The Makings of a Good DayApril 21st, 2008 · 9 comments
A Good Day
It’s a nice spring day here in Boston. This morning, when I arrived at my office at MIT, I decided it was too nice to spend staring at a computer screen. After a quick triage on my schedule, I brought some class readings to a local coffee shop.
After I finished what I needed to get done, I wandered over to the humanities library to participate in one of my favorite activities: wandering the stacks looking for random interesting sections. I soon stumbled across a shelf of books on academic theories of motivation. I pulled down a collection of papers from a symposium held at the University of Nebraska in the early 1990’s. This in turn brought to my attention a particular research team, from the University of Rochester, that has been uncovering a theory of self-determination and motivation that has strong resonance to our recent discussions.
I tracked down the group’s web site and printed a few of the more interesting looking papers. My plan for the rest of the day: I’m going to bring these papers downtown to read while I eat a hot dog, watch the marathon, and enjoy the sun.
The only thing missing is a little transitor radio to keep me up to speed on the Sox game — but somehow I get the feeling, in the downtown Boston crowd, these updates won’t be hard to come by.
Yes, a good day indeed…