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What’s new (June 25, 2017)
If you’ve been following along with me recently, the latest changes are:
“I suffered, I learned, I changed.” I found this image on this Pinterest page, and it reminds me of the learning process in general, but mostly of learning about our own minds, feelings, and emotions.
“One learns by doing the thing.”
Going through the thought process of “Why do I want to write a book about Scala/FP?” led me to develop my goals for this book. They are:
“So why do I write, torturing myself to put it down? Because in spite of myself I've learned some things.”
The short version of “Why I wrote this book” is that I found that trying to learn functional programming in Scala was really hard, and I want to try to improve that situation.
The longer answer goes like this ...
From a Phys.org article titled The thermodynamics of learning:
“The greatest significance of our work is that we bring the second law of thermodynamics to the analysis of neural networks,” Sebastian Goldt at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, told Phys.org. “The second law is a very powerful statement about which transformations are possible — and learning is just a transformation of a neural network at the expense of energy. This makes our results quite general and takes us one step towards understanding the ultimate limits of the efficiency of neural networks.”
“You’ve got to be real. Don't be a phony. Find ‘you,’ who you are ... Say, ‘Here I am. Take me for what I am with all my frailties, all my stupidity, and so on. And if you can’t, leave me alone.’”
~ Leo Buscaglia in the book, Living, Loving, & Learning
An article titled The Best Way to Learn Anything: The Feynman Technique shares these steps about how to learn a topic really well. (Where Feynman refers to Richard Feynman.)
This is a good quote on teaching, from this espn.com page:
“One thing that we’ve learned as coaches: we’re teachers,” O’Brien said. “He’s the quarterback. If I’m just talking to him, eventually they’ll just see my mouth moving. Blah blah blah. We want them to get up there and actually do it.”
If a guy is going to tweet something after a loss, I like Jon Lester’s attitude. “Nothing I can do but wear it, learn from it, and turn the page.”
This image is from an article on shiftelearning.com titled, “Studies confirm the power of visuals in eLearning.” Whenever I get it finished, I suspect that my new book on Scala and functional programming will be one of the most visual FP books ever written, so I’m trying to learn as much about “visual aids in learning” as I can.