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"Follow your bliss."
--Joseph Campbell [The Power of Myth]
Happy people follow that advice. I try to be one of them. Here's who I am.
There are lots of thanks I owe to many people. One of the links in my site menu leads to a "thanks, folks!" file of the people who helped me evolve spiritually.
So what am I up to these days? Mostly taking care of Christopher and when I'm not... I used to do many things at once, and generally got torn between them. Now I'm going to keep to strict priorities: kid, health (mens sana in corpore sano), money, then everything else. Thus:
- Mens Sana: Homework started to require more and more time since 2007. We keep our brains` abstract problem-solving centers in shape with a little DS game called Brain Age 2. Chris writes in a journal a page per day about what he read in a book that day (or earlier). I program little bits for him or myself. We're also learning to touch-type, MavisBeacon-style, as much as its bugs allow us.
- Corpore Sano: Since we came to Calgary we're still looking for a good Karate dojo for my kid and me. In the meanwhile, I push some weights at home every now and then, and of course, the warehouse work is sometimes a physical challenge. We also cycle. Hiking on the slopes of Nose Hill Park is always fun, as we expected when we chose this spot of Calgary to move to. Trying to get my kid rollerblading too (rather than walking with skates on)...
- Spiritus Sano: And we're taking care of a little rescued kitten: Poof-Poof. Before we get to the entertainment part of the day, we do chores (washing, cleaning, ornanizing, taking out recyclables).
- And what do we do for fun? (because as much involvement as the above require, I do indulge in several forms of entertainment )
- In buses (or waiting for them), in the bathtub and in any odd moment when I can't do something else, I read. Right now, mostly news (Calgary Metro and the New York Times), on my iPhone and Anne McCaffrey's Pern series (I'm at book 1 - Dragonflight). My kid started on Riordan's Olympian series, now at book 1, The Lightning Thief. I gave up reading to him Jules Verne's Mysterious Island. Let him do it himself when he gets to it.
- Playing computer games in general seems to take more of my time now that my kid got a taste for it. At least he gets to have fun spelling words for himself, solving logical puzzles and learning to add and substract in a really practical way (stats, gold, skills, ingredient quantities, etc.) Spore is a great science and moral playground on which we study hands-on silly biology, ethics and tongue-in-cheek politics.
- I try to keep my Neopets alive and I develop Sylkrion's Battledome stats (place your mouse over my pets' images on the right). Join me if you want (click on Sylkrion, the Cloud Eyrie to create a Neopet of your own)
- When the computer is busy with a working (or playing) Daddy (and the WII or DS Lite consoles are out of reach or he already had his fill of them), kid`s playing with LEGO and origami
- We're doing all that much more often now that we are TV-free; most of the shows we used to watch kept being cancelled, so we dropped the boob toob...
- My web pages are (still) in dire need of a spring cleaning; I played for a while with the idea of doing them up as a wiki, but abandoned that since my favorite wiki engine is getting more and more difficult to configure. So these pages shall wait in their various stages of completion until I get my current project, Monade, off the (alpha) ground.
- My studies in Cognitive Science at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON Canada are left behind, with 1 credit left to take and the prospectus of my dissertation on hold. I hope not on definitive hold. I still watch and help my co-workers as they use various tools (both virtual and real), thus gathering data for my applications and refining the MonDoc principles. However, the actual job of distilling the principles into a consistently modular pattern language, with abstraction/application level-bounds well defined... will have to wait for me to find the proper frame of mind and build the right tool. Or for someone else to come out with something similar.
Though there's not much development posted on this site yet, the few people who help me test MonDoc-related projects or my site in general, should go here first; the good news is that I am about to concentrate my spare time on building my Monade project.
Why is the Monicsoft site about its owner rather than about the company?
On May 13, 2005, Monicsoft became a registered business in Canada, and these pages were about to change. However, that didn't pan out (my goals and my ex-wife's goals seemed at the beginning to go the same way, but they turned out irreconciliably different, which led to our separation and my focusing on mental rather than material life). So I'm still keeping only my personal pages here.
Drop me a line if you have a comment about my pages or their content. I like to hear other people's opinions, so the little note () under Arthur, present on every page and shaped like a yellow note page with a blue tack stuck in it is a quick email link.