My experiment with machine learning yesterday didn’t work out quite as I hoped, I found a lot more questions than I found answers, although I didn’t really find any answers. I think it’s something that you can’t just dip into and find what you’re after, you need to learn about things first to know how to find what you’re looking for. As someone who wants to get results as quickly as possible, I don’t feel like I have time to get a really good understanding of the field and so I am going to instead step back into the realm of the ‘somewhat known’ that I was digging around in before.
This brings me back to web scraping, which I still don’t understand very much of, but I do know enough to find some decent tools and get cracking with them!
I might go back and try out import.io on a trial again, because I was very pleased last time I used them. All I need is a list of links generated for them to scrape the data for me, maybe not even that depending on how the website is structured. Not quite square one, but not where I thought I would end up today!
Books I’ve Been Reading
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran is a brilliant, funny, insightful book. From the very beginning of the book, Caitlin is completely candid about her experiences growing up as a woman, describing puberty, feminism and culture in a humourous and accessible way.
I read this book cover to cover and really appreciated the opportunity to understand a lot of the mysteries that you just can’t ask a woman in polite conversation, as a man, and a lot of things I would never have even thought to ask.
I did feel a little weird carrying a book around with this title, but it’s nothing compared to the other books that she now has me considering to read next, such as The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer.
Today I finished reading the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and even ended up reading the afterword, which gave some interesting insight into the mind of the author.
I really liked the writing style in this book, there were parts where I felt like I didn’t really understand what was happening and I think that portrayed the mental condition of the protagonist really well. I like dystopian books like this, 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell are a couple other (obvious) favourites of mine.
There were some slightly disturbing parralels with modern life in this book first published in 1953, almost enough to appear prophetic. Giant wall sized TVs, programmes on constantly, barely pausing to allow watchers to think and people losing interest in books. Okay, it’s not that bad yet, but it’s still pretty cool.
Unfortunately I don’t have anything else to share really today, it’s been a good but tiring week and all I want to do now is wrap it up and go to bed, so that’s how I am ending this post. Good night!
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