“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe.
Yes, I have been rather busy lately and every time I think it might slow down I somehow find myself with even less available time. None the less, there are some topics I want to work on with this blog; yes, more long series. Two of them I have covered before but these will be updated versions. If you haven’t guessed, one will be Machiavelli’s The Prince. The other will be Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
I will be working on The Prince series first, then The Art of War will follow, and these will be a one post a week series, probably Mondays. These two books have been identified as important and relevant to business as much as politics, diplomacy, and war. Likewise those who are intrigued by history, those who wish to avoid repeating it, or any of the previously mentioned topics, should find these entries of interest.
I will also be working on a concurrent series that will involve research studies and other pieces of factual information on various topics as I come across them. I will likely start with a topic brought up by fellow blogger Robert Goldstein during the online cult series; he mentioned addiction to online gaming, and there is research on the topic. But there is also research into the benefit of online gaming for other areas that are worth looking at.
There are other topics to which research studies apply that may also be relevant to PMAF that are related to organizations, government, failed states, etc., and as I come across them, they may be subject of a blog post. Something I always found interesting about research studies is that they are not all created equal, some are more generalizable to larger populations than others and this impacts reliability and validity.
I am also still toying with the idea of adding an arts and poetry weekly post, mostly because, why not? I used to practice writing poetry, painting, and drawing and I could use some incentive for getting back into it again. Also, I can see many of you are artists and poets yourselves, amazing artists and poets at that. I will never reach your levels, but damn if you don’t inspire me to at least try.
Besides, part of the fun of something like art or poetry (writing too) is that raw talent or no, practice is always required to develop it. And that is also a big part of its attraction for me. I don’t expect to produce anything professional level, but I do thoroughly enjoy the creative process. I also think it is important to reinforce to others the importance of practice. Too many times I have seen people be discouraged because they were new to it.
Or they got discouraged the first time they encounter someone who is a little better than them, or the first time they encounter a vicious critic so they quit and consider themselves failures. That is truly unfortunate because for one thing, art and poetry is associated with the concept of beauty for a reason: it’s all in the eye of the beholder. And it takes practice. Too many times people assume raw talent and no practice; so not true.
So that’s what is on the game plan or at least under consideration. If there are any other topics anyone would like to suggest in addition to online gaming addiction, I welcome those in the comments section. Cheers and thanks for reading!