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code-achrome

Posted in Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on May 3, 2018 by phanteana

i realize i’ve been fairly inconsistent with blogging over the past few months. don’t worry, i haven’t forgotten about you, dear WordPress (or the few people who actually read my posts, the majority of whom i know IRL). i’ll try to remedy that.

my coding journey is coming along nicely, so much that i’m actually starting to feel better about JavaScript (i’ve created a few basic projects that make people laugh when they test them out, so i’ve done something right). my portfolio is up and running, and Weebly is its home. i’m still a librarian, because the more skill sets you have, the better off you are regardless of what industry you’re in. as i make the last minute preparations for an upcoming coding conference i’ll be attending, i’m trying to determine what sort of coder i actually am (aside from newbie, of course). that’s where this image comes into play:

 

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i suppose i’m a bit of all of the above…except for the eating breakfast on the keyboard and dreaming in code parts.

 

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magical manuscripts & spellbinding sources

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , , on July 14, 2017 by phanteana

transcribing manuscripts is only one facet of an archival role. depending on the subject matter of what needs to be translated, the work involved can either make you look forward to setting your alarm early, or cause you to count down the minutes until lunch. in other words, work isn’t always meant to be fun (it is called work, after all)…but it can be, if you invoke the right frame of mind. the Newberry Library in Chicago has opened up a portion of its roughly 80,000 documents pertaining to religion for the public to transcribe, including a number of manuscripts dealing with the occult, bizarre healing remedies, witchcraft, and spell casting. the Newberry would love any assistance with this otherworldly project, so while you might want to brush up on how to call the corners, you don’t need a Ph.D to translate the materials. just be careful not to summon any demons; they’re known for not returning books on time.

 

 

heavy metal tech branding

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on June 12, 2017 by phanteana

i have found my new tech hero, as he combines the best of both worlds. inspiration is all around!

 

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as for me, i recently completed General Assembly’s 10-week Web Design Circuit. even though i was familiar with some of the concepts already, this program helped me to better understand what goes into web design so i can continue to make leaps and bounds. that’s pretty Metal right there.

rock you like a…

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by phanteana

do you have a vast knowledge of music? do you enjoy cataloging library resources and giving tours? are you willing to brave brutal Midwest winters, sticky summer humidity, and swarms of Cleveland Browns fans to get to work everyday? if so, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is looking for a librarian*!

for those about to apply, we salute you.

 

*this posting has been up for quite awhile, so clearly they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.

 

 

hillbillies who code

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , on May 11, 2017 by phanteana

while the title of this post might sound like the name of a hipster band, it’s actually part of the latest trend of people learning to code from anywhere and everywhere. according to Kentucky-based coal-miner-turned-coder Garland Couch, “a hillbilly is someone who is hardworking, thoughtful, and loyal.” in other words, it’s not the stereotypical image we tend to have of folks from certain regions of the States. Mr. Couch hails from a small town, but his career options grew bigger as he began learning code. just like a large portion of beginner coders, Garland is a career changer and although he is twice the age of an average CS graduate, he doesn’t let that stand in his way.  the same applies to Rusty Justice (yes, that’s what he goes by), who founded Bit Source in 2015 after 40 years of workin’ in a coal mine. Mr. Justice found that the salaries earned by miners were on par with those of many tech jobs, and with so many unfilled positions in the tech industry these days it made sense for him to get involved. with the solid work ethics of Rusty Justice, Garland Couch and countless others, it’s only a matter of time before Kentucky is dubbed “Silicon Holler.”

pseu-pseu-pseudocode!

Posted in Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on January 27, 2017 by phanteana

as mentioned previously, i’ve been delving into the world of coding & web design to enhance my skills and resume. since i have a full-time job and most of the coding “boot-camps” out there cost about as much as a month’s rent in some cities, i opted for the “to-be-done-at-your-own-pace” (not to mention more affordable) route courtesy of Skillcrush. i seriously love these people…their staff are super supportive, and do their best to explain everything clearly. thanks to their Web Design Apprenticeship course, i landed my first (and possibly second) client! woo hoo!

however, the area in which i still grapple with is JavaScript. it can be nerve-wracking at times, and one of my teaching assistants even said that she struggled with it for awhile before finally mastering the language. i’m not the only one out there who wishes they could just stick with HTML & CSS, but i’m more at ease knowing that it can be done…and eventually, will become ingrained into my brain just as “Sussudio” is right now!

JavaScript is cool for cats

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on October 6, 2016 by phanteana

when you think of coding, what comes to mind…computer science geeks? 20-something guys with facial hair drinking coffee? startups with free lunches? cat memes?

while some of these might be applicable (really…who doesn’t love free lunch?), the image of a coder is rather flexible. anyone can learn to code, regardless of age or gender or educational background. coding has become more accessible, thanks to a plethora of local schools and online sites (many of which offer free or reasonable affordable courses). it’s one of the most sought-after professions, with high salaries and the ability to work remotely if you should so desire. one of the more common languages used in websites is JavaScript. in fact, it’s so easy that cats can learn it…sort of.

here’s a tune to get you and your feline companion in the mood for some coding!

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