Definitely out-of-synch. I'm splitting my attention multiple ways, and I don't have enough of a head of steam to feel like I'm making progress. (Work is big, I'm behind on my chores, been studying conjuring a bit this week, am not even following politics or sports.) I've been putting in time each day, but I don't feel any advancement since the Vegas trip.
For conjuring, I recently learned that classic professionals like Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini and more had their few television or film appearances transcribed to tape, and now to DVD. Seeing how these guys handled themselves is a revelation. Many of the routines I saw last night were from the 1945 "Stars of Magic" album, so I had done the routines myself, years ago. Vernon's moves floored me... everything I saw was more persuasive than what I have seen from others. Slydini's manner wasn't as fluid and empathic as I expected... he ran on his own rhythm more than the spectator's, I suspect. I'm looking forward to some rare films of John Ramsay, the Scottish greengrocer who refined his awareness of where his audience would look next.
After viewing my first Vernon classes last night I realized how great an influence he has had on me, across endeavors... he kept on reminding "be natural", "cut wasted movement", "get to the point", "focus on the effect on the audience"... these themes guided me in gaming, music, writing, philosophy, more. Hadn't realized until last night that his work was the first that spuured this in me.
Always carrying some audio and a dictionary, and usually a grammar book too... I'm learning a new thing or two each day, but need to get a solid chunk of work in to feel like I've made good use of the day.