Well, having finished the various papers I wanted completed before turning to other things, I’ve now turned to other things. What I’ve not mentioned so far is that I’m actually on sabbatical this semester. Due to being too stupid to say flat out NO to various things, even though it was supposed to start in early January, I did not really get things together until the end of the month, but I’m happy to report that I’m properly in sabbatical mode now.
My plan for the sabbatical is to work on a specific project, and little else, right through until the late Summer. Sabbaticals come only once every seven years, and so I want to structure things to use the time as well as I can, but the nature of what I want to do with the time means I need to disconnect a bit, so I won’t be attached to a particular institution (as is common with sabbaticals), but instead will be a bit of a nomad. At times, I’m just going to be on Walkabout for a long stretch, taking my work with me wherever I go (the wandering is actually part of the work, in a sense) and just lying low, drifting from town to town like Kwai Chang Caine (I’ll try not to get into any fights, and, for the record, I’ve no plans to go to Thailand). Appropriately, therefore, I’ve dug out a snap from a recent visit to the desert by way of illustration.
From time to time I might show up in your town, so wave if you see me. My current trajectory sees me in Western Europe for a bit, perhaps washing up on the shore of various cities in countries such as England, Scotland, Spain, and France… who knows. Much depends upon how I feel upon getting up in the morning. Later trajectories may see me doing bits of the Americas, and also Asia. I’ll report here from time to time.
The Project? It is exciting to get to stop and do more than just poke at it a bit. What is it? Well, it is mostly in my head and I can’t really tell you about it since I really don’t like publicly discussing my ideas when they are not more fully formed than this is so far. The act of doing so tends to feed back on the forming process in ways that I do not believe it is yet ready for, so I’ll try to leave chatting about it until later. Sorry. Beware that I’m allowing myself the freedom to try something that won’t work, so it is also possible that you won’t hear about it at all because it failed. So it is with the process of trying to do something new and worthwhile. I like it this way.
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