The Man Who Sold the World
I’ve been reading up on Roman history. There’s an exam on Tuesday. I think I’ll do alright. I’ve done a decent job with mostly keeping up with readings, and it’s a survey course, so hopefully my relaxed attitude will be better reflected by my peers in the grading curve.
Recently I developed for myself a new … thing.
Yeah. In my home directory there’s a file called
scorecard.txt which I fill out every day … something like at the end of the day looking back and reviewing what has or hasn’t been accomplished. The categories I’m keeping presently include something I’ve read, outside of class, a good deed, my “high point”, a “lesson learned” and an “Idea for Tomorrow”
Reading, that’s important to me. I’d like to be able to say most any day that I voluntarily read something I had some reason to find interesting.
The good deed … well, it’s not even a Boy Scout thing so much as it reflects a belief on my part that we live for others. We’re social creatures and all, and if I can’t think of any good thing I’ve done for my community or some person, well … This way I can also keep track of what I’ve been doing good, make sure I don’t “fall behind” as it were. For Friday, for example, the best I could offer was “held a door open”
I’m thinking I won’t keep this public on the web page just yet, but for now, for understanding, howzabout a sampler?
----- 22 February, 1998 ----- Read: Discover - article about building microscopic robots Good deed: I was prepared to give up a seat on Tim's couch for Jacob, when Eric finally gave in and did as he was asked. I handed him the husband I had prepared to use. Complimented Ganita on her emerald crushed velvet shirt. High point: Idea drawing parallel between Apostle Paul and Gandhi in that they both desire above any other capability of man "love" or "charity" Lesson learned: Hypothesis - Moral altruism may be a consistent end of philosophers. To catch popular acceptance though, they must tie this to a material benefit - heavenly reward for Paul, national self-reliance and peace for Gandhi ... racial equity and personal piety for MLK, etc. Idea for tomorrow: Catch NetDev AM meeting, study more for history, microtheme.
I just filled that out right now.