Week 21 of 2017

I like to review a year not on my birthday or Christmas, but around April or May. So, below are some things happened to me since May 25 of 2016 till May 25 of 2017:

  • got married;

  • got a cat;

  • tried to save a life of a stray bird;

  • worked as a freelancer but not as much as I wanted;

  • made counting montly expenses a habbit that I keep;

  • got better at discipline and work ethic in general;

  • played around with Python, using it as a simple scripting language, wrote some useful utilites in it;

  • finished watching some basic CS science MIT course;

  • moved to the world of linux OS’s (at first Ubuntu, now it’s Debian);

  • played around with Gentoo;

  • manually configured and compiled linux kernel, for the first time in my life;

  • made PDF tables site in Angular;

  • settled up and started using emacs;

  • decided to get a standalone blog;

  • ended up using jekyll. Also, I tried wordpress and making my own blog app with the MEAN stack, but after a while, I clearly see that static site generators like jekyll with gitpages integration are the best blog option for me;

  • figured out how to make the blog useful for myself to have enough motivation not to quit blogging within few years like a lot of people end up doing (notes, English practice, discipline, analytical articales as I wanted to do few years ago, foodies);

  • figured out how I should read non fiction books in general (with posting reviews online, making index cards while reading, the 50 pages method), because I used to avoid reading it, now I can see how much I underestimated the books and their use;

  • so far have written 10 posts (not including this one);

  • for some time I was experimenting with how I should save news feeds and blog feeds I’d like to read. At first it was just bunch of bookmarks in my browsers, then I tried feedly, then I created a MEAN stack app for bunch of stuff, including saving links to favorite sites. But eventually I realized, that feedly and capabilites it provides out of the box are enough for me, plus I don’t have to maintain any code base. So, now I can tell, after months of experiments I finally figured the way to store bunch of RSS feeds I like to go through sometimes which is really nice;

  • started reading SICP, hoping to finish it as soon as it’s possible;

  • got through 24 books;

  • finished 17 whole books that I liked;

  • started but dropped 7 books (I don’t finish books that I don’t like);

  • made a list of things to do within the next few years (finally figured the strategy);

  • made a list of habbits I’d like to develop and maintain, some of them are crucial to live a good life;

  • went to 1 meetup in the local js community (just listened, wasn’t a speaker there);

  • switched to AngularJs and Angular;

  • made 681 Spanish flashcards so far, started watching shows in Spanish, occasionally texted with Spanish native speakers and started writing Spanish posts on lang8 (so far have written 8. For speaking practice hired a tutor on italki (so far have gotten through one talkin session, looking forward to the next one);

  • started solving math problems to get better at it, realized that I should focus on applied math and not bother myself with theoretical math and proofs so much;

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