Back Painsz.

Today I’ll be doing a few fun things.  I’ll be going to Shake, Rattle, and Read — there are free books there, but I want to go for the bikeride.  It’s a good 20 minutes away but we’ll see how it goes.

I have a coffee sitdown with the Data Science lead for Civis on Thursday.  I hope it goes well — if not, oh well!  I’ll also be sitting down and applying more today.  I’m going to make a paper schedule for myself to do X things.  This unemployment has shown me that I don’t get a lot done if I just sit around and be depressed and lonely; I gott’a force myself to get out, and that forces myself to be social as well.

The SSRI symptoms seem to have gone away as of a few days ago — probably Sunday, or Saturday, I’d say.  The only lingering thing I have is mild dizziness if I stay up too late.  All in all, this was an extremely productive unemployment time if only because of this medication change.

It’s strange how such a small, small pill can change your life so much.

As is usual with my life, the second something goes away something else comes and takes its place.  This one doesn’t seem as major but I’ll track it neverthless.

Since last night, possibly after increased tension in my back from sitting dumb, I felt soreness in my left shoulder blade.  It does not hurt to move my arms up or down, or back or forwards, but it does hurt to reach my left arm to the right, or my left arm back, without the other arm.  It was extremely difficult getting into a sleeping position — on my side — which didn’t hurt.  Fairly annoying, but not the end of the world.

I took a bath, popped a few ibuprofens, we’ll see how this is.  I will give this two weeks before I see a doctor; it could be nothing, but because I also had mild nerve damage I was also concerned about a potential tumor in the upper lung, which has similar symptoms.  Since such tumors are usually malignant, I’d want to be absolutely sure that no funny business is going on.  I’m fairly sure it’s just my terrible, terrible posture, though.



Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.  Seems a little bit better today, but I’m not sure.  Again, might just be getting used to it.

Started doing planks.  Hopefully that’ll do something.  Going to finish Regression today, hopefully, then go on to another module.  It’s worth it so far; I learn about things that I didn’t know about before.  My goal is just to do a quick Kaggle or two before starting the new class.


Either the cubital tunnel syndrome is getting slightly better (it feels less intense when doing exercises and in general) or I’m just getting used to it.  I’m hoping it’s the former, but I’ll keep on updating here.  The only time when I feel it significantly is when I do the arm-by-ear exercise.

I also managed to mess up sleeping on my back again.  It’s a lot harder than I expected.  I don’t know why, but even when I’m dead tired there’s something that keeps me awake.  I’ll keep at it, I guess, for another week but then I have to figure something out.


Yesterday I got up to the point of doing gradient descent on some data.  I don’t think the GD algorithm worked.  It made sense, it was following directions, but it dudn’t seem to jive with the data they had.  Ugh.  So I’ll be doing that again today.  Exciting.

more of the same.

I’m going to try something like splitting this into daily activites and then health stuff.  Might read more like a journal then.


Continuinig the Regression data science coursera course, but picking up speed.  I feel like I’ve been slacking off for a month and that I won’t get a job as easily.  Lasso is L1, Ridge is L2.  I guess a mnemonic to this would be that l2 looks sort of like an “R”, so we have L2 is Ridge.  Pretty silly, but —

I’m going to try to complete most of the course today, that’s my ultimate goal.  I need to get going with Kaggle stuff if I want to show anything off.  I think there’s six total data science courses; the fundamentals, regression, then the rest.  If I really buckle down, I can complete a bunch and begin applying by next week.


This cubital tunnel thing is pretty annoying.  I tried sleeping on my back without much success and wound up sleeping on my side.  I’ll try again tonight because I feel like if I just keep at it, it’ll be easier.  I think I kept my arm straight most of the night, so that’s good.  I’m going to hang out at Starbucks today to keep my mind off of it and to force me to keep my arm straight.

The exercises actually feel a bit better today.  I’ll continue to do them, though I have some reservations about them actually working.  I can’t find any papers studying this, so I’m not sure.  In any case, it’s best to avoid surgery, if only because of how bad a cast would look to employers (ha) and the money.

We’ll see.