## 03.30.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today's soundtrack is 2nd Chapter of Acts: Very Best Of. This morning I'm continuing The Bedside Book of Algebra; I've finished reading the introduction, and I'm now on the first chapter: "Algebra Basics." There are several number sets: natural numbers (positive numbers other than 0), whole numbers (positive numbers including 0), integers (positive and negative whole numbers, including 0), rational numbers (fractions/repeating decimals), and irrational numbers (endless non-re

## 03.29.2018: 30 Minutes of Raspberry Pi

Today's soundtrack is Michael Card: Signature Songs. This morning's project is part two of the burping button project. I now have the necessary wiring to hook up the device to the button. Hardware: I started by taking off the top of the device to access the GPIO pins, then I attached two M/F wires into GPIO 3 and the GND pin next to it. Finally, I replaced the top cover of the Raspberry Pi case, feeding the two wires through the slots in the top. Files: I opened the a new ter

## 03.28.2018: 30 Minutes of Songwriting

Today's soundtrack is Devin Townsend Project: Epicloud. I spent this morning's session setting up GVST's pitch correcting VST, Gsnap, in Reaper. I was able to set the vocal sources to accept the inputs of both my USB mic and Midi commands from a separate track, allowing me to input desired notes on the track. I played around with it for a bit and was impressed with the results. I'm looking forward to giving this one a whirl!

## 03.27.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today's soundtrack is The Alan Parsons Project: I Robot. This evening, I'm continuing Ayn Rand's Philosophy: Who Needs It; I'm now on the second chapter, titled "Philosophical Detection." Rand begins the chapter by lamenting the decline of philosophy; she believes it has been abolished by Linguistic Analysis and Existentialism. She says that "the best way to study philosophy is to approach it as one approaches a detective story," looking, as a detective, for clues about the t

## 03.26.2018: One Chapter of Math

Today's soundtrack is Wolf Alice: Visions of a Life. This afternoon, I'm on Chapter 13 of Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies, "Word Problems With Fractions, Decimals, and Percents." The chapter begins by discussing word problems that involve adding and subtracting fractions, decimals, or percents. The first step, of course, is to break the problem down: convert it from a word problem into an equation, then calculate it. To work out a word problem with fractions, decimals, o

## 03.25.2018: 30 Minutes of Raspberry Pi

Today's soundtrack is Kutless: Alpha / Omega. This evening's project is part of a larger project and is a bit of a crossover; I'm going to be working in Python to write a program for the Raspberry Pi. I found a fun-sounding project for my students: make the Raspberry Pi burp when you touch a gummy candy connected to it. So tonight's task is to write the actual program that waits for the transmission of a signal through touching the candy, then plays back a burping sound when

## 03.24.2018: 30 Minutes of Raspberry Pi

Today's soundtrack is Florence + The Machine: Lungs. I'm working with Raspberry Pi for the first time today. I started by plugging the HDMI cable into the second slot of the family computer's monitor, as it has dual input capabilities. I have a second keyboard and mouse ready to use (though I really have no idea what inputs it accepts, so we'll see what happens there). I'm using the Cana Kit box set, which includes the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B 1gb, a power supply, an 8gb Micro

## 03.23.2018: One Lesson of Python

Today's soundtrack is Falkenbach: Asa. This afternoon's lesson in Coding Projects in Python continues work in Turtle Graphics. This lesson is called "Kaleido-spiral"; in it, I'll be learning to tell Python how to make pre-programmed repeating shapes and patterns. I started by importing Turtle, then making the background black, setting the turtle speed to fast, and setting the pen size to 4. I made the pen colour red, then told the turtle to draw a 30 pixel circle. To make the

## 03.22.2018: One Chapter of Math

Today's soundtrack is Monotheist: Scourge. I'm now on Chapter 12 of Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies, "Playing With Percents." "Percent" means, in practice, "out of 100" (p. 171). The symbol "%" means "percent." Percentage, fractions, and decimals are all ways of talking about parts of a whole. Any percentage under 100 is less than one whole. Any percentage over 100 is more than one whole. To convert a percent to a decimal, take away the percent symbol and move the decima

## 03.21.2018: 30 Minutes of Songwriting

Today's soundtrack is Necrophagia: Season of the Dead. I'm working on writing lyrics today; I came up with a short phrase the other day that I want to expand upon. I also created a meme based on the lyrics.

## 03.20.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today’s soundtrack is P.O.D.: Murdered Love. I’m starting Pat Pattison’s Writing Better Lyrics as I sit in my car waiting for my wife to finish choosing her books in the bookstore. I couldn’t bear to sit in there any longer; the atmosphere was stiflingly hot, likely the environmental preference of the lone cashier, an elderly woman with watery eyes and thick glasses. Pattison begins by comparing the art of writing to a man diving deep, deep into the ocean to find a priceless

## 03.19.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today’s soundtrack is Gorillaz: Humanz. I’m sitting on the beach in front of the hotel; my crocs are my desk on which my laptop rests. The sun above, the wind at my back, and the Pacific’s dull roar fill my senses with happiness. Today I’m reading the preface and the first chapter of Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw, the newest addition to my book collection. I picked it up today at the Book Warehouse in Seashell, Oregon. Gladwell prefaces the book by discussing what psych

## 03.18.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today's soundtrack is Alt-J: An Awesome Wave. I'm sitting beside the window in my hotel in Seaside, Oregon. The sky is grey; the green ocean is endless. Rough clumps of beach grass sway in the wind, and the frothy whitecaps break against the beach in a dull roar of defeat. I've waxed eloquent today; this is not coincidence: I'm beginning the second part of Stephen King's On Writing today. The first part, the part that I already read before I started this blog, is where King r

## 03.17.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today's soundtrack is Rebecca St. James: I Will Praise You. On this sunny Saturday morning, the first of Spring break, I'm reading the first chapter of The Bedside Book of Algebra, "Algebra: An Introduction." Mathematics is beautiful in its complexity; its complexity makes it seem inaccessible to many. The author says that to understand the beauty of mathematics, "one must consider what mathematics is really about, what makes it unique, and how it has developed" (p. 6). Mathe

## 03.16.2018: 30 Minutes of Songwriting

Today's soundtrack is Cephalopod: Eater öv the Void. Spring [break] has sprung! I spent today's session working on the title track of the project; I had the rough sketch of it made up in Garageband, so today I transcribed it in Reaper and wrote up a cool acoustic intro for it.