(February 1, 2016 — February 7, 2016)
Writing on the blog beyond the weekly review is a goal of mine, but for now I’m going to remain focused on getting the weekly review up. We’ll see what happens next.
- Upcoming: Nope.
- Teaching: Class still going fairly well, but I am behind on both grading and preparation of typed course notes. I will push to get caught up on the typed notes next week, but the grading may have to wait a bit longer.
- Graduating that Ph.D. student: Started a big push on this dissertation; will get through it somehow.
- Administrative Reporting: Finished and submitted the first of three funding-agency reports last week. Next up is probably my institutional annual report, before I get back to the other two funding-agency reports. (The first funding-agency report was overdue and was about to make trouble. The other two are “due” but don’t become overdue until the end of April.)
- Research Funding: Didn’t get that white paper drafted, but will do so next week. The long-awaited research solicitation dropped and it was … different than expected.
- Publication Pipeline: Still thoroughly disorganized.
Reading and Watching
- Continued reading Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass. One chapter still to go, but will finish next week. Still keenly insightful.
- Continued enjoying Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
- Continued re-reading Infinite Jest along with the Infinite Winter project.
- My plan is to finish Christianity After Religion and Snow Crash before I start reading anything else. Then I’ll probably add in another non-fiction book, but I won’t start any new fiction until I finish Infinite Jest.
- Watched another episode of Madam Secretary Season 1 on Netflix.
Family and Friends
- Spent the night at the Science Museum of Western Virginia on Friday night with C, an annual Cub Scout event.1 It was a lot of fun, although I’m not sure that he learned as much as he did last year (2015) because the program was organized differently. However, the museum’s current temporary exhibit is a giant room full of old arcade games (with some educational material about the history of the video game and the operation of the games) which my son adored. He is constantly asking me questions about old video games, and this was his first hands-on opportunity with the arcade games of my youth. We’re members of the museum, and we’ll be back before this exhibit closes, with other siblings in tow.
- Built the main panel for the headboard. It came out okay, I think, but the boards were not very flat or straight. Trying to decide if I need to make any adjustments before moving on to the next step.
- Assembled my beer tote. Used nails that were too long, because they were already in the nailer and I didn’t think much about it, and now there are some minor oopsies that need to be dealt with before sanding and finishing.2
Health and Fitness
- Ran three times, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Still struggling with routine a bit, but finding some new things that may work. Decided that I should work on pace, so that’s what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks, until I get back outside and can start building my distance back up.
- Weight: 189.0.
Not sure how much I want to say about this on the blog, but Cub Scouts is emblematic of a type of organization that fascinates me. The Boy Scouts of America holds some organizational values that are, shall we say, more conservative than mine, but they also offer a lot of excellent, structured activities for boys with an emphasis on outdoor activities. So, we choose to participate, at least as long as the boys are interested.3 ↩
Why is this home improvement? I don’t know. But I put it on the list last week, so now it counts. ↩
My daughter is in Girl Scouts, and the Boy Scouts could learn a lot from that organization. ↩