although we use the metric system in Australia, i still mainly use the English (or Imperial, pick your poison) equivalents for height and weight. maybe IMHO it makes more “sense”, maybe it’s just a force of habit (as we use a “mixed” version in the Philippines. strangely, we’ve not committed to one nor the other), or maybe some kind of combination of these.

apparently, lb is short for the Latin libra which roughly translates to “pound weight” – this etymology is also the root of the currency.

i partly recall the jingle to fully “convert” the population to metric that’s why i remember these ratios: cm = in * 2.54; lbs = kg * 2.2…

i know the Aussie expression (it is Kiwi depending on whom you ask) of: yeah, nah, yeah can differ based on context and the actual variant used – in this case it indicates ambivalence.

it’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 12 years since i stopped work. don’t get me wrong – i was really glad to see them and i had seen some of them over the years but something was slightly different this time.

i had to reflect on it to figure out why. i don’t know if it was because my wife now worked for the same organisation, the place where we ate was just a stone’s throw away from our offices, they were “purely” social visits before, it was something else, or a combination of some of these factors. there were moments (admittedly, few and far in between) when the conversation was lightly peppered with “shop talk”.

this sounds like i’m nostalgic for work but i still recall it was a hardly a “bed of roses”. the core group is still around even after all these years (which is a testament to my former boss’ management skills). i think, to some extent, i miss the challenge – sure the team sometimes handled things differently, but our goal was, ultimately, to arrive at a singular mitigation strategy.

i guess i felt a little frustrated that stopping wasn’t really on my own terms and it wasn’t a conscious decision on my part: in short i didn’t have a choice.

i feel there were still things i could’ve “accomplished” and my contribution would’ve been much “greater”. Oh, well…

i have something called nystagmus (that’s a fancy way of saying my eyes dart around involuntarily). it’s not very pronounced so you need to consciously look for it. it manifests itself by me not seeing “very far”, my central vision being “blurry”, and my inability to read subtitles now – i use a magnifier when the fonts are “too small” as glasses don’t really help since it’s not a “lens” (the irony isn’t lost on me since that’s how my family and childhood friends refer to me) issue. my depth perception is compromised – i’ve always known intellectually that this is a likely effect but for some reason i only made the “connection” a few weeks ago. it’s more obvious to me as i played a lot of point guard in basketball and had a “decent” outside shot (i was particularly “skilled” at making free throws) – i now have trouble catching and throwing a ball.

the good thing is that i should have double vision but my brain compensated so i don’t experience this phenomenon and don’t get headaches. unfortunately when people should see two usually, i don’t based on my neurophysio tests.

balance can also be affected (that’ why PTs ask you to close your eyes to make a task “more difficult”). fortunately, all the core work they’ve asked me to do lately helps make this less of a factor.

i wonder how i’ll cope if i lose my vision entirely as i rely on a rollator frame and am claustrophobic…

i’m not a statistician so kindly bear with my “crudeness”. initially, i just planned on discussing the “3ms”: Mean, Median & Mode. however, aside from these appearing “too short” and after what the describe method returns, it seemed more sensible to cover all the outputs.

as a former educator, i’m open to content being improved : “iteration” is often necessary in endeavouring to present something simpler – so if you have an idea on how to do this “better”, kindly let me know.

here’s the updated GitHub repository:

https://github.com/LinsAbadia/Python/blob/master/Statistics/Descriptive.ipynb

just learned there are only two fears we are all born with: falling ad loud noises. apparently, we pick up the others along the way – i’m guessing through other people or our own experiences. it would have been handy to have known this fact sooner as a parent – having “mostly” already raised my son.

if i could only figure out where my claustrophobia came from then i can address it better…

i’m not a botanist so this is unfamiliar to me – so naturally i googled it.

“serendipitously”, i ran across this “foreign” term in one of my data science courses in learning about a computer language. they are usually green and are the leaf-like vestiges that “protect” the petals of a flower in bud form and act as supports in the blooming process.

i’m currently taking a visualisation course in Python and it has reminded me of red and green colour blindness: both hues appear similar to them.

while they are still granted driver’s licenses as a “strong” convention for traffic lights exist, the position and not just the colour convey information.

this made me think of truly inclusive designs: where a “best effort” is placed that a design is accessible by default (or a “reasonable” alternative or accomodation is provided). this is “good” to know since coming up with a “universal” design can be “problematic” (as more effort can be required) but in media without guidelines this can invaluable.