This reflection of the NOW from

Years ago I summarized the enterprise below in these words:

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.
This list chronicles the evolution of my 'current work' during the last 10 years or so, as people requested new things, as projects got shoved to back burners, and as enthusiasms waxed and waned. During that decade I developed the habit of collecting what I was working on as on-the-fly web documents (in essence protoblogs), 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 were primarily a means for me to track my own processes of thinking and discovery, and to organize (and thus be able to relocate...) things I've enquired into; secondarily they've been intended to provide an efficient means to point others at what I've been up to. The list is long and unwieldy, and in more or less LIFO order: