I’m a little late on this one – Usually I put it up in January, but never late than never!
It seems like I read less this year than in previous years, but a lot of what I was doing was working through coding exercises. Also, we moved in the middle of the year, and a whole lot of bad stuff happened too. At one point I was working two jobs. So, life happening plus less time to read combined with working through coding textbooks meant this year was anemic when it came to books. Still, I hope you find some value in the list below. There are books on history, international affairs, religion, mathematics, epidemiology, and of course, many fiction books.
So my semester is just about done. I am finished with my SQL class, and am awaiting the final grades in my International Relations class. I finished my Future Cities class on EDX as well. Whew! Now I can graduate!
So, school done, what next? Well, I am working on continuing to burnish my computer skills – Python and R, both very big languages in Data Science. For the spring, I am signed up for a class for R and also a class on how to use programming to do linear algebra – this will be in Python.
At this point, I think my future direction may lie in Computational Epidemiology.
In addition, I am reading. As always, I will post a list of the books I read this year in January. Right now, I am reading a book on the history of the number Zero, and a book on Topology. For fun, I have been reading HALO books. I’ve never really played the game but it’s a cool setting.
Anyway, more later!
I missed two days, but I am not going to stop my NaBloPoMo because of that. What have I been doing?
Well, Sunday was church. I have had a certain issue on my mind that I’ve been praying about, and while I don’t have a clear answer yet, things have been moving, so we’ll see.
I finished my International Affairs textbook, and wrote another essay for the class. Two left before the end of the year – and one I’m not sure what I’m going to write about. In SQL, I read about transactions, and I started coding one. I think I know how to finish it, and when I do, I’ll post it here. One more optional program after this! I should mention, that when I’m done with these two classes, I will graduate with a Certificate in Software Development.
So, exploring the field of Epidemiology, as I mentioned previously, is one thing I’ve been doing. I am taking an online class on it. I am also working through another go-at-your-own-pace class from Harvard / EDX on Global Health. That one has been very interesting as it has tied into a lot of things I’ve studied in International Security and International Affairs. It even has brought back some of the reading I did on feminism; namely, philosophers like Foucault. I would like to write more about this, so hopefully tomorrow!