Monday, February 28, 2005

I am ready to give up on this data mining course almost. I have learned a lot so far. My future in statistics may not include what was planned. I am managing to get the money together to take a SAS base programmer certification test. I have been grading some statistics assignments aok. The data mining assignment #1 is due today at 17:30. I can't seem to get to the modeling stage. I also have financial worries at the moment. Also my work is pressuring me and I need more time for other studies.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

My wife's book is in the mail and mine has a cover art file.

Maybe I hadn't said this before but my wife is a poet and I am a cyberpunk writer. My wife's first poetry book is in its second edition and is being sent from the printers as 50 copies. Two of my own short stories are waiting to be published in an anthology and I am also editor for. I have some money to publish this collection but was waiting for cover art which I have received today. I now only have to cash in my savings bonds and order the book through iuniverse.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

I read a little of the Linux journal. I ran my Fedora machine tonight just to chat with a friend using Gaim. Now I am going to read about LaTeX and TeX and write a mini paper on privacy.
Saturday morning I began my data mining homework by printing some histograms and pairs plots. I also read about Tibetan Guerrillas fighting the Chinese in the 1950'.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

I am reading chapters 5, 9 and 10 of Dalgaard, Peter. Introductory
Statistics with R
(New York: Springer, 2002) to try some modeling after MDS.
This way I can now use "lm" to model my regression line and plot it with
"pairs" or "plot" and "abline". I will be reading some more of this this
I really found some good material for my paper by doing another library search on Thursday night after I did my labs. Finding Sieber's more recent writing is inspiring.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

I read a more recent paper by Sieber, Ulrich. The Emergence of Information Law: Object and Characteristics of a New Legal Area in Lederman, Eli & Shapira, Ron, eds. Law, Information and Information Technology (The Hague: Kluwer, 2001) at 1-29. I can use a quote from here to lead into my privacy discussion for my computer crime paper. I need to read the second chapter, Lederman, Eli. Protected Frameworks of Information in Criminal Law in Lederman, Eli & Shapira, Ron, eds. Law, Information and Information Technology (The Hague: Kluwer, 2001) at 31-73.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

I am deep into writing a 60 page paper right now. I have about 22 pages written and need another 40 pages still. I will have to look at issues of privacy and industry responses to computer crime. At the same time I am tracing the emergence of computers in the law.

I did some more marking overnight and am now just getting ready for a day at school. I have two public meetings today and a lab to give in the morning. Yesterday was Nirvana day on the Buddhist calendar and I felt good about it.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

I am getting along with my honours paper. I have a good skeleton now and am starting to perfect the footnotes. I am also filling in sections using pen and ink and need to transfer those to the word processor.

My old math student called me and he is now studying final high school year maths by correspondence. I am busy doing my data mining assignment but maybe I am done now. I have done a principle components analysis of some data and I have done a multi dimensional scaling of some other data. The professors are being late with the assignment.

I am busy marking assignments tonight and will be busy marking for the next 7 days. I will not be doing any web mastering or security work until this round of marking is done. I have some more marking coming around on Wednesday morning but it won't be due for a full week.