Lately, I have been posting blog entries that are more like travel blog entries, except I was talking about the local-ish places. California is a huge state that can pass on as its own country, you know. But, other than that, I have been silent from this blog and, pretty much, all my other currently maintained blogs.
October is my birthday month, while November is an extension of my birthday month. November is my challenges month, in which I participate in annual challenge events and completing them before the end of the month. Namely, in particular, NaNoWriMo. Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I should feature that as part of my At Home linkup series, since the now popular 30-day novel writing event was created and founded here in the Bay Area (Oakland). Yeah, we’re creative and artistic like that. 😎
Reading books, reading manga, reading fanfiction, and even watching anime, J-drama, or K-drama are also a November habit for me. It’s for inspiration and an aid to juice up my ideas for my NaNoWriMo novel writing. Nope, none of that this year!
This year is the second year that I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo for something bigger and more important. Instead, I joined the ongoing challenge of #100DaysOfCode, as a way of me sticking to my coding classes and not get distracted by anything else non-code related.1 Unlike NaNoWriMo, in which you really have to do your daily activity or you fail the challenge by the end of the month, #100DaysOfCode lets you take your time, as long as you code or do anything code-related for 100 days. I started this back in late October.
My #100DaysOfCode Activity
Instead, I decided to take the recommendations and suggestions from my fellow members of the Skillcrush alumni Slack chats and various newbie programmers Facebook groups: try Python. I tried taking the edX version of beginning Python class offered by Microsoft, but somehow it was difficult for me to focus on this. I don’t know if it’s the instructor or just the setup of the system that I wasn’t used to, but luckily, it was a free class, didn’t pay any fees to earn that certificate, and decided to go somewhere else to get my Python education.3
I’m an avid student at Udemy and found a good beginning Python course with an enthusiastic and happy instructor called The Python Bible. The content and lessons were very thorough and were broken apart into small pieces, and I love the instructor’s (Ziyad Yehia) analogies in further explaining basic programming concepts (and not just necessarily with Python). His explanation of the object-oriented programming (OOP) concept made a lot more sense to me. If it was one thing that I had trouble understanding while I was learning Ruby back in my Skillcrush blueprint last year, it was OOP.
Plus, I love Ziyad’s greeting of “Hello there, you beautiful people!” in every single start of his videos. 🇬🇧4 I even learned that the UK uses eight coins in their currency, compared to the U.S. three coins (four if you count the One Dollar coin, which is rarely used but still a valid piece of currency). It was our second to the last project using OOP. 😄
Earlier today, just hours before I started writing this entry, I finally finished the course and I received a certificate of completion for it. Does this make me invincible using Python now? Not really. I found another Udemy course that would give me some exercises to practice what I’ve learned. I’m also planning on joining CodeFights and CodinGame at a later date and start reading that darn giant book I recently ordered from Amazon for technical interview practice.
The majority of what I’ve been doing these past few weeks was more of tech and job hunting-related activities. I wrote about them in whole detail in The NINPOJineous art and tech blog here.
Photography and Crafting to the Max!
Social media-wise, aside from GitHub, I have been a lot more active on Instagram as of late. Why? Well, because I love photography, I love taking (random) photos that have a story behind it,5 and it’s also a form of therapeutic art. I also dabbled in a bit of paper crafting. I just “beefed” up an already wrapped baby washing pack for my friend’s baby shower with some custom bows, custom cards, and origami folder-style envelopes, instead of spending money on gift bags or trying to ruin a perfectly good gift wrap just to wrap an unusually shaped gift.
They’re all on my Instagram feed below. You’ll see them.
And of course, December may be my crafting month and may probably drift away from coding a bit (I doubt it though). I’ll be making some handmade greeting cards for family and some friends when I’m inspired to do so instead of spending more money on gift bags. Besides, it’s a good time to practice a craft in which I can even sell as a side business along with my web development freelancing and future logo making. Wouldn’t that be nice?
At the end of November, my family and I are going out on a trip back to the Sierra Nevada region. That is, in another area of the Sierra Nevada region that I feel you may also enjoy along with my one-day Yosemite trip. Just to spoil you a bit, we’re heading out to the border: Lake Tahoe.
One of the most beautiful places for any Californian (especially if you’re from the Bay Area) to ski and snowboard. My sister and her husband always went there during late fall and winter for their skiing and snowboarding about once or twice a month. I’m not sure if they still go there today, but it was a weekend trip for the two and their friends whenever they feel like going. I wish I had that kind of life. 😄
I have been to Lake Tahoe before, but I’ve never really skied or snowboarded before. We’ll be heading off on the weekend after Thanksgiving. If we’re lucky, there will be falling snow around that time. The majority of California hardly or closely never snow. Even here in my area.
Well then, time for me to head to bed. It’s almost 2:00 am here. 😴
- … but then again, there’s also the Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion and the upcoming Final Fantasy XV multiplayer expansion Comrades… talk about not having distractions… [↩]
- Just knowing HTML and CSS are no longer enough to be considered a front-end web developer or even a web designer… [↩]
- they were using MS Azure Notebooks, their version of Jupyter Notebooks [↩]
- Ziyad Yehia speaks like your typical everyday Brit with that lovely accent of his! [↩]
- I leave it to your imagination… [↩]