Still making good progress on the reading resolution for 30 books. I finished some massive books this month : 1080 pages for Words of Radiance, 1007 for The Way of Kings, and 585 pages of Android Programming (where I actually programmed all the examples). The android programming book was really good although I don’t think I’ll use much of what I learned. I was originally thinking of making my own hiking/gps app since I’ve never really been happy with the ones I’ve used but my interest in doing that is waning. Anyway, that brings up the year-to-date total to 19 which puts me well ahead of where I need to be (7-8 books) to reach 30 by the end of the year.
- The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson)
- The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention (William Rosen)
- Words of Radiance (Brandon Sanderson)
- Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Brian Hardy and Bill Phillips)
What’s next? Well I bought a textbook on Bayesian statistics today so that may be my next big project. We’ll see how the first chapters go – working through a statistics textbook for fun seems daunting for even me (who is really nerdy).
2. 365 Ideas or Opportunities
Good news on this resolution. I picked up the pace this month and added 23 more ideas in March. I now have 62 ideas. I’m still far from the 90 ideas I should be at but hopefully I can crawl my way back so that I will have 365 ideas at the end of the year.
3. Exercise More Consistently
I fell behind in this resolution. I hardly exercised at all in March. The cold and rainy weather is one possible excuse although in reality I am just lazy. Temperatures are rising and the weather is improving so I don’t have an excuse in April. I’ll start tomorrow (that’s what I said a month ago).
4. Online Classes
I am still progressing in my Embedded Systems class. I have complete all the labs and quizzes that have been posted and have a 100% so far. I have two more weeks to complete the class. Overall, I’m really happy with what I’m learning and the workload. It usually takes me 4-6 hours on Sunday to get through the lectures and finish the lab.
5. Build Something
I did build quite a few things but they were all related to either the class or the android book. For the class, I built a few things including:
- UART communication
- digital piano (system interrupts)
- traffic light system (finite state machines)
For the android book, I built
- Flickr photo application
- Run Tracker
- Office Crime application