Mathlete

Saturday, 23 January 2010

The new se­mes­ter has kicked off and any sem­blance of a hol­i­day has fi­nally left the build­ing. The class I’m tak­ing for the next 4 months is Applied Quantitative Reasoning. The in­struc­tor doesn’t ap­pear to be a hard-ass, but he’s play­ing every­thing ex­actly by the CSU pol­icy guide. I get the feel­ing be­cause it’s eas­ier for him to let the pol­icy al­ready in place do the work. This class is ba­si­cally a part-time job; sta­tis­ti­cal math­e­mat­ics for 16 hours per week.

It’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge, but I al­ways rise to those. I’ve not ex­er­cised my math mus­cles in a decade, so I ex­pect there will be some nec­es­sary cob­web-blow­ing in the first weeks.

Today

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

I had to take the day off of work be­cause Bram has an ear in­fec­tion. First we had to spend an in­ter­minable 2.5 hours at MetroHealth, but get­ting his $3 pre­scrip­tion one door down from the pe­di­atric clinic was nice. It’s that pink stuff that tastes like bub­ble gum.

Instead of study­ing for my Intro to Public Adminstration fi­nal, which is to­mor­row, I baked. Dark choco­late brown­ies (so dark they look like coal), 7 layer bars, and choco­late-dipped pret­zel rods. So much to do, so lit­tle time left be­fore the hol­i­days.

Autodidact

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Today was long and fruit­ful. I learned much, but the main thing is some­thing I fig­ured out just now as I fired up the browser to write this post. This last year has been a sub­con­scious seek­ing of new path­ways and chal­lenges. I started two new blogs, joined the W3C, joined GovLoop, started the pur­suit of an MPA, found a new tim­bre to my own par­tic­u­lar voice and phi­los­o­phy and just re­cently de­cided to get back into the swing of things around here. I broke out of my root ball and made my­self stretch into new soil. I’m even up on HTML5 and CSS3, though noth­ing vis­i­ble has come from that yet.

I still have a hard time ad­mit­ting that I’m wrong about things. Thankfully my re­la­tion­ship with Deborah has helped me be bet­ter at say­ing “I don’t know” in both my pri­vate and pro­fes­sional lives. I’ve got­ten bet­ter at sup­port­ing my own ar­gu­ments and po­si­tions, and hope­fully more tact­ful as well. I’d like to think that the re­sult is a more re­fined and ma­ture ver­sion of my­self, but I’m still quite aware of just how far I have to go. Awareness of the ex­tent of my faults is an­other bonus. The take­away from this is that I am a per­son who is go­ing to con­stantly be set­ting my­self tasks for learn­ing, teach­ing and grow­ing.

We even got the Christmas tree up.