The Books I Read in 2018

I only finished a handful of books this year. I’ve listed them below, along with a few thoughts that I took away. There were also a few children’s books that stuck out to me, and so I’ve listed those, too.

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Where Our Donations Went in 2018

I know it seems arrogant to tell other people about your own charity. Not only am I bragging about having a few extra dollars to give away, but I’m even more superior because I’m using it to feed the hungry! Or cure malaria! Or whatever! For a couple reasons, though, this is a risk I’m willing to take.

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Class Report: Linear Algebra (MTH 261)

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In addition to the two computer science courses I took at Oregon State this term, I also took Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post will serve as a short (or not so short) summary of what I learned, what I liked, and how I think the course could be improved.

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Class Report: Software Engineering II (CS 362)

This term I took three courses: Operating Systems and Software Engineering II at Oregon State, and Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post summarizes my experience with Software Engineering II, and offers some advice for people taking the class in the future.

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Class Report: Operating Systems (CS 344)

This term I took three courses: Operating Systems and Software Engineering II at Oregon State, and Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post summarizes my experience with Operating Systems, and offers some advice for people taking the class in the future.

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Is Oregon State's Post-Bacc Computer Science Program Worth It?

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Every once in a while, people email me to ask whether Oregon State’s post-baccalaureate computer science program is worth it. Now that I’m nearing the end (I’ll graduate at the end of winter term), I feel like I can provide an answer. This post will serve as a long-form explanation of my answer, which is yes (with some caveats).

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Idara at Two and a Quarter

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If you wondered whether or not I’d continue writing these updates every three months, well, here’s your answer. In fact, you can look forward to reading about Idara at six and a half, at ten and three-quarters, and probably even at fourteen (which I’m sure will be a great read).

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Road Trip to the Alvord

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Rachael and Idara and I recently returned from a five day trip to Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert. In lieu of a full writeup, here are a few pictures we took along the way, plus captions.

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Idara at Two

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Shortly after Idara was born, she received a a stuffed, knit doll as a gift from one of Gordy and Suellen's friends. It sat around the house for a long time, more decoration than plaything. A couple months ago, Idara decided that this doll was a part of the family.

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Read: The Last Child in the Woods

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I recently finished one of the most thought-provoking books I've read in the past few years. I often write down notes after I finish a book. Rather than keep them to myself, though, I think it would be nice to share them here. This book seems like a good place to start.

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