Manual (http://alain.zanchetta.free.fr/docs/mephisto/Mephisto_Monte_Carlo_DE.pdf) (in German) is the exact one.
  • It was rated about 185, so it beats me when I play it on a top setting.

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