Monday, January 08, 2007

Write. Think. Learn.

I'm still far from as gumptious as I wish to be; the lack of activity here indexes that.

My current "hammock" is that I'm just enough better off financially than I was four months ago that I can get by without really getting passionate about anything, including self-improvement, learning, making new friends... I did spend the New Years' weekend visiting friends and acquaintances who have a higher setpoint than I, and it was invigorating, but the buzz has ebbed a week later.

Now comes this, via Kathy Sierra over at "Creating Passionate Users": a slideshow by Michael A. Covington: "How to Write More Clearly, Think More Clearly, and Learn Complex Material More Easily" .

I haven't absorbed it all, and I sure haven't applied it yet, but it appears to be good stuff, including some commentary on epistemology (the study of how we know what we know). Mmm, yummy epistemology.

Someone (I think it was Charles Fort) once said "to measure a circle, begin anywhere".

When I'm stuck in ruminating about my failings and limitations, there's little room for improvement -- the possibility of change gets crowded out. I'm noticing I've spent another large chunk of time there lately.

I won't apologize; nobody asked me to do that :) . I'll just make a silent pledge to myself, and see if the result shows up here and elsewhere. Hint: it will involve writing, thinking and learning.


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