learning to un-learn

September 30, 2019

my accent (along with my disability) makes it difficult for me to be understood.  My English was influenced by American (as they “imposed” their educational system on us, unlike the Spanish who “chose” us to be “ignorant”) but someone born Sate-side could easily tell i didn’t grow up in America.

we spoke English at home as my parents spoke different dialects – sadly it was their only common language.  i learned Tagolog (comprising most of Filipino) from the “streets” (as this was only a subject in school during my time – the medium of instruction is in English).  Suffice it to say, my vocabulary in Filipino isn’t “great” or “refined”.

Although i was taught the letter “j” in our alphabet, it is pronounced as “h” in our native tongue – so producing a “hard j” is more difficult for me (and is further compounded by my current speech quality).  During my education, “z’ was not part of our alphabet (i think it’s now included) so this is also not an “easy”  sound for me.  Essentially, my condition impairs my ability to produce “active” (that is, with the voice turned on) sounds.  While previously i made “fast progress” through daily practice and sheer will, i need to be more conscious now as i have a tendency to revert to old habits as my speech patterns are already well established {this is not helped by my age).  Case in point, (unlike consonants) there’s an “acceptable” range for vowels which children “easily” mimic and older people struggle with (that’s why it’s easier for you to learn another language ehen your “younger”).

i’ve got such a “bastardised” accent (as my pronunciation of syllables doesn’t “neatly” fall under one language) that i can pose a challenge to my speech pathologist.  =)

i’ve recently added a discussion on lists.  However, in doing this i’m a bit confused as there is a plethora of ways to introduce programming – i guess it’s “influenced” by what works for you.  Since there are multiple ways to approach it, it is “foolish” to expect it to work for all – you can only hope it is compatible with the majority of learners and publish alternative resources to maximise whom can get something out of it.

Here’s the updated repository:

https://github.com/LinsAbadia/Python/tree/master/DataStructures

i couldn’t really think of a blog post title for tuples – so i “lazily” fell back on something from my AD&D days.

But if you want to get an overview of its etymology, you can visit this link:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuple

Here’s my updated Python repository on GitHub:

https://github.com/LinsAbadia/Python/tree/master/DataStructures

 

both sides now

September 25, 2019

i started with a “bottom-up” approach hoping it solidly grounds “learners” on the “basics” – hoping that they can build upon the “fundamentals” (as “constructivist theory espouses).  However (and i could be wrong), certain topics seem to me “better” suited for “top-down” pedagogical design as this focuses on a particular concept not only to build confidence but, also, to encourage interest  (like they do in music by giving students a piece to practice).  This not only provides them the expected output (allowing them to validate their work or check if they are on the “right” track) but help identify which topics  (and the “order” in which they are introduced)  they need to learn (as it’s not practical to cover everything about a programming language – how long is a pice of string?  Certain “minutiae”  may be interesting but must be omitted for the sake of “practicality).

This may result in longer times between releases but if there’s anything i’ve verified through my own experience with project (software development in particular) that “front-loading” is more cost-effective as it’s ‘cheaper” to make changes “earlier” in a product’s lifecyvle

 

 

40 days (and nights)

September 22, 2019

we had the 40th day death anniversary of my mother-in-law today. when i researched why the number 40 was such a big thing Biblically (e.g. Jesus in the desert, Noah and the flood), it had something to do with purification in the Torah.  The real question is where did that practice originate from?

maybe it was serendipity that today was also the last mass of a Filipino priest in our parish. a new chapter?  who know?  all that i’m certain about is the mind is skilled in finding patterns…

“walang masamang tinapay”

September 21, 2019

this is a Filipino expression that roughly translates to:  “no such thing as bad bread”.  It is used to describe individuals that always sees the good in others.  Being pedantic, it applies more towards their attitude.  For me at least, that is an important distinction.  They are not ignoring other’s faults but choose instead to focus on the “good” qualities of the individual.

in my experience, these people are also “nice”.  i’m generally mistrustful but there are just a handful of people you just instantly like (in the absence of rationale or actual dealings with them).  there are just a few “good eggs”. you just automatically know whom (did i use it correctly?) these people are.

while i dislike a few, they are at least true to themselves and are honest.  what i abhor are those that project a “nice” image but when you get to know them more that their motivation(s) for doing “good” deeds are rooted on what others might say, social expectation, or self interest.  they assume, quite wrongly IMHO, that the world revolves around their wants and needs.

true blue

September 20, 2019

as a computing student. i blindly accepted the term Boolean in programming.  Just in case you’re also curious, i’ve included where it was derived. Here’s the updated Python repository:

shttps://github.com/LinsAbadia/Python/tree/master/DataStructures