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Nov 28, 2011               

Things still to be done on my sites

As I said yesterday, I always must make do with little energy and cope with pain having ME for the thirtyfourth year in little over a month. Also, I do have a large site or perhaps: sites (in fact, there are two, one in Amsterdam and one in Copenhagen, but they are, or should be, the same in content, in principle), on which there are ongoing projects and things I still plan to do, if and when I have the energy and the mood.

Here is a list, for my own convenience and in case you were interested - and note please that all relates to what is on the site as is, not to what I would like to have on the site:

The section titles (when arrived at) contain the relevant links.

0. General reformatting

- I need to properly fix the blue backgrounds that I use for the site;
- some of the arrow pictures I use;
- some of the other pictures I use;
- check some of the html;
- check some of the links;
- and possibly introduce some JavaScript.

Mostly, this is time consuming and boring stuff, and while I like my site to look nice, I do not plan on giving it "a professional look", because I generally dislike that (generally, it comes from a box at Microsoft or Dreamweaver - or looks as if it should have).

But I think most of the things on the list need doing, and it is possible I try to do some of it, such as the blue background, this year.

As to checking some of the html: I have written nearly all of the site in WYSIWYG editors. This is far more productive than writing html with a text-editor doing all the tags oneself, and I certainly will continue to do so, but it is alas also true that (1) the various WYSIWYG editors I use or have used - Adobe PageMill, Microsoft Frontpage, KompoZer, and the Composer that's in Seamonkey, of which I tend to like the last the best - all have at least some irritating quirks that need workarounds, and (2) most of them make a real mess of the html for human eyes. I do intend to take a look at it, but am not sure what I want to do, also given the little health I have, and the size of the site (310 MB, mostly text in html).

As to checking the links: Perhaps I do a search for dead links, but I make no promises.

As to JavaScript: There is a little on the site, but I have not used it for the site. I may add some for the site, but then this should be on a special portion of the site, since I don't trust the safety of JavaScript, and do not want others to force to use it to read my site. I still am thinking about how to do this best.

1. Hazlitt: Political Essays

This I started this year, and I still want to finish it, which will not happen in this year, mostly because the electronic edition I use is quite horrible, and it takes a LOT of work to get a somewhat decent looking and readable file.

2. Hazlitt: Principles of Human Action

I think this is mostly done as regards editing it for the site, but I do need a correction run or two, and I also want to write and add my comments.

Also - and this holds as well for the
Political Essays - it probably makes sense to reformat it without the original page numbers and page content. I did it as is, with the page numbers and content, because the electronic edition I use - also a bad one - does it this way.

3. Hazlitt: Table Talk

This is mostly done as html-edition for my site, and indeed I had a better electronic one to use for my html-edition than I had available for the previous two items. I do still want to insert links to backgrounds and my notes, but both are a lot of work to do well.

4. Multatuli: Specialiteiten (Dutch)

This has been mostly done as edition, and was done before this year. It's on this list because I plan to add comments and notes.

5. Multatuli: Minnebrieven (Dutch)

I did succeed putting a html-edition on line this year, but that still needs corrections and also probably looks better if I reformatted it without trying to maintain the original page numbers and contents.

And I also intend to add my comments and notes to this book, which is in fact, also according to Multatuli, his best book.

6. Multatuli: Ideen (Dutch)

This I succeeded in putting on line and writing comments on - all seven volumes - between 2001 and 2007. It's mostly finished, but it can do with a corrections run, and I also still need to extract my own comments from volumes 6 and 7.

7. Multatuli: Walter Pieterse (English)

This I found and put on line in my edition this year. It probably can do with a corrections run, and I may write some notes to it, or copy and translate some from the Dutch (which is in Ideen), although it is a bit difficult to decide on English notes and comments.

8. Bayle

I did start a html-edition of Bayle's Dictionary. I would like to finish it, but it's a lot of work, for a very small audience, or so I fear, so it is likely this will have to wait on more health. (If you like Martin Gardner, you may be interested: Bayle was a great skeptic, and if he was not an atheist or an academic skeptic, he was a fideist believer somewhat in the way Martin Gardner was, or is, if he is right: Gardner got a very religious upbringing he thought himself out of, but still preferred believing in a God, an afterlife, the possible efficacy of prayer etc. If one can be as intelligent and enlightened about it as Gardner was, while alive, I have no great objections.)

9. James: The Will to Believe

This I got edited and commented in Nederlog this year. It needs some corrections and needs incorporation in the James section on my site. (It's a pretty horrible essay, that needs contradicting, since it has been used so much to argue in favour of religious belief, and as if James had shown how and why one could be religious and rational. He didn't show this, though he pretended he had, and that's why it needs contradicting.)

10. Peirce: A theory of probable inference

This I also got edited in Nederlog this year, and I need to add a Peirce section to my site, where it can be added as a first piece. In fact, there is a Peirce section, but it needs to be added to the Map and Directories files. I'd like to write comments to it, but this will probably have to wait for a time with more health and energy.

11. Philosophical Dictionary

I did add some items this year, but not many, and need at least to finish the entries for philosophers with their dates. It also needs a corrections run, and some more items. If and when I get the health and energy, I'll write a larger one, but I do like it as it is, because it gives a fairly clear and brief exposition of what I think about various philosophical issues.

12. ME

This needs corrections and extensions, the last especially as regards the ME -Documentation and ME - Resources files. For this I need time and energy, and also the will to do it, which I don't on the moment have much of, having seen that a handful of verbal terrorist nutcases from crazy forums have succeeded in worsening the chances of all who are ill with ME/CFS by mobbing real scientists and honest and rational patients with abuse, bullshit and nonsense.

13. Logic

The logic section needs some serious corrections and overhaul, but to do this well I need more health and energy.

14. Computing.

As for the Logic section.

15. ME in Amsterdam (Dutch)

This needs some corrections and considerable updating from Nederlogs of 2009, 2010 and 2011. This I do hope to get done soon.

16. Nederlog

I did fix the backgrounds for 2011, but I need to fix them for all of Nederlog, and I also need to make some corrections at various places, though most of the typos can be understood from context, and it is a lot of work to check all of Nederlog.

17. Wittgenstein: Tractatus

I did rather a lot on this during 2011, but there still is a lot to be done, though there is a decent edition of the Tractatus, meanwhile. But quite a few comments still have to be added; all of the comments need a correction run; and there may be better editions than the one I used available, notably the translation by Ogden and Ramsey.

In summary: There still is a lot to do on and with the site, and the above list serves as an outline - a To Do List. It's quite probable I missed something, but then again of the above I am at least aware, and I hope to do something about it, health permitting, to be sure.

UPDATES: (last: Jan 25, 2012)

I decided to keep track here of the things I have changed so far. A prefixed "-" means it's being worked on; a prefixed "+" means it has been uploaded.

0. General reformatting

Dec 7: Fixed backgrounds in + Nedernieuws (2004-2005) and Nederlog (2006-...). Note for foreigners: Until 2010 most, though not all, Nederlogs are in Dutch, with a few in English.

Dec 8: Fixing backgrounds in ME in Amsterdam and related directories:

+ MEinAdam
  + VanTraa

  + CV
  + Nedernieuws
  + 2008ME

  + 2009ME
  + 2010ME

Still to do/finish (at least):

  - buromedisch
  - gggd
  - mein_10j
  - mein_adam
  - Nedernieuws
  - notities
  - politics
Dec 12: Fixed backgrounds in my + Philosophical Dictionary

            Idem in Help section.

Dec 13: Fixed backgrounds in my + Leibniz-section.

Dec 15: All backgrounds in my

+ Lao Tzu section,

Aristotle section,
+ Boetie section,
Burckhardt section,
Chamfort section and  
Descartes section have been fixed, and so have those in
IndexME2008 (that had been wrongly fixed before).

Dec 16: All backgrounds in my

+ Hobbes section and 
Hume section

1. Hazlitt: Political Essays

Nov 29: Fixed backgrounds in Hazlitt's + Political Essays

2. Hazlitt: Principles of Human Action

Nov 29: Fixed backgrounds in Hazlitt's and + Principles of Human Action.

Jan 25 2012
: Fixed backgrounds in:

+ Logic opening page (not yet the section)
+ Clifford section

+ "On 'The Logic of Moral Discourse'


Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
-- Dec 7, 2011: I decided to keep track of changes I made: See UPDATES


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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