As mentioned previously, I signed up to take a few free online classes. This is the end of week 2 of both classes.
In Think Again, I just have 1 video left to listen to in order to wrap up all of the 1st and 2nd week lectures. Glad I’m on track there! The lectures began rather slow and elementary. However, though still elementary, the interesting level of lectures has increased and I am learning concepts that feel beneficial to understand. So far, I’ve learned 5 specific types of words to look for in arguments:
1. Argument markers (like because, therefore, so) which can signal premises and conclusions
2. Assuring words (“in fact”, “I strongly believe”) which draw on an authority to back up a claim
3. Discounting words (mainly: but) which can signal the presenting and discounting of a counter argument
4. Evaluative words (good/bad, right/wrong) which are mainly adjectives used to present something in certain light (okay, I just made up the explanation for that one, I can’t actually recall why the professor highlighted evaluative words, but I think what I said makes sense)
5. ?? I can’t remember the other. Okay, let me look it up. GUARDING WORDS (some, many, a few, perhaps, likely) which make your argument less forceful/abrasive and less likely to make the audience discount your claim.
I like this. I like that these lectures are making me think about how to evaluate arguments critically and gives me some specific tactics to look for in persuasive writing. Maybe perhaps, I am also learning how to be more persuasive myself and present my ideas to my boss, co-workers, peers, etc in a logical sequence.
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Yesterday, I walked in the door from work and not 5 minutes later there were 6+ unknown college students in my house for a game night. And it grew to 10+ people. Positive note! I didn’t freak and I enjoyed myself, mostly. This is personal progress.
At one point, I was playing Boggle, and I was terrible. You know what, interacting w college freshman shouldn’t make one feel insecure. I have such a trouble speaking coherently–both in structure/logic and vocally. My words fall out on top of each other and half the time I don’t even know the simple thing I’m trying to communicate. Also, I don’t know things… Like how this or that works or any useful facts. I don’t respect myself intellectually.
Last night, some friends were using the twitter hashtag homeschoolkids — I don’t know the purposes. I think most of them were trying to point out terrible things about their experiences, but a lot of them didn’t seem so bad to me. Also, many of the tweeters are incredibly bright individuals and despite having educational holes because of homeschooling I think they’re who they are because of the same reason. Okay, mostly besides the point. I hate homeschooling isolation and arrogance and am for better regulations. I’m just a “skeptic of both sides” as I told a friend.
Back to the hashtag– maybe my contribution should be about how far I feel behind my (younger than me) peers in knowledge about anything and everything. I hate feeling dumb and I think I can blame it on being homeschooled because I really didn’t learn much.
This post… I don’t even know what it is anymore. Here’s to openness and vulnerability.
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This past year I tweeted about things a lot. Specifically, things I like. Just pulled my twitter archive and pulled out them out. Here they are:
|2/19/2013||eggs fried in cast iron skillets, driving (and driving fast around curves in my Honda), my husband, the color gray…|
|2/20/2013||driving home and knowing I already made dinner up, my hair, pictures of tavi, knit pants|
|3/14/2013||my job, ice cold water in the mornings|
|3/21/2013||right now: @haettinger, @kiery28, my new cheese slicer, and Grayson baby.|
|3/30/2013||the effects of relaxation breathing|
|3/30/2013||my house, sunshine on Saturdays,stretching when the baby is feeling cramped….|
|4/1/2013||peets coffee w a tad of liquid chai, texting the creature in the mornings, remembering my journal is safer than twitter…|
|4/16/2013||waking up to birds in tree tops, waking up next to my husband, waking up next to my baby.|
|4/22/2013||seeing Michael most of the day all day, the squirrels that hop from my roof to the tree all day, wearing shorts.|
|4/22/2013||morning naps in the sun w Trey, talking to the payroll guy at work and cracking up over how different he is on the phone.|
|5/11/2013||APM’s podcast: The Story, my neon yellow shirt, and yummy but fast freezer dinners|
|5/15/2013||getting an email from Lanetta.|
|6/8/2013||re-reading all my tweets and being reminded of all the things that are sunshine to me.|
|6/17/2013||my dad, waking up to a clean kitchen, Michael’s light in his eyes, and Heineken w hamburgers.|
|6/17/2013||feeding my son, good things happening to @haettinger, shorts and tank tops, and wearing whatever I want|
|6/20/2013||playing dominion w mom, Tina, Michael and Jacob.|
|6/25/2013||baby t, beer, biking, and beating Michael at games|
|6/28/2013||Also: new book, confidence, and things|
|7/8/2013||afternoons at my parent’s, evenings w Rachel and Tucker w mixed drinks and games …|
|7/10/2013||my hair, my body, wearing tank tops and shorts outside and not being afraid of being raped or feeling guilty for showing too much skin.|
|7/10/2013||lunch with Michelle, coffee from Syrup, fixing a report and making it useful at work, spirographs, learning new games with m.|
|8/4/2013||using my blanket from when I was a tot. Weekend vacations like this.|
|8/10/2013||being a mom, oreo cyclones, my husband.|
|8/26/2013||the voices of ppl I love. <3|
|8/29/2013||More hazelnut coffee, to do lists on yellow paper.|
|8/29/2013||mornings like this one, leaving for work on time, tight jeans.|
|9/11/2013||working from my couch. Friends. Husbands, and waking up from nightmares to a good reality.|
|9/26/2013||sisters, babies, chocolate, even if it’s cheap chocolate, although good chocolate is better.|
|10/3/2013||having ODBC access to the entire database for the accounting program at work.|
|10/3/2013||my wedding ring, Colorado,SQL queries, databases.|
|10/19/2013||My favorite thing about the Internet is real life stories.|
|10/24/2013||NPR, real life stories, my incredibly awesome husband.|
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I found Coursera.com . You should laugh now, because I am ridiculously excited. So much, that it’s really the reason I came back to the blog.
(In case you don’t know: Coursera offers free online classes from well known established universities and professors. MOOC stands for Massively Open Online Class and Coursera is not the only providers of MOOCs, albeit perhaps the most popular.)
Today I started How Things Work 1 which is intro to physics 101, taught by Louis Bloomfield at the University of Virginia. Also, contemplating participating in a course titled Think Again: How to Reason and Argue from Duke University. Mostly, I am looking forward to a class that doesn’t start until February on Model Thinking.
Hoping to document and store notes on what I learn, here at thestoragebin. Cheers to that!
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Have things changed much since I posted over a year ago? Yes. Yes. Yes.
My job duties changed again, surprise. More surprisingly though, they have remained fairly stable since I was transferred to a child-company and began working for my now boss. Official title is “Financial Accountant” and work has been fun, exciting, challenging, sometimes stressful, but oh so much better than before.
A few of the things I’ve worked on this year:
-Implemented a more thorough job costing structure in our accounting system, Sage Timberline
-Worked closely with an interim CFO to create a standard process and format for our monthly financial statements
-Began preparing our monthly financial statements (Income statement, Balance Sheet, Cash Flows)
-Made major modifications to a job cost status report in Crystal Reports
-Worked in Microsoft Access to gather data from out database as well as update records
-Designed a system to begin tracking our job backlog within Sage Timberline (as opposed to keeping track of it manually on an shared excel spreadsheet, as was being done)
-Designed a detailed backlog report from scratch in Crystal Reports (big challenge after only having limited experience modifying Crystal Reports)
-Aided our estimating team with implementing special features in their massive excel estimating template
There’s an overview. As you can see, I really just work on design and implementation of an array of accounting procedures and reports. Excel is still one of my best friends, but I’ve also become one of those people that will groan at someone’s very convoluted excel spreadsheet when the task and/or report could be accomplished much quicker via other means.
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As assumed, my job duties shifted and I haven’t been digging deep into software engineering and use cases recently. The project is on hold and in the mean time, I’ve been developing some spreadsheets…which I really love doing. My boss requested some charts and graphs on our monthly sales data–however, she specifically wanted something that wasn’t a pain to update every month.
- Enter dynamic charts in excel! Peltier Tech at http://peltiertech.com/Excel/Charts/Dynamics.html has been a invaluable resource for me in this.
- I’ve used Excel’s name manager here and there a bit, but through this I’ve become much more familiar with using it.
- In addition, I’m now best friends with the popular excel functions: index, match, and offset.
As I find time, I’d like to create a few tutorials to show exactly how I’ve used these. The web is already bloated with excel tips, but it’d be mostly helpful for myself to record the how and what of all I’ve been learning.
The finished spreadsheet went out yesterday, with the request for feedback. A few suggestions from management have trickled back, the foremost being better readability on mobile devices. I’ll tackle reformatting it next week and experimenting with the best way to present information both for desktops and mobile. When I did a few quick searches, I was surprised by the lack of information on making spreadsheets visually compatible for mobile devices. Plenty there about finding apps for editing the spreadsheets, though
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