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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.

Monday
Sep132010

Subjects

Through some cruel twist of fate, I will be having not even a brief respite from school.  It has something to do with normal colleges having short summer semesters and my fully online school having 10 week courses no matter what.  The result is that while normal college ended three weeks ago, online college is wrapping up this week.  Normal college is beginning their fall semester next week, which means my break between school consists of this weekend.  Ok, so I guess I have a brief respite. What this means for this website, though, is that once again my plans must change. My plans going unfulfilled seems to be a running theme.  I think I'll add a tag, to make it easier to find these instances for future self-loathing, and potential third-party loathing as well.  The plans I referenced pre-tangent were to bang out a bunch of posts on various topics that have intrigued me in the 10 or so weeks since I stopped updating this puppy.  Thinking, erroneously, that I would have a nice calm break between classes, this seemed like a reasonable proposition.  Since that will not be happening, it seems like I'll need to put my big boy pants on and just do school and website at the same time.

 

Here's the thing, when it comes to subscriptions, I feel like I have to use them in the billing period, or it hurts me.  I get 1 credit a month from Audible.  I pay them monthly.  If I don't use that credit that month, it's like they won.  Same thing with Squarespace.  When I don't post here, I feel like Johnny Squarespace (the founder and CEO of Squarespace, of course) is sitting in his office laughing at me.  Like he has little puppets, and he acts out little scenes.  His puppet is big and manly, mine is short and dumpy.  He says "Listen up little man, I'm not going to give you anything this month, and you're going to pay me!" To which puppet-me says "Yeah, ok", and hands over the money, which makes him start laughing all over again.  It's like that, in my head.  All the time.  God forbid I don't use two subscription services in the same month.  It's like they have a meeting, and I'm serving the tea, and then I pay them and leave.


That's all a long way of saying I have some stuff to talk about, and it will hopefully be coming with some predictable frequency in the coming weeks.  My topics include, in no particular order:

 

  • XHTML
  • Batch script to detect software versions
  • A review of the cinematic tour-de-force that is Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus
  • My thoughts on why time travel is a flawed premise for fiction of all kinds
  • Batch back up script
  • Software architecture
  • My projects page
  • Selling my Mac for a pc (well, sorta)
  • Twitter
  • Hacked car software
  • A possible new look for the site
  • Extravagant displays of soda can artistry at supermarkets
  • Rats (the cute kind, not the big nasty ones)
  • The occasional caloric perks of working in IT