WOTD 19/3/18 – Hachure

Hachure (v) – to denote surfaces relief (as on a map) by shading with short lines drawn in the direction of slope.

Depicting mountains in pixel art requires the hachure of of the slopes so as to draw separations between other mountains in the range as well as its steepness.

Academic Posts – Intro (Week 0)

In my Friday posts I would like to have read either an article from an academic journal, textbook or news report focusing on the topic of that week. Today, I will be detailing the format for these weekly posts that I can be satisfied in knowing that I both have taken careful efforts to have understood the material well enough to summarize it in a concise and clear manner. For my textbook readings, I have chosen two intro books that I had used in my college classes that I wanted to revisit in hopes that by starting from the foundations of a field I can better prepare myself to understand and contextualize deeper studies. On the Linguistics side, I have Language: Its Structure and Use 6th Edition by Edward Finegan, and on the Mathematics Side, An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning: Numbers, Sets and Functions by Peter J. Eccles. It is my goal to cover roughly a chapter for each weekly post.

I want to rotate with these two topics to start and hopefully, if I become more regular with this than I can move to having weekly posts for each of them, but baby steps in the meanwhile. I do however want to make a small preview for next week’s post starting with Linguistics. What I really like about this text is that each chapter presents some thoughts to consider before diving into the chapter. The first chapter is titled “Languages and Linguistics.” I hope anyone who reads this can get a somewhat higher level Cliff Note’s version of understanding of the material.

WOTD 15/3/18 – Telegenic

Telegenic (adj) – having an appearance and manner that are markedly attractive to television viewers.

I plan on starting a twitch channel for when I play Splatoon 2 competitively, but I think I will stick to game footage only for now since I don’t believe I’m very telegenic.

Hello, World!

Hey, my name is Farina Renais. Welcome to my blog! I imagine that this will be my longest entry since this is just me explaining to myself what kind of schedule and posting rules I want to adhere to. Ideally, each post will be no less than a paragraph as I want to achieve two goals: hold myself accountable to progress reports on some of my other projects/interests while also practicing writing regularly. As such, a paragraph represents a meaningful, but non-time consuming commitment to accomplish those goals. If some entries require more detail, then more paragraphs can be added, but at minimum one paragraph. I am using the definition of a paragraph which doesn’t necessarily concern itself with sentence count, but rather the full and complete assertion of an idea or topic. As long as the post is self-contained and can be understood without too much background knowledge then it is sufficient. I also hope to post every day, however, that might be something I work my way up to, so for now it will be at least twice weekly.

Okay, now that the formality of my posting structure is set, we can discuss what kinds of posts you will see. I envision this site to eventually be the homepage for my computational linguistics analytics company, thus the name LingoMath which combines my two academic interests Linguistics and Mathematics. Before that can happen I have a long way to go in gaining skills and training, but I hope to alternate between these two topics each week as a Friday post about an article or journal topic. Every day, I want to start with the Merriam Webster word of the day to get the creative juices flowing and craft a sentence that provides context clues to be able to ascertain the meaning. Tuesdays will be a general update of my life along with some more personal, aspirational discussions. I want to discuss my values so that I can look back on them and laugh at my naiveté, but without the context of politics since I imagine we all get enough of that from other feeds. Over time, I want to talk about some of my other interests, but I know full well what happens when I over-commit to something. Instead I’ll list these topics as a preview of what I might post as a reminder of what I care about: Knitting & Crocheting, Pixel Art, Reading, Japanese, Urdu, Toki Pona, Sign Language, Television, Movies, Podcasts, Manga & Comics, Tennis, Technology & Humanity, Environmentalism & ZeroWaste, Cooking, Video Games, Music, and more that I can’t particularly recall right now.

Schedule (Tentative):

Daily: WOTD Sentences

Tuesday: Blog

Friday: Academic

I honestly can’t imagine many people besides myself reading these posts let alone even finding my page, but this is meant to keep me accountable to the person I want to become. It’s an unending process and that’s totally fine because no one is perfect, and we can always strive to be a little bit better than who were in the past.