It’s the beginning of 2019, and as I’m establishing as tradition, this post is a review of 2018.

In 2018, I completed my masters at Edinburgh. I moved to Sweden to start a new job involving machine learning and data engineering. I also wrote 38 blog posts this year!

Blog posts

During the month of May, I had a month off for studying and finals. I studied Machine Learning, went to coffee shops, read, ran, and wrote blog posts. I couldn’t complain!

Here are a few posts:

Small ML projects

Big personal software projects

ML Concepts

I also posted on data science tech (einsum), data engineering tech (DBpedia), graphics (xml.etree.elementtree Cheatsheet), and places and events (Narvik, Norway and Kiruna, Sweden).

I also started writing some posts as Jupyter notebooks.

Places and events

Home bases

  • Edinburgh, UK
  • Uppsala, Sweden (commuting to Stockholm)


  • I took one of my exams in the Playfair Library Hall in Edinburgh.

  • The Edinburgh Festival happened while I was writing my thesis! It felt like a different city.

New places

Some new places I’ve visited are



I set an ambitious reading goal for 2018 and totally missed it (56/70 books). I’ll settle for 56 books!

In no particular order, some books that stuck with me are

  • Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
  • Beloved - Toni Morrison
  • As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
  • Her Body and Other Parties - Carmen Maria Machado
  • Giovanni’s Room - James Baldwin
  • Neuromancer - William Gibson (and I reread Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash.)
  • The Dispossessed - Ursula Le Guin
  • The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  • Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

For non-fiction

  • So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Book of Why - Judea Pearl

I also read Trainspotting in Edinburgh and American Psycho in New York City.


In addition to podcasts from last year’s list:

  • More Perfect
  • Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway
  • The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads and Today in Focus
  • And not sure why Lovett or Leave It wasn’t on last year’s list.


Study albums

Running albums


  • Commute time in late-2018: ~80 minutes
  • Number of Edinburgh-Stockholm or Stockholm-Edinburgh flights: 11

From one of the Edinburgh-Stockholm flights, here are some Norwegian fjords, an aerial view of Oslo, and an in-flight video of Mt. Hood, Oregon.