As 2017 comes up, I just wanted to write a list of all the things I would like to do and learn in the new year. I honestly do not know if this list will help, but I think it’s nice to have it on the website so people might be inspired to check out some of this tech. Maybe we can help each other learn.
Languages I want to spend some time learning. For these languages, I have a list of resources I’ve found and/or bought and will post on the site at some point.
I’ve bought a few domain names that I would like to turn into some design- and education-focused destinations.
I never had the opportunity to study Category Theory when I was studying math, so thought I would try to do a deep dive into it and summarize the material in a way that is accessible to me (and hopefully others).
a modern guide to LaTeX
Haven’t bought a domain name for this, and it’s hard to find catchy names that aren’t ambiguous (e.g. “modernlatex.com”?).
Back in the day, I used to be the quite competent LaTeX user. I did all my math homeworks in LaTeX, rather than subjecting my teachers to my handwriting. While many people are using alternatives like Markdown for structured documents, I believe LaTeX will continue to be relevant in the STEM fields, as Markdown can barely do tables right, much less a commutative diagram.
My idea is to maybe do some tutorials for getting started in LaTeX, especially focusing on alternative tools like Atom instead of the old IDEs I used to use.
I bought this one kind of impulsively. The idea, though, is that I wear a lot of shirts that have flannel design (not necessarily flannel fabric). I intuitively know what I like in a design, but wondered how designers come up with the colors and proportions of the lines.
This site would either catalog some flannel-type designs out in the wild, or reproduced in Sketch or something, and maybe some exposition on flannel “theory”. I don’t know.
Like “Objects & Arrows”, I would like algebrai.cc to be a place that presents undergraduate-level Abstract Algebra in an accessible and attractive way. This might include videos and articles with custom-designed artwork.
Books about code
- Clean Code, Uncle Bob
- Refactoring, Martin Fowler
- Practical Object-Oriented Programming, Sandi Metz (re-read)
- 99 Bottles of OOP, Sandi Metz and Katrina Owen
- The Pragmatic Programmer, Andy Hunt and David Thomas
Books about theoretical computer science
- Types and Programming Languages, Benjamin Pierce
- Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists, Benjamin Pierce
- Practical Foundations for Computer Science, Robert Harper.
Books on design, mainly typography
- Stop Stealing Sheep, Erik Spiekermann
- Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst
- Butterick’s Practical Typography, Matthew Butterick
- Creative Confidence, David Kelley
- Atomic Design, Brad Frost
- The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt
- Deep Work, Cal Newport
- Citizen’s of the Green Room, Mark Leibovich
- Seinfeldia, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
- America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis
- Between the World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Fractured Republic, Yuval Levin
- The Great Debate, Yuval Levin
- The Art of Being Free, James Poulos
- How To Bake Pi, Eugenia Cheng
- Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford