I don’t understand a single word of this page but it has this image and its tells the whole story.
The discounts on the jumbo jets !! Via airinsight.com
I began my book journey a little late but I hope I can light the love of books in my kids sooner…
Looking for books to read, find some in these posts.
Online learning or MOOC may be like travelling on a airbus 380 with only two passengers, but its an effective way to upgrade or re-alight your skills and knowledge.
Having successfully completed few of these courses in the last one year, here’s few tips from my experience to finish the online learning endeavours you began.
1. Don’t overdo it. Choose only two at given point of time. I recommend only one. Not more. If you choose more you are setting yourself for failure. Yes it’s tempting to sign up, but if you are serious about learning, resist the urge.
2. Go through the lecture and the assignments as soon as they are posted. Before the procrastination strikes, crush it by doing the assignment and viewing the lectures on the very first day they are available. Saves you lot of time and keeps your motivation alive. Tomorrow never comes. It’s not offline class, there will be no one to push or nudge you, so do it when the interest is high.
3. Allocate time. Yes lectures, quizzes are online but you need to allocate them some time if you want to complete them. By allocating I mean, cut something off from you time, watching tv, naps etc. If you don’t allot it before hand you are working against the gradient, you will stall.
4. After the lectures and assignment are over on the first day, everyday remind yourself of the key points from the lectures. Discuss with anyone if possible and look for connecting those ideas with the things that you already know. Revisit lectures if you feel a gap in your understanding and recall.
That’s it. There are many tiny tweaks that you will do while embarking on this. Most of them depend on your personal situation and needs. So go explore.
Working on a side project in VBA, a few weeks ago, I needed a function to get the userid of the person currently logged in to the system. Here’s the function that came handy! Posting it here for the general audience!
Option Compare Text Private Declare Function GetUserName Lib "advapi32.dll" _ Alias "GetUserNameA" (ByVal lpBuffer As String, nSize As Long) As Long</code> Public Function NTDomainUserName() As String ' This function gets the user id of the person currently logged in Dim strBuffer As String * 255 Dim lngBufferLength As Long Dim lngRet As Long Dim strTemp As String lngBufferLength = 255 strBuffer = String(255, 0) lngRet = GetUserName(strBuffer, lngBufferLength) strTemp = UCase(Left(strBuffer, lngBufferLength - 1)) If strTemp = "" Then NTDomainUserName = "Not Known" Else NTDomainUserName = strTemp End If End Function ' Test function Sub test_Open() UserId = NTDomainUserName Sheets(1).Cells(1, 1) = UserId End Sub
How to create PGPLOT Fortran programs with Intel compiler is one of the popular post on this blog and every few days I get a request to share the powerpoint, so here’s the animated version of the powerpoint for quick reference..
Samuel Arbesman is an applied mathematician and network scientist. He is a senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and author of the book ,The Half-life of Facts. His research and essays explore how to quantify all aspects of society.
Shane Parrish of farnamstreetblog asked this to Samuel Arbesman.
… Say I’ve anointed you as dictator. What five books would you make every adult read?
This certainly sounds like an intriguing dictatorship. Rather than focusing on my favorite books, I’ll try to limit this to five books that I think are important for thinking about science, knowledge, and society:
Little Science, Big Science by Derek J. de Solla Price — the foundation for a rigorous and quantitative approach for thinking about how science works.
Collected Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges — Interested in thinking about knowledge and infinity? The stories of Borges are essential reading.
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter — from computer science to how the mind works, this book will change how you think about the world of information.
Nonzero by Robert Wright — a wonderful exploration of how the world has become more complicated and better over time, improving each of our lives
The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan—Sagan’s examination of the complexity of the universe and his personal approach to religion as scientific awe
And an optional bonus book for my dictatorship:
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown — captures the excitement and process of science. It’s also a great story.
For me all the titles look tempting. But if I have to make a choice, I will choose Nonzero to be the first to read. What about you?
A few months back, I was revisiting the theory on Eigen value problems for some work related problem. I went through many online resources on the subject but this particular page titled Eigenvalue problems, algorithm and theory was the most useful.
Authored by Bob Ward, Professor of Computer Science at University of Tennessee, this is a must visit page if you are revisiting Eigenvalue problems.