Oktober

Sporadically Reading:

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

The Stand, Stephen King

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, Alan Alda

The Design of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman

How I choose to link the books I share. A sort of linking manifesto.

Work & Projects & Stuff

Somehow I quickly went from writing a few things to writing all of the things. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration (I didn’t write any of the books above, for example). In September, despite the sudden influx of screen printing jobs, I managed to gain four new writing clients. It’s all technical writing, mostly articles for WordPress users. I’ll take it. I love writing, and writing about something I know, like web development, is fun.

The ivy from our neighbor’s fence is taking over our yard again. It happens so fast. It’s like a plot line in Stranger Things. I’m worried it’s going to get the dog one day. Time for a little trim…

I’ve also started to write about my history of working on Blue’s Clues. It’s the 25th anniversary of the show and I thought it was about time.

Of course, I’m still creating my paper zines and sharing them with the world. If you’d like to get it (it’s free), you can sign up on my zine page.

Quote of the Moment

“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?… He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!”

Billy Connolly

Over to you…

What’s one thing you want to do in Oktober?

Septiember

Hop on board my Reading Railroad:

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Mastering the Coding Mindset, Mads Brodt

The Glass Bead Game, Herman Hesse

The Design of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman

How I choose to link the books I share. A sort of linking manifesto.

Work & Projects & Stuff

Holy ink, Batman! After a leisurely Spring and Summer (translation: slow), the screen printing business took off like a rocket to space. We are wading through boxes of shirts here.

I’m well into learning JavaScript. I pretty much have the fundamentals down, and once I build some projects I can officially call myself a Full Stack Web Developer. A few months ago, JS looked like total gobbletygook to me, but now I can write conditionals and functions like I’m writing this paragraph. But faster.

September is a super special month here, because:

  • My birthday! On the 21st, I’ll be x years old. x = (5 x 12) – 10 + (3 – 2). Solve for x.
  • Our anniversary! Jenni and I will be married 29 years on the 26th.
  • Our youngest’s birthday! He’ll be 14 on the 27th.

Oh yeah, we went to the beach a couple weeks ago. Can you tell?

Of course, I’m still creating my paper zines and sharing them with the world. If you’d like to get it (it’s free), you can sign up on my zine page.

Quote of the Moment

“If one door closes and another one opens, your house is haunted and you need to RUN.”

Awww, gust.

Reading Rainbow:

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Mastering the Coding Mindset, Mads Brodt

A Mind for Numbers, Barbara Oakley, PhD

How I choose to link the books I share. A sort of linking manifesto.

Work & Projects & Stuff

Last month I talked about that coding bootcamp I was registered to do. As excited as I was, I decided to cancel. It’s not that I’m done with learning to code. Far from it. I got a lot of advice and feedback from senior developers who suggested that teaching myself would be a better way to go. I’m motivated to learn, so I don’t need that from a bootcamp. There’s also a very helpful dev community online, so if I get stuck I can get help. Right now I’m focusing on JavaScript.

I’ve been writing for Puttylike Media for about seven months and it’s been awesome. Last week, I landed a new writing gig that’s starting very soon. More details on that after I actually get started. I don’t want to jinx it.

Now that our youngest is vaccinated, we’re going to start getting him into more unschooling groups and doing some day trips around Southern California. It’s still kinda hot outside, so we have to plan carefully to avoid melting.

Speaking of our youngest, I also created an online computer course for him. I want to teach him how to use the computer beyond Minecraft and Photoshop, to really understand how it works and how to maintain it. It’s only getting started, but you can sneak a peek at hello-computer.club.

Of course, I’m still creating my paper zines and sharing them with the world. If you’d like to get it, you can sign up on my zine page.

Quote of the Moment

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” — Mel Brooks

Mood: peet-SUH. luh-ZA-ña

Jooleye

Reading until my eyes are bleeding:

Face: one square foot of skin, Justine Bateman

What Do You Care What Other People Think?, Richard Feynman

Permanent Record, Edward Snowden

Rapture of the Nerds, Corey Doctorow and Charles Stross

How I choose to link the books I share. A sort of linking manifesto.

Work & Projects & Stuff

As part of my journey to learn to code, I signed up for a Backend, SQL and DevOps with Python Bootcamp that starts in September (can we start sooner, please?). The more I’m learning, the more I realize that I love working on the back end of developing applications. I still enjoy working on front end web dev, like WordPress, but my ultimate goal is to work for NASA’s JPL. I think this is a really solid first step. And yeah, being a back end developer is kinda funny. Technically, isn’t a personal trainer a back end developer?

Speaking of coding, I created a cute little AppleScript app that reminds you to get up and move every 40 minutes. It’s called (appropriately, I think) Get Up. If you want to try it, you can download the app for free. Just unzip it and double-click it like any other app. Psst: it only works on MacOS.

My world in July is really focused on learning responsive web design and digging into WordPress PHP. However, I’m still creating my paper zines and sharing them with the world. If you’d like to get it, you can sign up on my zine page.

Quote of the Moment

“When I die, I want to die like my grandfather, who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.” — Will Rogers

Mood: Brass in Pocket

Jooon

Reading until my eyes are bleeding:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford

True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, Eric Hoffer

Simply Scheme: Introducing Computer Science, Brian Harvey and Matthew Wright

Black Holes and Baby Universes, Steven Hawking

Work & Projects & Stuff

Jenni and I are thinking about making our front yard more sustainable with desert plants. When we moved in here, it was a golf course-type lawn, but over the years we’ve seen the exorbitant costs involved in keeping that up. It also seems silly since we live in a desert. We’ll transplant some lavender and rosemary from other areas of our yard and maybe find some cool desert plants that don’t need much water. I also love the idea of having useful plants around. We use the rosemary in food, the lavender and aloe for hair and skin stuff.

My movie catalog web app is a couple sneezes away from becoming reality! I’m not sure what involuntary nasal excretions have to do with movies, but I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on that. I’m using PHP to connect to a simple MySQL database. I want to make it easy for us to find the movies we already own, see what we haven’t watched, if it’s a DVD or on our shared drive. I’ve completed Phase II, which is creating user account and sessions using cookies. Yay!

In case you missed it above, I’m studying computer science on my own. It’s funny because I already know 4 programming languages. I’m just really interested in stepping back in time and relearning some of the stuff I messed around with in the ’80s. I think that becoming a better programmer involves learning about all aspects of data science and computing, not just the structure and syntax of a particular language. I even borrowed my son’s LEGO EV3 brick to test out and learn Python. Fun. For me, anyway. I know, you probably skipped to the B-52s video a few sentences ago.

Quote of the Moment

“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” — Michael Scott

Mood: Lobster

May

I Can Read!

Blood and Gold, Anne Rice

True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, Eric Hoffer

Simply Scheme: Introducing Computer Science, Brian Harvey and Matthew Wright

Work & Projects & Stuff

I’m working with two WordPress clients on revamping their sites. It’s super interesting work. On one I’ve used Elementor extensively and on the other I’m using plain old Gutenberg blocks and tons of CSS. I’ve also been able to dive into the themes on both and do some custom PHP, which is fun for me. They are both in the final stages and I’ll show them off after they launch.

My movie catalog database project is coming along! I’m using PHP connected to a local MySQL database. I want to make it easy for us to find the movies we already own, see what we haven’t watched, if it’s a DVD or on our shared drive. I know I could do this fast and easy using WordPress, but I want to code it by hand and see what I can do.

Quote of the Moment

“There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it’s just a matter of finding it.” — Captain Jean-Luc Picard

It’s Funny

April

Reading is Fundamental

Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life, Neil Hughes

Professional WordPress Design & Development, Brad Williams, David Damstra, Hal Stern

Big Sur, Jack Keroac

Work & Projects & Stuff

It’s Spring, and that means Spring cleaning. The screen print studio needs a thorough overhaul. Too many old boxes and useless junk laying around. It’s time to spiff things up again.


[ongoing] I’m creating a movie catalog web app for our family. I’m using PHP connected to a local MySQL database. I want to make it easy for us to find the movies we already own, see what we haven’t watched, if it’s a DVD or on our shared drive. I know I could do this fast and easy using WordPress, but I want to code it by hand and see what I can do.

Quote of the Moment

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Mood

March

I Can Read!

Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life, Neil Hughes

Professional WordPress Design & Development, Brad Williams, David Damstra, Hal Stern

The Joy of PHP, Alan Forbes

Work & Projects & Stuff

I’m sanding another wooden table rescued from the alley. It’s amazing the perfectly good stuff people throw out.

Creating a movie catalog web app for our family. I’m using PHP connected to a MySQL database. I want to make it easy for us to find the movies we already own, see what we haven’t watched, if it’s a DVD or on our shared drive.

Quote of the Moment

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” – Douglas Adams

Mood

Febrewaryish

I Can Read!

Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life, Neil Hughes

Ask the Dust, John Fante

Death With Interruptions, José Saramago

Stuff From Last Month I Didn’t Do

I abandoned my trumpet-playing reboot. Don’t look at me right now.

German. You know it’s bad when Duolingo stops reminding you.

Work & Projects & Stuff

My first comicarticle is up on puttylike.com. I’m officially a contributor!

I’m working with more WordPress clients. Yay!

I’m fixing up a cool table I found in the alley with my son. Except my electric sander broke and neither of us wants to do it by hand.

New Tricks

The touch-typing is going well. I hatdgly evwr even liok anympre.

I recently learned how to query a mySQL table using PHP. Oh, come on, don’t pretend like you already knew how to do that.

Quote of the Moment

Your intelligence cannot be measured by a number. It is defined by your willingness to learn, solve problems and try new things. You are more than just a number. Develop your skills. Share your brilliant ideas. Your skills are more valuable than your grades.”Richard Feynman

Mood

Old photo of a woman guzzling a bottle of wine.
I lost my straw. Oh well.

Januaryish

What I’m Reading

Rose Madder, Stephen King

Ask the Dust, John Fante

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain De Botton

No One Understands You And What To Do About It, Heidi Grant Halvorson

Music

I’m looking for some good jazz. Improvisational jazz. Suggestions?

Work & Projects & Stuff

Zines! Zines! Zines! I’m making zines! Want to get one?

Looking to help people with their WordPress sites. Need help?

Starting to play trumpet again!

Teaching an Old Puppy New Tricks

I’m currently doing a new course in PHP, specifically how it relates to WordPress. I am picking up on my German again. I’m also learning to touch type with https://www.keybr.com/.

Quote of the Moment

Ask yourself, who do you want to be? Figure out for yourself what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to other people.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mood

Woa?!?