"thank god that fucking year is over"

by Tony Spiker  | Category : misc

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Am I boring, or are my priorities just more focused?

Saw a tweet the other day, that I sort of love. "Most of what we call maturity is just fatigue" And yea, thats pretty much true. As we get older we get tired of fighting what the rest of the world wants us to be, and slink into a role that is comfortable. The world has some very subtle ways of doing that. It makes assuming those roles very rewarding, with money, status, etc. It makes not assuming those roles very painful, well, at least for all that aren't born into exuberant ammounts of wealth. In otherwords, debt, hunger, poverty. Those things suck. Its easier to just grow up, get a job and not make waves.

Normally people ease into the pontificating part. They make their story lead up to it as some sort of moralizing. Not me. I lead with it, and hope you stick around for the rest.

The other half of the growing up as fatigue, is that I'm just too fucking old to want to party on New Years. You know what I did? I took my data science course until 9:30 and then watched Altered Carbon on Netflix until my dogs noticed I wasnt in the bedroom and woke my wife up so they could come get me.

Tonight? Same thing, only it's linear algebra. Funny thing about Linear Algebra. I used to think it was incredibly difficult and confusing. It's not. I'm not jsut saying that because of the reduced rigor that is required in these online courses I am taking. No shit I am adding the rigor in. I am taking the problem sets from both MIT and UC Davis and doing them without much problem. The only real difficulty is working through the syntax and how the three different courses address topics in the course at different times.

I have finished the first quarter of the class in about 4 days. That includes the associated homework for MIT and UC Davis. So far the class is about teaching different ways to "solve" linear systems, (There seem to be 5... so far.) Each of these methods have their strong points and uses for more complicated problems that I am guessing we will get to soon.

I have to teach again on monday, so I might have to take a day off from learning to figure out what I am going to teach. This should be fun.

Past articles

Other classes

Thu 31 December 2020by Tony Spiker


Oh yea, I am in quarantine

Yes, I am also on winter break from teaching, but, I am also under quarantine, so leaving the house isn't really an option. This does give me plenty of time to work on these classes, and process what I have learned. One thing that …

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"Linear Algebra and thoughts on Rigor"

Wed 30 December 2020by Tony Spiker


Linear Algebra was the bane of my existence in college

Seriously. Its course number was MTH357 as in .357 magnum. like I wanted to blow my damn head off with. I didn't get it. I never understood what it was we were trying to do with the course. Now, granted …

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"The journey so far"

Tue 29 December 2020by Tony Spiker


December 29, 2020

Lets start with what I want to be able to teach students to do: ~~Bend the infernal machines to their will!!~~ Ok well, maybe not that dramatic. But I think its better to be able to control computers than to have computers control you. Because if a …

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"Hello World!"

Mon 28 December 2020by Tony Spiker


So, This is a test

Just started with this markdown stuff and I am learning how to use it. Far cry from a wordpress site.

anyway, about me

I am a High School science teacher. I like it. But I think I can do better. You see, here is the …

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Wed 07 October 2020by Spiker


Some Bullshit Article

Thats what I do, Drink Beer and Learn Stuff.p

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