This is my opening salvo in what I hope to be a beneficial and resourceful catalog of my learning journey as I try and tackle Python, data science, machine learning, and wherever else the path may wind.
Before anything else, I want to thank @anitabe404 , who I found on Twitter and then discovered this site from there and immediately became inspired to sign up and try and document this process. I'm doing this for two reasons: 1) I want the transparency and the expectation of knowing that there are other eyes on my progress; I've completed a bachelor's degree entirely online, and every minute of my self-study has been done alone...my hopes is that tracking my work online will help keep me accountable and give me the courage to push myself even further, and 2) on the flip side of the same coin, I want to make friends and meet people with these same ideals! Doing this basically alone has been alright for somebody like me, I'm pretty self-sufficient, but I'm ready to branch out and collaborate.
A little bit about me: I'm 33, and in the Spring of this year completed my bachelor's in Computer Information Systems, a jack-of-all-trades program that was beneficial in a broad sense, but also left me wanting a lot more. I struggle constantly with wanting to learn, let's say, too much; my interests are so expansive that I end up knowing a little bit about many things, but never enough to really create or produce anything of value. I overexert myself because I, irrationally, feel like my age is a humongous anchor and that I'm trying far too late to work on a foundation; that I have to push myself to make up for lost time, as if such a thing is even possible. Another benefit of documenting my progress is to possibly reign in this frenzy, and to finally focus my attention on an expertise that I can use to work towards my ultimate goal.
This ultimate goal is to contribute in any meaningful way to the fight against adverse climate change, and to help pave the way towards a post-scarcity, resource-based economy. It feels a little embarrassing to write out, like when someone at a beauty pageant says they want world peace; such a rosy aspiration, and yet on its face probably something not to be taken too seriously. But my stance on the subject is that everybody has a role to play in the push towards a better world, and when everybody adds their contribution no matter how small, then it matters and is significant.
But I'll stop here for now, if you've read this far then thank you, I promise not to ramble so much in the future. If you're new here as well, tell me what is it that you're working towards? What drives you forward, has you pouring over books in the late hours?