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drinkme | 2010 | August

Kite Flying

2010.08.10
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Kite Flying . . .


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Sledding

2010.08.10
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Sledding

Furious flurries fall through all the dark night

Till excitedly, small nose against pane of glass, his brown eyes bear witness

To white drifts so high that there is glee but no surprise

When the radio man reports ‘Roads closed. Schools closed.’

‘Snow Day!’ exults inwardly the boy and sets about his business

Underwear, undersocks, and oversocks

Long johns and leggings. Wool cap and warm mittens.

And so slips the small slender lad past sleeping mother

Till boots laced and body bundled the  boy steps

Into snow covered silence and first light of day.

In tow, his Flexible Flyer.  a sled for serious sledders.
The sled design is fit-for-purpose, and far older than the boy.

Sharp red rails support a deck of polished slatted maple .

Four feet in length with a leading leash attached to the front controls.

Elegant lines.  Profound simplicity.  Unmatched performance.

Such a beautiful sled!

Road and sidewalk unseen beneath a blanket of white.

Trods the boy with purpose  past snow covered cars

And naked trees sheathed in ice

Long minutes and long rows of low apartments lead at long last

To the edge of danger . . . Dead Man’s Hill.

Alone and without warning the boy  flings self and sled

Over the edge and drops like lead into the snowy bowl

Perilously steep and beneath white  a sheet of ice  untried

Faster.  And faster still.  And still faster.

Faster now than ever before  do those red rails run

Towards that thicket of trees that lay in wait

One path – and one path alone – must be gained

Else all be lost with a cry and a crash

The boy is present, focused, determined

The boys is alive.

He leans this way and then that way

The sled responds to his skill

Adrenaline surges as the sled speeds

Through a slender space  in the stony woods

Along the forest path he goes

Faster than every before

Further than ever before


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Categories : Poetry  Self

I would like to meet you . . .

2010.08.10
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Your smile gladdens me.
Your words entrance me.
Your intelligence astonishes me.
Your wisdom humbles me.
Your kindness warms me.
Your energy enlivens me.
Your enthusiasm inspires me.
Your generosity amazes me.
Your laugh tickles me.
Your strength astounds me.
Your grace mesmerizes me.
Your beauty captivates me.
Your lips invite me.
Your spirit energizes me.
Your eyes hypnotize me.
Your soul enraptures me.
Your being enthralls me.
Your love enfolds me.


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Categories : Poetry

Papers i might write

2010.08.10
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[TASK: Get admitted and enrolled.]

  • A general survey paper regarding remote laboratory adoption
  • A paper which looks at claims (anecdotal , empirical, theoretical) regarding the remote labs desiderata vis a vis teacher-academics
  • A paper which presents the research question(s) and methodology (maybe just for me, not publication till thesis)

[TASK: Interview some expert locals. Performance expectancy: what counts as performance (perceptively)? Effort expectancy: what requires effort (perceptively)? Social influence: from which quarters do they hail (again, in perception of teacher-academics)?]

  • A paper which reports what expert locals had to say and the survey instrument that is built based on what the expert locals had to say.

[TASK: Execute survey, code data, and analyze data.]

  • A paper which reports survey data and presents preliminary data analysis.

[TASK: Construct a proposed framework based on further coding and analysis of data.]

  • A summary to-date paper which outlines work to date, presents the proposed framework, and outlines methodology to use framework to evaluate claims that decision support is possible.

[TASK: Employ framework in some sort of experiment to evaluate whether decisions support feasible with this approach.]

  • Paper which reports on experiment data and provide data analysis.

[TASK: pull it all together]

  • Submit Dissertation

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Categories : PhD

Today

2010.08.04
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Look at the time pass. Busy yes but not as good with my time as I should desire. It is my time to manage – why is it not all[ used well?

I am off now for a run along the foreshore. Meeting a friend for dinner. This time is used well. More work upon return. Days since at the piano. Why is that? Mastery of self is the most important mastery.


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Categories : Self