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Wednesday
Sep242014

In the Hopper

I've been silent for a while now, so I thought I should post something here. The reason for my silence is I've been shoring up what is now a very obvious hole in my web programming knowledge. That would be JavaScript. I've been giving myself a crash course in JS using the very good Heads First book on the topic. For now I just want to put up a list of stuff I'll be writing about in the next few weeks. I'd like to put up more than just technical stuff, so I'll be adding some other stuff that has caught my attention lately. These are in no particular order.

1 - JavaScript JavaScript JavaScript

This probably goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. JavaScript has changed a lot from when I first got interested in web coding. Granted, I never got too into it, and I was probably seeing poor examples of its use, but the impression stuck. I'm over my initial prejudice and actually pretty impressed.

2 - Learning

The Heads First approach to learning and how I learn things well are topics I've been thinking about a bit lately. I'd like to explore that in a little more detail

3 - The Thing

The 1982 version, thank you. To say I'm obsessed with this movie might be an understatement. I have it in just about every viable modern format, and went so far as to get the 1938 novella it was based on and the first movie adaptation of it in the 1950s. The pressure on this one has been building for a while.

4 - Conan the Cimmerian

I've been on an old writing kick lately, reading HP Lovecraft, Robert E Howard, re-reading Poe. That Thing novella. Robert E Howard's Conan stories, despite seeming on the surface like the pulpiest of pulp garbage are actually pretty incredible

5 - Robert E Howard in General

This guy was pretty fascinating. All of the Conan collections I've been reading have stuff about his personal life or career, or writing influences. I always roll my eyes when these things start, but I'm always super interested by the time they finish.

6 - General Updates

I have a few plates spinning, project wise. They've been a little wobbly lately, but I think I'm getting to a point where I can get back to work on them more regularly. That means finishing the ones in progress and refining the ones that are done.

7 - Booze

I basically started this thing with 3 goals in mind. One, to establish an online presence since I have so much trouble using social networks. I just can't get past my "who cares about this" reaction. Two, to write about what interests me, whether it's programming, horror movies, video games, whatever. Three, because I can never remember what booze I've tried. I figured I could hop on here and do a quick search if I'm in doubt. I think I'm doing alright on one and two, but I'm woefully behind on three.

8 - Anything Else That Comes To Mind

I'm a fickle creature, I can't be bound by lists. That being said, I will almost certainly stick to the list.

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