Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I am tired now and feeling easily up and excited and easily pleased with my self, but I also thought the topic of software documentation could be continued by me to the Ph.D level. I could really live with this topic, as I have practical experience working with the subject these days and may be some ideas about it and how to do good documentation. Can I turn this into a field for my studies though? The reason I like this topic also is because it is a slightly literary topic in the field of technical writing which was something the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig did for work after he went on his voyage of recovery and exploration of quality. This book was influential with me in my early college years late high school studies. I also had roommates and later band mates who also read this book and whom I admired. I later learned to rethink this admiration but kept the Robert M. Pirsig story and concepts he wrote about in the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance alive in my thoughts. When younger I wanted to have a career in technical writing. That direction I gave up. May be now is the time for a return to this field as a student and theory writer rather than an actual technical writer. Of course his book is considered philosophy. See this Wikepedia entry for this book. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_and_the_Art_of_Motorcycle_Maintenance. I also trust that my boss has said software documentation is a very important topic thus agreeing with my supervisor.
I also practiced with a search for a rare health topic that produced 994 records. This list I formated in APA style both with and without abstracts. I then started to copy these to note cards in Second Life. I am not done that but it was fun to push the length limits of note cards in Second Life and I broke up the bibliography into different letter sets. I mostly had to go one note card per letter of the alphabet with the long APA list with abstracts. This later transfer is not complete yet in Second Life.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
- Faraway, Julian J. Linear Models with R (Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall/ CRC, 2005).
- I read the first chapter finally. Then I installed the author's R package faraway then applied this command library(faraway). I then started the first problem in chapter 1 and produced some summary statistics and linear model graphs with the data set teengamb about teen age gambling. I talked to some coworkers about R at our Christmas lunch. I continue to work mostly in SAS at my day job.
- Jensen, Derrick, and Draffon, George. Welcome to the Machine: Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control (White River Junction, VT.: Chelsea Green, 2004).
- These guys are Kooks. They are also not against guns because they fear the FBI will still have guns if they give them up. Thus America and even its scholars it seems are stuck in cycle of violence. The questions brought up by this book are valid though. They briefly cover Foucault, Weber, Marx and claim an ecological moral higher ground. The paragraph on 104-105 is a well written paragraph on vivisection; shocking in its poetry. But still this book is Kooky conspiracy theory stuff although a good critical view of science and the inhumanity of geeks and science fictions generally.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I intend to go to the professor's pre-exam office hours just before the exam and also register for the next term. I also want to return a book to the library this afternoon after the exam. Then I will place a hold on the book. It is The R Book by Michael Crawley. It is 1000 pages long almost and I only managed to read about 20 pages of it so far. But someone else has recalled it so it is due back at the library this week. I also want to pick up some posters from a student group so I can poster for them.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
I also sent one helpful, I hope academic email to a professor at MSU who is preparing a masters of arts course on organizations and technology. I also sent an email to my old boss, the normal instructor of the survey sampling course at Carleton updating her on my progress at work.