How the last quarter went
So I got this music controller I brought to the UK and indeed I used it about 3 two this quarter which is already better than nothing. Unfortunately, my musical exploration never go further than simples sketches which rot to death on my laptop.
I did not complete my goal of finishing one song and I don’t feel like doing one this term (this is about feelings, not results!), but instead I want to focus on playing more piano. Therefore, my goal is to be to play at least one of these piano pieces:
I found a project which is also worth publishing open source! The politics research project I am writing crawlers for is definitely worth a publication, so that other researchers in the are can get a head start. I like where this is going.
Interestingly, doing a lot of philosophy this term has changed the way I think about vegetarianism. My current rule is to avoid meat as long as it is a reasonable decision. Otherwise, cooking is fun.
I have been starting up my running training and now that the date is getting closer, I need get a training plan and stick to it!
Having to write essays for University makes it kind of essay to publish random thoughts of philosophy on the blog, so that is what I have been doing. I bit of a cheat, but better than nothing!
My library record for this term states 30 books and even though I only read like three of them front to back I definitely exceeded the expectations here.
… from now on will take place in the first 7 days of the beginning quarter.
Goals picked up last quarter
Because there is such a big buzz currently around this topic, I wanted to get my own perspective instead of having to rely on the media and scientific articles. As a consequence I got some books and I will work through them the next 9 months.
There still is a ridicules buzz around AI, but I have been able to cut through and have been reading through magazines, then articles and then papers and textbooks. My opinion is quite well summed up here: http://edge.org/response-detail/26678
I also started an online Machine Learning course which is dues to finish soon and I will be sitting in ML classes this term.
I wanted to build a software simple to use which allows to curate a lot of data of certain topics of the internet. As easy as that. And I did it or at least I started doing it. Web crawling involves a lot of different discipline, but I think it is going to be worth it. The internet is the biggest database there is. Knowing what’s going on there is more than just a competitive edge.
Because AI involves statistics from time to time I thought I might brush up on it, so I got myself some books. I read these books or at least the parts I deemed to be useful and I definitely have better picture of it now regarding what it can do — and what not.
When I got the books on statistics I realised that I can also get some backgrounding maths so I got the books for the BSc Maths. Mathematics is not a simple thing and therefore it takes some time get all the things right. Especially here I want to focus on quality as doing things fast does not really lead you anywhere.
I am on my way to a first. Currently, my personal prediction is at a 69%, so there is still something to do.