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Off work today. It’s been nice. We had some errands to run this morning. I played Minecraft for a while, working on developing a new tower in my island fortress on our Realm.

One of the best parts of the day was getting out into the back to do some garden work! I haven’t had time to really work on projects like this recently. It was hot, sunny, and left me wiped out, but I really enjoyed all of us out there working on it. We had bought an Album Rhododendron and a Johanna Azalea and needed to get those planted. Up behind the house, there’s a clump of hazelnuts that has been overgrown by invasive blackberries. Nice spot, though. We tackled clearing out vines and dead wood. Gained some scratches and created a large pile of material we’ll need to deal with, but made room for the new plants.

The Arrival

After working outside we came in and collapsed. While recovering, we watched The Arrival. I’ve waited since it’s release to watch it.

I really like the movie. I have Ted Chiang’s collection to read (after I finish some of the other books that I have on my list).

R Programming

Although I’ve been studying data analysis and visualization in my program, there’s still so much more that I haven’t had a chance to learn yet. One of those topics has been R. I see articles talking about R but none of my classes covered it. Today I started a course and installed the language along with RStudio. I plan to learn it along with learning more Python and web-based languages as the mood strikes me.

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