All good things come to an end. Welcome to my final blog entry for CS 373. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Prof. Downing.

I think the most useful pearl of wisdom that I received from this course was on how to write better Python. The course covered very well how to build & mimic containers in Python. Refactoring, although discussed at the end of the course (when we were all stressing about our group projects), was a useful introduction into common design patterns to improve…


Howdy, y’all! Welcome, welcome, welcome, to my Blog: Week of 16 Nov — 22 Nov.

What did you do this past week?

This past week was a blur! For this class, I worked on adding visualizations for the final phase of our project, as well as refactoring. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different libraries and React components and with D3. In terms of refactoring, there was a good amount of work to do, but we worked very hard in earlier phases to reduce our workload later down the road.

For my data science class, I put together…


Welcome, welcome, welcome! This here is my blog for: Week of 9 Nov — 15 Nov.

What did you do this past week?

For some reason, this is the hardest question for me to answer! Maybe it’s stress from school or quarantine, but I’m struggling with a little memory loss.

Okay. I know I did homework for my quantum information science class. I went to a few meetings. I thought about next semester. I learned a little SQL. I went for a few walks.

What’s in your way?

I still have to finish an essay for my “Space Opera” class.


Hello! Welcome to my blog for Week of 2 Nov — 8 Nov.

What did you do this past week?

This past week was a real doozy! I was constantly occupied with work from Sunday to Friday night at midnight. This is something that I’ve heard from many students, but the workload for online classes is unexpectedly high; I think one factor is that teachers might feel they have to compensate for the lack of in-person learning by piling on work.

I am happy to have finished the bulk of our project with the completion of Phase 3. Our website…


Howdy, folks! Welcome to the State Fair of Jonathan: Week of 5 Oct — 11 Oct. Summer is now a distant memory. Fall has fallen. Our Google calendars are steadily flipping forwards with increasing velocity and uniform acceleration.

What did you do this past week?

This week wasn’t so bad! I worked on some homework for QIS, thought long and hard about phase II of our project, and learned about optimization.

In this course, I enjoyed Jesse’s short lecture on security! His demonstration of code injection was interesting — I had heard of the technique, but never understood it. I…


Hello, friends! I welcome you to my blog: Week of 28 Sep — 4 Oct.

What did you do this past week?

This week felt like both a marathon and a sprint combined! I began by meeting with my project group as we figured out our hosting, backend, and frontend. Despite the many hours of work we all put into this project, I feel positive about how we delegated responsibility. Phase I may not have been perfect, but I’m proud of the website we created and of what we accomplished.

Outside of this class, I finished up a rocky homework…


Welcome back, folks! I trust your week went swimmingly! Welcome to my blog for: Week of 21 Sep — 27 Sep.

Hey! That’s me!

What did you do this past week?

This past week was insanely busy! For this class, I started working on frontend for our project. I was relieved to see our project proposal was approved. Our site will provide information for urban farmers.

Outside of class, I virtually attended the FoCS Career Brunch and the CNS Career Fair. Brazen works pretty well (insane lines), and the career fair sessions via Handshake also went smoothly. It’s still very exhausting emotionally, but…


Hello, friends! I hope you had an excellent week! Welcome to my blog for: Week of 14 Sep — 20 Sep.

What did you do this past week?

On Monday, I attended the ECE Bonanza. This was my first time using Brazen. It’s an interesting platform that mimics some of the best aspects of in-person career fairs while leaving out the undesirable aspects. Instead of having to dress up and wait for a shuttle, or worrying about check-in and if you left your stack of hastily-printed resumes at home, Brazen is a lot simpler. Waiting in line while being able…


Howdy, y’all! Welcome to week 3.

What did you do this past week?

I was really glad to have Labor Day off. The extra weekend day was helpful, although not too productive. Still, I managed to get some work done. I finished up a few assignments. I’m still concerned with my workload being too high for this semester, and the transition from the light, carefree “syllabus season” into the dark, ominous “first midterm season” is never easy.

I went to a meeting with one of my professors, and I was expecting a lot of people to have questions, but no…


Hello! Welcome to Week 2 of my blog!

What did you do this past week?

I worked on the Collatz project, worked my first full week a a TA, and met with my research group at the Computational Visualization Center. It was fascinating to see how varied the research subjects are, from machine learning to computational biology.

What’s in your way?

I am worried my schedule is too intense. I’m nervous I’m going to get overwhelmed by classes, work, and recruiting. …

Jonathan Randall

CS373 Fall 2020: Jonathan Randall

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