• 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…

  • Books

    Traveling the world with books

    I love reading about reading challenges. As I recently read about several bloggers traveling the world with books, I decided to check how international my reading has been in 2019. For each book I read in 2019, I will check what is the nationality of the author and then list all the books by country This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Australia The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion): This was a fun and lovely romance novel. You can read my review here. The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion): This is the sequel of The Rosie Project and it was also a very nice read. Wundersmith:…

  • Life and blog

    Our favorite toys this Summer

    As this Summer has been particularly hot until now, the boys have spent much time in water. We just run some water (not too much!) in the bathtub and we let them play with their bath toys. We recently bought new bath toys that the children particularly love but there are other favorite toys with which the children currently play a lot. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Our favorite toys We are happy we bought these new bath toys because the children had a lot of fun with them. Even my daughter, who is seven, loved playing with them in the bathtub.…

  • Books

    Book review: Circe (Madeline Miller)

    I read Circe a few months ago, after I read many positive critics about the book on different blogs. Actually, I was very excited about the book because I have been interested in Greek and Roman mythology for a long time. I even liked the latin classes in high school. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What is Circe about? Circe is written like a memoir. This is the story of the famous magician Circe, who is most famous for changing Ulysses’s crew into pigs.  The story begins when Circe parents meet. Her father, Helios, is a titan and the god of sun.…