01: Fast and Curious
Fast and curious. I thought this would be a fun name for a blog or newsletter for some reason. It’s silly.
But also a good a way to try to explain what I’m hoping to accomplish with this exercise. The goal is to write down or publish what I’ve learned to help me retain it and motivate me to keep learning new things.
It’s total stream of consciousness based off what I consumed and created during the past week or so. Here goes nothing.
Charlie Munger book notes
- Circle of Competence - know what you don’t know, understand there is chauffeur knowledge
- Be objective and selective
- Invert, and invert again. Do the opposite. Contrarian.
- People are trying to be smart. All I am trying to do is not to be idiotic, but it’s harder than most people think.
- Being a fanatic can help you persevere through a business, but it can also blind you to bad decisions.
- Why does Tiny Desk work so well? It helps you discover new music.
- These are brilliant, a few I’ve watched over and over again
- Daniel Caesar
- Tom Misch
- Erykah Badu
Quote I’m thinking about
- Only bad things happen quickly. All the happiness-producing processes in our lives take time, usually a long time: learning new things, changing old behaviors, building satisfying relationships, raising children. This is why patience and determination are among life’s primary virtues. - Gordon Livington
Metaphor that made sense
- Their team always sort of looks like an unmade bed. - Michael Lombardi describing the Washington Redskins on a podcast.
- Wrote a blog on the circle of competence
- Research on UNC freshmen basketball minutes played and games started
- Wrote an article about those findings
- Put together update about styles and design changes to dadgumboxscores.com
R Programming Language
- Signed up for R for Journalism course
- Helped some, lots or resources with examples, but get uninterested quickly
- Practical R blog post helped me make a graph in R for my article
# make some data season <-rep(c("2004", "2005", "2006", "2007", "2008", "2009", "2010", "2011", "2012", "2013", "2014", "2015", "2016", "2017", "2018"), 2) min <-c(4.3, 15.3, 45.3, 48.1, 2.5, 16.9, 29.2, 32.3, 18.9, 27.5, 22.2, 22.5, 3.8, 14.7, 20.4) start <-c(0.7, 0.5, 48.4, 55.8, 0.0, 2.1, 10.3, 30.3, 2.6, 21.7, 19.4, 20.0, 0.0, 0.0, 9.2) values <-c(min, start) type <-c(rep("min", 15), rep("start", 15)) mydata <-data.frame(season, values) library(ggplot2) library(hrbrthemes) p <-ggplot(mydata, aes(season, values)) p +geom_bar() ggplot(mydata, aes(x=season,y = values)) +geom_bar(stat = "identity") p + geom_bar(stat = "identity", aes(fill = type)) + labs(x="Season", y="Percentage", title="Freshman Class Minutes Played & Games Started", subtitle="Percentage of possible minutes played and games started since '03-04", caption="Brought to you by dadgumboxscores.com") + theme(plot.title = element_text(hjust = 0.5)) + scale_fill_manual("Legend", values = c("min" = "#7BAFD4", "start" = "#13294B")) + theme_ipsum()
- Want to learn more about animating graphs, spatial graphs, etc.
- Try to write more and share graphs - chart of the day?
- Inspiration from @thefutebolist
- Learning new things takes time. Only bad things happen really fast.
- Take a breath. Breathe. Take another breath.
- Try new things and share them. It’ll make you better. Create stuff.
- Keep learning, keep learning.
- Slow down. Know what you don’t know.