What I'm up to this week (March 19, 2017)

A bit of a slow week last week, or at least not a ton of posts. This coming week I want to focus a bit:

  1. I’m continuing to make progress in my Fortran book, and I’m planning to make this my top priority if only to get it out of the way. Not that I’m not finding it interesting, but I already have some ideas of what to do with what I’m learning, so the sooner I can get the book finished the better.
  2. I did find an open source gerrymandering project I like, and I’ve even gone so far as to download the code. However, I haven’t messed with it much beyond that, so I’d like to at least try to take a stab at it this week.
  3. Other than those two, finishing up Probably approximately correct and a new side project with a friend of mine around baseball statistics (not so much an interest of mine, but a good learning opportunity I suspect) are things I’d like to get around to.

For now I’m not really prioritizing the Probably approximately correct book review because (spoiler alert) it’s been a slog getting through. More details to follow in the full review, but in a nutshell, there’s been a number of times I’ve been thrown off by some rather… bold claims made by the author about computability and evolution.

There may also be a post about Matlab. I recently came across this article claiming that Matlab is something of a scourge. I suspect I’ll see a lot of where the author is coming from, but I may have to stick up for Matlab on a couple points. People do love to rag on them though; it’s the tool everybody loves to hate.

Don’t want to get back in the habit of trying to load too much into a week, so I’ll stop here. And just because I have a problem with impulse buying books, I got two more today that I’m going to have to add to the review queue. Teaser: these are on Python.