February has come to an end and March has arrived. Winter is about to end and Spring is about to begin. March is awesome because it’s Women’s History Month and a (belated) Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing women out there! As someone said before, the future is female! And for us Catholics and other Christians, Ash Wednesday was on March 2nd and Fish Fridays1 has begun until April 15th. I’ve always been curious how those plant-based burgers that some fast food chains started to serve, like Burger King’s own Impossible Whopper and other similar sandwiches. But jokes aside, this post can come a little serious. It seems the world is being punished for the sins we committed and how many of us don’t even bother learning from our mistakes, haven’t we?
I made this pretty quick drawing on Procreate just days after the unjust Russian invasion of Ukraine. It’s already bad enough of the things that’s still currently happening in the Middle East, such as Syria and Afghanistan, though that was more of internal political struggles and surges. There may even other serious wartime events occurring at other places around the world not even reported by the news. But of course, the heated news now is Russia’s second invasion of Ukraine since 2014, and this time, it’s very serious.
It’s easy for most of us common people to ignore what’s going on at other places that isn’t in our own home countries. After all, we all want to live our lives peacefully and with safety and security. But, the reality is that not everyone gets to have that privilege of living the way we want to live. But in a way, I get why everyone’s so hyped up about the invasion of Ukraine, mainly because another nation was the one doing the violent invasion, and not another internal political entity like what’s happening in the Middle East.
I may not be living in Ukraine, nor that I’m Ukrainian, but this unnecessary war is already causing a lot of troubles for many nations who may be connected, whether politically and economically. California is one of the most expensive states in the U.S., and a lot of us are already suffering economically. Just last night, on my way home, I’ve spotted a gas station near my workplace whose prices for their standard regular gas reach almost $6.00, while their high-end premium gas prices were already nearing $6.50. I’m not an expert in world economics and I don’t like to dabble in politics either, but just seeing and being aware of what’s going on around my surroundings, I can already feel the struggles personally too.
But, human lives are more important than economic struggles. So many people2 are already suffering because of human greed.3 Many don’t even get to live as long as they want either. Everyday may be happy days to many, but everyday is also tragedies for others. The sad truth is that all of us will die one day. The question is how, when, and why.
I drew this illustration – as simple as it can be – thinking of the situation in Ukraine and other countries before Ukraine happened. I pray for world peace — well, we always pray for world peace— but this time, it’s a lot more serious than before. That’s what I think anyway.
In the meantime right now …
I drew this digital piece two weekends ago, but today was the first time I’m finally blogging. My software development bootcamp has begun and I’m already on Week 2. I started blogging tonight because I was simply taking a break from the current assignment that I’m trying to finish before Sunday.4 In addition to that, this Sunday is also (that dreaded?) Daylight Savings Time. Spring up one hour, so technically, 7:59 PT if we don’t adjust the clocks an hour ahead.
Speaking of Daylight Savings Time, California has passed a proposition some years ago to have the state keep the Daylight Savings Time as our normal time, just like how Hawaii and Arizona don’t practice Daylight Savings Time. Sure, the proposition has passed5 but nothing really happened. We’re still adjusting our clocks forward in March and backward in November.
Our bootcamp instructors are requiring us to blog about our studies and experiences at the bootcamp once per phase. We’re still on Phase 1 and we haven’t really gotten any details on what we’re going to write about just yet. In addition, I will not be blogging on my code learning blog, since they require us to blog on free-hosted blogging services like Medium or Dev.to. I already created my own Dev.to account some months ago with my GitHub account, so that is where I’m going to blog about my bootcamp studies and experiences. I think it’ll be a fun experience just blogging and writing about something you love and interested about, plus we get to write them within the tech community too. Adrianne Codes is primarily a personal outtake blog for me within the tech industry, but my Dev.to blog would be for everyone within the tech industry. Maybe.
Now that I’ve gotten a clearer mind, time for me to get back to finishing my bootcamp assignments.
Till next time!
On the sidenote . . .
- Lent Season – inside joke for us Catholics. Plant-based meat dishes are also in too, but I haven’t head anyone make a “pun” of it yet…
- not just Ukrainians, but pretty much everyone living in troubled nations today…
- politicians, etc.
- at 8:59 PT … my bootcamp goes by ET, so I would have to adjust…
- I voted against it… I want my sleep hours…