Thursday, February 14, 2008

Supplemental Just Read Empire

Just read Orson Scott Card's Empire. It's strange, about a very near distant future in which the left (the Progressives) take over the US in some kind of coup. Card, in this novel, reads a little bit like a right wing version of Kim Stanley Robinson. Both are pretty politically driven.

Card's characters are pretty good. They're conservative. But they're not monsters. And Card does have a pretty convincing critique of the left-wing of the academy. He sees many of them as complainers, which they might well be.

Off to catch the bus.


Good Morning

Well, I'm finally finishing the ending of Rescue Man. Figured out what has to happen. A battle between Good and Evil. I can't wait to finish this one and get it off my plate, for better or worse.

Made over six hundred calories with Marcus Buckingham. It was really good.

Tomorrow, I'm going on a fool's errand. But, maybe I'm doing the right thing.

Now, I have to go to correct some papers.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday Morning

Another Monday morning. Back into the fray. Only about 540 calories. OK and have listened to all the Marcus Buckingham I can possibly stand for right now. What I've gotten out of all of this is that Buckingham is really about contesting the myth that we can all become really better at everything. Not so, Buckingham claims. All of us have certain talents. If we don't have a talent in a certain area then we are doomed to under achieving in that role. Simply put, no amount of practice is going to make up for that lack of talent.

Finally, did 300 words of the ending of Rescue Man this morning. Not very satisfactory. But at least Dave is back in Vietnam again.

Must be off.


Thursday, February 7, 2008

Back in the Saddle and Gifted Children

Back after several days of being sick. That chest cold I wrote about a week ago turned into a lovely week-long illness. Lots of languishing. I'm doing ok now. But I've had to do a lot of sleeping.

Anyway, back to the routine. Did 598 calories and listened to Marcus Buckingham again this morning. It was very interesting--the difference between somebody like him and all of the scholars I read. No Frankfurt School here. Goodbye Adorno. So long Marcuse.

There's a lot of overlap between what Buckingham was saying about strengths and what I read last year about gifted children. That's funny that I'm drawn to this self help stuff and that I am interested in gifted children. Of course, since I was a gifted child myself, I guess it makes sense. Buckingham argues that a lot of people get a little concerned when we can do something very well very easily. In Anglo-American culture there seems to be a pre-disposition against giftedness. We want people to slave away for years like drudges. That's kind of sad.

Anyway, now I need to go slave away like a drudge.