Stuck x Block (+ E-bservations) = goodPost

Observation #1. I find it funny how my blog name ends up being associated with masonry, e.g., freemasonry, of which my theme is anything but. I don’t mind, though, if my e-words get all bound up by e-mortar (snigger).

Observation #2: I find it awesome as well that there is a JS grid layout library called Masonry. Cool. Would be nice to try and use that sometime in the future, as namesake.

This is actually meant to be a placeholder post of sorts – it makes me flip my lip whenever I see how much time has trickled by without me updating at least a bit. The truth is this (takes deep breath). After some months of feverish data gobbling and key tackling, I found myself, well, stuck. Everyone’s favorite work word.

In the old days, the ‘stuck’ thing used to terrify me. I thought I was unique in my suckiness. Not until my net reach got wider and learned to my relief that I’m not alone. It’s the kind of ‘stuck’ any creative or techie goes through every now and then when things just don’t work out the way you want them to.

So, as is my wont to be appreciative of those who value hard work and generosity, I appreciate those who write articles that address these issues, and do so in a real-world-setting way.

My Rebuttal To “Why Learning To Code Is So Darn Hard” – {by Jose Kemp}

How To Survive The Desert of Despair in Your Code-Learning Journey – {by Roberto Rocha}

I noticed that what they say about setting goals is indeed true, and I discovered that it was my problem as well, but that it wasn’t insurmountable (nor unusual). I got so caught up wanting to learn everything at once, so it’s a swift kick-in-the-posterior for me to start streamlining my vision, so to speak.

After all, no one who’s an expert today started out that way. They all began as newbies, too. It’s a path we all take. They say there’s a huge need for people in IT now and in the near future. Here’s hoping by then to be at least one of them.

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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).