30 April 2005

The working habits of Raymond Aron

Douglas Johnson's post Review: Getting Things Done by Ed Bliss (!), which mentions the “Stand-up Desk” used by "great writers like Hemingway, Woolf, Carroll, Nabokov and Winston Churchill", made me think about notes I had taken about the working methods of Philosopher and Sociologist Raymond Aron, une of the most influential French intellectuals in the twentieth century . Robert Colquhoun in his Raymond Aron. - Vol.1 : The philosopher in history 1905-1955, (London : Sage, 1986), p. 314 wrote : "Aron wanted to be free in the mornings to do his “serious” academic work and this would not have been possible on Le Monde, which appeared in the afternoon. It was at this time, therefore, that Aron established a work routine which when he was in Paris, did not normally vary. On his own admission, he had “great self discipline”, but if he tried to do too much, he slept badly and was unable to continue the next day. Accordingly he used to work at home every morning, from 7.30 till lunch time, week-end included, and this left him free to see people in the afternoons and to read after dinner. Thus to those who asked him how he managed to write so much, his reply was: “I don’t work long hours, but I work every day”. Even on his daughter wedding day he simply stopped working a little earlier than usual." (p. 314) He also gives the following quote from Roger Priouret: “One can ask anything of Raymond Aron, save a single hour of his mornings”(Roger Priouret, "Immuable et changeante", Le Figaro, 30 mai 1959.)

29 April 2005

TB: I lied about Iraq

A wonderful idea: www.ILiedAboutIraq.com. Try it!

If you follow the link, it directs you to Tony Blair's personal election campaign homepage! Political Geographer Nick Megoran, a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge who created the link issued the following statement to explain his action:

I welcomed Mr Blair's election victory in 1997, looking forward to seeing his promised 'ethical foreign policy' implemented. Instead, we have witnessed the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, undertaken at the behest of the USA and by the wilful deception of parliament and people.
As someone who, in the course of my work, travels frequently in Muslim Central Asia, I have been struck by how respect and admiration for Britain a decade ago has been transformed into scorn and loathing. This squandering of such goodwill, and the generation of such antipathy, is solely due to Mr Blair's reckless foreign policy. It cannot but be harmful for the UK, but the consequences will be felt long after Mr Blair has departed the political scene.
I cannot in all conscience vote for the party I once supported, and will cast my ballot for a candidate who has opposed this ghastly military misadventure. I urge others to do the same."

24 April 2005

Map: Panregions: Regional World cities

I have come across this most fascinating map today, showing the GaWC panregions: regional World cities, produced by the Globalization and World Cities - Study Group & Network at the University of Loughborough.

GaWC panregions: regional World cities map

23 April 2005

GTD on Devonthink

I have posted yesterday a graph of my implementation of GTD on Devonthink. It shows on the left the thought process and on the right the structure of the folders I use. It is intended to provide clarification about the Screenshots I have previously posted on Flickr. As ever, all comments are most welcomed.

Click to view the full size graph

21 April 2005

43 Folders Wiki

There is now a very interesting 43 Folders Wiki, a companion to the 43 Folders blog. The title comes from the number of folders used to build a tickler file system, one of the is site’s title, 43 folders, refers to the number of folders required to build a physical tickler file system: 12 monthly folders and 31 daily folders. It is one of the core components of the Getting Things Done methods.

Mind Mapping Vs Concept Mapping

I have just discovered the The concept mapping website which functions as a wiki. It has a discussion on Mind Mapping Vs Concept Mapping

Using both concept maps and mind maps, I cannot help but feel that the example of mind map given, does not really sound like a mind maps but more like a caricature of a mind map.

19 April 2005

Getting Things Done on Devonthink

I initially discovered David Allen's Getting Things Done through Ryan Holcomb's excellent template Getting Things Done Tinderbox document also available through the Tinderbox's Public File Exchange page. I have however now moved to Devonthink and, having read the book, have developped my own template, which seem to work very well for me. I have posted a couple of month ago a few screen shots on my flickr account and, much to my surprise, it has already been viewed 674 times (not including me). It perhaps would be an idea for me to also make the template available on-line.

Getting things done on Devonthink