Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Final Week of ENG-123 and IDS-100

Frankly, I did not enjoy these classes. They were writing heavy, I learned very little, and I had to lie or I wouldn't have been able to make good grades. It's funny that I hate writing but I don't mind writing this up.

IDS-100 was obnoxious. The positive side is that I'm leaving with a GPA of 4.0 since it's not hard, it's just tedious and miserable. The big thing here was the lenses. We focused on only four lenses: ["Social Science", "Humanities", "Natural Science", and "Historic"] and it was the main point of the class. To learn to look at things from different angles. I would normally not have a gripe for this, it's a reasonable thing to attempt to learn. The problem is when you go into a class where you already know the topic because you self studied a lot. I felt really bad because I kept trying to not be rude or mean to people.

ENG-123 was strict, I'm pretty sure I'm leaving the class with a GPA of like 3.5 or 3.6, depending on how my teacher decides to judge my reflections that I desparately wish to be honest with. There's nothing big here to really share here, except that I wrote a 6 page paper on why Apache is better than Tux. Don't laugh. I might share it, who knows. It wasn't particularly good or informative.

Pro-tip: If you go into college: Don't self-study until you're actually in the class. Otherwise, you probably won't have much to talk about and it will probably negatively impact your grades. (Only if you have an online class and you're doing discussions posts.)

Now outside of college. All I've got done is:

* 14 Words left for Genki 1, Chapter 1 vocabulary words
* Genki 1, Chapter 1 Read

Notes: I'm just recapping, very slowly. I hate how slowly.

I have done very little programming. All I've done is write a couple of small scripts to make some things easier for myself, but nothing particularly interesting. I've been looking into learning Haskell, since my major is mathematics and that seems to be the language of choice for people who are learning mathematics.

Ok that's all. I need to do other things and I don't have all that much to share.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Final week of ENG-122 and SNHU-107

I just sent in my final thesis for English and wrapped up the rest of my class work. It was pretty easy but really tedious. I have ended the class with a 4.0 GPA. (Although, I need my final to be graded. But even if I make a mediocre score, I will still have over a 3.8)

As for my other stuff. I took part in the squarectf2018 with my club, cybersnhupers, and I made some loosely made write up. [SPOILERS | LINK TO WRITE UP] Something I need to do is learn how to make a proper write up, because it's mostly just notes I was keeping and I ended up losing a section of the notes.  Overall, it was still a really good experience. I'll be participating with my club in the NCL Spring 2019 event and I look forward to learning a lot from that. On top of that, I'm keeping an eye out for my local 2600. It look light on activity, but I think there are some people around.

Unrelated to college, I've been using qutebrowser instead of Firefox and I've been learning to use vim. I'm not perfect at it, but I'm getting more comfortable with it. After I am completely comfortable with vim, I plan to start learning to use groff and/or LaTeX for my school papers. I'd really like to get away from using LibreOffice, which is my current replacement for MS Word. Although, I will still have to use LibreOffice for some things.

On Lainchan, I tried to refactor install.php because I'm ridiculous. It didn't work out. I'm planning on coming back to Lainchan's code base and trying to help fix it up. We've got a lot of work that needs to be done, some of which I'm not sure about. I think it would be nice to try my hand at creating an imageboard from scratch and layering it in with lainchan. Although, that will take some time just to get started on. I need to write more code and develop a better grasp on some topics.

At least, now I have a two week break from college that I can spend calming down, reading, and trying to work on a project. Oh, and I need to go over my time management strategies...Because right now, I just go with the flow and it's very inefficient. I was trying not to do that, but I couldn't help it. So, I may need to be a little more rigid with how I do things.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

I started college

I'm officially enrolled and my first classes start on October 29th. I'll be just taking English Composition I and the "SNHU-107" class.

I'm enrolled in for two bachelor's degrees, a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Computer Science.  I know I have ripped on the Computer Science degree meme a lot in the past, but I am going in order to fill in foundation gaps. Picking up theory, vocabulary words, and maybe a few skill points is the goal for the BS.CSC. After this, I'll be pursuing a Masters in Data Analytics.  I should have it all wrapped up by mid-2024 or so. It takes 3 years for the first degree, a little under a year for my second, and the Masters should take 36 credits or so... Which is actually just one year, but I think they do the courses timings differently for the graduates degrees.

I also joined the hacking club called Cyber League, they participate in NCL (National Cyber League) which is pretty cool. It's mostly a hobby for me, but it's been pretty awesome and so far everyone I've met in the club is nice. I'll probably be participating in ncl in January, because I missed the sign up date. That's probably a good thing, because all of the planning and setting things up has taken a lot of time out of me.

This is all going to be pretty cool.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

What I use

Last update: Feb. 28, 2019

Operating System:
 GNU/Linux (Gentoo)

Window Manager:
 dwm + dmenu


Web Browser:

Image Manipulation:

Image Viewer:

Video Player:

Music Player:

 erc-tls, (weeChat for Slack)

  vim, emacs-nox


Laptop (Thinkpad T420)

Raspberry Pi Beowulf Cluster