What am I up to

I’ve been studying, mostly studying how to study, something I need to do to continue with my degree, I passed my first module for last year, 76%, but I felt that I made it a lot harder for myself than I needed to, a lot more work, ie. written work, than was a requirement. I needed to learn the information, understand it and retain it in my head. So I’ve been refining and reflecting on what I did last year and coming up with a new strategy for this years study. I’m using the holidays to refine it and try things out that I hope will help make it easier, not in a I’m too lazy to work sort of way, but in a I can learn more and faster way, then I can increase the amount of stuff I learn rather than just get it done quickly. Lots more reflection each week and tweaking to make my learning beneficial.

Most of the new terms work will be maths stuff, algebra, complex numbers and the such. All looks daunting from my position now, but so did my last module back in July last year, so I assume it’s just me adding unnecessary stress to the situation.

I’ve been taking a course called “Succeed in Learning” at the Openlearn site, it has shown me that emotional conditions, distractions and other people’s opinions can have a massive impact on the way you learn. They suggest you keep a learning journal to discuss your emotional state and learning process with yourself so you can better understand how you learn. Everyone is different, everyone learns in different ways, and so I’m trying to find my optimum learning process.

Learning is for life, and is life, and you have to keep questioning things, yourself and the things you are trying to learn, taking time to reflect on what it was you hoped to get from your study for that day, week, month whatever. Learning is the process of gaining knowledge, not endless facts and memorising texts, but understanding what it is you are studying and being able to put it into your own words in a way that shows you yourself have understood the thing you have studied.

The maths I will be learning is not just about getting the correct answers it is just as much about how I got to those answers, and how I have understood the maths enough to explain the process I went through to get those answers. The maths is important, but the process is doubly important. You can solve equations, but there is little point in doing so if you have no idea why you are solving them and for what reason.

Ok, will go now. Talk again soon. Remember though, dreams can only come true if you act upon them, otherwise they are just thoughts in your head with very little substance.

An open mind

Why I prefer science to religion. (NOTE: I don’t worship science, or atheism, because they are just useful names for what an open minded person can be called by people who have no idea how you can think for yourself instead of using invented gods in your head)
Science can make mistakes, admit to them and change them. new discoveries change our minds on things. It was not until the 1970’s for instance that we found proof of continental drift. We can now prove this with GPS systems, as we can see that the land is moving each year, about an inch.
We only discovered geezers that could be the starting blocks of like on our planet, in 1979.
Science bases its ideas on the latest science, the latest things we know, and we are willing if the proof is provided and shown to be repeatable by other people or scientists we change our minds.
This is why religion is a problem, we have proven and discovered many things in the last 3000 years, such as the earth rotating and orbiting the sun, we know things, have invented things that the ancients 3000 or more years ago would have called impossible. In fact the Greeks didn’t even believe in decimal numbers! The number 0!
Things change, we discover new things, religion stays the same, and becomes more and more incorrect as time goes on, I’d rather be up to date and in the now.

Windy, and I want to garden, sit.

One of the pleasures of living where I do, is the sunny weather, and sitting outside in the sun, working rather than sitting inside working. Its only May but I am yearning to do the sitting in the sun thing, but its not happening yet, we have sun, but we also have wind, we have wind indoors too, but that is the beans. So I want out. To cut the lawn, to weed, to work, to weed some more, to have random chats with my neighbours, and get pawed and clawed by my cats. It’s what I do. I’m almost 50 and I do jack shite, other than sit, soak up the sun, and whine about my life being crap.

I usually have plans for the garden, but it ends up being more effort than I really care about. I may be alone in that idea, but I do know I have zero work ethic, I’d rather not do anything than do something. Maybe one day someone will recognise my non-active life style and reward me with mountains of money, but I doubt it, I will die, sitting in my chair, in the sun, with the cats taking the opportunity for a free meat meal and nibbling on my dead carcass.

I don’t TV anymore!

For a while now all I have taking time out of my life to watch on TV has been Dr Who. I watched Ep1 of this series, and it was good. I haven’t watched Ep2 and 3. Why? Well I can’t be arsed to watch, it takes time out of what I am doing. I am working on my OU topic, reading, watching my youtube list, listening to podcasts, playing games. TV needs me to pay attention, and I don’t really care. Just don’t fucking care anymore.

TV is dead to me, takes time, needs me to stop doing other things. I’m over it, I just don’t TV anymore, period.

Not sure what they can do to win me back, its all crap, populist rubbish for the lowest common denominator, nothing taxing my brain, I would rather work on some science, maths or something than melt my brain with mindless crap which doesn’t need me to think. TV sets are just gaming screens now.


Tom Clancy’s The Division ( Free weekend almost over :( )

Been playing this game for the last few days, while it is free on xbox live. Really enjoyed what I have played so far. Some of the bosses feel a bit hard when you haven’t had much chance to get your weapons upgraded, or the special abilities and stuff, but I powered through, I have patience enough to die lots until I succeed. Now have turrets and things, and that makes things easier.

Only have today left to play, so guess I won’t finish much more, well a bit but not the full game in time. It’s huge it seems. I may think about buying it in the future, but as I have many many games still to finish up, like the assassins creed games, unity and the free one last month. Walking dead season 2, and of course the full time suck, Elder scroll online.

Will play some more, as I AM having fun. Best of all, no recording and so can have fun, rather than worrying about how the recording is going etc. I may do more of that, as the channel hasn’t really taken off yet, why struggle to play games for recording, when I can play for fun, and not worry about how I do.

Anyway, back to the game. TTYL

PS. Taking weekends off posting the last two weeks, so I can have some fun again, as its getting boring.