Nov 17, 2014: Activity Log

November 17, 2014 at 10:59 am (Rant, Thinking) (, , , , , , , , )

I thought I’d write a quick post about what I’ve been up to recently (mostly for myself). I can’t talk about some of the neat side projects I have going on at work, but I’m using Entity Framework, MVC, Web API, and the D3 web visualization library and it’s fun stuff.

I spent some time on the weekend watching some more videos for some Coursera courses I’m taking. It got me playing around with R, the statistics software. This is a pretty nifty system; in my opinion much better than my MatLab experiences (although still similar in some ways). It’s worth checking out if you do anything with numbers. The best part is that it’s free! You have no reason NOT to check it out!

Also, I spent a short while playing with WebGL. I wrote some quick app stuff to get it going and see what was required. My initial reaction is that it’s pretty low level, code-wise. You have to have a pretty good grasp of OpenGL, and a very good grasp of shader programs. Still, it looks pretty nice for what it is; definitely worth playing around more.

I’ve also been reading a book on criminal profiling (for fun). There’s some interesting stuff there, and it’s rekindled my interest in psychology as well. I’m trying to find a decent (and inexpensive) Kindle book on Amazon that covers a good overview of psychology. I picked one out and it ended up not being supported on the version of Kindle that I have. Sad days.

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