Train journeys are a great opportunity to experience a place from a different perspective and learn something new. (I find it difficult to engage in activities that don’t have a purpose.)
The initial part of the train journey from Dublin to Belfast follows the eastern coast of Ireland. There are some wonderful, long sandy beaches on this stretch.
As the train nears Drogheda it vears more inland so as to cross the River Boyne which separates county’s Louth and Meath. The segment between Drogheda and Dundalk is characterised by green farm land and large detached houses. Then as you near Newry there are more hills.
I decided I wanted to take a second run through of Andrew Ng’s Machine Learning course available free on Coursera. I have taken several of Coursera’s coursers (knowledge junkie) and I have to say that Andrew stands out as an awesome teacher. Despite the terminology-laden and mathematical nature of the course content, Andrew puts the concepts in context, explains them clearly and moves through the syllabus in a series of logical, developmental steps which are easy to assimilate.
Newry – my stop. Heading to Freddy-fest where no doubt the liberal consumption of alcohol will destroy precisely the brain cells that hold the recently refreshed knowledge of linear regression.