Wherein I Make an Account of My Whereabouts

One of the conceits of being a blogger is imagining that someone will notice if we are absent for a time. Another is that those imaginary people would ardently await a departure from our usual business, which is Pythonic only in its introduction: “And now for something completely different…”

So what I’ve been doing, in no particular order:

  • I’ve decided that, independently of whatever else I might want to learn, I can make up my own university course. Essentially the idea is that you spend a certain amount of time on something you don’t know, digging into the subject in whatever way seems appropriate to you. For a three-credit-hour course, based on some averages I found for in-class and out-of-class time, this amounts to spending eight hours per week for fifteen weeks for a science course or 10 2/3 hours per week for fifteen weeks for a science course. Here are the calculations that led to this result.

    For my first representative experiment, I’m using this method of podcast learning for languages coupled with RadioAmbulante‘s excellent Spanish Podcast, and I’m currently completing week two of something I’m calling Spanish 301. The background is that I already speak Spanish well enough that native speakers will treat me to a wall of sound if I talk to them, so I need more practice processing that wall of sound.

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