The Plague 2017 Part 2

So I contracted the sequel to the Plague that I had earlier this year, but tenfold. I was on the shelf for over a week. Flu-like symptoms, head cold, chest cold, high fever… this time, this one, hit me hard.

I’ve felt so run down, but I slept about 140 hours last week, I was that sick. So be careful when you come down with something, hit it fast and hard with medicine and hopefully, you won’t be writing a will like I was and a note to my children about how much I love them and will miss them.

I have tried getting into the programming frame of mind, but without avail. I did wrap up the Try Docker course over at Code School the other day, but it was a short course and just touched on what Docker was and the basics. Like the minimal basics.

I will be getting subscriptions to Pluralsight and Treehouse at some point.

Travel season for AAU takes a lot out of me. I drive my son 2 hours away for practices. Driving 8 hours a week for practices only. We have a 2 week hiatus (1 week remaining) from tournaments until we go back to Springfield, MA next weekend. He’s been out all week with a bone bruise and will be back this week.

Which I learned yesterday was school vacation week. March and April vacation weeks come too close to each other.

I tried getting into the Twitch project over at Free Code Camp, but didn’t get too far into that either. The bug has to hit me and I feel so fatigued, especially after last week’s near-death experience, in which I almost called a priest.

Summer will bring relief and relaxation.

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Show the Local Weather

So here we are, it’s after the Christmas holiday, before the New Year, and that cannot come quickly enough if you’re a celebrity or high profile figure.

With this project, I looked around at other examples. I usually do. I find inspiration in bits and pieces of other projects. Whether it is design, code, layout, fonts… with this zipline, I wanted to make sure all the guidelines and objectives were met.

I wanted the background to change with the weather also. So I found some great background images on Unsplash. Then I made sure the code ran on my pen at Codepen and then uploaded it to my site for another backup to have.

I couldn’t get the backgrounds to work, and usually with me, when something does not work, the solution is a rather elementary, easy one that I should have known, but overlooked. This one was referencing the image URL in the JavaScript… yes, I have my moments a lot.

I’m using Unsplash more and more and find it a great resource for images that are free and high quality. So with that, I’ll retire for the evening and be back next time with the Wikipedia zipline, which was a challenge in itself. See you next time.

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Build a Random Quote Machine

So this project was the next in line. With a little bit of an odd layout, I used some basic JavaScript and just ran with it.

There is a slight issue with a real quick flash of a quote, then another when the button is pressed. Once the holidays are over, I plan to take a look. Possibly even change the entire JavaScript file.

I also threw it up on my site here.

Merry Christmas to all, Happy New Year, loking forward to 2016 dying and 2017 being born. Cheers!

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Build a Tribute Page

So this begins my first post on what I have been doing in freeCodeCamp and this was the first project to do. Build a Tribute Page and to be honest, I had a page thrown up that was just a quick job and done, but I decided to go back and really go through and put something together, following the guidelines.

More projects to follow, as soon as I can get the time to post them. I’ve also posted the project here.

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Code School Curve Ball

Been pondering over a bit of code of late that has me a little boggled as to why it is not working 100% and yet the project passed. The badges are not appearing and they don’t on the Code School GitHub page either. I do need to take some time off away from the computer, keyboard, laptop, MacBook, internet this weekend though.

Now usually you would use the user ID, but using the username was suggested. Neither work. I’m at a loss.


EDIT: As of right now, everything seems to be working both on the ID and username front, so all is kosher.

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Angular 2

I’m really looking to dive in, looking for good online content to start from the ground up. I’ve found plenty of content to read and pour over, but precisely where to begin, to develop an application I am in the concept phase of, seems a little daunting. Perhaps I need a mentor.

I know if I implement Angular 2 and some other technologies behind the app I have in mind for development, it could be huge for the people I have in mind. I guess more hunting around for tutorials, reading, etc. is in order.

I want to be able to fully grasp Angular 2 and take it, run with it, and develop with it. Those are my final goals in this phase of my life. I am pretty certain that this could land me some opportunities outside of what I already do and go from there.

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JavaScript Defer & My Ignorance

In my programming travels, I have never seen this before until now…

The W3C states;

When set, this boolean attribute provides a hint to the user agent that the script is not going to generate any document content (e.g., no “document.write” in javascript) and thus, the user agent can continue parsing and rendering. https://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/interact/scripts.html#adef-defer

It’s pretty fun learning something new every day.

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Code

This is now the best comment I have seen in programming.

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Online Learning

The thing that I have kept going with is the online learning. Code School, Codecademy, Free Code Camp. Three of the most frequented sites. I have signed up for a few others, but those are the three I have been on the most.

I recently caught up with everything on Code School and Codecademy, Free Code Camp I am taking a step back and reassessing the work I previously did (I did it hurriedly). I can do better and want to do so.

My work week is long, and I usually just like to unwind during the weekend, not doing any online learning.

Code School is worth the paid subscription, in my opinion. Codecademy is worth the free part, the Pro part seems to be a little on the expensive side, so I won’t even buy it. Free Code Camp is awesome because it covers a lot more in depth parts of programming.

At some point, I will get the motivation to start going through Free Code Camp again, but for now, I’m giving the old noodle a rest. If you haven’t tried those three sites, I highly suggest you do.

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Oddities

I reflected a little bit today on the 45 year journey I have taken and where I am now. Ups and downs, highs and lows. Oddities of life as they came my way. Battling alcohol and drugs, depression, and divorce.

There have been a lot of people that have come and gone in my life, professionally and personally. There are many people that professionally, I could have done a better job, moments of reflection make me think of those situations.

All it boils down to is doing the next right thing and being a better human being. For the last six months, things couldn’t be any better. I have everything I need. If I had everything I wanted, I know I wouldn’t be happy. Things happen for a reason.

Professionally, I have an amazing job that affords me the luxury of being so family friendly and flexible it boggles my mind. I’m not trapped into thinking if I need time off, I am petrified to ask because I am afraid I may be fired.

Personally, I haven’t felt this way ever. Happy. At peace. Content. Sure, life has its moments, tonight was one of those nights where what I have learned in the last three years of my sobriety, I don’t have to react, or overreact. I can just be the best father, son, friend and colleague I can be.

I have pretty much given up the dream of working in a professional development firm doing what I love to do. Make things happen on the web. I live in the day and only have the 24 hours I am afforded this day.

It’s these “oddities” that make me grateful to be where I am today. I call them oddities because I have never had it this good. I hope if you’re reading this, the same can be said for you.

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