[WIP] 2020 Proposed Class List

The following is my proposed class schedule for 2020.

These classes fulfill all of the credits needed to obtain my degree, as well as immediately serve me and my community in my professional path.

In the following post, I’ll go through how each fits so exceptionally.

ABUS 4571W:

Introduction to Grant Writing for Health Care and Nonprofit Organizations

This class is out of the Applied Business department. Being that ScreamFreely is a non-profit organization; this class will give me the skills necessary to gain the funding ScreamFreely can use to propel our work.

COMM 4250:

Environmental Communication

This is a writing course, kinda, but not really – padded fluff.

CSCI 5521:

Introduction to Machine Learning

This is the meat and potatoes of the MnActivist Work.

EPSY 3264:

Basic and Applied Statistics

Solid review, great lens.

PSY 3801:

Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis

More review but from a different lens.

OLPD 5501:

Principles and Methods of Evaluation

Part of building an organization is being able to perform routine evaluation; this class will give me those tools.


ABUS 4515: Strategy and Management for a Sustainable Future (audit only)

OLPD 8502: Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives (audit only)

October 2019 Budget Report

It’s been about two and a half months since we last checked in with GNUCash, and where everything was at.

Yup, that’s on; and I prepared for times like this —

Too much was happening and it was overwhelming; I needed to be able to spend money when/as I needed to concerning basics like getting enough food to eat.

Where Are We At?

We’re alright, I need to pay off a few bills this weekend that are going to push me down; though I recently received a gift from the sky that helps.

In the US accounts I’m over my caution point and have the hope of persisting as such. My goal is to maintain my rainy-day fund in my Savings account, while consistently growing my checking and digital income accounts.

I had to shuffle a few hundred dollars to my Colombian account over the past few months to cover all of my bills.

Though now I also have a budget. This week has been the first of it’s implementation, and I’ve even come out a little bit ahead.

Though I have one more day left on the week.

Monthly Bills & Incidentals

My phone got stolen a few weeks ago; which is why I don’t buy expansive phones.

My current model is the Motorola G6; which costs about $125USD to replace.

As well, I need to catch up on my health insurance payments; and account for the monthly amount that is being taken out regardless.

My phone bill is about $10USD per month, and I may have a strategy to make that stretch even further. Hopefully almost cut my phone bill in half.

As my budget allots me $100,000COP (~$30USD) per week; out of which I need pay for my phone bill.

I’m also going to reduce my health insurance level which will reduce some pressure in the coming months as well.

About the Outlook

Though I am confident about being able to retain my students, the father of one has asked for lessons for himself and his friends next year; I will oblige as my schedule allows.

Now that my schedule is more compact and compartmentalized, I can focus on living within my budget while being productive.

I recently purchased a whiteboard, and considering the gift I recently received, may send myself some more money to get new glasses and a gym membership. Maybe.

For now, I am focusing on finding a rhythm to  my output; I missed the weekly newsletter deadline this week — though again, am open to altering it as is best for my schedule.

There is mechanism by which I can continue to remember my ideas and get the produced; and a few basic models to incite weekly creation.

That said, I am hopeful for the future.

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TikTok, the Top of the Tower

TikTok has proven to be a WONDERFUL utility for creating videos that also have words; as I can define when a word, or phrase or GIF, appears and disappears …

Using this tool, I am now creating videos to help people practice English phrases and sounds.

Part of building a social media audience is being consistent.

This is not easy; though a shortcut, if we can call it that, is to create content about things which naturally occur in your day-to-day life.

Teaching English has been a massive fortune in the respect of content mining around the subject. The tools, both virtual and inter-personal, have exceeded my expectations.

Back to TikTok

I have expanded my creations on TikTok to include video under the subject heading: Top 3 Reasons to Support ScreamFreely!!!

I have a few of those videos made; with plans for a few more, both language learning and promotional, topically.

I’m hesitant to show my face on TikTok; I don’t have face-tracking on FaceBook, though I’m not sure about YouTube, nor Twitter.

Nor do I know if I am paranoid to be concerned –

Whatever, What’s the Tower Analogy?

Everything that I make on TikTok, I am able to recast on Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp & LinkedIn!

While at the end of the week, I can put together a collection, and push that out as content as well ~

Furthermore, all of this falls to the bottom, as content for lesson plans.

Now that I’ve started to expand the subject matter of my TikToks, I will do so further to support my fundraising/sales efforts ~

And again, all of the content created will be able to be recast on other mediums; some likely including blog posts.

What About Singing?

That’s what TikTok was originally about, an app for lip syncing and singing.

And quite a few folks in the app gain a solid following by doing so.

Though this also involves me showing my face; which again, I’m not sure where I’m at with that at this particular moment.

I did put a song up on the app; just for output sake.

Now to see if I put another, and how I negotiate facial recognition.

The Incompleteness of It All

Entrepreneurs are expected to be expert hole-patchers; perpetual problem-solvers.

Funders/investors need to know everything about an operation before putting their money into it.

Or perhaps this experience is proportional to the pigment of one’s skin?

Either way, it is the ideal lofted for auction to the masses, to believe these expectations are standard.

Though even now capitalism is doing an about-face, saying it’s guiding light is not solely shareholder profit.

Elaborate Exaggerations

There is a “profit” to be made solving problems that many experience.

Though how is that profit divided has become another topic for debate.

My own actions and behavior are an experiment based off of the following mathematical theory ~ which essentially says, any cohesive system cannot explain itself and will have unprove-able truths.

Faith is a necessary ingredient to see ~

Gödel’s incompleteness theorems are two theorems of mathematical logic that demonstrate the inherent limitations of every formal axiomatic system capable of modelling basic arithmetic. These results, published by Kurt Gödel in 1931, are important both in mathematical logic and in the philosophy of mathematics.

The first incompleteness theorem states that no consistent system of axioms whose theorems can be listed by an effective procedure (i.e., an algorithm) is capable of proving all truths about the arithmetic of natural numbers. For any such consistent formal system, there will always be statements about natural numbers that are true, but that are unprovable within the system. The second incompleteness theorem, an extension of the first, shows that the system cannot demonstrate its own consistency.

Asking, expecting or needing as much is, therefore, mathematically unreasonable.

Banking on a Changing Currency

The conception/perception of currency has been transforming from a tangible good into an abstraction of energy/attention transformed, again, by some into tangible goods.

As disambiguation continues to erode the shells protecting our identities, levels of privilege are disassembled.

Notions like social currency, as supplied by gender, race and other  factors, become better realized by the masses.

Commensurately, one hopes, our ability to make the necessary adjustments to offset these historical disparities, will find better direction as well.

I cannot explain all I have done, nor why I’ve done it ~

From writing poetree onto bars in beats for measure; or writing programs to enhance agenda awareness, to ranting on videos about the piranhas in the parade.

Perhaps I was just clearing out a space, following my heart; making room to dance.

In the moment, and to this day, I can provide rhymes and reasons for individual actions, but for the behavior as a whole: I sometimes ask myself what does a brush know of the painting it creates?

It has been a privilege to do so, and will continue to be.

The actions are not unfounded, but rather emanate from an art,

or at least the pursuit of an artful way of existing, per chance.

The SF Set-Up:

More of the narrative, is what I was told; my contention being that there is work to do; and I’ve already explained the narrative.

Which is available through my chapbook of poetry & music.

That is the best I can do at present.

The Work

The work is wealth redistribution through leveraging market features such as the desire for anonymity, transparency and data.

Based in the latter, we build a small reservoir of data and use it both for a learning pool in which others can learn. As well as the start of a larger communal effort.

First Teach Others

It begins by teaching each other the basics of computer coding; not that everyone will use these tools in their next job.

But that they have a familiarity with these tools, and how the systems work; while deep diving is available for others, as well.

One’s perceived-market value can increase considerably through knowing the skills we teach regardless.

Second Pay & Get Paid

Normally one would expect the teacher to get paid more than the student; but that is not the case in the SF Trainer Course situation.

In this manner we do not need to be a top-heavy organization, trying to sustain overhead until sustainable inertia is obtained.

This frees up considerable expense that can be used to assure student compensation is sufficient, and able to grow as they become trainers themselves.

Replicate the Model

I train trainers, that’s it.

I train small cohorts who go on to train larger community classes, and get amazing jobs and be their complete amazing selves!

The Expansion

As the number of students we collectively serve is increases, so will our capacity to expand the topics for which we provide training.

Another step is to complete an organizational application, able to serve the needs of communities doing policy work.

In this manner, as we expand, so do we wish to expand the opportunities of our students, trainers and communities.

The reason for transparency is to gain commensurate trust in the information our users do provide; which we will guard jealously, I admit.

Growth can be focused from the bottom up, as we train in each of the tasks we pursue. From finances to development, training to administrative coordination, we are redefining how to a non-profit can be sustain-ably run.