Just what constitutes 'current work' changes pretty rapidly, as people request new things, as projects get shoved to back burners, and as enthusiasms wax and wane. What I've been working on in recent years is reflected in on-the-fly web documents, many of which are concerned with the complexities of information systems that students have to cope with (though that really describes about 90% of my job anyhow). These weblets are primarily a means for me to track my own processes of thinking and discovery, and organize (and thus be able to relocate...) things I've enquired into; secondarily they're intended to provide an efficient means to point others at what I've been up to. The list is becoming unwieldy, but until I get around to classifying or otherwise reorganizing, they're in more or less LIFO order: Whenever I start working on a project I find myself wandering into uncharted territory, and frequently this leads to avalanches of new ideas (some good, some bad, etc. --and some just restatements of what I already knew). One of those insights is that the branching which characterizes web-wandering is the very essence of what 'life-long learning' is all about: the web is endlessly fascinating, but it's a problem to figure out how to organize and keep track of the complexities one steps into. Lists like bookmarks are a start, but why not use the web itself --via HTML pages-- to keep track of the wanderings? No need to publicize the journey unless one wants to, but in some ways it's a superior diary mechanism (or is it an organism?) since it's always possible to put in a link to a digression.

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