Busy, Volume I

Close Encounters with PHP is up and I can finally go back in and go through this course. Finally, back to being really busy, I’ve been trying to manage my time better. To no avail however.

My son plays basketball and is currently starting on JV and on the bench for varsity. So he has practices nearly every night and games, couple that with working 40 hours a week, I get home and I am beat. I wouldn’t trade it for anything though.

I’m hoping soon, and that’s probably in March, that things slow down a bit. We shall see. I’ll get back to updating this thing more often and I have another Free Code Camp update to post as well. Ciao!

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So in my effort to accumulate as much knowledge as I can soak up about the Web in my lifetime, I had stumbled across, or rather, an email came in to me about just that. I figure it is a sign from something telling me to actually do what is asked and see about getting some mentoring in some fashion.

In order to apply, all I ask is that you write a public post somewhere on the Web that discusses why you love the Web, where you’re at in your career, and what your goals are for the coming year. I’m not looking for a particular length or anything, just trying to get a sense of you, your passions, and your interests.


I love the web because since I got my first computer many moons ago, it has always been a passion of mine to create things. Whether it is a program that runs random numbers, or just make websites function and look good, I have always been fascinated with the technical aspects of the Web.

I’m at the point in my career where I am doing tech support for a web based application my company created and which other companies use daily. I am updating a 15 year old website and an 18 year old web based application UI as well. I’m usually glued to a laptop during the course of my day.

I just want to create things on the Web. I just have that passion still. After five “burn outs” I still keep going. CodeSchool, Free Code Camp, Codecademy, Udemy, etc.,etc. the drive for knowledge still has me in its clutches.

My last AEA was 2008. I want to go back desperately this year. I want to keep learning until my children send me into a home, or even when I finally take that dirt nap I hear about. I just want to keep learning. Learning from a mentor willing to give back as prominent in my mind as this person would just be another highlight in my professional life.

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The Plague 2017 Part 1

My son, being the altruistic philanthropist he is, gave me his version of some strain of the Black Plague to start my new year. When I return, if I should, I’ll be posting more. I’m just starting to get some sort of will to live back, so this will be interesting on how long it will take to get my strength back. Until then, Happy 2017 everyone (all 4 people) that read this, and best wishes.

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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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It’s days away. I’m not one for holidays. My kids are older, I’m older, I’m single, I’m just not into it. What I’m into is just getting through the “Triad of Hell” at the end of the year, keep plugging away.

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Angular 2

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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