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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Why isn’t there a new build of Zombie Mansion!?!

August 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm (Programming, Rant, Thinking) (, , , , )

This is the question that all of the voices in my head have been asking me. The general answer is this: I’ve been busy. I do have a new build that should have fixed all of the issues from the first demo build, but I keep getting distracted from verifying that it’s all ready and packaged.

What’s been keeping me so busy though? Well, a number of things. I started taking several courses on Coursera recently; this is one of the things. I’m taking courses on game theory and cognitive psychology and a couple others. So that’s taken some of my attention.

I’ve been spending some time filling in gaps of my knowledge as well. I bought a book that has a lot of general knowledge topics, so it’s led to some additional reading. For example, I’ve always had an interest in psychology, but I haven’t formally studied it; it’s usually been about reading periodicals and research papers, etc. So I read through a general overview and history of it to cover up the gaps. The theories and relationships of Freud and Jung are interesting to me as well. I’ve always been a little iffy on Jung’s research, but it’s sparked a bit of additional effort to learn more about how his distilled theories originated.

Also, I’ve been looking to help a friend out with some web programming stuff. It’s similar to what I do at work right now, but I’ve had to spend a fair amount of time getting up to speed. Unfortunately, I’ve been somewhat stretched by additional responsibilities at work and home, so I’ve been lagging behind a bit.

Man I do a lot of stuff, and this isn’t even the complete list…

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