Hint: Do the opposite of this hilarious list of tips’n’tricks for ensuring a job for life. Originally written by Roedy Green and now on GitHub thanks to Droogans.
Now that we’re officially in the UK, and I’m tantalizingly close to being able to claim my front-end web development certificate (woot!), my mind has started drifting to the steps that will be at hand before the end of the year, especially job hunting and interviewing. While my mind is fresh with these ideas, I’ll leave some notes here for when job-hunting time comes around for me. Perhaps it’ll be of use to someone else before then.
Et oui, nous habitons désormais ailleurs qu’en France. Suite à presque six mois dans le nord-ouest français, nous voici les pieds posés à Bristol, Royaume Uni. Tout pleins de bons souvenir de notre séjour de l’autre bord de la Manche, j’ai eu quelques pensées pour les hôtes, les voisins, les chiens et les chats que nous avons pu apprendre à connaître tandis que Lars cherchait un emploi (cause de notre récent déménagement !
A fellow –and very talented– copy writer sent me this fastcodesign article a good handful of weeks ago. I finally got around to reading it today since a few weeks of moving-induced limbo came to a close late last week when we touched down in Bristol, UK. Give it a read if you have a moment, it’s a short one. The obvious takeaway? Perhaps it’s: “A lot of times designers don’t know that words are important.
I wiped my laptop drives clean this weekend, reinstalled Windows 10, and added Ubuntu (Linux) as a second operating system, setting my trusty lappy up as a dual boot system for the first time. Last time I played with Linux it was a choppy experience, but this time I’m really liking Ubuntu. If it wasn’t for things like Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign, I think I’d make the switch to Ubuntu and leave the world of Windows in my wake.
It was far past midnight. My wife and kids had long gone to bed. But sleep was not an option for me. I had to figure it out. So I tweaked the code again, for the googolth time, and hit run. Hmm, looks promising. If I click here, the program should call the “compute next move” function. Yes. And if I click here, that function should call itself. Good. Now, if I click here, I should get…not that.
Lars started running again and it inspired me to do so as well. I went for a short first run in order to be tender to my knee(s) and everything went swimmingly. The run felt good and the air was a bit cold so I ended up pushing harder than I thought, running an average 4:59 min/km pace over the 2.74km loop that I had picked. Listening to Portuguese audio tapes during the run felt doubly good, and had me feeling excited about potentially making a move to Lisbon in the coming year.
Best movie I have seen in years, easily. Go watch it, pay attention to the details, enjoy the music, the colour palette and how it shifts with the scenes. Christian Bale is outstanding in his commitment to the role and his acting is splendid. Piecing together the details in the scenes just heightened my enjoyment of the movie, and didn’t at all detract from the storytelling. This is the kind of movie that I wish came out more often; I’ll be thinking about it for weeks, if not years.
We’ve just started a new housesit near-ish to La Rochelle, France, and we have access to a dishwasher for the first time in quite a few years. In fact, I think the last time I was living somewhere with a dishwasher that I actually used might be about 10 years ago. Anyways, this unit is an interesting two-drawer machine (it’s a DeLonghi, but appears to be a rebadged Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer), and having never used such a dishwasher, I was curious about whether or not this type is more energy and water efficient than more traditional dishwashers, so I took to the internet.
In January, in another shock to the system, an A.I. program showed that it could bluff. Libratus, built by two Carnegie Mellon researchers, was able to crush top poker players at Texas Hold ‘Em. – Maureen Dowd, Vanity Fair – March 2017
I’ve been poking about the edges of the world of UX/UI sketching, wireframing, and prototyping over the past few weeks and decided to take the plunge. After a bit of reading up, I chose to start playing with Axure RP and found a class on re-creating the key elements of Starbuck’s (old) website. It was a great class (it’s been replaced, see below) that starts with 8 theory videos and followed by a further 9 videos of practice work.
Just done did getting the domain and setting up WP. I’m glad step one is done as it wasn’t such an easy feat what with being hunkered down in a barn in the countryside of France and the internet coming and going because there’s a severe wind, rain, and hail front coming through the area. Next steps: start populating with content and do a bit of coding to beautify the whole thing once I make a bit of time between studying UI/UX, data science, and web dev.