I haven’t written in a while, prose or poetry, because I’ve been preoccupied with a few other things. One is time sensitive, which is learning about investing, so the market won’t make a correction before I am ready to jump in. The other is not, which is taking my interest in artistic photography of the microscopic to another level to get some prints in the future. For that, I have gotten myself a portable digital microscope capable of producing 12 megapixel images, with this Tomlov G1200 7″ LCD Digital Microscope.
A 50 Minute 10K Running Book
I recently finished listening to the audiobook What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami. I don’t know how to write a proper book review, nor do I actually care to know, to be honest. However, I thought I’d write my impressions of it for consideration of writing such a book myself, having been a runner for almost 25 years now, and not shy to writing collections of vignettes. I didn’t keep great notes during those years, not even racing stats, but I’ve just started a new phase of running where I am running differently, and have technology for it like never before in the form of a Garmin. So perhaps I can write that running book, a sequel to a book I had never written, with some flashbacks to what would have been in that prequel. That’s possible, is it not?
Goodbye 2020… a Year for the Ages
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect upon a year that was quite unlike any other I had ever lived. As unique as my year might have been to me, though, I’m pretty sure most people would also be able to say that about 2020 in their lives. Here are some memories that stand out at this time of writing before I go finish off a bunch of things on the year.
My First Chatbot! (built without code!)
I recently completed IBM’s FREE CB0103EN course called Building a Chatbot, and produced my first chatbot that can be found on a WordPress powered site here. Look for the purple icon in the lower right if you were accessing on a tablet or computer.
I can’t believe this technology is available at this simple a level for the masses now! IBM Watson Conversation is what powers this chatbot, and it’s pretty impressive!
“Completed” Science of Well-being Course
Wow! Has it been a month since I last posted? That’s what happens when you are in the “flow”, I guess!
In that month, I have “completed” the Science of Well-being course I had been blogging about in the previous while. “Completed” is in brackets because I have done all the course work except the 4 weeks long final assignment to practice at least one of the various “rewirements” in the course so that it becomes a habit, then write about it, and give feedback on a fellow student’s assignment as one will give feedback on mine. The four weeks are almost through, and here is the gist of my report.