Category Archives: General

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An article I read online recently stuck out to me with the author, David Wehle’s process to completing his game.

Whether it’s just answering an email or doing a small color change on a texture, I always try to do something on my project everyday…… Usually I get pumped about what I’ve done, and suddenly I’m motivated to work on the harder stuff.

No matter what, he found something to work on and accomplish each day. Doing this along with limiting my scope, it will be much easier to release the side projects and get feedback. In the end I will feel more accomplished because something was actually released and not just a permanent work in progress.

Scope

Over the course of working on my hobby projects I have always run into roadblocks in trying to complete them. One main problem I run into is the scope of my projects. I have the habit of trying to make the end result over complicated so I have trouble completing what I want the project to turn out into. One thing I have to get better is road mapping my projects. This doesn’t mean releasing an unfinished project, it means releasing a project that has reached its first main milestone goal and then working on the next step with feedback from the end user. Most of the projects will never be completed without bugs, as they are inevitable. But releasing a project it better than not releasing it at all.

freeCodeCamp

I first came across freeCodeCamp late last year while trying to find another resource to help learn for a project I have been planning, but now I am getting more into using the site to learn. Currently, I am on challenge 119 on their roadmap to learning.

Some of what I am learning is a refresher but a lot of the material is new to me. In my experience, I haven’t been a big user of jQuery and advanced CSS. Most of my experience has come from HTML and PHP. Most of the design work was usually completed by someone else.

I have recently been told to get more involved in the open source community and for me to get more involved I need to learn more code to help in other ways other than support and documentation.

Here’s to completing some of my projects in the coming weeks/months, so I can share them with you.

Oscars

As I sit here and watch the 89th Academy Awards and go over my movie list, I notice that I would change a few movies on my list of ones to watch.

I am one of those movies goers that stays till the end of the credits regardless of if there is a part of the movie after it. I do this because there is a lot of work that goes into creating a movie and I want to acknowledge everyone’s work via the credits. It is just a small token of appreciation.

I just wish there was more appreciation for the behinds the scenes work done for the film industry.

2MASS J23062928-0502285

The study of the stars and space has always fascinated me.

Earlier today, there was an announcement about 4 more exoplanets being found near TRAPPIST-1 also known as 2MASS J23062928-0502285. The fact that some of those have the potential to be in a habitable zone makes this discovery great. Knowing that there is a possibility that there could be other life out there.

In the future, one of my planned purchases is a telescope to be better able to see what is out there.

Unfortunately, I am unable to witness the next Solar eclipse on February 26, 2017.

Raspberry Pi Projects

When I originally got my Raspberry Pi, I wanted to build a Magic Mirror with it, but after looking at the many different projects people have done, I am reconsidering what project to do.

The Retro Pi project is very appealing to me, as I am an avid gamer. The Arcade Pi project is also an interesting project to me.

A Weatherstation would interest me as well.

I just need to find my first project and finish it and then I can always buy another Raspberry Pi as they are cheap enough.

Online Education

The internet is a great place to learn whatever you want to do. Whether it be changing oil in a car, there is a youtube video for that, or starting a blog. The internet has the resources for your to learn what you want to do.

As part of my quest to always be learning new things, I am using StackSkills. Most of my courses I have gotten at a discount using bleepingcomputer.com deals. It is a great place to get courses at good deals.