## Saturday, March 31, 2007

### I am reading more Bowles this weekend.

## Thursday, March 29, 2007

### Programming school work very successful

For Stella I had written down my ideas right in front of the professor after thinking up the program in the Tuesday lecture. It took about an hour or two but I implemented them alright in Stella. I can go further now with the basic modeling done. I modeled a labour negotiations game based on the social cooperation game in Bowles chapter 12 which was the game we studied last week. I only implemented the basic game and not the evolution of strategies or populations or conventions. I tied labour negotiation strategies into the wage and effort variables for worker negotiation strategies and for employer choice of strategies I tied in monitoring and effort. I merely accumulated payoffs from the game. I now need to tie the game back into the main model as a collective agreement or perhaps as a strike or lock out.

In R I used the professor's quick blackboard R code from our probability course and did it from memory but did the work of looking up all the help files for each command. I modeled a one dimensional random walk but need to make a very nice plot still. I did the code in a

## Tuesday, March 27, 2007

### I handed in the third assignment yesterday.

## Monday, March 26, 2007

### The last question has a general answer.

## Sunday, March 25, 2007

### I have all but one question completed now.

### I did my proof reading. But am distracted now with my partner waking up and my own household work.

I read some of an article by Rosenberg and X on home care and volunteerism in Canada that uses Statistics Canada data from 1997. I also read more about managing volunteers and hiring a manager of volunteers or leader of volunteers. Political correctness is so correct these days. This article helped inspire some of my cleaning of our house.

I also read the preface to a book on markov cycle processes and at least know this is a leading area of research. My professor has suggested only reading our textbook. I should follow up on his suggestion and did not read more of the book on markov cycling.

### Still meeting this morning plans in the probability assignment.

I have worked about 6 or 7 hours this morning. This was the rate of 7 hours per weekend day that I had planned for two weekends ago and it was finally achieved today. But last weekend and the weekend before I fell short. Also during weekdays I have not yet made the number of hours to complete 149 hours final exam study. I have though done ten hours on assignment #3 so far. This exam study must be done or I will fail the course.

If I have some time left over today before sleeping I intent to model Bowles' labour game from the problem set. I would also like to begin to review lecture notes today.

### Assignment #3 progressing nicely as planned.

### Assignment #3.

### We have formed a study group for complex economic systems study.

### We added more variables to our model.

I have been to Harvard in the early 1970's to visit an architect's office before and a performance theatre building. This was with my father and the architect was a family friend. I have also been to MIT in the past again with my father before I was a university student.

## Thursday, March 22, 2007

### Probability homework progressing.

## Monday, March 19, 2007

### I attended class tonight

### I did not get the probability homework done by today.

## Sunday, March 18, 2007

### I completed another problem in the third assignment.

I just printed the work I have done on assignment three and will proof read it this morning. I would be nice to have this assignment done by Monday, one week early.

### I read parts of chapter 8 and chapter 12 of Bowles on the bus yesterday.

## Saturday, March 17, 2007

### I typeset the beginnning of two problems now and solved and finished one of these problems.

## Wednesday, March 14, 2007

### I completed reading chapter 13 now.

I have the next probability assignment questions now and they seem easier than the last assignment problems. I am fairly sure I can solve them all with only the textbook. I typeset the beginning of the first problem which is a simple markov chain problem for N= 0,1,2,3, and 4.

## Sunday, March 11, 2007

### All the probability problems for the second assignment are started now.

### I attended a wobbly regional gathering.

## Saturday, March 10, 2007

### My study plan was distorted.

### Only three required chapters left to read in Beinhocker.

I also started reading the references and footnotes in Beinhocker and will be searching out some journal articles this morning. I am taking a short break from studies to attend a union gathering and then come home and sleep. So I have about 2 more hours at home to study and prepare to travel for the day.

I started the Bowles' readings for the week. I will also search the library now for this week's suggested readings.

### I read Ian Hacking's account of Pascal's wager

### I read chapter 11 now in Beinhocker.

I purchased a license to use Stella and the first model I made at home on my laptop was a markov chain representing two gravity wells or basins of attraction. I could not get Stella to do this right.

### I am still working on this probability assignment.

## Sunday, March 04, 2007

### I have two questions done in our second assignment and I started a third problem.

I am also doing some computing tasks including backing up one computer, installing the latest release of Debian 3.1 r 5 on an old Pentium 1 laptop, researching control and machines in their social context of surveillance, and of course I am reading other subjects like an academic book on volunteering. I also am following Second Life and have now purchased a copy of the Matrix On-Line. I won't play this Matrix game until I have my assignment completed. So the game will wait until Thursday evening.

### Our group met to discuss our project and term paper.

## Friday, March 02, 2007

### I am reading a book on economic-environmental modeling

- Bratt, L. C. & van Lierop, W. F. J. eds.
*Economic-Ecological Modeling*(North-Holland: Elsevier Science,-IIASA, 1987).