Shameful But True: Me, One Year After

When one doesn’t blog for so long, it would seem nothing has happened. Au contraire, too much has. An update is not only fitting but required.

I’m actually planning to move house, and I have been moving bit by bit, that is. This blog, I mean. I bought a domain that I decided would deal with my technological life, and I would just transfer this whole thing in there manually. No other way but that.

Surprisingly, my web dev education has been coming along fairly well. Well, I sort of stopped studying Javascript in the middle of it due to some, ahem, personal issues, but I plan to pick it up as soon as I’m, err, able. So yes, my non-blogging is due to being busy, which is a good problem, isn’t it?

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.

Helping Each Other and Giving Back Rocks.

There was once a time when every little thing on a website needed to be done manually. All programmers did was teach you how to start HTML (CSS was a bonus) and it’s “You’re on your own, kid.” Nowadays, all one has to do is google-search and there’s a solution for even the tiniest element or function.

Not only do you HTML5 (yes, I’m using that as a verb), you can also SASS or LESS the CSS (still using them as verbs). Not only can you self-layout, you can sometimes grab a boilerplate to act as a complete guide. Even a simple button link can be instantly generated by a good number of sites that offer such service.

I stopped coding right now just to write this post and toss a bit of a “thank you” to the programming community with a heart to give back to us aspirants. In the future, when we are much more able, we promise to give back the same way you did.

Puzzled: Why Would “Web Design Be Dead?”

Web design: dead or not? Frankly, the very act of raising such an issue is baffling to me. After all, to design is to gather, organize and fix things so as not to make a mess. The idea of not needing design then would be almost like saying, “Whee, I don’t have to coordinate my clothes anymore. Just throw on whatever.” Or worse, “Whee, we don’t need clothes anymore.”

As much as I want to comment, I shall, however, hold my tongue for now. My intent is simply to post the links for your perusal. First, the original article from uxmag.com and second, the response to that post from Smashing Magazine. What do you think?

Why Web Design Is Dead [UX Mag] : by 

“Web Design is Dead.” No, It Isn’t. [Smashing Magazine] : by Vitaly Friedman, 7.8.15

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.