Christmas 2018

Another Eve of Christmas moving through the night. Just like all the others, no tree, no presents, no stockings, and no love. My life is different. Though, I am not unique in this fact, it does not make living it any easier. I watch the movies, read the stories, and often find myself wishing I could have lived a more ordinary life. But, then, what is fun about being ordinary?

To say I have been floating without direction would be inaccurate. I have just been aimless without cause, but not for lack of trying. My dependence on others is shameful and part of my listless diability. I try to focus, but often realize my mind drifts elsewhere. Headaches come and go. Like, right now, I have a bit of a head-cold, or whatever it is, and my coughing and runny nose make it difficult to remain focused on what I want to do, write a cohesive blog entry here.

I know this one is going on a bit longer than usual. That is because I am using the Bluetooth keyboard connected to my tablet to type this prose out. I promise you, nothing this long could possibly be crafted on the touch-screen keyboard. It would be too tiresome and complicated.

The day will pass. Onwards to 2019! What can be accomplished? Should I stir up trouble by making predictions? I have never been very successful at making predictions. I may try to do so with my next post. Stay tuned for more.

Sunday funday

It was a number of years ago that I first learned of the crazy funny brother duo at JibJab with their hilarious end-of-year animations set to music. They even invited the public to upload our faces to their unique website and, using their hosted software, the ability to create fantastic cards and music videos and many hundreds were included in the year-end video that was publicised on the evening news! Now, they have this fun app, where, for a few bucks, you can share and download a clip, card, music video, or more that includes your and friends’ faces. Very cool, fun, and entirely addictive.

Holidays in the tropics

Not where I want to be.

But, it could be where you visit!

The weather is better when you play in the sand and frolic under the sun. Our time to shine is now! Play along, join the action. Learn more by sending a postcard or letter to my snail mail address.

I can be reached on Twitter, Facebook, and offline.

WJR

P.O.Box 698

Dos Palos, CA 93620

Beach scene

Playing in the surf

Enjoying the beach scene

Election 2018: The Mid-Term

Trump claims victory, even though he has lost the House. I guess maintaining control of the Senate and gaining a few governorships is a partial win. 

What is our purpose for conducting elections? We have a republic, with representatives chosen by the people, for the people, and elections are seemingly the best way to do that. We “elect” these people. We vote. But, what does it truly mean to vote, to choose from amongst ourselves someone who speaks for many?

For what it is worth, I consider voting to be fun and nothing more. It is meaningless in the grand scheme and could be improved, but no one is willing to listen, so nothing will change. That is all.

DevFest Fresno

Arrived about 20 minutes late to event. Heard only the last few minutes of keynote. Seemed to be informative. 

Now attending “All About Apps Script” session hosted by Grant Timmerman. Works with G Suite. What is Apps Script? Serverless javascript runtime for G Suite automation, ext., and integration. One line of code. No authorization code. Also free. Disadvantages: not Node, different flavor of JS, user-driven API calls. Can build add-ons, web apps, automations. 

Script.google.com
Gave live demo of scripts with various G Suite products.

A plan

My way of thinking is different. I am unique in what I personally believe and sometimes my obsession and passion turns people away. My intention is to be me, and not to be offensive, but occasionally I come accross as ignorant or narcissistic or something else and I apologize early for… absolutely NOTHING! I will not apologize for being who I honestly am, nor would I expect you to apologize for your uniqueness. Be true, be honest, be who you think you should rightfully be. Only apologize if you are absolutely incorrect factually or otherwise. But, be careful, reserved, and suspicious of others all the while. 

I am a passionate guy and I have my opinions and beliefs and that is okay. We can all be respectful of each other.

Class Continues

Classwork

I am typing this whilst awaiting the start of class day 8 of 12 and I know that I have learned a lot that I did not know before, but I also realize just how immersive this world of web development really is, or at least, I think I do. Maybe not yet. Perhaps not fully aware. But, I have half-a-mind to think logically for myself and to consider to potentials.

As a class, we have crafted a series of pages and, using CSS and HTML5, have learned how to make said pages look good. Where to place certain content, proper use of white space, and various other factors that I could, perhaps should, go into here, but I will not at this time. Suffice it to say, I am feeling over-whelmed at times. Is that a good thing?

Once I complete this first class in about two weeks, I may post what we created, my version of it. Be sure to bookmark this site, stay informed.

Nearly half done

clouds

Nearing the midway point of my first Geekwise Academy class and I am not sure how to rate myself. I am having fun and learning new skills, gaining knowledge about how to code a website that I did not have prior to this Websites for Beginners class. I get excited about this new info during class, but outside of it, I lack focus and ambition to use these new skills or info. I am lost and no one understands that. I try to explain to those who will listen, but I can not expect miracles. I am only asking for further guidance and for someone to take the time to help me along this journey. Is that too much to ask for?

I have sought out my own family, but, as I have stated before, they refuse to help. Monetary is not true guidance or help, it is but one part of the overall puzzle. I need assistance finding those remaining pieces. The knowledge of those pieces is what I lack.

It is all I can do to maintain a sense of self in this rush-rush world that I occupy and my laughter hides my truest fears, of being alone and completely misunderstood. I am awkward and my actions are weird, but I am harmless and sensitive if given the opportunity to show it. I can be a friend, though I have trouble with friendships. My communication skills are pitiful, to be blunt and honest. I enjoy and much prefer to talk your head off in person and I apologize ahead-of-time if I am annoying to you or others. It is not my intention ever to be rude or annoying, I am just weird like that. We are all weird in some way.

So, I thank you for reading this post and wish you a pleasant day.

Class begins

Tuesday is day 1 of six weeks at Geekwise Academy. Taking Websites for Beginners. I am excited, though nervous, and I am sure this class and future ones will be enjoyable and informational and very beneficial for future use. I will take my laptop with me and all will be good. Though, due to the Raiders at Niners game on Thursday, Nov. 1st, I will be unable to attend the last session of this class. 

This is my current status. I will be staying at various hotels over the last four weeks of class and also using my time to visit and attend workshops at CMAC. I have several ideas in my head for potential projects. I look forward to creating whatever this universe directs me to create. Not for me to say if right or wrong, just exists for all to utilize. 

CMAC looks like a great place and opportunity to showcase my knowledge, skills, everything. Gonna be fun to learn and explore while there. 

In closing for this post, I must say the opportunity for trouble is always possible, but all I can do is pull through and be myself, for no more may be asked of anyone any how.