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ThurberMingus  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

A bunch of you guys have aspirational goals or achievements to post about almost every week but my Venn diagram of 'willing to post publicly' and 'interesting' is small. Work is good but not exciting and mostly interesting but not something I'm passionate about.

I don't usually share hobbies either- most don't seem like they would be in the general interest, or I don't get deep enough to the point I want to share because I hardly get past the novice stage.

I feel like I should have something I'm really working towards but right now I don't. 'Which Hogwarts house would you belong to' came up at my in-laws and it turns out I'm definitely not ambitious and driven enough to be Slytherin, or perseverant enough to be Hufflepuff. If I'm a Gryffindor I show to much dislike for any outward sign of bravery to fit in well there, so I'm probably the Ravenclaw that looks dumb in comparison because I'm not at all brilliant, cheating is for Slytherins and maybe Gryffindors, and studying hard is for Hufflepuffs. I'm not unhappy with all this - working a pretty good job with small increments to experience and skills and responsibilities, and enjoying time on whatever hobby interests me at the time. I'm just kinda uncomfortable that i don't have a direction to really push myself right now.

If I had a point when I started writing this, it's gone now. I didn't mean this to sound so whiney.

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Recently I have been refreshing/relearning some dynamic-system modeling and controls and playing with some data visualization stuff in jupyter notebooks. It's one place where a 'hobby' and 'might someday be useful at work or somewhere' overlap.

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Also I'm going on vacation to Hawaii in a couple weeks. Anyone have suggestions?

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Also has anyone ever used IPFS for anything useful. Seems interesting to play with.




psychoticmilkman  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey, not EVERY Slytherin is a cheater or aggressively ambitious. Not EVERY Gryffindor is Brave and Loyal, and not EVERY Hufflepuff is a particularly good finder. But I do suggest Pottermore for JK Rowling's official sorting quizzes.

Devac  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Recently I have been refreshing/relearning some dynamic-system modeling and controls and playing with some data visualization stuff in jupyter notebooks. It's one place where a 'hobby' and 'might someday be useful at work or somewhere' overlap.

I hate to break it to you like that, but it sounds like both drive and smarts. Also, what are you modelling?

ThurberMingus  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It feels more like temporary fascination than drive, but I'm going to run with it.

I've just been modeling springs and dampers and orbiting bodies, the kinds of stuff that shows up in examples mostly. And with those I have been digging into numeric integration methods and trying to implement those for myself.

Devac  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Cool! If you don't mind a recommendation on numeric integration, here is a list of papers by professor Trefethen. YMMV, but I think they are well written and ranging from mildly interesting to "this offhand comment just explained my problem!"

kleinbl00  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Which Hawaii? 'cuz once you've landed on one of the islands getting to another one is more than a roadtrip.

ThurberMingus  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oahu

scissortail  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Haven't been in ages, but if you don't mind being a little touristy the Polynesian Cultural Center is really pretty awesome.

ThurberMingus  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks! My wife had been thinking about that

kleinbl00  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hmmm. Never been. Anybody else?