Monday, August 31, 2009

I began to read a book on Web Analytics by Avinash Kaushik

I started to read Web Analytics an hour a day. I have plans to support some GNU/Linux web sites using this book.

I am starting chapter 6 but did not make my other study goals last week.

I had set out to read three new chapters in Internet studies books last week but did not make it. I did read one chapter out of the three. I am starting chapter six in the book Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Using SAS PROC SQL, I think I have isolated the baby-booms in the world population file.

I used about five lines of PROC SQL code and was able to isolate the age bands where the older age bands are larger than the smaller age bands. This is the math expression I am using to define a baby-boom. I did this using two identical files. I need to check my results in the output file to make sure I have gotten what I expect.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The next book to read calls the chapters questions. So my goal is to read question one by Christine Hine.

My study goal for my Internet scholarship is coming along well. I ate a bowl of mint chocolate ice cream to celebrate getting the first of the three chapters in this week's goal read. The next chapter I will read is
Hines, Christine. Question One: How Can Qualitative Internet Researchers Define the Boundaries of Their Projects in Markham, Annette N. and Baym, Nancy K. eds. "Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Methods" (Los Angeles: Sage. 2009).
As I start this reading, I see Christine Hines is an scholar of the sociology of science and technology and will be writing about ethnographic method. This may help me stop or set boundaries on my online multiuser game playing studies, if these are indeed studies.

My goal is to read one chapter in each of three Internet books before Wednesday the 26th of August.

I set a goal to read one chapter more from each of three books. I just completed reading one chapter and here is the citation:
Whitty, Monica T., Joinson, Adam N. Chapter 6: Online Deception, fraud, spam and cons in Whitty, Monica T., Joinson, Adam N. Truth, Lies and Trust on the Internet (New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 2009).

So now I have two more chapters to read, one chapter in each of two more books.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Six short term goals that will get my thesis finished by next summer.

These are six short term goals I wrote tonight that will help me get my thesis completed by next summer.
  1. Write more entries in my thesis notebook.
  2. Continue to write in my learning journal.
  3. Open my thesis tex files on my netbook.
  4. Read the chapters recommended by my supervisor in the textbook: Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.
  5. Return statistics books to the school library.
  6. Buy more printer ink.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Human Resources and Macro Organizational studies are now topics I am exploring.

To model a workplace I need to study human resources literature and also macro organizational studies. Both of these studies should also help me in my working life.

Friday, August 14, 2009

I am waiting for my thesis proposal to be approved.

I submitted my thesis proposal to my supervisor on August 4th and have heard nothing back yet. I find this hard to deal with.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I read the forward to Cybershock.

I read the forward by a famous computer person to Winn Schartau's Cybershock. I was for a long while using computer crime as a focus for studies because I was reading so broadly I had to have a focus point or specialty. But Winn Schartau himself as he starts this book in the first chapter admits his book is not advanced study. So I can return that book basically unread only having really read Cap'n'Crunch's forward. I did learn Apple computer co founder Woz spends a lot of time in university libraries like me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

I won't be studying a course this fall

I won't be able to study a course in the semantic web this fall as I have a time conflict with the class schedule. I am still reading this book
Allemang, Dean and Hendler, Jim. Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL (Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann, 2008).
I am reading chapter 6 now which is about RDFS and is starting to introduce this schema language.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

I am studying knowledge management but am coming across the same papers regurgitated.

As I read more books and papers about knowledge management I am drilling down to the source papers and there seem, in fact, to be fewer original papers in this field.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

I am beginning to read business studies.

I borrowed a book on organizations from a macro perspective, another two books on knowledge management and one book on using Microsoft 2007 for project management.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

I am reading about Emacs and learning to use Emacs on my Dell Inspiron and my Macbook.

I have been reading the book SAMS Teach Yourself Emacs in 24 Hours. I have read chapter 1 and chapter 3. I did not read chapter 2 as that was about installing Emacs on Windows NT. The book was written by Jesper Pedersen, et al. I have started to use the Diary in the Calendar in Emacs. I hope to become effective at email, code writing, LaTeX and basic word processing in Emacs. I have stated chapter 4 today.

Learning SAS Output Delivery System (ODS).

SAS stands for Scientific Analysis System or Statistics Analysis Software or Statistical Analysis System. I have learned SAS at Carleton university as part of my B.Math in statistics studies and then have further used it as a teaching assistant in statistics. In that work I helped teach SAS to undergraduates in statistics courses. I now use it daily at my workplace in the government.

I have been reading the book: Haworth, Lauren. Output Delivery System: The Basics (Cary, NC: SAS Institute, 2001). So I am studying the new Output Delivery System in SAS. I have read chapter 1 at work and am today reading chapters 2 and 3. I have completed the reading of chapter 2 so far today. Chapters 1 and 2 are merely introductions to what ODS is and what it can do. Although chapter 2 covers how ODS works with SAS procedures (PROC) and the output objects from procedures, and has some syntax for using ODS. Chapter 3 is about using ODS to output HTML files.