• Life and blog

    My Christmas bucket list

    Christmas is coming. Unfortunately, the whole family is facing a bad cold and we are sneezing and coughing a lot. However, we are very excited about Christmas and already started Christmas related activities. Here is my Christmas bucket list, a small list of things we have done or plan to do. Bake Christmas cookies: done! We even baked twice, once only with the children and the second time with a friend of my daughter that we had invited. Decorate the Christmas tree: done! Bake Lebkuchen (German gingerbread cookies): we want to do that on Saturday Bake a French bûche au chocolat (French Christmas cake): planned for Christmas day Prepare a…

  • STEM

    Data visualization and machine learning

    I have kept working on my data science specialization course since my last update on the blog. I have been working on topics such as Data visualization and machine learning. The last course are definitely more challenging than the first ones and I learned a lot. Course 7: Data Visualization with Python I completed the 7th course of the specialization: Data Visualization with Python. There were a few things I already knew but I really learned a lot. Some chapters of this course were really cool, like creating a chloropleth map (this is a map where areas are colored to indicate the values of a particular quantity in those areas). Another…

  • STEM

    Data science project: November update

    I have not written on the blog for weeks. However, I have not been lazy. I worked a lot on the data science project. I kept working on the IBM data science track on Coursera. Here is my November update. One of the courses, “Data Analysis with Python”, was very long and it took me more time to complete it than I had needed for the previous courses. Most of the concepts in this course were also completely new to me, compared with the previous course November update: new courses Course 6: Data Analysis with Python I completed this course on 25/10/2019. This was the longest course I took so far and…

  • STEM

    Data Science project: October update

    This is a quick October update on my data science project. I am taking Coursera courses about data science and want to finish the IBM data science track by the end of the year. You can see below my previous posts on the project: My goals for September -> first presentation of the project Book review: Ultralearning (Scott H Young) ->the post is actually about the book Ultralearning but at the end of the article I am showing how the book helped me to define my data science project better Data science project: first weeks -> description of the first courses I took October update: new courses Course 4: Python…

  • STEM

    Data science project: first weeks

    I am still working on my data science project and until now, it is going well. This is not always easy to find time to work on this but fortunately, the first courses of the IBM data science track on Coursera have not been too difficult. The next ones will probably be more challenging however. I could complete the first courses relatively fast. Actually, I think the amount of work needed that is indicated on the courses is not really accurate. Some exercises are supposed to take one hour to complete, but actually, it takes rather ten to fifteen minutes, even if you are not familiar with the subject. Data…

  • Books

    Book review: Ultralearning (Scott H Young)

    This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Ultralearning is the first book of Scott H Young but he has been writing about ultralearning for years on his blog. I love his blog and follow it pretty regularly so when he first wrote about his book project, I was very excited and when the book was finally published, I knew I had to read it. Scott H Young is famous for his MIT challenge, a project for which he followed MIT classes and took the corresponding exams during one year. The goal was to come as close as possible to a standard MIT education, but…

  • Life and blog

    Cultural differences and nursery school

    My son began nursery school this week. At first, he was a little disappointed because I had told him there would be lots of toys and actually, the nursery school has gone minimalist for three weeks already. This means there are no toys at all until the end of the minimalist experiment next week. Eventually, he is loving going there though. I am really glad to see he is happy there.  My son is going to a typical German nursery school whereas my daughter had gone to the French-German nursery school. I found it interesting to see how different both nursery schools could be. Strangely enough, the younger the children…

  • Learning

    My goals for September

    Summer is coming to an end and September will be busy. My son is starting nursery school and my daughter has just resumed school. I have also some doctor appointments for the children. And I have some further projects too. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. My data science project I have been interested in learning more about data science for some time now and I finally decided to start working on that. I enrolled to some data science courses on Coursera. I started with the IBM data science course „What is data science?“ which was still pretty easy.  Then, I attempted the…

  • Books

    Book review: The October Man (Ben Aaronovitch)

    Ben Aaronovitch is the author of the Rivers of London series. You can see my review of the books here. I am writing a distinct review about The October Man because although the book includes references to Peter Grant and other characters of the Rivers of London books, the story takes place in Germany and the main character is Tobias Winter, who is the German Peter Grant. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. The October Man In this story, we discover the KDA, the German equivalent of the Folly. Like in the UK, this is a very small department. The Director is a…

  • Languages

    Learning languages with the Birkenbihl method

    As I am looking for ways to improve my language skills, I found about Vera Birkenbihl method for language learning. I watched her videos on Youtube and read about her and her method.  Who is Vera Birkenbihl? Vera Birkenbihl was a German motivation coach who was most known for the language learning method she developed. She was born in 1946 and she died in 2011. As a young woman, she began to develop learning methods and then developed the Birkenbihl method for language learning in the 80s. She wrote books and gave speeches on a wide range of subjects: brain-friendly learning and teaching method, analytical and creative thinking, personal development…