I tend to use a variety of meta-learning techniques. The first one is simply to monitor my daily work and progress. I have notebooks from 30 years ago filled with my daily juggling notes, notebooks from 20 years ago full of daily banjo progress, and notebooks going back 10 years full of mathematical success and failure. Other notebooks on my shelf document medical progress. If I look, I could find the note from 1988 when I first was strong enough to drive a stick shift, a year after my 1987 automobile accident.
Here is a photo of what some of my notebooks look like at this very moment:
If you are curious, here is a random page from a random notebook:
The page reads:
December 15, 2003
New Things I’ve done in the last 5 days
Flown in an airplane
Seen the Pacific Ocean
Been in California
Seen the Bush Man
Had an In-Out Burger
Rode on a cable car
Been in San Francisco
Been in Hyde Park
Been in the Redwood forests
Had an Art Opening
Saw rice paddies
Been in a telecommunications switching facility
Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge
Flown over Salt Lake City
When working on a computer, there are other simple ways to document ones progress. Here is a picture of the current graph of my progress on the 153 SOA sample problems:
The graph goes back about 70 days, and simply shows how many of the problems I solved each day (about 15, on average). Those problems are only part of my daily studying.
One more video post. This tune really shows off a fretless instrument in its’ best light, because the entire songs is full of slides. Watch the fingers on my left hand, and you can see them sliding down the fretboard over and over.
I have to admit that my ulterior motive for the new floor in my house is so that I can get more good scraps for another home-made banjo. I am glad that I gave this banjo to a good friend, but I do miss it.
While I am posting old videos up here, I thought that I would post some clips from my old clown days. I think that this was filmed in 1998 or 1999 in a school near Philadelphia. Maybe Collegeville, or Pheonixville. What a blast.