Web 1.0, The Class Acts

I can’t believe they’re still around, these sort of sites I was looking Gott Gaussfor. Illustration and animation were some of the interests I had early on, sometime before the Millennium Bug hit (or didn’t) and this was one of those really good looking ones that persuaded me to take up coding again. Checking what’s under the hood, I noticed the tables. Ah, tables. That really had me in a migraine back then. I remember how ‘proud’ I’d been when I finally was able to make a site with tables.

Anyway, it’s real nice to reminisce the old days when I’d envy these class acts – as opposed to the flashy web10animated gif’d sites that induced a really bad case of the OCD, ahaha. There’s AOL in there, I see, ahaha. As well as that world famous yellow “Under Construction” icon that many a tutorial begged you to stay away from like the plague.

E-Life 1.0, and Onto 2.0

It all started with “I don’t like it” and I cried. Okay, I just a shed a tear. Or two. Hey, web design isn’t easy, you know.

I lived a life during Web 1.0. “Oh, so that’s what it’s called.” I didn’t even know that was the name for it, to be honest, until today when I did some research. (You can shimmy on down to this Web 2.0 Wikipedia entry and read the Web 1.0 part to get a better handle of what I’m talking about). After tiring of chats, I had one other preoccupation – I envied many a friend’s website secretly.

You’d be surprised that the sheer creativity of these guys. All that image slicing and html’ing. I marveled at how they were able to stretch and explore possibilities from such limited resources. I praised and complimented until I could take it no more and asked one of those friends, “how the heck do you do it?” To my surprise, she smiled and said, “I’ll teach you.” That, my friends, began my wild and wondrous adventure into the world of website design and development.

Unfortunately, I was pretty lazy. Lazy and coding don’t mix. After 20 years (has it been really that long), it’s only now I realized how much I missed a lot of things (sigh). One of which was, I wish I had the patience back then. I could’ve had something done then by now. To make a long story short, it was that nostalgia that made me long to begin again. We can never turn back time, I’m aware. I think it’s not too late, though, is it?

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On The Real Fun of Learning

Lately, I’ve been running into this quote a lot from some facebook pages who post it in their status.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

I’m not a fan of self help (nor of Zig Ziglar) but it sort of struck a chord in me because I recently stumbled on a video that presumably wants to help beginners in web development. Presumably so, because the speaker claims that “oh it’s easy” but rattles off stuff even I with some background hardly understood. I’ll try to be understanding and think that maybe that’s just his way but personally, that doesn’t seem to be very motivating.

I enjoy learning, I want to learn. However, unlike some people, I’m not unrealistic. I personally believe that learning is a process where you start from the very basic – which is sometimes nothing – and eventually, you climb your way up. Step by step. And yes, brick by brick.

This excerpt was taken from its Wikipedia entry : “Masonry is the building of structures from individual units laid in and bound together by mortar; the term masonry can also refer to the units themselves. … Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled can significantly affect the durability of the overall masonry construction. A person who constructs masonry is called a mason, or bricklayer.”

The description is pretty straightforward, but if we apply the idea onto a different field, that is, the theme that goes into what my blog’s about, it does seem sound. No pun intended. You know, foundation, sound, err, anyway.

So the idea I cooked up of how learning technology is similar to masonry – and in this case, “e-masonry” (which is just an invented term, by the way, I don’t think there’s such a thing) – comes from just my basic desire to learn. As time passes, I shall then document my progress and see where it gets me.

My Barbaric Yawp

workEverything began when I was looking for a blog concept (as I said) and came across the phrase “hammer and tongs.” I thought it’d be a good one, considering my persistent novicehood (sic) in technology in general. I end up having to constantly start over and over when it comes to learning, studying or grinding anything that has to do with the computer. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m just bottomline e-dumb. (I also suffer from a form of cyber-belatednes syndrome. Sic to that, too.)

Anyway. From what I read, ‘hammer & tongs’ meant something like, to work really hard on something with physical effort, and I thought it seemed spot on with what I had in mind. Until I saw an entry about it in the Urban Dictionary. If you’re familiar with this repository, you surely know what I mean when I say the phrase is also used to mean something taboo in nature. Icks. Since I want to stick to a GP rating, I’ll skip that.

However, I still wanted the concept of manual labor. So when I chanced upon a German word, “der Maurer,” which meant mason or brick layer, I thought, hey, that’s safer (whew). I should add as well that my blog has nothing to do with masonry a.k.a. that strange society. Or that javascript grid thing, which I discovered from Google, err.

I’ve always wanted to create a blog strictly related to IT and tech, and so, yey to me now that I have. My basic purpose, actually, is to document my daily life as a blue collar e-mason. Oh, the struggle of gurgling at the bottom of the cyberfood chain, being (mal)treated as an e-amoeba spitball, and oh, the challenge of how I could rise up from that virtual cesspool, to a place of some decent (and hard) flooring, at least.

So, um, please join me as I take my trowel (and towel) and lay the foundation of my study, brick by excruciating brick (weep).