I have been binge watching Pycon 2014 videos and I thought I might as well make that productive somehow, so here's a list of the best videos (in my very humble opinion)!
I haven't watched every single Pycon video so please be sure to recommend your favorites in the comments!
David Beazley slays it. As an expert witness he writes his own versions of simple things and comes up with interesting ways to reverse engineering/research a huge codebase.
Julie Pagano reminds us to maybe not be so hard on ourselves. This one is especially important to me, because I am starting a new job soon and there's a large part of me that feels like I may not fit in.
That is bull shit!
I don't know why we get these strange fears. Everyone has that awkward first day but I'm sure at my new job the people are looking out for my best interests. They want me to be happy and feel welcomed, so I just need to think positive and do my best—no reason to worry!
"It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible Monsters in Tech - PyCon 2014"
This also goes into quite a bit of arduino stuff which is something I am trying to get into, pretty interesting.
"Cheap Helicopters In My Living Room"
Guillaume Ardaud goes into some great specific about memcached, a lot of stuff I didn't know--like you pronounce memcached "memcache dee"!
I think this guy is a pretty good speaker to model yourself after. He was confident and obviously practiced a lot beforehand, really enjoyed this presentation.
"Cache me if you can: memcached, caching patterns and best practices"
Ned Jackson Lovely did an awesome presentation on machine learning/sciki. It was very beginner friendly. My favorite part was probably the flow chart "if you have less than 50 samples, get more samples."
"Enough Machine Learning to Make Hacker News Readable Again"
Jessica McKellar talks about how we could get more kids involved with computer science. What I thought stood out about her presentation was concrete ideas/details, like:
Chin Up is my personal motivation tracker. Every day I rate from 1 to 10 how I am feeling in certain metrics like strength, flexibility, relationships and happiness.
There are two types of metrics:
It is meant to be hosted locally/somewhere free, like Heroku.
If you want the same setup I have, go to the
admin screen and add these items.
To become the best I can be: I need motivation, I need to get my chin up.
Every metric that I believe significantly effects my motivation and health will be measured on a scale from 1 to 10. If there is something significant to note, I'll put that down as well. However, the main goal is to motivate myself through numbers and statistics.
1 being the worst, least effort I could possibly put in and 10 being the best, most effort I could possibly put in.
To make it easier to use, I made a simple app and threw it on pypi called django-pin-passcode. It logs you in to the user you define after you enter a certain passcode composed of 0-9 and #.
Thanks to numpy I added really quick correlations between metrics, it's pretty ugly but it will tell you what metrics might positively/negatively correlate to each other.