Edx + Microsoft Course on R

I participated in some courses in Coursera, with very interesting subjects. For the first time I decided to enroll in a course in edx, and I ended up in a Microsoft Data Camp course on R. The course is very basic, mostly on syntax than in statistics. Good enough. The course is based in 5 to 6 minutes videos, and then some exercises done online. Although too basic, the course was interesting enough for me, as I did not know anything on R.

But what really annoyed me was the final evaluation. First, the instructions claim we will have 4 minutes per question… but the timer starts at 3 minutes. Well.. Microsoft… Then, instead of having questions on using R for some interesting tasks (take this data, change it, then plot) the exam is a set of puzzle questions, with placeholder we need to fill to obtain some result. Yes, when using R we will be faced with puzzles. And worse, there is no pause button. I understand you might want to limit the time to answer to each question, but why not to pause in between questions? Specially when you are at home and someone rings your door bell. Well, after 20 minutes or so at the door, I returned to the exam, and still got 75%.

And, OK, I did not pay for a verified certificate. But at least you could show a digital certificate we might print and show. OK, I’ll get back to Coursera. See you, edX!

Sim, Chef! (S01E01)

Yep, this is the second time I blog about a Portuguese series. It started right in the same week as “Ministério do Tempo”, but it is a comedy. It follows the 20 minutes of other well known series like Allo Allo! or The Big Bang Theory, and with non-sense ranging from the minimum to crazy. What I like in it? Well, the idea (stories in the Kitchen of a well known restaurant), the fun, and of course, Benedita Pereira. So, it is another series I will keep my eye on. Stay tuned.

Ministério do Tempo (S01E01)

Ministério do Tempo

Ministério do Tempo

Probably this is the first time I post about a Portuguese series. As far as I could find, it is not original from Portugal but Spain, but adapted (or localized) to Portugal. It is sufficiently strange, and includes enough reference to history, to make it interesting. I liked the first episode and will give it a chance. Keep tuned.

Euclidea – Geometric Construction Game

Euclidea

Euclidea

Euclidea is a very interesting game. Something new, a different game, educational, fun, difficult, challenging. A great game. If you like geometry, if you loved how to build geometric constructions on paper, but always made them blur, you will love this game.

Under The Dome (Season 2)

Under the Dome

Under the Dome

The second season continues with more strange events, more fantasy, more deaths and revivals. When something starts to make sense, it quickly stop, and new strange things happen. I am curious how the third season will deal with the Series cancellation, and if the end will make sense.

Meanwhile, Rachelle Lefevre is a good reason to watch the next season, too.

Getting back to Linux: Part #1

Debian_Logo_02After the last Apple keynote, the news on Mac Book Pro, and the exorbitant price, I took part of this Sunday to look back to Linux as a Desktop. Although I work usually on a 2011 Mac, that runs perfectly (just some bumps), I have a Lenovo laptop. So, I decided to install the Linux distribution I have been using lately for my servers: debian.

First I downloaded the netinstall image. It complained of missing drivers for wi-fi and ethernet. Then, I downloaded the non-free netinstall image. Same behavior.

Well, decided to keep it, and use a USB stick to install the missing packages. After going from/to my mac to download missing packages and dependencies, I got something. The card is detected, the correct (at least it seems) module is loaded, ifconfig shows the device, but ifup fails to bring it up.

After googling and fighting with wpa (first I was thinking this was the problem), I found out that Linux was just deciding that it couldn’t load the interface, and mentioned something about rfkill, that I am not sure what it is.

Googled a little more and found articles saying that my Lenovo has some other wireless card than the one listed by lspci. Strange.

In any case, the day is almost over, and I need to get back to my job. My conclusion so far is a quote from an old teacher, now a friend: Linux is still a Cowboys operating system.

Not sure about all Linux distributions, but debian for sure.

 

How its Made Dream Cars – Season 4

More of the same.

How Its Made Dream Cars – Season 3

Zenvo ST1

Zenvo ST1

Long time since my last post. Not having much time for anything useful, other than job. In any case, I managed to watch the third season of this show. It is something we can watch quickly, as the episodes are small, and we do not need to pay too much attention. It is just something I like to see how things get automated, and when they don’t, how they are organized in order to allow better results. And that connected with nice cars makes me like this show. So, will continue to see up to the end of the series.

Pixels (2015)

Pixels

Pixels

The thing I stated yesterday in my previous post is undoubtedly true. It is enough to read some comments about Pixels, and being a 80’s geek. The movie might not be great. But the retro approach, the old games, the pixelated stuff, is enough for liking the movie. Even if there are some stupid jokes, and some bad decisions. If you love PacMan, if you played Centipede, if you broke some tiles with Arkanoid, if you crossed streets with Frog, you will likely like this movie.

Ultimo Tango a Parigi (1972)

Maria Schneider as Jeanne

Maria Schneider as Jeanne

Watching a movie catalogued as a great one is always a big problem. Either you share the ideas of the people who liked the movie, or you will hate it. And just like people loved “Lost in Translation” and I hated it, I did not like as well this one. I see it very alike to “Lost in Translation”, where a cute girl explains why I watched until the end. With the bonus of having Maria Schneider nude. But still, couldn’t give more than 2 in 10 at IMDB.