Best laid plans...
If the Lord be willing and gracious still with me, then I shall—though I wasted the 1st week of the year—be disciplined enough to concentrate sufficiently and be free from distraction, drama, or calamity long enough to do
— another deep dive of IAUA's Holy Scriptures, contained in the Old and New Testaments (w/ Apocrypha), going cover-to-cover hopefully by the end of the year
— 31 to 32 other books I've checked out/ renewed from the local circulation library or downloaded from public domain if I can't find a hard copy, all taking 11 to 12 days each, but 2 of the books below, which I also hope to get done by year-end.
The key to all this of course is to activate my latent red hot passionate desire to make myself a better servant to my Lord, my brothers, and my sisters. This isn't necessary of course for all people (id est, people who simply fulfill the objectives they set), but I find that if I don't have the motivation, I'm apt to backslide into slothful dissipation.
At 1/2/21 01:23 PM, Jackho wrote:
Happy goaling my fellow biblionauts, may your literary quests be broad and fruitful.
May the challenge be successfully met by all who undertake it, may they be fruitful and enriching primarily for the readers of these books and texts as well as actual NG community members, not merely for the unseen but ever-present marketing affiliates with their lucrative datamining bot nets, and may the readers become more fully actualized people who love the truth and realize their inner potential to the greater glory of God, being more able to meet the challenging days ahead of us as the love of many waxes cold and iniquities abound.
At 1/3/21 03:34 PM, SlutasaurusRex wrote:
After college I realized I should have studied art
Nah. You'll win.
I resolved to make my own curriculum and study on my own
Art comes from suffering, not college, per se. Only believe and fill up—you'll pour out.
This posthumanist world's old institutions aren't what they once were. College is optional—an overpriced social club—a credentialing and grant-grubbing racket. Though some may be vulnerable to potentially lethal fits of laughter hearing such a claim, NG's instructional and creative value alone is greater than a gaggle of art schools. STEMs are the only economic "should" for formal study, and even then there's Khan Academy, classic Encyclopaedia Britannica, etc., for structure.
I'd be honored if you joined me in my Shakespeare fever
I, for one, not only welcome and plot to collaborate with our civilisation-preserving Saurian overlord, and encourage others to do likewise, but also raise you
— one (1) work of John Thomas Looney, "Shakespeare" Identified (1918) [makes the case that Shakespeare is pen name for Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and Queen Elizabeth I Tudor's Lord Great Chamberlain]
— two (2) works of Dorothy and Carlton Ogborn, The Renaissance Man of England (~80 pages) (1949) and This Star of England—“William Shakes-speare”—Man of the Renaissance (~1,200 pages) (1952) [gets into nitty gritty of de Vere = Shakespeare]
Heard a compelling case that de Vere is Shakespeare—that de Vere was on Team Lancaster [Romeo, "Montague"] and Elizabeth a Tudor [Juliet, "Capulet"] cinched it for me—so I intend to verify—and likewise invite you if you please—by reading these myself if God continues to be exceedingly gracious with this worm.