The List (1)

I’m not going to be caught out like I was yesterday so I have written a list of jobs to do.

  1. Get up
  2. Take Julia to work
  3. Go back home
  4. Make cup of tea
  5. Make toast
  6. Turn computer on
  7. Check WP
  8. Check emails
  9. Procrastinate

So far, I have to admit, it is going well. I am particularly pleased with the procrastination and have managed to pass an hour playing games, reading false news and generally depressing my IQ.

I am going to-

10. Recycle my tea
11.Ā  Make more tea
12.Ā  Do some of the OU course on War Memorials

Numbers 1 to 11 are, of course, the general clutter that needs clearing everyday, though I often leave it until evening if I am at work. The tasks expand, as they say, to fill the available time. I have now, usefully employed just over an hour of my time to finish the course “War Memorials and Commemoration”, as listed at Number 12. It was a bit of a grind because there are 50 pages from a book to be read from the screen, which isn’t easy, and that’s before you realise that it’s 50 pages about critical analysis and various concepts which are not easy for a man of little brain who really wants to learn about war memorials.

I’m feeling quite good about things now. I would probably have put the course off for another day if it hadn’t been for the list, as I’d stalled on the reading when they started on the theory of criticism. I hadn’t realised it would be there. However, I made myself restart it and had started to enjoy it by the end. Fortunately the last 20% of the material was about war memorials and I know enough about them already for the discussions to present no problems.

13. Write blog post.

I just did that. It’s amazing how a list helps…

22 thoughts on “The List (1)

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Read/look at/listen to something for pleasure, then do it again, not for pleasure. Examine lots of similar stuff. Then read lots of stuff about the author/artist/composer. Write about it in the context of the time it was written, and the context we now live in but don’t let your knowledge of the author/artist or your personal thoughts cloud the issue. Work in a few theories about sex. Edit it three times, make sure you agree with the author of the OU article and that’s it.

      Eighty five words and you now know as much as I do about it. I may have summarised a few points and interpreted a little loosely for the sake of directness and brevity, which were not virtues of the original article.

      1. tootlepedal

        This is a very comprehensive lesson. I am grateful as I have seen the phrase but never knew what it indicated. I shall drop into conversation with Mrs T soon and she will surely be impressed.

        I am applying my new found skills to your posts.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        I fear that Mrs T may not be as impressed as you hope. The Critical Theory as practised by wives is a completely different sort of thing. Julia has just been applying it to my sartorial standards.

      3. quercuscommunity Post author

        It is good that you are still working to impress her. Part of Julia’s argument was that my lack of standards in trousers amounts to a callous disregard of her feelings. In fact, by using black gaffer tape to repair a small hole I was trying to save her the effort of a more conventional repair.

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