Dare to Dream at Panda Express

Panda Express, Minami Machida Grandberry Park, Tokyo

The Fall semester started last week. We are both occupied with our own research. Sometimes, we break the home eating routine and dine out instead. A different environment helped us to see a different perspective.

While we’re walking to Minami-Machida Grandberry Park, Jomar talked about the good points of the movie he recently watched (The Secrets: Dare to Dream). This movie is available on Netflix. He happened to browse the movie list and got interested with the title. He shared the valuable lessons and encouraged me to also watch it.

Jomar highlighted the part where someone explains how our mind attracts the things we think about, which is correlated to how magnets work. Even if we don’t see the magnetic field around the magnet, this invisible force helps the magnet attract things to it. In the same way, our life works that way. When we see the world as chaotic, we will see more of the messy part of the world. When we see the good things in the world, we will see more of the great things. This also applies to little aspects of our life, which I also believe. When we think more about something we want, we focus on seeing things related to what we want. Then, we directly or indirectly find ways to get those things.

Two days after that night, I was able to watch the movie. The part that got me interested was when someone was constantly stressed out, they could no longer feel the state of being happy. Due to constant stress exposure, the mind starts to adapt to the expectation that something terrible will happen anytime. As a result, when something extraordinary occurs, they cannot fully enjoy the moment because they expect something wrong to happen at some point. Well, I can relate to this feeling. This movie indirectly helped me become more aware that negative thinking habits can be developed as we get old due to life’s challenges. Similarly, we can intentionally create positive thinking habits by focusing on the good side of every situation. Like magnets, we may also develop the capacity to attract the things we want.

How to start programming in python? (Installation guide for non-programmers)

Installation procedure

%%comment notation

  1. Download and install latest Anaconda from website. Go to https://www.anaconda.com/
    %%installed Python 3.10.6
  2. Open Anaconda prompt, then type the following command:
    conda update –all
  3. Create conda environment. Reference: https://docs.conda.io/projects/conda/en/latest/user-guide/tasks/manage-environments.html
    conda create –name myenv %%myenv is the name of environment
    conda activate myenv %%to activate the specified environment
    conda deactivate %%to deactivate an active environment
  4. Install Jupyter Lab
    pip install jupyterlab

Once installed, to access and work on the environment, follow the instruction below:

  1. Open Anaconda prompt.
  2. Activate the environment. Type the following command:
    conda activate myenv
  3. Open Jupyter Lab. Type the following command:
    jupyterlab
  4. The default browser will open where you can access the created environment in Jupyter Lab.

To install Python packages in the environment, you can use the anaconda command prompt or use the jupyterlab/jupyternotebook to install the packages.
%%put exclamation mark (!) at the beginning (ex. !pip) if you are installing the package in jupyterlab.

These are some of the packages I’m using video analysis:
pip install numpy %%numpy-1.23.3
pip install opencv-python %%opencv-python-4.6.0.66
pip install matplotlib %%matplotlib-3.6.1
pip install scipy %%scipy-1.9.2
pip install seaborn %%pandas-1.5.0 seaborn-0.12.0

Final Note: If you have any questions, develop the mastery of searching the answer online… Good luck!