Blogs: Week of 28 Feb — 6 Mar

Joshua Brown
2 min readMar 7, 2022


What did you do this past week?
This past week, I worked on finishing up phase one of the software engineering project with my group. Additionally, I prepped for my upcoming Japanese oral exam.

What’s in your way?
As of right now, the only thing in my way is my quality of sleep. Despite being in bed for eight or so hours, I find myself feeling tired in the morning and thus throughout the day. It’s a bit odd to me, as I do not know the direct cause of my degradation in sleep quality. On the bright side though, I have noticed a stark increase in the number of dreams that I remember in the morning (probably due to me waking up during REM sleep).

What will you do next week?
This coming week, I will try to set up a large portion of the database and its content for phase two. Even though we will get spring break to work on and finish up the project for phase two, I would like to be able to reserve the week for actually having a break. Additionally, I will do some more prep and studying for my Japanese and Data Mining examinations, as well as start working on my data mining project.

What did you think of Paper #7: Liskov Substitution Principle?
Overall I thought that the paper made sense, and it seems natural that the child class should be able to substitute for its parent class.

What was your experience of operators and iteration? (this question will vary, week to week)
It’s cool to now think about operators such as + and / as functions of classes, as I always thought of them simply as static tools that were not available to be changed.

What made you happy this week?
This week, I was able to go to an improv show with my friends in downtown Austin. I was not sure of what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I found myself laughing. Additionally, I’ve gained a greater respect for improv and its artists, for the amount of creativity and speaking skills required seems quite high. This has also sparked my interest in perhaps taking one of UT Austin’s improv classes in the near future for fun.

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?
Listening to background noise, such as brown noise, helps drown out the sounds of the world, allowing you to more easily focus on concentration-heavy tasks, such as studying.