Week Notes: 12

Apr 13, 2022 23:22 · 494 words · 3 minutes read weekly-reviews

Free And Open Source(FOSS) Work

  • Fixed an issue wrt inserting case attributes that have the same name: #90 and #695. Read more about this issue here.
  • I made some improvements on gn2’s uploader interface: #696 and #36d2cbc. Read more about this here.
  • Some [minor] work on tissue. I haven’t made any progress with this.
  • I opened a new issue regarding SQL generating a “too many connections” error in our CI. Read more here.
  • New suggestion on improving some of Genenetwork’s UI.
  • I had a look at Qiuiy. I think it’s mentioned in this talk.

Grad School

  • Handed in some assignment on “Linear Models”– a unit I’m enrolled in. This assignment emphasized using Regularized models on some provided dataset in R.
  • Started an advanced Bio-Informatics course to supplement my Genenetwork work. This has had the negative side-effect of taking my attention off work. Juggling [SU] school work, FOSS work and this course is demanding on my day. Good thing is that this is only temporary. I will have finished this course by the end of this week.
  • I did my first Continuous Assessment Test (CAT) last week for the “Linear Models” unit. It was an open-book assessment and IMO it went well.
  • There’s a take-away CAT whose submission is due next week Monday.
  • In one of my classes, some one shared how they used “Concept Synthesis” method to do their literature review. I’ll adapt this to Org mode and hopefully blog about it.
  • Interesting thing I learned about the grading process at SU: for poorly performed units, the results get standardized to get a bell-shaped curve. I think this used to happen in UoN.


  • Started reading Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather”. Finished Book I, II and III. This is a classic read.
  • Slow progress with: “The Sense of Style” by Steven Pinker.
  • Started reading: “The Bed of Procrustes” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
  • Got physical copies of: “Team of Rivals” by Kearns Goodwin and “Tiny Habits” by BJ Fogg.

Personal & Miscellaneous

  • [Week Highlight] I watched the movie: “Morbius” with dear ones \m/\m/
  • My partner asked me a question along the lines: “What does loving yourself look like?” This probably deserves a post of its own.
  • I want to incorporate study(not limited to MSc. work only) into my daily routine.
  • Open question: How do you deal with information overload? How do you deal with anxiety and over-whelm?
  • There’s a boiler-room event here in Nairobi this week. Too bad, I don’t have the band-width to attend this event.
  • Ideas for “deep” resting: showers, talking to dear ones, and social events.
  • Had my first “real” swim workout at YMCA.
  • Started learning the Palmer method of writing.