I have begun listening to audio books recently and really enjoying them. I guess this an extension of beginning to listen to podcasts. I never felt like I got much out of audio listening but for fiction or ‘review’ type non-fiction it’s perfect. One habit I am going to try and cultivate is listening to an audio book and drawing.
For new non fiction that I really want to retain, however, it is not a good medium for me. I’m finding that video is not either. Both are too slow and too easy for my attention to wander. However I am going to explore listening to an audio book as a form of review for a book I am learning from.
The last few days have been dominated by finishing a blog post on running a Tonido server in a Docker container (I keep trying to write cocker there) and prep for a Castles and Crusaders game with O. I’ve realized a major difference with managing my autodidactic system using principles similar to my workout schedule is the time frame. Workouts take place in a contained space of time moving from one workout to the next whereas with learning I need to stay on some tasks until completion – like with writing the blog – which can take several sessions.
I’ve been thinking a lot about time and space a lot this morning. Listened to an OnBeing episode with Martha Wertheim and had some insights into the concept of space, virtual space and dimensions. Also a rethink of Descartes’ duality – maybe he was describing overlapping spaces rather than separate ones. Thoughts that tie into to idea of reality as a simulation and Sheldrake’s concept of consciousness as a field (that occupies space outside the body). All things that need to be expanded and fleshed out in a longer format.
Reviewed my projects and learning goals. I have felt myself slipping into ‘randomness’ again as far as my study and project management. I am planning a blog to explain things in more detail but essentially I’m going to approach my projects the same way as exercise – identify primary and secondary elements then rotate through them in a specific order with primary followed by secondary. However if I can’t get to a secondary project in a given day then it falls back into the queue so that the day always begins with work on a primary project.
I’m also going to make a quick note here of what I worked on as a reference.
Worked on AI course last night. Ended up reviewing the term ‘recursive’ which naturally led to iteration using Python examples. That led to reading about binomial coefficients, Fibonacci numbers, and Pascal’s Pyramid.
Then secondary study of Castles and Crusaders books and some notes to prepare for playing next week when the kids are off.
I’ve spent a significant amount of time – well, for me at least – playing with RemixOS and trying to get it to work well on my Dell Inspiron 1090, which spends lots of time sitting in random places until I get a bug and start using it for little projects here and there. Everything works fairly well actually, even the touch screen, and it is overall a wonderful experience. However, I cannot get it to come out of sleep mode or whatever version of that mode it is in since the ‘on’ indicator is still lit. Basically the screen will not turn back on after a certain amount of time.
Initially I thought I had fixed it installing the double tap app, so I could turn the screen off and on with screen taps. This app does not actually turn the screen fully off which is a huge disadvantage if I’m putting the computer down for long periods in terms of battery drain and killing the screen life. This only works for a few minutes and then the OS locks up.
Given the fact that Ubuntu works great with the MATE desktop and the probable advantage of distros like puppy, I’ll move experimentation with Remix to a VirtualBox machine on primary laptop.
Overall it does run well. I had problems with Netflix as well, though I did not spend too much time tweaking settings for GPU and HW acceleration.
For example, in two-dimensional space, we have vectors such as x = (3, 4) and y = (0, 2) .
I am just starting an EDx course on Artificial Intelligence and I just read this in the recommended book, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, in the math appendix and I realized it is a key-value pair, and or a tuple (I am thinking in Python terms though I think this is broadly applied to many languages)
So is this why a dictionary is hashable? It can be represented in such a way that every part is in relation to every other so if you know a few parts you can abstract or build the rest?
In other words, iterating through a dictionary takes the same amount of time no matter the size but not so with a list. In python. In some languages there is no distinction between a list and dictionary.
Here is an interesting site that describes the concepts in addition to the book.
Just read this Business Insider article about Tim Ferriss in which he shares the quote:
Jenny Sauer-Klein, cofounder of the acrobatics-yoga hybrid AcroYoga, introduced him to the idea “No hurry, no pause.”
This reminded me of the principle from Tom’s Danzan Ryu dojo, which I subsequently found out is an old sniper saying:
Slow is smooth and Smooth is fast
This was such an important principle for executing techniques that relied on being in sync with your uke.
I have not thought of it in a long time and it applies in the same way that Tim uses the Breema principle – slow down and smoothly execute and you will accomplish your goal.
Actually I use this a lot at work when the shit is hitting the fan to keep focused and not make mistakes.
I have been thinking about the algebra problem I helped my 14 yo with. Thinking in a ‘meta’ over principle context, Algebra right now, in these beginning stages, is about learning to recognize a problem and name or categorize it (polynomial, etc) and know what algorithm to apply to it – and in the next levels to take a problem and break it down into something that a familiar algorithm can be applied to – break it down into something that can be named or categorized and that a known algorithm can be applied to.
Programming is essentially the same. Framing a problem in such a way and breaking it down into pieces that can then be coded.
I remembered a mantra this morning during my meditation that I had used a lot in the past: Accept(inhale) Release(exhale)
I find such mantras helpful while attempting to maintain focus on the breath. This one has such a plethora of implications as well, from the physical acceptance or noticing of tension and then the subsequent release of the muscle. It can also refer to negative thoughts or emotional states.
The idea is based off previous thoughts around improv, stimulated by a TED talk which I cannot find right now (It was part of a TED radio hour podcast)!! However I did find this NPR article which describes what I was attracted to – the basic principles of improv:
First: say yes. No matter what the audience or improv member throws out there — go with it. Second, it’s not about you, it’s about the group. The group will create something greater than the sum of its parts. … And third, don’t think. Don’t let your head hold you back; improv is about impulse
This TED talk has some more excellent principles as well which apply so well, or which are also principles of, meditation. Such as listening.
Another interesting area these principles will apply is when I finally start playing RPG’s with Owen, hopefully dragging the other kids in. I need to look at playing Castles & Crusaders as an episode of improv, not the telling of a preconceived story.
Had a bit of a headache the last 13 hours or so, woke up still there and meditated and felt a lot of tension in my jaw. Once I let that go the headache was gone. Noticing the jaw brought me back to the eyes where I usually think to release based on a technique for relaxation and focus that I read by Gurdjieff many years ago. That fact has stuck with me for almost 30 years!!!
I found this quote after a quick Google search:
The fact that the eyes are accumulators is useful for a person who knows how to relax the eyes, and to bring consciousness to them. It means that the person can use the accumulators more intelligently, and, with a little further knowledge, gain access to the large accumulator, because the eyes have an indirect connection to it.
If I remember correctly the reference I am remembering was referring to Gurdjieff’s ability to recharge his energy and function on very little to no sleep, partly by not wasting energy on unnecessary tension, and also by access to some larger store of energy outside of himself. I assume that is the reference to the ‘large accumulator’.
Reading Sitepoint’s HTML5:Basics . The discussion of the ‘structure’ of HTML 5 was giving me a hard time because I keep associating structure with CSS. But I am now thinking of ‘structure’ like laying out all the parts of a bicycle. That’s your document, each part is a piece or element of the over all structure and each is a structure as well. You may have an idea of how to put all those pieces together but someone else may come along and put them together differently or even change the size of some pieces but the structure of each piece stays the same. A wheel is still round, the handlebars are still the same shape. CSS is what changes the look, how the pieces, the structures, are arranged. HTML 5 is the structure of each piece and the overall structure of the document, such as what is the main piece, what structure is a footer. I could also think of each element of the document being like a house – a structure – and CSS is what arranges the houses into neighborhoods.